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Weight Loss For Those Who Have Tried Everything

The Two O Us (The Riebesehls)

I like many of you out there have struggled with my weight most of my adult life. 

I have tried many different weight loss programs and techniques. I have tried Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Medifast/Optifast, Nutri System, carb counting/protein only, Atkins, etc. Well, I guess you get the picture. I start out with so much determination and enthusiasm and I do really well at first but a week or two into the program I begin to falter. I’m not even sure what throws me off but it’s always something. It might be severe hunger or lack of planning to find myself in a situation where it’s almost next to impossible to succeed for the moment or the day. And when I fail, instead of jumping right back on the horse and getting going again I promise to start again fresh the next day- tomorrow and tomorrow turns into the next tomorrow and then the next and well surprise- I fail. And then I free fall until the next attempt at a new program. 

My weight gain came when I was a nanny in Germany.

I pretty much gave up on exercise (I used to be a figure skater but when I accepted my job offer as a nanny to go to Germany with a Military Intelligence couple to take care of their 5-year-old little girl and their family while in a foreign country living on the economy/in the town instead of a military base I retired my skates as there were no skating rinks anywhere around us) when we moved to Ansbach, West Germany.

And as far as preparing our meals and all I was very young and kind of in over my head. I had kind of become a mom to a 5-year-old and in a weird way head of a household because of the Military Intelligence always training in field exercises. 

It wasn’t about controlling my weight just yet. 

It was more about just putting a meal on the table to get the job done.

I did gain a fair amount of weight in Germany and then when I returned to the United States to get married boy oh boy did I ever gain weight and then some. I got pregnant. 

I loved being pregnant and I never had a day of morning sickness. I ate for two and my cravings were for decadent foods that were just screaming calories. I gained a hundred pounds. WOW!

After I was done with my first pregnancy I began all the above-mentioned weight loss programs and also the life of a professional Yo-Yo Dieter. I was 21-years-old and I lived this way for twelve years. At 33-years- old I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, High Triglycerides, the beginnings of a fatty liver, etc. I had finally had enough and just went crazy walking and then gently running.I went on a calorie restricted diet eating primarily protein-rich foods and voila I lost over eighty pounds and I looked and felt great.

Did I mention that during that time I went through a divorce? Well, I did and I was 22 almost 23. That’s another story for another time. I mention it because one of the most miraculous things happened to me at the end of my first weight loss journey. When I was 34 I met my Soul Mate and future husband/Life Partner/Partner In Crime. We were married within months of finding each other and pregnant with baby number two for me. Two more precious babies were to come for me before 40. So I have a total of four altogether. (30, 14, 13, and 11.)

Here begins the real story. The three babies (our baby bunch or paci crew is what we call them) we had were high-risk pregnancies and high-risk C-sections. I had Insulin-Dependent Diabetes all throughout those babies which caused me a lot of stress and overeating not to mention high carb cravings to boot. The babies are perfect and very healthy now tweens/teens.

I gained a lot during those pregnancies too and on top of that when I had my son, my last baby, I was now 40 and for some reason, I just couldn’t take off the weight no matter what. I’ve lived this way for a little over ten years now and I’ve decided to finally do something about it because now is the time. I want to live for my kids. I want to see them grow and I want to be around for all the important milestones their lives hold. I want grandchildren. I’m starting to have serious mobility issues (limping) due to a broken foot that just hasn’t healed right it seems. And I’m sure as I age I’ll be facing other issues so I’ve made the decision to go through the weight loss surgery. My husband is going through it too so we’re doing it together. What a great support system we’ll be for each other and what a perfect gift to give our children. We’ll be a perfect guide for our children leading by example instead of by what we say and we’ll be able to run and have fun with our children whereas we haven’t been able to do that for quite a while.

We’ve started the countdown and in six months we’ll be able to undergo the surgery. I hope you’ll join us along the way.

Until next time, take care,