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Married 26 years with six children, B14, G16, G17, B21,B24 AND B25. I have always been heavy since I was about 4 or 5 years old. I was lucky enough to endure everything that went with that and come out of high school ok. Joined the military USN and served six years and making seven patrols on board a Nuclear Submarine. The whole time I was in I struggled to keep my weight down. When I left the service I was about 240. Of course that was considered heavy!!
Over the next 10 years my family and career grew and so did I. By 1999 my weight was up to about 380. I was feeling horrible and everything. I discovered a lot about what I was doing wrong and set out to fix it. Over the next year or so I lost about 120 lbs. by using the atkins diet and working out 1-1/2 per day. Really I think I set myself up for failure by creating a situation I couldn't maintain.
My career and life took another major change and I no longer maintained that activity level or diet. Over the next five years my weight ballooned to 440 resulting in many discomforts and issues. Sleep Apnea etc.. Over the last three years I have danced with WLS. The first year I was determined I didn't need it. Second year I broke down and decided I wanted it, but had no insurance coverage. This year I want to do it and self pay if I have too!