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Here we go…


I want to lose more weight. I am about 20 lbs from my WLS goal. 170 is perfect for me. I am about 189. I want to be 170 by next year for the wedding. Is it possible? I don’t know. I have all my skin and let’s be honest here…I love rice, bread, soda and chocolate. Otherwise, I don’t eat TOO horribly. I don’t drink protein shakes or use proton powder…it is absolutely disgusting! I don’t have the money to go crazy buying every brand to try flavors, etc. Sooo here I am. 2 years out and needing to kick start my weight loss again by going back to the basics!

Any good suggestions to getting back on track?! Good apps to track food/carbs/etc. ?


Two years…already?!


I am successful.

I am healthy.

I am strong.

I am determined.

I am happier.

I am confident.

Two years ago on August 25th I went in and got my guts rearranged. Or if you want the technical name, I had Roux en y gastric bypass.

Highest Record Weight: 320lbs

Weight Day of Surgery: 303lbs

Goal Weight: 170lbs

Weight as of August 25th,2011: 189.7lbs

I wouldn’t be where I am at without the support. I have never met someone who hasn’t supported me. I have gotten comments about it from very few people and that I am thankful for. (we all know I am one to not keep my mouth shut 😉 ) SO I am going to toast to myself (with water because we all know I’m a lush these days) Yay for doing it, yay for where I am and I will pat myself on the back because this surgery saved my life. I rarely give myself credit for anything but this I will stand on a mountain top and scream it. I am training for a freakin 5K..who would have thought that?! But I also want to thank everyone who has helped along the way…

Thank you Anthony for being loving, supportive, and always telling me I am beautiful. I also want to thank you for being with me at 320 lbs as well as 189 lbs. I love you and I am so happy to have found you and had this beautiful baby together. You are my rock.

Thank you Kennedy simply because I was able to have you after having this surgery. You are perfect. You are beautiful, smart and curious. I love learning something new about you everyday. You also are the reason I started running and training for the 5K because I want to be healthy for you. I want to run around with you without getting tired. I love you my sweet beautiful baby girl.

Thank you Tracey for being supportive, even if you live in NY. You are always there to talk when I need it and I am grateful we are so close. You even cheer me on via text when I tell you my running accomplishments. I love you.

Thank you Dad mainly because it feels good when you aren’t recognized by your own dad when you walk up to him because you look so different. Thank you. I love you.

Thank You Mary Jo, Hannah, Sophie, Lily, Jaime, Emma and Lauren (well that was long to type lol) I love you all and thank you for your continued support in EVERYTHING. You guys have kept me sane and I have tremendous gratitude.

Thank you Twitter/Facebook/Forum friends because you can relate to what is going on, give advice or be a cheering squad. Thank you for the bottom of my heart!!!!!!!

Why I had gastric bypass


Me in June of 2009

So I get asked by new friends/coworkers/strangers why I decided to have gastric bypass. Some people judge, some people are truly curious and others just feel the need to ask. Here is MY list of reasons that I chose WLS.

1. To live longer. Well this seems obvious now doesn’t it? I decided to have surgery a little before my 21st birthday. I was well over 300lb and so unhappy. I didn’t have anything medically wrong with me…yet! I didn’t want to found out what it was like to have medical issues.

2. I didn’t want to be fat and pregnant. Ok you read that and though What the heck? It’s true. I didn’t want to be fat and carry a child. I wanted people to know I was pregnant…which BTW, didn’t happen even after 115 lbs lost! I never looked pregnant when I actually was..lame!

3. I was unhappy. Well besides the fact of living longer, I was truly unhappy. If you have never been bigger in size then you cannot understand but people treat you differently when you are fat. You are looked down on and made fun of.

4. I wanted to ride roller coasters. I have a huge passion for roller coasters. The thrill is amazing. I went to Cedar Point, which has some of the tallest roller coaster in the world, and I couldn’t ride because I was too fat. How disappointing as well as embarrassing.

Day of surgery August 2009

5.My mom always wanted me to be thin. Ok I know some people had major childhood issues with their parents and such but this isn’t the case. She just wanted me to be healthy, she didn’t agree with WLS but she hated to see the repercussions of me being big my whole life. She never picked on me or talked down to me but I have tremendous respect for my mom, who passed before I had WLS.

6.I was sick of the “fat” one. Again, if you have never been fat then you don’t understand but being young and always being the fat friend pretty much sucks! As well as being the 3rd wheel everywhere!

7. No diets ever worked. I have tried so many diets, its gross. They never worked. Besides the fact of sticking to one longer than 2 months, I never saw results.

8. It’s just my personality. If you truly know me, you know that I’m impatient. I will be the first to admit it, I just hate waiting. This can go along with number 7 but I need results, fast. I knew RNY was for me because 90-100 lbs lost in 6 months? Let me climb on board! This is also a little in site as to why I chose RNY over lap band.

April 2011

So that’s my list of major reasons I had surgery. You may think some are dumb and some are obvious. Weather you have had any sort of WLS or are thinking about it, weather you are thin or heavy…there are reasons for everything you do. Some are big, some are small but I would never change a thing. I am so glad I had WLS and I am now healthier.