My daughter and I in New Orleans Halloween 2009.
My hubby and best friend. He gives me confidence and strength when I need it most!
Me in Nice, France October 2012.
I was 59 years old and needed to lose 138 pounds to get within the "normal" weight category for my height. My BMI was 44. I knew I was overweight, heck, I knew I was fat, but it still came as a shock to be classified as morbidly obese.
I was introduced to SP by my dietician who thought I could use the tools to journal my eating.
I was seeing the dietician because I was interested in lapband surgery. Diets have not been my friend. Every time I lose more than 50 lbs. I end up gaining 70 when I am done. So, I was working with the dietician to try to change my bad habits before having surgery.
I finally had a date set, and the day I met with the dietician and nurse to start my pre-surgery diet and to get my surgery info, the surgeon asked to see me. He had gotten the results of my motility/manometry test and it showed I had "significant degradation of the motility of my esophagus." He didn't waste any time and told me up front he would not do lap band surgery. I could find another surgeon who might do it, do nothing or he would be happy to do gastric by-pass.
He said he felt I would be a good candidate for the surgery, that it might actually help my gerd and asthma but it was up to me. I had not wanted to have by pass because of the malabsorption, the stomach cutting and the dumping.
Ultimately I decided to go forward with the gastric by-pass. It was the study that said of morbidly obese people, only 1-2% are successful losing 50% of their excess body weight and keeping it off for 5 years. I was pretty sure I was not going to be in that 1-2% so I decided to grab what chance I had for a healthier better me.
Sept. 23, 2009 was the day of my surgery. I know it is not the ultimate answer. I know that unless I change my eating habits, I can destroy the progress I have made thus far, but I also know that this surgery has given me a chance I did not have before.
I am hoping SP will help keep me motivated and strong enough to make the changes I need to reach my long term goals and my short term goals.
Return to my healthy lifestyle.
Lose weight- Goal 165 lbs.
I live in Superior, Wisconsin and enjoy living here. (Most of the time. Winters can try my patience.) I love being so close to Lake Superior, being able to get away from "civilization" at the drop of a hat, sitting by the lake in summer, being so close to great camping, going skiing in winter and kayaking in the summer. It was a good place to raise my children and is a good place to live.
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| current weight: 186.1
HI, we are a lot alike. I am also from Wisconsin - Sheboygan, and I had gastric bypass surgeries August of 2009. We both are members of the Gastric Bypass Sparklers.
2107 days ago
Just stopping by to check on you and to let you know that I was thinking of you today!
Hope you are doing find and wishing you a marvelous week!
Thank you also for your nice comment on my last blog!
2119 days ago
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2145 days ago
"Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out."
2145 days ago
Thank you so much my friend for stopping by on my last blog!
And you are so right when you say that now comes the hard part. We need to keep our eyes on the big picture and not forgot where we came from.... Our weight lost is not cast in cement!!! I read long time ago : if you forget the past, you are condemn to live it again!!! I really believe that it may also apply for us... if we forget our addiction to food, where we came from, the weight can come back!!! I agree that we need to keep our old habits at bay and maintaining this new body will need lots of effort!
The feeling of success is reachable for once and for both of us!!!
We can do it!!!
2147 days ago