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UPDATE 4/5/2012:

I abandoned SparkPeople for three years! But now I'm back. I had my sweet baby, who is now a toddler. I quickly lost my "baby weight," but then the pounds have started to creep back up. So I'm back with a goal of losing 30 pounds, which will get me squarely in the middle of a healthy BMI. I missed you, SparkPeople!

UPDATE 8/31/09:

I don't know if anybody still reads this, but I have neglected SP for quite awhile. With good reason; I'm pregnant and just started my second trimester. :) So no weight loss focus for me for awhile. I am hanging out just a little bit at BabyFit but not too much. Still working out 3-5x per week with some modifications, mostly yoga, toning & low-impact aerobics. Trying to eat well and stick within the 20-pound weight gain my doc wants me to.


I'm in my cocoon...and I'm going to come out a butterfly.

I have been obese my entire life.

I made the typical attempts. Atkins. Protein Power. Slimfast. Dexatrim. Weight Watchers (multiple times). I lost weight, but always gained it back, plus more. I lost 30 pounds on WW and basked in all of the compliments, while feeling sad that approval from family was tied to my weight. I got sidetracked due to surgery and then never got back on the wagon. Then I hit 300 pounds. Ouch.

I learned about the lapband from in 2005. I'd heard about the various gastric bypass procedures because of all of the celebrities who had it done. But it scared me. Now I know that everybody has to choose the right tool for them to lose weight and take control of their lives, and that it isn't cheating at all.

I had lapband surgery on 2/14/2008. Recovery was relatively easy and I have had no complications. Thirty pounds is the most I lost on any diet in the past 10+ years, and it took me a long time to do it. But this time I am going to go way beyond 30 pounds, and I'm going to keep it off.

I am making lifelong changes in my relationship with food, exercise and my body. I eat to live, not live to eat. I am learning to love myself. Exercise makes me feel strong and accomplished. It relieves stress, too!

The band is amazing, and I am very proud of what I have accomplished so far. As of 3/30/10, I have lost over 120 pounds.

Member Since: 7/24/2006

Fitness Minutes: 8,999

My Goals:
NEW GOAL: 30 pounds lost by 7/4/2012

~Weigh less than my husband
~ Fit on the rides at amusement parks & in all booths at restaurants
~ Shop in regular clothing stores
~ Get pregnant after reaching goal
8 pounds from goal*
~ Gain no more than 20 pounds during pregnancy
~ Lose baby weight within three months of childbirth

Percentage goals:

10% goal: by 5/30/08
*MET *

20% goal: by

30% goal: by
*MET* (a little late, but OK!)

100 pounds gone by 2/14/09

My Program:
~Tracking my food & exercise
~ Cardio (walking, dancing, aerobics) 5x per week for 30+ mins
~ Strength training 2-3x per week for 15+ mins

Personal Information:
I am from the Deep South, but I am not always OF the Deep South. If you know what I mean!

Other Information:
I am married to a wonderfully supportive husband. We have a toddler and three cats.

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    Congrats on losing 116lbs! I saw your profile picture on the Crock Pot Team Page, and just had to come visit your page because of your profile pic. I raised Monarchs as a child (before doing such was cool) and did it every summer on my own; nowadays they do it in school I hear. I change my page for almost every holiday and season; however every summer on SP I have butterflies on my page because I enjoy them so much, my favs other than Monarchs are swallowtails. But the beautiful gold-trimmed chrysalis of the Monarch is amazing and remarkable.
    2745 days ago
  • v BARCLE
    Hi and welcome to the Ladies Room team emoticon Have a super day emoticon
    2745 days ago
  • v WILLOW49
    Welcome to the EE team :) If you haven't already done so, be sure to stop by the team and introduce yourself. Let's get going!
    2746 days ago
  • v L*I*T*A*

    welcome back to the lap band glad you are here......
    we are now a combined team so would strongly suggest you join both our teams "lap bander" and" lap band surgery".....................
    introduce yourself on the lap banders team........... and feel free to join in as we offer daily challenges to help you get started on your way..............
    play many games on the lap band surgery team and while there check out the library of great articles worth reading and may answer many questions you may have...........
    you will soon be are on your way to seeing the results you have longed for so long......
    wishing you well with you lifestyle changes,as we journey together.............
    we are here for you............if you need any help don't hesitate to ask..............
    looking forward to getting to know you better...............
    blessings and hugs..................lita
    2756 days ago
  • v L*I*T*A*
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    wishing you and yours all the blessings of the Christmas season......
    blessings and hugs................lita
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    3233 days ago
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