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Me at my highest weigth of 523. I'll post a recent picture as soon as i get one.

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My son, the beach and me at 385, my lowest

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I started my weight loss journey 4 years ago at 523 pounds. I was born fat but I'm not going to die fat. I'm a 53 year old woman and I'm not giving up.

I'm not sure when it got out of control. I was always active, and solid. I was able to play hard, run, dance and do about anything I wanted. One day, I woke up and I was depressed and weighing 523 pounds. I'm not sure how I got there.

I have some ideas. Growing up in an abusive alcoholic family wasn't the best senario, losing a brother and my dad by the time I was 6 didn't help but I let myself get out of control over the years.

I used food as my friend, to hide from my stepdad's meanness, I used it to hide from any sort of relationship that came my way. The sad part is, any event in my life, I can recall all of the food that was involved; not the people but the food. To me, that is very sad.

About 8 years ago, I lost my job due to a change over. I became depressed, didn't get dressed, can't even remember brushing my teeth or changing out of my night clothes. Because of this, I expected my son, 12 at the time, to take on alot more responsibilities than he should have had to do.

In this time, I became wheelchair bound and depended on my family to help me survive. I developed cellulitis in my legs and had to go into the hospital. It was my birthday and now, I think of it as the best birthday of my life. I was in there for 2 weeks and I lost 38 pounds. That was when I decided I wanted to go on. In the next 7 months, I had lost another 60 pounds. I know in my heart that if I hadn't made some changes, I would not be here today.

I turned 50 and new I needed a change. My son was grown and independent, so my sister and I moved 2300 miles from our home, to California. It was the best thing, other than my son, that I have ever done. I found a great therapist that helped me to realize that I was a victim when I was younger, but I didn't have to be a victim the rest of my life.

As of today, i'm down to 392 with along way to go, but I'll get there. This has been an eye opening experience for me and one I am so glad I found. I have a great support team of my son, family and friends. I belong to Tops and believe we all need the help and all the support we can get. I have been out of the wheelchair for 2 years now and using crutches, soon hopefully, a cane. When I'm old, I don't want to be that little old lady sitting on her porch saying, " I WISH I had done that." I want to be the little old lady sitting there saying, " I DID DO THAT!"

For what I put my son thru, he has turned out to be a great person. He's now 25 and not long ago, I explained where I had come from and how I got to that point. I also appologized to him for putting him thru some of the things I had done. He was very forgiving and his comment to me was, "Mom, I wouldn't change a thing, because what we went thru is what made us who we are today. And we are alot stronger for it." That made it all worth while to me.

That's my story. I'm not posting it for sympathy because we all have our reasons for being where we are. I'm posting it because it helps to get it out and to pass it on. Hopefully to let others know that they aren't alone in this journey.

We Can Do This Because We Are Worth It!!!

Member Since: 4/9/2007

Fitness Minutes: 5,440

My Goals:
Short Term Goals:

Drink my water daily.
Follow my eating plan.
Exercise atleast 5-5x/week.

Long Term Goals:

Off of my crutches.
Go dancing again.
Go white water rafting and scuba diving.

My Program:
I belong to Tops but I have my own eating plan that works for me. I eat 6 small meals a day and have found this keeps my metabolism up and running. I follow just a sensible diet of protein, good cards and low fat. I also swim 4x/week and do weight training 2/week. And, drink water water water...

Personal Information:
I'm originally from Illinois but when I turned 50, I felt I needed a change and moved to California. I'm on the central coast and love the beaches. I have one son, who is my hero in so many ways. He's 25 and I'm proud to be his mom. I have a loving family (most of the time) :). I'm on disablity but am also in college and studying nutrition.

Other Information:
I love to read anything I can get my hands on.
Musis is a favorite of mine too, especially classic rock.
I guess one of my favorite sayings is from a song Tim McGraw, "Live like you were dying."

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  • v JUANITA053
    I haven't been on here in ages...I have had a lot going on the last couple of years..some good, some bad...I have finally made a very important decision..I am pre op for Bariatric Surgery...I have done all of my follow up tests and am set up for surgery on the 20th of January...I am so excited but also very very scared..I have never had an operation where I had to be put under...I just can't seem to lose this weight...I know this is only a tool, but it's one I am ready to use...So wish me luck... emoticon
    2200 days ago
    Hello Juanita,

    How are you doing? Thank you kindly for adding me to your friendship list, that was so cool of you!

    I read your bio and that has some pretty powerful stuff in it and some of it I could have written myself. We have tons in common.

    How is your weight loss going? I sure hope to chat more with you soon.


    3460 days ago
  • v CARPEDIEM369
    Hi Juanita~ Am just checking in to see how you are doing this week. For the past two weeks, I've managed to lose 2lbs each week, which I attribute to adding a couple of long (1 mile) walks outside to my routine. Usually, I do Leslie Sansone's 2 mile walk, but from a seated position, 6 days a week. The cardio of moving arms & legs seems to really be working for me.

    Hope all is well w/ you.
    3463 days ago
  • v CARPEDIEM369
    Ooohhh, water aerobics sounds like so much fun & REALLY healthy! We have that as an option in SLO, but its a long walk from the bus stop, so not really in the cards for me @ the moment. Maybe once I lose a bit more weight & am walking further.

    Thanks for the inspiration, Juanita!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

    3472 days ago
  • v CARPEDIEM369
    Howdy Juanita~ thanks for the info about TOPS! I was wondering what it was. Hang in there, Kiddo - you CAN do it!!!

    I've hit a little plateau, so have decided to add a Chair Dancing workout 3x a week. Do you Chair Workouts? I LOVE those!!!

    Take care

    3472 days ago
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