Friday, January 1, 2016

Woooo Hard Post To Share!

Happy New Year.  I know a lot of us try to make those new year's resolutions with the hopes of achieving them.  Mine every year for the last 20 years has been weight loss.  This is something I have struggled with for a long time.

I had a hysterectomy at age 35 and went into immediate menopause.  Not good to start menopause at age 35!  I also have thyroid disease that has my metabolism down to zero.  So on top of not eating healthy and these health factors I have struggled with my weight for a long time.

I have tried every diet ever put out there.  I alway start the year out with eating better and starting back to the gym only to lose momentum after a few months.  Frustration of not losing anymore than 15 to 20 lbs at any one time with any diet and exercise, I was soooo frustrated.


Then this past year Terry and I decided to do something surgically for the weight loss.
 I am going to share our stories with you but this by no means  is the best solution for everyone.  Everyone is different and has different issues and this should not be done lightly.

Here are some before pics of us.

Last Year at Disney in May 2015

Hard for me to look at these pictures of us.


 Terry was weighing in at 300 lbs and I was at a whopping 268lbs.  Yep this 5'3" body was carrying around a lot of extra baggage!!!!! Wow this is the first time I could actually write those numbers down for everyone to see.

We then decided to have a procedure called Gastric Sleeve.  It is similar to Gastric bypass but not as radical.  You do not lose your whole stomach with gastric sleeve like you do with gastric bypass.  With still having your stomach just smaller you can absorb important nutrients and vitamins that need to be done in the stomach.  So in a nut shell they go in laparoscopically and remove a major part of your stomach and leave you with a thin banana size stomach.

So we under went 3 months of preparation. Diet counseling, psychological counseling, saw our regular doctor on a monthly basis before being allowed this surgery procedure.  They do prepare you physically and mentally for this surgery.

Terry had his surgery done October of last year and has lost 100 lbs and I had my surgery in May of last year and now have lost 68lbs and am still losing.  

This is a picture taken right before Christmas a few weeks ago.  We are feeling better and healthy and finally after so many years of struggling with weight issues we are both at a better place.

Something finally worked for both of us and is continuing to work even months after the surgery.
I debated on sharing this on my blog since it is a very personal and very emotional journey for us.
Just thought maybe this might help someone that is struggling with health issues due to being over weight and they have tried all conventual diets and have not had success.

Being a nurse I know if I kept that weight on I was heading down a road to many health issues.  Diabetes, heart disease run in both sides of my family.
So this was the right decision for me.
Like I said this is not the answer for everyone but it was for us.    I do not endorse any surgeon or any of the companies out there that advertise for this type of weight loss.

We went with a safe and very experienced surgeon very renowned in this weight loss field before we made our choice to do this.
Just happy for the first time in many years to not have to make the resolution to try a new diet and exercise knowing deep down I will succeed for a little while only to struggle with gaining the weight back.

Even with this procedure you still have to exercise and make healthy food choices.  I still am a stress eater and crave the sugar when emotional.   This is not a easy fix to a big problem.  I still struggle with my weight but feel like for the first time I can actually keep going and get the weight off.


Now my New Year's resolution is to continue to exercise and eat better and continue on to my weight loss.  My weight loss is much slower than Terry's but Men are always the easy over achievers with weight loss!!!!  So I am being kind to myself and keep telling myself to be patient and keep moving forward.

My hope of sharing this personal journey of mine with all of you might just help someone out there that is struggling like I did.

