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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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  • v ELLAREE57
    Happy New Year....hope all is going well
    3651 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as a friend. I added you too.
    Since you have done so well , I feel very confident that i too will do well.
    This is my first holiday time with my new eating habits. So far so good.
    The rest of the month will tell the tale.
    I just had the dietitian increase my calories intake, I was burning up so many calories in exercise and getting very tired. Was told I needed more food. Hope they know what they are talking about.
    I went from 900 a day to up to 1200.
    i hope you are having a nice holiday time.
    You probably have snow where you live so it seems like the winter season, or Xmas season.
    Have a nice day.
    Spark on!!!
    3703 days ago
  • v ELLAREE57
    Just stopping by to see how your feeling. Hope every thing is ok.
    3727 days ago
  • v ELLAREE57
    I loved it when I seen you say you were normal! haha, I know so much how you feel. way to go!
    3787 days ago
    Wow! Check you out! You are doing a great job! I hope you are feeling well. I haven't been on spark people for WAY too long. I need to reconnect. It might make me behave again too. :) Keep up the great work!
    3794 days ago
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