Weight Goal Met

Aug 13, 2019

My Dr said he wantted my weight to be lower than 185 but I was not happy with that. So I set my goal as 175. I have been hiking the appalachian trail and so far I have hiked 152.8 Miles Hiked out of 229.6 Miles. I am shotting for hiking all of pennsylvania boarder to boarder. 

When I came home after this last stretch I weighed myself and found out not only did I reach my goal but I passed it. I now weight 173.2 I am so happy. I also found out I can wear size larges and some mediums. I can not remember the last time I could wear clothes that small. So many accomplishments this year. From running, hiking, kyacking, and meeting my Dr.'s goal weight and now meeting my own goal weight. 

For those struggeling, dont give up. It feels so good to finally reach your goals and be able to do what you want to do now. 



Weight: 173.2 lbs, Measurments: Neck 14", Chest 33.5", Waist 36.5", Hips ?", Thighs 23.0", Arms 11.5"

Gastric Bypass RNY Dec. 20 2017 

Sw: 271
My Cw:173.2

Dr. Gw: BMI < 28  

My Gw: 175
Current Overall Weight loss -159.8 lbs.,

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Hiking the Lb's off

Jul 28, 2019

As I have mentioned before, I have hit a stall. A very long and slow stall. But I have started doing some major hiking and it is helping me.

I have started hiking on the appalachian trail. And while I dont have the time off to complete the whole thing; I am determined to get as much of pennsylvania done inbetween working. My first week out and I had to cut it short by two days. Not because of my ability but instead it was due to my gear giving out on me. I went threw two pairs of hiking boots, and a backpack. This past weekend I went back to finish the first stretch. I have so far completed 53 miles of the trail. In a couple of days I am going back out and hoping to at least double that.

I came home to find out I have left my stall behind on the trail. My weight is now droping off again. I am currantly 3.8lbs away from my goal weight of 175. I have two possible weeks to get as many miles in as I can. And in turn, reach my goal weight if not go lower than my goal.

Here are 3 photo's that we took this past weekend. One is taking a break into town to visit an ice cream shop for a well deserved desert. One is me starting on the trail, and last is the rocks that the trail turned into. It went from trail hiking to rock climbing lol. 


Weight: 178.8 lbs, Measurments: Neck 14", Chest 33.5", Waist 38", Hips 34.5", Thighs 23.0", Arms 12"

Gastric Bypass RNY Dec. 20 2017 

Sw: 271
My Cw:178.8

Dr. Gw: BMI < 28  

My Gw: 175
Current Overall Weight loss -154.2 lbs.,

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What's wrong with me?

Jul 11, 2019

I have seen a lot of people saying I'm not losing weight, whats wrong with me, i'm at a stall. I just wanted to share a tidbit. I had RYN 12/20/17 for the past few months I have stalled. I mean my weight loss not only put the breaks on but the emergency break as well. lol. But I kept with the WOE and keeping active and guess what. Last week i started losing again. I reached my doc goal weight and have gone past that. I am 6 lbs from my goal weight.
I am leaving tomorrow for a 7 to 10 day (depending how i feel at the end of 7 days) backpacking and hiking on the Appalachian trail. i will be climbing rocks, and carrying everything i need for the trip, on my back. 30 lbs worth of gear. I am hoping when I get back i will at least loose the 6 remaining lbs to my goal.
Moral of the story; There is nothing wrong with you. Give your tool and new life a chance. Don't give up just because you don't see the weight falling off as fast as you want it too. GL everyone.

Weight: 181.4 lbs, Measurments: Neck 14", Chest 34.5", Waist 39.5", Hips 34.5", Thighs 23.0", Arms 12"

Gastric Bypass RNY Dec. 20 2017 

Sw: 271
My Cw:181.4

Dr. Gw: BMI < 28  

My Gw: 175
Current Overall Weight loss -151.6 lbs.,

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To tell or not to tell

Jun 28, 2019

I have seen many people ask others if they told people about their surgery or kept it secret. I never could understand what the delema is. 

I told everyone what I was doing. And of course there were some who questioned if it was the right decision. Shoot I even questioned it when my husband first got his done. I explained to everyone what it was like to live in a world where everyone looks at your outter appearance and judges you. What it was like to have to sit on the side lines because you could not do some sort of activity or fit into a booth because of your size. What it was like to walk into a store and not be able to buy an outfit you like because it was made for a smaller size. 

Then I explained to them how even when I ate right or tried my hardest how I would lose some weight but eventually I would gain it all back and then some. Usually they understood. Sometimes I regret not beliving my husband at first that the surgery was the right path. But I think that I needed to have that denial in order to make up my own mind about my own surgery. 

Now, I love when I tell people how much weight I have lost and I get the normal congrats or wow's but then I show them my Id and they see the difference. Their look is priceless and it makes me smile ear to ear. 


Enjoying summer

Jun 28, 2019

June 16, 2019

Well, Normally this time of the year I would be hiding in my house. Hiding because the weather is to warm, as well as hiding because I hated my weight. Now I look forward to going out and even encourage it. 

The first photo was a picnic my husbands job had. At first he did not want to go out but after he saw me getting ready and enjoying it I think it wore off on him and he started enjoying it. The second photo was when I took my husband out for fathers day. Before we would have stayed home and cooked something on the grill. But instead we took him to a nice resturant. 

Another new thing, I have started wearing heels when I dress up. Not that I need them. Im 5' 8" without heels. Lol. I used to be so afraid that I would fall or the heels would break and people would make fun of me because of it. I have some thiner heels but have not got up enough courage to wear them yet. lol



Falling Behind

Jun 28, 2019

June 01, 2019

I have been so busy that I have fallin behind on writeing blogs. But I have written them down on pad of paper so i can catch up now lol.

