Panni Approved! on July 26, 2010 2:16 pm
Monday, July 26, 2010 Hi My OH Family. It’s been a minute, but I haven’t gone anywhere, still here, still lurking every day. It’s nice to see everyone in different stages of their weight loss. For those still waiting on a surgery approval or date, don’t give up and be patient, your time is coming. Fall, Winter and Spring came and went. School was great. I did great both semesters. Did not go for Summer semester, but my body and mind needed the rest. I am now preparing for an exciting Fall/Winter all over again. So much has happened since my last update, so let me just get to it. Well, I was approved for a Panniculectomy in June and had the procedure last Friday, July 23. I have an awesome plastic surgeon. Her name is Dr. Fripp; she practices out of DeKalb Medical in Decatur, GA. She is WONDERFUL. I go back for my follow-up on Thursday. She removed 3.5 pounds from below the belly button. No muscle or removal of the belly button was involved. I have not had a chance to see anything yet, because it’s all bandaged and taped right now. I am just happy that it was covered by our insurance. I took pre-op pictures, but the husband will not allow me to post them. Yes, I respect some of his wishes…lol! I finally made it 38 miles on my bike. Tried to get to the 40, but my legs and privacy would not allow me to do 2 more. Your privacy really takes a beaten on the seat of a bike. For those who ride distance, you totally understand what I am talking about. I continue to workout like a crack head. The day of surgery I weighed 165 pounds. I am happy at that weight, but would love to get 10 more pounds off. My eating habits are pretty much the same. I stay away from fried anything, sweets and pasta. I do enjoy these things once in a while, but they are very few and far in between. I still enjoy my wine. Some things I just won’t give up unless my life depends on it and so far my doctor has not said that, so Barefoot it is. Not much more to report on. The family, school and bookclub are all doing well. I take it one day at a time and enjoy the ride. Until my next update, as always, until next time, be safe, love yourself and keep smiling. Most of all keep LOSING!!!
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Still here! on November 20, 2009 8:15 am
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Well damn, I just fell completely off the map! I am back though, so how about that. I am just stopping in to say hello to my WONDERFULL Obesityhelp family. I won’t make any excuses for my absence, so moving on. I am back in school for the 100th time, but you know what? I am trying and nothing beats a failure but a try. I tell you this though, its soooo much better this time around, huh….could it be the weight loss? I think so. I have 2 classes this semester and I have not taken the elevator at all. I am up and down those stairs like nobody’s business. Although I only get 4 good hours a sleep a night, my energy level is still at its peak. I credit that to my workout. I am still at the gym 5 days a week and sometimes I ride my bike on Sunday’s. I am officially up to biking 30 miles, I really want to get to 40, but will hold off until next spring, it’s getting a little chilly in GA.
I never made that appointment to see the head doctor, because I am still having issue with body image. Honestly, does that ever go away? I don’t think anyone I know is completely happy with what they see in the mirror once the clothes come off. If only I could get an idea in “MY HEAD” about what size I am. Hell, it’s going on year 3 and I still have no idea what size I am in comparison to other people. I totally get the concept of size as it relates to clothes; I am a comfortable size 10 and would love to get into an 8, just to say I am a single digit….LOL. Back to the subject; I have no freakin’ clue how I look to others. I don’t know if they look at me and say, damn, she could lose some weight or if they say damn, please give that chic a burger. Would someone please help me out?
Other than that, I am feeling great. My summer was fabulous and I think that fall and winter will be too. The husband and children are doing fine. Work is kicking my ass right now, but I am happy to be employed so I am not complaining only stating a fact. I am looking forward to another Thanksgiving at home (Memphis) with family and friends. Look for pictures to follow.
Trust me when I tell you, I am on this site EVERY freakin’ day. It is great to see everyone doing their thing and loving life. So, I don’t update every month like in the beginning, but you can be sure that I see you! As always, until next time, be safe, love yourself and keep smiling. Most of all keep LOSING!!!
