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Board Posts name is Mary Clark and I've been a member of Sparkpeople off and on for a couple of years. I love this site and find it to be very informative and supportive!

I have been on the roller coaster ride of yo-yo dieting for years and decided this year (2010) to drastically change my life by having gastric bypass surgery. My family including aunts, uncles, and 1st cousins, have a huge amount of kidney cancer, kidney disease...some resulting in death. Breast cancer is very prominent as well. Both of my parents when living were diabetic. So I felt that I didn't have another year to try to lose the weight before my weight came back to bite me in the butt. I'm basically very healthy except for my weight so I felt it was in my best interest to have this surgery. I have studied all of the weight loss surgeries for years so this was not a decision I made on a whim. It took me 3+ years to make the decision and I am so glad that I did. It has been the easiest surgery I've ever had. No nausea. I have really been blessed with my results so far. Now I basically eat like a diabetic but thank God I may have escaped actually having diabetes. God is good and I am so happy with my decision!

Member Since: 8/8/2008

Fitness Minutes: 355

My Goals:
Lose weight

Exercise Regularly

Eat healthy

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I recently had gastric bypass surgery (November 9, 2010) and I am tracking my weight loss through Sparkpeople. Even though I had this major weight loss surgery I still have to change my eating habits. I'm excited about this new life changing journey!~

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I am have been married 28 years. I have two boys ages 27 and soon to be 23. My newest adventure is that after losing 86.2 lbs. I am now training for the Marine Corp. Marathon in Washington, DC on October 28,2012. I've never run in anything and now I'm doing something that I would have never done on my own. We are walking and running so it's very do-able for me. I'm excite about this and I hope it's something that will inspire me to keep on running.

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I have two dogs, Winston, a black lab, and Jack a half Weimraner/half chocolate lab! They are our children!
We love them!

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