There is some WONDERFUL news that I must share with you today. As of Thurday, April 11, 2002 I have officially
lost 102 pounds!!! I cannot actually wrap my mind around the idea that in 4 1/2 months I have done what I never dreamed
was possible, I have lost over 100 pounds. When I weighed myself on Thursday morning I did it 3 times before I would
believe that it actually said 241. 241!! That's 102 pounds less than when I started. I immediately went
and told my mom and I cried. I am not sure exactly why I cried, I mean I should be happy right!?! Well, I am happy,
but at the time I was so overwhelmed with emotion that I could hardly talk. My sister thought there was something wrong
with me, but I was just totally amazed. The funny thing is that I am not totally amazed with myself but with God for
allowing me to go through this and guiding me each step of the way. I know that He has an ultimate plan for me and I
am so thankful that He allowed me to have this proceedure and he made this all possible.
This is the biggest milestone for me in my journey. I would like to lose another 100 pounds to reach what
I consider my goal, but to be perfectly honest if I never lost another pound I would be happy. I know that I am never
going to look like Cindy, Naomi, or Claudia and I am ok with that. I didn't go into this "thing" thinking that I was
going to turn out to be a super model. My one prayer for this entire experience is that I can use what I have gone through
to help others who are in the same position that I was in. After all what good is having a personal achievement if you
can't use what you have learned to help others.
My next goal for myself is to reach 200 pounds. 4 1/2 months ago I would have considered myself crazy for thinking
that I could do it, but I know I can!! Hopefully it won't be long until I can add another celebration page to this site.
Thank you to everyone in my life that has been there for me cheering me on through this entire mess they call Gastric
Bypass Surgery! I LOVE YOU!!