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onederlandTalk about a NYE miracle! This morning when I weighed myself, as I do every morning, I saw the number that I’ve been yearning to see for years.  Gosh, I can’t really remember when I was last under 200 pounds – at least 20 years ago.

You guys know I was close on Sunday, but even though I really wanted to see 199 or less by the end of 2013, I wasn’t sure if I was going to.  Then yesterday I just so happened to drink a ton of water (11 glasses!) and this morning Mother Nature paid me a visit, which always helps me drop a decent amount of weight.  When I got on the scale this morning, I had hope in my heart that I would see good news.

So without further ado…

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I really couldn’t believe it when I saw it.  I actually had to get on and off the scale a few times just to be sure.  And of course I had to document it for this blog (and Instagram).

The first thing I did was write a post on MyFitnessPal, and then I texted a bunch of my friends and family.  Then I stood there without any clothes on, crying.  Crying happy tears, but crying.  I was completely overwhelmed and overjoyed. I’d dreamt of this moment for so long, and it was here.  On December 31, 2013.  On New Year’s Eve.  What a way to end this year!

This marks so much more than just a number on a scale for me.  This is a HUGE accomplishment.  To think that I started 2013 at 302.0, and I’m ending it at 199.8 is amazing and incredible.  That’s 102.2 pounds that I’ve lost over the course of one year (115 pounds, total)!  In January, I was wearing tight size 28 pants and now I’m wearing 16s.  I was shopping exclusively in plus size stores, and now I can buy tops in any “normal” store out there.  I was dealing with such terrible plantar fasciitis pain that I couldn’t even take Sofi for a walk around the block, and now I’m running for 5 minutes at a time. What a transformation I’ve had in 2013!

I’m so proud of myself!

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Yesterday was a really fantastic day, even though it marked the official end of my summer vacation.  I was back at school helping with registration, which isn’t something I love doing, but yesterday it was actually a really pleasant experience.

You see, I saw tons of my students who were in my honors English 3 class last year, and when they saw me, the ran up to me, hugged me, told me how much they’d missed me, and told me how great I was looking.  Talk about an ego boost!  These are seniors in high school, mind you.  If you’ve spent any time around 17-18-year-olds, you know that compliments aren’t easily given, which makes them all the more valued.  I just can’t explain the feeling I had knowing that these kids were so happy to see me, and to see me doing so well.  I was on cloud nine.

Then this morning I weighed myself (as I do most mornings), and I saw that four things had happened:

  1. I’ve broken my mini stall.
  2. I’ve officially lost 75 pounds from my highest weight!
  3. I’ve lost as much post-op as I had pre-op.
  4. I’m now in the 230s, which is down to a level that I briefly saw on the scale back in 2008, but my time there was so fleeting that it lasted less than 3 months.

The best thing about this number is that I know I will never see it again.  Like, no doubt about it, know it in my heart for sure.  That certainty is something I have never experienced before.  Hoped, yes, but known with certitude, never.  And this new fact of my life is fantastic.

All of these positives overflow into all other areas of my life.  After I’d posted on FB that I’d had a great day with the students yesterday, someone commented that I have this glow about me now.  And I think she’s right, I do.  I’ve always tried to be a positive person, but I’m exuding it now.  Because finally, after so many years of perseverance and strength of conviction, I am seeing the results I always knew I had in me.  I am reaching the goals I was striving for.  I’m surpassing abilities I even knew I had.  My outside is starting to match the me I always had inside.

As this new version of me emerges, I know my life is only going to become better, richer, more fulfilling, and happier.  I’m excited to start this part of the journey, because this is where the magic happens!!!

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I’m so excited to let you know that when I got on the scale this morning, it showed that I’ve lost 50.2 lbs so far!  Here are some fast facts about this weight loss:

  • My highest weight of 315 was recorded in September 2012 at Jenny Craig.
  • I accomplished this weight loss while staying smoke free since August 2010.  This was my biggest hurdle, because I used to smoke when I was stressed, upset, angry, etc, and once I quit smoking, I replaced food with smoking, and turned to emotional eating.  It took a LONG time to work past this. This was the main reason it took me 2 years and 9 months to meet the weight loss requirement.
  • I developed plantar fasciitis in the fall of 2012, which hurt my progress because it really limited my workouts.
  • I lost 15 lbs while on Jenny Craig (from September – December 2012).  This was a very expensive 15 lbs, and while it set me on a losing path, I wish I hadn’t spent that much money.
  • It wasn’t until January 2013, when Tinkerbell and I really started supporting each other, that my weight loss really took off.
  • I’ve lost 35 lbs since January 2013, 12 lbs since surgery 2.5 weeks ago.
  • The eating plan that worked?  Following Kaiser’s pre-op plan.

After trying everything under the sun for two years and 4 months, I finally went back to where I began, following Kaiser’s pre-op weight loss plan.  I’m not into regrets, and I really do believe that everything happens for a reason.  So I was meant to follow a long and very challenging path to this weight loss.  Those many, many months of trying this and that, having so many weight loss stalls, losses, and gains led to incredible frustration, but they also showed me how strong I am. How determined I was.  How much I persevere in times of trial.  It taught me how STRONG I am.

