Hi, My name is Tamara Lynn (all friends & family call me Tammy).
For as long as I can remember, I have been involved in life in a musical way. I am a vocal coach, and also an administrative coordinator with a biotechnology company.
I was born & raised in Utah (yes, I'm a Mormon). I was actually a fairly normally weighted child & even into my early teens, I was dancing, so I maintained a pretty slim frame. I don't know exactly what happened in High School (except for the fact that I quit my dance troupe, and got more heavily involved in academics, and started working at every fast-food joint in the world.
I went through a bought of anorexia in high school, because I was unhappy with me... went off to college, tried to be active, just didn't manage, ate too much, and gained, and gained, and gained. It has never quite come off either, I've yo-yo'd with the best of them.
Well, at 18 I was put on FenPhen, that only lasted a couple of years, before my mom got a heart murmur from it, and they took us both off. After that, I tried EVERYTHING. Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, South Beach, Atkins, eDiets.com, personal trainers, gym memberships... nothing worked!! Even now, I'm working with a dietitian, and I pulled off about 14 pounds, and am now right back where I began.
I moved to California in 2004, and I can honestly say that, rather than getting better - my weight got MUCH worse. It's all the mentality of grabbing a burger, and eating it while you sit in HOURS and HOURS of traffic, and then, by the time you get home, the last thing you want to do is actually move!! So - I haven't... and NOW, no matter what I do, I can't take off what I've put on.
I began my WLS journey April 2006. I should have surgery (FINALLY) in January / February 2007. Almost a year of work on this, so that I can save my life. Obesity is a very large factor in my family, and now it has lead to my diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroid, and many other problems. I know that it could be worse, and at 29, there is a long way to go, but -- I am ready to do this for myself.
Thanks for reading, Tammy