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Collagen Peptides Oh My!

With my recent additional weight loss, parts of my face, arms and other areas on my lovely body have gotten stretched slightly. And by stretched I mean, sagging. Most importantly, I finally am showing what I used to have, a neck. Yes, a neck. Parts of my once double chin, has turned into — well — an unsightly gaggle, very much like a turkey’s neck. I’m not too pleased with this saggy gaggle I now sport but I do not wish to every have no neck and only a double chin to have people gawk at.

I reached out to several of my healthier friends who are thin and mega healthy. I inquired if there were any type of exercises to get rid of said saggy gaggle I now sport but no, nothing they can think of. So I did my own Google research and found that by consuming Collagen Peptides, a protein, can perhaps help with the elasticity of my skin below my chin.

There are a lot of very expensive “brands” out there for this type of protein powder and if you know anything about me, you know I like to buy cheap. So I found this brand (see photo to the right) on Amazon. I believe it was $19.00.  I have been using it daily for a little over two weeks now. It literally has no taste. I mix mine with orange juice, my smoothies or mix it up with yogurt. I’ve even put it in soups that I make. One scoop a day.

Want to educate your melon about this amazing product? Go to this link:

As the site brags, one scoop a day promotes:

  • Lose weight
  • Heal your gut
  • Build stronger bones and joints
  • Get youthful, glowing skin, hair, and nails

While there is no promise that I will lose my saggy gaggle underneath my chin, I have had issues prior to gut issues so I already can tell a difference in the past two weeks. I also can tell how it’s making my hair grow longer (remember I’m growing out my pixie for the 5th time in 5 years and never have gotten past the 5 month mark before I chop it all off back to a pixie). Using this product also helps stabilizes my blood sugar.

Overall, it’s a win win for me.



In Disbelief

downloadTwo years ago, I bought a too-small of a Columbia coat on purpose at Younkers. It was on sale and then I had a coupon and I paid half of what the original price was. It hung in my closet for the past two years just waiting for me to be able to wear proudly and in doing so, it would mean I would have to shrink considerably more than the slow process I was already doing.

Last year I tried it on, and it wouldn’t even budge to close with the zipper. It was like an open cardigan with puffy sleeves.  The Columbia coat image to the left is what my beautiful bright blue coat resembles, same style.

Three weeks ago, already a lot of shrinkage had been happening to my body, I tried on the bright blue (my favorite color) Columbia coat. The two ends met in the middle but I still couldn’t zip it up. The zipper wouldn’t get near the zipper holder thingy.

This morning, I put it back on and with great confidence I reached for the zipper and it not only zipped right on up, but there’s wiggle room between my shrinking belly to the Columbia coat zipper holding me together in one piece. OH. MY. GOODNESS.


I stopped over to Costco for some free samples (aka free lunch) … and oh my Wheat Belly lifestyle…. it was all a chemical shit-storm of processed foods. I couldn’t even chew them up enough to swallow. Thank goodness for the ginormous trash bins after every aisle. Even the “juice,” they were giving out in Dixie cups, sucked. I knew I had to get out of that store… and I did just that. Left my cart including that processed samples of crap sitting in the mammoth sized cart and grabbed some water from my trunk (learned that awesome tip from Debbie in Tyndall, SD) and guzzled that refreshing liquid down my pie hole.

Then I went to my favorite cheap grocery store, Aldi, and bought 20 cucumbers that were on sale for 29 cents each… and just finished dicing them up, added green onion, diced tomatoes, a little Himalayan salt, pepper and squeezed in some Hidden Ranch dressing… Delicious supper tonight…. and for the rest of the week, my snacks, my lunches and whatever else I decide to do with 20 cucumbers. And just to clarify, I did buy other items besides 20 cukes: Strawberries, lemons, Gala apples, dill pickles, asparagus and K-cups of french vanilla cappucino. 

So I binged watched all 8 episodes of “The End of the F***king World,” on Netflix consumed a bowl of fresh cucumbers/green onions…. with a little non-compliant Hidden Ranch dressing and am currently drinking plenty of delicious iced Chamomile tea.

I really miss my favorite cousin, Sally, in Byron, Minnesota. The other day was her birthday. Back in 2006, she and I went to see the movie, Marie Antoinette. Earlier in the week, I listened to the podcast HISTORY CHICKS and they did like 88 minutes of Marie Antoinette’s life. So in honor of Sally, my exciting Saturday night will continue with a viewing of the 2006 flick of “M.A.” and I may break out my other favorite, sunflower seeds for a snack.

A cozy Saturday night for sure!!!!


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C C C h a n g e s . . .

In Photo No. 1, I am wearing a 5X shirt and a size 28 pants. I had just gotten a pixie and this was 5 months after my lap band surgery.

In Photo No. 2, I am wear an extra large shirt underneath a cardigan sweater and jeans, that up until two years ago, I never wore. Ever.  I am finally growing out my pixie and am 98% healthy.



Magical Moments

Yesterday I decided it was time to pamper myself … first time of 2018, you know, all 20 days of it, the new year. I had a really good coupon to my favorite store, Torrid and when I went in, found out an even better deal: Buy 1 on Clearance, get 2 free.  Normally I never go to the dressing room to try on clothes as I know my size but I really loved some jeans in a smaller size, so I went to try them on.

