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“My Weight-Loss Journey” by Stephanie

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All good things must come to an end!

This will be my final blog about my WLS journey. I am sad to go, but the good news is that my one year surgerversary is this Saturday! It's be an amazing journey full of ups and downs. I'd like to leave you all with a few stories and lessons I've learned. First, I can

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My last classes!

Today I have officially attended my last classes of my undergrad career! Now all I have to do is survive finals. In the past I used to binge eat when I get stressed, so this year will be an interesting experience. What is encouraging is that Summer is almost here. This means not only that

  • graduating

Everything is changing!

Everything is changing! The play I was in just ended and Rotaract finishes next Tuesday. But the biggest change of all is that I am graduating college in two weeks. I have been in college for seven years, so it's going to be weird moving on to something else. But, as someone said, "when one

  • lightness

A feeling of lightness

One of the best things about losing weight is the feeling of lightness. Thanks to Dr Higa and his team, I have gained my life back. I have done so many things lately that I would not have done before. Last week I mentioned traveling, but there are also a million smaller things. For example,

My weight isn’t holding me back now!

Zdravo! Zdravstvuyte! Hello! These are all greetings in Serbian, Russian and English. It's always been a dream of mine to travel the world, and now my dream is coming true. I got accepted into a Rotaract Round Trip to both Serbia and Saint Petersburg, Russia. On these trips I will be staying with other people

Life is such an incredible journey

"Life is such an incredible journey. For me it's been filled with many ups and downs and I am sure more will come. But for now I am celebrating the opportunities I've been given. One of the biggest gifts I've given to myself is WLS. It's been a difficult journey and I still have a

Wild weather and busy times

We have such wild weather here in the Pacific NW. It was such a gorgeous weekend and then it's so rainy this week. Despite the weather, I have kept extremely busy between the play, school and Rotaract. I had a very fun weekend. Not only did we have a bridal shower for the play, but

Taking the time to write…

Hello again! Although I love making video blogs, it's always nice to be able to take the time to write one out too. March was a very busy month between finishing up my Winter term and spring break. However, the next few months are full throttle between school, Rotaract and theater. Right now I am

My Weight-Loss Journey

June 2015 Stephanie underwent Weight-Loss Surgery at Willamette Valley Medical Center and embarked on a journey to becoming healthy. She writes a weekly blog and this week made a video to share with us. Enjoy

Where has this month gone?!

Can you believe that its over half-way through March? Where has this month gone! I am so excited that its almost summer. My hope is that this summer is awesome. I can’t wait to go boating, swimming and camping. The best part of it all, is I don’t have to be ashamed of my body

My Weight-Loss Journey

This week's blog is a little different than the rest. This is a video Stephanie made about 9 months ago before undergoing bariatrics weight-loss surgery. We are showing it today because we want to shed light on the internal struggle with making such a life changing decision. Follow her story here and see how it

Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung! It's so gorgeous outside lately. Of course we have the usual spring showers, but in general this time of year is blooming with beauty. Weather like this inspires me to get outside and move. Yesterday my sister-in-law and I went to the Keizer dog park. It was so much fun seeing our

Pinterest is Amazing!

Pinterest is amazing! For those of you that don't know, it's a website that provides a way for people to save links to various websites. These links relate to various subjects and can be pinned on boards to use later. I use it to pin so many awesome things including crafts, recipes and motivational photos.

Has Anyone Heart of Bariatric Pal?

Has anyone heard of Bariatric Pal? It's a WLS forum that opens conversations up for failures and successes within the bariatric community. I have been a member of it since before my surgery, but have not used it lately. Well, last week I got an email from them offering a free viewing of a documentary

Our Annual Ski Trip

One of my family's traditions is to go skiing each winter. I learned how to ski when I was very young, and we would go as much as possible. Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to go for the past several years. Part of that is because of the lack of snow, but also

It’s been 31 Weeks

This week marks 31 weeks since surgery and I have lost around 60 lbs with 80lbs to go. I admit that I have not lost as much as I hoped by this time, but I am working on ways to improve that. As I mentioned last week, one of my main goals is to increase

I Can’t Believe it’s Almost February!

This month has gone by so fast. I can't believe that it is already almost February. Last week I began talking about my exercise goals. When I started thinking about what to write about this week, I decided that healthy eating and exercise shouldn't be my only goals. They are definitely important for improving my

Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! It's the New Year, which means it's time for fresh starts. This is the time when many people dream up goals for the upcoming year. I wonder how many people actually reach those goals. I know for years I would make the goal of losing weight and I never succeeded. This year

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!!! Although it's rare to have a white Christmas around here, it's still a special time of year. I feel so blessed to live in the Pacific Northwest where we have fresh trees, decent weather and beautiful scenery. Speaking of trees, Jason and I got our first tree together a couple of weeks ago

6 Months and Counting

I can't believe it's been six months since my surgery! I am so happy to have been blessed with this opportunity to start my life over. I feel amazing since I have lost around 60lbs. I still have a long way to go, but it's a good start. I want to take a moment to

Week 21 Already?

It's Week 21 It’s been almost five months since my surgery and reality is not what I pictured in my head. I thought at this point I would be close to my goal weight and running half-marathons. I guess I had an unrealistic view of what life would be like after surgery. The good news

The Holidays are Coming

The Holidays are coming... Well it is now officially turkey season and then Christmas! I am excited for Thanksgiving and the holidays, but today I want to talk about Halloween. This year, I had the opportunity to participate in a murder mystery dinner fundraiser for Aumsville Community Theatre. This year we did four performances of

My Fight Song

The lights went down, the beat began and Rachel Platten appeared. She began singing the lyrics "Like a small boat on the ocean, sending big waves on the ocean.." and I began to tear up because she was performing "Fight Song". This simple, but powerful song was and still is my inspiration for my weight

Week 14- And So It Begins…

I am 14 weeks post surgery..... This is my last first day of school! Its crazy really. I am hoping to graduate from Western Oregon University in June 2016. But there is no time for senior-it is; this year is filled with upper division business coursed, which are intense but exciting. Right now, I am

Week 13- The Journey is Everlasting

Sometimes I look at myself and wonder how I had ever let myself go to the point where I needed surgery to get back to a normal weight. I am frustrated and sad that I didn't take care of myself and now I have to work extra hard to get back on track. That being

The Final Year Countdown is Beginning

I have been thinking a lot about the future this past week. Summer is over and my last year of school is starting. As of right now, I do not have a plan for after I graduate, which really scares me. However, I know that even if I don't have a job or any clue

Labor Day Weekend

I just want to start off by saying that if you read my blog last week, thank you! This past weekend was labor day weekend! My boyfriend and I went camping in Maupin, Oregon and went white water rafting! It was tons of fun because it was our first trip together. We played games, napped,

A Tattoo is Forever

I am thinking of getting a tattoo. First off, I just want to say that I have never had a tattoo before and I think that it’s important to get something meaningful and tactful. I have actually been thinking about getting something to remind me of why I had my surgery and a reminder to

Week 9- Food is Good, But People are Better

My brother is getting married next Saturday!! Its so exciting but also a little stressful finishing up all the details. I am happy because this weekend is my future sister-in-law’s bachelorette party. As with any celebration, there will be a lot of food and drinks. I am determined to balance out having fun wit...h staying

Week 8 – Time is Flying…

I can't believe it’s already been 8 weeks since my surgery! Time has flown by so fast and so many changes have happened already. Not only has my body been changing, but my social life has changed as well. We are in the midst of preparing for my brother wedding in a couple of weeks