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50 lbs GONE!!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

50 lbs GONE!!!



Look at that picture! OMG! That is GROSS!

That is what I have been carrying around with me for a long time...well NO MORE!!!

I am not bringing that back and I am going to lose another 50 lbs!

YES, I AM!!!

No wonder I feel stronger and have more energy. I am no longer lugging that around on my body. Some of that has been removed from surrounding organs to help them function better and keep me on track to being healthier; to not being quite so much of a risk of dying early.

Do what YOU can to help you live longer! Get rid of the FAT!

Hugs and love,
Angela

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PCOH051610 9/21/2011 7:02PM

    Sorry I missed this great milestone! Wow! That is all I can say...WOW!!!! emoticon

Oh, and I would like to add "very proud of you" to that WOW!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 9/19/2011 5:45PM

    awesome job!! congratulations!! emoticon

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LALASLAND 9/18/2011 9:21PM

    Hurray! That is fantastic! I am so proud of you! Yes, that IS a lot to lose, and you have done SO WELL! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MY_5_KIDZ 9/18/2011 9:00PM

    That is emoticon

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I'm at 49 lbs gone... so I'm right behind you :)

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DSCHAMBERS 9/18/2011 1:04AM

    emoticon job of losing 50lbs, Angela! I know you can lose that other 50lbs too! You are doing a great job! Keep up the good work.

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Debbie

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LYNMEINDERS 9/18/2011 12:32AM

    WooHoo....go you....
Thats so awesome....
i am so proud of you....
you should be very proud of yourself/.....

Yay

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NOMORESTALLING 9/17/2011 9:42PM

    Are my eyes deceiving me?! Is that 50 pounds of fat sitting on that table?!
HICARUMBA! woman! When you see it that way it sure opens your eyes doesn't it!?
It's EAT TO LIVE ALL THE WAY BABY!


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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/17/2011 8:48PM

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You are doing terrific! I am so very proud of you. We're doing this together and it ain't easy!
Keep on Angela!

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MISSILENE 9/17/2011 6:01PM

    Great news. Keep up the good work. I am so proud of you.. YOu look great..Bye for now.

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LIVINGFREE19 9/17/2011 5:55PM

    Wow, you are doing so great on the weight loss!
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BOVEY63 9/17/2011 5:48PM

    I am so happy for you Angela! Congrats!
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PURESTILLWATER 9/17/2011 4:33PM

    Woohoo

woot woot

way to go
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JEWELRYLOVER 9/17/2011 4:28PM

    What a great accomplishment!! CONGRATULATIONS and good luck on your journey! You are amazing. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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KLOE23 9/17/2011 4:01PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm so proud of you and know you will just keep on going and reach your goal in no time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUPER3800 9/17/2011 3:42PM

  Great job! congrats!

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Enjoyed my Bike Ride

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Had a beautiful day in Fish Creek Provincial Park with my Girlfriend.





A Gorgeous ride along the Elbow River and through the Prairie Meadow.



Me and my bike! Yes I was pumping my little Legs (Laurie)!

Hugs!
Angela
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LITTLETEAPOT17 9/14/2011 7:44AM

    Angela, you look GREAT! I love the pics and especially love that you had a wonderful ride in nature!
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BOVEY63 9/7/2011 12:21PM

    Looks like a beautiful place, and a beautiful day, to ride!
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LAURELSPARK 9/6/2011 10:02PM

    I"m so envious........I have a cold/allergies and haven't ridden this week because of all of my coughing.

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GIGALENA 9/6/2011 8:48PM

    Beautiful!

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RESULTS361AP09 9/6/2011 8:41PM

    Beautiful scenery. I bet you weren't even paying attention to how far you had gone! Keep up the good work Angela!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/6/2011 8:04PM

    Beautiful pictures! I bet you burned quite a bit of calories.

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LYNMEINDERS 9/6/2011 5:08PM

    WooHoo...what an awesome way to get exercise....and such beautiful scenery....

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JUDITH316 9/6/2011 4:18PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing the photo's...what beautiful scenery..I can see why you'd like to go for a ride there...have a great day and week..Blessings.. emoticon

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LINDA! 9/6/2011 3:25PM

    What a beautiful view.

