O M G - Size 12 ???

May 29, 2009

May 22, 2009

It seems like I stayed in 16's forever and a day and didn't think I'd get out of them. Not long ago, well mid-April I fit into 2 pairs of size 14 pants but not 14 jeans... or none of the brands that I tried. But just last week, I found a wonderful pair of size 14 jeans that fit me very well! BUT ONE PROBLEM! After about 2 hours of wearing them, they feel so stretched out and unsupportive and loose...so I was thinking maybe I'll be in 12's soon! Well, it just so happens that my teenage daughter wears size 12's......

So I tried on one of her pairs of 12 jeans and O  M  G.   IT FITS.  I didn't believe it. So I dug around until I found a different pair. THAT ONE FIT ME TOO. I am still so flabbergasted over it. HOW DID I BLOW BY 14's ??? This has got to be the craziest part of my journey so far! To look at myself in the mirror in size 12 jeans is just too much to take in. I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS. THIS IS JUST WILD.

I have a cute size 10 skirt that I bought at a garage sale last year as a goal to reach...to be able to get into it. AND I'll BE DARNED! I THINK I MIGHT BE IN IT BY THE END OF THE SUMMER!!!  W T H ???? L O L  JUST TOO MUCH TO TAKE IN! 

There are no words to describe how I feel right now. JUST STUNNED OUT THE WAZZOOOO.

I'm feeling GREAT GREAT GREAT!  And I'm wearing  size 12  and 12/14 bathing suits.  YAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!! 

Feelin' Good!

May 20, 2009

May 21, 2009

Words cannot describe how wonderful I am feeling.  It's about 8a.m. and I'm about to get my shoes on and go for my walk. To walk or not to walk? I plum don't ask myself. It's not up for discussion!  I EXERCISE everyday! I Will reach goal! And I'm feeeeeellin' goooooood! 

My first 5k!

May 11, 2009

May 11, 2009

This weekend I participated in my first 5k race. I went to support a friend and her daughter who is a special needs child. The race helped raise money for the special olympics. It was great! I'm super proud of myself for the accomplishment. I also got to meet up with fellow youtubers who vlog their journey. It was so cool to meet up with them! We hung out in Austin, Texas and had Starbucks, BBQ, and went out dancing and karaokeing later that night. We had a Ball! If anyone follows me on YouTube, I have a video up of our weekend. There is footage from the race on it too.

Can't believe the summer is already almost here! Wow! This summer is gonna be sooo much different than last summer. I have so much more energy. I walk everyday and have been working on my tan when I walk. When we go to Orlando in June, it will be great to get pictures to compare to last June's trip to Orlando!

What a ride!

Can this be possible?

Mar 20, 2009

Yesterday was my 2nd day to walk for 30 mins. TWICE for a total of 60 mins in my day. PLUS I swept the floors, cleaned bathrooms, mopped, MOWED THE LAWN!, pulled and bagged TONS and TONS of weeds from all of our many flower beds...., swept up/raked up leaves on our back patio, etc., etc. .... I just never stopped. And I ate under 400 calories yesterday, It was such a strange day...not being hungry and having sooooo much darn energy......

Today when I woke up, I had my husband weigh me to make sure I was seeing the scale correctly. It says I have lost
3 lbs. since YESTERDAY!???????? Holy Crap! If this is what happens when I step up my exercise/activeness....shooots! I'm gonna keep this up! WOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOooo!!! Somebody hold my mule while I shout!

Goin to put on my runnin shoes now! 

Excercise! Exercise!

Mar 18, 2009

I am proud to say that I'm FINALLY committed to an exercise routine. For the past 4 weeks or so, I've been walking for 30 mins everyday during the week. TODAY, I began 30 min walks TWICE a day! I will keep this up for as long as it takes. I'm convinced that If I will just work a little harder, that this weight will come off even quicker. I'm not counting every single calorie I take in but I'm watching them a lot closer and sticking to somewhere close to 500 - 600 calories at most per day.  I have a goal that I am now working towards. Don't know if I will reach it, but I will attempt it! I would like to fit into a size 14 for my birthday next month. SO.... I've got about a month to get from a size 16 into a 14! 

I'm drinking a lot more water than I was and really doing great with my food choices. I am on a roll!  More motivated than ever!

Post-Op Appoint. Today. Blood Pressure normal!

