February 2008 24 months PostOp
Feb 13, 2008
- Happy Re-Birth to Me
! OMG it has been 2 years since that life changing event. Sometimes I have to sit and really think about the way things where 2 years ago but when I get a crook in my knee I quickly remember how old my butt is
. I remember when I first got my surgery I really didnt care to talk it about, cuz I think in the back of my mind somewhere I thought it would never work. But I stuck to my food plan, vitamins, protein drinks
and chased every exercise program like an alcoholic chasing an AA meeting & in the end it has paid off...I am not a candidate for a nip tuck series (LOL). True I didnt lose as much as others but I think while losing you have to not only do aerobic exercises but symmetry exercises also. I also recommend to change your exercise program every 3 to 6 month or add more exercises. It works other muscles and sometimes works those same muscles in a different way. Believe me you will get a different burn. Another tip, if possible workout in the morning you will feel like you have taken a bottle of vitamins...it really gets the blood flowing. I know I hate crawling out early in the morning too but once you do it and complete a early morning workout you will feel 10 yrs younger. Enough with my browbeating on exercise, but I just want everyone to keep in mind that if that your workout don't have your whole body sore for days then you ain't workout
! I think the biggest piece of advice I can pass on to someone who is reborn and has found a new life thru weightloss...Don't Loose Your Mind. Sure your interests will change and you will be different but if your personality was wonderful before hold on to that. In the end, your body will lose weight and change form...hold onto yourself in the process...stay true to you!
Anyway, my next hurddle is to drop about 5 to 7 lbs and maintain that before spring. Spring & summer is coming and I plan on wear a bathing suit for the first time in probably 15 years (LOL)...I may not go out of my yard or even out of my house in it but I am gonna put it on this year! I'm not working the 2nd job right now so I have more time to dedicate to getting in shape for the spring & summer. I have these stubborn lovehandles that want to hang over my low risers and I gotta get that worked off
enough with the imperfections.
Oh Well, what a month....thank you God for these blessings it has been so wonderful! I am so thankful for this 2nd chance at life, for my mother's successful recovery thru breast cancer, for a great family who did come together under pressure (how important this was for me & them), for extended friends here (BAF) and for anyone I may encounter in the future. I have learned I am one strong black woman who has endured so much in her life and will probably endure so much more before the end of her life so for now I am FINE
and I can critque my little imperfections (as long as I dont take it to serious)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 2008 23 months PostOp
Jan 28, 2008
...Oh Boy I am paying the price for eating good during the holidays cuz I gained weight
. This is a month of reflection and focus...to reflect upon the past year and focus on what I can do to improve the coming year. My life has changed so much in the past 2 years, not just my physical appearance but my attitude, emotional state, and everything...like a big snowball effect. Some of the changes have been great, I feel I have been awakened from a long sleep and I am living my life for the first time in 15 years. But some changes have been difficult and I have learned losing weight doesnt make people nice or honest. The streets will eat you up fat or skinny and that is on the real tip!
Oh well enough of that...I am like everyone else trying to survive in this floundering economy (with a smile of course)! My hope for 2008 is to keep on track with the weight and at least maintain
! I also would like to get the debt down and the savings up. Always work on self-improvement in one way or another. Lastly maybe I will run into that special person who can appreciate me and I can appreciate him
! Well until next month set your goals higher and Aspire to reach them!
December 2007 - 22 months PostOp
Jan 01, 2008
What a month! Between working a 2nd job, trying to christmas shop, celebrating the holidays, celebrating my b-day and kicking another worthless man to the curb; I have been busy! With working 2 jobs I have found it very challenging keeping ontrack eating right...so I have definitely fell off the wagon. But fortunately my 2nd job is very physical so I get a ton of exercise and burn off those added calories.
At my regular job we adopted an orphanage for Christmas. I did alot of the shopping for the kids and it was such a rude awakening to see what these young kids asked for. Most just asked for simple necessities like undergarments, shoes, clothes, nothing extravagent like our own children. I made my granddaughter come along with me and help trying to teach her a lesson in humility and giving, I think I finally got thru to her.
Christmas was amazing this year...everyone wanted to come over and hang out. We had a house full of kids all evening long and I really needed some tylenol when it was over
...but it was fun.
My B-day is on the 29th so usually no one likes to celebrate cuz it is between Christmas & New Years! This year my girlfriend, son and his girlfriend took me out to get my party on. Whew...what fun...let's say a girl can't do too many martinis.
November 2007 - 21 months PostOp
Nov 12, 2007
266/165/164...This month was the Ohio M&G and although I only attend 1 night I really enjoyed myself. There is nothing more motivating than to be with a group of people who really enjoy and value life...the second time around! I guess that is what this is all about...second chances! Many of us have gotten our second chance and many are waiting; what we do with it is up to us!
