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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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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An Amazing Day Today

blackbeansI had probably the best ever breakfast I could nourish my body in months and months and months this morning. Black beans with homemade salsa and a small piece of the bacon/egg/spinach/mushroom/onion Quiche from last weekend. It went down my pie hole with no issues and slid right past my lap band with ease. It was heavenly. Then I did something my old self would never have done. I went on a walk solo.

My mom lives on the edge of a State Park and there’s a gorgeous walking trail that loops around it and you come face to face with the Mighty Mo (Missouri River). Breathtaking views.

I returned and sat around til my mom came back and we hit up the loop a second time. I had zero aches and zero anything holding me back. I wasn’t out of breath and I felt amazing.

Also had another Non Scale Victory (NSV) … it was rather hot on the 2nd loop, so I took off my jacket and tied it around my shrinking waist. I don’t think since God knows when, I could do that with any type of jacket or sweatshirt. So two NSV’s this week. Awesome sauce!

We had lunch — lettuce salad with onion and celery chunks ….and I had celery with peanut butter too. I did some reading then …I finished out my exercising by doing a third turn around the loop and capturing a total of 2 miles for the day!

My body totally thanks me.

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Here Chick Chick Chick

I was slammed with a ton of comments on the Wheat Belly facebook site when I asked a simple innocent question of, chickpeas3“Can I still eat popcorn?”

“NO!!!!! You’re an evil spawn of Satan if you do!!!” Cried several anti-popcorn folks. And then I kept getting mini lectures on how horrible CORN is for people like me who have Type 2 Diabetes. How it raises my blood sugars and what not.

But seriously people… I’m NOT shoveling popcorn day in and day out in my pie hole on a regular basis. I was simply asking how horrible it is for you to eat.

Microwave popcorn apparently is right under eating all things junk and oh so bad for you…. which I totally ‘get’ with the shit-storm of chemicals in it. I mean, come on, read the ingredients and you can figure it out for yourself how unhealthy that is for your body.

I was simply speaking of actual popcorn you make yourself in say a Stir-Crazy Popcorn popper like the kind my mom and I own… and I only use cocoanut oil to pop it in and I always drizzle real butter on it, none of that fake goop. Then I calmly eat it.

So when the Super Bowl was on, someone posted on facebook that they had roasted chickpeas in the oven, threw on some seasoning and they were delicious crunchy snacks.

While grocery shopping this morning, I was only thinking of chickpeas. What I found instead was, chili flavored coated dried green peas. $2.99 for 12 ounces. It was tempting to purchase but I decided against it, for now. I did not see anything that said roasted chickpeas however until I found it online at home.

This upcoming weekend, I am going to purchase a couple of cans of chickpeas. You are to drain them, and shake them in a Ziploc with olive oil and whatever spices you desire. I am going to opt for a packet of ranch.  Lay out on a cookie sheet, heat the oven to 400 degrees… and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool and crunch away my darlings.

Let the good times roll.

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New Journey Awaits

11062677_1867605926712002_5186625093054866475_nThere will be a lot of great changes for me going forward through this week and beyond. I am on Day 5 for following the Wheat Belly movement and I feel great.

However, I did learn that popcorn (corn) is a grain I am to stay far far away from. Not too happy about that as I am a huge fan of corn. But I had a morning debate with other Wheat Belly fans on the facebook group … about popcorn. Some said it was okay with moderation, some said, absolutely NOT!!!

I’ve already given up so many tasty crap foods all thanks to my Lap Band journey … my taste buds no longer crave that. And it’s been so nice to see all the yummy chips in the ginormous chip aisle and simply walk by them all because I know they are loaded with bad chemicals and a shit-storm of other nastiness that my shrinking body no longer wants.

In a few hours, I’m also making the decision to go back to the PIXIE world. I’ve been in the lovely peri menopause world for several years now and having any hair on my neck is utterly a sweat-fest that I no longer want to be a part of. It’s nice to know I can grow out my pixie if I want to, as I just did after a 10-month time frame but nothing is more embarrassing to stand in a public arena surrounded by a ton of strangers when my peri menopause kicks in and I look like a drowned rat (aka when my hair becomes sopping wet) and I’m flushed in the ole face. When I had the pixie cut, thankfully I did not experience that wet hair effect. So, I’m getting a color and a short short cut again.

And when I return to Yankton later today, I will map out my walking/jogging schedule. I hear the weather is supposed to turn crappy this week… so I live upstairs in a two level apartment complex and I have a great set of cement steps to climb daily. My plan this week is to just walk up and down the steps. Climbing is a good exercise for my legs and knees. When the crap weather improves, my next journey is to walk to the two cemeteries across the street from me… they have excellent walking/roads…nice and smooth and clear/clean. And no one but me will be around to watch me jog/walk.

New month. New attitude. New hope.