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The Journey continues. Weight loss surgery helped me lose a bunch of weight and to have a season of actually feeling really good in my body for a while. But time management issues crept back into my life, my exercise program went on hold, Covid battles ensued, and over the last year I have had a slow gain that has pretty much derailed my progress and left me a bit discouraged and uncomfortable in my body and my wardrobe. I am again having knee pain and heel spurs (which just makes it harder to exercise, ugh!) I am back up to a number on the scale that I never wanted to see again, and it's time to take my life back...AGAIN! So I'm back here on SP to get re-focused and to have a place to be accountable. I did it before and I can do it again, with God's help. Looking FORWARD to REVERSE! Reversing the numbers on the scale, reversing the effects of excess weight on my body, reversing the mental/emotional weariness of feeling like I was losing the battle. I'm NOT going to lose the battle, but I AM going to lose the weight!

Updated 6/9/18

This is a New Season for me. I KNOW that things are not meant to stay the same. CHANGE is a part of the rhythms of life and it IS good! I put aside fears, expectations and how other people thought I should do things, and with God's help, took a radical step of weight loss surgery. I wanted to cooperate with the PROCESS of change and really see some positive things happen! I was so ready for my BREAKTHROUGH and with faith, family, fortitude..and the medical community...I MADE it happen!

I have often joked that the last time I was a size 14 I WAS 14, but it is true. Excess weight has been an issue in my life for more than 40 years. As I've dealt with obesity, I've dealt with poor self image, pain, diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, knee surgery, bone spurs, a hiatal hernia/reflux issues and other struggles. And I know I probably don't need to explain that weight issues negatively affect relationships, social life, financial life and careers; even though we can't always "measure" the impact.

After years of continual work improving the quality of my eating, increasing my activity, and still struggling to see the weight loss needed to live an actively productive and quality life, I finally took the step of weight loss surgery. Not a door I wanted to walk through. Advised by the medical profession to do this more than 12-15 years ago, I got more focused on my weight loss battle. And though I saw some successes, the effects of a lifetime of carrying the excess weight were definitely "out-weighing" my progress!

This has been a journey of several years in the making. After initially being turned down by insurance for lap band surgery in 2009, I redoubled my efforts at weight loss. (Financially, there was no way to proceed without insurance coverage.) I went from my highest weight of 343 down to the 320's and have since "hovered" in the 320-330 weight range over the last two years in spite of my very sensible and consistent weight loss plan. Diabetes and mobility issues clearly impacted my ability to "make" weight loss happen. Working crazy shift differentials sabotaged my body's cortisol and metabolic balance and the hard-fought-for weight loss quickly would return.

Although my diabetes was controlled without insulin, I was on four different medications to help me keep my blood sugar as close to normal ranges as possible. I was also on two prescriptions for high blood pressure plus a statin for high cholesterol. In addition was a regular regime of anti-inflammatory pain relievers for pain in my knees and lower back.

After several different health plan changes through my husband's employer, and finally, (after 30 years self employed with no benefits) a new career with great benefits for me, I finally had access to an insurance plan that would cover bariatric surgery and felt that as God opened this door, that it was time to walk through it.


I had a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy on November 9, 2017. It was a difficult decision nonetheless, and some things about my body and how it works are never going to be the same. Nonetheless, this is a positive CHANGE PROCESS and has initiated the BREAKTHROUGH I've been looking for into a more active lifestyle!

Since the surgery, I have been taken off ALL the diabetes medications and one of the two blood pressure pills. They expect they will have to take me off the other one soon as well. My blood sugar and blood pressure readings have been consistently and perfectly within normal range.

I want to give my thanks to everyone here on SP sharing the journey with me as I work to take the LIMITS OFF MY LIFE and the WEIGHT off my BODY! It is TIME! (It is well PAST time is more the truth!) Enough IS Enough! While I have not done well in my past battles with weight, I do intend to win the war!

I know that surgery is not a "magic bullet" so to speak. It's just another tool in my tool box. I still have to work hard and consistently be aware of what I'm eating, making healthy choices, and working diligently on increasing my activity. But now down 70+ pounds, I'm feeling great! I have been able to get back to the pool and some real physical activity--walking every day, more energy, more ability...just more LIFE. I'm so excited to see some new successes in my life!

Blessings to all of you who are joining me on this journey to better health! I appreciate the support atmosphere here on SP, and especially the support from my challenge team-family (especially those who continually support me as I have struggled with staying "engaged" with my support team while I focus on my own immediate life concerns).

I still have a ways to go, but I WILL win this battle with God's help most of all...and yours...and plenty of hard work on my part, I know.

Everyone is different, but for me, the decision to proceed with bariatric surgery was difficult..but now that it's done, I know that it is worth it for the part of my life I have gotten back. At one time, I never thought I would actually do it, but I came to an inner place of knowing I had to do WHATEVER IT TAKES. The door has opened and I was compelled to walk through it. This is A NEW JOURNEY... a new LIFE...and I'm loving it!


