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My Weight Loss Adventure

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thinking about having weight loss surgery is very frustrating. There are so many pros and cons. Two blogs ago, I talked about how after getting denied for weight loss surgery....I was given hope once again if I followed a 6 month plan, see the doctor every month and continue to lose weight.



So I did that. Last month the doctor told me she was going to submit to insurance. I couldn't believe we were finally here. A week later, I got a letter from the insurance company saying I was approved for surgery and that I have to have it by Thanksgiving.

I am now two weeks away from surgery. November 10th is the date. I am doing a pre op diet. Two protein shakes a day and then one meal of lean protein and vegetables for two weeks. I'm only on day two and it is the hardest thing I have done so far.



The thing is.....I know this is just the beginning. I know it is going to get a lot harder. I'm sure some people think having surgery is an easy way out....but it is not a quick fix. It is not easy. But it is a tool.





It's a tool that will change my life......give me a new relationship with food. It's what I need......I guess......LOL! It's just scary and hard. And some days I just want to have a big pity party about it. But I am keeping my eye on the prize.



Here I go.........

Hugs,


Keri

  
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ANNABELLISABEL 10/30/2014 7:20PM

    It will all be worth it! Stick with it! :)

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SBEAR5 10/30/2014 2:43PM

    Yeah for your insurance approval! So exciting. I know it seems SO hard right now, but it's ONLY two weeks. You can do it. You WILL do it! emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/29/2014 9:33AM

    Congratulations on the approval from the insurance company. It may be the hardest thing you ever do but so worth it. Keep a positive attitude and Spark on! HUGS and praying for a successful surgery and a healthier you.

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DEEGIRL50 10/29/2014 7:53AM

    emoticon Good Luck
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emoticon Keep good support by your side. emoticon

You can do it. The path you choose has to be your own. We're always here for you!
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NANCY- 10/29/2014 7:46AM

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FORMYDARLINGS 10/29/2014 7:31AM

   

Good Luck, Keri and keep us up to date with how it all goes. Your account of your journey can really help others make their decision about whether to have this same surgery or not. Also, I care about how you are doing and what is happening with and to you. I will be thinking of you as your date grows near and as you take that final step.


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NELLJONES 10/29/2014 7:04AM

    Gastric bypass is an assist, not a magic bullet, but it does work. Good luck!

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What I've been up to Part One.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

So it all started in March. I had a plan. I was working the plan. I have been really bored at work but grateful for the job. My plan was to lose the weight I needed to....get surgery....lose weight......change jobs. Good plan.



Well I forgot that it's all in God's time not mine. My boss decided to leave and took an opportunity 2 hours away. So her job became open. Now I had no intention of doing that job EVER but I was afraid of who they would hire to replace her.

Then the General Manager asked me if I would apply. I told her I wanted to, but I wouldn't work as many hours as my boss did. She told me she didn't want me to. She never wanted her to. She just did. (Come to find out she was a bit of a control freak!)

So they had me post the job on line and I applied also. Two weeks later the GM took me to lunch and said she didn't want to interview anyone else. And she offered me the job.



I was beyond happy! I'm now the Director of HR with an employee base of 550 employees. It really is the job of my dreams. I love it so much and I really like my boss. It is so unbelievable given what happened to me 4 years ago.(Losing my job of 14 years)




It really goes to show you that when something bad happens to you....maybe it was meant to? Maybe there is something you need to learn to prepare you for the next stage of your life.

I will always carry the hurt I felt when they eliminated my position 4 years ago but now I know it was to prepare me for this. It is such an amazing experience!



So I'm still working my plan, just modified a bit.

More to come.....



Hugs,


Keri

  
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DEEGIRL50 9/28/2014 8:36AM

    emoticon You deserve this!!

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NANCY- 8/28/2014 8:09AM

    Congrats Keri!
When we are directed to another path, we never know what it may lead to, usually it is better than what we had planned.
Enjoy!

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/28/2014 4:44AM

    I really love to hear stories such a your , I am sorry you lost your job 4 years ago I am very happy you found the job of your dreams today

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SIOL55 8/27/2014 6:45PM

  Praise God for the blessing in your life!

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MSLZZY 8/27/2014 12:57PM

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Your patience has been rewarded, even if you
had to endure that rejection 4 years ago.
Just shows those people had no clue as
to your true value. Bask in the glow of
a job well done! HUGS!

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I am here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's been so long since I've been here. So much has happened. It will take a while to catch up with everyone! I'm excited to talk to everyone and to share what's been going on with me lately.

The weight is coming off slowly but surely. It's all about making lifestyle changes. I will probably post multiple posts as there is just too much to tell you.

Who knows...maybe no one cares about me any more! LOL!

We will find out!

More later!

Hugs,


Keri

  
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MISTY1127 8/20/2014 11:16PM

    Welcome Back!!!

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SIOL55 8/19/2014 11:54PM

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DEEGIRL50 8/19/2014 10:07AM

    You Big Tease! Of course, we care about you. I can't wait to hear about the changes you've been making!!
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NANCY- 8/19/2014 8:23AM

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Looking forward to your blogs.


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NELLJONES 8/19/2014 7:29AM

    Welcome back!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/19/2014 5:04AM

    hi keri emoticon and hope to hear about your adventures soon

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MSLZZY 8/18/2014 10:04PM

    There you are! So glad you posted and can't wait to read all that you have to share. HUGS!

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LUCKYDUCK2 8/18/2014 8:18PM

    Keri! Hi and good to hear from you. :) emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 8/18/2014 7:41PM

   

So happy to hear from you. Eager to hear all of your adventures. Welcome back!!!!

