Our Son, Meja Jr. age 9, with the Mayor Dave of Madison, WI, on "Bring your Son to Work Day"

My Baby Girl, Courtney, age 23, with her son, Devin on his first birthday

Stepdaughter's coatilian, Husband, Al &"Big Pappa" Givens, stepdaughter, Jean & me, E. Pamela





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On February 15, 2003 I had Gastric Bypass surgery. Before then I weighed in at 291 and wore a size 24-26. Before the surgery I had mitreal valve regurgitation and congestive heart failure, cardiac/ pulmonary adema, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, high cholesterol and depression. After the surgery, all my serious health problems resolved themselves and today I take medication for my depression.

By May 2003 weighed 155 and size 6-8. On Oct 29, when I married my husband, my weight was 150 and I wore a size 4-6. (My Christian Dior Cocoa Brown wedding gown was a size 4) I maintained this weight until November 2007. Today, 181 lbs and am a size 10/12. When I got married I was told that I was too thin, especially in my face so I'd like my ideal weight to be 160.

I have 2 biological children (DA 23 (1 grandson 1 1/2) & son 9 ) an adopted DA 18 ( 1 granddaughter 1 1/12) and 2 stepchildren (Son 22 & DA 18 (1 grandaughter 4 months), I'm also married to the most wonderful, loving husband that God created just for me!

Member Since: 6/5/2008

Fitness Minutes: 4,480

My Goals:
My Goals are to lose the ecxess weight and main it. Regularly exercise. Eliminate sugar from diet. Drink more water. Take regimine of vitamins that I'm suppose take for the rest of my life due to bypass.

My Program:
Exercise 3x/week.

Eat 3x / day with 2 healthy snacks.

Personal Information:
Am a 47 year old happily married African American female who looks 20 years younger than my actual age. Despite my age, my 23 year old daughter and I have often been mistaken for twins. Even when I was overweight I never looked my age. It is hard for people to believe that I am a grandmother of 2.

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Because of my spiritual upbring, I always trust in God to bring me out of any trials and tribulations. I have gone through so much in my life and he have never failed me yet.

I'm hoping to be an inspiration of hope and guidance for all my young sistahs who sometimes feel that they are alone and need someone to talk to.

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