Feb 02, 2009

Feb. 2, 2009

Just got back from a follow-up with my surgeon. My BP was 120/72!!!!  My diastolic (the bottom number) has remained in the high 80's to mid 90's for the last 4 years or more. I was so excited! He says that I'm doing better than was to be expected. I was secretly wondering or worrying if maybe I wasn't losing fast enough. But he says I am! My BMI went from 39 to 34 already. He was very pleased and so I'm really pleased too. He also says I can get off of my Protonix as I have not been having any reflux. I am soooo thrilled. This has been the best thing I could have ever done for myself.


Last weekend I went to my grandparent's anniversary celebration and lots of family noticed a big difference in me. I am really really happy!


Size 16W Pants!

Jan 19, 2009

I am soooooo Stoked!!!  While the scale hasn't been moving too much, I AM in One-derland! I said goodbye to the 200's for good about a week or so ago. Today I went shopping for some pants because all of my old ones are hanging off of me. I got a size 16W pair of pants and almost died when I tried them on and they fit me. They fit so nicely. Today was such a great day!


Dec 30, 2008

December 31, 2008

I'm down about 30 lbs all together since starting my pre-op diet. I think I thought the scale would change quicker than this. But I do realize I have not been doing everything I'm supposed to do. I have not been drinking my water requirement, and I have not gotten my protein requirements in on most days. Also I have snacked ( a little bit but not much) on holiday foods. I have not started an exercise routine either. Everyday I find so many excuses why I don't have time. But I swear I am going to make it a priority! I have stayed very busy and am always on the go and I do get walking in throughout the day.  

I have not encountered any foods that I could not tolerate yet... have never thrown up. A couple times when I have eaten too fast, I feel like I may have had dumping symptoms.-- just felt like I was gonna die: got clammy, lightheaded, pain in my stomache, and heart racing. HAD to lay down. But I've never thrown up. (That only happened twice so far.--- the "dying" symptoms. It's so weird to have to keep reminding myself that I can no longer eat fast. It's hard for my mind to grasp it when my mouth still feels the same..same size...but when it goes down.... that's when I go "oh oh". lol  It really is strange! But I'm getting the hang of it.

Tonight I made a Mexican feast for the family..... homemade enchiladas (creamy chicken and cheese ones too), mexican rice and charro beans. I only ate the beans and took one teeny tiny bite of my husband's chicken enchilada. 

I have not been drinking my protein shakes regularly. Some days I have some, other days I don't. I really want to get into a more structured diet/exercise day.

Although I don't feel like I've lost a whole lot of pounds yet, I've been so very pleased at how my clothes now fit me. I was in a size 22 pants and now my old size 18's are loose on me! My tops used to be size 2X or 3X and I now fit in a size XL ! It's crazy!  

I am really excited about getting my butt in gear and climb out of this holiday rut I've gotten into.  I really want to do better!


Home from Hospital

Nov 13, 2008

Tonight is Thursday night ( Nov. 13th, 2008).  I had my Sleeve done on Monday the 10th. I was in a lot more pain when I first woke up than I had anticipated....so much trapped air/gas in my abdominal and chest cavities. I came home the following day, on Tuesday afternoon and am doing fine!  I'm taking good care of myself, being careful to take in as much fluids as I can. Sip, sip, sip, all day long. I'm feeling tired right now and will write more when I am more awake. I have found that the more I move around, the better that I feel...so I've stayed busy all day. Now, at 10:48pm, I'm ready for bed!  I am currently propping myself up in bed with about 6 or 7 pillows in order to keep from hurting when I sleep. They taught me in the hospital to always be at an at least 30 degree angle in bed.

Today I sipped on Crystal Light, water, milk with my protein powder ( I still haven't figured out how to blend them right without having a lot of bubbles in it.) ..so I just stirred some of the powder into my milk. Also, I've eaten jello and a couple of popsicles. Yesterday I tolerated chicken broth okay.

I just took a stand-up /wash-up bath and can't wait until I get my JP drain removed on Monday so that I can get into the shower.

I'm not really hungry but I find myself craving things like a slice of American cheese, eggs, or toast. Of course I won't let myself have anything solid until it is time!  I've been taking my Lortab elixer pretty regularly. I just took a dose after not having any since 2pm.  I'm not hurting too terribly right now, but do not want to wake up in pain so I took it just now as a preventative measure.

I am really impressed with how much I was able to accomplish today. I did some light laundry without lifting, wrote and mailed a letter, washed dishes, unloaded the dishwasher, and worked on my Nursing CEU courses. Not bad for only being home from surgery for 2 days!

I am so ready for these next couple of weeks to fly by (the healing process) so that I can be able to do more things.  One step at a time though!

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