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“So much time, and so little to do! Strike that, reverse it.” - Willy Wonka

Time to do some of those things. Get out of the house and enjoy what life has to offer as opposed to what Dish Network has to offer.

My story: Since an early age I can never remember being anything but overweight. Pictures of me around 4 or 5 years old show a pudgy kid and it just got worse from there. I was always the fattest kid in school. Dreaded gym class and social situations.

Like most others I tried lots of diets over the years. I actually attended Weight Watchers with my Mother while I was still in grade school. It was like any of the other diets I tried, worked somewhat for a while and then fell off the wagon for one reason or another. Tried various low calorie diets by many names. The weight problem continued through high school and into college and beyond. My boss at my first real job after college told me I needed to do something about my weight so I gave Medifast a shot. Eating nothing but a liquid protein shake will take off the weight off, and it did, but it can not be maintained. And it wasn't it. Tried to exercise the weight off numerous times, but when you are morbidly obese the literal pain of exercise was in my mind worse then being fat. Was one of the many people on Fen-Phen when it was popular, was lucky to come out of it with no heart damage. Spent time and money on the Nutris-System diet, eating packages of prepare meals. Lost weight but just like every other time I found it again. Tried Atkins, it worked great for a few months. Dated Jenny Craig for a time, till we drifted apart. I am sure there is a few more in my 35 year history of diets that I am forgetting, but it does not matter really since they all had the same outcome.

The outcome was that I eventually weigh 360 pounds, was morbidly obese with sleep apnea, had no self esteem or self confidence and very poor personal relationships.

It was at this point in my life that I looked into weight loss surgery. Others had mentioned it to me over the years at different times, but I never gave it second thought as I had never been a fan of doctors over the years. Never been in a hospital for anything other then a broken arm when I was 9 years old and the idea of choosing to have an elective surgery, where at the time 1 in 200 people died, seemed crazy to me. But over the period of a year or so, I reflected on my life, and the pain of where I was, was greater then the risk of surgery.

So I began looking into the surgery more and more through online resources. Learning all I could and eventually over a period of many months, made the decision to move forward with the surgery in late 2002. I was very lucky to find a very qualified surgeon in my local area and enrolled in their program. The program consisted of going through mental evaluations, meeting with a dietitian, going to pre-op support meetings and meeting with physical therapy people to work out a post op exercise program. It took months complete all the steps the doctor required but finally in late March of 2003 I had the RNY gastric bypass surgery.

I had no complication during or after the surgery, nor any to this day. I for what ever reason have been lucky and can still eat any food now that I could before the surgery, without it causing me any problems. I lost from my highest weight of 360, a total of 175 pounds. I used to wear size 54 pants, now size 34. My shirts were XXXL, now medium and large. More importantly I am not sure how, because I do not remember it really being a conscience choice on my part, but the weight loss has changed my eating habits. I used to live to eat and now eat to live, as the saying goes. I really enjoy fruits, vegetables, brown rice and a wide range of other healthily food. I really think about what I am going to eat now and decide if it is worth it. In the past it was what ever is most convenient, which of course was most often fast food or some other processed junk food. This doesn't mean I never eat fast food or junk now, because I do, it just does not happen very often and moderation is the key. I still enjoy having a beer or glass of wine every now or then and I still eat ice cream. But a half gallon of ice cream which I could eat in one or two sittings, now sits in my freezer for so long it usually grows ice crystals on top before I finish it. Moderation is by far the one lesson this surgery has taught me that has helped me come as far as I have. I refuse to deny myself anything as long as it is in moderation. I eat candy, will eat a dessert, drink alcohol, eat fast food, love cookies and pie still. I just don't have them everyday and I don't over do it when I do have them. Now it is one cookie instead of five or six, it is one beer instead of five or six, I am probably sharing the dessert and the fast food is a small hamburger and a few fries instead of some super sized mess of fat and calories. To be continued………...

Member Since: 11/22/2008

My Goals:
Reduce bodyfat from 26% to 18%. Eat more fruits and veggies and more healthy foods overall, for myself and my son. Get outside and play. Hike, ski, snow shoe, bike. I will workout with a combination of strength training and cardio.

My Program:
Cardio for 60 minutes at least 4 time per week. One hour of strength training 3 times per week. Hit 100 grams protein per day min. and around 2200 in calories.

Personal Information:
Live in North Idaho. Love to hike in local mountains, bike the many bike trails in the area, snow ski in winter. Love good coffee. Had gastric bypass surgery in March 2003. Grew up in Nebraska so by law I live and breath Husker football.

Other Information:
We're always getting ready to live, but never living.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer

This was me for most of my life. I held back from doing so many things in my life because of my weight. Telling myself "if I just lost this weight I could then do X. Always getting ready to live, but never living.

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  • v FOOFIT1
    The Ratatouille is extremely good. I was really surprised! I mean, not that surprised because I do love veggies... Still, I didn't think it was possible for me to look forward to a veggie dish like I would cake or something! Haha! I plan to make it a lot more in the future. It's so easy. Just saute a bunch of veggies in a pan, and that's it!

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    3791 days ago
  • v NEELOJ
    Welcome to shutterbugs….
    Hi!! So glad you joined us in our Shuttlebug team!
    We have so much fun on this team. We love to share our photos with each other and to comment on them.

    Please check in the General Discussion section for the Photo Assignments.
    Each assignment has complete directions in the very first post of the assignment which will be on page one, scroll to the bottom of the page.
    We have a new one each week and they are a lot of fun. Sometimes they can be a challenge too!! You are welcome to add pictures to any of the assignments.

    If you have any questions be sure and ask, either on a team or you are welcome to email me.
    I will be looking forward to seeing your photos!!

    3792 days ago
  • v FOOFIT1
    I don't mind that you laughed at my Nightmares and Mishaps blog. I'm sure I will go back and do the same eventually! I still have nightmares about high school where I'll realize I have a test in a class I've never attended before. In the dream I'm always thinking "Really? How did I *not* attend a high school class for an entire semester?" Haha! Dreams like that are crazy. I expect I'll have them for a long time to come!

    3792 days ago
  • v FOOFIT1
    Wow. I am amazed by your story. Isn't it strange to fat talk even when you're NOT fat??? I've been doing it ever since I can remember... Even when I was 30 lbs. lighter than this I used to constantly fat talk myself. Ridiculous! I hope that you too can overcome the bad thoughts. They are poisonous I think, and to overcome them would result in a major overall improvement in quality of life! Thanks so much for commenting on my blog today. I hope to read more from you in the future!

    3792 days ago
    Thanks for your comments on my blog. I wish you the best on your journey.

    3797 days ago
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