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Saturday, March 28, 2009

I have been trying to clean out my closet and drawers of clothes that I no longer wear and most of all, no longer fit.

A friend of mine has a child who is on special meds. The meds have made her gain weight and I put some of my older but nicer clothes aside. She came over the other day and I pulled out a lovely, pink outfit with terry pants and a zip sweat type top. I held it up and realized it was an extra large. I had never worn it but remember putting trying on the pants and they were tight. As I held it up to her we both just shook our heads trying hard to remember that I ever would have worn that. It really was shocking.

I can't even remember being "big" anymore. Everything I buy now is a small and if I want it a little roomy I go with a medium. I am just a few pounds from goal but in a good place and don't get stressed if I'm not right on target. I have been maintaining for months now.

There are times when my mind goes back to those days of shopping and never finding anything that fits because it all looks awful and I felt so horrible about myself. I say over and over "never again, never again".

I saw my Dr. last week. She hadn't seen me in over a year and was shocked. She said I looked great and she was so proud of me. We both realized that that losing the weight did not help my cholesterol enough and I have to take meds. Oh well, at least I tried. She said I was an inspiration and wrote down the name SparkPeople to recommend to her patients!

I know staying at the weight I am is going to be a challenge. I have goals and dreams. I am going to do everything I can to keep them!!!

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MJHUGHES12 4/2/2009 10:01AM

    You have had such an amazing journey, it must feel so great to be able to look back and see how far you have come. Too bad about the cholesterol - I guess sometimes it really is just in the genes, thankfully there are meds you can take to bring it down. Keep up the great work and rejoice in your successes, you have earned it!

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OMELYN 3/28/2009 11:04AM

    Good work you have done an amazing job! I went on cholesterol meds. two years ago (for me that was an excuse to eat poorly for another year) but looked hard at myself on Labor day and made big changes.

Same deal on the meds. still need them. My "profile is skewed" the numbers are all down, but the good is still not good enougy, espeically for being on meds. My dad and uncles have the same issues, we are hoping between a healthy lifestyle and estrogen I'll have better luck than they did. Uncles had heart attacks/bypasses at 48 and 50, my dad was a marathoner in his 40s and he made it to 57 ,and had much less heart dammage.

Well done. Nice what you're doing with your old clothes too. My sis is a gyno, she has started recommending Spark, as well.

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GIRLINMOTION 3/28/2009 10:20AM

    Oh what a feeling! When it comes to seeing the positive before and after.

I hope the meds work for you. I came across a friend yesterday who had a heart attack a few months ago (didn't know he had a cholesterol problem, he was slim to begin with), and he has been on a few different ones to get it under control and he lost more weight because the meds flush things through him quickly. You may be good friends with the bathroom?

No love life update?

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DEZE509 3/28/2009 10:13AM

    Getting rid of your "big" clothes is a great step in maintaining your healthy lifestyle.
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Friday, March 13, 2009

I never thought I'd say this, but I miss working out. Just walking at a good pace is something I really enjoy but I can't yet.

As you know, I had a breast lift about three weeks ago. The surgery was fine and I can't believe how great "the girls" look. I haven't been "perky" since I was 16 so it's kind of a shock.

I am still very bruised and still have lots of stitches that haven't dissolved. My Dr. assures me that all will be well and that I just need to be patient. Wearing a tight bra 24/7 is no picnic either.

I went from a DD to what I can only describe as a B+. My breasts had gotten so heavy with the weight and so "floppy" I couldn't stand it. They did get smaller as I lost weight but did not get "tighter". I am so happy I did this and even though I'm so much smaller, I don't care. They look great and I feel really good about them. I can't wait until I can see what they will look like once the stitches are gone and the bruises have faded. My boyfriend refuses to even look until then. He is afraid my nipples will fall off!!!!! LOLOLOL - Men!!! They say we are the weaker sex???? Hahahahahaha!!!!

Just a side note. Yesterday I was trying on jeans. I really need some new ones and actually found some nice ones. I could not find any to fit me. That used to be a problem as I couldn't close them and now.......the size 4 was a little baggy and they didn't make a 2!!!! I know that it was the make of the jean but my entire life I've never had THAT happen!!!

I'm so happy right now. Things feel good, feel right. I am not allowed to work out because the Dr. said it will raise my blood pressure and can cause bleeding. Another few weeks at least. Maybe by then the weather will have turned an I will be able to get out and walk the lake. I'd like that!

My birthday is in May. Dang, I'm going to look great for it!!!!

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NURSE521 3/15/2009 1:11PM

  It's great to hear that everything worked out so well. There is plenty of time to exercise. Enjoy looking great. I can tell that you are really happy. emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 3/13/2009 9:32AM

    If you were DD, no wonder the boyfriend didn't want you to do anything to them, lol.

Glad to hear the lack of exercise is not affecting your weight. Way to go on the jeans.

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LULAROCK66 3/13/2009 9:30AM

    congrats on the jean size. Oh I would love(NEED) a Lift. these puppies almost touch the ground hehe. I still have a ways to go before I meet goal. I farted around but am back on track, so this should be it.
take it like the doc said. I know people can get antsy at times, but you don't want to injure yourself.
best wishes

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A Dream Come True

Sunday, March 01, 2009

When I started my weight loss journey just over a year ago I thought that losing 20 lbs would change my life. Well, in essence, it did. But......I realized it wasn't enough. I knew it and Spark People knew it.

