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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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