Thank you for letting me share my weight loss journey with you.
Kris
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105 comments:

  1. WOW, you guys look great! I think sharing your store will be very helpful to many. Yes, every year I make the resolution to eat better...I am now doing Zumba and while I haven't lost any weight, I do feel much better! Men do lose the weight quicker/easier than women. Keep up the good, hard work with your weight. I am MANY pounds overweight, so I do understand. Thank you for sharing your journey.
    Happy New Year! It's going to be a great one for you!
    warmly,
    deb

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  2. Thank you for sharing your story, Kris. I know it's a difficult thing to share things that are so personal. I, for one, am so happy when bloggers choose to share things about their life that don't necessarily fit into that "perfect" mold that so many bloggers only show. Good for you for taking that leap to get healthier!! I had weight loss surgery several years ago. I had a LAP band put in thinking that I was finished having children. I then got pregnant with my daughter and had the band drained. That was five and a half years ago and I never went back to the doctor again. I turn 49 next week and I've decided this needs to be the year that I take better control of my health. It's such an emotional thing for me. I have about 100 lbs. to loose but I can't think of the mountain that I need to climb. I have to focus on baby steps, one day at a time. Thank you for sharing!! God bless and have a happy and healthy new year with your family!! xoxo

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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    1. Wendy,
      I did not mention it in my post but I tried Lap Band about 5 years ago and did not have any success with that so I decided the gastric sleeve would be a better solution. So far this has gotten me farther than anything else I have tried. Weight is a daily struggle for me but at least this has been the best solution I have found to work for me. Good luck as you find out what will be the best answer for you.
      Kris

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  3. Kris - So proud of you and Terry!! What an accomplishment. You will feel so much better and be so much healthier. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Love ya,
    Judy

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    1. Thanks Judy. My weight has always been a big struggle and even with the surgery continues to be a daily struggle to make good choices. Just happy I found something that has gotten me farther than anything else I have tried.
      Kris

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  4. Oh my gosh Kris - I am so happy for the two of you. Such an amazing transformation. I know how difficult it is to put the weight issue out there for all to see. I did it on my blog last May, and I broke out in a sweat, getting up the nerve to hit the publish button. I know you will be met with the same outpouring of love and support from your readers as I did! Keep up the hard work, but remember, you were a beautiful person before, during and after! Happy new year my dear! Jane

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    1. Hi Jane,
      I saw your post too on your weight loss journey. I can really relate to the struggle of weight loss, goals and keeping the weight off if you can reach the goals. It will be a life long struggle for me just glad I finally found something that has gotten me farther than anything else I have tried. Thank you for your sweet visit and support.
      Kris

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  5. You look absolutely amazing and I'm so proud of you both! It's not easy to lose weight and it's one of the best feelings when you do. I lost a good chunk of weight a number of years ago through Weight Watchers and I have been great about keeping my weight down since...until this year. I am still not where I was but I'm not where I want to be, either. So...here I go again. Wishing you continued success in 2016!!

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    1. Debbie,
      It is so hard to lose weight and even harder to reach a goal and then keep it off. Even with the surgery it will always be a struggle for me. Have a great start to the new year.
      Kris

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  6. Thank you for sharing this, Kris. Weight is such a difficult issue for so many of us. I have put on some weight as I have gotten older and it gets more and more difficult to lose. I know you will be an inspiration to many. And btw, you look beautiful!

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    1. Thank you JoAnne. This was a hard post for me to write and then hit publish. Weight is so personal and such a big struggle. Just glad it is well received and it might help others that struggle.
      Kris

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  7. Big squeeze. I know this was so very hard to write. I have two sisters who struggle with weight issues, so I know the pain...
    I am so happy for you both! You look amazing! But then I thought younger beautiful from the moment I set eyes on your photo on your blog and fb years ago :) Your beauty also shines through brightly when we 'talk' via emails and the like.
    Keep up the good work!!
    Happy New Year to you and Terry. 2016 will be wonderful!
    Hugs, Gee

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    1. Thanks Gee. It was a hard post to share but I hope it might help others that struggle with weight.
      Thank you for your sweet comment and support.
      Kris

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  8. Kris,
    So very happy for the both of you and you both look GREAT!

    Happy New Year!
    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Thank you sweet Linda. Happy New Year to you too my friend.
      Kris

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  9. Bless you...from reading I've discovered most everyone has a food problem. I myself decided to go vegan and discovered the Happy Herbivore. She has some rather simple recipes and meal plans. So far I've managed to stay off melds for my various ailments.

