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About artblitz

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  • Birthday 07/11/1951

About Me

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    Nursing faculty I educated as an RN and certifed nurse-midwife. Have been fat most of my life...since age 16.
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    Collage artist, journal artist, kayak
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    RN, university teacher/assistant professor
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I have been fat since I was 16 years old and I worked as a "soda jerk" in our local (small town pharmacy). I went from a slim 116 pounds to 142 and so the battle began. I am 5'2" so even a little bit of weight, is a lot on my tiny frame. I zig zagged through college, getting to 124....then back up to 142. In 1991 I got married and on my wedding day was 128 pounds. This is the lowest I have been as an adult...I was 30 years old. I maintained that for about 2 years then started having issues in my work and went back to the 140's. I got pregnant in 1985 and gained 56 pounds. The lowest I got back to after the baby was in the high 140's. Then five years later I got pregnant again and gained 62 pounds. I got back down to the 160...but it would be 2003, when I did the Body for Life program that I lost down to 152. I was working out and losing a lot of body fat, so I was a size 10 even though I weighed 152.
Six months later I took a very stressful job and gained 75 pounds in a year...never to reach below 186. Now I am 217....I have gone through menopause. I just do not seem to be able to get it off this time. So, after much research...several appeals at my work, I am cleared for surgery on 2-19. I am having the sleeve because I believe it the safest procedure and the one that fits for me. I am an over-eater...I eat maninly out of stress and when I am worried. I like high fat foods, carbs, esp. bread and pastry. I love coffee and dessert. I think the sleeve fits for me beacuse it will limit my intake...and some of these foods that have made me fat, will be eliminated from my diet.
I am in therapy. Working to decrease my stress....and make the HEAD shifts necessary to have this be a permanent shift. This is it for me. I feel bad on some levels that I have to go to this extreme...and on other levels I do not care. I am going to do whatever it takes to get myself healthy and to live my final years feeling good about me....and very active. I am going back to the gym....lifting weights and doing cardo according to a plan laid out by Bill Phillips. I will keep this up for the rest of my life. I have started a new plan for my skin care...I already have sagging skin...and if it really sags after this weight loss I am cashing in part of my savings and having a face life. I am divorced, have raised 2 sons...and these last years are going to be about me. ALL ABOUT ME!

Age: 70
Height: 5 feet 2 inches
Starting Weight: 219 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery: 213 lbs
Current Weight: 202 lbs
Goal Weight: 123 lbs
Weight Lost: 17 lbs
BMI: 36.9
Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 10/13/2014
Surgery Date: 02/19/2015
Hospital Stay: 2 Days
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval
artblitz's Bariatric Surgeon
North Carolina 27704

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