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Friday, March 03, 2006

Update: Kelly McCamey

Do you remember Kelly McCamey, our friend who decided to give conventional dieting one last try before considering weight loss surgery? I am happy to report Kelly continues to do well with her weight loss and physical fitness even though life has thrown her a curve.

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

2 comments:

Julie said...

Kelly,
I'm so proud of you! You Rock! I've also found an alternative to WLS and have just lost my 60th pound doing Weight Watchers. We are both lucky to be embraced by Kaye and her website and it's community of members.

Regina said...

Kelly, congratulations on your "stick-to-it-ivness" . You have accomplished what many wish they could. I am sorry it has affected your personal life. So often one partner will grow while the other resists. Only you know what is right for you. It will be a difficult time, but in the long run you will be better for it. This will be a stressful time so be sure to take extra good care of yourself as it can take a toll on you physically. I will be thinking about you and saying a prayer that all will go well. Don't look back, keep looking forward to what your new life will have in store for you!

Regina