Here’s the Latest Happenings

With the end near of 2018, so many thoughts and memories come to mind. Despite not feeling well from Spring to October 18th, I really did have an awesome year. I started volunteering at an awesome bookstore. I even attempted to tutor but it didn’t work out. I met new friends and I joined a Murderino podcast/meet up group in February.

I also happened to drop 74 pounds in 2018. And got healthier and happier than I had been in years. I really did love my life in 2018.

In regards to my life-saving surgery on Oct. 23rd: Everything outwardly has closed up nicely. It appears that the healing has ended its course minus the edema is still in my legs (10 lbs left to shed). Between now through Feb. 12th, I am to allow my body on the inside to now heal and to not try to lose any weight until after 2/12/19. Mentally and emotionally, I have not processed ANY of this. My short-term memory is still splotchy and I was told, I may not ever recover anything from 2-months ago.

The photo on the right is from Friday, December 21st. As you can see, I still have fluid in my legs, making them a lot thicker than normal but overall, I was feeling good that day when the photo was taken.

I am still trying to figure out this new stomach of mine too. Unlike what I was trained to have — the lap band from 2012 to Oct. 23rd of this year … I knew what I could and could NOT eat. I thought I had a routine and I thought it was somewhat working for the best for me, especially since December 2017.

With only having 15% of my stomach now… I can surprisingly eat foods I couldn’t eat for the past 6 years. My new stomach also tells me extremely quickly when I need to stop eating and that I am full. I can eat up to 6 small meals per day. I always always always eat breakfast now. I never knew how important eating right away in the morning was until I had my surgery two months ago. I tend to eat my lunches not quite at my former times around 11:30AM… I tend to eat it later after the norm.

Also prior to this new stomach, eating oranges or any type of citrus fruits really upset my stomach. New stomach, I eat a lot of oranges. In fact, HyVee, here in Sioux Falls, currently has 4-pounds of oranges for a cheap price of $1.77 per bag this week. I bought three bags. And lately, I’ve been cutting up 4 oranges at a time and eat them as a healthy snack.

The photo to the left, is my healed up incision that is located below my breasts but above my belly button.

Today, December 27th, I have been alive 65 days.


I Noticed A Month Ago…

One of my many pet peeves is when someone is walking behind me and doesn’t speed up to pass me. In this scenario, it was this morning around 6:40AM as I was walking into my gig’s building. After I had walked into the vault to grab my work load, I was half way down the corridor to my pod… when this very person, barely said my name and I turned around. She’s a low talker to begin with….

What she said was: “Have you lost weight?”

Me: “Yes, 170 lbs so far. In the past 6 years.”

She: “Well I noticed a month ago, but you sit way up there [she used her chin to nod up yonder] and I sit over there.”

Mindless banter ensued for about 3 minutes before I walked “up there,” to my desk, but not before I told her how much that meant to me that she’s noticed.

….. Earlier this morning when I was putting on my clothes for the day, I went to put on my pants that had been in the closet all summer long unworn. I picked these out because the forecast called for cooler temps and at work, I sit right next to a big window where it’s a lot cooler than the rest of the building. So I put them on and immediately became aware how big they were on me. And not just big but saggy and loose in every aspect. Off they went and into the pile to give to the consignment store in Vermillion. That particular pile seems to be getting larger and larger as I weed through my closet since last Winter. No complaints on my end but my last clothing haul was around January when I just started to see a considerably drop in more weight.

Also at the beginning of this summer, I dropped down to an XL shirt. I’ve now graduated to a Large shirt.

Baby steps people. It’s all about baby steps. Making mistakes. Having a good sense of humor and not expecting a magic bullet to make you thinner overnight. Oh, and hard work. You must be willing to put in the hard work to continue to discipline yourself to make good food choices.

And thank YOU for noticing!!!!!!