12/13/2013 My wonderful, handsome son, Joshua, and I after his first band concert.
January 20, 2013
BEFORE: 382 lbs., November 2004
HOOSIERGIRLINDY is a SparkPeople Motivator!
Hello, fellow Sparker! I'm Tina. I've struggled with weight (and the unhealthy habits that come with excess weight) my entire life. I had life-saving bariatric weight loss surgery at the end of 2004. While weight loss surgery can be somewhat controversial, I made the decision due to rapidly deteriorating health and a feeling of helplessness to succeed with weight loss on my own - I felt that I had tried everything under the sun... every diet... and gained the weight back plus more each time. Even though it was a very scary decision, it was the one I had to make for myself.
What I share is taken from my own journey. While I have had bariatric surgery, I am not pro-surgery or con-surgery. Each person must make their own decision for their personal circumstances. There are likely those who have differing thoughts about the surgery and its role in an individual's health. I can only speak to my own experiences and what I have learned through my own research.
That being said...let me say also that this surgery isn't an "easy" way out. For me, losing weight with the surgery wasn't easy, but it was at least possible. Between the time that I had the surgery and now, I have had five operations to repair a hernia that was caused by the surgery. Two of those surgeries were required to help eliminate infections caused by previous hernia repair surgeries. Of the two infections, one was a MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infection which caused me to be out of work for nine weeks and in the hospital for a lot longer than I'd liked to have been. So, while the weight loss surgery did make weight loss possible for me when I thought I couldn't do it on my own, there was a very high price to pay for it.
After having surgery in December of 2004, I lost about 190 pounds by the end of 2007 or beginning of 2008. I was doing exactly what my doctors told me to do, and the weight loss was fantastic! I was feeling pretty good about myself as a result.
After about four years post-surgery, I began trying to incorporate some of my old unhealthy habits back into my new lifestyle...habits like eating too much, eating the wrong kinds of foods, drinking soda regularly, and other bad habits that contributed to substantial weight gain. In the next few years, I had gained back around a hundred pounds. It was discouraging, disheartening, and unhealthy...to say the least. In addition to the unpleasant physical symptoms, I also had the humiliation of having gained the weight back. When so many people were incredibly encouraging to me when I was losing the weight, it was greatly disturbing to me that I had "let them down" by gaining so much of my weight back.
Many people go into bariatric surgery thinking that it's the "cure" to weight loss. It is NOT a cure. It is a tool. It's a very helpful tool. But it's not a cure at all. If one is looking to surgery for a cure, it's my belief that they may lose weight - and they may lose a substantial amount of weight - but some are not ready to make the lifestyle changes necessary for PERMANENT weight loss and better health. The surgery is stomach surgery, not brain surgery. That bears repeating...it's STOMACH surgery, not BRAIN surgery.
I have a passion for all of you Sparkers out there! I want to help anyone that I can. I wish to go a step further and reach out to those individuals who have had weight loss surgery and have encountered weight regain. I understand the embarrassment, humiliation, and the rapid deterioration caused by the rapid weight gain.
MY MAIN POINT: THE LIFESTYLE CHANGES MADE BY THE "NORMAL" INDIVIDUAL WHO IS SUCCESSFULLY LOSING WEIGHT MUST INDEED BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE LIFE OF THE INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS HAD BARIATRIC SURGERY FOR WEIGHT LOSS. THE CHANGES ARE THE SAME...LIFESTYLE CHANGES...PERMANENT HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT ARE MADE CHOICE BY CHOICE.
*****SPARKPEOPLE CAN HELP! HANG IN THERE*****
Between 2008 and 2009 is when I gained much of my weight back. After attending the 2009 Spark People Rally in Cincinnati, I started taking my health more seriously. Between then and now, there have been many ups and downs in my weight loss journey. The most important thing that I've learned from it is that as long as you're doing something to help yourself, it's always better than doing nothing. SparkPeople helped me to see that making small changes, one at a time, and building on those one by one is the way to lasting weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. I'm in no way perfect. But I'm better. SparkPeople has helped me with this new outlook on life. It's not about perfection anymore. It's about making progress towards a better me...physically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually.
I am on a mission to inform individuals that the lifestyle changes made by the "normal" non-surgical spark person who is successfully losing weight must be implemented in the life of the individual who has had bariatric surgery. We're really all in the same boat. All bariatric patients must make this realization and make the necessary changes in their diet and exercise, just like those who have chosen to go the route of weight loss by changing their diet and exercise alone. Losing weight isn't easy no matter which way you do it. If you've done it and have kept the weight off, no matter how, you've done the work and you're becoming healthier. Kudos to all who are on the path to health and wellness! :-)
Sending lots of love to all of you!!!
To earn a degree in information technology (by the end of 2012) and business administration (by the end of 2013).
Short Term (as of 10/31/2012):
To be healthier and have lost 21 more pounds by the end of 2012, which would give me an overall weight loss of 182 pounds.
1. To consume at least 60 grams of protein daily.
2. To keep portion sizes small...1/2-3/4 cup or less each.
3. To wait at least 1/2 hour after eating to drink liquids.
4. Get at least 10 minutes of walking in daily.
Originally from Madison, Indiana. Now living in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Spark (of course)
Harry Potter series
Favorite Movies: Romantic comedies
Spending time with family and friends
Going to movies
| current weight: 175.0