Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ugh - Another week!

I feel like time is slipping away. The weeks feel like they creep on and then next thing you know, bam, it's Sunday!! This has been a very stressful week for me. TOM is here - ugh - and the drama that "he" brings! Also, a very dear friend of mine is in the hospital and he isn't doing well at all. He's too young to have all of the problems that he's having and then he doesn't really take care of himself like he should, so that just steals even more time away from his life. He used to live on the road behind us, for years, and he has two wonderful kids that have turned into great young adults. And I know that he has been through so much, and now he's not really responsive and has had 2 strokes and another heart attack. He was in septic shock when the ambulance came and got him; and then tests showed that his kidneys are failing from the diabetes and lack of circulation. All this and he's only 45. Looking at this situation is just another reason why I chose to have the Lapband surgery to help me become a healthy person for my son. It's not JUST about being fat my whole life, it's about being unhealthy. I want to be around to torment my son for a very long time!!

I took a picture today with my friend's kids and then I remembered a picture that we took last year at his son's graduation party. I pulled it up and whoa, I was surprised. Also, I ran into a few people at the hospital while visiting my friend and they almost didn't recognize me. I haven't been around my friends little group of friends for a while and they were surprised to see me. Here's the pics:

Monday, April 23, 2012

Another week down - geesh - where does the time go?

I feel that every day takes forever to pass, and then next thing you know, a whole week is gone. Where does the time go? I'm not sleeping well again, so I guess I'm counting down the day until I can go to sleep and then before I know it, the week is gone. I hope this not sleeping again is temporary - I'm really starting feel it and when I feel it, then others around me will begin to feel it! I was busy doing homework all weekend, so I feel even worse about the whole sleeping thing - it's so easy to nod off while reading and when it's raining outside, it's even easier! I forgot to weigh in this weekend, because I know I've made too many bad choices and didn't want to see what the scale had to say, but I weighed this am and I'm down a whole pound, so I guess that's not too bad. I'm hitting the gym tomorrow, come hell or high water! I'm tired of being tired and when I was going to the gym regularly, I felt great - time to get back on that horse!

On another note, I had someone at my son's school not recognize me when I went to pick him up and she asked me for my ID and when I showed her my license, she didn't believe that it was me - she said that I've changed sooo much! I thought to myself, if you only knew!! I suppose that should be listed as a "Non-Scale Victory!"

Welp, let's get this Monday thing started!! Hope you all have a great week!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Weekly Weigh in and Busy Week ahead

I went canoeing this weekend with my Dad, which is something I would NEVER had been able to do 6 months ago! I was so proud of myself, but I am SO sore today! No pain, no gain, right?

Also - on Friday, I posted a before and now picture on my FB and let me tell you, the responses were crazy! I had 72 "likes" and 34 comments. It sure boosted my ego a bit!! Here's the pic:

Also, I weighed this weekend: Here's the results:

08/22/2011: 299.9 (first consult with surgeon)
03/28/2012: 237
04/14/2012: 233.6
Loss -3.4 pounds in just over 2 weeks - I'll take it!!
Total loss: 66.3 pounds!!!

I surpassed 65 and am heading right on down to the big 70!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

One lucky gal!!

I don't know about you ladies, but I am one lucky gal! Through this journey that we all are taking, we have a person, or people, who cheer us on, and keep us motivated. I am lucky because I have 2 personal cheerleaders! First and foremost, of course, is my son JJ. He is the apple of my eye - he hangs the moon! He is the reason I'm taking this journey in the first place; and I also have my parents, but their cheering is of a different sort. But, secondly, I have one person that I can always count on, someone that has been there beside me, literally, since just before my surgery. She reads all my blogs, constantly comes to visit me and compliments me and congratulates me on all of my mini-goals. She is one of my students, but she has become a really great friend and I just love her!

Her name is Reuben! That's not her real name, obviously, it's a nickname that I recently gave her. Here's my shout out to her - thanks, Reuben, for sticking by me these last 6 months and even before that. I will miss you when you graduate next month, so I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate you!!

Reuben and Me! 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

6 Month Bandiversary and Weigh In and Pics!

I cannot believe that it has been 6 months already!! I will admit that 6 months ago at this very moment, I was very much starting to regret my decision, but only because of the pain I was in - but, no pain, no gain. Look at me now - 6 months later - "better than I used to be, but not as good as I'm gonna get", Tim McGraw says it best!

08/22/2011: 299.9 (first consult with surgeon)
03/28/2012: 237
04/06/2012: 235.6
Loss -1.4 pounds! woohoo!
Total loss: 64.3 pounds!!!

I also took all of my measurements and from the day before surgery until today: 25 inches lost!!! Wow - I've lost the weight of my son and over 2 feet - wow, the difference 6 mos can make!!

Also, here's some then and now pics:

Monday, April 2, 2012

Where does the time go?

I am sorry that I haven't been around much here lately. I have had a lot of different things going on my life. Not only am I apologizing to you lovely ladies, the ones that follow me and help keep my accountable, I'm also apologizing to myself, for not taking time for myself. With that said, I did take some time for myself this weekend, however, I vegged out in front of the TV watching movies. I was on a break from my school and was still sorta recouping from my vacation, or at least that was the excuse that I was using - lol.

I didn't do a weigh in this weekend because TOM was here, and he always makes a liar out of my scale - HAHA! I am trying to stay off the scale this whole week, so that I will be wonderfully (hopefully) surprised. Things at work are starting to fall into place, I'm not feeling totally helpless anymore, or at least not AS much.

On another note, I have been getting quite a few comments on my new outfits that I have been wearing. My 6 month Bandiversary is coming up this Friday and I plan on taking new bathing suit pics and retaking my measurements. It feels good to be able to look back at the old pics compared to the "now" pics and really see a difference. It really helps when I feel that I'm not doing as well as I should and then I see the difference.

Now that school is back in session for me starting today, I feel that I can get back on track with my normal weekly routine. Karate with my son on Monday and Thursdays; Gym on Tuesday and Fridays; and then Homework on Wednesday and the weekend. When I have a schedule, it's easier for me to stick to it and my healthy lifestyle.

Well, I hope you all have a great week and I hope to be back before Easter gets here, but if not, I hope the Easter Bunny brings you more than Bunny Poo (chocolate!) HA!


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