Thursday, May 15, 2008

Week 28 post-Op Update (Happy Birthday to me!)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Week 27 Post-Op Update

Monday, May 5, 2008

Cinco De Mayo Part 2

Cinco De Mayo Part 1

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Tagged! Answer to 5 Random Questions

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Week 26/ 6 Month Post-Op Update

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Quick hi! before hitting the gym

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Out of Body Experience...

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Week 25 Post-Op Update

Friday, April 18, 2008

Week 24 Post-Op Update (1 day late again!)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Shopping Joy!!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Emergency room Sunday

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Canoe Trip on Saluda River in SC!

Joel getting ready
The Kayak Canoe Group Joel pushing off
Me just before hitting the river

Friday, April 11, 2008

Stopping the snacking cycle...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

When Snacking gets dangerous....

Week 23 Post-op Update

Confession time again....

Friday, April 4, 2008

Lost Hospital Footage

Week 22 Post-op (1day late)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Surprise!!! For me!!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Bloodwork Update

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

5 Months Update

Monday, March 31, 2008

So close....

Couldn't sleep last night, finally succumbed to slumber at 6 am this morning!!! Then slept till 2 Pm. I stepped on the scale and nearly fainted... 200.6! I am less than a pound from Onderland. I am sure that tomorrow I will be 201 because I kinda boomerang back and forth. Oh well, for 1 day I will be a pound away, tomorrow who knows? I do know that the month of April will see Onderland and for that I am happy.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Week 21 Post-op Update!

Connecting with Strangers about WLS

I met George Clooney!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Molly Ringwald hair cut!!!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Got my tragus Pierced!!! a celebration!

Friday, March 21, 2008

New Dress (juniors 15/16!)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

20 Week Post-op Update

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Don't be Afraid, life after Gastric Bypass

Monday, March 17, 2008

Cleaning out my closet

Friday, March 14, 2008

Recieved a copy of My Grandmother's Diary that was Published

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Free clothing fashion show (LOL)

Week 19 Post-op Update

This is a messed up sound video, but hopefully you can enjoy!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Hubby Questions Part 2

About my Hubby Part 1

Friday, March 7, 2008

Starbucks Frappucino Style Protein shake (Yummy!)

Beware of Chicken Post-op!!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Week 18 Post-op Update

Normal.. So weird

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

My 80 year old Grandmother's Diary was published!

Food Table at Grandma's Surprise Birthday party!

Trip to Ohio, Suprise 80th Birthday party for Grandma!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Grandma being surprised at her 80th birthday party

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Week 17 Post-op Update!

Saturday, February 23, 2008


Thursday, February 21, 2008

I AM NOT PERFECT! There.. I said it...

Week 16 Post-op Update

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

My first Medium!!

Kitty's Update!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

So sick of thinking about weight and surgery...

Oh my gosh! right now this minute I am sick of talking about and thinking about weight and surgery. I feel like I have overloaded my brain with it. I am about to meet a friend to go walk and she works at my gym and all I could think is.. Damn am I gonna prattle on about the freaking surgery, or my weight loss, or what I eat, or how I feel or what people have said to me??? This obsession is wearing on me. I am a normal size now, and bascially the fact of my previous fatness and my current condition is something I can keep to myself, but I am obsessed with talking about it. I know that will not change, I will still continue to seek the attention and the constant reassurance, but Damn I am sick of myself right now. Can I spend 1 day not thinking about weight and food? 1 freaking day? Can I be complimented on something other than my face or figure? I feel like I used to be judged on my intelligence and spunk and now I am just a collection of features and looks. I don't want to seem vain, but I do think I am a pretty person, but is that all I will be when I get to my goal weight? I feel like I am in a personal identity crisis right now.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Went to the gym!

Getting my butt to the gym!!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Getting back on my game

Ok, need to write to ya'll and let you know what is going on. I was 222.4 this morning and yesterday, the day before that 222. It is cool, but I have not worked out since tuesday and I know that is the problem. I am starting back tommorrow. I don't feel good about getting off track, this the the longest I have gone without hitting the gym. I have been feeling like I can't get anything done. I have spent all day today updating my food journal and my online food journal and getting all my ducks in order. I am feeling better. I have a plan for this week and 2 days ago I made a large batch of black beans and a batch or chciken chili. So my food is in order and my schedule is planned, I just have to do what I know I should.

I have enjoyed my new job, I am doing very well there. It is weird being around people who don't know the old me. They just know me at size 16, kinda normal sized. I always do my hair and makeup and I think I look nice. I can tell I am being treated as a good looking girl instead of one of the guys. This is new for me. Customers flirt with me and it is so weird too.

I was in the bathroom at work looking at myself in the mirror, and I look so differnt, so trim. I saw light between my thighs, the smooth look of my shirt tucked into my black work pants. I don't look like stuffed sausage. I just feel so small. I love it.