    I wish you continued success with weight loss. More importantly stay healthy!

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    1. Thank you Linda. Glad you have kept your health issues in control with your weight loss. Staying off meds is sooo great.
      Thanks for your visit and sweet comments here.
      Kris

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  10. What an inspiring post! I have been stopping and starting myself for many years. I am trying weight watchers now. My friend lost over 100 lbs in a year. I've been thinking of the gastric sleeve as well. I'll give WW another try before deciding on surgery. Your post gives me hope!

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    1. Good Luck Debbie. Weight watchers is a good program. On the many diets I tried WW was one of the better ones that actually does work for most. I am glad you are giving WW another try. I would recommend gastric sleeve to anyone in a heart beat based on what it has done for me with that said I think everyone should try other non invasive measures first. I wish you much luck.
      Kris

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  11. God Bless you! I also had a hysterectomy too early and now have hypothyroid. So, I get it. You look beautiful! But, you have always been beautiful to me. Your heart is bigger than Texas! Glad you are happy. Hugs, Patti

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    1. Thank you Patti for your sweet comment and support. Weight loss is so hard to begin with and then throw in no hormones and hypothyroid and it is almost impossible. I still struggle even with the surgery helping. So I feel your pain and can relate. Hope the new year is starting to be a good one for you.
      Kris

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  12. Kris, You both look wonderful....big congrats! I so understand your journey as I also had a hysterectomy at a young age and several months later my thyroid removed. It has been a 20 year battle to lose weight.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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    1. Hi Sherry,
      I totally get your struggle. No hormones and no thyroid makes losing weight and keeping it off even that much harder. So I get it believe me. Thanks for your visit and sweet comment.
      Kris

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  13. You two look great! I am so proud of you and your hubby. Losing weight is sooooo difficult. Happy New Year! xo

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    1. Thank you Ron. Losing weight is a struggle for me everyday even with the surgery. Thanks for your sweet comment and visit here today. Happy New Year.
      Kris

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  14. I am so, so thrilled for you and Terry. If it's a choice that made you feel right, and with the research you put into it (and knowing you are a nurse certainly helps), I think it was a good decision. Menopause at 35 is very rough. I had mine at 42 and I still struggle. You both look wonderful and still, I thought you were such a pretty lady when I met you 2 years ago. You look wonderful and healthy now and that makes it all the better. I know you are as beautiful inside as you are outside...but now you glow in happiness. Yay!!!

    Thank you for sharing...you give so many of us inspiration!

    Jane xxxx

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    1. Thank you Jane. Gosh has it been 2 years since we met. Wow time flies. I just know if I keep the weight on with family history I would be looking at a lot of health issues down the road. So I am so happy the surgery is helping me to lose the weight.
      Have a great start to the new year.
      Kris

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  15. Hi Kris,
    I know that sometimes it is hard to share these types of things on our blogs, I struggle with opening up...but then when I read a story like yours it makes me realize how powerful and inspirational it will be to so many!
    You both look amazing, and it is something to be truly proud of. Getting control of your health is so important...I also struggle with multiple thyroid issues and know how that can affect so many other things.
    Hoping that 2016 brings you everything you wish for!
    Hugs, Kimberley

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    1. Thanks Kimberley. Having hypothyroid effects so much. Weight, hair, skin, etc. So I totally get what you are going through too.
      Just glad I finally found something that can help me get to a better place with my health.
      Happy New Year.
      Kris

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  16. This is so wonderful Kris! I'm so happy for the two of you. What a very handsome couple you are!! I can't imagine going through menopause at such a young age and to have thyroid disease too. How difficult that must have been. It must be so encouraging to have found what works just right for you! My sister has had the by-pass twice and I have been very concerned about her health over the years. I'm so glad that you have found a more healthy alternative! Thank you for sharing your story. You continue to inspire and encourage. Best wishes for the rest of your journey!

