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Ta Da!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

As my granddaughter Chloe would say ... "Ta da!"

I got up this morning, took my shower, and stepped on the proverbial scales. I had to rub my eyes to be sure I was seeing the number I thought I was seeing. Tim (the hubby) and I just had this conversation last night discussing how I was nearing a MAJOR milestone in my journey. The scale read 265 lbs. I started out at 530 lbs. If you do the math, you'll find I have now lost the amount of weight that I currently weigh. I am only one half the physical person I used to be. Ta da, indeed! Another 35 lbs and I will pretty much be at my goal weight.

That said, then the trek begins to get the abdominoplasty to have the belly skin removed. I will say that though I've had no rashes, much to my surprise, I do have back pain and I know that I do not stand up straight as the weight pulls me forward. I will start calling the insurance company in January to find out what exactly they will need to get approval. I am hoping to be at 230 lbs when I go for my 18 month post op appointment at which time Dr. Vallina (my wonderful surgeon) will seriously discuss this surgery. I'd like to have the abdominoplasty before summer 2010, not because I want to wear a bikini or anything like that. I just want the skin gone and the results of my hard work to be even more noticeable. I am slowly getting to where I want to be and yes, this is my "TA DA" moment! There will be two more ... one for getting to goal and the other after the abdominoplasty. The process I started on my own back in 2005 is starting to come full circle and it feels doggone good!

(Edit: I will try to post a photo later, just for reference. Imagine, losing the amount of weight I now weigh! Now that's a visual.)

  
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MISHBUTTAH 11/7/2009 1:29AM

  Woot! Woot!!!

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GEORGIA_KAY 10/25/2009 8:39AM

    Karon, it just feels so darn good to see how happy you've become!!!!

You are beautiful---well, you were always beautiful!! But now, your outside parts reflect a little more of that shining warrior woman that is on the inside too!

YOU ROCK!!!!

and honey, I'm saying "TA DAAAAA!" right along with you everytime I see your happy, smiling face in these gorgeous photos!!

I know how far you've come and the struggle it's been. You deserve this happiness and I'm thrilled for you! can't wait to see the photos in the future--when you get rid of the skin too, and you're right, it will be another TA DA Moment!! WOO HOOOO!!!!

many hugs--Georgia

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INNERPUPPIE 10/25/2009 4:56AM

    I too will be getting a tummy tuck at the end of my journey. Just had a consult with my doctor the other day and she said I should lose each and every pound I intend to before the surgery or else I'll end up with the sagging skin again. So if your goal is say, 160, get there first before the surgery.

She told me that it is a heck of a painful surgery for about the first week but that from there on it should get lots better each day with the drains coming our at about two weeks. Also, you really need to begin documenting with your doctor your back pain, etc. so it is on the record☺

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SUZANNAHBIRD 10/22/2009 8:06PM

    Karon, You are superwoman! Only you are really more than superwoman because you did this with no superpowers, only your continued commitment and personal strength. I am so proud of you. More importantly, you have so much to feel good about. So good to see you doing so well after all the effort you have put into this for so very long. Suzanne

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NENATO2 10/20/2009 10:23AM

    Oh Wow! You have come so far that i'm sitting here in awe! There is no doubt in my mind that you will make it to 230 and in the back of my mind, I'm thinking about how much skin they will remove that scale will go down further!

Best to you Girl - you've done REAL GOOD! (That's the southern in me!)

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SOCKITTOME 10/20/2009 10:09AM

    Karon, when you started this journey, did you ever imagine you would get to this point? And here you are! This is totally awesome, and I give you a cyber high five!!!


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KITT52 10/20/2009 7:46AM

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Have a healthy day

Kitt

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XANDIYA 10/20/2009 7:07AM

  That's awesome! Congrats!

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All good things must come to an end ...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

or so someone has said.

We all come to a realization at some point that the pounds are just not going to fall off forever. I know I've been the same weight, give or take four pounds, for three months now. I have not given up. I feel fantastic. I look pretty good, compared to where I have come from. If I remain this weight I will be okay. My health and quality of life has drastically improved and that's what this whole process has been about for me.

