Jan 10, 2008

January 10-2008

Well, I have gained 12 pounds and feel really disappointed in myself.  I feel I have let everyone down, my family, the WL staff and myself. 

OKAY...the that is the end of my pity party!

It is a new year and I had already planned on trying to loose the 30 pounds that I WANT, so I guess it will have to bd 42 pounds.

I am exercising better already, and eating better and will just continue to do the best I can.!  AS of today, I have already lost 2 of the additional 12 pounds I gained!  Yeah for me!


Things have been going great for me lately.  About 3 weeks ago, I went to my pcp for what ended up to be a sinus infection.  He noticed my weight gain (17 lbs according to his scale) and we talked about it.  I told him I had been struggling with stress at work.  I wasn't eating because I was hungry; I was eating because I was stressed.  I was at a loss.  I KNEW what I needed to do, but it was like I was having an out of body experience, watching me eat like I was.  He suggested an appetite suppressant that he uses with patients that have had gastric by-pass.  I was ready for anything at this point.  Let me tell you, it worked GREAT.  I felt so calm about eating.  I didn’t feel out of control anymore.  I felt great!  I went back to see him on Thursday (this time I had the flu) and according to his scale, I lost 13 of the 17 lbs I had gained.  He is giving me 1 more month and then after that I should be able to handle it on my own.  This morning, I weighed myself and the scale said 188!!!! That is 2 lbs lower then my lowest I have lost since my surgery!  I am so happy!  Thanks you God for sending me this extra boost of help just when I needed it!


It's been a while since I have posted.  I am doing well, but still struggling with that same 10 pounds.  I have lost it a couple of times now.....   I have started back with the support meetings and I am hoping to get back on track.  Work is very stressful now and I have discovered I am a stress eater.  I will lean on my OH and Weightwise support group to help me out!

Also....my best friend Peggy is ready to have the surgery now.  She has been talking about it for a few years, but is now ready.  She met with Dr. Walton a couple of weeks ago and will have all her tests and appts on July 31st.  We are both excited for her to start her weight loss journey!


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4-3-07-Well….today is exactly 1 year since I had my Weight Loss Surgery, AND it is also my 29 + 11 years birthday!

It has been a wonderful year full of many blessings from God and I wanted to share some of them with you;


*I have been blessed with no complications from the surgery
*I have been blessed with a wonderful Dr, Dr. Walton, his staff and support groups at Weightwise
*I have been blessed with a wonderful and supportive family and friends
*I have been blessed with NO more high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol
*I have been blessed with going from a size 26/28 pants to a size 14 pants
*I have been blessed with going from a size 4XL shirt to a size L shirt
*I have been blessed with walking without getting out of breath
*I have been blessed with walking without my knees hurting
*I have been blessed with sitting in ANY booth or chair available
*I have been blessed with walking in ANY clothes store to shop
….and last, but not least….
*I have been blessed with starting with a weight of 319 at the start of my journey to weighing 193, a total of 126 pounds lost (so far!).

There are many more blessings, but these were related to my WL journey!

This was the best decision I made and I thank my family, especially my father, for all their support and love.  I am so much happier and healthy then I have ever been and I am so grateful for the second chance I have at life!
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This is me being silly, wearing my old "big" clothes.  The shirt I am wearing is the same one in my 3-days before surgery photo, and the pants are the size 26/28 that I used to wear before my surgery!






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Went to see Dr. Walton, Tara and Chris today for my 1 year checkup.  Everyone said I was doing Great!  When I weighed, it was 193!  Yeah for me!  I told Dr. Walton that I made a goal of losing 30 more pounds in the next 6 months and he said I should be able to do that with no problems.

I also spoke at a seminar tonight with Dr. Walton.  It was great hearing him talk again.  I met some nice people thinking about having the surgery!