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LALASLAND 9/6/2011 3:12PM

    I LOVE to ride bikes! Isn't it just so peaceful!? emoticon emoticon

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DEE0973 9/6/2011 2:42PM

    beautiful view. I like riding but hate the feel on my tosh (hurts)

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BMI Drop of 11.84

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

You have a BMI of 45.48.

BMI is over 40 (Obese Class 3 : Morbid Obesity)
With a BMI of 40+ you have an extremely high risk of weight-related disease and premature death. Indeed, you may have already been suffering from a weight-related condition. For the sake of your health it is very important to see your doctor and get specialists help for your condition.


THIS WAS ME!!!

You have a BMI of 33.64.

BMI is between 30-34.99 (Obese Class 1)
Individuals with a BMI of 30-34.99 are in a physically unhealthy condition, which puts them at risk for serious ilnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, gall bladder disease, and some cancers. This holds especially true if you have a larger than recommended Waist Size. These people would benefit greatly by modifying their lifestyle. Ideally, see your doctor and consider reducing your weight by 5-10 percent. Such a weight reduction will result in considerable health improvements.


THIS IS ME NOW!

Still a long way to go, but quite an improvement!

Yeah!
Hugs,
Angela
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PCOH051610 9/2/2011 3:13PM

    That is a major improvement in a relatively short amount of time! Do you realize how inspiring you are to me? emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 9/1/2011 3:26PM

    Great Job Angela !!! Have been busy with my family visitors and haven't had a chance to see how you made out the other night with your speech??? Smashing I'm sure!! emoticon

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CELIA1975 8/31/2011 8:03PM

    That is awesome! Keep up the good work!

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BOVEY63 8/31/2011 1:29PM

    That is so awesome - you will be at the healthy level before you know it!
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GIGALENA 8/31/2011 7:34AM

    WOOOOOOOOO, way to rocok Angela!

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LALASLAND 8/30/2011 11:12PM

    emoticonJust a quick note tonight to say I'm so proud of you!

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BABARR67 8/30/2011 10:47PM

    It's awesome! Have you ever tried WII fit? It kind of insults you every time you step on it. LOL. I wonder what it'll say now. It used to say You're obese. As I recall it also asked if I was drunk when I took a balance test. LOL.

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PURESTILLWATER 8/30/2011 9:52PM

    Sooo awesome. Very proud of you!

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GEMINIGEM6 8/30/2011 8:40PM

    Congrats!!! That is wonderful! Can't wait til I can say the same thing! :)

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RESULTS361AP09 8/30/2011 8:14PM

    emoticon Angela-you are doing awesome! You will be on the next level down before you know it!! emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 8/30/2011 8:06PM

    YAy...thats awesome....
You should be very proud of yourself....I certainly am proud of you....
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MISSILENE 8/30/2011 7:03PM

    Very happy and proud of you angela..

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/30/2011 6:52PM

    Amen to that. I'm going to borrow this info from your blog to share in my Emotional Eaters team.
Hugs
Debbie

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BELGIRL 8/30/2011 6:51PM

    Way to go! To me, it always seems like such a long journey, but it's these "small" bonuses that everything worthwhile! Keep up the good work!

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LAURELSPARK 8/30/2011 6:41PM

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JENNKPETERS 8/30/2011 6:41PM

    YAY - that is awesome news - I am in the same BMI boat and it really got me down - but after reading all the success stories it's hard to let BMI ruin the day now.

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So First I Fell down the Stairs..........

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

......Yes. I did.

