Pre-op - 286 lbs.
Surgery date: 3/31/03
4/17/03 - 263 lbs.
6/12/03 - 237 lbs. (Total loss = 49 lbs.)
6/23/03 - 234.5
8/14/03 - 207 (Total loss = 79 lbs.)
8/28/03 - 200 (Total loss = 86 lbs.)
9/8/03 -- 198 (under 200!!!!)
10/2/03 -- 196 (6 month anniversary)
10/15/03 -- 190
11/21/03 -- 185 (-101 -- a Century Club member)
12/1/03 -- wearing size 12's -- first time since Jr. High
1/21/03 -- 180(weight at Dr.'s office)
3/31/04 -- 180 -- official 1-yr weight
5/11/04 -- 176 -- I pray the number is true. The scale hasn't moved in months. Persistance pays off!!!
5/18/04 -- 172 -- Stomach virus; don't know if the 4 lbs. will stay off or if it is just loss of fluid -- we will see.
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3.5.03 -- I'm 36 single mother of two (16 and 10). I've been overweight most of my teen and adult life. I'm very anxious, nervous, and excited about having the WLS. The entire process of getting an appointment to approval was a struggle, but I hope well worth it.
3.7.03 -- I attended my first WLS Support Group last night. The meeting really reaffirmed that I made the right decision to have the surgery. I've been busy today (on the phone) making my pre-op appointments. I'm really getting excited.
3.10.03 -- Three weeks from today is my rebirth! I'm so excited. I went to the VitaminShop this weekend and picked up some vitamins. I have almost everything I need to start my journey. I order sample of protein (last week) from the VitaLady. I go today to get my prescription for my CPAP machine.
3.11.03 -- Less than 3 weeks to go. I'm very excited.
3.14.03 -- Today I went for the pre-op tests (chest x-ray, EKG, and bloodwork). The folks at St. Agnes were very friendly and professional. I also had my post-op meeting to discuss "what to do and expect". I'm getting so excited! I received my samples from VitaLady.com yesterday. Boy, do they smell good. I shared a Detour bar with my family last night. Everyone liked it. It definitely tastes like a Snickers bar. My son took one to school for breakfast. Looks like I'll need to hide those $2 bars! Monday I'm meeting w/ the nutrionist to go over all my vitamins and proteins that I purchased. TGIF...
3.18.03 -- Less than two weeks! I'm so excited. One more pre-op appointment.
3.24.03 -- One week from today! I'm so nervous. I'm a bit irritable. I think it is nerves. I'm still excited though. I have so much to do to prepare for being out of commission for a week. I need to start a list of things to do. Six days and a wake up.
3.25.03 -- I slept all night with the CPAP machine. I had to work up to that. I feel great and very refreshed. It is 2:30 in the afternoon and I'm not even dreaming of a nap (which is unusual). My co-workers are taking me out to lunch on Thursday. I thought that was very nice of them. I'll call it the "Last Lunch" -- at least for a while. Another friend offered to bring dinner to my family while I'm in the hospital. Things are coming along. I feel better today than I did yesterday. I think the irritability was from me anticipating my last pre-op appointment. That went fine. I'm taking my vitamins and spraying everthing with Lysol. I don't want to get sick prior to my surgery! -- Wendy
4.15.03 - I made it! I'm on the other side and boy and I'm glad. The surgery went off without a hitch. Recovery was as expected. I slept most of the first week. I had cabin fever the second week and couldn't wait to get out of the house. I'm back to work 1/2 days this week. I haven't had any trouble eating (just started solids last night). No dumping -- thank goodness. I go to the doctor on Thursday for my official weigh-in. Keep you posted...
4.17.03 - I had my first follow-up appointment. Dr. Singh was pleased with my progress. I'm down 23 lbs.
4.23.03 - Down 31 lbs in 22 days! Still feeling tired but getting better every day. Keeping my food journal so I remember what sits well on the tummy and what doesn't.
4.24.03 -- Worked a full-day + 1/2 hr. yesterday. My energy level is getting better. Better emotionally too!