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Tonight was "Ask the Surgeon" night at our support group and our guest speaker was Dr. Walton.  Our packed room asked him lots of great questions.  My friend Reba came tonight and gave me several presents for my birthday.  She is soooo sweet!  I had lots of fun and really enjoyed the support group!
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Today I met one of my original goals.  I NOW WEIGH LESS THEN MY HUSBAND! I weighed myself tonight and the scale said 190!  That is a total of 129 lbs lost!
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4-12-07-Went to Branson today and had a blast.  I went with a group from our church to go to a womens conference in Branson.  We went to Branson, by way of The Precious Moments museum first, which was great.  We stayed in Branson until 4-15-07.  The conference was wonderful and we got alot of shopping done.  Can't wait to go again next year!
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4-29-07-I did it, I did the Memorial Marthon, the walking part.  It was really great.  Got there about 5:30 am to get in line and walked my 3 miles.  I took photos along the way and will post them soon.  After the walk, I went to the OKC memorial and took photos there too.  It was the first time I had been to the memorial site since before they built it.  It was really pretty.  I wanted to see the museum too, but it wasn't open until later that day.  I swear I walked another mile trying to find my car that I had parked in the dark, but I found it finally.
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May 7, 2007-Went to Weightwise for an "Open House" to celebrate their 1 year anniversary in Oklahoma.  It was great and I got to see everyone!
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June 15, 2007-Doing okay, but I am having to really fight snacking too much and snacking on the wrong items.  I have been trying to do more exercising to keep things on an even keel, but I need to work this snacking issue out.
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August 27, 2007-Thanks Reba for the reminder I haven't updated in a while.  Things have just been crazy/busy for me lately.  I have been doing well maintaining my weight within 3-4 lbs, but would still like to loose 30 more pounds.  I am happy with where I am, but If I can get motivated, 30 more would be great.  

I have been keeping up with my exercising pretty well, doing my Gazelle in the morning and swimming in the evenings.

I have also been very busy with church and work that I haven't been around much, but my OH family is always in my mind.  I am so proud of my angle Reba. She is doing awesome!  I will try to do better in updating.  

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12-6-07-Went to the Weightwise Christmas party tonight and had a great time.  I saw several people I have missed since I haven't been able to go to the support group meetings.  I got to see my angel Reba and she looks GREAT!  Be sure to see those photos in my Album. (It's been so long for me to post, I can't remember how to add the photo here....)

We both had fun and got to see our Dr.s and the Weightwise staff!
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Mar 01, 2007

3-1-07- Had our monthly support group meeting tonight.  It was great!  The guest speaker spoke on the Non-surgical weight-loss program at Weightwise.  My best friend Peggy got to go with me because she has been interested in the non-surgical program.  We had a great group talk afterwards, that is what I like the best, being able to talk about current successes and problems that we have and discussing solutions.  I got to meet and talk to some more new people tonight which is always great.
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3-3-07-Here are my 11-Month Post-OP photos!
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3-6-07-I walked 2 miles today!  I plan on trying to walk (when the weather is nice) a couple of times a week, and the other times, doing my gazelle.  Trying to keep up my exercises this year.

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3-8-07-Signed up for the Memorial Marathon today.  I will be doing the 5K walk, which is 3.1 miles.  I can already walk 2 miles, and plan on "training" with 3 miles soon.  The marathon is on April 29th, so I have some time to train.  I can't wait!  I would have NEVER even thought of doing something like this before my surgery!

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3-9-07- Well, I got to see my dream guy tonight in concert, Rick Springfield!  My husband bought us tickets to see him for my valentines gift.  It was GREAT!  He was wonderful and sang all of my favorites.  He even came out into the crowd and got pretty close to me.  I didn't bring my camara because the tickets said not to, but everyone else did and the nice lady next to me send me these photos to remember my "Night with Rick".  Thanks Sandra C.!

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3-18-07-Walked 3 miles today!!!Yeah for me!!!

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3-19-07-My daughter stopped by the house tonight and do you know what she said??????
She called me a STICK

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 ...can you believe that?  No one has ever called me a stick before.....it felt nice, even it it wasn't really true.... 

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-I did it!  I got up again early this morning and I did my Gazelle exercise this morning before work!  It was great to do this before the stresses of the day had a chance to bring me down.  I set my alarm clock ahead 1 hour and yesterday I got up and was ready for work real early.  I just played around on the computer before leaving for work and thought later that day, I should have excercised in the time I had left!  So this morning, I got up early again and did it!  

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 3-22-07-My son was born 16 years ago today.  

He is always happy to have his photo taken!...
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He is always happy to have his photo taken!... 


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 3-25-07-Went to Walmart today and I bought a size 14 pair of regular jeans, not stretch this time, but regular.....Woo Hoo!!!!!

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Feb 02, 2007

2-1-07-Had another WOW moment today.  My husband asked me what size jeans I was wearing, and I said "why"? He said, just tell me, and I said "why, because they are baggy"? He said yes so i smiled and said "They are my size 16's, the smallest ones I have"!!  That just made my day! 

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2-3-07-Here are my 10-Month Post-op Photos.  I bought this dress at a garage sale last year for 2 bucks.