    Tamara <3

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    1. Thanks Tamara,
      Wow to have the gastric by pass twice. I did not know they could do that twice. I am glad they came out with the sleeve so you could still have your stomach to avoid lots of health issues of malabsorption and anemia. Thank you for your sweet visit and words of encouragement. Happy New Year.
      Kris

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  17. You guys look great Kris and I assume you are feeling a lot better too. Happy and healthy. I've struggled with post baby weight (6 years on) and only recently joined my first gym! It's certainly harder to lose the older you get. I'm sure your story, although difficult to tell, will inspire many people. Thanks for sharing! x Julie

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  18. Good for YOU! I really enjoy knowing a little something personal about my blog friends. I am super proud of you! Weight is a serious issue and very hard to control. I grew up skinny and now in my 40's am having a hard time fighting off the "fat gene".

    I have friends who chose to do a similar procedure as you and have been extremely successful for many years.

    You are beautiful and I am amazed - 100lbs? 68lbs? You go!!!!

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  19. You guys look fabulous, Kris! Congratulations to both of you and Happy New Year! I thought you looked cute before but less weight so much better for the health. I gained a lot of weight last year and will try to loose it this year. I've already started to eat healthier last week but I haven't done any exercises yet. That is the even harder part for me. Someone needs to push me onto the bicycle ergometer, lol.

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  20. You look amazing! My brother in law's girlfriend is doing this in a couple months. I hope she has as much success as you have!

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    1. Hi Sandy,
      It is rough in the beginning but then it is so worth it. I am so happy I did it. For the first time I am having great success at weight loss. Good luck to your BIL's girlfriend. I wish you success.
      Kris

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  21. Y'all look wonderful! I have two friends who got the sleeve, and they both look and feel FABULOUS! I can tell you all are happy with the results.

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  22. Congratulations to the both of you! You look great and I know you both must feel a lot better too.

    You were brave to put your story out into the world, people will be inspired by it.

    Have a wonderful 2016 ~ FlowerLady

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  23. Amazing journey and results, Kris. As for stress eating, I know you've been through the wringer, so it's still amazing that you've achieved the 68# loss. You both look really healthy.

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  24. That is awesome!! I am so proud to hear your story. I have always struggled with my weight and that gives me hope. Thanks for sharing and continued blessings.

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  25. Wow, Kris y'all look marvelous!! I have always had to fight the weight battle, too, but just around 30 to 40 pounds extra that I was finally able to get the 30 off two years ago. Eight have crept back on and I am trying to get that back off. I don't feel as good with just that back on and having heart burn that was gone. I'm glad you shared this and maybe it will give others hope who are struggling. Yes, MEN always lose quicker since they have more muscle. I hate that my husband can just cut back and lose so quickly!

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  26. Bless you, Kris, for sharing your story. It's always so hard to share the vulnerable areas of our lives, but like you, I'm always hoping I can help even one other person. I'm sure you inspired many people today by being so open.

    I had a hysterectomy at age 37 and did fine until I hit 40--I then gained 30 pounds in 2 months! Yikes! When that metabolism decides to go, it GOES! Ha! It has been a looooong, slow journey of getting it off and I still have a ways to go, but baby steps...

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  27. My dear, dear Kris, I pray that you enjoy the goodness of what is HEALTHY in all respects! YOU LOOK FABUOUS! And Terry too! It's fun to see the faces behind the stories and you are marvelous. Hang in there; this body is sometimes hard to manage, but we can do our best AND SEE results. You have proven right. Enjoy a fresh new start to what you want in your life, and before you know it, you will see the results of the hard work and devotion. BIG HUGS!

