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I haven't been on SPARK for quite a while. There have been many changes since the last time I was here. After much soul searching, I decided to have VSG surgery 9 months ago. It has been one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I needed help because I just couldn't do it on my own.

I have put up a valiant and courageous fight over the years. I have had some good successes and even greater failures. The failures have far outweighed my successes. No pun intended. I have been overweight , no obese, for most of my life. It is no fun.

I have tried to be brave and do it all on my own. Food addiction is so HARD! Food is everywhere! So easy to get. It tastes so good. It makes you feel good, numbs the pain. Food is acceptable. Everybody eats food.

This addiction ravages your body slowly. High blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, and so on. One can be on meds for years treating these diseases. These are all symptoms of this horrible addiction. The cure is so simple.......Loose weight!

Sounds simple but sooooo not simple. You cant not eat ever again or remove yourself form eating situations. I wish it was that simple.

My coping mechanism is FOOD!!!

Those of you out there know what I am talking about.

I chose surgery as a tool to help me manage my addiction. I am not perfect. I still eat things I am not supposed to. I am not at my goal yet. It has not been easy. Of course I wanted to wake up from surgery and the weight be gone. I have had to work out like a dog to see the scale move. I can only eat a fraction of what I used to eat.

Now I look at food portions so differently. I now can look at someone else's plate and only wish I could eat that amount.

I can say since having Gastric Sleeve Surgery, I can see that I am able to have control. I have lost about 60lbs so far and have about 30lbs to go. I finally don't beat myself up as badly as before.

Still a work in progress!!!!!!!

THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!!!!!!!

Love and Peace to all. Thank you for letting me share my story so far.


Member Since: 1/11/2010

Fitness Minutes: 9,411

My Goals:
My goals are to be more healthy and resilient. Not to feel like an old person before my time. Not to be a couch potato anymore. Have positive self talk from now on. Loose 100 lbs!! Finally not to be afraid of my power and success!


My Program:
I am drinking at least Drink 8 glasses of water per day.
Moving more.
Making better food choices.
Working really hard on portion control.
Asking myself Am I really hungry or just thirsty?



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  • v DIANEDOESSMILES
    Hi Hon,

    WELCOME to the Dawggie team. I've just read Ur page. Am soooo glad have come on to our team. Here as long as u r active with us, read blogs, hit team members pages, report Ur exercise/ltgl points. The more u put into us, the more support u will have. We r a gr8 team, and simply love our new puppies.

    Plz on the teams page, fill out Ur KENNEL RECORDS, also under the weigh in forum,,,,also on team page, copy and paste Ur template,,, and the first weigh in is on the 20 th.

    On the team page, u will c the members names. Please make friends.

    U can do this and we r here with u.

    Plz also if Ur not, start to daily fill out Ur food tracker. We also r asking that we all make it a goal to start a streak, can be walking x amount of steps, x amount of reasonably set minutes to exercise a day, being positive if that's a struggle. Anything u wish. Almost Nguyen the way as u achieve this goal, please do a non food reward.

    Can't wait to know
    W u better. Hugs, Diane, CL, Challenge Leader
    713 days ago
  • v SETTIMIA
    HIYA HUN HOW ARE YOU TODAY?

    I HAVE ADDED MORE ARTICLES TO THE THREAD BELOW

    http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messa
    geboard.asp?imparent=34069376&imboard=6

    IT WOULD BE GREAT TO SEE A PIC OF YOU AND YOUR HOOP

    LET'S GET HOOPING
    733 days ago
  • v MOMMY445
    hello and welcome to the meditation and mindfulness team! have a great day!
    744 days ago
  • v OMNOMNAMASTE


    Hi, Shimmy!
    744 days ago
  • v -WISPY-
    Hello there, sending you a warm welcome to the Meditation and Mindfulness group.

    Hugs Wispy
    748 days ago
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