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Starting Weight 530 pounds

Day of Surgery 387.5 lbs

12 months post op 271 lbs



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I started my journey in February 2005 at an all-time high weight of 530 pounds. I found Spark People in December of 2005. I had lost over 100 pounds at that time.

I spent much of 2006 in transition. I had to go back to work for survival. This involved moving three hours from my family. It meant total relocation. It meant many changes. Then Tim (my husband) had a stroke in July. That was certainly a very stressful time in my life. In August, for the first time in my entire life, I was hospitalized for an infection in a tumor on my leg. In September I was in the hospital again, this time with chest pain that was not cardiac related (thankfully). October brought surgery to remove the tumor and life changed for the better. A month off work, more stress, and then back at it.

The year 2007 has been one of growing for me. Realizing that I've accomplished so much. I've worked on the inside and emotions and am now ready to begin anew once again.

I did a lot of personal growth in 2008. I explored my options and realized that I did not want to weigh 400 lbs for the rest of my life. I came to the decision to have gastric bypass surgery. In September, I did just that and boy what a ride it has been. No real complications and onward I went.

This year has been an interesting one. I have managed to get down to 265 lbs (as of this writing in mid November). I actually got here back in July and have been bouncing up and down the same five pounds since. My surgeon says I can easily drop another 30-40 lbs and I know he is right. I just have to regain my focus and keep going. I am looking forward instead of backward. I am gearing up to make 2010 the year I get to my personal goal ... 230 lbs and then to have the tummy skin removed. I will return to monthly updates as I used to do them until space ran out here. I will continue because I know that I can do this. Surgery was a tool. Time for me to knuckle down and use it appropriately!

Member Since: 12/16/2005

My Goals:
Mini-goal right now is to get to 230 pounds which will be 300 pounds lost and the weight I was at 24 years ago when I got married.

Long-term goal is 195 lbs but is subject to change as I near that weight and see how I look and feel.

My Program:
Gastric bypass surgery on September 8, 2008. Follow the rules, get off my butt, and drink tons of water!

Personal Information:
My name is Karon and I'm 47 years old. I'm from a very small community in central Illinois. Currently we live in the far west suburbs of Chicago. I've been married to the same great guy for 24 years. We have two daugthers ages 21 and 23. We have four granddaughters: Cecilia Michelle (age 4) and her baby sisters Nadia Marie (age 2) and Malaina Aleise(born May 09); then there's Chloe Jayne (age 2).

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I also have a blog that I post in a few times a month. It contains family stuff as well as my struggles in the process of losing weight. Blog is here Feel free to drop by, read a little, comment ... whatever!

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  • v SHERRY528
    HAPPY WEEKEND, Karon! emoticon HUGS to you-and I hope things are going ok. I received this on my page today, and SOOO THOUGHT of YOU as one who ALSO DESERVES THIS ON HER PAGE! So here ya are:

    Hi! Just a shout out to congratulate you!

    You are the recipient of the Beautiful Woman Award!!

    "Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page 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!"

    Again, Congratulations Beautiful!

    Thanks for spreading a little beauty, love, friendship, and support into my life!

    1472 days ago
    I hope you had a good day today. From Tammy Schenk
    1517 days ago
    What a huge inspiration you are! Way to go my friend!
    1540 days ago
  • v LISAN0415
    I am posting this on many of my Friend's Pages, because I think this is awesome and applies well to our Healthy Lifestyle Journey:
    "A lot of people give up too easily. You are closest to your victory when you face the greatest opposition."-Joel Osteen
    1555 days ago
  • v DUSTY57
    Back on SP after letting myself go for the past 3 yrs. I was looking thru the SP's and read your story. What an inspiration you are. You look great and must feel so much better. I'm hoping to get my cousin to join SP and read your page. Like you, she has struggled with her weight and has so many health problems and pain from it. I am praying for her everyday. It kills me to know she's suffering so much. You are a wonderful person for sharing your story so you can inspire others to get healthy again. Congratulations on changing you life for the better!!!!!
    1883 days ago
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