You'll be seeing less of me in 2011!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Yes, its true, and its a GOOD thing.

2010 was a tough year. For the first time in my 50 years I started having some pretty serious medical issues - all of which were related to my weight. I've been on Spark for a long time - and every other program known to fatkind. My weight just kinds of hovers around the same spot. I'm exactly the weight I was at this time last year.

BUT - and that's a BIG but! - suddenly in 2010 things started to happen. My blood pressure suddenly went up to 200/100 in a period of a few months. I was put on medication for that, and finally got that all adjusted, and I started becoming so tired that I was constantly exhausted, and a few times contemplating using a go-cart at Costco. Back to the doc to find out that I now have asthma and enlarged heart.

My doctor asked if I'd be willing to talk to a bariatric surgeon, and I just started crying. I've tried, but... here I am.

Yesterday I started the pre-surgical weight-loss plan. My surgeon expects that my surgery will take place before the end of the month - it will be scheduled as soon as the final approval comes back from the insurance company which could be as soon as this week.

Am I a shining example of what Spark can do for people? No. Am I thrilled to have a permanent surgical alteration of my body? No. Do I want to ride around in a go-cart at 50 because I'm too overweight to walk, and be dead in a few years? Most unequivocally NO.

I'll still be coming to Spark - after all - it has the best nutrition-tracking ability of anywhere on the Web, and great people. But there will be LESS of ME this year! :)

If you're interested in more detailed information, please visit my blog.

I love my homies at Liberal Atheists Hippies, and I'm looking forward to getting to know some new homies at Gastric Bypass Sparklers!

Happy Gnu Ear and SPARK ON!
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  • LLEWIS6879
    And we (at least THIS LAH!!) loves you too!!!!!!

    I'm so glad things are progressing. It might not be effective to be mad at tampons, but it CAN be very gratifying to be mad at your INSURANCE company.....
    Especially if you get to give someone an earful.
    (Maybe even an ACCIDENTAL earful! Might not have been her fault, but it got her on the phone...)
    (And I did pee my pants a little...)

    But, when they actually WORK WITH YOU
    in that they actually HELP?!?
    Now THAT is wonderful.

    I know I join not just the Sparkers around you, but EVERYONE in your sphere of influence when I say,

    I'll take LESS of you... as long I get it for a long long time!!

    Hooray Rooby!!!
    3025 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/6/2011 1:06:17 PM
    3026 days ago
  • CKAYT56
    Good to hear from you my Beaverton friend. I hope that all goes well for you and I will be thinking of a new, healthy you in 2011! Take care of yourself and I will keep checking in on you from time to time.

    Char in Minnesota
    3026 days ago
  • JANENE413
    Hey, one foot in front of the other, Babe . . . we need to do what is in front of us. Good luck with your preparation and the surgery. Keep us informed. I will be checking up on you and expect nothing less than you taking care of YOURSELF in the most gentle and loving way--like you would a dear friend.
    Hugs and best wishes for you!


    3027 days ago
    Good good luck with the surgery and the results - I hope it makes (all of) you (that is left) much healthier!
    3027 days ago

    Looking forward to seeing less and less of you!

    3028 days ago
  • TRISH579
    Good to hear from you!
    3028 days ago
    Good to see you here, ROOB! :) SMOOCH!!! I've been following your other blog too, so keep those updates coming!

    I'm glad to hear things are progressing and the surgery will soon be scheduled! You can do this and you WILL!
    3028 days ago
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