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My name is Amanda and I'm 28 years old. I live in Redondo Beach, California. I've been overweight for as long as I can remember. I've tried a multitude of diets, with some success, but have always managed to find all the pounds I've ever lost, and then some. I'm having Lap-Band surgery this summer, and am currently in my 6-month physician supervised diet and exercise program to change my habits and maximize my chances at success. I know there are a lot of people who think the Lap-Band is the "easy way out" or that the risks are too great versus losing weight naturally. I say, "to each his own" and for me personally, I wholeheartedly intend to end this vicious cycle and get some long-lasting help in losing weight and keeping it off. I know the Lap-Band is not an easy fix, and it will only work in conjunction with diet and exercise, but I feel I need the extra help and am determined to make myself successful!

In 2007, I did the Danskin sprint triathlon at Disneyland in Anaheim, California at 267lbs. I trained for several months, and even though I was afraid I might die before ever seeing the finish line, I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it! It was an immensely rewarding experience and I'm so glad I let my friends talk me into doing it! If you have a Danskin triathlon scheduled in your area, I highly recommend the experience. It was a huge challenge for me at that size, but the finish line feels incredible! I definitely can't wait to do my next one. As my name implies, I'm an avid kayaker! I love going out in the marina, the ocean, or the caves! I also love to swim and soak up the sun as much as possible!


Member Since: 1/9/2010

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My goal, before any number of pounds, is to live life without physical pain. I'm at the highest weight of my life, and I have back pain, hip pain, knee and foot pain, as well as chronic headaches. I want to wake up one morning and be able to say I feel fantastic! If I can do that, the number isn't as important. My personal goal is to weigh 165lbs. by July of 2013, which will be 3 years post Lap-Band.


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