Bohemian Burble

= A socially unconventional person.

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Continuation of my Shrinkage

amyI wanted to share my great diabetic news with you…. My A1C from 2010 to roughly 2015 was at an all time high of 13… at my recent 6mo diabetic check up on March 4th, it has dropped to an 8. This past July I started following Forks Over Knives — a plant based lifestyle of eating… and I quit eating cheese and drinking milk. I’m still shrinking from my lap band and am the most healthiest I have ever been in my life. My biggest goal and hope is by my next checkup on Sept 1st, I am off all medications of high blood pressure/diabetic meds and can continue living life to the fullest.

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I Do Not Miss You

You’ll-Never-Eat-McDonald’s-Again-After-You-Read-These-Horrifying-FactsIt has been a little over three years since I went through a fast food drive-thru to order a squashed greasy burger and fries. And I’m so proud of my strong-will and accomplishments of not doing that.

Hopefully by early October I will have relocated myself to follow a new career that I recently accepted. And I am thrilled to smithereens to know that the only fast food joint in this new village is sandwich shop. Nothing in terms of a Wendy’s, Burger King or even a McDonald’s in sight. AMEN!!!!

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Run As Fast As You Can!

isSchool is back in session and what a better way to start anew with a whole new way of eating. Several weeks ago I rewarded myself the book, FORK OVER KNIVES and have thoroughly enjoyed reading everything about plant-based eating.

Two weeks ago, I quit eating cheese. And I love love love cheese! But not having it around or even walking by it at the grocery store doesn’t even bother me anymore. And slowly, I am stopping dairy all together. Including ice cream. I am now opting to treat myself to sugar-free popsicles.

My goal with this new lifestyle…. get off ALL of my numerous medications for high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stop using my CPAP machine/mask….and just continue to shed unwanted pounds and just be more and more healthier.

Working at a fast food joint where I see so many overweight folks come through the line asking for the healthier meat sandwiches but then dumping more than a half of bottle of mayo and other fatty sauces on their hoagie … pretty damn frightening to witness. I just want to scream at them to run as fast as you can from this joint and go eat a large salad. And quit eating so much processed foods!!!!

So I’ll keep you updated on my new adventure. Continue to make good food choices.

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Summer of 2015

10534478_1761905220702870_39430612750700157_nMyself and my two nieces: Jordan (Oregon) and Nicole (Tennessee) on my mom’s family homestead near Tyndall, SD. July 3, 2015


I haven’t had this much fun during a summer since I was a young kid. Lots of things aren’t really lining up for me in other avenues of my life as I know it but things that are hugely important to me are. And I’m doing very well still in slowly losing weight, inches and gaining back my self-worth. Yes, three years after the fact. Also my eating habits — the old ones, the very bad ones, are thankfully something of the past now … and I challenged myself this past week to give up eating excess salt like my all time favorite snack: sunflower seeds. I haven’t been back to my apartment since June 26th so from that date to today, July 5th, I’m overly proud of myself for staying true to my promise. I will return home tomorrow.

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Today Is My 3rd Year Bandiversary


Three years ago today, I saved my own life.

Happy 3-Years of successful weight loss and living as a healthy person to me. Three years ago today, I was at Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, SD in the midst of having my lap band surgery. And Dr. Haley was my surgeon.

Three years later, I’ve lost a lot of inches and weight and gained back my self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence. I also have given away or sold a ton of oversized clothes and shoes. As well as other larger than life items that used to be more handy to me as a large person versus how I am now.

I still have a ways to go with my weight loss journey but it’s all about baby steps and I could not be more happier.

Thanks for all the encouragement and support these past 3 years!!!

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Drinking Aspartame

poisonThe last time I drank Aspartame was August 11, 2014. My last day at a certain gig I used to have where you could drink all the Aspartame in carbonated soda you wanted to on your shift. And even more when you weren’t on the clock.

I was just at the grocery store and I was parched. For water. I debated in my brain that I would be home soon and I could drink all the ice water I could guzzle.

And knowing full well that the water would quench my thirst, I decided to quickly buy the soda to the right.  And I wanted to see how my body would react after not having it in 9 months.

First off… the taste was not good. Secondly, I did not feel that my thirst was even the slightest quenched.

Then the acid of the pop just trickled down my stomach and I could feel it in all the increments it took to go down. It was a very funky and odd feeling.

And then I was thirsty for water. And no water was in sight.

I drove the 5 minutes home. And as soon as I got into my kitchen. I put the pop on the counter and reached for an ice cold bottle of fresh water. RELIEF.

Now as I sit and type this post, I can feel the ick effects of what the Diet Dr. Pepper is still doing to my stomach and bowels. And the burps are happening too thus leaving a bad after taste in my throat.


The $1.48 experiment is over. A huge waste of money too.

LESSON LEARNED: Continue to stay away from the poison Aspartame. Continue to make good drink and food choices to continue to better my health.

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The Novelty Is Over

indexThis week’s lesson learned: Be skeptical when buying a fitness tracker on clearance!!!! Mine worked from 4/15/15 to 4/23/15. Died 5:05PM. Tried to reboot, re-everything to no avail. Thankfully I can still take it back to get a full refund.

Will I replace it with a Fitbit? NO! The lesson???

I realize I need to actually move my body and not sit idle for long periods of time. I also realize I sleep like crap. I’ve had sleep apnea since 2004. And my CPAP is a life saver.

I do not need a bracelet to tell me any of this!!!

Continue to make good food choices and move your body!