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Recent picture of me in the winter 2010.

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At my heaviest weight in January2009 - with my two of my children and my husband on a cruise.

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This is me after about a 50 pound weight loss.

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I began my weight loss journey on November 11, 2009 - AGAIN. Fed up with my current health and weight, I decided to attend a seminar on LapBand. That is when I had the epiphany that I COULD succeed. I could get healthy and fit! And so, I set out to change my eating habits and my fitness level. I am on my way to a healthier me!
Update: On March 17, 2010, I had Lap Band Surgery. My hope is that it will help me control my hunger and food intake and be just one more tool to help me achieve my goals!

Member Since: 9/19/2007

Fitness Minutes: 7,024

My Goals:
After years of struggling, I am dedicated to a healthier lifestyle.
I am looking for Spark Friends that I can follow on their weight loss journeys - people who will motivate me and that are willing to work together on common goals - if you fit the bill please feel free to "friend" me and say hello!

My Program:
Following a 1600 calorie - low carb/high protein diet with the help of a dietician.
Following a 90 day program with my doctors in order to meet surgery requirements to have lap-band surgery.
Walking for exercise and working with hand weights for strenght training!
Update: March 17, 2010 - had lapband surgery with Dr. Collier, Conroe, TX. I am learning to eat in a whole new way!

Personal Information:
My name is Reese and I am from Houston Texas. I am 42, married to my husband Bill for 21 years (happily!) and we have 3 children (ages 23, 18, 13). I run my own pet care business and I enjoy taking care of animals and helping people.

Other Information:
My journey is just excited to see where it will take me!
I LOVE animals - especially dogs!
I love watching crime favorites are Criminal Minds and NCIS.
I am a self proclaimed "chocoholic"...and possibly a "pepsiholic" - although I am "off" both now - and the soda's forever once I have my band in place!

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    Thankyou so much for commenting on my blog. Your kind words and support mean a lot to me! You are right on with your analogy of "put your own oxygen mask on before assisting others" when it comes to taking care of our health. While I know that is true, I need to be more mindful of it on a daily basis. Thanks for the great perspective!


    3609 days ago
  • v QWEENRAY2000
    love that hairstyle on shows ur beautiful, happy, slender face emoticon
    3611 days ago
  • v TERRORE3
    Hey there Reese. Wanted to pop in and wish u The Happiest of Holidays... My Friend said to me today "What a difference a year can make!" and she's so right. It's been a Wonderful whirlwind for me. Never would have thought i'd be down 120lbs plus.. in under a year. All the other weight loss things i tried seemed so wasteful. lost 50lbs on Jenny Craig 2008 and it took me a year just to gain it all but 6months to gain it back plus 10lbs . craziness. I was so mad at myself for that. Anyway Meditation is my key to keeping it off this time i think. love it... and doing things to take care of me. Never did that years back either. Always there for everyone else and ignored me. Reese I'm so very proud of you . You're doing great at taking care of yourself. Congrats on your success GF. it's been super getting to know you this year. We're March surgery buddies bonded now. emoticon
    3618 days ago
  • v POPOF4
    Merry Christmas From your friend Dave I hope you have a wonderful time.
    3621 days ago
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    I want to wish you and your loved ones a Christmas season filled with love, laughter, and peace. May you make many memories to cherish and treasure for years to come.

    3622 days ago
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