Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I am just feeling AMAZING today! I don't see my doctor again until next week, however I had to go today and get lab work done so I weighed while I was there. 245. 245!!! Only 100 pounds to go until goal weight and only 15 pounds to go until I have lost 100 pounds. WOW! Then, I stopped by the pharmacy to check my blood pressure- 115/77- I have not seen these kind of numbers since well before I had children over 18 years ago. I am now officially off of blood pressure medicine. Since September 7, I have lost 34.75 inches from my body. I feel great and even though I still have a ways to go, I have come so far. My God has seen me through my struggles and is continuing to bless me every day. I will win this fight because He has already won it for me.

Family update:

Lee: Is doing fine and is really starting to enjoy the holiday season.
Chris: Still in Boy Scouts and just turned 14!
Jamie: Still in Girl Scouts and just had allergy testing. She will start getting weekly shots and have her tonsils out in January.
Kobi: Still a hound, aggravating sometimes but loving too.

Geoffry and Becca: Will be moving back to NC next week with plans to marry sometime in April if things work out. I will miss them, but am glad they were able to make a decision that is right for them. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

 I feel good today. I fit into a size 20 jeans this morning. That is down from a size 26. Three sizes!!!! What an amazing feeling. On top of that, my doctor has cut my blood pressure medicine in half and if I start feeling strange again, I can stop completely. I can't always wear my CPAP mask at night anymore either because I find that it is too much to breathe.  I am still finding not enough time to do my fitness plan as I would like. I guess I need to just stop trying to plan and just do it.

Family update:
Lee is writing a novella and doing well.
Geoffry is starting his new job today.
Chris is still enjoying Boy Scouts.
Jamie started Girl Scouts this week and loves it.
Becca is getting adjusted and has been a great help to me.
Kobi, well he is still a puppy and still growing.

*Can't wait to go to the Eastern Christian Convention next weekend with my family.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Four Week Doctor-Self Update

Okay! Drum roll please!!!   I have lost 20 pounds since surgery, bringing my total weight lost since December 2013 at 70 pounds!!! Also note-worthy is the fact that I have lost 24 inches since September 7, 2014. My restrictions have been lifted and my pre-diabetes is GONE!!!

I am really feeling great and I am truly thankful to my doctor and his staff. Also, I am thankful for friends and family who constantly follow my progress, pray for me, and have loved me through all of my life transitions. 

Quick family update:

Lee is doing well.
Chris is doing well.
Jamie is doing well.
Kobi is doing well.

Geo is finally home with us and he brought Becca.

Our great snow season is not too far off. (Yes, I am STILL happy about that!!)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How I Am Doing

My weight loss journey

Well, it has been a few months since I have posted. (No surprise there!) Here is an update on how I am doing in my new journey:

I was approved for surgery and had gastric bypass on September 22, 2014. When I got to the hospital that day, I was down to 280. Now, I know a lot of people would scream in horror at telling weight amounts or stories, but I like to be totally honest. Plus, for those who may read this--DON"T BE AFRAID of numbers! It tells the true story of where you came from and where you are and where you are going. I had my two week post-op appointment with my doctor yesterday and I had lost another ten pounds since surgery. WAY TO GO ME!!!!! I am down

                                                       60 lbs !!!!!!

I am so proud of myself and I feel great! I know I have a LONG way to go, but I am finally off the liquid and on to the pureed foods so it should get interesting now. 

Quick Family Update:

-Other than some minor sinus issues, Lee has been doing extremely well too. We are really loving it still here in Pennsylvania. 
-Chris is getting more involved with Boy Scouts.
-Jamie was signed up for Girl Scouts last week.
-Kobi is...well...still Kobi and we love him.
---Biggest news flash:  Geoffry and Becca are getting married and moving up here with us. That will make another change for our new 2015 year. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Not Much To Say

I do not have much to say. My surgery has been postponed due to my needing to have my sleep pattern right before surgery. I have to prove that I can wear my mask more than four hours per night before they will allow me to continue, so I now have three more weeks to accomplish that goal. I have proven I can do it, however if I continue waking up so early with leg cramps, etc. then I will be setting myself up for failure. In addition, I need to overcome my aversion to exercise. I am okay with any of it, however making it a habit is proving to be harder than I expected.