4.28.03 -- 4 weeks since my WLS. I'm down 33 lbs. I'm still figuring out what sets on my tummy and what doesn't. Still hoping for more engery.
5.9.02 -- 5 1/2 weeks out. I'm feeling better and my energy level is better. I'm walking further while I think helps. I start working w/ arm weights for my batwings next week. I lost 3 lbs. but it took 10 days. I think I had to exercise more and harder. I'm still trying to get in all my protein.
5.13.03 -- 6 wks +1 day out and I feel like me old self. Minus 46 lbs and wearing an 18/20 pants today. Very happy.
5.19.03 -- 7 weeks out today and I haven't dropped a lb. in 6 days. I'm upping my protein and exercise. Hopefully that will nudge the scale. I sent my pictures to AMOS on 5.12.03. I hope they will be up soon.
5.27.03 -- 8 weeks plus one day out. I joined Curves last week. I was pleasantly surprised that I successfully complete the circuit three times. My photos are now up on the boards -- yeah. I lost 2 lbs, so I'm down 48 total. Only two more till I join 1/2 century club. Feeling good!
5.28.03 -- Went to Curves last night. I survived! Also went to my first Journey group (bible study) last night. I enjoyed that. They served dinner (which I didn't know) but I had already eaten. What they served, I could have eaten (vegetarian chili and carrot soup). They kept offering me desserts. Finally, I just said, "I can't eat sugar". They were fine w/ that.
5.30.03 -- I went to my PCP today and he took me off my HBP medication! I've been on it for 20 yrs. I can't believe it. I go back in 4 wks for a check on it. Hopefully all will be well.
6.10.03 -- I go to the surgeon on Thursday 6/12 for my 10 week check-up and what I consider "my official weigh-in". I'm still doing Curves three days a week and still trying to up my protein. I think I'll do well on Thursday. At least I hope so. My immediate goal is to weigh 210 by July 4, so I can wear my old size 16's on vacation. I'm around 230 now, so I have about 3 1/2 wks until vacation. I don't know if I can lose 20 lbs. in that short of time. I'll just keep chugging along and it will eventually come off.
6.13.03 -- I went to see Dr. Singh yesterday. I'm down 49 lbs. I need to up my protein and walk in-between my Curves workouts. I left the doctor and stopped by Vitamin Shoppe and picked up some protein drinks and Detour bars for extra protein. I'm wearing size 18 pants and extra large shirts. I was hoping to be in my old size 16's by vacation (7/5), but it doesn't look like it, but you never know. I'll continue on my journey and see what happens.
6.18.03 -- I'm blue. I've been blue for the past couple of days. I don't know why exactly. Tomorrow will be a better day!
6.23.03 -- I went for my first monthly CURVES weigh-in and measurements. I am down 16.5 lbs. and 4.75" in four weeks! I'm very pleased w/ Curves and the progress I've made.
6.30.03 -- What a gorgeous weekend! The rain has finally ceased and the sun is out. I have so much energy. I can't believe how much I got done around the house this weekend. I never realized how tired I actually was. I feel good. My son, Ryan, is 16 yrs. old today. I'm so happy for him. He is so excited. I happy that it is a 4-day work week and on Friday I leave for a week long vacation in Hilton Head, SC. I tried to buy a bathing suit this weekend but couldn't find one that fit right, so I'll wear my one from last year and take safety pins (just in case). Life is good! God is great!
8.20.03 -- It has been a summer from hell for me. I actually can't wait till fall. We went to Hilton Head, SC the week of July 4 -- had a great time. I was back to work for four day and had appendicitis. I was rushed the ER and had it removed. I was off a week. I still wasn't feeling well but thought that I was just being a wimp. I went back to work after the week off and stayed for 2 hours. I thought I was going to die. I knew something was wrong. I had a friend pick me up from work (again, only after 2 hours) and had him drive me to the ER. I had a 103 temperature and pockets of infection all in my abdomen area. The appendice didn't burst before they removed it but it leaked infection. I went back into surgery and had drains inserted for the infection to drain. I was in the hospital for a week. I was off for two more weeks recuperating. I'm finally back to work. I feel better but am exhausted. On a good note, I'm down 80 lbs.
