My name is Tina Mendonca and I'm 33 years old. I have been married for 3 years and have 3 boys. Brandon (15), Gabriel (3) and Christian (2). I have been looking for a place online where I can find others who are on or have started the same journey that I have. I wasn't always a big girl. But after having my last 2 boys (11 1/2 months apart) I had some healthy problems that put me back in the hospital and I gained so much more weight. I developed other health problems. I couldn't get enough sleep and snored so much more than usual and as a result Migraine headaches almost everyday. It made me so miserable! I hated looking in the mirror because I didn't recognize myself anymore. I felt frumpy, tired and just plain ugly. I hated the way I was acting. I was so moody and it was taking it's toll on everyone in my house and on my marriage. I worked too hard to have everything I ever wanted in life that I had to make a change!
I took a long hard look at what I'm doing to myself and my family. My highest weight has been 270 lbs and 5'3" tall. I made the decision in February 2010 to do Gastric Bypass Surgery. I was scared at first, but once I went to the seminar and heard from others that had the procedure done I made up my mind. I had my Gastric Bypass done June 23, 2010.
Since February I started all my vitamins and walking 4 miles 3-4 times a week. I am so glad I did! The 1st week has been hard , but I'm glad I had a good head start. I hope to be able to document my experience and share in all the hard and good times with others and make friends from all over. I am an open book so ask me what you will!