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Old 12-12-2006, 02:40 PM   #106
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Hi Pookie...thanks for the welcome.

Yup, I've been dieting for my entire adult life and with not that much success. It has taken me some serious thought and time to get to the point of going to consult with a doctor. Hopefully it all works out for the best.
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Old 12-12-2006, 09:15 PM   #107
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Hello:
I thought I would take a second to introduce myself.I just had Weight loss surgery(rouxen- y) on 11-20-06.My Journey has been pretty good so far,just wishing for some real food,and some veggies.

Real name: Trisha

Geographical location: Northern California

Age: 27

Marital Status:Married for 1year

Children/Ages: Taylor Rose-3yrs old

Occupation: Stay at home mom

Pets: a cat named jake,and my daughters fish-Dorothy

Hobbies/Interests: Shopping,WLS,going to the movies.& lots more!!

Height: 5'10

Eye/Hair Color: Blue eyes, strawberry blonde hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: had weight loss sugery 11-20-2006

Starting Weight: 288

Present Weight: 260

Goal Weight: 170

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Head Hunger

Following any specific plan: soft protein,lots of water

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:I have more than just myself to think about,and this has to be different! I have no other choice!
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Old 01-18-2007, 01:03 PM   #108
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Real name: Nita
Geographical location: Minnesota
Age: 36
Marital Status: Divorced but living with bf.
Children/Ages: 3 - 2 boys, 5 & 7 (mine), 1 girl, 6 months (ours)
Occupation: I'm at home with the kidlets right now.
Pets: 1 VERY large dog (his) and 1 cat (mine).
Hobbies/Interests: Love scrapbooking, knitting, some sewing, reading, music, movies, yada yada yada...lol
Height: 5'3"
Eye/Hair Color: Blue/Reddish blonde
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 1/16/03
Starting Weight: 311
Present Weight: 187
Goal Weight: 135
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Water, protein, eating the right amounts, & getting exercise.
Following any specific plan: Not any more, unfortunately.
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: It worked.
Anything else you would like to share with us: Right now we live about 3 1/2 hours north of Minneapolis but we're moving down there in June. I'd love to reach my goal weight by then so I'm in shape for all stress and work involved in a long distance move.

E-mail: PM me if you want it.
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Old 01-19-2007, 11:47 AM   #109
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Real name: Dawn

Geographical location: Indiana

Age: 36

Marital Status: Divorced

Children/Ages: 2......son 14 and daughter 10

Occupation: Factory Worker

Pets: light gray female tiger striped cat named Chicklet and a HUGE smoke gray male cat named Cosmo.

Hobbies/Interests: Scrapbooking, reading, Nascar, cross stitch, writing, travel, movies, music

Height: 5'2"

Eye/Hair Color: Auburn/Hazel

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: August 12, 2004

Starting Weight: 339

Present Weight: 215

Goal Weight: approx. 175

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Drinking the water and getting in enough protein.

Following any specific plan: WLS

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: It's working.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I've hit a plateau and I'm trying to overcome it.
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Old 01-25-2007, 06:46 PM   #110
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Real name: Karen

Geographical location: Florida

Age: 51

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: Grown and on their own

Occupation: Retired federal employee

Pets: 2 chihuahua's, 1 pomparian, 2 cats, 1 african gray bird

Hobbies/Interests: quilting, reading, doing reborn dolls,

Height: 5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 10 Jan 07

Starting Weight: 225

Present Weight: 185

Goal Weight: 128-135

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Getting more exercise, joining a gym, facing it the rest of my life

Following any specific plan: for food the one my doctor gave me, to start walking at week 3 for 10 to 15 minutes, then move it up to 30 minutes, then at 6 weeks join a gym. And go at least 3 times a week

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I could diet before but always gained it back, then I found out I had Interstitial Cystitis (IC), and it turned not only my food upside down but me. Many foods that every one eats every day I can no longer eat.

Anything else you would like to share with us: Before findng out I had IC I had once again successfully dieted my way to a decent weight, then the IC hit and I had to change my whole life style. I gained very quickly and it scared me because diabetes is very strong in my family. I'd also had to quit smoking and the weight was just jumping on me. NOw that I've had the surgery I feel emotionally more healty and I am commited to being more healthy.
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Old 01-27-2007, 01:57 PM   #111
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Real name: Stephanie

Geographical location: VA

Age: 32

Marital Status: Married

Children/Ages: 4 children. 2 girls (11,9) 2 boys (7,4)

Occupation: Business owner

Pets: German Shepherd, Mia

Hobbies/Interests: homeschool mom, crafts, hikinging, camping, meeting new people

Height: 6'0"

Eye/Hair Color: Red/ Hazel

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Sugery 04/12/06

Starting Weight: 421

Present Weight: 260

Goal Weight: 190

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Drinking the water and getting in enough protein. Taking all my vitamins.