Also, my mom got her chemo port out this month...yippy! She is now on meds for 5 yrs but her prognosis looks promising. Unfortunately, she lost her youngest and closest sister in the same week...love ya mom.
As for me I still exercise regularly (salsa, punching bag and considering going back to the gym...to see if they can keep up LOL). Everything has tightened up rather well except the dreaded stomach. I wish I had a more curvy waist but blame my mother it is hereditary. Enough about my genetic flaws I thank God that I am healthy and have had no complications to speak of. I have lost enough weight to lead a normal and productive life and just maybe someday I will find that person who is right for me. To those who are waiting and praying dont give up. For those who have been blessed live everyday to the fullest!
July 2007 - PostOp 17 month
Jul 24, 2007
266/166/164...Oh well you can't win them all in the weight game you just have to keep plugging away. I quit bootcamp this month cuz the instructor kept going up on the price. But I did join latin dancing classes, I took up biking and I just bought a punching bag to compensate for the exercise program (hope that works)! I have found myself grazing at night and grabbing my granddaughters snacks (carb loaded) so I have reverted to drinking my protein to evening instead of days to fill me up and keep out of those bad foods!
I made a short trip to DC this month to visit a friend. It was great to take a vacation and not think about your troubles. Of course I got to see all the memorials, spent the day in olde town (Alexandria VA) and stayed somewhat true to my diet and exercise routine. All in all it was great and I cant wait to return again!
Now my issue is to concentrate on how to reach my goal and stay there! Some days I can hop on the scale and it will say 164 but I cant maintain that weight. I know I have to go below that so when I gain I will be at goal.
June 2007 - PostOp 16 Months
Jul 24, 2007
266/166/164 - I give up I am never gonna lose these last few pounds and keep them off!!!!!!
May 2007 - 15 months PostOp
May 07, 2007
266/167/164...My goodness what a journey! I keep going up and down like a teeter tooter but I just cant seem to get rid of the last few pounds. I know I really should buckle down and apply myself. But I have gotten a little lacks in my routine and I need motivation!
This month has been filled with so many joyous occasions! My mom's last chemo treatment...then she starts radiation. My granddaughter turns a big 7 yrs old. My son purchased his first rental property on his way to becoming an Entrepreneur...smile! Of course, it was Mother's day, that day we take a moment an give thanks to the one person in the world who will always love us unconditionally and support us throughout the good and the bad times.
More good news...my hair has finally stopped falling on the floor (hurray)! I wonder if that means it will grow back long and thick like it use to be...hmmmm? I know I could use a perm but I am scared to try cuz it may burn my hair off (LOL).
April 2007 - PostOP 14 months
Apr 11, 2007
What a busy month it has been! The L3 Ladies from the BAF got together for Bowling and dinner. The event was so enjoyable, I can't wait for our next get together...everyone was so amazing!
Well the weight loss was next to none this month but I am still working toward toning and maintaining and not worrying too much about this last 3 lbs. I know one day I will look around and the 3 lbs will fall off...probably when I get even more active this summer (LOL)!
I do have a couple of bits of news! My mom's Chemo treatments are almost over...thank God! We only have radiation treatment left and it seems she is getting thru things pretty good for her age. It feels so good to finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.
I have finally met a real gentlemen, ahhhh could it be true (LOL). Of course it is a long distance relationship but nothing is perfect. I guess we will see how things develop!
13 months Post OP
Mar 21, 2007
Well I am at 169 lbs, 3 lbs from 100 lbs lost. I am so close, I know if I increase my exercise I can make the weight. Anyway the funny thing that happened to me this month was when i went in for my yearly mammography the girl said you can't be the same woman the breast are different (LOL). So I had to explain to her that I lost a subtantial weight and unfortunately it was at the top...(hahaha).
I was in Chi-town for St. Patricks Day and had a blast! I think that was the first time I went out of town just to go. Everyone keeps asking were did I go not just physically but I act nothing like I use to, I don't think I even have the same interest. It drives me crazy to be in the house or sitting to long and everyone wants me to sit down. Before they were always telling me to get up and do something now they want me to be still (hahaha). As soon as I can I will load a pic from Chi-town!
1 Yr Anniversary - February 2007
Mar 21, 2007
What an amazing year...I have lost almost 100lbs in 1 year. I love to exercise and work my program although I still have days where a girl has just gotta have a Reese cup (LOL). But I am learning how to work with my demons and stay fit too...(sugar-free Reese cups...wink).
The weight loss has slowed down to almost a stand still. I know I have to do more but since it is February it is rather hard to get motivated.
I went for my 1 year visit with Dr. Curry and I think he was amazed at how well I have done. I usually do have a lot of people who have to look at me several times before they figure out that it is me. Although I haven't quite made the 100 lbs I am within a few lbs. and if I get down to business I know I can drop them!