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2-6-07-Had our Support Group tonight with the Lap-banders because ours was cancelled last week due to the bad weather.  It was a great meeting. Dr. Jayesh Panchal was the guest speaker.  He is a plastic surgeon and had a wonderful presentation of all the surgeries he does.  He had a before and after slideshow and the results are amazing.  He was a very nice and easy going person to talk to and ask questions.  He has a website if you would like to learn more about what he can do at http://www.genesisokc.com/

I met a nice lady at the support group that gave me a WOW moment.  We were chatting about the surgery and I told her about obesity.com and gave her one of my "cards" I have printed from there.  She was like WOW, that's you, I was wondering why you were here!  That just made my day!
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I had a GREAT Valentine's Day today.  First of all, my husband gave me a small box of sugar-free candy before I went to work.  He had already given me a gift card to buy some new clothes, so I wasn't expecting anything else.
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Then my father came up to my work and took me out to lunch for Valentine's Day.  We at at one of our favorites places and had a great lunch!
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Then came my silly mistake.  We were a bit rushed for dinner, so I had some triskets with cheese, and ate too fast and too much.  I was miserable.  We had league bowling tonight and besides having to run to the restroom a couple of times, I did pretty good.  I averaged 115 with an average of 102.  I felt much better by the time we got home, and NO more Triskets for me.  I knew I shouldn't have them, and paid the price!
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Don and I decided that since we had league bowling tonight, we would celebrate Valentine's Day this Friday or Saturday, when we could have a nice dinner and see a movie!
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I want to wish my husband Don a Happy Valentine's Day!  I love you very much and thank you so much for all of your support!
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Jan 08, 2007

1-1-07-HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!  Wow, this surgery experience for me has been great!  I am happier then I have been in along time.  I made a New's Year's goal of getting back to a regular exercise routine and can't wait to get back on track with my exercise.
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1-3-07-Had my 9-month check-up today, on my surgerversary day!  I saw Dr. Walton, Tara and Chris.  Everyone said I was doing great!  I talked to Chris about my "confession" and we talked about how I would avoid having that trouble again.

Here are my 9-month photos!
I am wearing size 16 Leather Pants and a Large Sweater!
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1-16-07-Well...My family and I survived "Ice Storm 2007" this past weekend.  I felt we were well prepared with candles, batteries, food and water just in-case the power went out, but God blessed us and watched over us and kept us safe and warm during the storm.  I even got my husband to put my Gazelle together so I could do some exercise in the house, since we couldn't get out!

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1-24-07-Survived the Ice Storm 2007-Part 2, actually, instead of 5-12" of snow that they were predicting, we got RAIN (which actually melted all the ice!  Kids went back to school on Monday after being off for all of last week.  I have been doing my exercises pretty well on the Gazelle, I am up to about 12 minutes long, and 25 minutes a day.  I really enjoy doing this, it is easy on my knees and I can watch tv while I do it!  I got on the scale this morning and I am now 194, I lost 5 pounds finally.  I had been up and down a couple of pounds for weeks now, mostly because of my snacking.  I am working hard to quick all the snacking I did during my Christmas vacation and being ice-bound last week.  It is hard, but I am willing to fight the fight!  AND....I am now OVERWEIGHT, not OBESE anymore!

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1-31-07-It's the last day of the month, and suppose to snow today and tomorrow, although not very much.  I am still doing good on exercising, and plan to keep it up this time.  I had a couple of WOW moments last week I wanted to share.  The first one was from my PCP Dr. King.  I saw him last Friday and when he walked in the room he was like "WOW, I expected to see Jane and  your not her".  He was very pleased with how I was doing.  The other WOW moment was when I saw my in-laws later that night.  Both of them have been very supportive with my surgery and my Mother-in-law calls me "skinny" now.  My Father-in-law said I look different everytime he sees me and that I look great!

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DECEMBER 2006-8 Months Post-OP

Dec 01, 2006

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-It's the first day of December and I am stuck at home because of the snow storm we got yesterday! 
I got on the scale today and gues what?  
I weigh 199!!!!! I finally made it to ONDERLAND!

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12-3-06-Today is my 8-Month Post-OP Anniversary!  Here are my new photos!

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-Had my "Girls Night Out" tonight with my Tupperware friends.  We get together once a month to eat and catch up on each other.  We usually eat at Chili's, but decided to eat at Home Town Buffett so we could have the private room to exchange gifts.  I was dissapointed when I called Home Town to see if I could get a discount or a kids meal, but they have a corporate policy not to give out discounts like that.  I did call the corporate office to make a "complaint" and told them that many other resturants DO give discounts, and my family would not be able to go there until they do.  I just don't eat $11 worth of food.  I did go there on our girls night out and paid regular price.  I decided I had eaten PLENTY before my surgery to cover what I did not eat tonight!  Now don't get me wrong, I don't mind getting a regular meal, but I like to take the extra home to eat on again for another meal, and you just can't do that at a buffett.