Following any specific plan: Just sticking with my diet to keep healthy.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: So far this one actually works!

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have had a hard experience, I have a Vitamin B 1 def. And Have to take Warafin (blood thinners) bc they found a clot in November. So far I am 50 lbs to go until my goal.


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Old 03-10-2007, 04:08 PM   #112
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Real Name: Ruth

Geographical Location: Las Vegas, NV

Age: 52

Marital Status: Married 33 years

Children/Ages: 4 sons, 31, 29, 26, 21, 3 beautiful daughter-in-laws and 7 ADORABLE grandchildren, 3 boys 7, 6, 4 and 3 girls, 22 mo, 19 mo, 18 mo, 6 mo.

Occupation: In Home Day Care Provider (5 toddlers)

Pets: 1 dog Mini-Pomeranian "Sassy", 5 cats, Bigfoot, Freeway, Jerusha, Pumpkin & Daisy

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, scrapbooking, family history

Height: 5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: Green eyes, brown hair

Starting Date of Weight Loss Journey: I am still pre-surgery, my first appointment with the insurance coordiator was 3-1-07; it seems as if there will be many hoops to jump through to get qualified but I'm hoping surgery can take place sometime this summer.

Starting/Current Weight: 290

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest Hurdle to overcome in weight loss: Right now I feel like it is just getting the approval. I'm sure there will be issues after surgery, but I think I will be well prepared and ready to face any and all challenges. I've been researching this for 2 years and have decided it is the tool I need to finally succeed.

Following any specific plan: My "homework"/goal this month is to try to work in more exercise, begin teaching myself to chew my food throughly and eat slowly, and to keep a food journal. I also have to complete a worksheet about food triggers.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Hopefully this will be the last time I have to "go on a diet" because I will have the tools needed to really change my eating habits and succeed at keeping the weight off.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm really looking forward to getting to know you all and hearing your stories, questions, etc. I hope I will be able to add something positive to the group and help someone else out as well.
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Old 03-17-2007, 02:36 AM   #113
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S/C/G: 329/180/150

Height: 5'4"

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Real name: Angie

Geographical location: California

Age: 32

Marital Status: Married and loving it

Children/Ages: 1 son, 11 in August

Occupation: Bum

Pets: 5 snakes, 2 lizards and 2 cats (too many names, lol)

Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, cooking and being an organizational freak

Height: 5'4"

Eye/Hair Color: Auburn/Gray-Green

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Ummmm, birth?

Starting Weight: 293

Present Weight: 168

Goal Weight: 140-ish

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Fighting an auto-immune disorder that sucks the life out of it's sufferers

Following any specific plan: Roux-En-Y bypass

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: So this is what life is like when someone said "It isn't supposed to be this hard".

Anything else you would like to share with us: My ultimate goal is to be a stable size 11 or 12.

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high weight: 329
pre-op weight: 275
current weight: 180
goal weight for now: 150
surgery date: 26 Jan 2005

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Old 03-22-2007, 02:57 AM   #114
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Real name: Elisabeth

Geographical location: Ohio

Age: 18

Marital Status: Single!

Children/Ages: None.

Occupation: Professional Mooch (I still live at home, lol)

Pets: A calico cat named Savannah (a.k.a. FraidyCat), a white cat named Sasha (a.k.a. White Demon and Demon), a tabby cat named Sugar (a.k.a. SkinnyButt, Bones and Boney), a fluffy siamese kitten named Sadie (a.k.a. Baby, Sadie Girl and Baby Girl) and a medium sized aquatic turtle named Sonnie.

Hobbies/Interests: I love the internet, roleplaying and writing and stuff.

Height: 5'8"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown eyes, Reddish Brown hair

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Awhile. I've not yet scheduled surgery yet, but it's going to be soon!

Starting Weight: 380

Present Weight: ^^

Goal Weight: 190

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Food.