So basically I have been a bit lax this past week, but I am getting back into the swing of it

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Busy day

I am in GA, sitting in a coffee shop haveing my protein shake, I am doing well. I have a massage o do in less than an hour then I drive to Villa Rica and do another. Then 1 more hat is 2 hours long. Long day! I cleaned my brothers yucky bathroom and livingroom so the day has already been long. I have lost some more weight though! Hope ya'll are doing ok!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

75 Pounds down

Hit the exactly 75 Pounds down!!! Very happy, Onderland here I come!!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Week 14 Post-op Update

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

CPAP changes Post-op Gastric Bypass, Post weight loss

I liked being 262, i LOVE being 226 !

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Low Expectations

Monday, February 4, 2008

The effect of new attention in a post-op world

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Post-Prom Thoughts

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Going to Prom!!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Fighting hairloss with haircut

Seeing too much hair coming out in the shower I decided to fight fire with fire and cut my hair, 7 inches of it ! I think it looks pretty cool

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I am in GA, about to drive to Villa Rica to do a massage. I slept without the CPAP last night for the 1st time, I feel fine. Not much to say but I feel good!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

CPAP pain...

Woke up full of air, my stomach hurt. My CPAP I think is forcing air into my stomach. I felt better after about 6 huge burps. I need to make an appointment at the sleep doctor...

Monday, January 28, 2008 Rocks!

I told my Dad for the first time

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Today i woke up and was down 2 pounds!!! I can smell the 220's from here! I am feeling so strong and fit. I did the stationary bike for the first time today, the gym has this new one that actually has a screen and you steer and see lanscape. It also has a log-in and you can see your progress from home on their website! ! Very cool. I need to dig out my padded shorts though Ouch! the saddle was killin my crotch. I also did 30 mins of walking in the pool and lifted weights! I wonder if i will be in the 220's tommorrow. I am so getting close to Onederland! When I get to 199 i will be Overweight, not obese. I was Morbidly obese, i am now obese and Overweight is my next stop! So funny to think I am excited to be overweight LOL. Anyways hope everyone is doing well. I uploaded a pic from today of me at 230 pounds.

Saturday, January 26, 2008


I am 232.3 pounds today (same as yesterday) and it occurs to me that 232 seems like such a small number. Last time I weighed this I was 21. For all intents and purposes it might as well be 132 as far as I am concerned. So weird. I just added a pic to my album I made of my full body pre-op and today. So different, but in a way seems not different enough. I know it is huge, and I feel so different, maybe it is jusy my perception. Anyways I am glad I am 232 and I appreciate that. I am so grateful that I had the surgery.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

12 weeks post-op Update!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Hit and Run driver

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Nikki gives me my B-12 shot!!!!!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Silly muscle flexing video...

Bed Head Makeup Video

This is my gratuitous attempt to get in with the makeup girlies on Youtube

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Weight is just Data....

Ok, I have had time to process, I get it. This was (or is) just a plateau. (Thank you Maria) I know, I know. I have told myself to not be emotionally attached to the weight on the scale. I do weigh everyday. I will continue to because I use it to gauge how things are going. I have been telling myself over and over that I am eating healthy, working out and doing everything right. SO.... when the scale says whatever it says in the morning, I should just consider it data.
What matters is how I feel, and I feel wonderful. I am full of energy, I am strong physically. I am happy in my heart and soul. I feel like I am glowing, I know that this is in sharp contrast to how I felt before when I was 300 pounds. I felt so stuck, I felt helpless and ugly. I worried that I could not keep my husband's love and attention. NOW....I don't feel like the fattest person in the room. Now I walk with my shoulders back, chest up and feel pride when I am at the gym. I get looks of respect from fellow gym members who see me there everyday, I am in the click of people who workout with absolute regularity. Staff at the gym know me by name and ask me how my journey is going.
SO... the freedom to be myself, have joy and peace makes the numbers on the scale pale in comparison. This is not a race, it is a journey. I am going to be a normal weight. My goal is to weigh 140. I may get there, I may not. I will be healthy, slim and not overweight. I will be comfortable in my ever increasingly loose skin. Weight no longer controls my emotions. I AM FREE !

Week 11 Post-op

Today is exactly 11 weeks!!! I am at exactly 62 pounds down. I was this weight 4 days ago, gained a pound back and it has taken 3 days to get back to this weight. Kinda frusterating because I am eating right and exercising a lot.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Terrible drive...

I just got in from the worst drive ever. It was snowing so hard. I drove from west GA across Atlanta all the way to greenville SC. Normally a 3 hour drive it took 5 hours. I white knuckled the steering wheel all the way home. I am exhausted. So weird to be snowing that hard in Georgia!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Activate Upstate fun

Was so excited that today was the beginning of "Activate Upstate" every year Greenville SC has a community effort to lose weight. Normally it is a 8-9 week thing, but this year they extended it to a full year! just in time for me after having Gastric Bypass surgery! I am excited because they weight you every week for 6 weeks then 1 time a month after. I am not gonna miss a single weigh-in. I bet I freak them out. I got a free t-shirt, I had Sm- 3xl to pick from. Last year would have needed a 3 xl but I took a large thinking I would shrink into it, went home and put it on it fit!!! So excited about that. Went to the gym and did 35 minutes on the elliptical. I can now get to 3.84 miles in 35 minutes!! Today was just cardio so I went home after that. Great Day!