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  28. Aw, you're both so darn cute no matter what your weight :) Love that you are feeling better and won't have issues down the road in your health because of the weight. You both look fab, BTW. Im not sure why weight has to be such a struggle for so many of us, me included, but it does. I found several foods I was allergic to and once I took them out of my diet I shed 45 pounds, without even trying. I love it when it works that way. I don't mind exercising I just hate to drive 30 miles one way to hit a gym. Keep up the good work and continue to share your journey with us :)

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  29. I've always said don't judge a book by it's cover and the two of you look amazing! You know what's right for yourselves, I think we have have all been there...Thanks for sharing and inspiration!

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  30. Congrats on losing so much weight and choosing to improve your health! Y'all both look great! I have Graves' disease but that causes you to lose weight not gain. To treat it I had to take a pill that destroys part of my thyroid. Now I have to take medicine the rest of my life to regulate it. It doesn't cause me weight issues anymore though. My health issue is inflammation. I may start a biologic medicine to keep it under control. My current meds aren't working well enough. I hope that you and Terry continue to see good results from your surgery. I know that must've been a big decision to have that done. Here's to a healthier 2016 to both of us!!

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    1. Thanks Kelly. I have the opposite issue with hypothyroid which is weight gain. So that just makes my struggle even harder. Glad you are going to try some new meds to help with the Graves disease. That is a hard disease to deal with too. Anything autoimmunity is a struggle. I hope the new plan will work for you. That has to be so frustrating for you too. Thanks for sharing and I am wishing you the best.
      Kris

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  31. Kris, I can so relate to your struggle with weight loss. I've been on every kind of diet possible and always losing and gaining it back. My latest failure was Nutrisystems. It worked while I stayed on it but I returned to my old eating habits and the weight piled back on! Frustration.
    I applaud you both for taking control. You both look great and I wish you continued success.

    hugs
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  32. Congratulations on your successful lifestyle change, Kris! You and your hubby look fabulous and I bet you feel even better! I changed my diet to a gluten and dairy free diet to help my IBS almost 2 years ago, and it's made my quality of life so much better. Of course I've slipped up over the holidays, but it's a new year and time to get the goodies out of the house. You've gone through so much this year and I applaud your success in losing the weight. You always were gorgeous, but now you've got a new twinkle in your eye. I wish all the best to you and Terry in the new year.

    xo, Vickie

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  33. My male cousin who is 65 just had that done before Christmas
    I am glad it worked for you and your husband.
    I have always fought being overweight since I love my sweets

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  34. Kris, I am sending big hugs for you and Terry. You are so brave to share this. I do know that the thyroid has a major effect on weight. My daughter Liz has many of those issues. You and Terry look great. I can understand the emotional eating, I think all my girls do that...cause I have. You know I will always cheer for you both. You are special people who help others with your chosen careers. Many blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Thank you Susie for your sweet comments. Weight issues are such a struggle for so many of us. I think world peace will be an easier struggle than weight loss!!!!! Just glad I am at a better place and hopefully will continue on this journey with success. Thank you my friend for always being so encouraging and sharing your loving heart.
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      Kris

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  35. Kris, you look gorgeous!! I've always thought you were anyway but I so understand your feelings. I had a hysterectomy at 39 and yes, I have thyroid issues. It's very difficult to lose the weight, especially when I crave carbs and sweets. I started eating healthier in the fall and felt so much better! Then the depression began around the holidays and I just ate whatever as well as going back on the Pepsi again. :/ I'm in a much better place right now and trying to focus on the healthy lifestyle again. I can't do "diets" ~ makes me feel deprived and then the rebellion kicks in! :)

    I so appreciate you sharing your story ~ I know it offers encouragement for many. Oh, and I don't want to ignore Terry ~ he looks great too! It's just not fair that men lose so much quicker than we do. :) I LOVE your hair!

    xoxo
    Pat

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  36. You both look amazing. So glad you are feeling healthier and better.

