- Username: SuziJones
- Location: USA
- Member Since: 8/24/2009
- BMI: 29.2
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: VSG (02/09/10)
- Surgeon: Angel Reyes
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- Fitness & Exercise - I would LOVE to do pilates! That's my goal to do that and belly dancing!
- Hobbies - I collect spoons from every place I have been. From Japan, to Oklahoma. Want mor
- Pets - I also got a chinchilla for Valentine's Day from hubby.
- Dogs - Belgian Malinois is the breed of dog we have, and we love him! He's WONDERRFUL
- Needlework, Knitting & Crocheting - I LOVE to cross stitch even though I haven't done it for some time.
- Computer Games - I use to play EQ2 (I'm sure the gammers out there know that one) hehe
- Movies - My fave movie of all time is "Passion of the Christ" and 2nd is "13th Warrior"
- Music - I'm VERY eclectic in my musical tastes. Rap to classical. hehe
Dropping Sizes left & right!! on December 4, 2010 1:23 pm
It's been some time since I've posted.
It's been the same routine with family and eating, thankfully! I'm down to 170!!! WHOO!!!
I finally went to the second hand clothing store that I had kept noticing and I LOVE IT!!! It's set up like an exclusive boutique! So nice and lovely smelling and BEAUTIFUL clothes! I am going to purchase my faux fur coat from there rather then the mall store! It's half the price of mall store! It's a pretty dark grey. I think it'll look lovely with my dress for the ball.
When I went in yesterday I purchased a jacket, a henley shirt and the lovely shirt I'm wearing in the photos. I LOVE this shirt. It's actually a sleeveless with a long sleeve faux fur cuffed shrug. LOVE it. Love the color, love the fit and love the SIZE, wait for it...................................
WHAT?!?!?! Yep. I'm in a MEDIUM!!! Oh my heck! I have not worn a medium since BEFORE having my first child. I have to say, when I saw the photos of how it showed off my boobies I loved it even more!! WOOT!
So, here it is.....Me wearing a MEDIUM.......DESIGNER shirt no less. WOOT! hehe
I have FINALLY arrived! I have come closer to accepting that I'm no longer a 280 pound woman. I'm blown away looking at these photos and realizing I'm looking at ME....ME!?!?! It's mind blowing.
When food temptations strike, I just pull out this photo and look at it. THIS, FEELING like this and finally being HAPPY with my body is worth more then any food that made me fat. This is WHY I did surgery. To be at peace and happy with myself and my life. To be healthy and comfortable in my own skin.
When I started this journey I was doing this to be a good example to my kids and to be more attractive for my husband (even though he's ALWAYS told me I was hot and turned him on no matter what my size! hehe), and to be healthy. Now, as I've come this far and nearly to goal (only about 30 more pounds to reach my surgeon's suggested weight and another 50 to reach my personal goal), I am doing this for me. For myself and my life. The added benefits is that I'm a good healthy example to my kids and I feel sexy for my husband and LOVE sitting on his lap.
It truely is the little things in life that make it worth living. A lovely shirt set bought in a second hand store is worth a world filled with designer expensive clothes when YOU are happy with you. I've reached an end with one journey. I am home in my skin. It's been a LONG time coming and I can't say how wonderful it feels to have that peace and just SMILE knowing that it was worth swearing off foods that made me fat, a lazy life style that contributed to my poor health.
My mom suggested that I put an ad out to be a dog walker since I could do that while my husband is at work and while the kids are in school. What a wonderful thing for me to do! Get my exercise in and spend time with animals I LOVE! I'm totally going to do it! Put an ad out there and a few flyers around and see what happens.
Love yourself. Treat yourself with love and respect and others will too! Find peace within yourself. It's worth the journey!
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Happy AFTER Thanksgiving Day on November 26, 2010 10:32 pm
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE GRAHAM FAMILY. PETS WELCOME THIS YEAR IT SEEMS. HEHE
HOPE STEPHAN DOESN'T MIND HIS CAT IS ENJOYING HIS thANKSGIVING DINNER. HEHE
We had a nice small family dinner of turkey, corn, mashed potatoes w/turkey gravy, rolls, and the surprise dessert I made special for my hunny! Cheesecake pudding pie in gramcracker crust! I had ONE piece and the kids each got a small one and the rest, Pattrick happilly topped it with the home made whipped topping I made. hehe He LOVED it!!
Tonight I made a wonderfully tasty cassarole using most of the left over turkey with a can of cream chickened soup abd styuffing, It was rather good. Patrick LOVES stuffing so these are going to be high on the priority list being put into our food storage. THe go to meal hehe Nothing like being able to break out meals that bring smiles to peoples lips and evoke those wonderful memories. It isn't about stufing food down your mouth .It's what associated with that food that makes the experiance as a WHOLE the reason that we eat specific foods over others. Now to just help these food be healthier and contribut to geting us to the life and healthy that we are seeking. Truly wanting to attian and live by what we hae learned, It is a never ending lesson., Thankfully there is so much that we can do and so many paths that wil get us to freedom. For al those that have advice and suggestions to help on this journy, woulf be greatly appreciated and a blessing. Haveing as many that desire to help can ony benefit us all! Can NEVER have too much help! Take bits and pieces from some and a tad from anothr and create a plan that works specifically for you. That's the glory of having friends and knowdge. Learn from them See if any advice they offer can be of help to yuo, and if so, then run with it! Add it to your store of knowledge to help you win in thi game of losing!!! That's what it's about. Winning!! Winnging good health. WInning self confedence. Feel that FINALLY you are able to gather from here and there and able to make your own path and plan. Nothing lik any other persons. For each one of us must find our own way to health. To the life that we have dreamt about since before they slid us into the surgery room. Gathering Knowledge so we would have a better understand o how to proceed.
