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I joined SparkPeople in the summer of 2010, and when I stuck with the program I lost 35 pounds. Unfortunately, I fell off the path several times. I kept saying that I would commit myself and "do better this time around," and I usually I would do well for a while. But, it seems that every time I would lose weight, somehow I would end up gaining more in the end.

I was diagnosed with diabetes in March of 2014, and it's been tough the last few months. Nothing seems to be helping me regulate my sugar, and I'm afraid I will be on insulin sometime in the near future. While I haven't been extremely careful with what I've been eating, I haven't been horrible either. So, I started to do some thinking.

I have done some research on weight loss surgery, and I have come to the conclusion that I will be working towards the gastric sleeve surgery. I believe (and so do my doctors!) that I am an excellent candidate for the surgery and hope that I will be able to reach my weight loss goals for the first time in my life. I also hope that will be a solution to my diabetes.

So, here I am again, trying to reach my goals pertaining to the weight loss surgery that I will hopefully be undergoing in the next few months.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." -- Aristotle

I am a 28 year old female who enjoys music, traveling, writing, and fine dining. My family is a very important part of my life. I love the summertime and spending time at the beach. I am a "chronic cruiser," and I honestly believe I was born to be at sea.

"To live is the rarest thing of all. Most people just exist." This quote makes me think of all of the things that I've wanted to do and how I decided that I don't want to just exist, I really want to live. I want to run, and hopefully do a marathon. I want to see the Great Wall of China. I want to parasail and go in a hot air balloon. I want to learn to speak Italian, and I want to live in Italy, even if for just a short period of time. Among all of this, I want to lose weight and gain a healthier lifestyle.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." -- Marianne Williamson

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." -- Thomas Jefferson

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

"When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top."

Member Since: 9/18/2010

Fitness Minutes: 3,561

My Goals:
I would like to live a healthier lifestyle. Eat healthier, exercise more. I would like to be happier and full of more energy and gain a more positive outlook on life.

My Program:
I have started the 90 day Body By Vi challenge.... I am going to improve my life by getting the right amount of nutrition and exercise and I am going to use SparkPeople as a tool to support me during my weightloss goals.

2 delicious shakes a day
1 delicious meal a day
1 great workout a day

Personal Information:
I am from Ohio. I am currently thinking about starting cosmetology school. I hope to undergo gastric bypass surgery in the month of October to help me attain my weight loss goals, as I have tried many ways in the past to do it on my own.

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