2 years later (almost)

May 26, 2008

Well, here we are, almost 2 years after my surgery. I have lost 125lbs and kept it off for almost 9 months already. It has been amazing journey, and I have realized a few things. I wll always e worried about my weight and what I eat, I will have good food days and bad food days and I don't think I'll ever have a "normal" relationship with food. I will just have to come to grips with that. I still hae to ask myself if I am eating becasue I am truly hunger, or is there some sort of emotion involved. After all, that's how I got fat in the first place, eating for emotional reasons, and I could never have admitted that before, so that is progress, I believe.
My oldest daughter daughter, Juanita, graduated from college this past Saturday, earning her Batchelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Spanish and is off to Graduate School to earn a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Basically I am just in awe and so very proud of her. She pretty much does her own thing, which sometimes makes me sad, because I feel so removed from her daily life, but I know she has to find her own way.
My baby daughter Esperanza is attending community college, working and living with my parents. She too is trying to find her own way. I have noticed over the last year or so that she has really put on some wight and want to address it with her, but as we all know from our personal journies, I don't know how or even if to address it. I just don't want her to spend so many years hating her boday, like I did. Maybe I am projecting my own issues, maybe not. I just don't know.
Things between Pancho and I have been much calmer. He hasn't had a drink in almost a year, has been dealing head on with his own issues and I have been fighting my own codependent demons almost constantly and that has been rough as well. I am trying to learn what I find acceptable and what I don't, l am learning more about boundries and trying to set and enforce them.
I have an incedible cirle of family and friends that I love beyond compare and that love me and support me in more ways than I could ever ask for and am truly blessed by each and every one of them.
If any one reads this and wants to get anymore information about my surgery and weight loss journey, I am an open bood and would love to share with you. Fell free to contact me.
Blessings to each and everyone on you, wherever you are in this incredible journey!

intropsection and the long story

Jun 08, 2007

well, you know, i have continued to post my progress, but i feel that now i am safe enough in examining all the things that got me here. this may a bit long, and not designed to invoke sympathy, but rather to just chronicle my journey and as a catharsis of sorts...
i was a thin child, till about 3rd grade, then i ballooned-don't really know what happened, both parents were overweight. i seemed to always stuggle with wanting my mom's approval, and sought that out incessently. being a good eater was one way to get that. i was and still am a "daddy's girl".
by ninth grade i had my first boyfriend, and i started dieting--starvation dieting, diet pills, and laxatives "helped my lose 30 lbs over 1 summer, and i thought i had found the cure to my weight problems. my boyfriend made many comments about don't get fat, dont end up fat like you mom, etc. which fueled my need to stay thinner. i had officially tranferred my need for approval to him. that relationship was dysfunctional from the start, but i thoought i would never "get" anther boyfriend, so i tolerated it. he encouraged my taking diet pills and laxatives, in fact. but that didn't stop him from being unfaithful. and in my mind, that fueled my own feelings of "not being good enough". we dated all through high school, and after i graduated, i again stepped up my efforts to lose some more weight-i wanted to be a size 5, never mind the fact that my body fram wasn't condusive that size, i was gonna make it happen. the harder i tried to lose, the more he cheated. finally in my freshman year of college, i fit into that illusive size 5, for all of about 3 months, then i discovered i was pregnant. oh, my...my parents were devestated, and my dad cried. Silly me, I was jst so happy. I thought that meant all would be good, we would get married, and he wouldn't cheat anymore, because now he had a "family"--ha. the night we got married-civil wedding-he stayed out all night with another girl, and stupid me, i stayed with him anyway. his marriage philosphy was i was married and pregnant, but he was not and could do whatever he pleased. the relationship deterioted worse, and became physically, emotionally and sexually abusive. he basically cut me off from my family, iolsated me from my friends, and did as he pleased, becoming increasingly controlling. i stayed for whatever reasons, i don't know. when my daughter was 2 yrs old, i found out i was pregnant again. after my younger daughter was born, i began to have troulbe with maintaining my weight, and as stress at home with an abusive and absent husband increased, so did my weight. i started talking about wanting to leave him, to which he would tell me " your stupid, your fat, your ugly, you have 2 kids and your p***y is all used up, no one else will want you". my porr sick defeated brain believed him. silly, silly girl!
when the baby was a year old, he moved out, got his own apartment, but would still come over alot, and his many other girlfriends would even call my house looking for him-what?? mygirls were getting bigger, and finally the straw that borke the camels back, so to speak, whas when my older daughter was 5 yrs old, the girls were asleep, and their dad was at our house. i had come home from working a 12 hour shift, and he wanted to have sex. i told him i was tired, etc. he told me get into the bedroom, and i told him to just go home, i wanted to go to bed. he said to me " you're gonna make me hit you, aren't you?" i siad "i am not gonna make you do anything, you are gonna do exactly what you want", to which he hauled of and socked me in the face. I got my keys, went to the hospital, and when i came home, he was asleep. he got up in the morning and left, and my older daughter came out to living room and said mommy, what happened to you eye? oh, never mind, she said, my daddy hit you again, huh? that was it, i was done. i could no longer set the example to my daughters that that was acceptable, and i filed for divorce. needless to say, our divorce was a long and ugly battle, and my weight continued to increase, up, up and up. 
i won't go into detail on the divorce, cus that would just take too much time, but it went on for years, fighting for custody, etc.
fast forward to my 30th birthday, i got my final divorce papers in the mail on my birthday, and decided to see a doctor agout my weight. he put me on phen-fen, which again, i thought worked wonders. never mind all the scares, i was loosing. i lost 70 lbs, and withing 10 lbs of the goal i had set for myself, and the fda pulled it from the market. well, wouldn't ya know, within 6 mos, all my weight, plus some was back.
well, now i am 40, and i have lost so much weight with the help of the life saving surgery that i have had, my duaghters are stretching their wings, my relationship with pancho is not on the stongest of grounds, and my perspective is changing. my relationship with my parents is wonderful, i can't ever inagine not being close like we are nowand with their financial help, i saved my life and my health for myself, no one else. it seems that this is the first thing i have reall done for me and only me. looking back on all t hat i have been through in my life, and survived, well, then i can do anything! my perspective has changed in the following ways: i am trying to unlearn all of my codependent behaviors, to take care of me, "keep my side of the street clean", know to do the right things, be responsible for myself and my feelings, and let others bo the same. pancho's addiction issues are not mine, and i need to leave them alone, and today, where i am right this minute, is that i really am ok with my life, i am abundantly blessed, and if things don't work out between he and, well then, i can handle tthat, and if we do get to a better place and remain together, than that is god's plan.
i guess it is about time stop, as it has gone on long enough, but i really feel better putting it all in writing.
love to you all wherever you are in your journey
jamie