I plowed on. I changed my life and my life style. Today, for the first time in over 20 years, I walked into my closet and knew that everything and I mean EVERYTHING would fit me. Actually, some things would be just to big to ever wear again but I would not have that angst of, "What can I wear?? What will fit? (let alone look good)."

I am about a pound and a half from my goal. I can't believe it. Nearly 40 lbs gone, never to return. I went from a size 14/16 to 4/6. Wow.

Can you say WOW!!!

Yesterday, I bought an adorable top, size Petite/Small and it looks great!! (even my teenage daughter said so!).

Life is different, I need to get used to the new me in the mirror but again, can you say WOW!

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FORSYTHIABUSH 4/29/2009 2:25PM

    A size 4/6? Holy, moly, woman....what an amazing achievement!


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ELYANNE 3/11/2009 7:27AM

    Congratulations!!! Great job!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NURSE521 3/2/2009 3:31PM

  You sound really happy and you deserve to be happy. Keep up the good work and the enthusiasm.
Fran from Spring Valley
PS I joined Lucille Roberts yesterday. I went there for years, and when my membership ran out in November I thought about some new places, and looked at some other gyms. Then I said, my not stick with what works. They have some new classes, longer hours, and it is so quick for me to get there.
Anyway, keep up your happy feeling. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 3/1/2009 10:14PM


By the way, how did the little surgery go? Are you happy with the results? I hope so.

Hugs, Soniq

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JKPONYGIRL 3/1/2009 7:51PM

    you should be so proud of yourself. Enjoy!

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DEZE509 3/1/2009 5:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon WOW!!

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JOANN562 3/1/2009 3:04PM

    WOW! emoticon

Congratulations on a job well done!!!!


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LULAROCK66 3/1/2009 2:22PM

    emoticon WOW that is great news.

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KRISHAL 3/1/2009 11:15AM

    emoticon Way to go.

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surgery today!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hello all my spark people friends. I have been back from Aruba for a couple of weeks now. My tan is fading but my spirits are still in the clouds. I had a wonderful time and to be honest it was even better than expected.

My favorite part of the week was late in the evening. We would end our day at the casino. (yes, we came out ahead for the week!). It was next to the place we were staying. We would take off our shoes and walk through the sand to the water. We'd grab a chair and I would sit in my honey's lap and we would watch the stars and the moon and the waves rolling in. It really was magical and I felt like a young kid again. (yeah, we made out too!!!!!)

Oh, and I didn't gain an ounce and I have to admit I did eat and drink!!

Today I am having my breast lift. I have talked about this before. Having lost nearly 40 lbs now has really taken a toll on the girls. I found a wonderful Dr. who is going to do the procedure. No implants, no enhancements, just a lift. I'm excited. I've really wanted to do this for a long time. Funny thing is that my guy says he really doesn't care and I'm fine the way I am. Well, timing is everything in life, isn't it.

So, wish me luck!! My operation is around 10 am this morning so I'm off to shower!!!

Be back in a few days!

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L.I.L.MOMMY 3/5/2009 7:56AM

    Because I've contemplated this surgery myself, I'm curious....I hope you don't mind....first I hope all went well, second....are you satisfied with the results? Would you mind sharing your thoughts/feelings on the matter with me? If not that's ok...really, it's just such a major decision for me, I want to have as much information as possible....thanks.

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NURSE521 2/16/2009 8:43PM

  Best of luck on your surgery. Wishing you a speedy recovery. emoticon I am glad you enjoyed your trip. I was in Florida for two weeks in January and the warm weather is now a faded memory with this very cold winter we are having.

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L.I.L.MOMMY 2/16/2009 9:41AM

    Oh the vacation sounds heavenly! Wishing you the best today....I hope all turns out well.

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GIRLINMOTION 2/16/2009 9:14AM

    Gayllynne, I totally understand that you want to get this done. I hope it goes as good as you expect and even better. That is good that your just trying to get something back, and not just enlarge to something that is not you? I actually had enhancements myself, got rid of them, so many complications and I had a doctor that came highly recommended, he must had an off day.

So glad you had a great time and so many great beach memories.

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One More Day

Monday, February 02, 2009

Tomorrow is my last day of work for the week. It is a very difficult, jam packed day but then I'm done.

Wednesday morning I leave for Aruba. I have been trying to think about the last vacation I took without my children. I think it must have been about 10 years ago. Wow, am I ever due!!!

By this time on Wednesday, I will be getting dressed for dinner. We are going to several restaurants while there.

There will be long walks on a moonlit beach.

Mornings by the pool eating fresh fruit and soaking up the sun.

Mid-day siestas with my honey.....oh lala!!!

Afternoon dips in the pool and being lazy and then lazy some more.

Wonderful sunset evenings

Dinners, dancing, casinos and fun!!!

I am a happy lady!!! I doubt I'll be here before I go but will let you all know about my trip when I return.

My boyfriend is already down there and says the weather is beautiful and he misses me.

Doesn't get much better than that!

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LINDA! 2/3/2009 11:42AM

    Oh!! It sounds so wonderful! Have a great trip.

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GIRLINMOTION 2/2/2009 8:33PM

    I hope the weather continues to be good for you while your there. If not, then you and your boyfriend, I am sure will find something to do inside, lol.

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