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  37. Dear Kris, Congrats to you and Terry and the big step you took to be healthy. You both look amazing!! Your courage to share something so personal is a blessing and I am sure this post will help someone out there with questions on doing the same. Thank you for always being so giving and generous. You inspire and encourage with your posts.
    Prayers for you both as you continuing this journey.
    Wishing you and your dear family the best year ever.
    Happy New Year!! xo

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    1. Thank you Celeste. This is a daily struggle for me but I finally feel like I found something that will help me get the weight off and continue to be healthy in the long run. I always dreaded the new year approach with all the commercials and ads for losing weight and would think here I go again to have to try something and then just to be frustrated. So I was happy this year to feel like I am already half way to my weight loss goal before the new year began. Thank you for your sweet visit and comments. Hugs.
      Kris

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  38. Hello Kris and Happy New Year. Wow that is so amazing and you both look so good!! Wishing you all the best!!
    Julie xo

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  39. Congrats guys, you look way younger, too!
    Glad the surgeries didn't have any serious complications and they had such great results. :)

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  40. Congrats on finding something that works for you and makes you happy-Proud of you!

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  41. Good for you both! You guys look fantastic, Kris! Keep up the good work!
    Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Love you, girl.
    Debbie
    xo

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  42. So many of us have struggled with weight. I am glad you have found a solution and have the courage to share it with all of us. Congratulations!!!
    Much love,
    Lin

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    1. Thank you sweet Lin. I hope the new year will bring better health for you too. I know you are struggling with your health issues and I only wish the best as we start into the new year.
      Kris

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  43. Kris,
    I am glad you shared your story because it is a story about personal struggle and determination and will be heartfelt by all.
    You're rocking the new you!
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  44. You guys look terrific!!! Takes a lot of guts to share but looks like you both made the right decision! Soooooo very hard to let go of sugar and all the bread !!! Those are my weak points ! I'm only about 10 pounds overweight but struggle with cutting back and making better choices! It's aoooo hard!!! Hang in there and Love your blog! Where are you moving to and why?

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  45. Wow, your story is amazing, and you both look GREAT! The best part, you both look YOUNGER....Congratulations, and Happy 2016 to both of you...

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  46. AMAZING! It sounds like you did everything right and it has worked beautifully for both of you. Getting healthy- you can't beat that.
    Toasting to a new you, Hot Mama!!!
    xoxo

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  47. You are so sweet to share your stories with us! You both look great!!! I know you've just inspired many people to get healthier. And yes...why is it that men always seem to lose weight so quickly? Not fair, if you ask me. :) It's so wonderful that you found a solution that was right for you. You go, girl! xoxo

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  48. Dear Kris...you and Terry are so brave. It must have been extremely emotional to put this post together. I would give you a warm hug if I could. A very joyous new year to both of you.
    Ps....remember, next time you're at Disney, I'm close enough to meet you for coffee!

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  49. You were very brave to write this post to help others. You and Terry look radiant on this year's picture! Congrats on choosing a healthier path!

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  50. You both look amazing, Kris. I know it wasn't easy to make the decision to put something so personal out there, but you made the right choice. Wishing you both a very happy and healthy 2016. Congratulations!!

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  51. I am so proud and happy for you both! You look amazing. Whenever hubs and I do on a diet he is "steely" in his resolve and I struggle. I watch his weight drop and my hold it is ever so frustrating. I thank you for this post...because loosing weight is such a personal issue and that in itself helps. I'm so glad you shared your story...and hubs and my storing started today....

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  52. Hi Kris, thank you so much for sharing your story. Weight loss is such a personal problem and so many of us are embarrassed by it so we shut up and try to deal with it on our own. It is so wonderful to see that you and Terry can go through this together and to be able to cheer each other on. You have been through so much this last year that I know that this year you will be flying high with much successes. When I had my back surgery and went through my divorce (and other health problems that I dealt with) I was over 300 pounds, being that I am tall 5' 8" I thought that I could get away with it. But my frame is medium and my joints and muscles said I hate this, so pain became a huge factor. I had so much stress going on in my life that it lead to binge eating. Since that time I have lost 150 pounds and need to lose 30 more to feel good about myself. Exercise is my big problem right now but I will get it off this year,and get back to my original 130 pds. Thank you for sharing this and I know that you will succeed with your goal. Your pictures are beautiful and you and Terry look so sparkly! You are my hero. Luv ya, Jo

