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~*~*~ Gastric Sleeve Surgery Date - August 10, 2015!!! ~*~*~ I am a 40-year-old toddler teacher at a daycare center. I'm currently pursuing my Child Development Associate Certification and Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Current Weight - 240 Mini Weight Goal - 216 Final Weight Goal - 150 Total pounds lost - 02/14/2017: 90! Total inches lost - 01/08/2017: 45! My Journey February 14, 2017 - It's been a crazy beginning to this year. Had several illnesses, but am finally back on track. 18 month visit with the surgeon's office yesterday was very encouraging. But I know - one day at a time! January 1, 2017 - It's been a long year, with many changes. Some good, some bad, some sad; but ultimately all what's best for me. I won't say I'm starting over, cuz I'm not; I've already come so far. But I am starting again, from where I am now. First goal - Stepping down another weight category; so that would be to get to a weight of 216! April 24, 2016 - I've been having a tough time the last few months, I've been dealing with terrible neck pain, which has made it almost impossible to exercise. I have gone to several specialists and finally have a diagnosis - degenerative disc disease, affecting 4 of my cervical vertebrae. I will have to have surgery eventually to correct it, but for the time being I'm going for pain management. I go for my first treatment, a nerve block, in about 2 1/2 weeks. January 10, 2016 - Still moving along. The holidays and illnesses have made things tough, so I'm going back to basics. Down 80 pounds! November 9, 2015 - 3 month post op - down another 19 pounds according to the surgeon's office scale! They are really happy with my progress. October 4, 2015 - 2 months post-op - Doing great! I joined a gym a couple weeks ago, and I've been going everyday. I don't do the same workout - I change the length and intensity so I don't burn myself out. Looking to start adding strength training this week. September 8, 2015 - 1 month post-op appointment went very well. They were happy with the 16 pounds I lost since surgery. First goal - another 25-30 pounds lost by the end of the year. I was also cleared for exercise. I'll be joining Snap Fitness this week. August 10, 2015 - Surgery went great! On my way! August 5, 2015 - final pre-op weigh in! All set for surgery on Monday!!! July 21, 2015 - pre-op testing done! It's getting really exciting!! June 28, 2105 - I was able to move up my appointment with the surgeon to June 23, and I was approved! Surgery date - August 10!! I do have a few more appointments - pre-op testing, PCP clearance, and final weigh-in. I also got my CPAP machine and have been using it a few days. It will take some getting used to. LOL June 1, 2015 - Second bariatric program appointment went great! All tests/evals done and results in, and I lost 20 pounds! I am RFS - ready for surgery! Meeting the surgeon July 21. I'm hoping surgery can be scheduled for the week I have off in August. May 21, 2015 - I found out today I have mild sleep apnea. I'll be going back for a second appointment with the sleep center to be fitted with a cpap machine. May 10, 2015 - Only one more test to go - my endoscopy, scheduled for May 20. I've lost the 5% of weight they wanted. Now I just have to keep it off, and hopefully lose some more! April 1, 2015 - I had my first appointment for weight loss surgery. I have a few more tests and appointments to set up, but the ball is rolling! Followed The South Beach Diet for my pre-surgery weight loss.

Member Since: 2/6/2006

Fitness Minutes: 94,508

My Goals:

15 pounds lost - 05/02/2015: New PJ's and shoes!!

30 pounds lost - 07/01/2015: DVDs!!

45 pounds lost - 08/16/2015: Sneakers!!

60 pounds lost - 10/04/2015: Music!!

75 pounds lost - 11/30/2015: New laptop!!

90 pounds lost - Geocaching Premium Membership!!

100 pounds lost - Horseback riding!!

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Weight Loss -

10 Pounds: 04/14/2015
20 Pounds: 05/30/2015
30 Pounds: 07/01/2015
40 Pounds: 08/16/2015
50 Pounds: 08/30/2015
60 Pounds: 10/04/2015
70 Pounds: 11/01/2015
80 Pounds: 12/21/2016
90 Pounds:
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Nutrition Plan: South Beach Diet/LCHF/Small Portions

Exercise plan:

Cardio: 30 minutes, 4 days a week; 15 minutes, 3 days a week

Strength training: Tue, Thu, Sat

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Orchard Park, NY

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  • v BMI24PLEZ
    I worry when you are missing for so long (blog, vlog) I hope you are finding medical solutions for the troubles that you spoke, noted about.~ Karen
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    445 days ago

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  • v OYVEY1234
    Been following you for years off and on. Love your blogs and vlogs! Hope you're doing well. Please let us know how you are doing. All the best.
    542 days ago
  • v OYVEY1234
    Been following you for years off and on. Love your blogs and vlogs! Hope you're doing well. Please let us know how you are doing. All the best.
    542 days ago
  • v AMY_1217
    For anybody interested in participating in a BLC, please go to my page and click the BL Spring Challenge ALL Teams team. You can join the all-teams page and put your name on the list for the Summer challenge! If you'd like to join my team, the Dazzling Diamonds, let me know and I'll get you signed up for our team!
    There are 10 teams, 24 team members each, and it's a 10 week challenge!
    Come join in the fun, meet some great people and work toward your goals!!!

    581 days ago
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