Keep listening to those that have gon bofore., Those that made i, and those that struggle, but stil trying, then thiose that have reverted back to their old life. They are a fountain of information. Learn, listen, read. Then go yiur own way and find you healthy body. It's waiting for you and it is SOO worth the exercising the changing eating to a healthy life long committment.
I thank all those people that have stood by me and with me. That have reallly been there and showed me their wonderful experiance and how they charted their own course to success.. I thank them dearly. I hpe I can pass on what I've learned to those following after.
God be with you and keeep yiu all! Just keep pushing forward and looking ahead to that healthy goal! All of us wil one day be sitting therer singnig "Combya my love" with arms linked and swinging from side to side. hehe
A nice photo of my sweet Kaleb sleeping in his daddy's place. hheh
Dress Shopping Day on November 20, 2010 11:19 pm
This afternoon I spent it browsing for formal dresses for the ball my husband and I will be going to the first of the year. I have already choosen my gown....
This is the shrug/faux fur coat I'm getting...
For some reason the copy & paste didn't work right on this one.
I'm getting very excited about going to the ball. Though I'm anxious to buy the dress so soon. I need to since it has to be shipped to me, but I don't want to buy it so early since I'm still losing weight and I plan on being nearly 20 pounds lighter by the time the ball rolls around. I'm not sure if having it taken in that much will keep the shape of the dress. Ya know?? I LOVE the way it looks and want it to look like that on me, not altered and not looking the same as it does now. Something to think about.
I just fell in LOVE with that coat! It's soo soft and elegantly simple. I think it will go beautifully with the dress and my husband's dress uniform. He's gonna look soo sharp. Go him! hehe
I went today and tried on dresses to see how I looked in the different styles. I choose a dress that was off the shoulder, to try to get an idea of how it looks for me to have bare shoulders. I did actually really like that dress and so did my husband. It was a cocktail dress and I thought very flattering.
This is the off the shoulder dress~~~~
I thought it looked very flattering.
This full length formal gown is similar in color to the gown I chose online. I wanted to see how it worked with my skin coloring. What do you think????
I thought the roching was very nice on helping to draw attention from my middle and flattering. I think the color looks nice on me as well. I haven't decided if I'm going to wear my hair up or down.
This is how it looks from the side. I really do like the gathered look. The under slip was slit on the other side to above the knee and was very cute and flirty!
I'm VERY self concious of my fat arms above my elbow (also above my knees), and was even considering going with a long sleeved shrug or jacket to help cover them. I am hoping that by the time the ball rolls around my arms will have slimmed down.
Now I just need to get a clutch and shoes. I was thinking silver. White would stand out too much, and black is too dark. I think silver to match the silver detail on the front of the dress would be very nice. Whatch ya think???
My neighbor was kind enough to give me some clothing her in-laws were getting rid of and one of the dresses was a Donna Karen....
Here I am wearing a size 14 Donna Karen!!!! WHAT?!?! I know that designer dresses run smaller, and I was soo excited to slip that dress on. It just made me feel slim and pretty! It helped to motivate me and keep me moving in the right direction as well. I'm hitting my goal of 150! Then I'm gonna hit 135! My belly is soo big, I need to lose it, it's keeping me from actually being able to go down in pants sizes. My thighs are swimming in my pants, yet my belly is just flopping around there, hanging. UGH!!
In the bag my neighbor gave me were Louis Vuitton purse, Donna Karen, and Fossel!! I had to make sure she didn't want them. I couldn't just keep them! I mean those are some EXPENSIVE pursees. The Louis Vuitton purse was sold for $800!! It's in PERFECT condition!! (you can see it in the background in the dressing room shots of me in the dresses) She said she wasn't a purse collecter and I was welcome to them. I feel soo blessed! WOW!! I never DREAMED I'd own a designer purse, let along THREE!!! What a wonderful thing to happen. How lovely and wonderful people are. Yeah for great neighbors. hehe
So this evening after getting back from window shopping and trying on dresses, I went out back for a bit and showed the photos on my phone to my neighbor and she thought I looked really nice and agreed that the blue dress color looked nice on me. We each then had to pick up the dog pooh in our yards (they have two dogs) and I went in side to make dinner and sat down for a bit and just felt achy and icky and felt sickness coming on me. Sure enough, my whole body started to ache. I asked Patrick to please fry up the hamburger for soft shell tacos and to rinse it well before returning it to the pan. He diced up veggies to put on it and even made the kid's plates. It was soo nice of him! I could only at half of me (the tortillas were SUPER large hehe), and cleaned up the food. Went up stairs to take my daily meds/suppliments and some cough medacin and the stuff seriously knocked me out while just SITTING in my bed! I don't recall it even hitting me! I just sat down on the bed and BOOM! I was out! I woke up at midnight and took some more and decided to post a bit of my day.