8.22.03 -- I wore a pair of jeans yesterday that didn't have an elastic band. I was so excited. It has been so long since I've wore regular jeans. I'm very anxious to get below 200, which should be by the end of the month. I really feel good!
8.29.03 -- Today I order a Century Club present for myself. I know I have 14 lbs. to go, but I'm getting excited. I ordered a professional teeth whitening kit from my dentist. Today was my six month check-up and the hygentist was gushing over my weight loss. It made me feel so good.
9.8.03 -- I'm in the under 200 club! I haven't weighed under 200 since 11 grade. I feel fantastic and I'm so happy. I was called a "Babe" today. I don't think I've ever been called a "Babe"!!!
9.16.03 -- Two weeks till my six month anniversary. Will I make it to the Century club by then...maybe. I'm feeling so good!
9/23/03 -- Feeling a bit depressed. I guess I'm having a pity party for myself today. Tomorrow will be a better day.
9/24/03 -- It is a better day. I feel better. I'm having lunch with some old friends that I love dearly. They haven't seen me since the surgery. I can't wait to see their reaction. Thank you to my AMOS friends for all their support. Love ya!
9/25/03 -- I'm just a chatting profile updater later. I guess I have a lot to say. Again, as the week goes on I feel even better (emotionally). Mom is taking me to the beach this weekend for a little R&R. I'm having my picture taken at the same spot that is in my profile. It will be my "official" six month picture that I'll post. I went to Curves last night and was weighed and measured. Their scale said 200 lbs. It is 10 lbs. off from mine, but as I remember, Dr. Singh's scale is the same as mine. So, hopefully I'm at 190 vs. 200. Either way, I'm happy though. I've lost almost 40" since joining Curves in May. The girl that took my measurements keep retaking them thinking she was doing it wrong. I chuckled to myself, knowing it is mostly the surgery that made the inches come off. Finally, I let her in on my surgery and she was very supportive and excited for me. I go for my six month check-up on 10/2. I can't wait to get my "official" six month weight. I don't think it will be my goal of 100 lbs loss, but I'm very happy with my progress and I feel great. I couldn't ask for more.
9.29.03 -- Had a fabulous weekend at the beach. I feel refreshed and renewed. I can't wait to see how my six month anniversary picture turned out. Hope it is good -- if it is I'll post it in my profile. Feeling FINE.....
10.1.03 -- Happy Six Month Anniversary to me...I'm so happy!!!!
10.3.03 -- I went for my six month check-up yesterday. I lost 90 lbs. since my surgery. I am very pleased. They have my goal at 158, which means only 38 lbs. to go. Life is good! God is GREAT!
10.16.03 -- I'm so excited, only 10 more days till I leave for the weight loss cruise from Tampa. I feel so good. The scale said I'm at 190 lbs. I can't remember the last time I weighed that. I'm definitely in size 14's now, the size 16's are getting loose. The weight loss surgery was definitely the very best thing I've ever done for myself. Next week I'll be 37 and I feel better than when I was 27.
10.23.03 -- Today is my 37th birthday. I feel so good and I'm so happy. For the first time in many years I feel younger than my age. Thank you Dr. Singh for giving me my life back. I am forever thankful for this surgery.
11.5.03 -- I'm back from my cruise! I had a marvelous time. First the first time in many years I didn't feel totally awkward in a bathing suit. The weather was spectacular. I couldn't have asked for better weather. I loved meeting many friends from this site. There were about 20 of us there. They scheduled two get-togethers. Unfortunately, I didn't make the last one because I wasn't feeling up-to-par that morning. I did relax and not think about anything that causes me worries. It was wonderful. I feel so refreshed. Now the big question -- where do I go on next vacation? I must always have one in the works to keep me going. This morning I scheduled a week in Florida for March. By March, with the cold weather and much precipitation they are calling for, I'll definitely need some sun and fun. My weight is the same (190) and I'm on the protein train and committed to working out more regularly so I can make it to goal by my one year anniversary (3/31/04). Life is good. God is great. Enjoy every day!