My surgeon says I should be able to lose another 40 lbs before I must learn to maintain. I figure I'm getting good practice now and I know I will keep the weight off this time. It is hard not to become disheartened or discouraged but I have found that I seem to no longer have this issue. I no longer obsess about the scale and feel the need to get on it every single day. I would love to say I only weigh once a week, but that just isn't the case. I am going to get there though.

Today the scale read 266.0 and I gasped. That is my lowest weight in over 20 years. Only 34 more pounds to get rid of and I will be the weight I was when I met my husband 26 years ago. That is a sobering thought. I thought I was so fat then and look at where I ended up. It makes me sad to look at the pictures of me when I weighed 530 lbs. I look at that woman and wonder what was going on in her life that she let things get so out of control. Then I realize that woman is ME! I can see beyond the fat and feel the pain now. I have been so blessed and know that no matter what, I am strong. I have survived so much and I will continue to survive. After all, I didn't go through all of this for no reason. The Lord has a plan, even for this, and all is well.

  
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MISHBUTTAH 11/7/2009 1:26AM

  Hi Karon! I love the latest pic you have up. It's not about where you've been that's history, it's all about NOW and you are doing GREAT!

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TBRAX98 10/18/2009 2:18AM

    You have always been an amazing person and this weight loss is just another job well done. I'm very proud of you.

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SOCKITTOME 10/17/2009 12:35PM

    Karon, you have done a totally awesome job! The things you have learned on this journey...wow! Keep rocking, girl. You're gonna make it!


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LADYIRISH317 10/17/2009 12:29PM

    From 530 to 266? Woman, you are incredible! Congratulations on an amazing accomplishment.

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HAPPY1604 10/17/2009 12:01PM

    HI Karon,
It has obviously been awhile since I checked in on you (or even myself for that matter)... and I am sitting here in total amazement and awe over you and your progress! Well done my friend! So proud of you and for you! Keep on keepin on!
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KITT52 10/17/2009 10:58AM

    Karon you have done a fantastic job....I am so happy for you...
I feel the need to say this again and I know you know it.....YOU gave me that push I needed to give SparkPeople a try.....You were one of the first people I came accrossed on my Spark journey...I said if she can do it so can I...I do pray for you ever day for giving me the courage to try try try.......so once again thank you for that.....

That darn scale can give us our ups and downs but we both have come so far to ever go back....

remember you did not gain the weight all at once...it took time so loosing it is going to take time too, but you have come miles and miles....thanks for the inspiration...

Have a happy and healthy week end.


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JUNIAATROME 10/17/2009 8:12AM

    I'm not sure I understood which good thing is coming to an end here!? You have done amazingly so far, and I am totally convinced that you will do the 36 as well. Keep up the good work and enjoy it. It seems like you already do. And thanks for posting this.

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NUTRON3 10/17/2009 8:05AM

    You should be proud

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It's been a while

Monday, October 05, 2009

I guess it's been quite some time since I did any kind of update here. My one year post op passed in September. I am maintaining at right about 270 pounds. My surgeon says I should be able to lose another 40 lbs before I am done. I guess time will tell. I haven't been as diligent as I could be and I know this.

My protein levels are down. I just cannot eat enough protein. I have to find a drink I can tolerate but so far, they all make me gag. I have a friend who said to try Muscle Milk and she is going to send me a couple so I don't waste money if I don't like it. My B-12 was also low, but I had to stop taking my sublingual a week before my blood test because of a minor surgery I was having to remove a cyst from my left calf. Doubling up on it and it should be fine once again.

Went to Lincoln Park Zoo today and was totally amazed at my stamina. I had such a great time and met one of my dear Sparkfriends there with her family. We've been talking for three years here and to me it was like we've known each other forever!

That's about it for now. I tried to do an update where I usually do them, but must be at the cap for characters there as I coudn't type anything at all. I may have to copy all of that into a blog post and then start over. We'll see how it goes.

