My Story

Where do I start…I guess from the point that I realized that I couldn’t do the kind of trail riding (or many other activities) that I wanted to do unless I did something about my weight, health and overall fitness.

I’ve battled my weight for my entire adult life (I’m a 1970 model…so a long time). Several years ago (2007) I got on the scale and found that I weighed 305lbs.  I am a 5’4″ tall, small boned, sedentary desk job, at that time pushing 40 woman…that just wasn’t working! I got under 300 quickly with a disgusting dieters tea.

Gastric SleeveIn 2010, I was still more than 100lbs overweight…I bought a house in the country and got motivated to lose weight, and be more active, and get healthier, for myself, for my horse. (This was my second rodeo with 100+ to lose as an adult, did it the first time in my 20’s)

I managed to get down to under 150lbs over the course of a year and a half…Life and riding after substantial weight loss was GREAT!

Fast forward a few more years, and a number of life changes and there you had me where I was in 2015.  I failed to maintain it…I had stopped doing what I did to get to where I got, which was a much healthier riding weight!  I had gained back 90lbs…it was time to fix it!

After more than 25+ years of yoyo weight gain, weight loss, weight gain…you get the picture, I opted to have a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy.  Beginning with my initial visit to a weight loss seminar at St. Francis in January 2015, I went through a lengthy process of nutritionist visits, physical therapy, lab tests, surgeon visits etc.  I had my procedure on November 5th, 2015. No regrets!

This blog will be where I chronicle my experience, pre and post op, if not for my own entertainment and sanity, perhaps it can be of entertainment or help to someone else.

UPDATED TO ADD – I have lost 110lbs since my surgery 11/05/15 and am currently maintaining



  1. The same reason I’ve done the sleeve.. I was no longer comfortable on my horse and plain old too big for my mare who is more finely boned. Hope you have great success!!!

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