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I'm a 30-something (ok,ok... VERY close to 40) mommy, wife, daughter, friend, and social worker. I've been fighting my weight since childhood, and am hoping that a combination of fitness and nutrition can finally help me achieve my goals!

In 2001, my 5'4" frame was carrying 420#. I was killing myself with food. I had a duodenal switch gastric bypass surgery. It was moderately successful, but resulted in significant complications, requiring 4 additional surgeries and malnutrition issues. I did lose weight, and my lowest weight was 240#. I maintained that for several years. Then I had an extremely complicated pregnancy, delivery, and recovery. During that time, I regained 70# and started the vicious dieting yo-yo cycle all over. I also learned something important... gastric bypass surgery is a TOOL, not a solution. And the effects of it can be short lived. I can no longer expect it to help me lose this weight.

In January, 2012, I decided to lose the weight once and for all in a holistic way. I enlisted the help of a trainer, and lost 80#. Unfortunately, in January 2013 I suffered a significant injury when I tore a large abdominal hernia. After three surgical consults (including the University of WA's hernia team), it's been deemed inoperable. So now I'm trying to lose the weight and stay healthy while living with my limitations!

Member Since: 11/15/2009

Fitness Minutes: 8,318

My Goals:
Goal #1: To live with JOY, regardless of the number on the scale!

Goal #2: To be UNDER 300# - met 1/12

Goal #3: To lose 70# in 2012 - Met 11/12

Goal #3: To see a surgeon and get some answers about my excess skin. - appt done 1/21/13
- Surgeon agrees is medical necessary... Goal:#3b : to work with insurance company to get coverage!

Goal #4: Find ONEderland (for the first time since high school)

Goal #5: Find my goal weight

Goal #6: To greet my 40th bday (5/14) fit, fabulous, and in the best shape of my life!

Goal #7: MAINTAIN!

My Program:
I'm trying something NEW.... MODERATION! I'm limiting calories, limiting diet soda (Oh! The agony!), drinking water, and EATING HEALTHY.

Because of my injury, the gym is no longer an option for me. So I've got to get this nutrition part right!

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Hi! I'm Judy Lynn. I'm a wife, mother, daughter, friend, and social worker. And for fun, I sell Thirty-One gifts!

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I become frustrated easily when people who have never been obese think they understand my journey. While losing 20 pounds is difficult and admirable, there are different challenges when you have been obese.

* I changed my username from Lynn2574 to JoyfulJudyLynn *

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