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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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    Welcome to the Lap Band Surgery Team! We're so glad you joined us. We have a great group of supportive and encouraging people who are at all different stages with the lap band. I hope you will feel right at home with us. Please make sure to post to the message boards to introduce yourself and ask any questions - we're here for you! I look forward to getting to know you better.

    Best of luck to you on your journey to better health!


    4108 days ago
    Welcome to the LapBand Surgery team.

    I see Lita and CAE4GRACE have already welcomed you. I’d like to add my welcome to theirs.
    I see Lita has already welcomed you. I’d like to add my welcome to hers.

    If you need help or support, please post to the boards. Someone will get back to you quickly. It seems someone is always online. I have found this team to be wonderful. I hope you do too.

    Good luck reaching your goals of a healthier lifestyle.



    4108 days ago
  • v L*I*T*A*
    welcome to the lap band family................so glad you are here......we are now a combined team so would strongly suggest you join both our teams "lap bander" and" lap band surgery".....................
    each team has is a library of different articles worth reading and we have daily challenges on the lap banders team......and many games on the lap band surgery team......feel free to join in......you will soon be are on your way to seeing the results you have longed for so long.......wishing you well with you lifestyle changes,as we journey together.............we are here for you............if you need any help don't hesitate to ask..............looking forward to getting to know you better...............blessings and hugs..................lita

    4108 days ago
    emoticon Hi Amanda! I am so glad to see you on here. We are going to do this together. =) I know you can! How do you like the Biggest Loser workout on Wii? I just got Wii Fit plus today, I'm going to try it out tomorrow (I got it after I already worked out). If you ever need motivation..just let me know. I'm here for you. Can't wait to get healthy and be thin in 2010! =)

    4109 days ago
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