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New Purchase: Jaw Bone Up24

imagesV4MU8HEHI joined the band wagon of activity fitness trackers tonight. Thanks to a nice discount of $75.11 off the original price of $149.99 …. I paid a handsome fee of $74.88 plus $6.00 for the 2 year plan as it was recommended from reviews I read on other sites …. I am now an owner of my very own “onyx” Jaw Bone Up24.

Also my cousin Diane and her adult children/spouses also sport them too and I saw it in action last weekend from her showcasing it for my mom and I.

Several of my good friends and my brother own a Fitbit. I went back and forth tonight touching each one, seeing which one I’d like better… but the price of the Jaw Bone Up24 won me over as I like low prices so much better.

I’m about to go to sleep so with my sleep apnea it’ll be interesting to see how well or not so swell I sleep tonight. I also have “jimmy legs” but I didn’t see any where in the reading materials or the You Tube videos that it help capture that lovely hidden talent of mine.

I walk all over the place so it’s going to be fun to track my steps in ‘real time’ too.

And just for the nay-sayers who like to find the not so good in my life… the cost of this baby was all in thanks to my clients who bought some art from me recently…. I also tend to treat myself to something cool instead of putting it into the bank.

Goodnight all. Continue to make excellent choices.


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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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Weight Loss Progress

fattyamyThis photo was taken at Czech Days in Tabor, SD in June of 2011. I had already lost 50 pounds on my weight loss journey. This was also before my lap band surgery on June 27, 2012.

The red shirt I am wearing in this photo was a 5X … and the shorts, yikes!!!! Also a 5X. For pants, I’m now down to a size 14/16 or an extra large.

To date, I have lost a total of 142 pounds since when I was at my heaviest in June 2009.

And no, I wasn’t ALWAYS overweight. I was a normal thin child … and I yo-yo’d back and forth from my college years and all throughout my 20s and 30s.

It wasn’t until talking to my then provider, Dr. Bonnie Nowak in 2009 that she gave me the harsh reality of my life as I knew it then. She literally said to me: “You have two choices Amy: Either plan your funeral now or get healthy.”

Obviously, I opted for No. 2.

And the rest is all on this blog.

aprilamyI am happy to say I am going at this weight loss ditty very slowly. Unlike gastric bypass, where you literally drop the weight mega rapidly, lap banders go at their own slow turtle like pace. And that’s how I like it.

To the left is my most current photo of me. This was taken on Monday, April 6 at my apartment complex.

In two months marks my 3rd year bandiversary and I couldn’t be more thrilled with all that I’ve learned on this adventure.

Thanks for your support … I couldn’t have done it without my band of friends. I have 60 lbs left to lose before I start my maintenance of never allowing myself to gain weight from eating all the wrong foods out there in processed food land.

Continue to make good choices!


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Non Scale Victory

Hurrah! A non scale victory just happened. I just took a bath and as I was drying off I noticed several of my shellac toe polish slid off … or came loose… I bent down and got the rest of them loose and flicked them off too. It’s been since end of January since my last pedicure at Rose Nails so it’s time for another. But as I was staring down at the ole toots…I was like, wait a minute, did I just bend the ole body and flick these off with my own fingernails!?!??! Wahhhhh????? OH. MY. GAWD!

Don’t ask me why but I have a bench in my toilet room. So I sat on it. Brought up my foot and was able to cut my toe nails but then polish them. To all the thinner people in society, this is not a big deal but in my former world… it was a big pain in the ass and that’s why I’ve relied on other people to cut my toe nails and polish them… it was the one guilty pleasure I did every 2-3 months.

I was silently screaming inside as I brought up my other foot, repeated the whole process….


While the messy toes to the left are someone else’s lovely masterpiece…. mine are just as messy but teal. I think I have more polish on my skin around the toots than the nails but I am just over joyed that I got to cut and paint my toe nails….

I mean, to say, it has been since before 2009, that I cut my own toe nails…. it’s that pathetic. And being diabetic… I have to be super careful not to cut them too short.

So happy happy happy. I did a shitty job painting my toes for the first time since 2008 — seven years ago my peeps…. but I’m happy as can be, because of this non scale victory. Yippeeeeeeeee…..

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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.

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To Jog or Not To Jog

weightJust completed Day 2 of my 8 weeks to “train” for a possible 5K. There is a 5K in 10 weeks called the Kolache Krawl at Czech Days in Tabor, SD this year.

I’ve never entered a race in my life but this Czech Days, I just might do it.

Otherwise I can shoot for the one that Springfield holds every July 4th but I know that has some hills in it…Second day in, I’m not sure 7 weeks away I can do those hills…

This morning, I woke up and decided to get in my exercising before I showered. So I got dressed and instead of what I had done yesterday, which was go in a different route, I opted for the walking the trail loop.

And I opted to jog down hill a good ways instead of walking for a minute and then jogging for 2 minutes. I am not good with figuring out distance but I do know I did jog a lot more than I did for distance from yesterday.

A steep incline greeted me next. I decided to walk that mega slowly and take deep breaths with every step. I made it to the top of that incline still in one piece but I did not rest. And I was proud of my accomplishments today.

I am also on Day 2 of officially following The Wheat Belly life style. For lunch today we had a cold pea, corn, cheese and bacon salad with peanuts. I had a cup of it and I seasoned it with salt and pepper. I drank about 32 ounces of filtered water as well. Now I’m full.

Tonight we are having Crockpot Cashew Chicken, except we didn’t have cashews and are just using peanuts instead. Found the recipe on Pinterest.

Something that would never have entered my melon before, the word, jogging… is now weaving in and out of my thinking mode. We drove to a nearby town after my walk/jog and I could feel pain in the vicinity above my ankles… what is that area called?

And I know I’m out of shape but I am still happy with my results so far.

The loop was 2/3 of a mile. I have a little bit to go later today and then I will have done a mile. Tomorrow, my game plan will change again and I’ll try a different way to get in my mile of a walk/jog.

When I get back to Yankton on Monday, I am going to scope out the cemetery paths…. full of nice hills and should be clear of everyone alive that is (hee hee hee)…. so no one will bother me on my journey to jogging.