- Username: Sherita1972
- Location: Lancaster, TX, USA
- Member Since: 4/13/2010
- BMI: 26.2
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: VSG (05/08/10)
- Surgeon: Wade Barker, M.D.
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- Family & Friends - Loving spending family time with my husband, our 4 kids & granddaughter
- Walking - I walk on the treadmill 5 times of day, keeps the stress away!
- Movies - Love watching movies! Romantic comedies are my favorite.
- Music - R&B - Love Old School, but also love me some Brian McKnight!
- Interior Decoration - I love decorating my home and touring model homes for design ideas.
- Youth Work - I'm a youth teacher at my church on Sunday & Wednesday nights.
- Religion & Spirituality - Baptist all the way!
- Vacation - I look forward to vacationing every year. This year we're cruising the Caribbean
- Shopping - I'm a shop-a-holic what more can I say! From home decor to clothing & jewerly.
- Gospel - Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Smokie Norfol, Ricky Dillard and many more!
I got my motivate back!! on November 6, 2012 6:46 pm
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I finally made up my mind this past weekend that I am going to stop feeling sorry for myself and get back to losing these 6 lbs that I gained over the last month. So, I signed up for this weight tracker on my cell phone called Lose It to help me keep a daily track on what I'm eating and how much of it is protein. Guess what???? it's working, because this morning, I stepped on the scale and I lost 2 lbs!!!! I've been killing it in the gym!
I found my motivation by reading and seeing the posts from people on Instagram who are struggling just like me. They post pictures and lots of motivational quotes which I found to be extremely helpful. All I know is, I'm pumped up again and eating right as well as getting in my daily workout and I'm seeing results! I'll update you all soon on how I'm doing.
Gaining.... on October 8, 2012 1:46 pm
So I thought it best that I come back "home" where I feel safe to air out my frustrations and get support.
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Since my 40th birthday celebration, I've not been working out nor eating like I should. I've managed to GAIN 6lbs! I know you're probably thinking 6lbs is nothing, but to me it's EVERYTHING!!! My clothes are starting to fit a little tighter and I'm just "uncomfortable" in them. I constantly complain about it to my husband and he's not trying to hear it. He thinks I look great and really can't see any difference in my appearance. His solution is to "go up a size" in my clothes!!! WTF? Really? I try to tell him that that's the LAST thing I want to do. He doesn't understand the struggle and how women view clothes and their bodies otherwise, he would have never said to go up a size. He doesn't understand what the "big deal" is...after all, no one is "looking" at my tag to see what size I'm in and if going up a size will make me more comfortable and "look" more comfortable, that's what I should do. SMH....men just DON'T UNDERSTAND.
I'm thankful my husband is trying to be supportive, but this is NOT what I need nor WANT to hear!
My other problem is - I've not been working out as I should. I'm only working out for 30 minutes, 2xs a week, which is NOTHING compared to what I use to do. I've just gotten lazy.....I want to plop in front of the TV and watch Real Housewives of New Jersey and pig out on sweets.....all night. I recognize this behavior and know that I shouldn't be doing it, but I can't seem to get control of my mind and stop. Yes, I know it's wrong and I feel guilty about it....before I reach for the bag of Lays potato chips and AFTER I eat them. I oftentimes find myself "sneaking" into the kitchen after everyone has gone to bed and indulging on chips, Vanilla Oreo cookies, soda, cake....It tastes SOOO GOOD, but I feel so bad afterward. I know I've stretched my pouch because I can eat an entire sandwich now, whereas I use to only be able to eat 1/2 a sandwich.
I've got to make a change and quick because I don't want to continue to gain weight and end up back to where I started. I'm sure my HATERS would relish in the "I knew she wasn't gonna keep it off" talk....I WILL NOT GIVE THEM THE SATISFACTION of saying that!!!!!
It's so hard for me to get motivated right now. I joined Gold's Gym last month, but I've only been 3 times! I'm ashamed, but I'm being honest.
Help me OH family and tell me how I can get control of my cravings and get motivated to workout again so I can shed these unwanted pounds.
I know I should be happy but.... on June 21, 2012 5:52 pm
I know I should be happy, but I HATE my stomach! This sagging skin is the pits! I can't afford surgery to do something about it though.
I know I should be happy and yes, I feel and look great, but I still see myself as FAT most times.....I don't understand it. My family tells me pretty much daily how SKINNY I am, but sometimes, I don't see it, I just see a fat stomach.....UGH! I wish I could just be happy with my looks..........
