Real name: Valerie
Geographical location: Southern California
Marital Status: Married
Children/Ages: 2 - daughter 28, son 37, 5 grandchildren from 20 months to 17 years old and 1 great grandchild 3 months old
Occupation: Association Executive (NPO)
Pets: 1 assistance dog, 3 cats and husband
Hobbies/Interests: School, school and more school
Height: 5' 4.5"
Eye/Hair Color: Blonde/Brown (Goldwell colours)
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Fobi Pouch 7/14/1999
Starting Weight: 270 +/-
Present Weight: 198.8
Goal Weight: 150 lbs
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: stopping grazing
Following any specific plan: Weight Watchers Momentum
Anything else you would like to share with us: After my WLS my lowest weight was 189.9, but quickly settled in at 195. The weight slowly crept up to 220 after about 5 years. I had a tummy tuck in 2004 and was 205 after the surgery to remove the excess skin. My weight went up again - to 221. I went on the Richard Simmons plan and got down to 190, but after some health issues found myself at almost 220 in January of 2010. I became diabetic during this whole process from not eating enough meat (so hard for me to digest). I do not want to take meds, so am on the path of losing the excess weight. I have muscular dystrophy which means my body is not strong and my weak muscles do not burn off the food I eat. I am following the momentum plan and have lost 15 pounds this past year.