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On August 13, 2009: I went to what my Doctor called an education day. I had decided to have gastric by-pass and this was a requirement. They explained lots of changes and how I would have to eat right after surgery and that they wanted us to start eating like that 2 weeks before we had surgery. Well at this time I did not have a date as of yet for surgery, but thought, if you can live off that much food, then lets do it. I had already lost 20 pounds on my own and was weighing 246 and Doctor said, he would like to see another 20 gone before surgery. So I decided if I had to eat this way after surgery, I would start now, eating 5 times a day, 1 ounce of protein and 1/4 cup of fruit or veggies. I lost 30 more pounds before surgery, which happened on Oct. 29. Now a year later in August I was down a total of more then 100 pounds. I can not believe how fast this year has gone and how much better I feel. I want to thank Spark People for the tools, exercises they show you, the food diary, (That was a great help to start with, as what is a portion). Introducing you to people to help keep you on task and who know what you are going through. I feel successful and I thank you all for being a part of that.
Update: On Sept. 7, I saw the surgeon for the first real time since surgery. (I had been seeing his assistant) and he said. "You have done great." He checked the BMI status and I am now right in the middle of normal. He smiled and said, "You are prefect. You don't need to lose any more, concentrate on eating and being healthy." I made him repeat the prefect part as my son was sitting next to me. :) Thanks again for being a part of that.

Member Since: 4/14/2009

Fitness Minutes: 13,238

My Goals:
To keep the weight off and keep up the exercises to keep my legs strong.

My Program:
On Oct. 29, I had gastric-bypass and had already lost more then 50 pounds.

Personal Information:
I live in Iowa, and have all my life. I have been married to my best friend for the last 27 years. We have 3 sons, and 2 Grandsons. My family is everything to me. Oh, my mother thinks it is important to tell people that I am leagally blind. I see some but not much. So if I make lots of typos' understand that I have trouble reading this little print. :)

Other Information:
My favorite things are fishing, playing with Grandsons outside. I enjoy some card games and baking for my GUYS.

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