11-11-03 -- I think I may have broken the plateau! I got on the scale this a.m. and it read 187. I'm going to try to get over the doctor by the end of the week and get an "official" weigh-in. I'm so happy. I hope it is true and not that my scale is making fun of me :-)
11-17-03 -- I still haven't had a chance to stop by the doctor's office to see my actual weight. Hopefully this week I can get a chance to go there. I had a great weekend. I feel so good. I starting my holiday baking and it didn't bother me at all not tasting the end results. I'm so thankful for this wonderful surgery. It has made such a positive difference in my life. I feel that for the first time in my life that I'm not pre-judged when people see me. That the first thing they say to themselves is that she is fat, lazy, etc. Whether they thought that or not, I don't feel self-conscience anymore. It does bother me that some people that didn't acknowledge me or get to know me prior to the surgery are making it a point to talk to me. I'm cordial to them, but I don't have time for people like that. I do notice men looking at me more but I still haven't been asked out on a date. But then again, when do I have time to date?
11.24.03 -- First Thanksgiving post-op and I'm looking forward to it. I'm not at all concerned about the "feast". I plan on eating high-protein, low carb foods and not making "food" the center of the holiday. As I do every night, I will take a walk after dinner, but this time I'll take all my nephew's and kids with me and make it a fun thing to do together. I'm so thankful for the many people in my life. It is tough raising two kids on my own with little-to-no help from their dad (emotionally or financially), but I've been blessed with such strong support systems and my faith, which keeps me going when times are tough.
12.1.03 -- It (Thanksgiving) wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Probably because I don't crave sweets, so the pies, cookies, and such didn't bother me. The problem I had is that I still (and probably always will) suffer from head hunger and I don't want to stop eating when I feel that full feeling. At least I listen to my stomach and not my head! On a even better note, I bought a size 12 pair of Gap kakhi's this weekend and they fit. A little snug, but they fit! I'm down ~100 lbs and still have about 25 more to go. I'm happy where I'm at, but am working toward having a "normal" BMI, wherever the number may fall.
12.9.03 -- This was a first -- yesterday I was told that I looked "radiant". I was so taken back by that wonderful compliment. I must say that lately I've been feeling "radiant". The scale isn't moving much, but I feel the inches still coming off. I'm working out almost daily and trying desperately to stay away from carbs and drink more water. Happiness is someone telling you that you look "radiant".
12.22.03 -- I'm feeling FANTASTIC! I'm so comfortable with myself that it is scary. I had a weird thing happen this weekend. First of all, since losing weight, I've bought all my clothes, except one pair of pants, at thrift shops. I didn't want to invest a lot of money in clothes that I could only wear a few weeks and then toss them out. So, needless to say, I haven't been department store shopping in about a year. This past weekend, while Christmas shopping, I went into a department store and was heading over the Tall Man's section, for my son, and passed by the Women's section (aka, plus size). I consciously knew that the clothes wouldn't fit, but I stood at the edge of the clothing section and peered in, looking at all the colors/styles that are "in" -- making a mental note of what I liked. I then proceeded to the men's section and picked out what I needed for my son. After selecting the items that I needed, I went straight the cash register, unconciously passing right by the Misses sizes, that fit me, and not even stopping. I didn't realize that I did this until I left the store and was telling my mother of all the things that I saw in the Women's section. I don't think that I feel like I belong to either group (Women's or Misses). You see, when I shop at thrift stores, the shops that I frequent are sorted by color. You don't go to a specific size on the rack. All my life (prior to now) I detested thrift stores because that is all we could afford when growing up. I hated everything about them (style, smell, everything). Now I go in there eagerly anticipating the great buys/finds I'll get. My, how things change! Anyway, I thought that was strange (my department store story). I'll let you know when I finally feel comfortable shopping in the Misses section (or can even walk into it). For now, it is 1/2 price days at the thrift store for me. Besides, I still have 20 lbs. to lose, which is another size. Happy Holidays to all! Hugs and love.
1.12.04 -- Today is a FANTASTIC day.