Bells and whistles exploded in my melon. They fit perfectly. And I was smiling for the remainder of the day.

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the most happiest moments in my life as I know it.


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Bye Bye Visceral Fat

WHAT IS VISCERAL FAT? Visceral fat is the type of fat that exists in the abdomen. Visceral fat, or abdominal fat, is a type of body fat that exists in the abdomen and surrounds the internal organs. Everyone has some, especially those who are sedentary, chronically stressed, or maintain unhealthy diets.

High visceral fat is dangerous and is correlated with cholesterol, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other conditions. This is because visceral fat is the fat that is located inside the abdominal cavity – packed between organs – rather than underneath the skin (subcutaneous fat) and this fat will release acids that are metabolized by the liver and which can cause insulin resistance in the liver. 


June 2017 was the first time in my entire life that I first heard of the phrase ‘visceral fat.’ Before that, I had zero clue I had that surrounding my organs. I thought “fat” was “fat.” My former provider, Lori Ranek, PA-C, explained it in more detail to me in July. And then I started to do research. Fascination was pretty much all I could think of after finding all the images on Google.

On how it was explained to me by a coworker in June, then again in July by a professional, I knew I was on the right path in continuing to decrease the amount of visceral fat inside my belly. Once I started losing my “VF,” weird but good changes started to happen within my body. One of the changes happened in June, alerting me to think something was majorly wrong with my body, but no, nothing was wrong. And then after the recent weight loss in December again, yesterday, my body reminded me there is more visceral fat that has been cleaned out. But before I came to that realization, I had to get a hold of my mom to tell her that I think something is wrong again. No, it’s me shedding the bad. Go me.

I mean, we all know that putting ON WEIGHT is easy peasy. Rarely are there any weird things that happens to your body other than you need bigger clothes and diseases start appearing at your check up’s with your providers. And then you start making all sorts of excuses as to why you are getting wider and bigger than the other way around.

Losing weight is a process, not an instant solution, like many seem to think with fad diets, purging/vomiting, sitting in a sauna… to name just a few.

If you want serious results that are approved by a Cardiologist? Follow the Wheat Belly lifestyle and eliminate wheat and all grains from your eating habits.

How I got started on the Wheat Belly movement was hearing about it from someone from my hometown of Springfield, SD … Her name is Karen. She was diagnosed with a very serious disease and through her own research, she found the Wheat Belly lifestyle and became a faithful follower of it. And she happily reversed her disease and never looked back.

I talked to her two years ago about this type of lifestyle. It sounded intriguing but I really did not think I would be able to do it by myself. I really was depending that I still could “do it,” by myself without going the route Karen chose.

This past April 2017, I had enough of still being sick with my Type 2 Diabetes… still dealing with my sleep apnea… still dealing with my high anxiety… still suffering from major depression. I still had issues with my knees/joints/weirdness in my limbs feeling off and wonky… and I knew I needed a huge change in how I was eating.

I went to the Sioux Falls downtown library and checked out the book The Wheat Belly Detox. I also found two facebook groups about the Wheat Belly Detox book and joined them.

Next up, as a newbie, before starting the 10-day detox, I asked a zillion questions to the administrators on the WB Group pages… THEN I did the unthinkable… I took a big bag and took a deep breath, and went thru my cupboard, freezer and fridge. I gave away almost all of my food items that contained anything with wheat or other grains, to people at work or took to my mom’s house, otherwise my black birds, squirrels and bunnies got the rest.

Sometimes I get flack for posting so many photos of my food choices on facebook and other social media outlets but I look at it as it’s confirmation that I am on track with my healthy options. I also use social media as my own personal diary which sometimes I get flack from people for that too. But seriously, I really don’t care what other people think anymore. I guess if you don’t like it, don’t be my social media friend. But I’ve always said, I am the same person you read about online as I am in person. I’ve never pretended to be anything but the real me.

That being said … I started cold turkey on the Wheat Belly 10-day Detox on April 27th. By the time, my 6-month diabetic checkup rolled around on July 6th, I got a clean bill of health. All of my lab results proved to be extremely awesome. Proudly excited to say from five and a half months ago to current date, I no longer have any of the above ailments including depression, anxiety, body issues (knee pain, feet issues, excessive sweating, allergies, hot flashes, sleep apnea….) ~ I’m almost finished dealing with my Type 2 diabetes…

Take it from me, if I can do this — eliminate wheat and all grains from my pie hole, ANYONE can do it. It’s super simple to read the labels at the grocery stores. Basically the first word in every ingredient is WHEAT. Once you see that nugget, put the food back on the shelf. And walk away.

Once you go survive the insane and the annoying 10-Day Wheat Belly detox, YOU HAVE BECOME YOUR VERY OWN SUPER HERO. You are now invincible. And you will start seeing instant results, like immediately.

That being said … I still have plenty of visceral fat to lose. I have yet to reach a teen model status (aka reference to Marcia Brady). But I feel I am on the right path.