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12-8-06-Had our monthly crop tonight.  I made bbq with the little smoked sausages (when I say I made, I really mean my husband made!!) We were suppose to bring something we traditionally make during the holidays, and my mother-in-law makes this every Christmas eve.  I used Carb Smart bbq sauce to make it pouch friendly for me!  Of course, since it was in a round, basketball crockpot...I ended up spilling half of it in my car when I stopped to quick....I guess I will have to get used to the bbq sauce smell.....:).  I worked on my project, before and after, photos to give to my surgeon and his staff at our Holiday Party on next Tuesday!  

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-Had the Weightwise Holiday party tonight and it was alot of fun.  My husband bought me to of Chef Dave's cookbooks and had them autographed for me as a Christmas present.  It was great seeing people I knew from the support group meetings, and also meeting a lot of new people!  Here are some photos my husband took of me and the staff!

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12-16-06-My Dad took us to the Yellow Rose Dinner Theater by our house to see their Christmas show and it was GREAT!.  We had so much fun and the food was wonderful.  I hope to go again sometime!

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-Someone sent me this "poem" and I thought it was great!  I don't know the author, they were not listed!

“Why Jesus Is Better Than Santa Claus”


Santa lives at the North Pole….

            JESUS is everywhere!

Santa rides in a sleigh….

            JESUS rides on the wind and walks on water!

Santa comes but once a year….

            JESUS is an ever-present help!

Santa fills your stockings with goodies….

            JESUS supplies all your needs!

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited…..

            JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited!

You have to stand in line to see Santa…..

            JESUS is as close as the mention of His Name!

Santa doesn’t know your name, all he can say is “hi little boy or girl, what’s your name?

            JESUS knew our name before we did!

            Not only does He know our name, He even knows our address too!

He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads!

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly…..

            JESUS has a heart full of love!

All Santa can offer is a HO HO HO….

            JESUS health, help and hope!!

Santa says, “You better not cry”….

            JESUS says “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you”!

Santa’s little helpers make toys….

JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions!

Santa may make you chuckle but….

            JESUS gives you joy that is your strength!

While Santa puts gifts under your tree….

            JESUS became our gift and dies on a tree!



Please remember that
JESUS is the reason for the season!

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12-24-06-We always spend Christmas Eve at my in-laws and have a great time.  We have the traditional food we always have and then pass out the presents 1 at a time.  It takes forever, but it great fun.  I took over 300 photos that night.  The last present handed out is always from Santa, for someone on the naughty list.  It's Coal!  I always vote for my husband to get it, but he has missed out for the last 3 years, I just don't get it!

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12-25-06-Christmas morning we spend with my family.  We went to my dad's house to open up presents there.  My 2 brothers and his family was there.  We had great fun opening up our presents.
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I love you mom and miss you very much!
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I did pretty good "eating" wise during the holidays, and I only had trouble on 3 things.  The first was I had made some suger-free snickerdoodle cookies from a recipie I got on this website.  I LOVED them, but could'nt stop eating them.  They were a trigger food for me, so I will not make them again for a LONG time!  The next item was suger-free Cinnamon Rolls (I had been wanting them for a long time and thought I would treat myself for Christmas).  I ate a couple and dumpped a bit.  So I won't be doing that again, if ever.  The last thing, was regular cheesecake.  On Christmas day, we had a traditonal turkey and ham dinner and for dessart, all kinds of pie and cheesecake.  I have had carb friendy cheesecake, and sugar-free cheesecake pudding before.  All they had was regular cheesecake, so I figured, why not, if I get sick, I'll get sick.  I DID NOT GET SICK!  It was about 22 grams of sugar.  It kinda scares me that I didn't get sick.  I know I will need to watch this for now on.

On a good note, I did decide to get back to exercising on a regular basis and have been riding my bike and walking much better this last week in December!

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November 2006, 7-Months Post-OP

Oct 31, 2006

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11-1-06- Well...its the first day of November and I survived Halloween last night.  I had a great time passing out candy.  Usually, I am taking my kids around, but since my youngest is 15, he decided to walk with some friends, so I got to pass out candy.  Was I tempted by the candy? NOPE....not at all.  I got on the scale this morning and I have lost 111 lbs!  Didn't make onderland in October, but hopefully this month!

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11-2-06-Went to our Monthly Support Group tonight and it was wonderful, as usual!  The Nutritionist's Chris & Jess had a great presentation on "10 Holiday Eating Tips" to help us get through the holidays this year.  This was great for me, as this will be my first holiday season after WLS.  Here are the tips they offered!

"10 Holiday Eating Tips"

1. Don't let food be the focus of the holidays.  Celerating the holidays is about being with family and friends.  Make the focal point of the holidays enjoying the time you have with your family and friends, instead of concentrating on the food!