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Week 3 - Jillian Michael's Revolution on April 26, 2012 8:49 am
I couldn't find my ice packs last night, so I got some frozen veggies out the freezer to ice my knees. It didn't help though because I ached all night. Something always seems to get in my way when I'm on my exercise kick. I'm trying to get tight and toned for summer AND for my 40th birthday which is coming up in a few months. This too shall pass, I want give up! Guess I'll just have to walk for exercise until they feel better. :(
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Week 1, Day 1 - Jillian Michael's Revolution on April 9, 2012 10:27 am
OMG! I MUST be CRAZY!! As you all know, I was suppose to start the Jillian Michaels Revolution on last week, but I decided to start it off today....OMG!!! Jillian is C-R-A-Z-Y!! I wanted to quit SOO bad, but I pulled through. I'm literally shaking from sweat and exhaustion! The workout was none stop for 30 minutes. I thought I was in great shape, BUT Jillian showed me I wasn't! :( I thought I was gonna vomit the workout was so intense and this is only Week 1, Day 1!! I can say, you'll get a great workout and burn. I was thinking about working out on the treadmill everyday also, but I think I'll just stick with this DVD. Time to hit the shower!
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I have four children and after the last child, the weight wouldn't go away. I've always been between 135 - 145 lbs, but with my last child, 11 years ago, my weight got up to 190lbs. I had fibroid tumors during my preganacy that didn't go away after I gave birth so I had to have a hysterectomy 3 months later. My doctor gave me a bikini cut which cut the muscles in my stomach. I wasn't able to lose the baby weight and I wasn't able to get my stomach tight. I got depressed and started eating and eating until finally my weight skyrocketed to 227 lbs!
Over the years I've tried lots of diets and none were really successful. I lost 17lbs on Weight Watchers a few years ago, but after stopping, I gained all the weight back. I don't know what's wrong with me....I work out 4 times a week, but the weight want come off. Yeah, I'll lose 5-7 lbs but that's it! I'm uncomfortable in my own skin!
I worked with a lady who had the gastric bypass and she was transforming before my eyes. The weight just seemed to come off of her and I told her how I wished that I could have surgery to drop all this weight. She gave me some education material and then the name of her surgeon, Dr. John Alexander and I called for a consult.
I went in to see Dr. John Alexander on May 15, 2009 and he said I was a good candidate for the gastric bypass. He had me to do the EGD, psych evaluation and sleep study. They submitted the information to my insurance and I was denied because my BMI was 39.4 and it had to be 40 for the gastric bypass. I was seriously bombed! They filed an appeal and again it was denied in June 2009. I called United Healthcare and asked why they denied the claim and was told simply because of the BMI. The representative told me that they would approve the gastric sleeve and that they wrote and told Dr. John Alexander's office. Of course I immediately called the doctors office and the lady, Anne, doing the insurance was very nasty. She wasn't interested in helping me to have the gastric sleeve and she didn't want to "trouble" the doctor with starting all over again. After calling for months, leaving voicemails and sending emails that never got returned, I gave up because I was sure there was no chance in hell that they were going to try to get me qualified for the surgery.
March 2010 I was cleaning my bedroom and this commerical came on about the gastric sleeve and to contact Dr. Wade Barker. A lightbulb went off in my head and I was like, let me at least see if this thing will work or if it's hopeless this time, then I'm never trying again. The whole process is mentally draining and the disappointments and setbacks bring about so much frustration and sadness. I called Dr. Barker's office and got an appointment for March 23, 2010. I went in and had my consults with Dr. Barker and Dr. Thompson and felt very relaxed. The staff was very nice and the insurance guy, Dale...AWESOME! Dale told me that UHC would pay for the surgery but he'd have to submit the paperwork and let me know. I didn't have to redo any of my test because it was less than a year since I had done them all. The only thing I needed to do was the stress test which I immediately scheduled.
Less then two weeks later, I found out my insurance, United Healthcare, approved me to get the sleeve at 100%!!!! I can't describe how amazing I felt. I started walking around the house praising God because he's ALWAYS doing great things for me!!!!! I've been CONSUMED with the surgery since then...what's going to happen, what I'll have to eat, how much I'll lose and just dreaming about my AFTER pictures. I'm going to be able to have more fun with my kids, my husband and my grandbaby. I"m looking forward to being able to run and play on the floor and just explore nature again without being stiff and tired and out of breathe! I'm looking forward to getting rid of all this belly! I look like I'm 6 months preggers. Currently, I'm at 220, and my goal is to get to 135 by Christmas.
I'm taking a family cruise on June 25th and would love to meet my first goal of losing 40lbs. I sure hope I can do it. I'm going to work my butt off!!