I surprised myself

I had an email from Old Navy letting me know their jeans were half off yesterday. Most of my shorts (and some tanks and dresses) this summer were from Old Navy…and before that it had been YEARS since I bought anything at Old Navy…not even the yearly patriotic T-shirt’s. They didn’t fit…I even avoided shopping there for the boys to save myself the disappointment.

Yesterday…because my shorts were from Old Navy…I went to try some on. Because…it will eventually cool off and I should be ready…

The 14s were LOOSE…12 Talls were a little snug…and they were skinny jeans. I haven’t done skinny…ever…

I’ll take that progress over the stupid slow moving scale any day…(20 lbs from the nutritionist’s goal weight…it had to slow down sometime…)

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One Year Ago

ONE year ago… there can be such a difference in just a year

One year ago, I went to see a surgeon. I had pain and after a couple of different doctors, I landed in the surgeon’s office on the next stop to find the pain.

My weight wasn’t a huge topic of conversation when I would see my primary care provider. It was usually mentioned in passing. I had been on blood pressure meds for over 10 years – two of them.

The surgeon wasn’t really following along with what I said was my pain. And it was intermittent…so it was hard to nail down. She tackled, very bluntly, my weight. She brought up weight loss surgery and I met with the surgery coordinator.

It was a Friday. I thought about it and maybe even mentioned it to a friend or two. By Monday, I started the surgery requirements and didn’t look back.

Yesterday marks 8 mos since surgery. I haven’t been near a scale…so I really don’t know where I stand. I’m crazy close to being 100 lbs down.

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Vacation Part 2

This vacation was a lot more family time. It was very relaxing and a lot easier to work the meal plan.

Holiday barbecues…luckily they are full of protein. And they are full of family.

It was a great visit. I’m working my way home. Early flights in the morning and the kids are staying with the grandparents for THREE weeks!

I’m going to take the opportunity to try to refine some dinners we can all eat and try to get back to family dinners during the week.

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What a change

Vacation packing used to consist of throwing whatever for in a suitcase…I may or may not remember a swim suit…and it was more capris than shorts.

We are leaving for family vacation today. I started organizing Thursday, which is totally uncharacteristic…I’m normally throwing it in a suitcase on the way out the door. I was weeding out (again) clothes that don’t fit and figuring out what to bring.

Friday night after work, I was still trying stuff on deciding what to bring. I packed all shorts…no capris AND sundresses and tank tops – cute ones at that. I have 2 or 3 swimsuits (down from the 5 or 6 I had as options.) A discussion with my husband about no longer looking like a beached whale in a swim suit…makes them fun to buy.

(Of note, the dress in the pictures is a LARGE from Old Navy…I haven’t seen an L without multiple X’s in front of it in forever!!!)

A whole week of family and the only plans include relaxing and actual vacation (and honestly, probably work…it’s how it goes…)

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I’ve seen some memes in the last week or so that kind of spoke to me.

I’ve talked about it before – this whole weight loss surgery process is a lot of MENTAL work. There is a lot of physical work, but there is a whole lot of mental work.

I decided to go “public” with my surgery and process partially because I didn’t feel a need to hide but also because I hoped someone stumbled on to the blog and it helped them as well. There is soooo much information and like so many things, everyone has an opinion. There is also a lot of differing opinion among programs. It makes it difficult for one to find their way in this new life. The only person I’m an expert on is me – and that is questionable sometimes – but maybe seeing my story helps someone.

And then there is the always good advice that you have to choose happy – every time.

The next adventure starts Saturday.

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I posted these pictures on my personal Facebook page this week. The one popped up as a memory from last year – Fathers Day at The Melting Pot. I remember taking the picture and looking at it – and I remember being uncomfortable in the booth.

On that date, I hadn’t even begun to think about weight loss surgery. I was still 3 weeks and a vacation away from that day.

The difference is really noticeable…there have been LOTS of comments – Facebook and in person.

Vacation is coming up again…travel brings challenges. This trip is fewer theme parks, ball parks and less hotel/restaurant living and more relaxing with family. Food shouldn’t be as big a challenge.

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