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Hello All~

      I am a twenty something mother of one and Army wife. I have struggled with obesity all of my life. All through my youth, I was a competitive swimmer, diver, and track & field athlete but I remained overweight. I remember reaching 200 lbs and a size 16 when I was in 8th grade but no one ever really saw me as overweight because I was a successful athlete and "carried my weight well." I continued to gain weight slowly throughout high school and into college, no matter what kind of diet, exercise program, or nutrition program I tried the numbers continued to creep up the scale. My husband and I tried to get pregnant for 3 years before I finally found out that we had succeeded. For a long time I lost weight during my pregnancy and my doctor was supportive. Unfortunately, during my third trimester, I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and was put on bed rest. Before I knew it, I gained over 50 pounds in less than 6 weeks. After my son was born, I figured I could loose the weight but I never did. Now several years later, I have peeked at 257 pounds and I find myself taking medications for blood pressure, allergies, asthma, joint pains, insomnia, etc… I have tried every prescription drug, every miracle pill, programs, nutrition programs, etc… and nothing has been successful for me. A turning point in my life came when my six-year-old son looked at me and asked me if I wanted X. I want you to be skinny so we can do karate together.” I just cried right there since I had just finished yet another medically supervised weight loss program that day with the label of “morbidly obese.” I thought back to all those bottles of medication my mother has to take for her various illnesses (related to her own weight problem) that I vowed right then and there, that I did not want this to continue, it was time to take more drastic measures. I WANT to be healthy; I want to live life for me and for my family!

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Favorite Quote:
"Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand
another's beliefs, practices, and habits without necessarily
sharing or accepting them. Tolerance quickens our appreciation
and increases our respect for a neighbor's point of view."
~Rabbi Joshua Leibman

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My Weight Loss Tracker

Date Current Weight Current BMI Weight Change Comments
01/19/05 257 lbs. 44.1 - 0 lbs. Surgery Day!
01/26/05 239 lbs. 41.0 - 18 lbs. 1st week post-op
02/02/05 234 lbs. 40.2 - 23 lbs. 2nd week post-op
02/09/05 230 lbs. 39.5 - 27 lbs. 3rd week post-op
02/16/05 xxx lbs. xx.x - xxx lbs. 1 month post-op
03/16/05 xxx lbs. xx.x - xxx lbs. 2 months post-op
04/13/05 xxx lbs. xx.x - xxx lbs. 3 months post-op
05/11/05 xxx lbs. xx.x - xxx lbs. 4 months post-op
06/08/05 xxx lbs. xx.x - xxx lbs. 5 months post-op
07/06/05 xxx lbs. xx.x - xxx lbs. 6 months post-op
08/03/05 xxx lbs. xx.x - xxx lbs. 7 months post-op
08/31/05 xxx lbs. xx.x - xxx lbs. 8 months post-op
09/28/05 xxx lbs. xx.x - xxx lbs. 9 months post-op
10/26/05 xxx lbs. xx.x - xxx lbs. 10 months post-op
11/23/05 xxx lbs. xx.x - xxx lbs. 11 months post-op
12/21/05 xxx lbs. xx.x - xxx lbs. 12 months post-op
01/18/05 xxx lbs. xx.x - xxx lbs. 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!