"Each season is a stepping stone in the great circle of life, guiding us along our life journey."

The first season on the path of our life journey together began in the Fall of 1985.

So many seasons have passed, so many to come, theirs together has just begun. Our son's day, 5/24/08




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Today is 10/31/2010. I've not been on in a very long time, I guess almost 2 years. Looking back at these old posts makes me sad because so much time has passed and here I am no further along, in fact I've moved backwards. My band frustrates the heck out of me. I never wanted the band, I wanted bypass, but my husband and my mother were too frightened by the bypass surgery so I gave in. The first time I was self pay, but now I've learned my employer is going to cover bypass this coming year and I've persuaded my husband so I think I am going to do this. Now I'm back to researching the bypass options, risks, etc. I'm also researching problems I'm having with my band and I could use some other banders to compare experiences with. Any way, I'm back and I already feel a bit better just logging back in!

Today is 9/6/08 and much has happened since I wrote this introduction. Soon I will try to revise it, but in the meantime I have added an extremely lengthy blog (today) that pretty much summarizes it all. Good luck fellow travelers!

6/1/2006 Began dieting using Meridia
1/2/2007 Banded
2/15/2007 1st fill

I'M DOING IT! - Today is 2/11/2007.
I've lost a total of 97 pounds over the past 9 months; 75 during the 7 months prior to banding, and another 22 in the ensuing 6 weeks.

It's hard to believe that it's been 9 months since I began this journey. So much has happened, yet it seems like the the time has flown. If I can do it you can too!

Below this point is my original introduction written back in May 2006.

Hello! I don't know about you but I have struggled with weight issues all of my life. I've lost large amounts a couple of times, but eventually it all has come back on; I can lose, I just can't maintain. This time I am attempting to make permanent changes and improvements in my relationship with food, as well as my family’s. This means I am learning to cook all over again; as, unfortunately, my existing repertoire is mostly devoid of veges and heavy in starches and sauces. I have to succeed this time, not only for me, but for all of us; I don’t want our three sons to experience this life-long struggle so I’m hopeful I can get it changed, starting now!

Member Since: 6/23/2006

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My Goals:
-make permanent changes to what foods are cooked and stored in our home.

-retrain myself and my family to eat new and healthy foods

-succeed in teaching myself and my family to recognize the difference between mental hunger and real hunger, and then work to replace the mental hunger with other outlets such as exercise

-to personally lose 153 pounds between May 2006 and November 2007

My Program:
I am currently under a physician supervised nutrition plan that combines sensible meal plans and exercise, with a strong focus on changing lifetime habits.

Personal Information:
We live in central Texas. My husband and I have been married for 23 years and we have 3 sons, ages: 21, 15, and 13. My husband and I are looking forward to the next phase of our lives and our children''s lives; and being healthy is a big part of that!

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We love animals, the outdoors, and reality TV!

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