I collected everything and was getting ready to leave the house, making sure I had my water bottle. You know you need to drink your water after all.
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Well I started down the stairs only to realize my water bottle is leaking on the carpet, so I hand it off to my son standing below, without realizing that it spilled onto the tile too.
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I stepped down...and went down.
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My right leg folded back up and behind me, while my big toe completely folded back.
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...did I mention PAIN????
Ok I wanted to cry I really really did, but not happening! Too much pain at present.
...it did get better, sort of. The rest of me slowly felt better, just that darn toe hurts like heck. But hey I am going to be late, so what do I do?
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Jam it into my sandal. I'll deal with it later, after all I don't think they do anything for toes do they?
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So I get in my car, I can drive right! NO....definitely NO.
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Good thing Hubby's home. He says he will drive me. "You just wait here by your car, while I go get my Jeep to take you to your speech."
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HELLO???!!!
I am short to begin with, now I got a who-knows-if-it-is-broken-toe! Yeah that was pretty climbing into the Jeep! But Hey! I am late for my speech.
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So I finally get to where I have to be, just in time too! After hobbling along I find a seat and sit and listen to the professionals talk.
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This is pretty interesting. I don't think I had quite this fancy a presentation before. Awesome! I am going to take notes for myself!
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Then it comes time for myself and a FANTASTIC Lady (who I really admire) to have our talk in front of everyone....
...I should say, This is after popping many advils and getting sympathy from this FANTASTIC Lady for my who-knows-if-it-is-broken-toe.
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For the first 2 words!
Then I start bawling like a baby! Yep, all choked up. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I did manage to get my speech said. I was told there was a lot of teary eyes besides mine, but I didn't notice.
Kind of hard to see when your blubbering away, trying to be loud and get it all said before ("Please God!) your nose runs.
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Yep that is me.......
......................................Gr
ace under Pressure.

Hugs,
Angela

Yes, my who-knows-if-it-is-broken-toe Hurts like crazy! Especially after the shoe came off!

  
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MDGARDENGIRL 9/1/2011 3:33PM

    Oh my! Why do things happen like that?? Your determination to get through it without being a whiney quitter just demonstrates why you are so successful with your weight loss! You GO GIRL !!!

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BOVEY63 8/31/2011 1:27PM

    Your tears show how passionate you are and that's pretty darn awesome! Son proud of you for getting up and doing it!
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TEXASGIRL48 8/31/2011 8:44AM

    So sorry about the toe. You are lucky you didn't break your leg. I'm sure the speech was very touching. I think the tears made it even more so. At least they could tell you was passionate about your band.

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SHIHJABO 8/30/2011 11:02PM

    Oh Angela,

Loved the blog, but sorry it was a painful beginning. I know everyone was truly blessed by your heartfelt emotion and sincerity sharing your heart.

I'm so proud of you.
I'm sorry for the poor little piggy. Whoa, I KNOW that hurt!!!!!
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CHAS1949 8/30/2011 6:20PM

    Your toe sounds terrible...I hope you get it looked at....your speech was wonderful...I'm glad you powered through to help others understand!!

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L*I*T*A* 8/30/2011 5:26PM

    sorry to hear about the fall.....
hope you have had this checked out by now......
sounds like your speech a hit everyone there....
i am sure i would have been crying too....
well done!!
blessings and hugs...........lita

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/30/2011 5:15PM

    Oh Angela!!! I think you should go to the hospital. Get it looked at and exrayed. there might be something they can do.
I'm glad the speech went well.
Get better.
Debbie

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DSCHAMBERS 8/30/2011 2:54PM

    Angela, if you can weather a broken toe and still make a speech tears or not. I applaud you! You couldn't have gotten me to do it in a wheelchair. Hope the toe gets better soon!

HUGS
Debbie

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LAURELSPARK 8/30/2011 10:29AM

    I wish I would have been there with you.....I would have cried with you. I'm sure everyone was touched. I even cry during commercials.

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    Sorry about your toe! Hope it feels better soon. Hugs!! emoticon emoticon

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PCOH051610 8/30/2011 7:03AM

    Ouch! Although you had me smiling like a lunatic when I was reading this because you have so much humour worked into an otherwise painful situation. You might need x-rays if it is still swollen and painful....

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SLIMLILA 8/30/2011 1:49AM

    sorry to hear about your toe. this must be the year for it.. I broke my middle toe back in April and it still hurts on occasion. Then my dd broke her little toe a couple weeks ago. I have no doubt mine was the least painful and I bet yours is the worst... ..

