saramedic

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About saramedic

  • Rank
    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 02/21/1986

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  • Website URL
    http://sarabethriemersma.wordpress.com

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Zeeland, MI
  • Interests
    I have a ton of interests and things I would love to be able to do...however have been limited due to weight. A few of those include playing ice hockey with my partner (HUGE hockey fan...GO WINGS), fit in roller coasters again, be able to return to work as a paramedic, be able to go for jogs. I am a huge music listener/singer/player. I also am an aunt to 4 adorable nephews.
  • Age
    29

Information

  • Surgeon
    Dr. Schram
  • Hospital
    Spectrum Health-Zeeland
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-06
  • Start Weight
    378
  • Current Weight
    157
  • Goal Weight
    150
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    25.3
  • Surgery Date
    5/19/2014
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Thank you all! What a journey I am on. Feels so good to share pictures that I am not embarrassed by.
  2. Thanks! And trust me...my ankles weren't too happy with me at first...but thankfully, they have since learned.
  3. Hey all! In May of 2014, I made one of the best decisions of my life. Before my RNY, I weighed 378 pounds. I was essentially disabled. I sat on the couch most of the time and hated myself and life itself. Today...I weigh 157 pounds. I play hockey at least 2 nights a week. I am in school working on getting my paramedic license back (I had to leave my job a few years ago due to my weight...never thought I would get back to doing it). I am able to run around with my 4 little nephews. My couch no longer has a permanent indent from me constantly sitting on it. And going shopping for clothes makes me smile and not cry. Sure...I have bad days. But life is so much better now than what it was. Not many people get a second chance at life. I'm taking mine and running with it (literally). Here are a couple pictures. The first is what I was when I started this journey. The other 2 were taken just this week. Hopefully they give those of you who are just starting this journey hope...you too can do it! One day at a time!
  4. Thank you all! Think I will post in the photo section!
  5. Hey guys! Life has been so hectic lately (in a good way), so I haven't been able to be on here much. But...I do want to let you all know that I am doing wonderful. Not many people get a second chance at life...and I am making the best of mine. I am cherishing every day that I get to run around with my 4 little nephews. I celebrate every hockey game I play in, whether my team wins or loses. I enjoy every quiz, test, and homework assignment in my Paramedic class. This was the best decision I have ever made. Sure...I have my bad days. I have days where nothing I eat sits right. I have days where I get depressed, sometimes for no reason. BUT...I would never change the decision I made to have surgery. So...I wanted to share with you a couple pictures. Have a great night!
  6. I am not able to add my ticker either....from ticker factory. Have tried both sizes, but tells me it is too big.
  7. Well thanks! I have a lot of excess skin that I do a bit of work to hide...lol. (Plus...with all the hockey playing, think I have definitely gained some muscle mass).
  8. Oops...meant to update them earlier. I am down to 169 now!
  9. Hey guys! It's been a while since I have checked in. Today, I decided to go through all kinds of clothes. In doing that, I managed to be able to come up with outfits that I wore at my heaviest compared to similar outfits I now wear. And thought I would share these pictures with you all!
  10. Well, it isn't what I am wearing today, but it is the only recent picture I have that is more than a selfie. I'm holding my new nephew in the picture. He will be the first nephew to not know me when I was super obese. I'm so very thankful!
  11. I recently celebrated my 1 year 'surgiversary' and thought I would share these. The first is the picture my surgeons office took at my very first consult. The second one is from last week at my 1 year post op visit! Even I am shocked to see the difference!
  12. Hey all! I just had my one year surgiversary on the 19th, and as a reward, I was able to do something I have been longing to return to for over 10 years...go to Cedar Point. I fit on all the rides, and had an absolute blast! On one of the coasters (which shoots you from 0-120mph and then straight up 420 feet then straight down...it's called Top Thrill Dragster), I about passed out...but it was so worth it. Beside playing hockey, going back on roller coasters was at the top of my list of things I would do if I lost enough weight. I never thought it would happen...and it DID!!! Had my one year post op too...and everything looks wonderful. Labs all are great. The only down thing is that I still get nausea quite a bit, but it is getting better overall, and since labs and endoscopy have all been normal, they believe that it is something that will go away with time. This has not been an easy journey at all, but it is probably the most rewarding thing I have ever done for myself. Oh...one more thing. This fall, I will be starting the process of getting my paramedic license back to active status. Now that I am much healthier and stronger, I can finally return to the career I loved so much! Anyway...that was it. Just thought I would share.
  13. Hey all. Just checking in as I haven't been here for a while. I'm almost a year out, and it definitely has not been an easy year, but it has been an extremely REWARDING year! Here are some highlights: I recently entered ONEderland! Haven't been there in over 10 years. I play on an official womens ice hockey team. I did my first ever 5k a couple weeks ago. I can run around with my nephews. And there is a whole lot more, just amazing stuff I never thought would be possible. For my one year surgiversary, I am finally going to be able to go back to a place I LOVED as a kid...Cedar Point! I cannot wait to ride the roller coasters that I have been too big to fit in since I was 16. There have definitely been struggles in the last year, but having this surgery is the best choice I ever made. Thank you all for the support. I may not comment as often, but I read through the forums regularly.
  14. Hey everyone! It has been a bit since I have posted, and I can't seem to find the NSV of the Day post, so thought I would share here. Been quite proud of myself lately, and want to share these NSV's -played first official hockey game -took the dogs for a JOG -bought (and wore) a pair of both skinny jeans and yoga pants -signed up for my first 5k run/walk -bought clothes at a "regular" store (i.e. Old Navy, Target, Walmart, Dicks Sporting Goods, etc). -gone are the days of only being able to fit in clothes from specialty stores that always have sequins -dove off a diving board -flew on an airplane and FIT in the seat comfortably! -rode on a surf simulator -and...was able to have both of my nephews sit on my lap together while I read them books! Hope everyone else is well. The only downside of things for me right now is that I have been having nausea issues and no one can figure out why. Had EGD, multiple lab tests, have switched up diet a few times (after talking to nut), etc. It just has a mind of its own, as I never know when or where it will strike. But thankfully zofran and phergan work if I need them. Have an AWESOME day!
  15. Going to call his office in the morning and hopefully can get in sooner. The cruise was AWESOME!! I stuck to my plan, and even lost weight during the cruise! The weather was great and it felt so good to be able to fit in an airplane seat.