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I was 59 years old and needed to lose 138 pounds to get within the "normal" weight category for my height. My BMI was 44. I knew I was overweight, heck, I knew I was fat, but it still came as a shock to be classified as morbidly obese.

I was introduced to SP by my dietician who thought I could use the tools to journal my eating.

I was seeing the dietician because I was interested in lapband surgery. Diets have not been my friend. Every time I lose more than 50 lbs. I end up gaining 70 when I am done. So, I was working with the dietician to try to change my bad habits before having surgery.

I finally had a date set, and the day I met with the dietician and nurse to start my pre-surgery diet and to get my surgery info, the surgeon asked to see me. He had gotten the results of my motility/manometry test and it showed I had "significant degradation of the motility of my esophagus." He didn't waste any time and told me up front he would not do lap band surgery. I could find another surgeon who might do it, do nothing or he would be happy to do gastric by-pass.

He said he felt I would be a good candidate for the surgery, that it might actually help my gerd and asthma but it was up to me. I had not wanted to have by pass because of the malabsorption, the stomach cutting and the dumping.

Ultimately I decided to go forward with the gastric by-pass. It was the study that said of morbidly obese people, only 1-2% are successful losing 50% of their excess body weight and keeping it off for 5 years. I was pretty sure I was not going to be in that 1-2% so I decided to grab what chance I had for a healthier better me.

Sept. 23, 2009 was the day of my surgery. I know it is not the ultimate answer. I know that unless I change my eating habits, I can destroy the progress I have made thus far, but I also know that this surgery has given me a chance I did not have before.

I am hoping SP will help keep me motivated and strong enough to make the changes I need to reach my long term goals and my short term goals.

Member Since: 2/9/2009

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Return to my healthy lifestyle.
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Lose weight- Goal 165 lbs.

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I live in Superior, Wisconsin and enjoy living here. (Most of the time. Winters can try my patience.) I love being so close to Lake Superior, being able to get away from "civilization" at the drop of a hat, sitting by the lake in summer, being so close to great camping, going skiing in winter and kayaking in the summer. It was a good place to raise my children and is a good place to live.

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    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall 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"

    3352 days ago
  • v FELICE73
    So have you had any snow yet in the great north??
    3372 days ago
    Hey there stranger! This was the first picture that was taken of me where I didn't feel like I looked too thin and old! lol I think things have re-distributed and don't look as haggard as I did. Or maybe I'm just getting used to it!

    Looks like you are doing great! That 4 pounds will be gone before you know it. emoticon
    3420 days ago
  • v FELICE73
    How are things up in Superior? Things are pretty hot here in the WI/IL border! Have a great day tomorrow - was just thinking about my sparkies with staying power! Went through my friends list and 90% are not on here anymore :( Glad to see you still are here!
    3472 days ago
  • v ELLAREE57
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. It was good to hear from you. I do check in every once in a while and it makes me so happy to her from the ones who started when I did and to see how well they are doing. Hope the summer is going well. ps my garden looks dad would love it
    3476 days ago
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