1. A friend of mine at work said that a male co-worker told her that he thought I am the thinnest female on the program.
2. A male co-worker came up to me today and said, "you look so thin."
What a beautiful day. I'm going to wearing this outfit every day for the rest of my life.
It is now called the "thin" outfit.
1.22.04 -- I went to the ob/gyn yesterday for my depo shot. I was having a nurse friend give it to me at home but thought I should go to the dr.'s office and have it done so they could check my blood pressure. I thought it may be low because I get dizzy every once in a while and have been EXTREMELY tired. My blood pressure was 100/72. I don't ever remember it being that low. I don't think it was so low that it is what is making my dizzy though. Anyway, I did get on the scale and it said 180 lbs. I'm happy. I have 21 lbs. to lose until I reach Dr. Singh's goal weight for me. I'm losing about 1 lb. a week since my six month check-up. It is slow but steady. I'm eating healthy and watching everything that goes into my mouth. My appetite has picked up so now it is really important for me to do my part and make this tool work for the long haul. Other than being horribly tired, I'm doing very good and I'm very, very happy.
2.16.04 -- I'm still on the fence around 180 lbs. I think I may be 179. I think my body has found its set-point. I'm not upset because I feel wonderful and I'm finally healthy. I do watch everything I put in my mouth to ensure that the weight doesn't sneek up on me. I bought my first pair of "medium" pants last week. I couldn't believe they fit. I don't ever remember wearing a medium. I don't ever remember wearing a size 12. The smallest I ever remember was wearing a size juniors 13 in junior high, after a summer of Weight Watcher's. I stayed a size 13 for about two years and then was a size 16 for about another two years and then you know how it goes, up, up, up. Speaking of Weight Watcher's, my kids have been on it (home version counting points) since the first week in January. My son, Ryan, who is 16, has lost over 30 lbs. My daughter, Amanda, who is 10, has lost about 8 - 10 lbs. She gets frustrated when she gets on the scale, so she doesn't do it weekly. I told her to go by how her clothes feel, which is the best indicator. She only has about 10 more lbs. to lose. Ryan has about another 30 to go. He really has a lot of will power. He makes it look so easy, which we all know it isn't. Amanda, like me, struggles with every meal. It does help all of us in the house that we don't have junk food around. If they want chips or snack type things, we get baked chips, popcorn, and sugar-free type snacks (and we don't get them often). Life is really good. I'm very happy and at peace with myself and my life. Just waiting for spring...
2.25.04 -- My one year anniversary is the last day of March. I have a little less than 20 lbs till I meet my doctor's goal for me. I highly doubt that I'll make the goal weight by 3/31, but I'm going to do everything in my power to get as close as I can. Three things I'm doing:
1) 64+ oz of water a day (a challenge for me)
2) work up to the 10K steps at day that I've been working on -- I now walk 1/4 mile to the bathroom at work 3x's a day, which increases my steps by 1.5 miles
3) gave up bread for Lent
I'll update you on my progress on 4/1/04, which is my one year doctor's appointment.
3.8.04 - Size 10, size 10, size 10, did I happen to say, "size 10?"
3.10.04 -- I will not munch, I will not crunch, I have the power to stay away from munchy, crunchy, salty, not-good-for-me, snacks.
I want to get closer to goal so bad prior to my 1st Anniversary on the 31st. I gave up bread for Lent, but I can tell that my munching on crunchy things is increasing instead of the bread habit.
So, I repeat over and over in my head:
I will not munch, I will not crunch, I have the power to stay away from munchy, crunchy, salty, not-good-for-me, snacks.
3.31.04 -- Happy First Anniversary to me! It is my day and I'm thrilled at what this past year had in store for me.
I started my day off in prayer, thanking God for carrying me through this amazing journey. I also thanked God for giving Dr. Singh the skills to perform this life saving surgery. I'm so thankful for Dr. Singh, Cathy (his nurse), my support group, my AMOS buddies, and my angelettes, Lisa and Bethany, who have given me more than I've given to them.
I feel that our experiences in life are to be shared. In sharing our life experiences, others can learn and benefit from our joys, accomplishments, battles, doubts, and fears. That is why support groups and AMOS site friendships are so important.