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  53. You both look great, Kris, gorgeous!! I think that it's wonderful that you shares your experience. This world is full of so many common issues, that when someone finds a solution that works for them, it's great to hear and helps many. I think that's why the blogs are so popular. We all have kitchens, bathroom and bedrooms that need decorating. Perhaps, some of us have dishwashers that we don't like, so when we see someone who has found a creative fix, we are so happy that they shared their idea. ;) I think that health is no different and obviously so much more important. I wish you continued good health and success on your journey. Hugs!

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  54. Thank you for sharing your weight loss story - you and Terry look amazing and are an inspiration. What a great way for both of you to start your new journey. Wishing you and Terry Joy and Peace and continued good health in the new year. Erin

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  55. Oh my gosh. I am so proud of you two. You both look wonderful and I wish you continued success. Thanks for sharing the wonderful news. Happy 2016. I love your blog, too.

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  56. OMG, congratulations to you and Terry. I am so proud of you both. Keep up the good work, you will have more energy and feel so much better.
    I have been on the Atkins Diet and have lost about 50 lbs and feel so much better. I no longer have to take medication for diabetics and my kidneys are working better also. Have my cholesterol and trig under control. I still want to lose another 20 lbs and have been on every diet that you can think of and only to gain it back.
    I feel so much better taking the carbs out of my diet. So I know exactly how you feel. You and Terry look terrific.
    Keep up the good work.
    Hugs
    Mary

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  57. Kris, you are a rockstar and I know you can meet your weight loss goal. You're looking great! You are beautiful inside and out. I want to get fit this year, get strong! Maybe we can encourage each other in reaching our goals.

    (((hugs))) and Happy New Year and a New You!

    xo,
    RJ

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  58. WOW!

    I didn't know what you were going through physically. On top of selling the house and a probable move, it must be incredibly challenging.

    You and Terry both look great and I wish you well with your continued loss.

    And now my soap box. Why do men just think the word diet and lose 15 pounds!!! It just isn't fair.

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  59. You look happy and healthy and wonderful. I am so happy that you are happy. I have always considered you a beautiful human being for your kindness. Here's to a new year with new possibilities!

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  60. Yay, congratulations! You both look amazing! I'm sure you are feeling better too. What a great start to the new year!

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  61. OH Kris, my brother in law had the gastric surgery for a serious weight issue, is doing wonderful years later.
    You look fabulous my dear, and I know you are so much more healthier for it, a whole new you is a great way to start out a new year and the best is yet to come.
    You and your hubby are quite the team here.

    Thank you for sharing the amazement you both have taken on.

    Xoxo
    Dore

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  62. You look amazing, Kris, and so does Terry! I think it's wonderful that you shared this very personal story, as I'm sure you will inspire many people to take control of their health. Happy New Year!

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  63. I admire you so much for making such healthful changes! I know you will inspire people with this post! Wishing you continued success in 2016!

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  64. Congratulations! I lost 100 lbs about 5yrs ago and have kept it off. I wish you all the best. Stress eating is hard but not as hard as getting there in the first place.



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  65. Hi Kris,
    I admire you for sharing!! I also think it is wonderful you and Terry did this together!
    Sending you a HUG and I will be looking forward to reading more.
    Carla

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  66. Congrats to you for taking action. No one else can know what's right for you. You've taken control and it has worked, and that's all that matters. I'm so happy for both of you!

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  67. Bless you for sharing your story, Kris. I'm sure it wasn't an easy thing to write about, but I know you have encouraged and inspired many readers with this post. Not just those who maybe are struggling with weight loss, but others who are facing a serious life issue. The fact that you and Terry did this together is just more proof of what a great team you make. I wish you continued success in meeting the goals you set for yourself. You can do it! Hugs, Nancy

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  68. You're very brave to have gone through this surgery, and even braver for hitting 'publish', but I'm so glad you did. You've probably helped more people than you realize, and that's what it's all about, isn't it?

