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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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    *thank you to all for your kind word on my blogs, my page and for the goodies....

    Twinkle twinkle little star
    my dreams seem just so far
    i wish i may i wish i might
    be able to finally win this fight

    Humpty dumpty sat on a wall
    humpty dumpty didnt care at all
    all the kings horses and all the kings men
    couldnt stop humpty from gaining again

    Little miss muffet,
    sat on her tuffet
    eating her chocolate and chips
    along came a spark friend
    who talked with no end
    and helped chase the bad habits away

    one two buckle my shoe
    three four i can eat no more
    five six healthy foods are my picks
    seven eight losing weight feels great
    nine ten im sparking again!!!!!!

    God bless
    Spread the love*spread the hope*spread the spark
    3539 days ago
  • v ROCHELLE62
    I hope you are doing well and look forward to you rejoining us soon.

    3540 days ago
    way to go emoticon
    3548 days ago
  • v DEELIN5
    Just dropped by to say hello & hope you have a fantastic week!
    3554 days ago
  • v TAMNTN
    How are you Lisa? Sorry to have been MIA all Summer. So glad you are back and losing weight....awesome job!!!! I bet you are feeling great as well. Very proud of you. While exercise was almost non existent all Summer due to vertigo, vertigo, choices remained good. So while no weight loss, no gain either. I am okay with that. I know with Fall right around the corner and less vertigo spells, I will be back in the journey completely....right foods AND exercise! YAYYYYY! Hope all is well with you! :)
    3561 days ago
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