I hope that this experience has taught my children how important good health is and how to make proper choices in food and exercise. I hope that I've taught them through my actions that obstacles can be overcome if you are determined and have faith in God and yourself.
I'm 20 lbs to goal. I've always heard people say that it is the last pounds that are the hardest to get off. I never knew what they meant until now. I will fight to lose the 20 pounds. I know what to do and how to do it. I can do it. I will do it -- for me.
4.14.04 -- I'm having my gallbladder out on Friday. I was scared to death, due to my infection problems from my appendice operation in July, but was relieved when I was told that it is in/out and I'll be home Friday evening. I'm not nervous anymore once I found that out. Anyway, I'm hoping that having my gallbladder out will help with my nauseousness and fatigue. I really want to feel better. I'm tired of being tired. I can barely make it through the day without a nap. If the fatigue isn't better after 4 weeks post-op, then I think I'll go in for another sleep study. Maybe it is the sleep apnea. I thought it was gone since I don't wake myself up gasping anymore. I'll write more after my operation. Life is good. God is Great. Hugs.
4.26.04 -- Gallbladder is gone. Feeling pretty good. The surgery was similar to Lap RNY pain wise. I shouldn't use the word "pain" because it is more of a "discomfort" than "pain". Back to work today. Kinda sore, but glad to be in the game again. I go to see Dr. Singh on Thursday for him to check my incisions. Life is good. God is Great!
5.11.04 -- I'm not a slave to the scale so I don't get on it often. I go by how my clothes are fitting me and how I feel. Well today I did get on the scale and it was 4 lbs. lighter. I'm thrilled!!! My weight was at 180 for months. Persistance pays off! Life is good. God is GREAT!
5.14.04 -- It was definitely my gall bladder that made me feel so icky for months and months. Now that it is out, I feel so much better. I even have been going to the gym a couple of times a week. My energy has picked up and I finally don't feel nauseous after eating. Life is good. God is GREAT!!!
6.8.04 -- Summer is here. My first summer wearing a non-plus size. Last summer I was wearing a 18, which was 3 months after surgery. Ryan is finished school and is now officially a senior in high school. Amanda finishes elementary school next week. I feel so much better (physically) since having my gallbladder out. I'm finally not nauseous every time I eat. I do watch everything that I put into my mouth. I'm so concerned that the weight will creep back on. I know deep down in my heart that it will come back on if I don't watch it. I read and hear so many people say, "gone forever." They are fooling themselves in thinking that. Nothing is forever -- especially not weight-loss. We want it to be gone forever and I'll work my hardest for it to be gone forever, but to think that it will automatically be gone forever is foolish. Happy summer!!!!
7.29.04 -- I received the best compliment yesterday, it was from our cleaning lady at work. She didn't know me pre-op, so she doesn't know my background. Anyway, she came in to sweep my floor and I apologized to her for all the crumb-mess I make. I told her that I eat breakfast, lunch, and snacks at my desk every day. She said to me, "yeah you really look like you eat all the time." She meant it sarcastically, not realizing that she just gave me the biggest compliment of my life.