Youtube video telling people about this blog

Here is my Youtube video, telling people about this blog...

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Long night....

Was unhappy yesterday when I woke up because I was 241, and the day before I was 239. I went to water aerobics and took it easy, I needed a day off from working out. I was feeling kinda backed up (sorry for the TMI) so I took some MOM (milk of Magnesia) before I went to bed. Spent the whole night getting up and down... Woke up this morning an weighted 237.6 Definately a strategy that is not worth it.
I am working on a project that was requested by many of my Youtube people, I am copying my food journal so anyone can see what I ate and get some ideas. It will take forever, but I hope it helps someone.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Gastric Bypass Cooking (Black beans)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Spent day de-cluttering and cleaning house. I have been so obsessed with exercise and diet that I let stuff get away from me. I promised myself that if I cleaned and got stuff done I could go to the gym tonite. I will go and do the elliptical for 35 minutes and swim a little.

10 weeks Post-op

Just got in from the gym... Met with the trainer for update on my weight and measurments
Since December 15th 2007..
1. Lost 3 inches from my waist
2. Lost 2.5 inches from my hips
3. Lost 3 inches from EACH thigh
4. Lost 1.25 inches from each arm
5. lost 22 pounds
6. Increased flexibility (reaching towards my toes) by 7 cm
I am so proud!!! I have lost 60 pounds so far!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Walking in Cleveland Park

OMG!! I did 35 minutes on the elliptical and went almost 4 miles!!!! I am now going 6.5 to 7 MPH on the elliptical for 35 minutes. I then went and did a 6 mile walk at Cleveland park like I used to do before it was cold. We are experiencing really warm weather right now. Felt good to be in the great outdoors. I took a pic to share how pretty it is.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

5 Random Facts about me... (Youtube tag)

Exercise!!! I love it !!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Kickin butt

My BMI is 36.9 on day of surgery I was at 46.9 I have lost 10 BMI points!!!!!

Just got in from the gym, did 30 minutes on the elliptical, and lifted weights. I increased my weight on the leg press from 120 to 130 and on the lat pull down from 45 to 50. I also went from doing 15 reps 2 times to now doing the 15 reps 3 times!! I feel great!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

I'm Freezing!! Life without insulation....

Recovery and other things

My blog entries have been pretty boring lately. I guess now that I am pre-op my whole world is just focused on the day to day activity of doing all I can to be healthy. I feel like posting when I go to the gym that I did it, because it is an important part of my recovery, but I guess after a while I sound like a broken record. I have been hitting the gym a lot, it is almost compulsion now. I feel like my life has hit a really good rythym. I get up, I drink my 4 oz of milk, make a protein shake, put it in the fridge, get dressed either for the gym or just for warmth because the house is so cold to me now. I am really starting to feel the effect of not having fleshy insulation. I am so used to wearing tank tops and I am wearig them still, but freezing. i sit in my bed on an electric blanket while my top half freezes. I have been wearing long sleeve shirts in layers, so weird. I love fall and winter clothes I used to buy long sleeve stuff, but then be too hot to wear it. Now I haven't worn a t-shirt in over a week because I am so cold natured now.

I have a workout routine, and the days I have to lift weights I make sure I get there, and the days off I still go and do cardio or the elliptical. My arms are really starting to show the payoff and I am pleased. I did water aerobics this morning, and man, my belly is loose and floppy. Losing the weight has really made my abdominal area reall loose. I am excited that I will have the plastics after I lose the weight.

I keep a food journal, I have written everything I have eaten down since the 6th day after surgery. I feel that it has really helped me remember to take my supplements, and has really kept me from going over or under my protein goal of 60 grams a day.

So basically I am just doing everything I know to do, and I am being rewarded in my weight loss and health. I feel stronger, more energetic and just all around better than I ever remember. This surgery has saved my life, and given me a better one

Friday, January 4, 2008

Gotta get to the gym...

It is 8:22am and I am fighting going to the gym. BUT.... I am going, I am going. I have water aerobics from 9-10 and another one after that from 10:15-11 I can do this. Gotta run!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

9 Weeks Post-op Update

Week 9 Post-op

**********Week 9 Post-Op !!!! I have lost exactly 54 pounds. ***********
I drove to Ga Tuesday (after cardio and weight lifting), did 5 massages wednesday and saw my surgeon today. He asked me a bunch of questions, my answers seemed to really impress him. He said I was doing perfect and to keep it up. I was so proud. Then I came home, changed and went to the gym. Did I mention the surgeon is in Atlanta and I live in Greenville SC? I still came home changed went to the gym did my cardio and my weight lifting. I can really see the difference in my arms and thighs. I am about to make my week 9 video and post it. Hope everyone is doing ok!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Still exercising

Just got in from the gym. Did the elliptical for 30 minutes and lifted weights. I also did 30 min on the elliptical yesterday too. I am starting to really get some muscle in my arms and my thighs seem to be getting smaller too.

I am loving my new car. i am driving it to GA today to do massage tommorow.

Today is exactly 2 months since surgery. I have lost 52.8 pounds!