  
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KSMILEY69 10/20/2009 9:27PM

    Karon

You are doing an amazing job and should be very proud of your accomplishments. Way to Go ! ! !

Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your spark friend and family at the zoo.

Take Care and God Bless ! ! !

Kat

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KITT52 10/8/2009 8:20AM

    Karon way to go..you are getting there girl...
Keep going.

Kitt

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Progression

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

I try to get here more often but sometimes there just isn't anything to say. Life has been busy and crazy but I'm hanging in there. I had a wonderful July 4th weekend visiting with my sister and my girls. It was just what I needed after a couple of really horrible weeks at work.

First there was the scare that I may be out of a job. Illinois government cannot settle on a budget (and is currently operating without one) and the IL Department of Children and Family Services made a bunch of cuts in anticipation of less money to operate on. Consequently, they cut all funding for Parenting Teen Centers. Guess what I run? Yep, a Parenting Teen program! For a couple weeks we had to wonder if our organization was going to close us down. It now looks like we're going to be okay but I'm not certain of that, yet. I'm taking it day by day and we'll see where that gets me. LOL

We had our therapist leave and a new therapist come on. She's doing a good job but she's not the therapist we had and the girls miss her. On top of that, I hired (or thought I had hired) new staff. Only half of the ones I hired actually showed up for orientation so it's back to square one. I really hate that whole process. This means I'm running my home short of staff and working a LOT of hours. Suffice it to say that as of yesterday I already have my 80 hours for this pay period in and still have to work today, tomorrow, and at the very least, Friday! All without real compensation as I'm salaried. Gotta love that, too!

I lost virtually no weight in June and was frustrated as I mentioned in my last post. Talked with a few "in the know" and came to the conclusion maybe I wasn't eating enough calories. Sure enough, I bumped those up and the weight is coming off again. Lesson learned, once again. It wasn't that I wasn't eating, because I do about six times a day but I needed more calories to fuel my body now that I'm more active.

I got my butt kicked at my circuit conditioning and cardio classes last night. I ran on the treadmill three times. It was still only a minute, but I did it. I don't really like running on the treadmill. I've ran a few times on solid ground but I'm not ever going to be a runner, per se. I'm starting to see some definition in my thighs, though, and that's encouraging. I also moved up to six pound weights for my strength training. My arms are killing this morning. It was a good workout and I'm okay with the sore and tender muscles, really. It's all a reminder that I'm making progress. Back to water aerobics class tonight and it's all good. I do enjoy my workouts, surprisingly enough. I miss when I can't go because of work.

I ran into someone over the weekend who had not seen me since my surgery. She didn't greet me at first and I didn't give it much thought. She isn't a friend or anyting, just someone who lived in the same town I used to live in and we'd exchange a hello from time to time when we met. I know who she is and she knows me via my girls as her husband teaches at the high school but that's it. Anyway ... a few minutes later she came to me and said, "I didn't recognize you. You've lost a LOT of weight!" It made me smile to know that others really do see the difference. It was nice to know my hard work is paying off.

On a side note to all of that, Tim took pictures of me with our granddaughter Chloe in the pool on Monday. I looked at them and realized, though I'm not thin by any means, I am definitely thinner. I compared that photo to one taken exactly a year ago and oh my ...

  
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SOCKITTOME 7/23/2009 11:22PM

    Karon, I hope your job remains safe. You are doing a totally, absolutely fantastic job with your new healthy lifestyle!! You are looking awesome, girl!!!


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KSMILEY69 7/9/2009 7:56AM

    Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers that your job is safe. I was having the same problems with not consuming enough calories to match my increase in exercise. Kind of scary to me that I had to eat more because I was exercising more. I know it makes sense but mentally sometimes it doesn't to us.

Isn't it wonderful when you see someone who hasn't seen you since before your surgery? That feeling of accomplishment is awesome and seeing someone else recognize it is priceless.

Congrats on the progress you have made so far. You are doing great.

Thanks,

Kat

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SYNCHRODAD 7/9/2009 12:44AM

    " It made me smile to know that others really do see the difference." What really made me smile is the person didn't notice the difference cuz they didn't see you at all! Great post and thanks for the encouragement!

