This is how I look, these days!!
SItting with my grandbabies who I hadn't seen in 4 years, after RIDING AN AIRPLANE across the country to see them!!
My BEFORE photo, except I gained another 50 lbs, but wouldn't let anyone photograph me anymore.
SHRINKIN.LADY is a SparkPeople Motivator!
I've had more lives than a cat here on Sparkpeople, but that it because it is so good here, that I can't help but keep coming back!
I had weight loss surgery on December 14th. (the Duodenal Switch procedure)
You can read about it in my blog at http://provolisa.wordpress.com
Now, 100 lbs lighter, I am back because I still need the companionship and support, and I still have so much to learn!
My goal is to be 175 lbs, which is completely realistic with the surgery I have selected. It is called the Duodenal Switch.
This operation relies on restriction, by making the stomach smaller. However, this operation leaves a complete, working, stomach instead of a pouch.
Its main way of causing weight loss, however, is through mal-absorption, where the intestines are re-routed to cause only a small portion of what is eaten to be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Therefore, it is important to eat 60-100 grams of protein a day, and to take vitamins and supplements for the rest of my life to prevent serious malnutrition.
This may seem like a drastic step, but with a high weight of 495 lbs, and re-gaining 60 lbs after losing 120 lbs the "regular" way, I know I am doing this to save my life.
I believe in the basics of Good Nutrition, Moderation, Regular Exercise and Self Motivation.
Having weight loss surgery does not negate the importance of any of these principles at all. I will still need to watch what I eat and exercise. I simply won't be hungry while I do it.
I believe that for a person as heavy as I am, weight loss is a necessary part of improved health and it is important to look at weight loss in the context of improving my overall health.
| current weight: 315.0
Lisa, just wondered if you are still on spark? If so I hope your life is going better. In the last two years I gradually gained 15 lbs. That is a bitter pill to swallow but I did it to myself. Susie and I eat healthy foods do portion control but there are those occasional slips, dinner out, birthday parties, Christmas etc. I guess it's a lifelong struggle and isn't that the truth. I have found that a slip can take months to correct and you would think a person would come to realize that and be aware but, we are human and as for myself never learn. Just wanted to touch base with you and see how you are doing. Catch you later, I have to get to fitness before I can talk myself out of it.
29 days ago
You have done amazing, losing 100 pounds...So Awesome! Have a Wonderful Day Tomorrow.
199 days ago
I miss you Lisa! Hope all is well with you.
532 days ago
BEAUTIFUL WOMAN AWARD
Hi! Just a shout out to congratulate you!
You are the recipient of the Beautiful Woman Award!!
"Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!"
Again, Congratulations Beautiful!
1169 days ago
Just happened by to say hello and say you are looking awesome in your pictures. I hope you are feeling well too.
1195 days ago