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- Family & Friends - I have a wonderful husband, Kyle. And an awesome step-son, Alex.
- Fitness & Exercise - I am currently walking daily. But I look forward to working out more.
- Humor - Anything that makes me laugh is a good thing. I love to watch comedians.
- Sports - I am a nut for football and all sports except golf and bowling!
- Dogs - I have two dogs, black labs - Madison and Athena... My babies!
- Movies - We love movies but I rarely have time to see all of the ones I want to.
- Flowers - I especially love Roses and Lillies.
- Photography - I absolutely love to take pictures... as long as it isn't of me.
- Vacation - I love to travel and see new things. We are planning on going on a cruise soon.
- LPN - I am currently a LPN but I am back in school working towards nurse practitioner
July 17, 2007 on July 17, 2007 3:46 am
Well I have made some changes to my plan. I am now more active!!! I work out with either weights, cardio, or both every day. I am really feeling changes on my body with that. I am also eating much better. I eat more beans and veggies. I am back on my protein shakes! And I am eating watermelon!!! The good news is that the weight is now coming back off again!!! Slowly but surely!!! I am back down to 206, but keep in mind that I have only been active in behaving for the last week. Needless to say, I am happier. Still ashamed of myself, but at least I am progressing.
I will make you guys proud of me yet!!!
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July 8, 2007 on July 8, 2007 6:58 am
Well, where has the time flown. It has been almost a month since my last posting. I have to be honest, one of the main reasons I haven't posted is because I haven't been the best bandster over the last few months. In fact, I will confess now to say that my weight has gone up to a whopping 210 lbs. How ashamed am I? I really have no reasoning behind it other than I got lazy. I have decided to post because I have come to my senses and I now have goals. My husband is taking me to Chicago before returning to the fall semester at school. So, I have 4-5 weeks to get back into onederland. I want to apologize to those of you who are out there who have been admiring my progress. It was a lack in judgment. I will confess to say that I hate the summer. I can't handle the heat very well. And it is a downfall for me, because I also can't stand to sweat. Although I will as long as I know I can shower immediately after working out. Needless to say, my husband has graciously bought me a treadmill, an eliptical, and a stationary bike for the house. So now I have no excuses. I have also vowed to not buy any more clothes until I have gotten back to down to onederland. Once back in onederland, I will make another vow about when I can buy more clothes.
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Again, I offer my most profound apologies for being lazy and weak.
until the next time....
June 12, 2007 on June 12, 2007 3:07 am
I have been so busy with work and completely worn down by the end of the day that I haven't been logging online as much as I used to. I had gained as much as 10 lbs, but I have reformatted my eating plan and 3-4 lbs of it has come off since. Plus with the increased activity at work and so on, I am more on the go. I have finally cleared away all of the crap around my eliptical and stationary bike, so I am hoping to incorporate both of those pieces into my daily activity - although right now I have a cold and I am not doing much!
Work is doing great. I have been analyzing my goals and dreams as far as work goes. I am pretty decided, with the help of my husband, to become a nurse anesthetist. My husband has been re-instated back into K-State (our favorite university). So that makes my week. Although, he has also recently been promoted at work so he will only be taking 1-2 classes for the time being to work towards his goals so that he can maintain his new work obligations.
June 3, 2007 on June 3, 2007 7:57 am
Wow.. I am off to a poor start this summer already, with posting anyway. Let's see, I haven't lost any weight, but I am working towards improving my eating and I am getting more active. I am even going to be working full time as a nurse, so just that will increase the activity in my life.
I have also hopped on my bike and worked out a bit this morning. I need to get better at it, i.e. need a longer time.
My husband is also wanting to eat better and that has helped me in the past. So, I think all in all, my weight will start falling off before long. We work out together which is very nice and also helpful. As many of you know, weightloss is easier with a partner...
Until next time...
May 17, 2007 on May 17, 2007 3:12 am
Well I have put on about 6 lbs but I am also not exercising and I am going through finals. I am just about done though. I only have one more final today then I am done for 3 months!!!! YAY!!! I am up for a well deserved break!!!
Otherwise... life is ok. Just celebrated my 4th wedding anniversary on Monday, May 14th. We are still going to celebrate that because it is hard to give it a good recognition when I am cramming for finals. This weekend however, is our time.