Work is going really good. I am getting more comfortable with my role as case manager. I have another review coming up in a month so I will continue my quest for perfection in my job.

I am in a better mental state now. I am content and happy even in the place where we moved. I am making better choices and pushing myself to be a better person so it makes me feel more calm and collected.

Well, we all need a spiritual nudge every now and again. My prayer has been to be nudged every day so that I will always be God-focused. I would like to say that I am on track most of the time, but to be honest even though I am closer to God than I have ever been, I am still lacking.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Moving On

I have not been good about blogging or journaling before, but I am going to give it another try. I can make myself create a new habit if I want to. I will be committed. I am feeling good today. I woke up WAY too early for a Saturday, but maybe that will give me time to just be. Happy Saturday!

Well, I didn't want to do anything today, but I made myself get up and exercise and I feel so much better and ready to work! I have already gotten so much accomplished. Back to it!

I took a nap after lunch and then got up and did 15 minutes of latin dance fitness. Feeling good, I think I will tackle another job!

Friday, June 6, 2014

New Journey - The New Real Me

Well, I have started a new journey. Life has changed in so many ways in the past 6 months. We moved to another state, Lee and I both took new jobs, we left our oldest to finish high school, just to name a few.

I have been able to seek medical help with my asthma and sleep apnea, which have GREATLY improved life for me. I have also decided to proceed with gastric bypass surgery at the end of the summer. This is not a decision I took lightly and have prayed and thought a lot about it. It seems to me that the benefits far outweigh the risk. I have so many health concerns and this is by no means the easy way out. I thought that at one time, however I have been educated on the real deal for weight loss surgery. This is going to be a hard journey, but worth it in the long run. Baby steps. I will take MANY, but eventually I will come out on the other side walking proudly.

My first goal is to lose 15 pounds before I go back to the nutritionist and fitness specialist at the end of this month. I want to break the 300 mark.

Met some great people at the support group last night. I will try to make all of them. It was a great eye-opening experience.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


No. I refuse to believe that things can't change. I have often tried to change certain aspects of myself or my family with no regard to their own personalities or what God is choosing to do in their lives despite me. Well, no more! This is a new start, a new beginning, a new set of eyes are upon this new chapter. It is no longer about how clean or messy the house is or how much weight I have or have not lost; rather, it is what God is seeing when I react or am proactive to what is going on around me. How can I teach my children how to behave or how to truly follow God if I am not showing the same picture? How can I get mad at them judging me, when I judge them by the same standards? No more. No more guilt. No more frustration. No more judgment. Things ARE different. VERY different than they have ever been. A new set of circumstances is upon me. Everyone is waiting to see how I react. Will I over-dramatize like usual? Probably, it is after all in my nature. But that does not mean I cannot conquer it. 2014 will be my family's year and it has already started.

The Positives:
-Lee and I both were blessed with new jobs at the end of 2013.
-We moved into a new house in December 2013 that is bigger than anything we have EVER been in.
-Chris and Jamie have adjusted well to their new schools.
-We have a new puppy.
-The house has stayed relatively clean since we have been there. Staying on top of a home that has enough space to keep everything organized has been great and is easier than what we had before.
-We have been able to initiate a budget and pretty much stay on task.
-Food is not as big of an obstacle as before.
-GOD IS FOREMOST ON MY MIND. (This is the biggest one)

-Both of our dads have found someone that they can share their time with.
-Jim has jumped leaps and bounds from where he was last June.
-Beth Ann is pregnant again (and we got to see Ara on their visit to the states)
-Mom has sold her house.

The Negatives:
I miss Geoffry. We had to leave him behind to finish high school. Our family dynamic is different.
There are still those who refuse to see the light of Jesus in their lives.

Yes. This will be a different kind of year. I am blessed by the best. Thank you God for your shower of blessings.