[font=Comic Sans MS]My "handle" is Gypsyqueen because a palm reader once told me that I had the longest travel line she had ever seen. My husband got a gov't job shortly thereafter, and we have lived all over the U.S. (including Alaska, now in Florida), and so the nickname was coined long ago.
Mom of 2 boys, 13 and 16. Full time volunteer. Busy.
Yoyo dieted over the years, stayed at 170 for 4 years, but it always comes back. My biggest problem is I have always disliked fruits and vegetables! OJ may have been the only "fruit" consumed in the last I can't count how many years. Veggies, not much better. Lettuce, corn, green beans, mushrooms, onions. More of a fast food junkie, French fry is the vegetable of choice, probably every day! I did try to limit it to ONCE a day though!!
For years, I kept telling myself tomorrow, next week, after "insert occasion here", I would diet anew, but something else comes up. The line in the sand keeps moving.
I hit the wall mid-October when at 5'3", I hit 235lbs. I was also dealing with sleep apnea, elevated heart rate and borderline BP, severe osteoarthritis, borderline high cholesterol and take meds for hypothyroidism.
After a recommendation from a friend in the insurance biz, I decided to go find out options in WLS. The whole way through the seminar at Dr. Kim's in Celebration, I kept thinking the Sleeve sounds way better than the others. So here I am .
I lost 45 lbs prior to surgery and came off all meds except the Synthroid. [/font]
[font=Comic Sans MS]Surgery was textbook, time in hospital was rough (nausea), and was discharged after 4 days. Once home, things improved rapidly and recovery was smooth. I've never thrown up or slimed, etc. I feel good and am trying to work out to help things along.
My husband has been super supportive, and as such has lost 20 lbs too (he is 6'4 and not overweight). My husband says I am sexy whatever size I am, but my health is what matters. I love him so much. :-)
My kids are a bit traumatized by all of the healthier foods, but it's the right time to improve their eating habits too. Us all being around together later in life is the motivation![/font]
Height: 5 feet 3 inches
Starting Weight: 237 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery: 195 lbs
Current Weight: 149 lbs
Goal Weight: 140 lbs
Weight Lost: 88 lbs
Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 10/17/2012
Surgery Date: 05/17/2013
Hospital Stay: 4 Days
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval