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2022: It's Time to Come Clean


I HATE New Year's Resolutions.


Yeah, I know you do too, but I REALLY HATE New Year's Resolutions.


Being a Serially Obese Person since I was eight years old, the new year always meant it was time to start a diet. As I got older, it meant I'd be coming down from a MONSTROUS BINGE since Halloween in anticipation of January 1st. It was a mixture of fear, sugar withdrawal, and carrots.


It was AWFUL.


I will share a dark secret that I've only shared with a select few. In 1999, I had gastric bypass surgery.


I was morbidly obese and desperately wanted children, but I couldn't imagine it happening without profound weight loss. A few years earlier, I had lost one hundred and twenty pounds only to gain it back. So I could see no other option than surgery.


Long story short - the surgery worked. I had two babies. I proceeded to wreck the surgery that had given my children life.


Why? Because obesity is so much more than just putting food in your mouth.


This time last year, I decided to have the surgery once again. However, when I met with my surgeon, I expressed concern that my brain couldn't recognize "being full" signals.


My exact words were, "It's like my brain is missing a connection that allows me to hear when my stomach is full. And most importantly, it isn't strong enough to get me to stop eating."


Those words changed my life.


My surgeon prescribed two medicines that have allowed me to achieve those goals. For the first time in my life, I can register when my stomach is full and stop eating. It is like the emotional aspect of food has disappeared.


Best of all, I can drive by a Dairy Queen without having a crack monkey reaction. Now, it's just another store. Amazing.


Keep in mind, I am following the WW online program, so I am held accountable for what I eat. They have fabulous recipes, and I make healthy choices 95% of the time. I'll return to the studio once I'm in better financial shape because this is a mental journey. The more that I can cement healthy habits, the better.


So why did I decide to come clean at this time? Because I decided to make a Rest-of-Life Resolution. I want to enlighten people about obesity, as follows:


  • It is an addiction (we are like drug addicts and alcoholics)

  • It is sourced in the brain (fix the brain, and the body will follow)

  • Give obese people the respect they deserve (it is no longer acceptable to shame people for this addiction)


As Oprah Winfrey says, "You get in life what you have the courage to ask for."

Don't make resolutions this year. Instead, ask for the best. You deserve it!


P.S. I will not discuss the medication I am taking because you need to address it with your doctor. However, I'm sure they will know it if you mention what I said to my surgeon.


P.P.S. 67.6 lbs. down and counting. By the way, the goal is not in the numbers for me anymore. It's better health – check! Energy – check! Empowerment – check!


What do you deserve this year?

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You are Amazing my friend!

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Sarah Meyerdirk
Sarah Meyerdirk
09 січ. 2022 р.

I'm so happy you were able to find a doctor who would listen to you. Traditional medicine has always made me fall into an "overweight" category. Whatever is right for you is much more important than some national average. Another surgery might have resulted in years of more torment. This method of being able to hack your brain has given you a new horizon for a healthy relationship with food. It is incredible watching you soar! You go BABS!


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Eileen Maguire
Eileen Maguire
08 січ. 2022 р.

I admire what you have written here, my darling girl. You know how much I respect you for all you contribute to this universe. You are unstoppable. By the way, I like your photographer who loves dining with you at Le Petit Paris xx

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Lyssa Ireland Thomas
Lyssa Ireland Thomas
08 січ. 2022 р.
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Yes, Mama Eileen, I owe this photographer credit for the fabulous picture while having cappuccino! Thank you, Eileen, for taking me to Paris in Jacksonville and bringing me my Irish roots! Love you!

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Гість
08 січ. 2022 р.

Bold and beautiful! Thank you for using your writing talent to share your story. Darlene Buccellato Frederick

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Lyssa Ireland Thomas
Lyssa Ireland Thomas
08 січ. 2022 р.
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Darlene! Thank you! You were one of the first women in business who taught me to be a badass betch! Thank you for setting an example of what can be achieved if we work together! - Lyssa

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ann.piamonte
ann.piamonte
08 січ. 2022 р.

Thank you for being candid and sharing your life journey and for not putting shame on an addiction. I will definitely ask my doctor for the pill and I pray she knows what I'm asking for.

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Lyssa Ireland Thomas
Lyssa Ireland Thomas
08 січ. 2022 р.
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Ruh roh! I may have opened an unintentional can of worms here. Lovely ladies, this medicine would not be available for people who have not suffered from morbid obesity. This in no way is a quick fix for the ten pounds that someone might want to shed. This is a lifeline for people who have never heard the "voice" of your stomach saying "whoa." I think of it as I've been deaf to my stomach's signals all my life and I finally got a hearing aid that allowed me to hear those signals.


Not to lessen your feelings, Ann, but you are perfect in every way. You deserve to realize that fact. ❤️

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