Wednesday, March 20, 2013

7 Years Ago

Seven years ago today I had the surgery that changed my life.
I noticed that I haven't written on this blog in a year!
So sorry!
I looked at my weight stats for 2012 and I was 153 lbs.
Today...a year later...I'm 152 lbs.
Not bad!

These picturse are from my brother's wedding this past November.
I was a bridesmaid and Tristyn was the flower girl.
Wearing this dress and having my hair and makeup done was amazing.
The dress was a size 12.
I only had to have it hemmed and the straps taken in a bit.
Other than that...it fit perfectly.
When has the EVER happened to me?...Never.

My own god mother didn't even recognize me when I came down the aisle.
She literally said to herself, "I didn't know Kevin had another brown haired bridesmaid."
And then she realized it was me.

I felt so pretty that day.
I walked down that aisle with confidence that I had never felt before.
For the first time...I truly felt beautiful.



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

6 Years Ago!


I cannot believe that it has been 6 years since my surgery.
That sounds so long ago!
Today I am feeling great.
I forgot to weigh myself this morning so I borrowed the nurse's scale.
I weighed in at 153 lbs.
Holding steady and loving it.

I was so excited to go shopping for bridesmaid dresses last week.
I will be in my brother, Kevin's, wedding in November.
In 2006 I had to guess what size I would be for my sister's wedding that September.
By Sept. 30, 2006 I had lost 80 lbs and wore a size 18 dress to the wedding.
This year I will be wearing a size 12 dress. Yay!
It was so weird to actually have fun trying on dresses.

I know I don't post here much anymore
But I want people to know that it is possible to lose the weight
And keep it off.
Even after having a baby.

Now...where's my annual steak?
If I could only unscrew the gas tank to my grill!!! Grrr.



Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Have you lost more weight?

School is back in session.
Over the summer I got rid of all the big clothes I had.
Everything that looked boyish and big.
My friends helped me to realize that I don't wear size 14.
I'm actually a size 10.
It has taken some time to actually accept this fact.
But now when I put something on that is a little big
I don't want to wear it.
I'm actually ok with form fitting clothes now.

At school people keep stopping me in the hall
And saying, "Did you lose more weight?"
I'm not kidding...since Aug. 17 I think about 12 people have stopped me.
Yes.
Over the summer I had no appetite!
I just didn't eat very much
Which I know is not healthy.
I wasn'ttrying to lose more weight on purpose.
One day over the summer someone commented on my weight
And I thought...hmm...have I lost weight?
So I stepped on the scale, which I hadn't done since March.
I lost about 20 lbs. over the summer.

I am now at my lowest weight post-surgery.
148 lbs.
My doctor said I would be able to get to 150.
I passed that.
If I lose 5 more pounds
I will be half the person I was on March 20, 2006.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

5 Years Already?

I can't believe I totally forgot about my surgery anniversary! 5 years. Wow. I usually eat a steak on March 20th, but I forgot! I have to say that having the gastric bypass surgery Was the best decision ever. I can't imagine running around with Tristyn At almost 300 lbs. I have so much energy to play now. I can fit in small places. Tristyn and I can fit into the bathtub together. I'm excited to buy a bathing suit this year So that we can play outside in the sun! One thing I still haven't done since my surgery Is replace my complete wardrobe. I just haven't had enough money. I still have some big clothes here and there that I really need to dump. My friends Sarah and Myra dragged me into Banan Rupublic to try on dresses. They got mad at me because I would pick out size 14 clothes. They kept yelling at me to go smaller. It turns out that I actually wear a size 10. Yikes! So, my goal for this year is to go shopping. Get some new clothes. Actually look my size. And to keep my weight around 160.

Friday, March 19, 2010

4 Years

It's really hard to believe that I had the surgery
Four years ago tomorrow.
My weight has been pretty consistant.
In the 150s during stressful times.
In the 160s during normal times.
Never above 170.
I feel good about myself.
I lost the one who fell in love with me pre-surgery.
But I have found a new.
I have been raising a toddler
Who runs and jumps and is full of energy.
I can't imagine chasing her at 286.7.

Friday, March 20, 2009

3 Year Anniversary

I can't believe that it's been 3 years since I had the surgery.
Tammy thought it was 2.
I said, "Umm...no, it's 3. Last year I had a baby...remember?"

I haven't weighed myself in a long time.
I'm not as obsessive like that anymore.
I'm 170 today.
Not bad.
I'm ok with 170.
It's not really about the number though.
It's how you feel about yourself.
I decided that I do want to lose about 10 pounds.
I'm a little squishy on the sides
And need to stop eating some certain things.

I'm glad that I have been able to keep the weight off.
And I can't believe I had a baby and still kept the weight off.
I could not imagine being 286.7 and running around with an infant.
I would be sooo tired!
And while we're on the subject of baby...
Tristyn is only 15 pounds 12 oz. at 9 months.
I just figured that because I was a chubby kid,
Tristyn would be a chubby kid.
Nope.
She's still a little nugget.
I'm not complaining.
I could be lugging around a sack of potatoes.

So...happy fat be gone anniversary to me!

Now I still have to deal with my hernia and some skin removal.
I'll keep you posted on when I tackle all of that.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Holy Crap I Had A Baby!

37 Weeks...Right before delivery.

This is during a contraction because she is pushing her butt up.


Me and Tristyn.


So beautiful. My little nugget.


Exploring the world.

Yes...I did it!
I had a baby girl!

Tristyn Grace was born on June 10, 2008 at 10:08 p.m.
She was 6 lbs. 1 oz. and 19 inches long.
She is AWESOME.
I love her sooooo much!

Now...relating this entire experience to gastric bypass.
I have to say that I don't think I could have ever done this at 286.7 lbs.
Never.
I am so glad that I lost the weight first and then accomplished this amazing adventure.
Keeping a close eye on my diet and vitamins was easy.
Eating was up and down throughout the pregnancy, but I worked it out.
Vitamins...piece of cake.
And...I think those vitamins helped me stay healthy in the winter.

My weight.
During the first two months of pregnancy I lost 10 lbs. right off the bat.
So, I started at 170 at conception and then dropped to 160.
I didn't get to weigh myself on the day I had her.
I know...duh!!!
But I did go to the doctor the day before and I was 188.
Not too bad eh?
Yesterday I weighed myself after having Tristyn.
I am 167.4.
Today in the shower...I could see my toes again.
I know...I am a totally lucky woman
And I'm sure I will get tons of comments on this weight thing.

Pushing.
I have to say Tristyn came very fast.
I checked into the hospital at 7:30 and she was out at 10:08 p.m.
I went from 5cm to 9cm in like a half hour.
There wasn't time to get an epidural.
All I wanted to do wash push.
When the doctor said go ahead...I gave it a whirl.
Wow...was I doing it WRONG that first try.
I could feel my little hernia on the left side and I stopped immediatly.
Then my friend Sarah's advice rang through my head...
"Just push like you're taking the biggest crap of your life!"
So that's what I did!
Three contractions later and she was in my arms!

All in all my pregnancy seemed very short.
For the most part it was very smooth.
No complications at all.
Exercise and never stopping helped me in the end.
I would love to have another...we'll see.
That's another chapter waiting to be written.