The next Monday we are going to court regarding my step-son. That has been LONG coming. I can't wait to get that all over with. I am starting to get nervous about what is going to be brought up about me.
I have 2 part time jobs this summer. Ironically I will still have time to enjoy ME time. So, I can't wait. The first week off is basically all about me, with the exception of court. I am really looking forward to getting my house in order and cleaned! A delayed spring cleaning. I might also play some Sims. But I am also looking forward to having time to cook better! Hopefully I will get a system down including both cooking and exercise!
Well I guess that is about it. My husband is going to start classes in 2 weeks to finish his degree. And we are getting a second car - YAY, no more taxi service!
My Story I am 32 years old. I have not always been obese. In fact, before the weight gain started, I was quite athletic. The weight started piling on when I was in my mid-twenties. I started having pain in the upper right quadrant of my abdomen. I would go to the ER and tests would be run on me with the doctors thinking that my gall bladder was bad. After two years of this same scenario, I was finally diagnosed with NASH (Non-alcoholic Steato Hepatitis). Which is essentially a fatty liver that causes scarring in my liver.
I had survived a couple of bad marriages and was bound and determined to never marry again. Until I met my best friend, Kyle. Slowly but surely we started dating, all the while he kept proposing marriage. Why I kept turning him down, I will never know. I guess I felt that our relationship was great the way it was. We laughed together, cried together, played together, and most of all, he accepted and loved me for who I was.
In 2003, I was at my all-time weight of that time...265lbs. It was that year that we finally tied the knot. May 14, 2003. We were never able to take a honeymoon. But I honestly feel like every day is a honeymoon, because 3 years later I am happier and more in love with him than I was when we married.
By the end of that year, I was fed up with my weight, so I asked my doctor about going on Phentermine (an appetite suppressant). My doctor agreed and I was immediately started on it. Along with the Phentermine I followed the Body For Life diet. After approximately 11 months, I managed to lose 90lbs. I felt great and was starting to look like the stranger within myself that I had once knew. But, sadly, my blood pressure started to creep up and that caused for the removal of the Phentermine. I had also been losing control of my blood sugars on the diet method. Now since I have the liver disease, I couldn't be placed on oral diabetic medications. So immediately I was placed on insulin. The most devastating news I could get. The insulin very quickly brought back the return of the weight. And by the beginning of 2006 I had returned to the previous weight, but also surpassed it to a whopping 284lbs (the most depressing day of my life to see that number!).
My husband and I had been talking about the possibility of doing WLS, but never acted on that thought, until now. I contacted Dr. Brent Steward, a local surgeon that has performed a previous surgery on me. Where they informed me about the requirements necessary to do this procedure. Little did I know that this was going to be an emotional rollercoaster.
Dr. Stewards office informed me of how much the surgery was going to cost. I was to get a psychological evaluation. And then I had to wait until we found out if my insurance was going to cover it. Well, as soon as I hung up the phone, I called my insurance. Only to find out that my husbands company had dropped the weight loss treatment rider on our plan when it was renewed. Crying, I called my husband to tell him the bad news. Who immediately encouraged me to apply for a loan with our financial facility, which I did. We were told that it would take a couple of days to get back to us and review the situation. A statement that I understood to be bad news. A few days later, I received the best news I can remember. I can honestly still feel the weak feeling I had in my knees. I called my husband immediately, then called my parents to tell them the good news, and finally I called Dr. Stewards office to tell them to get the show on the road.
I took the liberty to get my psychological eval completed on my own, to speed the process up. I also attended the informational seminar that was required. My consultation appointment was scheduled for 4 weeks after I called. So now the waiting game began. My consult was scheduled for May 5, 2006. I was told by Dr. Steward that I was a perfect candidate for WLS. It was then that I decided that I wanted to get the lap band placed. My pre-op appointment was set for June 9th, 2006 and my surgery date was set for June 19, 2006.
The pre-op liquid only diet was very hard to adhere too, but I did so in the long run because it was something that I wanted and needed. My main goal with this surgery was to get off of the insulin and the hypertensive medications. Looking back, the liquid diet was just a blur. It hardly seems to have affected me. I was on the low glycemic liquid only diet for 10 days pre-op and I had lost a total of 20 lbs. This liquid was meant to shrink any swelling in the liver. My weight on the day of surgery was 264lbs.