Following any specific plan: Not yet.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm serious about having surgery and I know the implications. All of the risks are increasingly real to me and I'm willing to take them on.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I probably seem young to a lot of you, but I've struggled with weight all my life. And besides, I'd like to think I'm a mature person.
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:04 AM   #115
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Real name: Annie

Geographical location: Indiana

Age: 46

Marital Status: Divorced

Children/Ages: Samantha 21; Jake 18

Occupation: Exec Asst

Pets: Jack Russell-Isabella Roxanne (Bella); Cat-Leila; Snake-MJ

Hobbies/Interests: gardening, movies, reading, walking

Height: 5'8"

Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Blonde

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Sugery 2/12/07

Starting Weight: 303

Present Weight: 252

Goal Weight: 165

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Drinking the water and getting in enough protein. Taking all my vitamins.

Following any specific plan: WLS rules and regulations-haha

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: So far this one actually works!

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have more energy and am happier.
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:16 AM   #116
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Old 05-20-2007, 06:05 PM   #117
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Real name: Jeanette

Geographical location: New York

Age: 34

Marital Status: Single with Pets

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Government Employee

Pets: 2 Yorkies: Jonah and Angel Mia

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, working out, Ebay

Height: 5'7

Eye/Hair Color: Dark brown/brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Surgery: 4/24/06

Starting Weight: 321

Present Weight: 153.4

Goal Weight: 150

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Getting in the protein.

Following any specific plan: WLS, South Beach, Weight Watchers, Vegetarian

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: The gastric bypass was the tool that I needed to get started and now I feel like nothing can stop me from having the life that I desire and dream of.

Anything else you would like to share with us: My journey has been interesting and hardly difficult. I'm glad that I had the surgery and feel like my life will be so different than what it was going to be. I feel like nothing can stop me. I live by the motto: Go Confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined.__________________
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Old 06-15-2007, 05:42 AM   #118
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Real name: Kristy

Geographical location: California

Age: 30

Marital Status: Happy and married

Children/Ages: 1 - female...10.5 months old

Occupation: HUC

Pets: Deogie & Rosie (dogs), Trixie, Oreo & Tony (cats) & 2 fish

Hobbies/Interests: crochet

Height: 5'3"

Eye/Hair Color: Green /Red

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: long time ago...but had WLS (RNY) on 8/3/04

Starting Weight: 254

Present Weight: 147

Goal Weight: 140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: not eating all those carbs!!

Following any specific plan: WLS

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: So far this one actually works!

Anything else you would like to share with us: WLS allowed me to get pregnant after 8 years of failed fertility treatments due to PCOS. I also speak for my surgeon as a post op and have been doing it for 2.5 years now...

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Old 07-07-2007, 07:18 PM   #119
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Real name: Mary Ellen
Geographical location: South Dakota
Age: 62
Marital Status:Married 44- same guy
Children/Ages: all grown - 43 - 41- and my baby is 37
Occupation: self employed - part time
Pets: a dog named Rascal
Hobbies/Interests: traveling -
Height: 5'2

Eye/Hair Color: hazel eyes - silver white hair
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: am having lap band on July 23, 2007Starting Weight: 255
Present Weight: 255
Goal Weight: 170 ( too early to think about that )
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: don't know yet
Following any specific plan: Opti Fast starting on the 10th (birthday the 9th)

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: This is a semi-permanent thing and I cannot fail!!!
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Old 08-06-2007, 07:12 PM   #120
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Real name: Lori

Geographical location: Illinois

Age: 52

Marital Status: Married for 30 years on Sept. 10 of this year.

Children/Ages: Michael - 21, Abbi - 11, Chelsi - 11, AJ - 10, Christopher - 9

Occupation: Mom to the kids, 3 dogs and my hubby -

Pets: Frosty (big, beautiful mixed breed - mostly golden retriever), Lady (medium sized mixed breed with beagle in her - she HOWLS!), and Taz (a VERY spoiled Pug) - Frosty and Lady are 11 1/2 just like my girls and Taz will be 6 in September. They are my babies!

Hobbies/Interests: Kids, Animals, flowers, reading,

Height: 5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: Green/Brunette/Gray

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Just starting for the millionth time!

Starting Weight: Somewhere around 320

Present Weight: Somewhere around 320

Goal Weight: 160 - 170

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Take one day at a time - stop being my own worst enemy.

Following any specific plan: Just started the paperwork for the WLS.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: It's my last chance - I'm too old to be this heavy - I want to live to see my kids' kids and travel with my hubby when he retired.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm excited to finally be starting this journey - been considering WLS for at least a year. My hubby initially was really scared for me to have it - he now realizes it will be worse if I DON'T have it.

I'm glad to be with all of you!

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