my story

I made the decision to have gastric bypass surgery in 2006 when my weight increased to over 300 pounds. I was taking medication for high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, thyroid, and sleep apnea. Since having surgery I have lost over 160 pounds and I am no longer taking any prescription drugs for the health problems I had before surgery,(with the exception of thyroid and sleep apnea). My sleep apnea has improved and I still sleep with a CPAP machine. I am so grateful to have my health restored. Everyday I must make choices for better health, diet and activity to maintain my health and weight loss. I feel that the main key to success is to be willing to make lifestyle changes and to be proactive in discovering what brought you to this intersection to begin with.


Prior to weight loss surgery, I had been on every diet known to man, sought out medical advise, hired personal trainers all to no avail, so after years of trying without success,I had given up all hope of ever losing weight. Considering Gastric Bypass Surgery was the very last resort, one I did not want to face. Now I can say that for me to has been an answer to prayer. For years I thought if I could ever get a second chance to start over, I would do things differently. I now have that chance...a new life...a new lifestyle. If I can do it, so can you. Yes, you can...you have many more miles to go!

About the blog:
This blog is named "Miles To Go" in honor of my surgeon, Dr. David Miles. I hope this conveys my gratitude to Dr. Miles and his staff at Miles Surgical for giving me the opportunity to have many more "miles to go". I hope this blog also inspires my readers that life as a weight loss surgery patient allows you to achieve a healthier lifestyle...as you too look forward to many more "miles to go"!

My new passion:
My passion is to share what I have learned with others who face the same challenges. I currently share my story through this blog, one-to-one sessions, speaking engagements, and local support groups. I believe everyone can succeed with the right tools and a passion to succeed as you transition from past behaviors and beliefs to new lifestyle changes. I have been trained and certified as a Bariatric Support Group Leader and a Certified Bariatric Coach with Bariatric University.
I am currently in the process of writing a book about my weight-loss journey.

My husband and I have been married since 1975, being active in our local church we currently serve as training mentors for Pre-Marital couples.


before after julia

Before photo taken Jan 2006,
After photo taken April 2008