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    LABGIRL8   23,268
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My Story

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I've been on SparkPeople for over a year and I don't think anyone but my closest real life friends know my whole weight loss story/journey.

The part I'm going to tell starts in 2005. I decided it was time to do something about my weight. I was in constant pain in my knees and feet and knew something had to be done. I had been going to a gym that had those tables that move you and shake you. You really didn't have to do a thing! So I started working out with a trainer there. It was great, I lost 50 pounds just cutting back and doing what she said. Then I had a stressful situation at work. As a result I had a rectal bleed. The surgeon who repaired it ordered me to go to Weight Watchers or he would fire me as a patient. And I knew that I HAD to push harder. The Monday after that mom and I went to Weight Watchers. On that program I lost 50 more pounds. Then it stopped. I exercised some but obviously not enough. And (my excuse) I had trouble following the program. It changed every 2 years. Once I got used to it and could figure out my points it changed.

That gets my story up to late 2009. By then my younger sister had gotten the lap band and done real well. My older sister's husband and daughter had also had the lap band surgery and were looking real good. So I asked my doctor about it. It turned out that I was a good candidate. I was diabetic, had high blood pressure and arthritis in both knees. I also had high cholesterol. My lap band surgery was in October, 2010. I won't say it's been easy, but I don't think I could have gotten where I am today without it.

My highest weight was 424. I never want to see it again. I don't even want to be close. Last Wednesday I weighed in at 266. A total loss of 158 pounds since 2005. And I'm not done yet. That's not all. I am no longer diabetic. I no longer have high blood pressure. I wish I could run but I damaged my knees so badly that I have no cartilage and I'm bone-on-bone and I'm trying to delay knee replacement surgery as long as possible.

I know SprakPeople wants to hear from people who have lost their weight completely through here, but sometimes the journey is longer and more complicated.
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