Failure. Not anyone’s favorite topic. However, taking a different perspective allows one to see the beauty that can only come from failure. It took Edison one thousand tries to make the lightbulb. Some would be dismayed but he took the position that he discovered 999 ways to not make a lightbulb! I’ve failed at losing […]
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The other day my friend Jaime placed a photo on my Facebook wall and after a grueling 11 mile jog I saw it and burst into tears. A good, sappy, blessed, full tilt Ugly Cry. The picture was titled The Iceberg Illusion and it reads success is an iceberg. The top of the iceberg is […]
Somedays I feel like I’ll always live between two worlds with people. There are the people who knew me when I was heavy (or most of my life) and those that know me now. Those that knew me all those years are stunned to see me now and sometimes it takes them a moment to even recognize me.
I used to eat very mindlessly. I ate a lot of junk so the taste was always good but never good for you. Now, I have a limited amount of space to eat and some nutritional goals that I have to maintain as well. Since surgery food has become more than something to do when […]
I’ve been very open about my weigh loss journey and my decision to have RNY Gastric Bypass and how I’ve come to manage my weight over the past year. Part of my openness was borne from when I was looking into surgical options for weight loss I knew very few people who had the surgery […]
I wrote in a previous post about my weight but I didn’t share any “before” pictures. I think the concept of “before” leads to an inevitable “after” but there really is no after in weight loss. It’s lifelong process. There will never be an “after” for me because I will always have a love of food. It’s something that I have to manage and it can be tough.
I was never much of a cook. My lack of cooking is almost legendary. My husband is my perfect match because he loves cooking and grocery shopping which are two things I could live without. One of the things that really had to change when I had my RNY surgery was I had to learn how to cook.
After much trial and error, I started to learn about seasonings and food combinations and really getting into the calorie counts. It started to become challenging in a good way and even a little bit fun. Many people have asked me about my recipes since I can be a bit of a post-a-holic on Facebook and Instagram.
Losing weight has been an adventure to say the least. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that I’m not the same size I’d been the past 30 years. Losing weight rather quickly also doesn’t allow for you to get too comfortable in a certain size or place because before you know it you’ve changed.
I’ve been known to wear my clothes for far too long just trying to wait until I was in a more stable place before paying any real money for clothing. One day at work while I was thankfully by myself I started walking and my pants hit the floor. Hit. The. Floor. I was stunned and it took me a second to react. I had to concede that it was time to get smaller pants. CLICK TO CONTINUE
The best place to start is the beginning. I started gaining weight in the sixth grade. I noticed it but I didn’t think much of it until I had to go for my physical for school. I got on the scale and it said 148lbs. The nurse scrawled something on my chart and gave it to me to bring to the exam room for the doctor. She wrote “Grossly Overweight.” Not just overweight, not just chubby, but Grossly Overweight. I was so embarrassed and for the first time I realized that my weight was something that people noticed.