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I am a 55 year old female that had tried every diet and exercise program there is and could not get the weight off or keep the little bit I would lose off. I finally gave in and had gastric bypass surgery on June 14, 2010 and I have to say it was the best thing I have ever done for myself! I feel alive again! Words can not describe what a difference my life is now. For the first time in years I have the energy to exercise and don't have to shop in the plus size department!!! I am off one of my blood pressure meds, the most expensive one, and cut one of them in half and the other one only occasionally do I need half a tablet. I have quit using my cpap because the pressure is too high now and I go for another sleep study in a couple of weeks, may not ever need it again! People treat me with more respect now, I'm not overlooked any more either! Anyone considering this surgery and is scared like I was should know it's worth the risk! Do your research and make sure you find a great Dr. like I did. The first couple of months were hard and it was painful, but it is so worth it!!! I would do it again in a heart beat!

Member Since: 2/15/2010

Fitness Minutes: 12,582

My Goals:
Lose 15-20 pounds by the end of May 010. Only lost 10.

Have gastric bypass surgery. Done!

Exercise regularly. Getting there! starting over, was there then had to quit due to hurt foot.

Be a normal size person. Done! No more plus sizes!!!

Have enough energy to get me through the day. Done!!

Get off the CPAP. Done, at least until i have another study and get my pressure lowered. Done!

Have a life! Done!

My Program:
I had Roux en Y gastric bypass surgery on June 14, 2010! I am on a regular high protein low carb diet, just eat a whole lot less!

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  • v MOSTMOM1
    Thanks so much for watching our crazy hoop vlog. We had fun making it. Hope you had a Sparktacular day!
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    3338 days ago
  • v ELLAREE57
    isn't life just great at how much it has changed! So glad to see how well you are doing, you deserve it all! Run with it... emoticon
    3486 days ago
  • v NICOLEBA47
    Just stop by to check on you and to let you know that I was thinking of you today! Hope you are doing find!
    Have a marvelous week!
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    3530 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/20/2011 2:28:41 PM
    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"
    3556 days ago
    I just wanted to post a quick Welcome to the 50+ members with 100+ Pounds to lose TEAM. We're so glad to have you join us. Please jump in and have a good time getting healthy. This is an excited group of folks and really active team so you should be able to find all sorts of inspiration and motivation. Just jump right in. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. There's always someone willing to help in any way possible. Don't forget to use the food/water tracker that spark people provides as well as the fitness tracker. These are excellent resources that will help keep you on the path you've chosen. Come on... let's get healthy TOGETHER!!! Together WE can do anything! Spark On! -Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon PS: Remember to SMILE, they're contagious! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3557 days ago
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