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LYNMEINDERS 8/30/2011 1:41AM

    Sorry to hera about your toe and although they may not be able to do a lot for it if it is broken I think you should still get it checked....or it may be dislocated....if that i s the case it will not heal itself but continue to hurt till it is put back in.....
Just a thought....
Grace is certainly good under pressure....
I am sure you did really great with your speech...just the way God planned it....
Praying for you...

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NIAGCHRIS246 8/30/2011 1:29AM

  Sorry about the toe but...Did you go to the doctor? Is it broken? Why were you crying, because the toe hurt or because of the subject of your speech? What was your speech about? Sheesh, inquiring minds want to know! And go get your toe ex-rayed!!!!
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Hi Everyone~ my talk to Prospective WLS Patients

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hello Everyone!

I have been asked if I would speak to you people that are considering the Lap Band procedure.

I am touched and honoured that they feel I would make a good speaker and candidate for this. I have to say that the people I heard over my pre-band sessions touched my heart and became my 'role' models. So to be considered to be someone's possible role model is daunting!

My name is Angela and it wasn't that long ago that I was sitting where you are now. I remember thinking that it was a slim possibility that I would receive the band, but I was going to do everything I could; absorb everything that was said by these wonderful health care professionals; and if there was one thing I could walk out of here with, it would be HOPE.

And I did.

I haven't lost huge amounts of weight as of yet, and am still striving to reach my sweet spot (think I am very close). I still consider myself a newbie!
I have tried every diet I could find over the years and the one thing I wish, is that I never ever heard of the word. I am sure if I never started, I never would have been at the pinnacle of despair that I ultimately reached. I hated what I had become and was so frustrated with the vicious cycle of losing only to put on even more weight. It didn’t help that my weight inhibited me from having more children. I was on fertility drugs for a very long time before we were blessed to have a child. Then I was on them again for longer, until I could not take the nosedives of dashed hopes every month. My Doctor could find no viable reason why we couldn’t have kids...I feel it was the weight. Of course the drugs and insulin combined only helped pack it on.

To give you an idea of some of my health concerns, I am a type one Diabetic with Glaucoma. My AIC (average 3 month blood sugar level) was as high as 8.9. I took five injections of insulin daily totalling @ 90 units of insulin a day.


They say a picture is worth a thousand words....well this is me. I looked for photos of myself, but they are far and few between. I would rather have been behind the camera than in front of it.

I had surgery and I received the lapband this past January 14th. It has been one of the most positive things in my life.

I have dropped 8 dress sizes.

I have lost, according to my scale, 47 lbs since Christmas.

The number of inches even more.

My insulin has dropped drastically. I inject 4 times a day with my insulin totalling @ 42 units of insulin per day. That is over Half! Now I don't ever expect to be totally off insulin due to the type of Diabetes I have, but in this case less is more, a lot more!

I can honestly say that I am not hungry, as long as I don’t over extend the time between my meals. I never thought I would say that.

I can eat most anything in moderation. However what I choose to put in, I make sure is worthwhile as in it is of most benefit to me and my health. I am on this journey for a reason. I am learning to love who I am and what I can do.

I exercise up to 6 times a week, because I want to. I swim; I do Zumba; I do strength training and a variety of different cardio. I never thought I would say this, but I am learning to run. Not well just yet, but it is getting better.

How can you ensure success whether you have the lap band or not? Show up. There is a saying in the corporate world “Those who show up go up!” well it is just as true here, only “those who show up go down!” Scale that is.

I may sound upbeat, but that wasn’t always so. I can get discouraged just like you. I can fall down or even off the wagon. I can pack away a lot of things, in a short time. Or at least I used to be able to. What I am trying to say is, what you do after is what counts. It counts that you pick yourself up and try again. That you put down that fork or spoon; that cookie or whatever, and carry on and try to do better. I am still learning to do this. I have only started my journey and have a long road ahead.

It is important for you and I to remember that the lap band is a tool. It is not the miracle to beat all miracles. You have to work to make it work for you. You have to choose the correct foods and portions. You have to exercise, even if it is only baby steps. Even if you can only do one baby step more than before, you will succeed. You will improve yourself and that is what we are ultimately here for, regardless of our reasons. You will find help in our doctors, dieticians and other health care providers that are available for you here. Make use of them. They like it!

