In about 8 weeks, I went from 255 to 199. WOW! I thought there would be chariots coming from the sky and trumpets. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am elated, but I am still fat. Anyone else would be jumping for joy about this great milestone, but I really started looking at how far I have to go–at least that’s what my heart says.

My head says dammit, I have come a LONG way. I survived MAJOR surgery and all of my faculties are intact. I am alive and everything is kosher. It’s the battle of the mind that I have to conquer. I’d love to be able to get to 138, that drivers license number. Now that I am ONE-something, it seems so much more obtainable.  That would mean only 61 more lbs.  I lost 55 in 2 months. I will probably be at goal in a few more months.  Head, talk to my heart.  Tell her that we are gonna be ALLLLRIGHT!

I am not gonna mess this up. I am not gonna fail.  So many times I have had these numbers in my head with rewards all along the way, and never really got “there”.  I am almost there.

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….but change HAD to come.

I just realized I hadn’t TOUCHED this blog and A LOT has changed.

I went from 249 at the beginning of 2009 to 255 as an all time high in November.

I started researching weight loss surgery about 5 years ago, and I decided that this was my year to do it. I attended an info seminar in June, and then spent the summer going back and forth to the doc getting all the preliminary tests. I had the duodenal switch done November 30, 2009. To date, I have lost 50 lbs.

Medical Benefits:

My blood pressure and cholesterol have gone down considerably.
I do not snore anymore at all, and I suspect that when I have another sleep study that I will be free and clear of sleep apnea.

Physical Benefits
I can use a regular bath towel and not a bath sheet
I can cross my legs
I can run on the treadmill for a few minutes
I registered to run a 5K in a few months
I went from a 20/22 top and 18/20 bottom, to a 14/16 top, 14 bottom
I am clearing my closet of all my larger clothes and boxing them up to give away
My cycle has regulated itself

Emotional Benefits
I look younger
I have TONS more energy
I look at food differently–as fuel and not as a comfort
I am motivating others around me to eat better and work out more
My portion control is affecting my family in a positive way

By summer, I will probably be at my goal, but I have a lifetime to re-learn how to eat and take every moment to savor this precious life I have. The comments are coming out of the woodwork from men. I think it’s hilarious, but when I look back at old pictures, I was a puffed up version of myself. I always saw beauty when I looked in the mirror, but now, it’s so much more clear to me. I guess that confidence is passing on to others.

When I started gaining weight, immediately when I sat down on a couch, I would get a throw pillow and drape it across my lap not for comfort’s sake, but to hide.

One day, a friend of my mother’s who was in her 70’s pulled me to the side and whispered in my ear….I see that you’re hiding. You don’t have to…you’re beautiful. She told me the story of how she began to hide when she was a teenager and began to have weight problems.

That simple gesture of popping a pillow in front of me will stop.

I am so trying to get control of my food portions. I even went out to buy those cute little portion controlled lunch containers. I am cool when it comes to lunch, but it’s dinner that gets me. Pasta is my weakness. I can eat so much of it and I feel sick to my stomach. As a matter of fact, I felt nauseous today at work, and felt like I was gonna toss my cookies even before I had the swirly spaghetti goodness…

I filled a plate with salad and ate that before I touched my pasta. I still ended up getting 2 bowls full, but I think that is so much better than before.

We are gonna limit ourselves to pasta once a month at home. It’s a binge trigger food for me.

I always do this to myself….I am at 5.9 lbs lost since Jan 19th and you’d think since I am trying to get to 13 lbs lost (-5%) I would continue on my trek until I got there right? Not so much….I end up slacking and being less rigid after the first few lbs. With so far to go, I can’t afford to stop now.

I am going out to dinner with the hubs for V-Day tonite and I am going to make wise choices and eat less than I normally do.

I am still in this game….still ready to lose weight. I just need a swift kick in the pants.

I am a gabber. When I see a new product or use something that works, I tell everyone. Even when I am trying to lose weight, I make a point to tell everyone about what I’m doing whether they need to lose weight or not. The danger in that for me, particularly when doing weight watchers is that people watch what I eat like a hawk. They have no idea that I’m using my activity points or that I am using my banked points for a meal. This gets on my nerves.

For this last attempt at health and fitness, I have only told my walking partner and my husband. I tried to run the steps with my boss, and she told everyone that we did it….now everyone is coming to me asking if I am trying to lose weight. Nosey roseys! lol

I am going to do it this time and shock the heck out of myself and everyone else 🙂

My FAVORITE fast food is taco bell..

I would normally get a big beef burrito supreme with no beans or sauce with a side taco supreme. I chose not to today.

I got a 9 point Chicken Strips Salad from Chick fil A

Here’s what happened:

It took an hour for me to eat. I savored every bit of it as it nourished my body.

I had a side medium fruit cup. I normally would have waffle fries.

I am trying not to drink soda, so I chose a Coke Zero. It was just as satisfying as a regular coke, if not more.

I did not experience the side effects of all the cheese and sour cream from Taco Bell. It would be Taco Hell for my lactose intolerance.

I was full and satisfied and stayed well within my points.

I had a very wonderful conversation with a woman today who helped me to face some very painful memories. I would have chosen to eat to stuff down the issues….I chose not to.

Thank God just for today.

In all fairness, I did come home and have pizza hut (it was planned) and counted my points.

I am on my way.