2. Eat before you go to a holiday party.  You are less llikely to overindulge if you aren't overly hungry.  Don't skip meals, have your meals as you normally would!

3. Bring a healthful dish to the holiday party.  It's ok to bring something new to your family's traditional holiday meal.  Fruits and vegetables make great side dishes, appetizers, and desserts.  Provide recipies to your family members.  Recipes can be found on Chef Dave's website: www.chefdave.org

4. Have a plan.  Know what you are going to eat, what you are not going to eat-stick to your plan!

5. Don't hover around the food.  Gathering around food during the holidays is very common.  Take the initiative to move the conversation away from the food.  Hovering can lead to grazing, and calories from grazing add up fast!

6. Practice conscious eating.  Be aware of what you are eating, how much you are eating, and how you feel.  Stop eating when you feel full!

7. Use a plate. Put food on a plate instead of picking at the food.  By using a plate, you are makine a conscious choice about he foods you want to eat.  Take you time and enjoy your selections!

8. Don't keep leftovers.  Give them away to family and friends, or throw them out.  Think of  holiday meals as ONE meal!

9. Go back to your normal "diet" the next day.  One holiday meal does not ruin all of your hard work.  Don't practice all or nothing thining.  Get right back on track!

10. Be phsically active. Workout in the morning to get your metabolism going.  Go for a walk as a family-enjoy the decorations in your neighborhood.  Or play games as a family!

These tips were provide to our support group by the 
WONDERFUL & CARING  Nutritionist's on staff at 

Chris Corcoran MS, RD/LD
Jessica Sawatski RD/LD 

Thank you guys for REALLY caring about us!
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11-3-06-Today is my 7-Month Post-OP Anniversary!  Here are my newest pictures!
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-My best friend, Peggy, gave me another box of clothes that she can't use anymore, and guess what!!!! I was able to fit into a size 16 pair of pants and size 16 dress!!!!!!!WOW
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11-7-06-Remember to be THANKFUL for all of God's Blessings!

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YEA....My Friend Reba has a DATE 11-27-06!

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11-11-06- A couple of WOW moments!  My husband and I went to the mall and I was able to buy 2 large shirts and 2 pairs of size 9 shoes!  WOW!  I was wearing size 4x shirts and 10 wide shoes!
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11-17-06-Another WOW moment!  I went to a crop last night, and a girl I hadn't see since way before my surgey came in.  She was talking to the host as she came in, so I didn't get a chance to say hello.  A few minutes later, she said my name and then said that she DID NOT recognize me when she first came in the door!  
I thought this was a GREAT complement!
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11-18-06-We took family photos today for Christmas.  I LOVE this photo, compared to the one we took last year. I hated how Iooked in that one.  See for yourself!

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11-22-06-It's the day before Thanksgiving!  
I weighed myself this morning and I am down to 202 pounds, only 3 more to go to make it to "ONEDERLAND" ! That's a total of 117 pounds lost so far!
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What am I THANKFUL for?

I am THANKFUL to have GOD in my life
I am THANKFUL for the FAMILY he gave me
I am THANKFUL for the HOME he gave me
I am THANKFUL for the JOB he gave me
I am THANKFUL for the COUNTRY he has me living in
I am THANKFUL for the FRIENDS he gave me
I am THANKFUL for the WLS he provide for me

Thank you GOD for all the blessings you have given me!
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11-27-06-Reba had her surgery this morning.  I got to the hospital at a little after 7:00 am.  She was sigining papers, and I got to meet her sister Wanda.  After that, we went into the pre-op room and waited there until they took her back for her surgery about 9:30 am.  Wanda and I waited in her room and had a great chat.  Dr. Broussard came in the room about 12:45 pm to say that Reba was doing great and would be in the recovery room for about an hour until they brought her to her room! (P.S. Thanks Reba, for the pillowcase, I will post a photo of it soon!)
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11-28-06-Update on Reba!  I talked to her today and she is doing really good.  She had a rough night with some pain and dizzyness, but is doing much better today!
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October 2006, 6-Months Post-OP

Oct 15, 2006

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Today is my SIXTH Month Anniversary! 
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Got a call from Tara, the PA, yesterday and she said my the first results of my labs were good, but my calcium was a bit low. I told her I have been forgetting to take my last one until it is too late, but I would do better. She will let know how my other results are when they come in!

Also....I want to wish my Mom a HAPPY BIRTHDAY. She would have been 66 today. She passed away Christmas night, 2004. I miss her and think of her everyday and can't wait to meet her up in heaven! 

