Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Sorry I've been a sloth about posting here. We've actively been upgrading the LivingAfterWLS website and truthfully, I think this has been more challenging for me than WLS! At any rate, things are moving along nicely.
LivingAfterWLS has been fortunate to welcome Holly (aka Holly's Zoo) to our Neighborhood - the community forum for long-term success with WLS. Holly is an outstanding example of a realist who is making WLS work for her. On Monday she posted her plan for "De-Carbing" and by today she was celebrating a 5-lb weight loss. She noted that following the four rules is a sure path to success!
I am so thrilled for Holly. And I am so proud of the LivingAfterWLS Neighborhood, for the support community it's become in just over 2 weeks. Support with tons of knowledge and experience and a touch of tough-love when it's needed. We call the Neighborhood "a safe haven circle of friends who are LivingAfterWLS" and how quickly it's become that. Thanks Holly for joining the circle.
Please stop over, read about Holly's success, and meet the people in the Neighborhood. It's a great place to be!
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Hope you are doing well. I just wanted to give a quick shout-out to Andie Jamari's new blog: Climbing Mount Everest. You may remember some of Andie's articles in the LivingAfterWLS newsletters - she writes beautifully. On Friday, St. Patrick's Day, she was approved by her insurance for WLS! She has been fighting this battle for 3 years. I'm so happy for her and pleased she will share with us by way of this new blog. Please stop over and offer her congratulations!
Sunday, March 12, 2006
And the best feature - the NEIGHBORHOOD! A free full-featured interactive online community! Come over, take a look! Post! Chat! And enjoy your safe haven in the LivingAfterWLS World! Become acquainted with people just like you, people doing their best to live well and healthy after WLS!
I'll be back blogging this week! Promised.
And, I'll be catching up on what you all have been up to!! I've missed you so much - can't wait to get back!
PS - Don't miss the new Recipe section - - in April we have a HUGE announcement coming about this!
Thursday, March 09, 2006
The new LivingAfterWLS website is partially online and work continues on the final segments. If you have a moment please stop over and see if you like it. The Library is full of articles and information related to weight loss surgery. The Recipe section is better organized so you can cook healthy and well for yourself and your family. The tools, such as the Vitamin, Nutrition & Fitness Minder or Personal Self-Assessment are now available for downloading - - no longer do you have to wait for me to send them to you!
Saturday, March 04, 2006
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Friday, March 03, 2006
Kelly told me, “Well, as for me, since my weight loss, of now over 70 pounds, I have seen some serious change in my life. I am now divorcing my husband of over 14 years. We have grown apart, and I decided that I did not want to be sedentary, as he is. I need to grow, and continue to work at my weight loss, not hinder it. He still brings home the food that I call the forbidden. We have grown apart for two years now. I am in the process and this is the most difficult time for me, as he is fighting not to get it. But it is much too late. I have lost emotionally with him, and we have not had a real relationship since I started my weight loss.”
Kelly’s story isn’t unique, as we know of many relationships that crumble, in part due to a changed behavior such as diet and weight loss. As we have talked before weight loss won’t fix a relationship that is already broken.
But in the true spirit of resiliency Kelly is moving forward stronger than ever. She said, “Even though my marriage is ending, I still have to move on and be happy. I am into the weight loss and working hard to get to my goal. I have learned a lot of things, especially about myself. I understand I was hiding inside my body for protection. I didn't want anything or anyone to bother me. I am so glad that I understand why I was eating and what the end result created. I am much stronger coping with problems and feel as though I have taken a long journey to get to a safer place.”
Kelly hasn’t gone it alone. She is a member of Jenny Craig and is not teaching others about weight loss. “I am dedicated and hopefully by July I will have reached my personal goal of 100 pounds off. Then I will have 32 more to go. (my ultimate goal is 132 pounds).” She added, I feel so wonderful as you must as well! I can walk better, breathe better, stay up later, have more energy during the day and over all my health just improved significantly!”
I am so proud of Kelly for her fortitude and perseverance. Weight loss isn’t easy when things in life are perfect; it’s even harder when the walls come crumbling down. Kelly, thank you for sharing your story, for being a part of the LivingAfterWLS neighborhood and for being yourself. You are truly an inspiration!
To read more about Kelly link to these articles:
August 22, 2005: One Last Try: Kelly McCamey’s Story
September 6, 2005: Update Kelly McCamey