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MM11113 8/18/2014 6:02PM

    welcome back

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Quit Banging on the Door!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

So things get crazier and crazier sometimes.

I read a great quote the other day.

‘If God shuts a door quit banging on it. Trust that whatever is behind it is not meant for you.’

What a great quote! I really took it to heart. Twice now I have attempted weight loss surgery. Twice something stopped the process.

I finally settled on that answer and said okay. Things are going okay at WW so let’s just continue on that track.

Until yesterday…..I received a call from the surgeons office and they want to have the ruling looked at. They think I will be approved for surgery if I go to the doctor once a month for six months. I was shocked!

I had already come to terms that I wasn’t going to have the surgery. So what does this mean now?

What is God telling me now? Pray, Pray, Pray!

So this is what I decided to do…..I’m going to make the six months of doctors appointments….I’ve got nothing to lose. That will give me six months of soul searching to see what exactly it is that I want to do. It won’t hurt…I will continue to lose weight…at a very slow pace but that’s okay. Maybe then I will have a clear idea of what I think is the best course for me.


Crazy, huh!

Hugs,

Keri

  
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ALECIA0823 1/12/2014 9:26PM

    Keeping all the appointments is a great idea - and I would take it a step further. Set yourself some realistic, but challenging goals for weight loss and fitness for those 6 months and use every resource that SparkPeople and WW can offer - if you can do it without medical intervention - just you and God making it happen - that's great! It's always better to do it as naturally as possible. However, if after 6 months, the surgery still seems the best way for you to get healthy, then go for it!

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LUCKYDUCK2 1/12/2014 3:51AM

    I feel out of the loop but...I will say a Prayer for you too that whatever you decide...it is the right choice for you, made by you and GOD. Hugs

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FLEMIDG 1/9/2014 12:31AM

    Making the appointments for the next six months sounds like a good plan. Take your time and think it over carefully. It's a big decision. Good luck to you in whatever you choose to do.

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MSLZZY 1/8/2014 11:23PM

    What a turnaround! Think on it carefully and do what they tell you to do. This would be awesome!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/7/2014 8:25PM

    The the quote! I surely don't envy your position. It's a very difficult decision to make. I wish you all the best in the 6 months. I hope you are planning to continue WW during the 6 months; it will help you with portion control and recipes, etc., and you'll need that good info either way. ((hugs))

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/7/2014 6:47PM

    you have a great plan and so does God and the universe

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NANCY- 1/7/2014 1:55PM

    Talk about toying with you. Yikes!
Perhaps it is slow at the surgeons?
I know you will figure it all out.
(One more time around on that roller coaster please.)
You have a great attitude.
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JANET552 1/7/2014 1:28PM

    Good luck!! I think your plan makes a lot of sense. I love the quote!! I copied it to my computer because I need to think about it more.

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STOPTHECRAVING 1/7/2014 1:19PM

    Hmm, God does work in wondrous ways. Keep up the slow steady weight loss pace everyday while seeing your doctor. You may be amazed at what your body does without surgical intervention.

Your post is so timely. I have a friend who has been trying to qualify for weight loss surgery but has been stopped. He found out he has sleep apnea and they won't perform the surgery until he gets that under control. (Which would be kept under control if he lost weight). Then, he had trouble getting a c-pap machine. Now he's got it and he's getting better quality sleep, which gives him more energy, which helps him to move more! I think he is still aiming for the surgery, but ya never know, maybe the roadblock was just what he needed to get the weight off without surgery.

I will pray for God's words and will to be sent your way.

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DEEGIRL50 1/7/2014 12:49PM

    God works in mysterious ways! emoticon
I love your idea of going for the appointments and seeing what's in store for you from there. Gathering information. Professional Support. Effort on your part. Patience.
Keep us updated. I want to know the next chapter! emoticon

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A twist on an old Standard

Monday, December 30, 2013

Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I'd eaten, the eggnog I'd taste
The holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scale there arose such a number!
The scale must be broken, I said with a thunder.
I'd remember the wonderful meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rare,

The wine and the pastries, the bread and the cheese
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."
Nothing would fit me, I felt so depressed.
I knew it was time to start a new quest.

I picked up the phone, to call a dietitian,
Knowing this path was just the right mission.
I won’t feel guilty, I’ll try moderation,
Fad diets have failed and even starvation.

I’ll follow the plan, set up solely for me,
More Fruits and Veggies are part of the key.
I’ll eat more fiber and exercise I’ll start,
And limit the fat that is bad for my heart.

Yes, I’ll call a dietitian to provide inspiration and
Learn new ways to avoid temptation.

A Happy and Healthy New Year to you.
Remember to eat right and exercise too.



Hugs,

Keri

  
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TRAVELGRRL 1/2/2014 2:36PM

    Well said! Hace a wonderful New Year! Great things are coming our way -- the best is yet to come...

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NANCY- 12/31/2013 7:49AM

    Thanks for the laugh, I busted out laughing just reading the first two lines. And thank you for sharing.
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year.
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BECKYBRN 12/31/2013 12:59AM

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DEEGIRL50 12/30/2013 4:48PM

    emoticon Oh, how true! Thanks for sharing.
Happy Healthy 2014 To You Too!!
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ALEXSGIRL1 12/30/2013 3:01PM

    that was awesome thank you

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RHOOK20047 12/30/2013 1:04PM

    that was good, and I greatly resemble that fact. I gained 1 1/2 lbs this week to my dismay, but I am back in the saddle for a losing way!

Bob

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