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This is how I look, these days!!

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SItting with my grandbabies who I hadn't seen in 4 years, after RIDING AN AIRPLANE across the country to see them!!

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My BEFORE photo, except I gained another 50 lbs, but wouldn't let anyone photograph me anymore.

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I've had more lives than a cat here on Sparkpeople, but that it because it is so good here, that I can't help but keep coming back!

I had weight loss surgery on December 14th. (the Duodenal Switch procedure)

You can read about it in my blog at

Now, 100 lbs lighter, I am back because I still need the companionship and support, and I still have so much to learn!

Member Since: 6/30/2007

Fitness Minutes: 6,305

My Goals:
My goal is to be 175 lbs, which is completely realistic with the surgery I have selected. It is called the Duodenal Switch.

This operation relies on restriction, by making the stomach smaller. However, this operation leaves a complete, working, stomach instead of a pouch.

Its main way of causing weight loss, however, is through mal-absorption, where the intestines are re-routed to cause only a small portion of what is eaten to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Therefore, it is important to eat 60-100 grams of protein a day, and to take vitamins and supplements for the rest of my life to prevent serious malnutrition.

This may seem like a drastic step, but with a high weight of 495 lbs, and re-gaining 60 lbs after losing 120 lbs the "regular" way, I know I am doing this to save my life.

My Program:
I believe in the basics of Good Nutrition, Moderation, Regular Exercise and Self Motivation.

Having weight loss surgery does not negate the importance of any of these principles at all. I will still need to watch what I eat and exercise. I simply won't be hungry while I do it.

I believe that for a person as heavy as I am, weight loss is a necessary part of improved health and it is important to look at weight loss in the context of improving my overall health.

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