    You both look amazing, and more importantly, are healthier and feel better. Congratulations to you both.

    One question...you said you both had it last year. Was that 2015 or 2014?

    Forgive my lack of visits. The Internet is very, very unreliable here, even though we paid extra for a hot spot. I will try to be back and comment as much as possible. In the meantime, hugs to you both!

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  69. I' m so proud of you two both! You look amazing
    HUgs
    Alessandra

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  70. Great results. Good for both of you.

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  71. Wow, you both look fabulous! Kudos for finding something that was the right fit (pun intended) for you. An extra pat on the back for loosing the weight while undergoing a stressful time in your lives. It sounds like 2016 is going to be the year of a lot of fresh new beginnings. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!
    Hugs from Canada,
    Marie

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  72. OMG Kris - you both look incredible and YOUNGER !!!
    I'm so happy for the both of you - I'm with Marie ( above ) I think 2016 is going to be YOUR year !
    Congratulations on reaching goals - you inspire me - all the time.
    XOXO

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  73. You two look wonderful and what a nice thing to be able to do it together! I wish you all the best on this journey and I know you two will do great!!!

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  74. You two look wonderful and what a nice thing to be able to do it together! I wish you all the best on this journey and I know you two will do great!!!

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  75. Your look now is wondefull!! Many compliments for your courage to face an operation so hard!! Happy New Year from Italy!!

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  76. I am so happy to know it worked for you and it has not only helped you lose weight but also increase your feelings about your self image and is good for your health!

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  77. Congrats Kris on a healthier happier life. You look great, and I'm sure you will continue. I have managed to not gain much back from my health issues from last summer, but I know it is a slippery slope and winter months, make it more difficult. Wishing you both the best in the NEW YEAR!. Sandi

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  78. You know I am not visiting blogs right now but I saw this pop up and had to read/comment. I am SO SO SO proud of both you and Terry. You did the right thing for YOU! You are both on the path to long-term good health and will be around to watch little Abby grow up and get married or do whatever she is going to do as an adult someday.
    I know there are naysayers that say it is all about willpower and making good choices but the people that say that don't really have any concept of the struggle that some people go through. Most of the people I know that struggle with this are some of the strongest people I know that can do just about anything--except control their weight on a long term basis. Been there-done that so I know firsthand how hard it is.

    Kris, I think you may have given hope to a lot of people that struggle with weight that think they are doomed to be overweight and unhappy forever. There is more than one way to lose weight and this is one of them. It is the plan that is working for you. By the way, did I forget to tell you that you look GORGEOUS? You already look way younger than your age and you look even younger now.
    And that ol' Terry boy ain't bad either! lol Love you guys! Diana

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  80. Thank you for sharing your very brave and personal story with us! I wish you both success on your journey to good health!
    Kathleen

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  81. Wow, Kris, what an inspiring and brave post! I so admire your honesty and I know how hard it must have been to hit publish on this one. It is great to see how much positive feedback you have received in these comments. I see a beautiful couple in both your before and after pictures. I am so happy to hear about the amazing results that you have both worked so hard to achieve. Congrats!! 2016 is looking like an amazing year for you.

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  82. Kris, thank you so much for sharing your weight loss journey. You both look fantastic in the Christmas photos. My dental hygienist had the same surgery done for her weight loss and she looks and feels fantastic. I struggle with my weight also. I am addicted to carbs and sugar and am an emotional eater so I can really relate to your issues. I've tried so many different diets to lose weight. I find that when I exercise I automatically eat a little better. So back to the local gym for me to try to get back on track. I applaud you both for doing what you needed to do to get healthier.

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  83. Oh my gosh Kris!!! You look amazing! And so does Terry! I'm so happy for you! I know the struggle! It is real! Congratulations on your success and I know you'll achieve your goal this time :)

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