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January 22, 2008


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I love this...thanks for sharing your story with us!


You left us hanging. Can't wait to hear more. How was the surgery, how difficult was the recovery, how is life today, have you gained weight back, how have you changed from the experience, etc. It was good for me to hear how difficult the process was to actually be scheduled for the gastric bypass. I had assumed it was way easier. It is good to know that they care about your whole well being both physically and mentally.

Salome Ellen

I want to commend you for having the good sense to wear a wedding dress that fit the body you had then, not the one you wanted or eventually got. I thought this as soon as you posted the wedding album --"Wow. she looks lovely, graceful, and feminine." I have seen too many women who seem to believe that if they can pour themselves into a tighter dress, they'll somehow BE thinner. They just look pathetic. You didn't.


I was directed to your blog this morning by a friend, and I am SO GLAD! I'm in the pre-surgery weight loss time period right now. (Insurance co requirement) I should be having the surgery this summer.

I'll be anxiously awaiting continuing posts!


You were so young when you married. That is great! In another post, how did you meet Dave and are you glad you got married so young? Just wondering. We are on our 14th year together (since we were 20) and sometimes I really feel like I missed out on some life.


I can't wait to hear more - my mom had this surgery more than 15 years ago after being obese for as long as I can remember and surely at the end of her rope. She lost weight at first, then gained most of it back. I think she will be this way for the rest of her life now. This is a hot, emotional topic for me and from what I've seen, there is not nearly enough counselling involved to address the emotions and poor eating habits that caused the obesity in the first place, which is what made my mom start overeating again (a tiny meal at a time) and gain it back. I am by no means against the surgery - I've struggled with my weight my whole life, too, so I know what it's like and how desperate that feeling is.

Thanks for sharing this - I look forward to your posts every day!

Anni Hispanni

Wow. I am so excited that you are writing about your experience with the surgery! I had it 7 years ago when I was barely 18. I am 5'6" and was 255 lbs when I had it done. I lost 115, gained 40 back 4 years later, and have recently lost 30 lbs by eliminating alcohol, watching what I eat, and exercizing. I have struggled with obesity my entire life and I am so grateful to have had it done. My quality of life has improved immensely and I have been able to do things that I never would have before.

There are so many adjustments that go a long with this surgery. Not only just relearning how to eat, but also relearning how to live as a thin person. It was not an easy, quick fix by any stretch of the imagination.

This surgery is so misunderstood. Thank you for coming out and talking about it.


I'm amazed at how much older you look in that shot sitting at the computer. In your most recent pictures you sometimes look too young to have kids, lol!

I look forward to hearing more...and I'm also interested in hearing how you met Dave.


I'm loving reading this. Thank you so much for posting it. :)


I've been quietly lurking for quite some time, but I wanted to thank you for sharing this story (and the pictures) with us...how brave of you.



Is this your version of keeping us waiting like The Pioneer Woman love story? I know you know what I'm talking about, too. Can't wait to read more.

Melting Mama

"I think it's complete and total BS when people say they didn't understand the risks of surgery before going under the knife."

Everything, though? Aren't there things you didn't expect? Anything?

Thanks for sharing, BTW. :)


I too have PCOS, but since losing some weight eating the pureed diet with my husband, even before that when I sort of forgot to eat (due to medication I was taking and am currently taking) I became regular. If I don't keep losing (as I am very competitive) then I will consider the surgery. I am not afraid of the actual surgery, but of complications I could have (due to other complications I have had on not as major surgeries)...actually the same complication from both and we still don't know why. That is really my only fear.

My husband had to go through 2 appeals to get his insurance covered, and our deductible is $1500, which, when the bills started coming for the surgery, the hospital stay, other things, the $1500 is like pennies. Thank God it is tax return time :)

Lose Weight Fast

"Never marry a guy that's Italian if you want to stay thin"...funny, lol.

By pass surgery has been effective, but there still are changes that people have to make in their mind and motivation to be successful and happy in life and weight loss.


Acai Optimum

Very informational and educational as usual. I definitely learned a lot. Thanks for a wonderful post.


I am really starting to think that this whole "weight loss" focus is wrong. We need to be focused on "healthy living" and then everything else will follow...(like natural weight loss, longer life, cleaner arteries (heart health), better skin, and generally happier life) That, to me, makes a whole lot more sense! Thank you so much, Kristen K.


I loved reading this. Thank you so much for sharing it all. You could be an inspiration to many. :)

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Many women I know are very sensitive with their weight. I'm always being asked about new tips and tricks to help with quick weight loss.

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