BICNGILLETTE

SparkPoints
 
Photos
See this image larger
Day before surgery (9/14/08) at 374 lbs.



See this image larger
Wearing my "nonplus" clothes! 18 Jeans and XL Shirt



See this image larger
One year "Surgiversary" Sept. 15th, 2009


SparkGoodies
go to goodies page
Pedometer
From:
KITTYF54
go to goodies page
Rose
From:
PLATSUZIE
go to goodies page
Happy Face
From:
PLATSUZIE
Awards

Shared Food & Fitness Trackers
 
Interact with BICNGILLETTE
Add as SparkFriend Send Private Message Leave Comment Recent Message
Board Posts


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.


Other Information:




Read More About BICNGILLETTE - Profile Information moved here. (Updated January 26)




Shown if member clicks "Read More"








(Shown after Message Board Posts)
Add a Link
Save Changes
My Ticker:
 current weight: 159.0 
374
320.25
266.5
212.75
159
Login to Leave Comment
Comments
  • 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
  • v JUSTSILVIE
    What a way to head into the New Year! Big congratulations!
    3764 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/13/2009 3:49:38 PM
  • v JUSTSILVIE
    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.

    emoticon
    3772 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/5/2009 5:26:40 PM
Member Comments (80):  123Next >Last >>