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Christmas 2005 - Me @ 377 lbs. Before my journey began.

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Hi, I'm Linda. I've been overweight all my life, but never had any health problems until 2005. In December 2006 I was diagnosed as a Type II diabetic, had high cholesterol, had high blood pressure, needed both knees totally replaced, have 2 herniated discs in my neck, have 2 slipped discs in my lower back, and degenerative arthritis in my lower spine and would've ended up in a wheelchair full time if I did't get the excess weight off. NOW!!! I also have severe acid reflux and acute sleep apnea.

In Sept. 2006 I started looking into WLS. For the previous 10 years I vowed that my life would never hinge on that decision, but in the end, it did. After being diagnosed with Type II diabetes I knew I had to do something. I am deathly afraid of needles and I have seen how this horrible disease has ravaged my ex-husband's body. I asked for, and received a gym membership for Christmas 2006 and on 1/3/07 I started using it and went on a modified low carb diet. There was a prerequisite of 8 sessions with a clinical psychologist for my WLS that I began in Jan. 2007 and I continue to see her once a month even though I met my requirement by April 2007.

The #1 reason I succeeded is because my head is on straight now. I no longer sabotage myself with: "Boohoo, it's not my fault I'm fat; I'm not worth it; I'm not going to deprive myself of the things I love; 1 more won't hurt"; and on, and on. I also QUIT LYING to myself like: "I CAN keep unhealthy things in my house and not eat them; I CAN quit eating unhealthy anytime I want; I CAN eat just one; I don't have any health problems, so I'm fine; I am not addicted to food"; etc., etc.

#2 is I'm committed. I could have lost 60-70 lbs. prior to surgery on the diet I was on, but I only lost 51 because I kept cheating. I have not cheated once since 8/31/07, the day of my WLS. I have not had one complication or side effect from my surgery. That's a blessing and a curse. Many people who attempt to cheat after surgery get deathly ill from cheating. I'm nearly 3 years out now and can eat, at least a little bit, of most anything I want and not get sick. My doctor even told me I could have a small piece of wedding cake and some sips of champagne at my daughter's wedding, but that was a huge decision for me. If I could get away with it once, what would keep me from doing it again? I had a small piece of cake and one sip of champagne and that's all.

#3 is I know my weaknesses and I can't allow myself to go there anymore. I have chosen this course and I cannot stray from it.

I have written blogs if you want to go read them. I also have a progression of pictures through my weight loss journey in my photo gallery.

I now weigh 81 lbs. less than my DD. If only I could get this message across to her. All I know to do is to set the example and hopefully she will follow before it is too late. Hopefully, she won't wait until she's 57 yrs. old to make this decision. I don't recommend waiting to anyone. Do it now! GIT 'UR DONE!!

Member Since: 3/15/2007

Fitness Minutes: 32,398

My Goals:
My goal weight is 165 lbs. and I'd like to reach that goal by Easter 2011. Short term goals were to be 275 lbs. by Dec. 25, 2007 (goal met 12/15/07);
be 260 lbs. by Feb. 1, 2008 (goal met 1/26/08);
be 220 lbs. by June 14, 2008, my DD's wedding (goal met 6/1/08); be under 200 lbs. by vacation 8/16/09 (goal met 8/1/09; and be 175 lbs. by my son's wedding 9/9/11.

My Program:
Currently I do weight training and water aerobics. I bowl in 2 leagues a week, year around. I started this journey on Jan. 3, 2007 and have lost a total of 185.9 lbs. and 121 inches to date (10/13/10).

Personal Information:
My name is Linda. I am disabled and work from home. I have 2 children and 1 grandchild. I live in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Home of the IRL Indianapolis 500, NASCAR Brickyard 400, Red Bull Motorcycle GRAN PRIX, NHRA Nationals, NCAA Headqrtrs. & Hall of Fame, Indianapolis COLTS, PACERS & ICE.

Other Information:
I lost 51 lbs. and toned my body before I underwent bariatric surgery on Aug. 31, 2007.

Goal: lose 150 lbs. by my DD's wedding on 6/14/08. Goal was reached 5/4/08.

Next goal: to be at 175 by my son's wedding 9/9/11.

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  • v BMELT2013
    Thanks so much for your kind words of encouragement!
    2965 days ago
  • v BHAYES218
    emoticon i'm going to need all the help I can get!
    2965 days ago
  • v CATH5109
    Hi, I think you are doing a great job coming up with fun prompts to get us to share on the BL challenge. I am also very impressed with your success in losing weight--a great inspiration. Thanks.
    2972 days ago
  • v _BELINDA
    Thank you for the lovely welcome you left on my page.
    Congratulations on your amazing weight loss.
    I look forward to getting familiar with the team and working towards my goals.

    Happy New year!
    2985 days ago
    Hi Linda,

    Thank You for welcoming me to the 100 plus club. I just read your story, and I am more committed than before, partly because we have so much in common regarding the consequences of our overeating disease, and also because you are so generous and open in sharing your photos - so I identify with you, and all of this helps me to REALLY believe that I can walk diligently this path to health ! Thank You!

    I have fibromyalgia, was diagnosed with arthritis in my neck and lower back when I was only 32 years old, have degenerative disc disease in my neck - which causes pain, tingling, and varying degrees of numbness in my arms and hands - and my knees have gotten bad in the past 2 years (they "crunch" and "pop" whenever I climb stairs or bend down).

    I watched my dear Gram die from complications due to her obesity. She was about 5'8" before her spine compressed, and I think her highest weight was about 360. She quit smoking and changed her diet (mostly low sodium and low fat changes), and even began exercising on a stationary bicycle, but it was too little, too late. She died in 1996 at the age of 70 (quite young, I think). She got to see my oldest son when he was just a baby, but she didn't get to see him grow up, and she never got to meet my youngest son.

    Reading your story made me realize at a deeper level how deadly serious and life-stealing compulsive overeating is, and it reminded me of my Gram's decline and death. The wonderful, positive stuff I gleaned from your story includes hope and belief that I will stay on this health and wellness path for the rest of my life, one manageable day at a time.

    I have lost 7 pounds since joining SparkPeople, and my pain management doc says for every pound of body weight lost, we lose about 4 pounds of stress from our knees - so my creaking knees are packing 28 less pounds up and down the stairs in our new apartment! Yay!

    I also wanted to say thank you for sharing pics of your sweet, sweet angel daughter. I said to my husband, if you were having a rough day, all you'd need to do is look at that cute little face smiling, and you'd immediately feel happy and uplifted :) She's a jewel.

    Thanks Again for welcoming me to the 100 Plus club. A year ago, I would have been humiliated to become a member of a 100 Plus club, but today, I feel only gratitude and support - and just plain old excitement ! I know this road to wellness won't be exactly "easy," but I know I can do it with your help and the love and support of all SparkFriends!

    Many Blessings and Hugs,
    Lori emoticon
    3111 days ago
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