What’s with the name Dana Bean Getting Lean?

Dana Bean is a nickname I’ve had since I was a baby. I was born a month early and pretty small, like a bean (I guess). I’m not sure how my family came up with it but it stuck. Some of my relatives still call me by that (my dad and a couple of uncles). The getting lean part… well that’s because this blog is going to be all about my journey through gastric bypass surgery and the life after it. This blog is mostly for me to track my progression and I hope that some of the information can be helpful for others in the same situation. I will be posting a page of links which I find helpful, motivational, or great products and stores that all go along with bariatric surgery.

About me

I was born and raised in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. I am a web designer and am currently finishing up my Masters degree at Towson University (in Information Technology). I have a great set of friends and family. I’m a bit of a nerd at heart… I love all things Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, etc. I’m slightly addicted to Audible.com which is this awesome website that you get audio books for a great price at. My favorite genre of books is young adult fantasy.

Katie, me, and Sarah at the most magical place in the world... Hogwarts!  Harry Potter exhibit at Universal Studios, Orlando, FL.

Katie, me, and Sarah at the most magical place in the world… Hogwarts! Harry Potter exhibit at Universal Studios, Orlando, FL.

Weight history… oh boy! I’ve been overweight pretty much all of my life. I was a chubby kid who grew into a chubby teen who developed into an obese adult. I’ve gone up and down in weight using countless diet programs (Adkins, Jenny Craig, South-Beach, calorie counting, liquid diets, and Weight Watchers – multiple times… just to name a few). Name it and I’ve probably tried it.

In 2010, I found out that I have pre-diabetes, insulin resistance, and PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) which is an in-balance of hormones… Weight gain and obesity are common in women with PCOS. Losing weight can help treat it. If not treated, it can lead to infertility which is super scary. I know that if I want to have kids in the future, losing the weight is my only option. I’ve talked to the surgeon and they say that RNY Gastric Bypass is the best option for patients with PCOS and is the most effective out of the 3 common bariatric surgeries available (gastric sleeve, gastric by-pass, and gastric band). So let’s kick all this to the curb and start a new life… what do you say?

I’m so excited to start my journey!



2 thoughts on “About

  1. oh my goodness girl!!! we share so much!!!

    I have exactly the same. PCOS and pre-diabetes and insulin resistance.

    paaainful periods (IF and WHEN they show up).

    No matter what I do, I will slowly be picking up weight.

    If I do manage to lose a few pounds, it is not long before I gain it all back with a few friends of theirs…

    This is no life!

    Yay for health and happiness!!

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