I am a mother of 2 young children a son 2.5 yrs. old, a daughter 8 months old. I was a college athlete and miss being active due to weight gain. I would like to regain myself again.

2/2/06- Have had all my consultations, have had lab work done. Now am just waiting for approval from insurance company. It is so hard waiting for this. I hope it all goes well. I still can't believe that this could change my life. I really want to be in control of this. I want me back! Does anyone feel that way ever? I have seen someone who has lost and looks great and I have seen someone who has not had such results. I pray that I can be like the first. I want that so badly and I know that I have to really work at it. I want to work at it! I think that is the biggest change! I want it now!!!! See you soon!


2/13/06- Well I have a date, March 17th, 2006 St.Patricks day :-) I can't wait! I am so excited and yet so nervous! I pray this works for me. When I say I pray it works I mean that it kicks my little rump shaker into gear and is the motivation that I have needed to change my life! I know that surgery is just the beginning, I have to be responsible for the rest! It is so hard to actually think that my thinking about food will change, and my thinking about everything will change, because I have too. I so look forward to this! Any advice is welcome. What to expect, what to do. I fear putting weight on, I never want to do that again! I so can't wait! Do you ever find that you just chat away when you are waiting???? See ya soon!

3/15/06
Well 2 days till surgery. Today is the 1st day I feel really nervous. Not so much for the procedure, it is more of the what if's. What if I don't come out of it, what if there is a problem, what if something goes wrong, what if I don't see my kids and husband again. All those things have crept into my head today. I am scared plain and simple. I do however have the calming of my faith in the Lord. And wonderful people here at this site to encourage me and help me through. "Thank you" to all of you!!!!! Especially you Meg!!! I have been on the diet for the last 2 weeks and it actually has been such an eye opener! I didn't realize how addictive food was. The first 3 days were really hard when I craved everything and I realized that my body was really withdrawing from the bad stuff in food. Don't get me wrong I crave still but not in the same way. I feel so much better that I am afraid to put things in my body. I don't want to feel like I did. I am so amazed at this process. It has been a wonderful, eye opening experience. I look forward to continuing on. At my 1st week appointment after starting the diet I had lost 11 pounds. Can you believe it? I didn't at first especially because I was so bloated from going to start my period. But there it was. It does feel good to succeed. I know that this is just the beginning. As my son's favorite movie spaceman Buzz Lightyear would say " Too infinity and beyond" for this journey!!! I hope that I may inspire someone else to do this as you all have me! Thank you! I will soon be on the "Post op" side of this!!! YEEEEHAAAA
See ya,
Char


3/20/06
Well it is 3 days after my surgery and I feel really good actually. It went really really well. Dr.Foote and his team are AWESOME!!!! Don't have much pain anywhere. Just started finallhy passing gas. Was a bit scared about that. Getting in all that I need. It is so weird!! I feel normal. Not sure what to think at this point. I am so happy I am ok. Nothing negative. Just getting use to things. Will update more when I know more. I feel really good about this new journey and all of you who update and keep files have helped me prepare for my journey! I know what helps and what hinders and I am ready for the challenge! Here we go, I am post op now. Now the real work begins!! I am ready!!!!



7/19/06
well it has been awhile since I have been here. Not because I don't want to be. Just have been really busy at home. We sold our house in 3 weeks which just happen a week and a half ago and now we need to be out by the end of this month. Then life has just been really busy. But losing some of this weight has really helped me stay up with all that has been going on. I am proud to say that I just went for my 3 month check up which actually was 4 months and I have lost a total of 72 lbs. Can you believe it? I couldn't! I have not weighed this much since after I was married 5 years ago. I weigh less than what I did prior to getting pregnant with my first child. I am so so happy and have really had no problems! I really think it is changing your way of thinking. THat is HUGE!!! I don't eat things that are bad,(for the most part) most of the time they make me feel yucky so I stay away cause I just don't want to feel bad. Try to get in all my water and protein. Which is hard but a worth while goal! I feel good when I have all the protein! It has been awesome! It has allowed me to feel like me again and to build some of my confidence back. I am sitll a bit uncomfortable with people commenting on my weightloss. I chose not to tell people. Just a choice few. It all in all has been the right decision for me. But still the looks and even the compliments, I don't view myself as thinner I still feel like me. Plus it is not like it is just dropping off so I just feel normal. I think once you start wearing smaller sizes is when the comments come which is ok, it just is hard because I am one to not like the lime light. I just want to do what I need to do for me and blend in. So that is hard to get use to. But I do feel better physically and mentally. I just feel great and the staff and doctors at MMPC are awesome! This has been so worth it! I feel so much more healthy and together. Thank you thank you thank you for giving me back myself!!! Stick with it all you guys and gals out there.

I would put pics on, but I just don't seem to know how to do it right! Talk with you soon! 


6-7-07 Well lots has happened we have moved to Texas per my husbands career. I am almost to goal weight which is hard to believe. I can't even believe that it has been over a year already. I am 168lbs oh my I can't believe I am even saying that. I am what I was in high school and college. Unbelieveable! But man do I feel great. It is amazing how this has changed my life and my ability to be in control of my food. Wow I am so greatful for all the staff and doctors and to myself for taking this on. It was worth everything!
Many thanks!

5-16-08 So it has been 2 years since my surgery.  That sounds crazy to say.  I am still at my goal weight.  It is hard though because everything feels normal again.  So i have to be really careful.  I don't have the problem of not being able to not eat certain things.  So it is all me working at this now.  It was all me before, but I feel like the fail safe is not there anymore if that makes sense.  I will say that I just completed my first sprint triathlon.  What???  I never thought I would say that but I did.  I LOVED it!  I can't wait to do another one.  It felt awesome!  I cannot tell you how much better I feel.  I can be an example to my kids now of being healthy and being in control of your food and eating.  I can show them how to be active and I can feel good for myself too.  I think the biggest thing that I have regained from this journey is my confidence.  I had lost it and I feel like I have found it again.  What a wonderful feeling to feel good about yourself and know that you did what was right for you!  I will get some pics up of my new found love for triathlons.  Hopefully it will inspire someone!!!  Keep up the hard work I am here for who ever needs encouragement!  
Hugs,
Char

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About Me
Denton, TX
Location
24.8
BMI
RNY
Surgery
03/17/2006
Surgery Date
Dec 27, 2005
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Before & After
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2 weeks before surgery
286lbs

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