I"m a 41 year old married mother of 3 who's been a stocky person all her life; even when I was a size 5-6..had shoulders like a foot ball player; very broad.

With my first child (20 years ago) I gained about 70 pounds and lost less than 1/2 of that.  When I had my second 2 years later, I gained 40 and lost none of it.  When I got pregnant with my third child 11 years ago, I gain about 20 lbs, which took  me to over the 200lb mark and I never looked back.

I began to gain alot of weight in the last 11 years and couldn't figure out how to loose it.  About 5 years ago, I began taking the Phentermine prescribed tablets, exercising and joined a gym.  I lost over 50 lbs.  I thought this was it.  I was at a weight I'd not seen in over 15 years to that point.  Over time, as my body became less responsive to the medication, I started the weight gain.  It took me about 3 years to gain the 50 lbs pounds back...plus an additional 10.  It was funny because I exercised more; but couldn't control what I ate or how much of it I ate....so here I was again and feeling like a failure.

My blood pressure was high and I was now on meds and feeling lowsy.  I had thought about WLS for a couple of years, but got serious about it in march of 2007.  In October I made the decision to move forward with it.

I'm at a point where I'm very excited because I have my date and looking forward to feeling better.  I love exercising i.e. biking, swimming and aerobics; but had grown tired of the aching knees and not being able to go for long periods of time; but I so look forward to shedding this weight and being able to get through that 45 minute aerobic class or 30 min spinning class again.  I look forward to a healthy life and an added benefit of LOOKING better too.  Although it'll be an uphill battle as far as cutting out all the foods that I know are bad for me; I actually look forward to doing it.

My husband has been the BEST support system a person could ask for.  As I am cutting back and taking things out of my diet, he has decided to join me.  He's not an overweight man; although he could stand to loose a bit of his 'gut'; but he is sacrificing as a show of support and unity.  My how God has blessed me.

I hope, as I begin my journey, I can be a support to others out there that has had to face this unpleasant journey called Morbid Obesity.

About Me
Northern (Sacramento area), CA
Surgery Date
Jan 30, 2007
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