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REACHGOAL09 7/8/2009 1:18PM

    Happy you missed the job cut. I know first hand how awful that is. I was laid off Dec. 07 after 20 years at the same office. I went into depression at first due to missing the routine and friends. Then I gained back 25 lbs on top of the 35 I already had regained. I missed the paycheck too. I'm fortunate to have a husband who is working and I realize that now is the time for me to regroup and get my act together or back together. Thanks to SP and the friends I've met here I'm back on track. Hopefully my new attitude and more healthier bod will land me the right job when it's needed most.

Hang in there, you've done marvelous!!!

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MOV4WARD 7/8/2009 11:48AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonsounds like you are making some wonderful progress & in unexpected ways/issues. i'm not quite ready for much land exercise but dreadmills bore me to tears!!! lol ;) i'm so glad i have water aerobics available too, it has made a world fo diff! i hope you survive the budget cuts, get staffing squared away so you can continue to focus on you & enjoy summer :)

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Update of the last month

Friday, July 03, 2009

Minimal weight loss last month. I was frustrated until I noticed that my body fat percentage is going down, though the number remains the same. I am exchanging fat for muscle which weighs much more. It's all good. I also realized that I may not be taking enough calories due to the exercise and increased my calories. Guess what? That has made all the difference in the world and I am back to losing pounds once again. I am realizing it is still a slow and steady process. My surgery was and is a tool and I am using it. I have to tweak things from time to time but it's working. As of this morning I am down to 274 lbs. I'd like to end up just under 200 when all is said and done. The surgeon seemed to think 220-240 would be a good place to stop and then with skin removal I'll be about where I want to be. I'm relying on my body to let me know when enough is enough. I know I don't want to look like death warmed over and be too thin. Until I get the stomach skin removed, I'll never really be thin. I'm starting to accept that it may be a long time until that is taken care of. It's expensive and I doubt I'll be coming into money anytime soon. I'm told it's next to impossible to get insurance to pay for the skin removal. I'll tackle it as I go, as I have this entire process from day one. Onward I stride, looking forward to continuing my new energetic life!

  
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POPTART44 7/7/2009 12:12AM

    I'm so proud of you! I think you have done a great job! As always, you are such an inspiration!
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KSMILEY69 7/6/2009 10:20PM

    Great job. It is a never ending tool and we have to adjust from time to time. You are doing an amazing job and you are an inspiration to those of us behind you.

Keep it up.

Take Care and God Bless ! ! !

Kat

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MOV4WARD 7/5/2009 1:02PM

    i have eternal hope that treatment for everything related to the complications we suffer from extreme obesity will be: better understood, better tolerated in society (less discrimination), and better support provided, including things like reconstructive surgery. it's definitely not cosmetic. heck, look at the reconstructions they do with the breasts related to cancer. this strikes me as the same. we all need to keep chipping away where we can to break down these barriers, and i will keep my fingers crossed this will change too!

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CAREWREN 7/3/2009 4:23PM

    emoticon on learning more about your body and that you are doing just fine!

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REDIS279 7/3/2009 2:45PM

    Such a great success! Karon, I'm so pleased and inspired by your journey. You are catching up with me now. One day at a time, eh? That's our path. I believe you will get that skin removal procedure.

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RAINHAPPY 7/3/2009 1:47PM

    You are doing great. The time will come when you will have a hard time remembering what all the fuss was about. Muscle will keep you upright and moving so all is good.

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SYNCHRODAD 7/3/2009 12:15PM

    Muscle is good. As you get older, muscle is hard to come by if you haven't worked on it. Trust me on this. Although our stories are quite different, your story encourages me tremendously. I've been slacking lately, and I feel it. Thanks for the encouragement!

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NENATO2 7/3/2009 11:04AM

    Don't be so hard on yourself! I'm one to talk myself. If a miss a day of exercise, it drives me nuts!

Just keep eating healthy, exercising and the rest has to come.

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KITT52 7/3/2009 9:30AM

    Great job Karon...


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