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2/28/10 11:31 A

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First, welcome to SP and the divers group! We are a friendly bunch, so jump right in.

Sorry to hear about your Mom. I lost my Mom three years ago April 1st, also very suddenly. I took her to the hospital on March 1 where she got a diagnosis of advanced cancer; so advanced, they couldn't even determine the origin. It is the hardest thing I have ever been thru and I still miss her everyday. But now, when I think of her I first smile before the bittersweet tears come; you will get to that place, too....but it takes time.

Now, to diving. I too thought I could never learn to dive at 262 pounds; but my husband believed in me and gave me the lessons for our 10 year anniversary. We will be celebrating TWENTY years in May, so that was quite a while ago now. Well, not only did I learn to dive....but diving is what INSPIRED ME to lose the weight. I knew I would be a better and safer diver if I was more fit. Long story short, I chose weight loss surgery to help me....and while I do have my ups and downs of about 20 pounds I have stayed in the 155-175 range pretty much since my surgery.

Have you been on a liveaboard before? I have not been on that particular one, but I have been on many and YOU WILL LOVE IT. Please post a trip report when you get back.

Feel free to contact me if you need support, would like to chat, or just need a friend.


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1/28/10 9:24 P

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Hi Laurie.

Thanks for you responses to diving in Roatan and welcome to the group.
I know it is hard to lose close family members and it can take your focus away from other important things in your life. ( I have lost both my father and brother).
It is awesome that you have so many diving plans to motivate you at this time!
I love this group- positive and motivating!! Looking forward to hearing more about you and your journey toward DM!!

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1/28/10 2:46 P

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Hi Laurie, I am also sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you doll.

As Tina said , please do join us in the lounge and join the fun!

�Energy and persistence conquer all things.�

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)

1/28/10 10:53 A

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Laurie, so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. That is a very traumatic thing, and, I will keep you in my prayers. If you need anyone to talk to about it, or need to vent, I'm here, as are all the other divers on this site! We are a very fun group, but are here for each other in time of need, also! Please make yourself at home here, and join us in the Narced Lounge, where we do most of our chit chat and banter. We get a little sassy at times, but it's all in fun. Thanks for checking us out, and I hope we can help you with your grief, your weight loss, and with all your diving this-n-thats!!

I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

 current weight: 145.4 
1/27/10 9:13 P

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Hey all-
Quick summary: My whole life I wanted to dive but felt I was too overweight to do it. Finally, at my heaviest 3 years ago, I said screw it and got certified. I have fallen madly in love with diving since. This year I started accupuncture and have been taking herbal teas which has made me feel better and cut some cravings which has led me to believe for the first time that I can lose this weight!
My first goal is 10 pounds by the time I go on the Aquacat Liveaboard in Feb and the second goal is 30 more pounds by the time I go to Roatan, Honduras for 3 months starting in May to get my DM.
Unfortunately, just a few weeks ago my mom passed away unexpectedly. So I'm battling through each day and struggling to keep myself going.
I look forward to meeting others on this board.

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