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My mother and me - New Years Eve 2012This is my current weight


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I have to update this. I had bariatric (VSG) surgery on March 16, 2016. This is a new journey for me. The picture on the left is from a 3 1/2 years ago. I had gained a lot of weight since then.

From 2006-2008, I lost close to 70 pounds. Slowly, I put it back on. I stopped weighing myself and thought I was just invincible. When I went to my first appointment for surgery pre-clearance for VSG, I found out that I weighed much more than I imagined I did. It was a huge shock. I knew I was making the right decision to have surgery, based on my experience of gaining weight back after two years of working incredibly hard to reach my goal weight. I knew it would a constant struggle for me to go on and off diets. I also knew I want a family someday and I needed to be healthy first.

So, I am back on SP to connect with the community of others who are sharing this journey and life experience. It is important to have support, especially from those who understand (truly understand).

I recently started reading a book called Women, Food, & God. It is helping me understand how I have used food in the past as a spiritual replacement. It was/is my addiction.

I know I deserve to be healthy and happy and I am excited to be here on this adventure.

Member Since: 3/26/2007

Fitness Minutes: 1,647

My Goals:
First Goal - to lose 20 pounds by Mom's 60th birthday party.

Second Goal - to lose 60 pounds by the end of March 2014.

Third Goal - to be close to goal weight by Europe trip/Honeymoon(May/June 2014)

My Program:
Drink water
Get in fitness minutes every week
Stay within calorie range everyday
Encourage myself
No late night eating

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Favorite movies: Pride and Prejudice, I Heart Huckabees, Drop Dead Fred, Rushmore, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Almost Famous
Favorite Books: Kafka, 100 Years of Solitude, The Girl with The Flammable Skirt, Murakami

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  • v SHELLS514
    Hi Jess! So glad you stopped by! So, you mentioned school starting soon, are you a college student?

    Thanks for the peanuts spark goodie..lol...they look nummy!!

    Have a great week sweetie; it's so nice to see you on here, keep coming back!I have reset my goals on my page and starting over for the new year fresh. The support and encouragement on here has helped me so much, I'm here for ya!

    Love and hugs,
    1557 days ago
    "Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it all you might.
    Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality.
    Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Thanks a bunch for the goodie! Have a healthy week!
    1558 days ago
  • v SHELLS514
    Oh, I hope you will be checking back in soon! Wishing you a wonderful weekend; I hope all is going good for you! emoticon emoticon
    1560 days ago
    Success is a Choice
    "Today I will make many choices, and each will have a consequence. Today I can choose to tell myself that I am worth the effort, or I can tell myself doesn't matter, I'll do it tomorrow. Today I can choose to journal, or I can choose not to. Today I can choose to drink my water, or I can choose to be
    dehydrated. Today I can choose to stay in my points range, or I can choose to hinder my goals. Today I can choose to be more active, or I can choose to take the easy way. Today I can choose to be motivated, or I can choose to tell myself "I can't." Today I can choose success. IT IS MY CHOICE."
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    Stopping by to wish you a great week, Sparkfriend! Keep doing your best to reach your goals...its up to you, and you know you're worth the effort, right?

    1565 days ago
  • v SHELLS514
    What a nice surprise to find your comment on my page! I understand how it is but a new year is the perfect time to get back on board. I hope things are good with you, I've thought of you often and hope to link back up with ya! Been doing good but sure I've gained some from the holidays, really need to stop it!! So good to see you and thank you for the goodie too! Hugs, Teri emoticon
    1568 days ago
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