The bus company I work for has an appreciation lunch at the end of the school year. I had decided to wear the same outfit this year, 16 months Post-op as I did last year 6 months Post-op. Even though I know in my heart I have lost weight and my self esteem is so much better now. I am still shocked to see the side by side comparison. 

I have learned threw this past year and a half that I do not have the dumping to help me stay on track with my WOE. But I have been real good with keeping track of how much I eat. From the beginning I started noticing the signs of when I was full. It makes it so much easier since I do not have to count calories. When we go to company picnics or go out to eat I dont have to worry about "do they have something my stomach can handle" My husband on the other hand does. And more times than not he ends up dumping cause he ate something that did not agree with his new stomach.


Hiking for the weekend

May 27, 2019

This weekend my husband and I decided to take advantage of the fact that my schools and his job both had us off at the same time to enjoy a 4 day weekend. Rather than sit at home or be lazy we decided to go hiking lol. We decided on a 3 day, 15 mile hike on the appalachian trail. We were not sure if we would make it as this is the longest hike we ever did and it was threw some very rocky area's. Plus we took two of our dogs with us. 

Prior to our surgeries we could never had made a hike like this. The first day we just did 4 miles. It was so easy. The hardest part for us was carrying all our gear on our backs. Of course we did not have some of the right gear to minimize the weight but we felt we could handle it. We carried a tent with us rather than our hammics because we had the dogs with us. The second day was tough. We hiked 8 miles the second day. We got to the camp area later than we expected. One of the hardest things we had to deal with is not being able to eat the low weight, high carb hikers usually eat. We managed but could feel the toll on our bodies as we started loseing energy to early. So we stoped midway to recarb up and push caution to the wind with the foods we ate this time. We figured with as much activity we were doing it would be ok to push higher carbs than we usually eat. Of course being on the trail it made it harder to get protein levels in as well. We found that on friday we were in fat burning mode for 8hrs, saturday 11hrs, and on Sunday 5hrs. 

On the third day it was very hard. we started right out of the gate climbing very high rocky terrane. Than we enjoyed the view at the top before heading back down hill on rocks again. When we reached bottom we were so releaved. We made it and we were still alive lol. 

This was the beginning of the trail were we started on Friday.

This was the view we saw before heading back down the mountain towards our goal on Sunday. 

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May 18, 2019

It's amazing to see the change we have gone threw when you compare one year with the next.

These photos are us kayaking. The top is this past friday and the bottom is the same month last year. May last Year I was 218lbs and May this year Im 188. I find that with the lower weight I can manuvor into awkward spaces better lol. Like going from land into a kayak and from the kayak onto land. Last year I was still uneasy about this transition. This year it was much easier. When I put my life vest on I also found I had to tighten the straps up. I've said it before but it still amazes me to see the change in myself. 

Kayaking was something we have had a desire to do for many years. However due to our weight we could not do it. We have been waiting for weeks for the weather to clear up so we can get back on the water again. Friday we were able to go back on the water, and we decided to try our dogs on it as well. We had so much fun.



Reality Set's in

Apr 19, 2019

While on this jurney I have noticed many times I find it amazing how people respond to my weight loss. I see in myself that I have lost weight but many times I do not see the extent of it. Of course I see the clothes change size and of course i see the weight difference on the scale. But to look in the mirror I dont see the weight change as much as others. 

I have realized that this is because we see ourselves in the mirror every day, Unless we drop a huge amount of weight over night we see the effects gradual. This causes us to not see the before and after as much as others do. It's not that I dont believe that I lost weight, It's just that at times it is hard for me to physically see the change. For me the realization hits when i put on something I have not altered and I can see the change between the way it fit before and the way it fits now.

My husband and I decided to cycle to raise money for children fighting cancer. We have set a donation goal and a distance goal. So to prepare for this we are cycleing 10 miles+ with a group called Sunset Scramblers once a week. Last tuesday I decided to grab my hip pouch. I havent worn it since before my surgery. When I put it on it was still set to the way i used to wear it. This hit me like a ton of bricks. I could physically see how much more skinnier I am now compared to before. This made me feel so good I had to take pictures of it. 


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Who are you?

Apr 09, 2019

     I have lived in the house I'm in for 15+ years. There is this one neighbor of mine who has lived here for at least the last 5 of those years. We didn't see much of each other for those 5 years. Partly because we were both overweight so we didn't go outside much. Today she said something to her kids about getting permission for her kids to use our trammpoline. I yelled over It's mine and they can use it if you stay with them. She looked at me like "Who are you and why are you talking to me?"

     After a few minutes of talking she said let me come over so we can talk better. When she came over she stoped for a minute. She asked me "are you the same person that helped with the cats a couple years ago?" I said yes and she was shocked. She was amazed at how much weight I lost and how much different I looked. She said she thought that we moved out and someone new moved in when she saw us. She did not recognize me. She kept repeating over and over at how amazed she was of my transformation.

     I left for work and could not stop smileing. It got me thinking about how we change. Not only do we change our diets, our habits, and of course our weight. But we also change our attitudes. What I mean is we have a better self esteem. We tend to do things that while heavier we would never have thought about doing for fear of being made fun of. This change reflects in how we look and act. 

     Myself for one since I have lost weight I go out more often, i socialize more, I participate in activites and things more often, I dress better (not just because there are better clothes for smaller sizes but because we feel better about showing more or dressing sexier), I have even started fixing my hair up and wearing makeup. I have not done this in years and now I have been doing this for months because i feel good about myself. I even take selfies and before you had to catch me off guard or be something special for me to want a picture of myself.

This picture shows me april of 2017 8 months before my surgery, and april of 2019 16 months after surgery. weight about 300 in 2017 and now 188 in 2019


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