What motivates me is the truth my spirit came to recognize. A dear friend of mine has a motto about "Loving Myself Healthy, One day at a time". It made me think about what loving myself really looks like. Jesus said "love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt 19:19, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27, Romans 13:9b, Galatians 5:14, James 2:8, Leviticus 19:18). Yep, he said it a LOT. Love your neighbor AS YOURSELF. Really. I came to understand that I really can't love anyone else properly if I don't know how to love myself.

So what does that look like? Well, it looks like ALL the things I want for those around me that I love. 1. That they know and love Jesus. 2 That they have good health. 3. That they have enough provision that they are not perpetually struggling, that they can enjoy what life has to offer, and they can happily give to others. 4. That they have purpose and joy in life, peace with themselves, and people they love to share that with.

Well, it's TIME. It's time to learn to love myself. 1. Thankfully, I know and love Jesus. 2. Health is not always in our control, but I have an obligation to myself AND all those I love to do WHAT I CAN DO to take care of God's temple and get my body in good condition. And I can more fully accomplish 3 and 4 if I have a healthy body to do it in. So I'm going to take the words of Jesus to heart! I'm going to Love MYSELF healthy, (lose weight and get fit) so I can properly show love to all those I care about!

I'm not LOSING weight, I'm GETTING RID OF IT! I have NO intention of finding it again!


My first goal was to lose 13 lbs in 13 weeks (by my 55th birthday). With the help and encouragement of all my friends on SP, I started with 10 minute walks, and improving my eating. I am now able to walk a mile at a time, I've done really well with sticking to my meal plan, I've been maintaining normal blood sugar readings AND I have lost not 13---but 20 lbs in those 13 weeks! I ended the Summer challenge at 314 lbs.

My next goal was to get rid of another 20 lbs during the Fall Challenge--Unfortunately that didn't quite happen. So, I'm resetting the time component, but the goal is the same...get the rest of the way to 294. I love the LOVELY LIMES team, so I'm going to participate in the Winter Challenge as my point of focus for 12 lbs in 10 weeks (by 2/19/15).

Okay, the Winter challenge was a bust for me. Didn't lose weight, and over the course of the challenge I actually gained back about 7 lbs. Working 3rd shift, irregular sleep, and eating too many convenience foods took their toll. But I am NOT a quitter and I WILL persevere.

OKAY, its now 2 years later and I'm still struggling over the same 15 lbs. Too much yo-yo-ing going on here! I am still determined! Setting my goal for the "Mission:SLIMPOSSIBLE" Biggest Loser summer challenge to take off 15 lbs in the next 10 weeks.

2018-March - A new Challenge, a new goal! Surgery for me WAS the tool I needed. It's no cake walk. I still need to stay focused and self disciplined. I still need to improve and increase my physical activity. And more than ever, I need to eat QUALITY and not quantity foods. I'm down 50 lbs from Oct 1, 2017. Setting a new goal of 20 more pounds over then next 10 weeks (260). If surgery was my breakthrough, like a plant emerging from the hard winter soil, this Spring is now is my TIME to BLOOM!

Summer 2018 - Now at 266...a distant place from my highest weight of 343, but still a distant place from my goal...which for now, is to get under 200 lbs. As I knew going in, surgery is no magic bullet, and the weight loss has slowed down. But I am continuing to work on increasing my activity and to make good food choices...Losing Weight on my Six Inch Plate... Hoping to be back riding a bike by the end of summer. Grateful for the feeling of well-being and the energy to do so much more than I could before. Looking for at least another 15 lbs weight loss over the next 10 week challenge...Cruisin and Losing through this summer!

Member Since: 2/18/2011

Fitness Minutes: 15,079

My Goals:
Lose weight and get healthy. Ultimate goal is to lose 150 lbs. Interim goal is to get moving physically and lose enough weight to be active and enjoy more of life. I want to feel good in my own body getting out and doing active things with my friends and family.

My Program:
Goal 1: Drink 6-10 glasses of water daily, Plenty of Protein and Focus on Fresh Veggies for fiber
Goal 2: Stick to Losing Weight on my Six Inch Plate every day
Goal 3: Get moving...get out and walk for 15-20 minutes OR swim 15-20 laps at least three days a week.
Goal 4: Meal planning so I don't look for a quick fix for energy and make bad food choices.
Goal 5: Use food for fuel, not comfort,distraction or boredom.

PROGRESS GOAL: Lose 5% of my body weight each quarter of the year.

Personal Information:
Currently live and work in Windsor, CT
Loan Servicing Specialist at RCN Capital -- Enjoying the free Staff Caff cafe [#healthylunch]and lots of #workperks.
Former Real estate broker for The Master's Key Realty LLC

Married 36 years to my college sweetheart

Magnificent 27 y.o. daughter who is wise beyond her years and makes me proud every day!

Born again, Holy Spirit filled child of the Living God and ambassador of his son Jesus Christ!

Other Information:
Favorite food: eggplant parmesan (I know, weird choice for a favorite!)
Favorite book: The Bible
Favorite activities: bible-study, reading, singing, walking, swimming, photography, scrap-booking, connecting with friends...
Favorite thing I do to help others: Finance & budget counseling, negotiating bill settlements, and helping people get out of debt!

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