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Hi, I'm Annette the Golden Lady - I'm an animal lover and I have four golden retrievers. I was diagnosed with diabetes about 15 years ago (but it think it's more like 25 years ago) and have been struggling with my weight all my life. 2007 was a heartbreaking year for me...I lost my sister in January to cancer, my mom in July to kidney disease and my cousin to a massive heart attack in October. I've been overweight since I could walk.
Ok, so that's now over and in the past.
If anyone remembers me, I've struggled in making the decision to have Weight Loss Surgery. When my endocrinologist told me that it was WLS or insulin, I knew it was getting serious. It took me almost four years of research before he said that and about 10 months after to FINALLY make the decision to be HEALTHY.
I had surgery on January 31, 2011 and it was the turning point of my life!! I am now over a year out from surgery I am no longer on any diabetic or cholesterol meds and due to a bout of dehydration I was taken off my high blood pressure med in October!
If anyone thinks this is the "easy way out" you are 100% CORRECT!! It was easy!! I've never lost so quickly and with such little effort, except of course counting protein grams and liquid intake. Now, after a year, the tuff part begins!! Although I still cannot eat too much at one sitting, I find myself "grazing", on healthy stuff, but nonetheless, "grazing" which can cause excessive calorie intake, which can cause weight gain. However, I'm not done yet. I would like to lose another 10 pounds but at 147 I am happy, healthy and skinny. I work my butt off going to exercise classes and walking the hills of my neighborhood.
I'm hoping all of my Spark Friends are doing well.

Member Since: 1/15/2008

Fitness Minutes: 4,680

My Goals:
To be healthy and have my BS under control. I've decided to NOT be obsessed with the scale. If I lose weight because of my lifestyle change, so be it.
And after all of this is done, I will stop smoking (but that's another website!)

My Program:
Three meals a day with small, healthy snacks in between. Very low carbohydrate (bread, pasta, rice). If I do have them they will all be brown!
Exerecise!! HELP ME!

Personal Information:
My name is Annette and I'm from Holland Township, NJ. It's right on the Delawre River separating Pennsylvania from New Jersey. I moved out here about seven years ago. It's farm country but not like Iowa. I'm a real estate agent who's been trying to get started in this business for three years now. Now that the market has changed to a buyer's market, I'm expecting to do well. (Positive attitude.)

Other Information:
I absolutely LOVE Golden Retrievers. I have four. Mother-daughter, Mother-daughter. We are hoping to breed the youngest one in the Spring. I work with a breeder and I do the "whelping" which means, I deliver puppies. And I LOVE IT!!!

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  • v PICKIE98
    What are you up to these days, Slim?
    3289 days ago
    Wowsers! Look at you, Miss Skinny! So happy for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3373 days ago
    OMG I can not believe it is you. You look wonderful. I am so proud of you. I am on my preop diet right now, surgery is on March 28th. you are my inspiration. Congrats. Yes it is me from the original group. Hugs Betty emoticon emoticon
    3429 days ago
    I recieved this from 1HAPPYSPIRIT


    I am asking a special favor of all of my today. After reading this message, I am requesting that you visit (at least) two of your and share some positive words of encouragement through comments on their SP page, blogs or Spark Goodies. Then pass this message on to some of your other . The words you share with your friends, may help them continue on the path to a healthier lifestyle. We are on this journey together so let's share a little SPARK SUPPORT today!

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    It's time to win in 2010!!
    4042 days ago
    Hi and Thank You for welcoming me to the team. I just added you as a SparkFriend, I hope that was ok.
    I;m so exited to be in a team where there are people my age and level of understanding so we can support eachother.
    4044 days ago
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