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My name is Lauri and I am a 43 year old, twice divorced female living in Clackamas, Oregon. I have been morbidly obese my entire life and I've finally decided it's time to change that once and for all. I've tried all kinds of diets and fads, but this time I'm choosing to change the way I eat. I am starting out at 396 pounds (definitely not proud of) and would like to get down to about 160-175 realistically for my bone structure. I love making new friends and can use all the encouragement I can get. A friend introduced me to Take Shape for Life, so I am trying to follow that program without being able to buy their supplements yet. It's an expensive program, but has amazing results. My friend has lost 75 lbs in just over 3 months. I don't expect those kind of results, but it would sure be nice! I hope to make some good friends here. Update 7/26/11 I followed TSFL for a while and had some results, but it was just too strict for me so in May I switched to Weight Watchers and I am doing better with that. I am still having ups and downs, but I am losing weight, but then I slip and put it back on. I am recommiting myself to my program as of today and plan on tracking again faithfully and exercising on a regular basis. That's been hard for me ever since I broke my foot in May hiking and couldn't walk on a daily basis like I was. Now I will start again and see where the roads might take me!
Well, that little venture didn't last long and now as of last Thursday when I went to the doctor I am back up to my starting weight of 396 pounds. I am frustrated and upset because I had lost a total of 30 pounds and here I went and put it all back on. I have come into some money, so I did my research and on October 4th I will be flying to San Diego to go to Tiajuana to have Gastric Sleeve surgery. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. It is at a new hospital and the doctor is highly recommended. I plan on sticking to this plan to the letter and hopefully I will lose a large amount of weight in a short amount of time. I went into this planning to have a gastric bypass and they actually talked me into having the less invasive, less expensive surgery. I will be adding new photos as I set up for my before and after journey. I pray that all goes well and that nothing happens on the operating table. I have faith and my Mom with me for support. I will write again after this crazy event in my life and along the journey. UPDATE 12/23/2012
I had my surgery which you can read about in my 10/18/2012 blog, but everything went really well and I came back and stayed with Weight Watchers as well and I'm doing fantastic. I am averaging a loss of about 2.8-4.0 pounds per week and I'm shedding inches like crazy. I am down 2 1/2 clothing sizes and moving down quickly. I just buy a pair of pants and 6 weeks later they are too big. I'm losing really fast in my waist and legs. The belly is a little slower, but it's coming along too. People say they can see it in my face as well. I see me in the mirror everyday so I don't notice the changes really, just in my clothes. I've lost almost 60 pounds since I started my pre-diet for the surgery and hope to be to 75 by January and 100 pounds by March. That would put me below 300 pounds finally. Woo-hoo!!! I hope to lose a total of 200 pounds by the end of 2013. I think if I believe it, I can achieve it!

Member Since: 2/24/2011

Fitness Minutes: 31,564

My Goals:
I would like to be thin enough by my 25th class reunion in 2013 that people wonder who I am. I want to wear a wedding dress that isn't a tent and I want to feel good in my body. I also want to walk into any store and be able to buy clothes.

My Program:
I have joined Weight Watchers and am following a strict program with them. I've also started walking usually 5 times a week and if I don't do that I do a workout video. Need to add some strength training in there.

Personal Information:
I am from Clackamas, Oregon which is just a suburb of Portland. I am dating an amazing man that I met online and we are planning on getting married, although nothing is set in stone yet. I am a caretaker for my mom who is disabled with fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, diabetes, and a host of other maladies. I have the cutest puppy in the world named Cooper who is a Pomeranian and an 18 1/2 year old cat named Scooter.

Other Information:
I love to read mystery and crime novels, I love music--mostly country is on my radio, I cross-stitch, love to shop, go to the beach, go camping when I can, shop on ebay when I have the money and hang out with my friends. My favorite quote is by Mother Teresa-"I know God doesn't give me any more than I can handle, but sometimes I wish he didn't trust me so much!"
How true is that!

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  • v .DUSTY.
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    emoticon Happy Belated Birthday To You Laurie!
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    2197 days ago
  • v STORMY96
    Id like to invite you to join in my challenge to lose 10 pound in April The goal is 10 pounds but really u do what u can. The decision to how much is ultimately up to you. i know some of us might be saying 10 pounds? WOW, that is too much! cant do it! But i am here to tell u i did it for 7 months straight, (lost 75 pounds) b4 i got sick with cancer and had dropped out for 3 yrs. unfortunately due to lack of activity it took me 3 yrs to gain it all back, but im back to tell you that with your help I can do it again. if u stay within ur calories that are alotted and if u track everything that passes ur lips u can do it too. I was never one that stayed on a diet before, for more than 3 weeks at a time, and then I'd get discouraged and dropped off. i lost 75 pounds just doing calorie counting and tracking to make sure i never went over. i barely exercised ...i am handicapped and i cant do exercises in the conventional way but i flapped my arms while showering, and sitting did leg raises, went up and down my stairs whenever it struck me to do so. i did very minimal stuff. the idea was to keep moving and i did that. so i know with disipline, encouragement and motivation u can too.. so i invite u to come and join me on my 10 pound challenge! cut and paste link below
    2239 days ago
    I have a lot of Teddy Bears...in fact I have a house full of them....lol
    I haven't bought as many recently...having said that..my daughter gave me a very large one for my birthday and followed it with an even bigger one for Christmas.....

    Hopefully I won't have to downsize houses or get rid of any of them in the very near future....

    Enjoy your fairies
    2272 days ago
    Hey there...I am picking you are a teddy bear lover as well????
    2293 days ago
    emoticon Wow you are amazing and just the encouragement I need to keep on this journey.
    2310 days ago
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