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Goals

Lose 100 pounds by July 1st!
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To be under 300 pounds by Easter!
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Member Interests
  • Religion & Spirituality - I belong to a wonderful Baptist church and I know God is with me every step.
  • Golf - Just started doing this. Have lots of friends that play and I plan to walk.
  • Hunting - Archery is one of my favorite things in the world.
  • Catch and Release - I spent several years living in MT and I still return every summer fly fishing.

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Hanging in there!  I have been at my goal weight for a couple of months and my weight is stable.  I feared this stage more than the weight loss part as maintaing weight has never been easy for me. 

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Ran a 7:30 mile!
December 11, 2007 7:44 am
I have never been a runner, but since the surgery I have taken up jogging and the other day I ran a mile in seven minutes and thirty seconds.  That is better than I did in highschool!  It is strange to be 32 years old and in the best shape of my life when just a year ago I was morbidly obese.  My skin seems to be coming back into shape and my body seems to be repositioning the excess skin and remaining fat.  WHen I was at the the same weight 4 months ago, I had this tereble spare tire but now it it almost gone and I can tuck in my shirts with out the pooch sticking out.  I guess it is the skin retracting .  I am also starting to gane some more muscle tone so I dont look so out of porportion. 
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Doc says I am done!
August 26, 2007 12:26 pm
Well,  Thursday I had my 6 month post op checkup with my surgeon and I mentioned how we never talked about a goal weight.  He looked at me and said "You're there!"  

I have to tell you that I had a strange feeling.  I must admit that watching that scale move every week has been very rewarding over the last six months.  It is going to be hard to not have that motivation.

I feel I must now set exercise goals as I move into my maintenance stage.  In all I have lost 135 pounds and I still think of myself as a "heavy" person until I see a photo.  I guess this is something that will change over time.  

I want to thank you all for the support I have gotten from this site and I wish you all the best of luck on each of your journeys.  Especially those that are batteling insurance companies for approval.  That is the worse part for sure!!  
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Strange experience
August 26, 2007 12:23 pm
I had a new experience the other day.  I was on a work trip and met with three people from my agency to do an evaulation of a station.  Anyway, I hadnt met them in person before so none of them knew me as someone that use to be morbidly obese.  We were eating  lunch in a food court when one of the people commented on how heavy everyone was getting.  He told about how he went out to eat the other night with his wife and they noticed they were the only ones in the resturant that were not obese.

OK,  you can all imagine how I felt.  At first I thought he was talking about me becasue I still see myself as BIG even though I am closer to "normal" now.  I wondered if this is what people talked about everytime I walked by their lunch table when I was heavy.  My next impulse was to defend the people or ask why he would say such a thing.  Instead I calmly said, "Why do you think others' apperances bother you so much?" Well, what he said shocked me.  He said "Becasue I care and I am worried about them.  Especially the chldren that are obese and will be teased and have major health problems as they get older."

This made me think about my own children.  I had WLS to get my life back in check, but what can I do as a parent to keep them from having to use WLS as a tool for weight control?  What initialy offended me lead me to think about the second part of my WLS journey.  Now that I have the tool to eat better I now need to sharpen the tool and teach my family how to eat healthy so they dont have to go through what I did. 
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Back from my "mancation."
July 14, 2007 7:00 am
I just got back from my "mancation" with all my buddies in Montana.  I had been running and getting in shape and I decided to push it while hiking in Glacier National Park.  My friend and I hiked 18 miles with elevation change of 5,000 feet!!!   I had plenty of energy, but my knee gave out about half through the hike.  I have never had knee problems and basically I couldn’t raise or lower my knee without intense pain.  It didn’t hurt to put weight on it; just the outside of my right leg (parallel to the knee) is where the pain was.  My guess is that the tendons or ligaments became inflamed from being too loose after my weight loss.  It doesn’t hurt unless I go up and down stairs.

Anyway, the great part was the trip out and back.  On the plane I was able to sit comfortably in my seat AND put down my tray to set my drink on!!!  How cool is that??

And, I went to a cookout where they had those plastic lawn chairs and I was able to sit in those without the fear of breaking one.  


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Not ready to fail!!
June 24, 2007 4:27 pm
Since before my surgery, I have been waiting for my annual fishing trip to Montana with all my buddies.  Well, I leave this Friday and I am making some last minute changes.

You see, this is a typical boys weekend where we all try to out do everyone with the contributions to camp.  One guy will bring imported cigars, another will show up with aged and very expensive whiskey, and someone else will bring porterhouses as thick as a brick. 

I made a deal with myself that if I was good post surgery that I would treat myself with a few drinks and a couple of cigars on this trip.  This weekend puts me right at 5 months post op and I have lost 117 pounds. 

Part of me thinks that I deserve the award and the other half thinks my firs half is an idiot.  I'm not worried about the steak.  I can eat a little of that with some grilled veggies and still consider it healthy.  What I am worried about is the cigars and whiskey.  

I have never had a problem with addiction to alcohol or tobacco, but seeing as how I have recently kicked my biggest addiction (food) I am worried about cross addiction.

Well, I finally told my best friend that I was a little worried about the effect alcohol and tobacco would have on me and at first he just laughed and said I was crazy.  However, after a couple of days he called me back and said he could never forgive himself if he caused me to fall off the wagon and start eating unhealthy or smoking and drinking.  

I told him that I am responsible for my own actions, but I also told him how much his concern for my well being meant to me.  So I have decided for my friend's conscience and my own health, I am not going to touch either of two new potential vices next week.  And I am posting this here to keep me accountable.  

Thank you all for reading this!
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My Story

I have always been heavy.  As a young child I would be one of the last kids picked in gym class for sports and was the source of many jokes form my peers.  As I entered Junior High, I began to lose weight and by the time I was a sophomore, I had placed muscle in the place of where I had fat.  I spent the next 4 years at a sensible weight and then started to slowly gain.  Ten years later, I found myself feeling the same I did as a young child with jokes and comments of strangers and coworkers.  I didn’t want to believe that I had become fat again even though I knew it.  Things really sunk in when I was flying on a work trip and a man sitting next to me asked the attendant if there where any other open seats on the plane because he couldn’t sit next to someone as big as me.  I was mortified and angered because I sat in a constant bear hug position and thought I was completely on my side of the seat.  Anyhow, I could hear the other people’s mumblings behind me and I spent the rest of the flight ashamed.A few months later I was on a hunting trip with some old college buddies and they would stay up until after midnight telling stories and having a good time and then roll out of bed at 4:00am for a full days hunt.  I had to go to bed by 8:00 just to keep up.One night on that trip I lay in bed listening to my friends having a good time and I started to imagine being able to bring my son and daughter hunting some day.  My son is 2 and my daughter is 1 so I imagined myself in another ten years.  The thought of my weight on my joints, my high blood pressure, and my inability to keep up with the other hunters made my wonder if I would be able to take my own children out in the woods.  I no longer cared about being an object of ridicule on the plane; I had to do something so I could be a father to my children now and in the future.  When I returned home from that trip in early December, I began researching weight loss surgery.  Within in two months, I had the surgery and I am now on the way to the new me. 

I think part of the reason I want this so bad is that I have known what it was like to be fat and thin.  I spent years wishing to be back at the size I was in my late teens and early twenties and I didn’t want to spend another year of ducking out of holiday photos, deleting pictures on our camera that my wife would take of me, or staying up at night before a flight wondering if the person next to me was going to publicly humiliate me.  And of course best of all, I will be a healthy and active participant in my children’s childhood!