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I've struggled with my weight all my life and have probably tried every plan twice. After fighting insurance I was approved for LapBand surgery. I had my surgery August 8th, 2008. I've lost 73 lbs since the end of July 2008 but I'm here to take charge of my exercise because the band will only do so much. (I've actually lost 21 lbs with SparkPeople but if I'd known about SP before my journey it would have been here so I'm using the SP 70lb emblem).

I've been here since January 10th and have lost 21 lbs.
SparkPeople has become my second home. I appreciate all the support all my fellow Sparklers have provided.

Things that have changed:
1) My attitude is now more positive
2) I've been journaling (No Mom it wasn't your nagging to journal that did this)
3) I'm getting my water in (but I'd like to increase it even more)
4)I've connected with so many great people
5)I'm logging my food every day
6)I'm logging my exercise (or on a bad day my lack of exercise)

Every thing is now down in writing! I'm accountable now!

Update 2/12/09!!!!!!
My BMI is down 10 pts!
I have lost a total of 24 inches!

Member Since: 1/10/2009

Fitness Minutes: 820

My Goals:
My primary goal is to get moving and active.

I will start with 20 minutes 3 days a week cardio and strength training two days a week.

I don't eat much as it is with the lap band so activity is the key to boosting my metabolism.

My Program:

Personal Information:
My name is Melanie.
I've been overweight most of my life. I've been married 21 years. I have no children but I have lots of fuzzy kids.
I have dogs, cats and birds. I've lived in Ohio, Texas, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and now Georgia. Sometimes I miss the MidWest but I don't miss the weather.
My husband and I used to travel a great deal and we've been to lots of great places. One of our favorite things to do is cruise. We've been on 6 cruises and hopefully we will get the opportunity to take another in a not to distant future.

Other Information:
I used to enjoy the great outdoors. I loved hiking and camping but after gaining so much weight those things weren't enjoyable. I want to get to the point where I can enjoy these things again.
I also loved roller coasters. I can't wait to be able to do this again.

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