Five years ago today my life changed

Barbara C.
on 6/4/12 9:52 am - Raleigh, NC
Five years ago today my life changed when I had weight loss surgery to resolve my health issues and lose the excess weight I had been carrying since I was in grade school. I am delighted that the health issues I had that led me to investigating and finally having weight loss surgery have resolved and I am maintaining the loss of the excess weight.

My Type 2 Diabetes Melitus (T2DM) has resolved with an HbA1C that runs between 5.1 and 5.3, so I no longer take medications to keep it under control.
My blood pressure which is normally about 100/65 is excellent and had dropped about 20 points.
My LDL and HDL cholesterol is fair, but considering my family history of high cholesterol, I'm delighted.
My Hereditary Hemachromatosis is well managed; I have not had a phlebotomy since my surgery.
My breathing while I sleep is much better and I no longer use a CPAP to ensure that I get enough while I sleep.

My quality of life has really gone through the roof. Among other things:

I can fit ANYWHERE; an airplane seat, booths, turnstiles, amusement park rides, etc...
I can buy clothes in any store, as long as I have enough money in my purse.
I can handle the heat of the summer so much better.
I can work in the yard without passing out.
I can tie my shoes or paint my toenails and breathe at the same time.

During the past five years, I lost all of my excess weight. I experienced a regain. I learned how to leverage the power of my tool, taking off the regain and learning to maintain a stable weight.

My only regret is that I didn't do this sooner. Not only has it improved my health and quality of life, but it has also has had a positive impact the lives of my family members.

I'm delighted I made the decision to do this and would do all over again.

Barbara
ObesityHelp Coach and Support Group Leader
http://www.obesityhelp.com/group/bcumbo_group/
High-264, Current-148, Goal-145

juleskar
on 6/4/12 10:11 am
Amazing!! Happy Surgiversary!!
Tim T.
on 6/4/12 10:20 am - Eastham, MA
Now that's what I call a motivational post!!
      
Barbara C.
on 6/4/12 11:23 am - Raleigh, NC
Thanks Tim!

Barbara
ObesityHelp Coach and Support Group Leader
http://www.obesityhelp.com/group/bcumbo_group/
High-264, Current-148, Goal-145

Cherokeesage
on 6/4/12 11:01 am
RNY on 02/24/12
Thanks for posting and may you continue your success.

Banded  Oct 2008:  290       
RNY Feb 2012:        245    
Dr's set goal:            170 reached Oct 11, 2012
My goal:                     160  reached Dec 1, 2012
Today :                       145-150

I am half the person I was in 2008.

Barbara C.
on 6/4/12 11:24 am - Raleigh, NC

Barbara -

Thank you and I wish the same for you as well!

Barbara
ObesityHelp Coach and Support Group Leader
http://www.obesityhelp.com/group/bcumbo_group/
High-264, Current-148, Goal-145

fatfreemama
on 6/4/12 11:23 am - San Jose, CA
Mazel Tov Barbara! You are always an inspiration to me.

Hugs!
Jan
Bay to Breakers 12K May 15, 2011 (1:54:40)           First 5K 5/23/11 (41:22)
Half Marathons: Napa:  7/18/10  (4:11:21)   7/17/11 (3:30:58)   7/15/12  (3:13:11.5) 
                        
 SJ Rock and Roll: 10/2/10 (3:58:22)  Run Surf City: 2/6/11 (3:19:54) 
                         Diva: 5/6/12 (3:35:00) 
HW/SW/CW  349/326/176
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Albert Einstein

Barbara C.
on 6/4/12 11:25 am - Raleigh, NC

Thanks Jan... How did you know I am Jewish ;-)

Barbara
ObesityHelp Coach and Support Group Leader
http://www.obesityhelp.com/group/bcumbo_group/
High-264, Current-148, Goal-145

fatfreemama
on 6/4/12 11:28 am - San Jose, CA
 I didn't.  I'm Jewish, and sometimes when you run into an amazing accomplishment like yours, Mazel Tov is the only thing to say.  
Barbara C.
on 6/4/12 11:38 am - Raleigh, NC

I knew you didn't... I said that 'tongue in cheek' because it's so rare for anyone to say Mazel Tov. I used to belong to Shir Hadash when we lived in San Jose. My parents were founding members there. Before that we belonged to Temple Beth Shalom and before that Temple Emanuel. Rabbi Gitten married my husband and I, sooooo many years ago. 

Shalom my friend!

Barbara
ObesityHelp Coach and Support Group Leader
http://www.obesityhelp.com/group/bcumbo_group/
High-264, Current-148, Goal-145

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