2 Years Ago! on May 16, 2009 8:17 am
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Okay, I am a day late and a dollar short, but hey i'm here. I think I manage to put the title of a book and a famous quote from a movie into one sentence. Yeah, I'm that bad......LOL!!! Well, two years ago yesterday I was going under the laser. Two years ago today I was chillin' in my hospital bed excited about what I knew was ahead from me. Well, after two years in the new body, I am still not comfortable being called small, little, skinny and all the other words used to describe someone my size. Hey, I guess they are my size, because I still haven't gotten a handle on what size I actually am. I still walk around looking at woman like I'm crazy, because I can't figure out if I am smaller or larger or does it even matter. I can tell you that I am very happy. I love, love, love shopping for clothes and shoes now. Hell, I even wear matching accessories and I was NEVER the accessory type. So, I still stand by my original words and say that having weight loss surgery was the BEST thing that I could have ever done for Nicole. I mentioned that I am starting the process for a tummy tuck. Well, I spoke with the doctor’s office yesterday and Heather (insurance person in the office) told me that all the paperwork has been sent and she feels that I will be approved. I am waiting on that. After my tummy tuck, I will be done with losing, just maintaining. I am comfortable at this size. Yes, I said that, I AM COMFORTABLE/HAPPY AT THIS SIZE!!! I am starting back to school in August. I am excited and over it all in the same. I just have to finish, finish, finish. My family is doing well. The kids and Donald are the best. I enjoy being a mom just as much as I enjoy being married. It's truly hard work, but the rewards are worth the work you put into it. Work and the gym are one in the same. My gym is at my job, perfect. I love my workout team, they continue to push me and keep me focused. I have learned that it’s just as important to exercise as it is to eat. I pretty much eat EVERYTHING, but in moderation and I work it off as soon as it’s digested well. I can only eat about 6-8 ounces at a time, so that's always a plus. I only eat when I'm hungry and I try so very hard to stay away from the grazing. I fell into that trap early on and realized what I was doing and stopped early on as well. I always pick the better choices when I have to. I really don't do fried or greasy anything and I swear I don't feel like I have missed anything, hell it's not like I haven't had it all before....LMAO. I do however, still drink my wine. I don't think I am giving that up. Hell, I was doing it before surgery. I love a nice glass of wine every now and then, more now than then, but it to is in moderation. I still lurk on this site every freakin' day, can't help it a true habit. I enjoy seeing all the pictures and reading the success stories. In a world full of media and bad news, it's good to read happy things. There’s not much else going on in my life. O, btw I am going home in two weeks for my mother's birthday and my nephew's graduation. Going home is always a happy time, because everyone tells me how great I look, lmao. Sometimes you need that to help you realize you have come a long way and you do look okay. So, I will post pictures then. I have posted my 2 year measurements, which is another reason I know I have lost and that my body is comfortable at this size, I haven't moved in inches in 6 months. I think I am at my end as far as losing and I AM HAPPY WITH IT!! I think that is pretty much it. My life is truly on autopilot as I always say. Also, I am always on facebook, so look for me there too. So, with that being said, as always, until next time, be safe, love yourself and keep smiling. Most of all keep LOSING!!!
