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August 2011 at my youngest son's wedding!

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Christmas Eve 2011 - This is me w/ my grandson Jeremiah, my granddaughter Lyla & my niece Reilly

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At my son's wedding August 27, 2011 - Max, Me, Mason and Brittney

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Hi! My name is Debbie. I have struggled with my weight my entire aduIt life. I had gastric bypass surgery 13 years ago. I am malnurished, but gaining weight. My goal is to increase my vitamin and mineral levels while losing 20 pounds. I have lost 5 pounds, but have been stuck for a couple of weeks. It could be due to me being sick and not exercising. I am back on track now with my exercises so we'll see what happens.

My top weight in April 1999 was 282 pounds. My lowest weight after my second gastric bypass with duodenal switch was 117 pounds. I stablelized to around 125 pounds for a couple of years then gradually gained 10 pounds every couple of years. As of January 9, 2012 I was 155 pounds. I decided it was time to take back control. I want to get back down to at least 135, preferably 125.

With the surgery that I had there is a malabsorbtion factor. So I am lacking in Vitamin A, D, E, K, Iron and zinc.

MY FIRST GOAL FOR 2012 is to make sure I take my Bariatric Vitamins 3x a day. I also need to take Omega 3, an extra 5,000 IU's of Vitamin D, iron, B-12 and Zinc every day. I have been doing excellent in remember to take all my vitamins which is a HUGE improvement for me!!

As for my iron, that's another story. I need iron infusions for that, but I am allergic to all three irons that can be used. They are going to put me on a 2 day pre-medication regamine and start up the infusions again. Still waiting to hear from the iron infusion clinic to see when that will happen. UPDATE: I've had to successful infusions and my iron levels are within acceptable range. Now I just need to have monthly blood tests and when the levels dip to a certain point I will have another infusion. It feels good to have to under control. It's been two long years!!!

MY SECOND GOAL FOR 2012 is to start exercising everyday. Rotating cardio with strength building. Starting out slow, I am walking for 20 minutes every other day for the first week, then I will increase by 10 minutes each week building up to one hour a week. I am starting with the Basic Balance Builder here on SparkPeople for my strength building. UPDATE: With being sick for two weeks it's thrown my schedule off. I am up to 2.25 to 2.83 miles on my walks. I am doing them every other day. I am getting so confused with my strength training program, there are so many choices on SP, but I am working on that.

MY THIRD GOAL FOR 2012 is to eat more healthy and avoid sweets as much as possible. I have an incredible sweet tooth, so this is hard for me. I have to be realistic and allow that sometimes I will have a sweet. So I will be happy if I avoid sweets 5 out 7 days a week! UPDATE: I am doing GREAT on eating healthy. If we go out to eat I make good choices and if it doesn't taste good I just don't eat it. Why waste my calories on yucky food? As for sweets, I have the same attitude. The other night we went out for dinner, I was going to allow myself dessert. Well, it looked great, chocolate cake, how can you miss right? It was stale... easy decision to not eat it!

I am still learning as I go. Still struggling with negative self talk. Still fighting the feeling of disappointment of not losing weight fast enough, but the most important thing to me is that I am still doing it! I haven't given up! Another HUGE accomplishment for me.

Member Since: 1/9/2012

Fitness Minutes: 2,845

My Goals:
My Goals:

1. Eat healthy.
2. No Sweets (occassionally is ok)
3. Exercise 5 days a week
4. 8 hours of sleep nightly
5. Take vitamins 3x a day
6. Drink 8 glasses of water every day.
7. Cook one new healthy recipe everyday
8. Log into SparkPeople everyday.
9. My real goal weight is 135, but when I hit that mark I may go on to 125. That's the weight I like myself at the best. Everyone else likes me at 135 best.


Weigh 145: 2 or 3 new long tops to wear with my leggings.

Weigh 140: New hair style and color

Weigh 135: Some new clothes

Weigh 130: Haven't chosen a reward yet.

Weigh 125: NEW CLOTHES!

My Program:
I am reading everything I can on SparkPeople. There is so much information I will be reading for quite some time. I am using the menu planner to help me learn to eat healthy. I am using the fitness tracker to help me learn to exercise. I am using the goal setters to help keep me on track.

Personal Information:
My name is Debbie. I live in the San Francisco East Bay Area. I am 49 years old and dreading the next big birthday.

I am a mother of 3 adult married children and grandmother to 4 beautiful babies! I am currently unemployed due to health reasons, but my goal is to get back to work as soon as possible!

I am in a long term relationship with the love of my life. He is so happy to see me taking control of my health again.

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    hello doll, how are you doing?? haven't been sparking much the last week, been super busy! i had houseguests for a couple of days, then i cleaned all day one day, and errands, bla bla etc etc, lol. You are doing fabulously hun!!! SO happy for you!!! emoticon
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    Hello I'm Esther. Pleased to meet you.
    3253 days ago
    Congratulations on your exercise progress! Thank you for your encouragement too! emoticon
    3253 days ago
    Hi Debbie, thanks for adding me as a friend! I added you too !
    I hope your having a good week so far !
    You have a beautiful family !!! You too !!!!
    Keep in touch !!!
    Love ya', Flutterfli emoticon
    3253 days ago
    Hi Debbie, I use to do ceramics and plastercraft, oh about 15 yrs. ago, or more. I've been making jewelry for about 3 yrs. now, on and off. We have been camping since our honeymoon, almost 35 yrs. ago. My DH lost his job about 4 yrs. ago, I had to quit aquasize because we just couldn't afford it. He finally got a job right before Christmas in 2010. Lousy pay and no benefits, but untill he can find something else, he's sticking with it. When he was off those 3 yrs. we started camp hosting, and were still doing it. We love it !!! Plus the fact we couldn't afford to go if it wasn't for hosting. We get free camping and fire wood . Were only about 45min to 1 hr. away.. We do have several jobs to do hosting.. Last summer we still did it, DH would come up on his days off. We'll be there for 2 months this summer, then again in the fall, but we don't host then, were part of the "Boo Crew" for our campground's "Halloween Spooktackular". Were rasing money to put a playground in. The one we have is over 45 yrs. old, and doesn't meet state standards or safety standards.
    W e LOVE camping !!!
    I think you'd get more use out of a camper too !!!
    I'm sure the grandkids would love it !!! Our only grandchild just loves it and she's only 2 yrs. old !!! LOL
    You sure don't look old enough to have grandchildren !!! ; }
    Goltta' run, Keep up the good work !!!
    Love ya', Flutterfli emoticon
    3254 days ago
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