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I have struggled with my weight for about 20 years now. I'd lose, then gain it back and then some. Add to that the fact that I had a total hysterectomy when I was 24, then my gall bladder removed, and about 5 other surgeries somewhere before, after and in between and my metabolism just shut down. Diabetes followed soon after, and my struggle just worsened. Finally, I had enough.

I had lap band surgery on May 29, 2008. I weighed over 300 lbs when I started this journey on April 7, 2008, and I'm now down 140 lbs.

When I first started out, my goals were simple. I wanted to be rid of diabetes. I met that goal. I know I will always be "diabetic", but mine is completely diet controlled. My endocrinologist even said, "don't come back, unless something happens". RELEASED from her care. Woohooo!

I wanted to be able to play with my grandchildren and not be worn out. I wanted to be healthier and happier. And I am. I've met those goals.

But... as we all do, I've gotten a little lazy over the last several months. I've gained just a few pounds. Not enough to have me screaming, but I GAINED. So.... it's time to get that Spark back and get back to exercising and getting back to LOSING.

So, here I am. Again.

When I first joined, I had done as a lot of other people had, and made a list of actual rewards for reaching their goals. This is my newly modified list.

So.. here's my list - at 5% increments.

Starting weight 181.
172 - One non-sale item from the store of my choice.
163 - a manicure AND pedicure
155 - a special geocaching weekend
147 - trip to Buckle for jeans
140 - something special to be determined, for meeting my goal.

Member Since: 7/7/2008

Fitness Minutes: 3,053

My Goals:
My current mini-goal:

1. Lose 8 pounds in August

2. To NOT be the last person to complete the diabetes walk this year!

My Program:
Lap-band surgery May 29, 2008.

Exercising a minimum of 3 days per week - usually 60 minutes on treadmill and 30-45 in the pool.

Daily food journaling of every bite I take without beating myself up over anything.

Personal Information:
40 year old mother of one living somewhere in Central Alabama.

Other Information:
Volunteer Fire Fighter / Basic First Responder / Haz Mat A&O certified.

Mom of 1
Avid crocheter. Geocacher.
Civil War/living history reenactor.

Married 24 years to my best friend and the most wonderful man on the planet.

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  • v VHASKEW36
    Thank you so much for adding me as your friend, I'm adding you right now. Hope to get to know you as we work to change our life style. God bless, your new spark friend, Ginny
    4417 days ago
  • v VHASKEW36
    Hey girl see we're on the same Crochet team. I love to crochet too. Haven't checked out the crochet swap, might look into it. God bless, Ginny
    4417 days ago
  • v VHASKEW36

    Welcome to the team Sweet Home Alabama. I'm so glad you joined us. We have a chat intitled Pull up a chair and chat, come on over and let us geet to know you . I also post challenges every day to help keep us moving and to have a little fun. I think thisi life style change should be FUN....otherwise we'll start but stop. You're doing great on your weight and it's wonderful that it has helped with lowering your sugar levels. Have a wonderful day, God bless, Ginny (leader)
    4417 days ago
  • v AMM105
    Hello from Alabama, neighbor!
    4418 days ago
    Hello and Welcome to Sparks. We are so excited for you to be here. I hope that you will see how this place will help you and stay for the long haul. A lot of info here and lots of people waiting to become your sparks buddie and encourage you along the way. I do hope your journey here will be a blessing to you. If you need anything please let me know. I was overwhelmed when I first came and had to ask a lot of questions.

    Blessings, Susan

    4418 days ago
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