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Thursday, January 15, 2015

I there my name is Tess and I am a mother and a wife. I am 44 yrs old and I am like a lot of others who have tried all kinds of diets and other stuff even had stomach surgery (they said I would be dead if I didn't have it so I did). I am a lot like others when it comes to why I over eat. I am addicted to it and find it a comfort. I eat when I'm happy, sad, nervous, mad, etc. The most I ever weighed that I know of is 428lbs. I had the by-pass surgery and got down to 240lbs. The place I had it done at back in 2005 is no longer in business, probably because it was more like a chop shop. There was not real education and follow up. There was 9 of us that had the same surgery done there (we all worked together) and 8 of us have gained most if not more of the weight back. I have some side effects from it but I am still alive so I guess that part did work. Anyway.
I am getting things ready for a complete life style change. My daughter Natalie is 23yrs and is a little over weight and really wants to get a hold of her weight before it gets out of control life dear old mom. So, I told her I would do it and so will dad. My husband (dad to Natalie) his name is Mitch. He used to be well over 300lbs, now he is a little over 200, but he lost his weight the wrong way, he would go without eating sometimes for days. Well that caused him some major health issues like diabetes and blood pressure problems. He eats like he is suppose to now but since I do all the grocery shopping and cooking, it is up to me to make this permanent change. I won't be able to go to the store until next Friday which is payday, but I figured I would go ahead and get this started and make my list and get some thoughts of what I am going to and get us motivate.
I have been laid off of work since May 2014, but I am going to school for Medical Billing/Coding so hopefully in April when I graduate I will be able to get a good job.
I am an emotional eater ( I know I kinda said that already) but I am a picky eater as well. I hate veggies except the bad ones like potatoes and corn. But a good thing is I never stopped from getting the correct veggies for Mitch and Natalie. I just need to figure out what I am going to do for me.
I know I need to get an exercise plan as well. So, I will be researching that also. I have some issues with exercising in front of people so I will be doing that in my spare bedroom so no one but Dobby will see me. Dobby is my 18month old main coon kitty.
I started gaining weight when I hit my teens, not a lot of weight but it was noticeable. But when my mom passed away when Natalie was 11 months old (I was 22) I started really packing on the pounds. So much that it caused problems in my marriage but I was in a cloud or fog so to say. I did not do anything for anyone except for Natalie. Where ever she was it was spotless and she was well taken care of. Then one day about 5 years later my dad passed away. I was a daddy's girl and when he passed it made me wake up. I looked in the mirror and started crying, I mean it was as if someone broke a Dam and I could not believe what I had done to myself. I was stuck and had no one to talk to. But now that I see that this could happen to Natalie, she could be without me when she needs me the most. Even if she has no clue she needs me. I need to be here for her and for whatever future grand-babies I may or may not have.
Well, I hope I did not bore anyone and I hope I will keep my posts on here entertaining.
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    Best of luck to you! One step at a time is all any of us can take. You can do this! Take advantage of everything this site has to offer.
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