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Update August 2016
I am now in maintenance. I'm so proud that I can say that while still being officially obese.

For years I struggled to have the perfect body. Now I am happy with a healthy body. I won't lose more without going to extremes that will wreck my metabolism again and no thanks not worth it. I never want to see 300lbs again.

My surgeon and team have said that I have exceeded expectations. Yes I'm still overweight but my health issues from obesity are gone. All of them. I won't be getting diabetes soon, I won't be needing joint replacements soon and most of all I never have to diet again.

I'm following a meal plan and am moderately active. What weight I am at is what weight I am at.

However I do need to be careful. I am currently in OA and Abstinent from Compulsive Eating. If that changes I won't be able to stay within the guidelines set by my team. So its one day at a time and nothing is worth screwing it up. It is very hard to get back once I lose it. I have already learned that in less than a year of program.

I need some accountability with strength training. My bones have a lot stacked up against them. I also lost a lot of unneeded muscle now I am not 300lbs. But I want to maintain what I've got and maybe even get a little back. Its not to lose weight it is for my health.

Joining BLC interim round and then BLC 32 in the fall.

Update September 2015
It was a great summer. I'm down 75lbs now thanks to surgery. This first year is crucial for building a strong foundation and my summer lacked structure. I will be focusing on eating regularly and tracking my food again. I also will be getting active in the gym instead of outdoors and will reduce my cardiovascular so I can focus more on strength training. I'm also going to be doing Beachbody Tai Cheng program to help my back and to prevent injuries. I'm looking forward to maintaining my summer loss and maybe even losing another 10lbs before Christmas. Focus is on maintaining and honing my healthy habits.

Update April 2015
I''m down 50lbs. Had VSG Surgergy January 21 and am looking forward to losing more than ever before and keeping a good chunk of it off. I''m still need to eat well and exercise to lose every single pound. But at the moment I''m forced into it 85% of the time.

Update March 23, 2014
I let myself focus on what I''m not doing instead of what I am doing. This resulted in a backslide. So I''m trying to re-adopt several lifestyle changes. My weight has been up to 284 this quarter.

Update January 2014

I didn''t reach my goals last quarter which is a bit disappointing but I didn''t gain either. I also know why. I continued my exercise throughout December so that I didn''t have to try and get back at it in January when the gym is really busy. I think that might be why its 1/2 as busy in February - people get tired of waiting for machines which can double the time they need to work out and give up because they don''t have time - but they have time to watch TV...hmmm. I had a great Christmas without falling off the wagon. Falling off the wagon would mean eating anything I wanted to; and I didn''t. I didn''t measure or choose my foods over the holidays but I was careful. I''m happy to be back home and ready to keep track of CICO - calories in calories out. For the new year I want to work on my attitude and resiliency. I will also continue to keep all or nothing thinking in check.

Update: September 2013

I made it through summer without gaining. In fact I lost about 5 pounds. Now that the kids are back in school it is time to tidy up some loose ends. A few things like food journaling have started to unravel.

Hi I''m Jen. I have struggled with my weight for a long time. I have been "dieting" off and on since I was 12. I probably wasn''t actually overweight until I was 20. BMI wise probably not even then.

In the last 3 years my weight has climed from about 220 to 290. It has been fluctuating between 275 and 290 during the last year.

I have problems gaining weight when I should be losing it. More so I gain weight when I hardly eating anything. My body stores everything as fat and leaves me with no energy.

I have been referred to the Endocrinology and Metabolic Clinic in Calgary. They have seen other people like me. So I''m trying to hang tight and not gain while waiting to see them. I want to do it their way with them so they can see the results of the changes I''m making. - I am in as of April 10, 2013

I am very happy now that I have a plan, and am actually enjoying some new habits like food journaling pictures and a few words on Evernote instead of looking up foods and inputting them that way. I have a good enough idea what I ate so if I want to count the calories on a food tracker I can. This is much quicker.

Member Since: 12/26/2003

Fitness Minutes: 33,820

My Goals:
Get healthy. It's amazing the health improvements just 3 months post surgery. No more blood pressure or heart meds. Blood sugar is great. No more swollen legs. Fewer migraines, less pain, arthritis better.

My Program:
Follow bariatric eating guidelines including

74-85g protein

64oz of water

Be active AND go to the gym 4-5x per week.

Personal Information:
I live in Airdrie, Alberta

Single mom of 2 children 15(girl) and 13(boy)

Volunteer with a Chronic Disease Self Management Team called Better Choices Better Health

March 21, 2013 - 295
June 25 2013 Lost 20 - 275
August 26 - 269
January 1, 2014 - 269
March 17, 2014 - 279
July 4, 2014 - 293
July 29, 2014 - 280
Sept 3, 2014 -282
Jan 1, 2015 -285
April 28, 2015 - 245
September 2015, 222

Other Information:
Member of OA

Also trying hard to work on stress and sleep which includes:
Trying hard to not fix and control everyone. I hope those that know me see a difference.

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