my belated century club card--thanks moni!

Jun 07, 2007


one year ago tomorrow

Jun 05, 2007

one year ago tomorrow, i took my life back. i had a vertical sleeve done with dr. cirangle. you know, even in researching and preparing for my surgery, when dr. c told me i could loose 80-100 lbs in a year, i couldn't believe it. i thought for me, there surely would be some "glitch", but i moved forward anyway, knowing i had do do something dramatic to save my life. i was excited!
my pre-op tests, and surgery and recovery went smooth. i was in and out of the hosptial in 24 hours, back to work in two weeks, and losing!
it took me a really long time to get the hang of what and what amount i could eat, and i will say, i threw up often, but i looked at it as a learning experience.
my mirror is still "defective" and trying to catch up to my new body. I currently weigh 166lbs, as of this morning which means that in 1 year, i have amazingly lost 114 lbs, and am wearing a size 10 pants, large shirts-wow! as for my new body-yep, there is loose skin on my tummy-hidden pretty well in pants, if i do say so-a bit on my thighs and arms too, but i also have bones--hip bones, coller bones, ankels, wrists-again, just amazing to me, and because plastics are currently not a financial possibility, i am just taking my "extra" skin as a badge of honor, one earned by loosing over 100lbs!
bless you all, whereever you are in your jounrey and never hesitate to pm me if there is anything ya want to know!


110 lbs goal MET!!

May 07, 2007

Well, this weekend brought a few changes...I am down 110lbs, to 170lbs, which was my original weight loss goal...I have amended that down to 160, so we shall see how that goes! YAY!!! I also can now wear a size 10 pants, and got to get new, smaller bras! 38C!!! Wowee, does that excite me!! 
In my personal life, things are still shaky, but I will just let that be what it is for now...
God Bless you all, whereever you are in your journey!

11 months out

May 02, 2007

Well, I have really not been very good at updating my profile here...I am almost 11 months out, and have lost 107 lbs so far. My BMI is down from 45.1 to 27.9, which means i am no "merely" overweight! YAY!! I am wearing a loose size 12 and large shirt. I am seeing bones in my body, and muscles which for so many years were covered by layers and layers of excess weight. Emotionally, it has been a roller coaster, because I feel very good with my progress and I have to say I love compliments, but some other personal issues between my boyfrined and my self have reared their ugly heads again, and I am not really sure where that relationshio will end up, so I am praying daily for God's blessing and trying to have faith to where he will lead me! My beautiful baby daughter will be graduating high school next month, and will be moving about an hour away, to live with my neice and go to college, so there are many changes taking place and i am just trying to keep up. Thank God that I feel so much better physically. I love my "new" body and how I look in clothes. Eating has gottten much easier, to know what I can and can't eat and in what portions!
God Bless you all, wherever you are in your journey today!


77 lbs!!

Nov 13, 2006

wow!! as of this weekend, i have lost 77 lbs!! 4 lbs away from onderland!!! i love this surgery!!

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Nov 03, 2006

I just wanted to take a moment to give a huge "thanks" to Treece for making my profile look just so cute--you are the bomb, fo' real!!

About Me
Martinez, CA
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Surgery
06/06/2006
Surgery Date
Apr 28, 2006
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