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Day before surgery (9/14/08) at 374 lbs.

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Wearing my "nonplus" clothes! 18 Jeans and XL Shirt

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One year "Surgiversary" Sept. 15th, 2009

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Well, here I am. I was referred here by the surgeon who will in the future be making a drastic life change in me.

I am 38, from North Dakota and married to an awesome hubby and we have a 14 year old son together. I have been overweight since about puberty. But the weight has gotten extremely drastic in the last year. Besides the weight I deal with a number of serious health issues that has had me disabled for a few years. I have degenerative disc disease in my lower spine, which causes me to have to use a walker to get around as well as a wheel chair/scooter when needed. I also was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in Sept. 07 and have been learning a ton about that. With these two conditions I am in severe chronic pain 24/7. There is never a time that I am pain free. My life has been put on a serious hold since being diagnosed with the DDD in 6/05. On top of this, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease in 1/07 and had radio active iodine treatment to kill off my thyroid in 5/07. Ever since that process, I have become seriously hypothyroid and have gained over 100 lbs. within a very short time. We are working hard to get my TSH levels leveled and satisfactory, but it has been a struggle to figure out the right dosing of meds for me. To this day, just a tad over a year later, my levels still are not stable.

Because of the DDD and fibro, exercising is out of the question. I have done some aquatherapy, which I enjoyed, but doesn't actually get you losing weight. It moreso helps to keep some of the muscle tone that I have lost tons of. And having these conditons and now the thyroid issues, things are extremely out of hand with my weight. A month ago, I started swelling in my legs, ankles, feet and hands badly and went to the doctor to find out I am now on the verge of congestive heart failure as well as on the verge of having diabetes, which is stemming from the weight I have. With all the fluid in my body right now, I am at my highest ever, at 375. If I could get rid of this fluid, I would probably weigh less, closer to 300. But that has been a struggle as well.

My primary physician has referred me to a surgeon for bariatric surgery after I asked him what he thought about me having it done. He wants me to have it done ASAP, mainly so that the congestive heart failure does not completely set in. I am scared to death and excited as heck all in the same emotion. I am scared of the side effects, the outcome, etc. from having the surgery since my body is not in a very good state right now. I am also worried that because of my conditions, I am not able to exercise like they want you to after the surgery, because of serious immobility. I am also scared that because my body is in such bad shape, that there will be many complications during the surgery and all I wonder, is it really worth it? On the other hand, I am very excited. I look so forward to being thinner and healthier. I would be able to do so much more with the conditions I already have to become more mobile, etc.

I plan to keep track of my diet, weightloss, and other goals and such while being here.

That pretty much sums me up. I need some serious help with the weight and I am hoping this is the path to take. Luckily I have an awesome hubby and kid that have been at my beck and call through everything I have gone through in the last few years. If it weren't for them, I surely would not be here today I am sure. I look forward to getting to meet some of you and sharing my story as I go. Thanks for reading.

Starting weight - 374
Current weight - 161 Hit my goal on 12/12/09!! WOOHOOO!!!!

1-26/09 - 159 lbs.

Member Since: 7/12/2008

Fitness Minutes: 6,025

My Goals:
I have met many goals so far throughout this journey. Some of the goals I am still striving for are:

*Weigh under 200 lbs. - ACHIEVED Sept. 6, 2009!!

*Hit a final weight of 161 lbs. or less -ACHIEVED Dec. 12th, 2009!! In 14 months, 27 days!!

*Go into any store to buy clothes - ACHIEVED Oct. 23, 2009!! Was able to shop at Aeropostle, Old Navy, American Eagle, etc. Woohoo, I love it!!

*Be able to walk on my own again without the aide of a cane, walker, etc.

*To become a happier and healthier person overall, both mentally and physically

My Program:
I am following my surgeons recommendations as close as I can. I have completely changed my lifestyle and eating. All I crave is fresh produce and really enjoying that although struggling to find decent produce in my area. I am dedicated to my workout routines at the gym. I am constantly trying new foods and recipes every day made from scratch. No more boxed, canned or processed foods for me or my family.

Personal Information:
I am in North Dakota, originally from Wisconsin. I have been married for 15 years. We have a 14 year old son. We have a black lab named Shadow and a chug named Cheyenne. We enjoy being out in nature out in the badlands and are out exploring them all the time.

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  • v KITTYF54
    Ps. I lost 50 pounds while in Colorado, gained it back since 1/2014, now working on doing it and keeping it off.
    1555 days ago
  • v KITTYF54
    Hey! I hope everything is ok with you. Since I wrote last, I went out to Colorado to help care for my dad for 8 months before he passed in December of 2013, came home, realized what a hoarders mess we're living in, and am trying to clear it out. not doing well at it but we need to sell the house within 4 years so, I really have to face the music. hope you're doing well. came back and see us now and then. Love ya, Kitty
    1555 days ago
  • v KITTYF54
    Hey girl, it's been so long since I saw you on spark people that I thought I'd write and let you know you're missed. Let us know how you're doing if you have the time. Kitty
    3336 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/14/2011 11:44:11 AM
    What a way to head into the New Year! Big congratulations!
    3764 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/13/2009 3:49:38 PM
    I would not be surprised if you start 2010 at you goal! Way to go girl! I hope you had a blast at Hubby's Christmas Party, betting people who have not seen you in a while will be dazzled.

    3772 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/5/2009 5:26:40 PM
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