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How It All Started

My lap band journey started in 2004. It took me 8 years of hard work, fighting insurance companies to gain approval to get the surgery done. It never happened until I met up with Lori Ranek, PA-C, at the Bon Homme Family Clinic in Tyndall, SD. I had already known Lori for most of my life but I never thought she would prove to be the Super Hero provider that she turned out to be. For me. And so many countless of other humans. That was April 2012.

I had my lap band procedure on June 27, 2012 at Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell, SD. My surgeon, Dr. Michael Haley, was also my Super Hero.

Back track to February 2004… Dr. David Abbott of Yankton’s Ear, Nose & Throat clinic diagnosed me with obstructive sleep apnea. Told my mom and I that I was the worst case he’s ever seen of it.

The next month I had my tonsils and my adenoids removed hoping to help my apnea issues out, but it didn’t do any good. I was fitted with a CPAP mask and was given a CPAP machine. A mystery machine would become a part of my every sleeping moment from then on…. until Sunday, January 7, 2017.

Along the way, many providers, with the exception of one, told me to seek out the lap band procedure. And so my journey began…. I wasn’t always overweight and I had lost weight before but this time, it wasn’t working. Losing weight, on my own, until I moved from a town of 14,000 to a wee village of 1,000. That village shut down basically every night at 8pm. No fast food joints, no stop lights, a lot of churches and a hospital where I was working at. I had a hospital of great support, except for one like I mentioned above.

Long story short. I was told I’d always have sleep apnea unless I lost a considerable amount of weight. Moving to the wee village in 2010, I had lost 60 pounds just by walking everywhere. But it still wasn’t enough to help out my sleep apnea. Then my insurance company announced they would pay for half of any type of weight loss surgery starting in January 2012.

Now five and a half years later …. The mystery machine is now packed up. My new doctor told me the good news last night. After Friday’s overnight oximetry test, the results were beyond excellent. No more sleep apnea.

I believe I may have totally confused every one from this post that I just wrote. I just re-read this twice. I’m going to blame this on, working 9 hours at work today. Making up 2 hours this week so I can leave early on Friday to head back to Springfield for the long weekend.

Simply put: No more sleep apnea. It’s a win for me.


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More Non-Scale Victories

For four years from my last saline filling to my most recent one on December 1, 2017, I was basically at the same weight. I never had gained any pounds but I wasn’t losing any either. I was at a stand still. But I have been continually losing inches upon inches.

How did I know this? My clothes were looser, my face was becoming small, even my feet shrunk 2 sizes. Who knew that could happen? Well it did, to me. My feet shrunk.

That being said, since my last and final saline fill… I literally have dropped 15 pounds. And all the while, clothes from season to season have been patiently been waiting to be worn. And some of them were even too small when I originally hung them up in my walk in.

In between each season as each year has passed, I’d still have/had the mindset that those pieces of clothing were “still too small.” Until this morning when I picked out an outfit to sport for the day.

Seriously people, the top and bottoms literally HUNG ON ME. Like super largely HUNG ON ME! I was a little in disbelief as I took that “outfit” outside and to the pharmacy.

It felt weird wearing overly ginormous clothing out in public. But you know, it is Winter, and I was just running into HyVee to pick up some medications … and I did have my Winter coat on, scarf, gloves… you get the picture. But even walking out to my car afterwards, I felt like a bum. And the second I was back in my hut, I looked at myself in the mirror and just laughed.

I put the clothes in the hamper to wash and they’ll go on the pile for the consignment shop in Vermillion’s New 2 You. It also seems most recently that pile… is continually getting bigger as each day comes and goes.

***** So this is what one calls a “Non Scale Victory.” *****

Another big one … the last two nights, I’ve been hanging out at a friend’s home. She has a ton of weird and somewhat exciting food and in excessive amounts of it. She’s one of those type of people that says “to eat whatever you want….” Which the old Amy would have just loved to have dug in and just enjoyed everything. “New” Amy, or the regular me…. is never hungry. Ever. Besides snacking on sunflower seeds and drinking herbal ice tea or hot tea… that’s my vice. Big whoopee isn’t it? Yippeeeeeee….

Tonight, I buzzed over and she had a ton of food her friend had brought over because he just started the Paleo diet. I tried to explain to her that the Paleo is basically like the Wheat Belly lifestyle…. basic concept anyways.

All I ate at her place was some peanuts and a small amount of cheese. She kept trying to shove bread into my face and other bad options. She’s super thin and basically has no concept of what I am going through. Although, mega kind and sweet and supportive… Thin people just don’t get it, or that’s how I have felt while on this journey since my surgery five years ago.

As each day ends, I continue to get “stronger,” if that is really the word I am trying to express about my new-found lifestyle of not eating because there isn’t anything else to do but actually visit and get to know new people or go on more adventures or what have you…  

Food no longer consumes my every waking moment of every single day. I have learned that food is FUEL for your body. And you only need to eat food when you are hungry. Not because again, you’re bored or your emotions are running high or you had a bad day …. or to punish yourself.  I guess those were all the reasons why I ate food.

Here’s to more and more and more non-scale victories for all of us. And here’s to us continuing to make good choices about everything we put in our pie hole. Peace out.