Friday, October 18, 2013

Debs Get to Know Me

Welcome to our blog!! Julie and I met over the internet thru our personal blogs. We did several group challenges and shed some weight. We quickly became friends.  This spring we challenged each other to weight loss, and exercise and we lost some weight. This summer we both had some tough times, and the weight loss stalled, and exercise took to the back burner.  
Join Julie and I as we document the next season of our journey.

A little background about me. 
Grew up in a very conservative family. Money was limited, and chores were abundant. 
We had a garden and did tons of canning and freezing. 
Church and faith were very important, (Still are!!!)
I left home the same day I graduated High School to start working. 

Met my husband, completed two years of college, and started a family. 
Three kids. Oldest two are now in college, and the youngest is a senior in High School. 
Each pregnancy I used the 'eating for two excuse' and gained weight (and didn't lose it after the child was born). 
When my last child was born I weighed 275 lbs. 

Over the next 15 years I tried multiple ways to lose weight
Weight Watchers (3 times)
500 calorie a day eating.
Slim Fast
Dexatrim and other weight loss pills

My husband was diagnosed with melanoma in Sept 2009. I was working full time and we were going for treatment (1 1/2 hour drive each way) every day of the week. I ate to stay awake. AND it wasn't healthy food that I ate!! (My husband is still in remission!)

December 2009 I weighed in at 258 lbs, and this is where I start the 'official' weight loss journey.

In June 2010 I decided that gastric bypass surgery was my last option. I went to a class and started the six month weigh ins with my family doctor. After the I jumped through all the hoops, did all the lab work, proved I could lose some weight.  I met with the surgeon and I weighed in at 220.  She told me I had to stop losing on my own or my insurance company wouldn't pay for the surgery. LIGHT BULB moment!!! I can do this on my own!! I told them I was not longer interested in surgery. 
That started my final SLOW weight loss journey. For weigh ins you can check my personal blog debsdailylife.  There have been ups and down, and stand still months. 

Join us as we fight this fight together! 


  1. Good for you guys! Sorry life has been tough, this year has been a trial for me too but I have all the faith in the world that you can do this! I will be here reading your journey and supporting as best I can. Good luck my friends <3

    A.k.a Blog Wobble

  2. I'm cheering y'all on! Read my comment under Julie's 'Meet Me' post for what I'm doing now. Hang in there- I know y'all can do this. I'll be doing it too and I'll keep up via the comment section!