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Surgeon TestimonialThomas A. Jones, M.D.I met him 4/5 to discuss whether he'd be able to do my RNY lap or open (I have issues with previous bowel obstruction surgeries). He looked over the previous surgeon's notes, gave me a few thumbs up along the way, then examined my stomach, and said he's pretty darned certain we can do it lap! YAY!!! He was very matter-of-fact, easy to talk to, and told me I'm a perfect candidate for this surgery. (Wait - is that a good thing, or a bad thing?!) The preparation, the nurses and staff, the whole Park Nicollet program is da BOMB! (Oh - and that is a GOOD THING!)
- Humor - I'm all for it!
- Cats - We have a beautiful Silver tabby, Belle. She HATES Hazel...
- Dogs - We've got a gorgeous American Bulldog, Hazel. She adds SO MUCH to our family!
- Needlework, Knitting & Crocheting - I love to knit, although I'm not particularly talented at it...
- Adoption - Both my husband and I were adopted, but neither of our kids were!
- Tattoo - I have 3 - my kids' names in hearts, a butterfly, and
- Frogs - Surprised to see this here - Fully Rely On God. I do.
- Country - I LOVE country music!! Big & Rich are my absolute FAVORITE!
The scale - it still MOVES!!! on August 26, 2008 9:31 am
Man... I was stuck between 230 & 232 for so long (two months???), I was beginning to believe I'd be there for the rest of my LIFE! Which would STILL beat the pants off of 377, hands down. But I SOOOOO want to see ONEDERLAND!!! When was I there last? Junior High?? I honestly don't know.
So my beloved nurse Barb told me I need to get @ 1450 calories a day (based on my height and weight goal) to LOSE. Dang, what a convoluted mindset... After a LIFETIME of dieting - EAT FEWER CALORIES!!! - being told I need to eat MORE?? Wrap your cranium around THAT concept!
Anyway, I have tried to do so, without being obsessed about tracking my intake on thedailyplate. That seems very time consuming to me - a BLESSING when needed, for the occasional reality check and all, but not something I can see myself doing every day. I just have allowed myself a few more things - either with a meal, or snacks. Protein based for the most part, but some things that I enjoy that aren't too evil - I LOVE salted sesame sticks! A turkey stick, or extra cheese, I've even had a handful of chocolate covered nuts a couple of times!
Well, this morning, my scale said 224.5!!!! WHOOPDEE-FRICKIN'-DOO-DA!!!
I love WLS. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!! I hope and PRAY Bailey never needs to consider it, but if she does, GOD KNOWS I'll be behind her 1000%!!!
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Hanover Harvest Festival on August 4, 2008 1:05 pm
Saturday was the 4th Annual, and it was really nice this year! The weather cooperated, everything was located right around City Hall and Settler's park, so it wasn't spread out quite so far & wide!
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I ran in to a couple of people who had to do double & triple takes on me - Majel H., who simply didn't recognize me until I chatted her up for a moment - then she freaked! "OMG! You look so amazing! I didn't even realize it was you!"
And Linda E., who had been the other troop leader for my Girl Scouts until our less-than-pleasant parting of ways a couple of years back. She and her family were working in the Lion's booth selling lunches, and she was totally amazed by my weight loss! She and I had a very sketchy relationship at best, but she had NO PROBLEM gushing over me, asking me how I did it and everything! It was actually very nice - and I told her the Readers' Digest condensed version of it all. She went off on Dean about me, even Jessica, her daughter, with whom I had a VERY delicate relationship, was amazed.
And my dear, dear brother, Daryl. We ran into him & Wendy at the dance at @ 10pm. They, of course, were snockered. But hey - he called me "Skinny" and said he hardly recognized me! (because of my loss, or because of the alcohol? Who cares!)
Anyway, it was fun. The town lech, Randy Lane, even squeezed my thigh on the hayride! I'm not sure what to think about that...