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My daughter and I sharing a celebration!

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Me on Oct. 14th, 2010

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My before picture with my son

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Have lost about 80 lbs. over the past year and no longer have diabetes! I'm so ecstatic!
Do you know that The Roux-en-Y Bariatric Surgery can be essentially a CURE FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES?
Before any of my weight-loss, the day before my surgery, I was directed by my doctor to stop taking my diabetic medications. Immediately after my surgery and now a year later, I still have perfect blood work!
I had the Roux-en-Y bypass with the duodenal switch surgery done a year ago due to a BMI of 39 and diabetes -type 2. I have struggled with weight issues for most of my adult life which I believe was a result of my yo-yo dieting which really "mixed up" my metabolism. The last diet I tried was so restrictive that I was basically down to 500 calories a day and I stopped loosing weight. I was told by the clinic to cut back even further. No one can live long-term on a diet like that. I learned the hard way and now I advocate against such restrictive diets. Any diet that eliminates food groups completely should be avoided.
Since my surgery, my diabetes is gone, I've lost 80 lbs and I'm feeling wonderful! I had no complications related to the surgery and I'm so truly happy I had it done. I'm 50 years old and feel much younger because of the weight loss and my new health - I'm down to a size 6/8 in clothing. Bottom line is my diabetes is resolved!!!

Member Since: 10/11/2010

Fitness Minutes: 3,701

My Goals:
Tone and shape.

My Program:
Eating healthy, exercise and core toning.

Personal Information:
I work in Heathcare Administration.
I volunteer at the Cancer Society and the Bariatric Clinic while lending my Public Speaking skills to help others.

Other Information:
Things I don't miss about loosing all that weight:
-Chaffing of my upper, inner thighs when wearing a skirt
-Difficulty clipping my toe nails
-Shortness of breath after a flight of stairs
-Discomfort when sitting in a chair
-Lack of flexibility
-Swelling of my hands, legs and feet
-Plantar Fascitis
-Excessive sweating
-spending almost $1000/mth on diabetic/high blood pressure/high cholesterol/ medications

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    I'm new to the Disney team and I saw your post. Sounds like you love Disney as much as I do. Congrats on all of your success in your weight loss journey.....your pics are beautiful!
    3845 days ago

    Give me the strength
    and time to stay away
    from all the goodies in the fridge
    that keep me looking that way!

    The chocolates and the frostings
    that all taste so sweet
    that extra bag of candy
    left from Trick or Treat!

    My mouth is a watering
    and trying to give in
    but my thighs are staring up at me
    WARNING: It's a Sin!

    My tummy sure is growling
    and turning to and fro
    but my sag there just laughs
    it don't need to grow!

    After all of this
    a running through my mind
    Ah Hell, I'll start tomorrow
    for now--It's quitting time!!!

    Copyright: Allison Pitman

    I hope y'all enjoy this poem...I thought it was appropriate for this time of year! I wish you all a FABULOUS week and as always, sending ((((Positive and Skinny Vibes)))) your way= )



    3935 days ago
  • v JO*ANNE*IE

    OMG!!! How gorgeous are you??!! Congrats on your weight loss and for continuing with your journey to be fit and healthy. You are an inspiration and have a wonderful story to share. Thank you for adding me as a Spark friend -- I am truly honored and look forward to walking our journeys together!!!

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    3938 days ago
  • v BARCLE
    Hi and welcome to the Sexy Upgrade team. Congrats on your weight loss. Have a fantastic day emoticon
    3941 days ago
    Thank you for adding my as a friend. I feel honored. You look terrific. What an inspiration you are to me and others. I live in the CA desert which is finally cooling off for fall. I usually post my daily life on Curisin'On in the Daily Chat thread. You can read my posts there without joining if you want to check up on me occasionally. I love to work in my garden as I think you must from looking at your team names.

    Have a great new week

    Hugs, Gaylinn.

    3943 days ago
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