9.28.04: I thought I'd share something. As you can tell from the title of my post, I'm 18 months out. I'm a post-op who can EAT. I don't eat nearly as much as I did pre-op; not even a Linebacker can eat as much as I did. Anyway, I feel that I'm eating like a normal, average-size, non-food addict. But, I am a food addict, so really how do I know how much a normal, average-sized person eats? Obviously, I must be eating too much because I can't seem to get these 20 lbs. off that I've been struggling with since January. So I decided to get out one of my many Weight Watcher books and count the points that I actually do eat in a day to see where I am in the points range. Well, after day one I now know that I'm eating more than someone who is average-sized trying to lose 20 lbs. I'm probably eating the right amount to maintain my weight but not lose since I've pretty much maintained my weight since January. I wanted to share this with you because as we've been taught, this is a "tool" not a miracle. It is a miracle that we are able to lose weight at such a fast pace and we don't feel like we are starving to death while losing. But once the majority of the weight is off, we have to be aware of how much and what we are eating if we want to get to goal and/or maintain. I feel so much better now knowing for the first time in my life how much I can eat to maintain and how much I need to cut out to lose. I'll keep you updated and let you know how working the "points" does being a post-op. Wish me luck! -- Wendy
12.6.04 - Things have been busy both at work and at home. I'm still dating Art. We are getting along quite well. The kids are doing well. Ryan is choosing the colleges that he wants to apply to for the coming fall. Amanda seems to enjoy middle school and the additional freedom that comes along with it. Mom's surgery, which was scheduled for 11/30, has been postponed until 12/28, which may work out better since I'll be off on holiday break. During the month of November I attended two conventions, the first being the Washington OH Convention. I was asked to help out at the registration desk. I loved meeting so many of the people that I talk to on-line. It was GREAT. The second convention was the NObesity workshop at St. Agnes. I again worked the registration desk and LOVED it. I had a ball meeting so many people. My weight is holding. I'm working on excercising more frequently and watching my carbs. Life is good. God is GREAT! -- Wendy
1.19.05 - Happy New Year! Life is good and very busy. Mom is having her surgery next Tuesday 1/25. She has been working on this endeavor for two years. She is very excited and looking forward to a healthier life. My son has been busy applying to colleges and finishing up his senior year. I had Lasik eye surgery on 1/12; it was my 2-year wls Anniversary present to me. I love not weight glasses! Life is good. God is GREAT! -- Wendy
3.29.05 -- Where do I even begin? On Feb. 6, 2005 I was involved in a horrific accident which nearly took my daughter's life. She was thrown from the vehicle and landed 20 ft. from the car. She was flown to Shock Trauma where she was in a drug induced coma for two weeks and continued in critical care for another three weeks. She is now living at a rehabiliation center and will hopefully be home with a month. She has a Traumatic Brain Injury (BTI) and is suffering from post traumatic amnesia. She is learning to walk, eat, and function. She is considered "disabled" but with God's grace will make a full recovery within time. Through all of this I am so thankful to have my daughter with me and that her work here on earth is not done.
My two year wls anniversary is this Thursday, 3/31/05. I'm maintaining my weight and watch everything I put into my mouth. I still eat protein first, veggies second, and if there is room carbs (only once a day). I drink my water, take my vitamins, and am forever thankful for this surgery. I do struggle with my exercise but will continually remind myself and work on doing better. My mother had wls this January and is doing remarkable well. She feels great, eats well, and learned by my mistakes in the early stages what to and not to do. She is down about 40 lbs. in her eight weeks post op.
This year so far, 2005, has brought me great heartache, depair, strength, and courage. We don't know why things happen in our lives. We may never know why, but I believe through others we learn life lessons. I pray through my experience that others learn to love those who mean the most to us as we never know what tomorrow brings. God Bless. -- Wendy
On March 31, 2006, I will celebrate my third anniversary since WLS. I'm thrilled that I've maintained my weight loss for 2 1/2 years and continue to be diligent in watching what and how much I eat. I know that this is a lifetime challenge for me in order to continue to maintain my weight loss. The surgery is a tool to help with weight loss but it is not a miracle that will keep the weight off forever if you don't work at it. I'm forever grateful to Dr. Singh and his staff for their support and encouragement. I look forward to a long, healthy life. Life is good. God is GREAT. -- Wendy
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Crafts - I do stain glass, scrapbooking, and love going to craft shows
Dogs - I have a cockapoo -- she is 12
Musical Performance - I love going to NYC and seeing musicals
Meeting People - I love to meet new people of various interests
Walking - I walk for exercise
Shopping, Bargain Hunting & Auctions - I always love a bargain
Beachcombing - I love being at the ocean...it is so peaceful
Dating - I'm single and not dating anyone...yet :-)
Football - I love football
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Surgeon: Kuldeep Singh, M.D.
I met with Dr. Singh today. He was so understanding, compassionate, and gave me great information. His office staff was wonderful -- very nice and helpful. Cathy, a WLS herself is a true inspiration!