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322 lbs, top weight, Oct 23 2006, getting ready for 5 hours of surgery to have a gastric by-pass

128 lbs, Feb 9 2010, reached GOAL WEIGHT TODAY! celebrating in my little black dress!

140 lbs, still losing, Jul 15 2009, Destin FL, LONG time since posing (on purpose) in a bathing suit


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Faith fulfilled! Hope prevails! Love received! - All that & more when I reached my goal weight in February. Here's my story that became my journey of faith, hope & love. This WAS me, in picture on left, 4 yrs ago, weighing 322 lbs & only 5'2" tall with a BMI of 59. I was only 43 yrs old. I could only walk short distances without my extra wide walker with a pull down seat & before that, a cane for quite a while. My health was so bad, in so many areas, I decided on bariatric surgery, a RNY gastric by-pass. My journey includes over 20 yrs of trying to lose weight. Because my weight had damaged my health & reduced my quality of life, I had to do something quick AND drastic. Weight loss surgery IS drastic & not for everyone, but God gave me enough faith to take the step, in hope that it would change my life. The surgery's no magic pill, you work HARD & deal with lots of permanent, inconvenient, life-long changes. Even though it's not been easy, with lots of small AND large bumps along the road, I've LOST 194 lbs, ALL I need to lose! I'd say that's a miracle, at least for me. My journey of faith, hope & love has brought me far. Now my weight is 128 lbs & my BMI is 23.5. I'm a correct weight for my height & in normal BMI range. Hard to believe, but I was about 10 lbs lighter than now when I got married over 27 yrs ago. So, I'm still getting used to this little body after being big so long. In fact, I still feel that I'm large "mentally", even though my size 10 clothes say otherwise. I FEEL & LOOK like a new person. A current picture of me on goal weight day, out celebrating in my little black dress, is also on the left. God is SO GOOD to me! He must love me a LOT! Without His help, I couldn't have accomplished this amazing journey. I've so much faith that it'll continue, with hope of life full of incredible things to come, that I couldn't even dream of now & deeper love & gratitude in many areas of my life. My surgery gave me a tool to help get my weight off, but only if I did my part, still truly a gift from God. A gift given to me by an angel, my Mother, who supplied the finances for my entire surgery. She says it was worth every penny to save or prolong my life & I believe that's literally what the surgery did in my case. But God's given me the fruits of faith, hope & love to have reached 47 yrs old, walking around like a normal person! And what joy to see my 2 teenagers go through all the adventures of growing up. Now, I'm just trying to be healthy for my family & MYSELF & stay on the right track. I happened upon this website looking for a food diary, but got SO MUCH MORE. I just love SparkPeople & all it has to offer, including all my new on-line friends & teams! I'm being transformed, day by day. It really is a WONDERFUL LIFE & I love it better than ever.

Member Since: 1/10/2010

Fitness Minutes: 1,852

My Goals:
#1) Lose 7 more lbs & be done with my weight loss goal after having gastric by-pass surgery.
GOAL #1 MET!! I'm lean. I'm clean. A 128 pound machine! Oh yeah! That's right! Ah-huh! Go me!

#2) Start exercising! I've become a couch potato.
GOAL #2 MET!! Exercise is kind of fun now!

#3) Stay healthy in mind & body. Be positive.
GOAL #3 IN PROGRESS!! I'm REALLY working hard on this one. I'm positive.

#4) Keep diaries by request of my doctors for food, exercise, blood sugar levels, migraines, depression & anxiety.
GOAL #4 MET!! Doing it! I'm tracking everyday with tools already on SparkPeople's website.

#5) Get ready for my trip to Italy & be able to help chaperone 35 singers, from 16-18 yrs old on performance tour (including my daughter, of course) plus lots of sightseeing & travel.
GOAL #5 MET!! Went there, saw everything, got the tee-shirt! It was phenomenal!! Seeing & hearing my daughter sing at mass in St. Peter's Basilica in The

My Program:
#1) Keep reading "The Spark", putting all that info into practice.

#2) Maintain goal weight. Unless I bulk up, of course, adding a lot of muscle. It could happen!

#3) Continue activity on SparkPeople website, regularly check in with Spark Teams, make blog entries, stay in touch with my on-line Spark Friends & participate in Spark Team challenges.

#1) Pray everyday. Always give God praise & especially be thankful.

#2) Keep daily food diary to track, protein, fat & carbohydrate grams, calories & water drank.

#3) Keep daily blood sugar test log for clues to my recent hypoglycemia.

#4) Weekly check-in with nutrition counselor by phone. As we review exercise & food tracker, weight, glucose readings, reports & charts from SparkPeople, we'll discuss her suggestions, observations, problems or areas of concern.

#5) Get moving! Track minutes & type of exercise daily. Remember to walk!

Personal Information:
I'm a stay at home mother & have two teenagers; my son's a sophomore in high school & my daughter's just started college. I've been married for 27 yrs. My family & I are Christians who are very involved in our church & devoted to our Roman Catholic faith. I'm always involved in Bible studies & go on spiritual retreats. I love to do crafty & artistic activities, especially making custom jewelry & rosaries. I have a beading studio in my home & sell my work through several venues. I volunteer at my son's high school several hours a week. I enjoy reading & also do some writing, mostly prose & blog journaling, but recently a bit of freelance. I love music. I sing in church choir & teach music in several children's ministries. I play piano, dulcimer & harmonica. I lead a Moms-in-Touch prayer group at my son's school. And I love to be on the laptop, especially SparkPeople. I stay busy!

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Jan 10, 2010 I joined SparkPeople & lot 2 lbs my first week.

Jan 16, 2010 I have hit another milestone. I've lost another pound which is now my "LOST 190 lbs" point. Hooray!!!!

Jan 28, 2010 I lost another pound! Weight loss now at 191 lbs.
GO ME!!!

Feb 4, 2010 Lost another pound...miracle!

Feb 9, 2010 THE BIG DAY Lost another 2 lbs. Now have LOST 194 lbs... AND... I"M AT GOAL WEIGHT! 128 lbs. Unbelievable. Praise my Lord & God for proving to me that ALL things ARE possible with You. Thank YOU! I love you, Jesus!

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