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10-5-06 Had our monthly support group meeting tonight! It was great to see everyone again. Our guest speaker was Chef Dave and he was wonderful. He made 3 kinds of dips that are WLS friendly and that we could make for the big game this weekend. He also told us about his cookbooks and videos that are coming out real soon. He is hoping to come back to do some book signings. His website is www.chefdave.org if you want to check him out!

We talked alot tonight as a group about an interview that Dr. Keller had with People Magazine regarding people who have WLS tend to trade one "Addiction" (weight) with another "Addiction" (drugs, drinking ect). People magazine was interviewing Doctors and getting their thoughts on it. It was a very good discussion with people both agreeing and disagreeing. I know myself, that I won't turn to drugs, drinking or evening spending, but I do know I need to learn to reward myself with things other than food like I used to do. This is something I have been working on for the past couple of weeks.

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10-10-06-Went to Weightwise after work to see Somer again. She did another metabolic test on me to see how I have progressed in the 6-months since my surgery. My old Fat burning zone was a heart rate of 108-118, and my new one is now 113-123. My Anaerobic Threshold was at an heart rate of 121 and my new one is now 153!!! I was proud of that, because it means all the excercises have made a big difference in how my body burns fat!. I have a new workout goal for the next 6 weeks and hopefully this will help me over my stalled weight loss slump I have been in the last 2-3 weeks!

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10-11-06-Just had to share a little WOW moment. Went to the school this morning for a meeting with my son's teachers and as I was sitting on the bench, waiting on them, his main teacher walked by and said she almost didn't recognize me, because I was so skinny now! I just smiled.

I get that a lot, and although I KNOW I look different and I KNOW I have lost alot of weight already, I still don't think of myself or feel that I am SKINNY. It's weird, but when people tell me that, I think to myself, "well I'm not really skinny, but getting there". I guess that will change in time, but it is nice to be called Skinny for a change! :)

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-Weight has been moving more slowly, but I am down to 213 now!  I would love to be down to 199 by the end of October, but we will see.


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10-20-06-Walked another 2 miles today !

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10-24-06-Went to a WL seminar tonight at Weightwise with my new friend Reba and it was great!  Dr. Broussard was the speaker and he is very nice and has a wonderful personality.  It was great meeting Reba face to face for the first time.  We met thru OH and have talked and e-mail alot, but finally got to meet each other tonight!  Best of luck to you Reba in your WL journey!  I'll be praying for you to have a great WLS experience!

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September 2006, 5-Months Post-OP

Aug 31, 2006


9-3-06-Today is my 5 month anniversary! I have lost 95 pounds so far!
Here are my photos!
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Here is my before surgery vs current photos!
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9-5-06-I met with the surgeon today about the lump in my breast. She was very nice and explained that when they do a mammogram, they will rate it from 0 or 1 to 5, with 5 being the worst. They rated me a 4, which means I need to get a surgical biopsy pretty quick to see what is what. I knew this going in, but was suprised that I would have to take 4 days off of work. She said I would be too tired to return the next day, that I would need lots of rest. I said I want it done asap, but it they could schedule it on a Thursday, then I would only have to take 2 days off of work. They are going to call me in a couple of days to let me know when they have it scheduled. The Dr. did praise me for finding the lump like I did. I think she agrees that I probably would not have noticed it if I had not lost the weight!

On another note.....I mowed the front lawn today! WOW! And guess what...I didn't die, I didn't get out of breath, and I didn't pass out from the heat. I had NO trouble at all. I was very proud of myself, again....I guess it seems silly to be so happy to able to do "normal" things again, but I can't help it....it has been a long time since I could do "normal" things because of being overweight.
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9-7-06-Surgeons office called me and they have scheduled my biopsy for next Wednesday. I will be glad it is done so I can know one way or the other what this lump is.

Went to our monthly support group meeting tonight. Dr. Keller talked about eating and what triggers make us eat things we shouldn't eat. It was a real eye opener. We also got to chat and introduce ourselves with the group.

Special Hello's to VICKIE, who I met last week at the seminar I spoke at, Good luck at your consultation next week with Dr. Walton! Also, Special Hello's to CAROL, JANE and of course, RUTH. I really look forward to seeing you guys every month!

9-13-06-First things, first.....Today when I weighed myself before my surgery.....I discovered that...
I HAVE LOST 100 LBS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Went to the hospital at 11:00 for my biopsy. The surgeon was delayed in another surgery, so I didn't go in until 1:30. It was quick, I was only in there for about 30 minutes. Recover was good too, I seemed to be able to wake up good and was alert, unlike the poor guy who came in the recover room, snoring and trying to get out of his bed. I think I got to go home around 3:30 or 4:00, very minor pain. After I got home, I took some pain meds and slept until 8:45 pm.