I have not felt like eating all day. I had thought perhaps that was what was causing me to feel ikcy. but it's the coming on of the flu/cold. I am praying it is NOT strep or tonsolitise. I generally get one of those in the first of the year and end of the year. Yeah me...NOT!! hehe I had thought I dodged the bullet when the kids and Patrick were sick weeks ago, but it seems not. It was merely building up in my body. hehe I took some fever reducer since just sitting was making me sweat! lol Yeah for modern medican. I'm soo thankful!
I have to get laundry done tomorrow since I put it off since Thursday, there iis about three loads of clothes I need to wash and fold. yeah for laundry room being upstairs with the bed rooms! HEHE
Today was a PERFECT weather day! 71 degrees! It could stay this temp ALL winter. I'd be a happy camper! hehe I can hope ya know! lol I have a feeling when winter hits, it's gonna slam us..HARD! UGH! Not looking forward to that. Hpefully no tme soon! Giving thanks for the blessings I had this day and for the wonderful life and chance to get back to health and happiness. Life is worth living, when living is life.
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Nine month surgi-versery and 100 lbs loss mark on November 19, 2010 6:50 pm
It's been quite a journey the last nine months! Well a tad over nine months, but I have reached it.....the 100 lbs loss mark. WOOT!!!
Lately I have not been so good about my diet and exercising and it's shown in how slow I am losing and even a gain here and there. BOO! The proof is in the pudding as the old saying goes. If you work it, it WILL work for you.
I stil have 30 to 40 pounds more to go. I'm doing it though! I'm working this sleeve! The goal is in site and I'm running to it! WOOT!
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It is always a Windy Wendsday here on November 17, 2010 9:13 pm
I swear that EVERY Weds here is a howling wind fest! Today there were gusts OVER 45 MPH reported! Really!?!? WOW! I was waiting for the tornado to hit down. Seriousily. Man-o-man.
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Today has been a good eating day.
B: 1/2 cup left over chinese shrimp in garlic sauce
L: 1/2 texas toast grilled chicken w/sauted onions & peppers w/cheese
D: chipped beef on toast
S: 1 chocolate chip cookie
I have been cooking ALL evening and late afternoon (after I got back from grocery shopping) for tomorrow along with baking cookies with the boys for family night, getting kid's homework done, and dinner cooked. lol Way to keep busy and NOT stuffing my face, always a good thing! hehe
I went over to the neighbor's for about half an hour to hang with the neighbor and her daughter and decorated her daughter's nails (she's two) since she always likes to see my nails after I have them done. Her mom said all the way back from their running an errand she was saying. "I have pretty nails like Miss Suzi. Miss Suzi and I have the prettiest nails." hehe Such a sweety!
Tuesday night Stephan & Kaleb went with me to the PTA BINGO at the school. I had a hot dog w/a bit of chili, onions on it and three or so chips. I had counted my calories so that I could have it that evening. Yeah me! hehe The boys seemed to have a good time until the evening wore on and they would get so close to having a BINGO and not get one. They of course don't understand the odds of winning. hehe Needless to say, I told Stephan he needn't worry about me taking him to something like that again since he got soo bored. Kaleb wore his new gloves I bought him and promptly lost them that night!!! Oh my heck!! lol I told him if he lost the pair I bought him today I was NOT going to buy him another pair! hehe Needs to learn to keep track of his stuff.
Tonight was a stress filled night for me since the hubs went to bed at 7:24pm!! He was up at 4am (or so he claims, I was sleeping and so I don't know. hehe) and tomorrow is his late night at work. So it was me and the kids all evening with home work and me trying to cook. UGH!! At least I got all the make ahead stuff done that I could. So I just have to make a few things tomorrow and assemble the stuff. I soo hope I have enough food! lol There were a lot of people there last time. hehe
I'm an army wife and mother of four boys.
We currently live in southern Oklahoma on an Army post.
I have struggled with weight my whole life. My mother was my role model and she is now morbidly obese. It's very sad to see how much pain she is in due to all the fat she is carrying around.
I had some success in losing weight in the past, but never in keeping it off.
I recently went in to see my doctor for a physical and he noted that I had elevated blood pressure and that I was of course obese. He suggested that I go to a seminar that Dr. Reyes was giving about gastric surgeries that were being offered here.
I have chosen to have the sleeve surgery done. I think it is the best option as far as the less invasive between the Roux-en-Y and sleeve. It doesn't leave as much foreign material in your body as the other two do either. Plus the added benefit that it might decrease the hormone Ghrelin that is associated with appetite and obesity, plus there have been some patients that were diabetic before this surgery and after it helped to eliminate diabetes (I do know that not all diabetic patients were 'cured' of diabetes after having this surgery).
So for me the sleeve procedure seems the best option.