N b4 Surgery 6 mos later 1 Yr Later 18 mos. Later 2 Yrs Later
Neck: 15” Neck: 13.5” Neck: 12.5” Neck: 12.5” Neck: 12.5
Brt: 45”40C Brt: 39”38B Brt: 36”36B Brt: 35” 36A Brt: 35” 36A
L. Arm: 18” L. Arm: 14” L. Arm: 13” L. Arm: 12.5 L. Arm: 12.5”
Waist: 49” Waist: 36.5” Waist: 35” Waist: 33” Waist: 33”
Hips: 49” Hips: 41.5” Hips: 40” Hips: 38” Hips: 38”
L. Thigh: 25.5” L. Thigh: 23.5” L. Thigh: 23” L. Thigh: 21” L. Thigh: 21”
R. Thigh: 25.5” R. Thigh: 23.5 R. Thigh: 23” R. Thigh: 21” R. Thigh: 21”
L. Calf: 19” L. Calf: 17” L. Calf: 17” L. Calf: 16” L. Calf: 15”
R. Calf: 19” R. Calf: 17" R. Calf: 16” R. Calf: 15.5” R. Calf: 15”
R. Arm: ? R. Arm: 14” R. Arm: 13” R. Arm: 12.5” R. Arm: 12.5”
Sz: Tight 20 Sz: Loose 14 Sz: 10/12 Sz: 10 Sz: 10/8
Saturday, March 7, 2009 on March 7, 2009 7:30 pm
OMG!!! I haven’t posted anything since January, are you freakin’ serious, and who does that shit?!!!! Okay, I apologize, but honestly, I am on the site every freakin’ day, SERIOUSLY!!! I love looking at pictures and reading the profiles. Okay, I apologize for not posting as often as I should, but my life is truly on auto pilot. Nothing changes, still the same game, gym, work, home. That’s the story of my life and I am sticking to it. My weight has pretty much stabilized at 175lbs. I am not happy with that number, but I am a realist and I realize that my body is comfortable with that. Now, on the other hand, I am not, but hey, it is what it is. I am a size 10, so somebody call Bo Derek, because I am taking her job.......LMAO. I did have my first appointment with the plastic surgeon last month. I am hoping to have a tummy tuck (although that is not the medical term) sometime in May. I am praying that our insurance covers it. That is about the only thing I want. I am pretty much satisfied with the remainder of my body; I can’t believe I just said that. I still have the head issues; I can’t seem to wrap my mind around the fact that I am no longer the fat chick!!! I still don’t see myself the way others see me, but hey, I was the big girl for 20 years, so that doesn’t just automatically go away. I do have one issue though. Can you say “WINE?” It is the freakin’ DEVIL!!!! I have tried giving it up, but just like any other addiction, it’s not that easy. I must admit, I don’t drink as much as I did before I had surgery, but I do drink my fair share. I look at it like this, hell, I have giving up all the bad food, so please let me have one vice. I am actually sippin’ on a glass right now, God bless my soul…LMAO! At any rate, nothing has changed. I continue to workout, I don’t think I will ever give that up; it is part of my life. I am now a size 10, although I really want to an 8, but hey, such is life. Work and home are good, even though we are in a SERIOUS recession right now. I don’t want to start on that, because I would be here all day. I still think this is the BEST thing I could have ever done for NICOLE. I am learning to love me just as I am. So, with that being said, as always, until next time, be safe, love yourself and keep smiling. Most of all keep LOSING!!!
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Friday, January 2, 2009 on January 2, 2009 7:18 am
Another year gone! I must admit I am happy to see 2008 over! Globally it was a freakin’ debacle. Hopefully 2009 will be better for everyone. Well, I survived the holidays and maintained my weight, which was a plus. I am so happy that the holiday season is over. I had a great one though. I got a chance to see my family in Memphis for Thanksgiving and Louisiana for Christmas, can’t ask for more! Both trips were absolutely WONDERFUL. Now it’s back to reality and meeting my goal. I have got to get my last 20 pounds off by hook or crook!!! My plans are to workout like crazy and eat right, so no more grazing. My workout partners want me to implement more weight trainer, so I am going to do that was well. They already work me like a mule, but I enjoy the payouts, so it’s worth it. I am in a size 10 bottom and medium shirts, but trying to get to a size 8 bottoms and small shirt, so I got some serious work to do. Other than that, everything else in my life is pretty much on auto pilot. Nothing earth shattering going on. I posted pictures from my visit to Memphis and my book club Christmas social. I will post a few from my visit to Louisiana. Hopefully when you guys hear from me again, I will be closer to goal. As always, until next time, be safe, love yourself and keep smiling. Most of all keep LOSING!!!
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