9-14-06-Felt pretty good today, just tired. Dr. was right telling me that my body would just feel tired. Pain only a level 1, so I took some Tylenol.

9-15-06-Hubby wanted to go to the Oklahoma State Fair, so we went today. I was excited to go to see if I could walk the fair and not "die" as I have in previous years with knee, feet and back pain. I did GREAT! No back, feet or knee pain, just a bit lightheaded (probably because of the surgery). This is another great WOW moment for me, the fair and other walking activities won't make me feel so bad anymore...this WLS is just wonderful!!!!!

9-16-06 I just wanted to show you the "Build-a-Bear" my husband bought me for losing 100 pounds. Her name is Autum and she is so cute!
Here she is au natural and in her Halloween costume!
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I saw the surgeon today to discuss my results from the biopsy and the results were NO CANCER. Thank you God for answering my prayers!

9-27-06- Had my 6 month checkup today and I got to see Dr. Keller, Dr. Walton and Chris, my nut. It was great to see them all again. I even got to see Mary, my day nurse when I had my surgery! I had a great visit with all of them. They all said I am doing real good. I am going back Friday morning to get my blood-work done to check all of my levels to make sure they are doing good also.

August 2006, 4-Months Post-OP

Jul 31, 2006


8-3-06 - Today is not only my 4TH MONTH Surgery Anniversary, but also my
21ST ANNIVERSARY to my loving husband Don.
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(I am wearing size 22 jeans and an XL-shirt!)

Since we both had to be on opposite sides of OKC tonight, we decided to celebrate our anniversary tomorrow night. This left me free to go to my monthly support group meeting. At the meeting, we had some representatives from the Nutrition Store come and talk to us about the store in the hospital, the ability of being able to order our supplies on-line in the near future, and how they want our opinions on items in the store, what we like and don’t like, as well as anything WE would like to see at the store. Then they let us have samples of various supplements, as well as some of the drinks and protein bars to taste. After that, we had our general decisions and talked and answered questions anyone asked. Dr. Keller wasn’t there, so Chris, my nutritionist held the meeting and did a wonderful job!
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LYNN, a fellow OH’er I met in person for the first time tonight! It was great meeting you and I hope you and your husband enjoyed the meeting and will come again!

RUTH & LORI, it was great seeing you guys again. You both are looking GREAT!
.....And Ruth, thanks for the nice gift you gave me!

…..and to the rest of the Support Group, You guys are awesome and I really look forward to seeing everyone and learning from you all. YOU’RE THE BEST!

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8-4-06 - Had a great evening out tonight to celebrate our 21st Wedding Anniversary! We usually go to a certain restaurant up north whenever we celebrate, but found out that it was no longer there, but was replaced by a new restaurant with basically the same menu, so we thought we would try it. My meal was great, Pot Roast and 3 Red potatoes. It was wonderful and very tender. My husband’s meal was OK, (he ordered prime rib, rare with no cooked veggies on the side, he got Med to Rare, no veggies on the side, but with a pickled corn/onion salsa? mix on TOP of his prime rib?....and the fritters and rolls that were served were hard). So all in all, we didn’t have a very good impression of this new restaurant.

We then went to the mall to kill some time and so I could get some kind of exercise in, and then went and saw the new SUPERMAN movie. It was pretty good, although the new Superman didn’t smile at me at the end of the movie, like Christopher Reeve did!
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8-9-06 - Been at the same weight for about 2 ½ weeks now and when I stepped on the scale this morning to see if anything had changed, I was at 232 lbs!!! It moved!!! It seems like my routine is to lose for a week or two, then stop for 2-3 weeks and start over again. That is expected, and I really am glad it slows down a bit, but on the other hand, I am soooo ready for this weight to be off! I just have to be patient!

8-17-06 Well doing pretty good today, yesterday was a tough day for me. I have been having trouble getting my water again, doing well to get 32 ozs in. So I was pretty bummed about that and of course, the weight coming off slowly didn't help matters either. But today, I finally bought me some jeans and guess what, they were size 20!!!!!!. I was wearing 26/26's before I had my surgery! I was very happy about the 20's. And, I am 8 ozs away form getting 64 ozs in today!

8-22-06 – Had a big scare today. When I was getting dressed this morning to go to work, I felt a lump in my breast. It really scared me. As soon as my PCP’s office opened at 7:00 am, I called and got an early morning appointment for tomorrow. It pretty much freaked me out all day, but I prayed about it and felt better about it towards the end of the day. Why am I posting this....because I would have NEVER found this lump if I hadn't lost the weight! This is ANOTHER reason WLS has SAVED my life!

