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I have been overweight, heck, obese all my lif e. I got to my all time high of 257. Wow. I decided with the urging of my Doc to have a gastric banding done. But before I could get insurance approval I had to go on a medically supervised diet.

Well, I had been on every single diet in the world by that time. Failed everyone. Oh sure, I would lose weight at first, but it would come back when I ended the diet and it brought company. How was this going to work. But I needed to do it. I decided to do something new. Log my food. Since the one thing all my diets had taught me I was eating healthy foods, now I needed help with portion control.

I measured, I used smaller plates, I joined curves. I wanted that banding. I wrote every thing down and counted my calories. I cooked healthy, snacked healthy, was healthy. Went on a 117 mile bike ride and lived. And something amazing. I lost 59 pounds. And a realization I could indeed do this myself without having surgery. I just needed a goal and motivation. Yeah, no surgery for me.

I did good until a couple of years ago my kids moved back home briefly and I changed my cooking to meet their needs, back came 20 pounds. But I didn't panic, I didn't fail, I just started tracking everything again when they moved out am eating good again.

So so far I have lost 7 pounds of the weight I put on and am still moving toward my goal of 160. So another 59 to go. I am in no hurry. I am just happy to see the scale go down at my weeking weigh in's and not up. Because heck, I am getting to old to keep acting like a yo yo.

Member Since: 7/3/2013

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My name is Julia, I am a nurse and have been one for 34 years. I have been married for 40 years to my best friend and have 2 son's, 4 grandchildren and my dog Hoss, and cat Xena.

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I love reading and am in love with my Nook HD+. I have had the misfortune of breaking many bones over the years so I can no longer do the needlepoint I loved, but I can still walk, swim in our pool and ride my bike. Much more active which helps keep the arthritis at bay.

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