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Project Ramona: Where's My Bleepin' Coat?

I'm a Yankee.  When I moved to the South I laughed at the mild winters.  40-degrees? That ain't OHIO COLD! I was born in the Buckeye State, raised in New Jersey and went to college in the mountains of Pennsylvania.  I learned to drive in the snow!  When I worked as a news director, I'd trudge through the winter storm to get to the radio station just so I could inform YOU not to go outside because the weather was too bad!

I've been living south of the Mason Dixon line since 2000 and haven't worn anything heavier than a leather jacket since relocating.  But when I lost 73 pounds I lost my insulation.  Libby from the Surgical Weight Management Program at Catawba Valley Medical Center warned me this would happen.  I showed up for my pre-surgery appointment last January wearing a blazer with a tank top underneath. 

Libby:  "Is that all you're wearing?  Aren't you cold?!?"

Me:  "Nah, I'm fine.  Coats are too much of a hassle.  I'm from Ohio. Carolina cold doesn't bother me"

Libby: "That'll change once you  get close to your goal weight"

Me: "I doubt it.  I just run from the car to the house and from the car to the station.  I'm not outside long enough to need a coat"

Libby was right!!!  I need a coat now!  The problem is I've become so accustomed to NOT wearing one that I keep forgetting it.  I've had to buy 3 coats since winter started.  My old coat didn't fit.  I lost my 1st new coat within a week of buying it.  My second one hung around for 2 weeks (at least I got it cheap from a consignment shop).  I live at the lost and found!  And every single day I ask my co-workers the same question, "is anybody else cold?"  The answer is always NO!

Don't get me wrong. I'll take chilly over type 2 diabetes any day. A new body just takes some getting used to. 

BTW…. if you see me leaving somewhere without my coat, please remind me to get it.

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The Link's Ramona Holloway has struggled with weight-loss and diabetes for most of her life. While from time to time she's had success in getting some of the weight off, she's never found an acceptable solution for her diabetes. Join her through video and blogs on this page as she explores surgical weight-loss with Catawba Valley Medical Center.

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