On a good note, the hospital where I had my WLS called me to see if I would be willing to talk at a seminar coming up next week, August 31st. They thought that be having someone there who had surgery fairly recently would help ease peoples minds about asking questions they might not want to as the Dr. My first response was “Where there be any people there”? ha ha, I of course said yes, although I am a bit nervous about it and will be a bundle of nerves when it happens. I just figure I will introduce myself and they just have them ask me questions. Before my surgery, I would have never done something like this, have all those people look at me and then have to talk to them, no way. This is just another way this surgery has changed my life. I am much more confident with my self and image. One of the main things I will be sure to let people know about is the obesityhelp website. It has helped me a lot and still does to this day!

8-23-06 – Went to my PCP’s office today for my appointment. He said he definitely felt something, but not anything that made him think “red flags”. He said he felt that this was a blah blah blah blah cyst (I can’t remember the exact words), filled with water and was probably more noticeable because I have lost weight. He has scheduled me a diagnostic Mammogram for next Tuesday, and said I should know the results that day, and that he would call me on Wednesday to confirm those results.

He did some blood work also, since I have not been taking any blood pressure, cholesterol, or diabetic meds since my surgery. My blood sugar level was a 5, I said is that good? He was like, very good, when I first was tested for my blood sugar, it was in the 9 range. He then said my cholesterol was 150 and I said, is that good? He said Yep, 200 and below is good on cholesterol. I was like “Yea for me!” He then went ahead and said he would prefer to have me on a low-dose, generic blood pressure medicine for a couple more months, just to help out my body as it continues to go though the changes with weight-loss. All and all it made me feel much better after the visit!
Thank you God for answering prayers!

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8-25-06 – Today was a great WOW day. I received some tickets to see our Red Hawks minor league baseball team play tonight. We got 6 tickets so my husband and I got to bring both kids, plus my father and my daughters boyfriend, so it was a real family night out. What is so WOW about it? Last year, when I went to a game with my kids and father (hubby was sick) I was so uncomfortable with the seats that I ended up sitting on the concourse level in the Handicap seats because they were wider. I was so humiliated and embarrassed that I couldn’t sit with my family. I made this one of my goals before I had my surgery, that I could sit in the seats at the ball park and be comfortable. Well….I did and I was comfortable. We had a blast and it was great getting the whole family together!
Here I am sitting in the regular seats!
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8-27-06- Well I had another wow moment today! I cleaned house! Now mind you, I have cleaned house before, but usually I had to plan what one or two things I was going to do, and then because I was too winded or tired, that would be all I would do in a day. Well today, I guess because hubby was gone most of the day, I cleaned and vacuumed the living room (and moved the couches and chairs to vacuum under them), Did 2 loads of laundry, did 2 loads of dishes and even wiped off the counters, fridge and stove. I was so proud of myself and I could do these things without having to stop and rest. This was another one of my “goals” was to have some energy again to do more during the day!

8-28-06 – Well….I woke up a little sore today….okay A LOT sore today…..I wonder why??? Probably moving those couches and recliner yesterday. But, that is okay….it was well worth the soreness today!

8-29-06- I went to the Hospital today to have my mammogram done this morning. They did a diagnostic exam on the one with the lump and a regular one on my other one. Then they tried to do an ultra sound on the one with the lump, but it was too close to my skin to get a good look at it. The Dr. at my exam told me he didn’t seen anything he was concerned with on the x-rays or ultra sound, and that it was probably just a cyst. He was going to contact my PCP with the results and he will be calling me tomorrow. He said my PCP and I should monitor it to see if it changes and if not, then we should probably have it removed. I guess I was really hoping for a “nope, it’s not a problem” type of answer, but I guess this is as good as I could ask for. I will probably feel much better after talking with my PCP tomorrow.

8-30-06-Got a call from my PCP today, and he asked me if they explained their findings from yesterday. I said yes, and he said it was "abnormal".....I was like, he never used that word. So now I'm freaking out again. My PCP doesn't want to moniter it, it wants it taken care of NOW! Which on one hand makes me happy, I would rather deal with this now, then have to wait. He is going to set me up with a surgeon to do the procedure.

8-31-06-Got a call from the surgeons office and I have a consulting appointment next Tuesday, September 5th. The nurse told me we would go over a game plan on where to go next. I am pretty happy that things are moving quickly.

On another note....tonight I am speaking at the seminar for my WL Doctor. I have a game plan on what I am going to talk about, but I am still a little nervious.

Well....I am back from the seminar and It wasn't as bad as I thought it might have been. Everyone said I did great. I was nervous, but was able to say what I wanted to day and made it though okay. Then the wonderful people at Weightwise gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers. They are a wonderful lillac color!

Here is a photo of them!
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Thanks for the Roses...I really appreciate them!

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