Use these support systems. Encourage each other. Find online support groups like lap band connect or sparkpeople.com. Most importantly keep a food journal.

Everyone’s journey is going to be unique. We may share a few common experiences, but for the most part no two of us are identical. Enjoy it. Enjoy it with your family and friends. I still go out, maybe even more now than before. I choose off the menu and either take some home to enjoy at a different meal, or choose something smaller. Sometimes I even share! I don’t think I ever liked doing that before.

Thank you for listening to me. I wish you every success and joy on your own journey.

*Hugs,
Angela
( I give my speach tomorrow night! Wish me well.)

  
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DSCHAMBERS 9/1/2011 5:52PM

    Grat blog! I wish I could have been there to hear you speak. You are doing a great job Angela!

HUGS
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MISSILENE 8/30/2011 7:11PM

    That speech was fantastic. The words that you chose were perfect and just enough. I know you did great tonight!
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PCOH051610 8/30/2011 7:08AM

    Wow, now I can see why you started crying when you gave this speech...although, I'm sure the toe incident didn't help with the emotions either!

You are such an inspiration both to those considering the lapband surgery, those who have ruled it out and to those who haven't considered it. Your accomplishments with diabetes alone are tremendous!!!

Susan

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.S. I think you were just as beautiful before as you are now but now you appear much more confident and happy!

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KLOE23 8/29/2011 9:04PM

    I'm so proud of you Angela and I know your awesome speech is going to inspire the people who are there tonight. I can't wait to hear how it goes even though I know it is going to be amazing! I'm so happy that I have someone like you to share this journey with me.

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CHAS1949 8/29/2011 5:13PM

    Go get um'
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EARTHGIRL145 8/29/2011 3:37PM

    Congrats! Wonderful blog and speech.Good luck! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/29/2011 2:08PM

    Good luck to you tomorrow night, Angela. You will do wonderful.

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L*I*T*A* 8/29/2011 12:10PM

    awesome speech....you will do just fine!!!
you will be an inspiration to all there........
wishing you all the best ...........
blessings and hugs...........lita


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BOVEY63 8/29/2011 12:05PM

    Awesome speech Angela - you will rock tomorrow night!
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MDGARDENGIRL 8/29/2011 11:55AM

    Angela..... you are just as good with words as you are with a brush!! That is what I wish I had heard when I went for my first seminar. You hit all the major points that someone contemplating WLS needs to hear. Awesome!

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SHIHJABO 8/29/2011 9:59AM

    Dear Angela,

This is very heartfelt and it let's folks know all sides of the decision. Fantastic! Continue slowly and confidently. You're doing the right thing. We'll be praying for you, Cherub. Go and share your message and may the peace of the LORD be with you.
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TEXASGIRL48 8/29/2011 9:37AM

    Sounds good Angela. Good luck tomorrow.

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DIREXTOR 8/29/2011 9:14AM

    So in essence, this is not the easy way out. You have to work hard like everyone else. You struggle with your eating, your impulses and you have to exercise. You share the same range of emotions from discouragement to that feeling of accomplishment when you see the inches go down, the dress size go down etc.

Imagine that! WLS is not the easy way out. Everyone sacrifices something to get in the lane of living life healthy.

Good on you for having the courage to do what is best for your journey to healthy living.

YOU LOOK FAAAHHHHBULOS Dahling!

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LAURELSPARK 8/29/2011 9:11AM

    Good luck wih your speech. It's wonderful that you are willing to share your experience with others that might benefit from your insight.



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LALASLAND 8/29/2011 8:41AM

    Angela, this is fantastic! You have come SO FAR! emoticonI remember when you were not so confident and and worried about your decision. You have taken on this challenge with gusto, and now you are succeeding with flying colors! I am so proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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XRAYLADY65 8/29/2011 8:32AM

    what an inspration.. keep it girl.. awesome .. love it

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GIGALENA 8/29/2011 7:31AM

    Wow! You are amazing! DO it girl!

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LYNMEINDERS 8/29/2011 4:58AM

    Thats superb....just awesome....
You can so do this.....will be praying for you....

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