But really, if I was advising someone else, I’d say to just follow the plan that Kaiser outlined.  1200 calories a day, high protein, good carbs.  Well balanced meals – protein, fruit, veggies, complex carbs.  3 meals a day, no snacks so that pre-op patients can get used to the lifestyle they’ll be living post-op, when grazing leads to weight gain.  I veered from the strict “3 meals a day” plan with the nutritionist’s blessing because of how early my day begins. I rearranged the 1200 calories so that I could include two snacks – one between breakfast and lunch and the second between lunch and dinner. Exercise 30 minutes, 6 days a week.  My own exercise averaged more like 4-5 days a week, 45-60 minute sessions.  But Kaiser’s overall point is to make exercise a daily part of life.

You guys know that I crave variety in my life, and especially in my workouts.  So I made a point throughout this journey to keep my exercise creative and fun.  I’ve done all sorts of activities to get my calorie burn in:

  • walking (most of the time with Sofi!)
  • elliptical machine (I adore this machine, because it’s easy on the joints, and makes me feel like I’m running on clouds)
  • recumbent bike (this was a godsend when I developed plantar fasciitis)
  • Zumba
  • On-Demand workouts – I love Jill Coleman’s kick boxing workouts
  • Yoga (Bikram is a fave, but I really enjoy the free classes at my local Lululemon, too)
  • Aqua aerobics
  • Swimming (all summer long!)
  • Hot Hula

I am excited to get back to the gym and to all of these activities.  Of course, some of them have to wait until I’ve recuperated a bit more.  I’m even more excited to get to the point where I can start working on some of the things on my Fitness Bucket List. Long after I’ve made my weight loss goals, fitness is going to be the thing that keeps me engaged.  It’s what will drive my strong competitive side.  I love seeing what I can do, and I know that fitness will bring me tons of NSVs for the rest of my life.   I may never become a marathoner (no desire), but I will become as fit and active as I can possibly be.

Another huge factor in my weight loss was logging what I was eating on MyFitnessPal. I have tried so many different online tools for tracking calories, and none of them can compare to MFP.  I love the sense of community and support that I find on there.  Many of my friends on MFP are also WLS patients, so they understand exactly where I’m coming from. I like the ability to see my friends’ food logs so that I can get good ideas for my own meals.  When I see friends logging exercise it spurs me on to get my steps in before the end of the day, too.  I can’t recommend the tool highly enough!  You can click here to friend me on MFP, just make sure to write a note and let me know how you found me.

When the scale doesn’t register a loss no matter how hard I’m working, the thing that keeps me sane is support.  My family and friends are tireless supporters, who put up with every calorie I count, every miniscule weight loss brag, every crying jag when I had a down turn. The support I get from writing this blog amazes me on a daily basis; I’ve made true friendships with people I’ve never even met in real life. Watching YouTube videos of other WLS people, as well as those who are losing weight without surgery, have inspired me immensely.  I even started making videos myself.   When I started to go to the WLS support group at Kaiser in January, it lit a spark in me that continues today. There’s nothing like the freedom of discussing all the changes we’re going through in a forum that feels comfortable and safe.  Even FB has given me support in the form of the Sassy Sleevers group I’m a member of.  I’ve learned lots of tips (like the GasX that saved me post-op), and I’ve been incredibly motivated by the successes shared in that group.

These first 50 pounds lost were incredibly challenging, but they led me to the steps that will take me all the way to my ultimate goal. And looking at them from the other side, I can say that each hard-earned pound was worth the effort.



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Are you as addicted to Pinterest as I am?! I absolutely love going on there to dream, to be inspired, to learn, and to grow. And, okay, to waste a ton of time. I find so many interesting ideas from Pinterest everyday, and I just wanted to share some of it with my readers on a regular basis. Hence Pinterest Perspectives.

It’s been awhile since I posted some of the inspiring pins I’ve found on Pinterest, so I figured today was as good a day as any to share some of the things that have kept my head in the game, lately.






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Are you as addicted to Pinterest as I am?! I absolutely love going on there to dream, to be inspired, to learn, and to grow. And, okay, to waste a ton of time. I find so many interesting ideas from Pinterest everyday, and I just wanted to share some of it with my readers on a regular basis. Hence Pinterest Perspectives.


“We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness.” ~Unknown

When I saw this photo on Pinterest, I knew I had to write a post about it.  It’s absolutely gorgeous, yet I find it so illuminating.  To me, this photograph epitomizes my weight loss journey.  My path has been long and incredibly daunting, but now, finally, I’m seeing the dawn of a new day.

The sunrise, my new life after VSG surgery, is still in the distance, but as the path symbolizes, it’s getting closer mile by mile, day by day.  I know I still have a way to go to reach my mini goal, but I’m also confident that it’s just a matter of time.

These past six weeks, seeing so much success while following Jenny Craig, have been amazing for me.  I’ve had a string of successes that show me that I CAN do it.  I do have the willpower within me, I just had to find the right path to follow to tap into it again.

Just like the serenity that is evoked in the photo, I have a calmness about myself lately.  I’m no longer anxious about how I can reach my goal, but instead I carry myself with the assurance that I will.  It’s only a matter of time.

I’m grateful to have this clarity, because it carries me through the times of temptation to skip a workout or indulge in a poor food choice. Knowing with all of my heart that my path ends with the sunset comforts and empowers me.

I can’t wait to see what lies beyond the sunrise!

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake… by an infinite expectation of the dawn.” ~Henry David Thoreau

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