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Before RNY ~300 lbs 7-2009

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I'm a 50-something Baby Boomer married 26 years in Feb with 3 kids ranging from tweens to early twenties.

I've struggled with being overweight all my life. I've tried just about every diet, weight loss and exercise program there is.

In 2010 I was approaching 300 lbs and was facing a layoff in 60 days. It was an All Time Low for me! As a lifetime overachiever, I was TOTALLY broken physically, emotionally, spiritually.

I had NOWHERE else to go but to God. Really.

While I've always been a believer, I've been a 'low-key' Christian. Sometimes going to church in various Christian faiths, but mostly hit-and-miss Bible reading and praying on my own.

When I totally turned everything over to Him, my life started turning around. I let go of negative relationships, I was led to get the job of my dreams and started on my WLS journey. My physical and mental health is 100% improved.

Sparkpeople website has been instrumental in supporting me in my change journey. Altho I can never give back what I've been given by my fellow SP friends, I try to read, comment & post something encouraging here every day.

I appreciate the friendliness and support from my fellow Sparklers!

Member Since: 4/27/2010

Fitness Minutes: 25

My Goals:
Get off all meds and get healthy! - Done and ongoing!

Take better care of myself. -Ongoing!

Ride horses again. - 6-16-14 FINALLY after 20 years!

Ice / Roller skate again.

Learn to waterski.

My Program:
I regularly eat nf refried beans (Taco Bell brand) with 1 wedge of Laughing Cow lite soft cheese, Dannon Lite & Fit Greek yogurt (80 cal 12 gms protein,0 sugar), nf cottage cheese, cheese sticks, reduced fat cheese slices (Sargento, Alpine Lace, or Jarlesberg lite - swiss, cheddar, provolone). Almonds (28 nuts = 6 gm protein, 170 cal, 1g sugars- I have to watch my count on these!)

Non-fat milk in my tea and skinny mocha's (homemade with Hills Bros sf double mocha mix and Splenda). SF Alpine Hot Cider mix, MIO water flavoring.

I also make a pot of soup weekly- I rotate the following kinds: white beans with onions & carrots, split pea, lentil, chili with ground beef, black, red & white kidney beans.

I found a great rtd protein drink at Costco- Premier protein chocolate. (30 gms protein, 160 cal, sugars 1g)

Tummy does NOT like chicken! A few bites of rotisserie chicken dark meat will go (and stay) down ok. All other forms/ pieces are NO GO.

Personal Information:
My Program (cont.) Ground beef (80-20%) made into meatballs w/t.sauce or gravy, meatloaf, hamburger patty, taco meat crumbles. Occasional small amts of steak: Tri tip, filet mig, rib eye. A few bites of ham or well braised pot roast, no pork chops.

No white carbs- bread, tortillas, buns, etc. get stuck. Very occasional mashed potatoes with gravy.

Thankfully, I'm not a dessert person! :)

Other Information:
"... you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma � which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become."

Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement Address, 6-12-2005

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