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Support is Important!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I haven't been on SP very much over the last year....I'm coming up on my 3 year surgery anniversary in September. Can't believe it's gone by so fast. Something I've realized over the past couple of months is that I will always need support in keeping all of the weight I lost off forever. Maintenance is really hard. It's harder than the losing part. I originally joined SP and was close to a group of women that all had surgery within a week of each other. We have stayed "friends" on FB, but the day to day contact and support is gone. I miss them and I miss being able to share my triumphs and missteps with other people that are going through the same thing. They're not kidding when they tell you it's a life long commitment! I'm still at my goal weight, give or take 2 pounds on any given day. Some days I make bad food choices, but I'm always conscious of those choices and the consequences of them. I have told myself should I go up 5 pounds from my goal weight, that's the time to nip it in the bud. So far, so good. I still think I made the best choice for me and my circumstances.

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TRACYZABELLE 9/7/2011 7:56AM

    Hey it is good to see you (yeah I am behind on responding to blogs) MY goal for this year is to end it in 3-dom! I can and will do it!

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DAWNINCASPER 7/16/2011 6:28PM

    Hey, Donna! I have been totally MIA from SP for forever! Looking through your pictures you have done amazingly well sticking to the whole maintenance thing. So good to see that smile again when I popped on here!!! look me up on facebook Dawn Marchak Cundy!! (I seem to be on there a whole lot more frequently than on here!) Miss you!!

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URBRAT2 6/22/2011 10:20PM

    Im still here!!!! I cant believe its almost been three years. Im just not one to chat too much. I still have to supplement to get all my protein in. Dont reach my MD's goal of 80 very often. Neglect to take vitamins sometimes. Just goes to show the surgery is only a tool, what you do with it is up to yourself.

You look Beautiful BTW

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 6/22/2011 1:58PM

    You are so right! When I don't stay close, I tend to get lost. Thanks for the reminder and Happy Anniversary!!!
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EFPACE 6/22/2011 1:19PM

  Right on! Your right it is a life commitment.

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Two years down....a lifetime to go!!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

I'm getting very close to my two year "surgiversary" on Sept 9th. I can't believe it's been two years already. Time has flown by and yet every day I am still amazed at how different my life is now and how much happier I am.

I wandered away from SparkPeople for awhile....got caught up in weddings. My daughter got married in April and then my son got married in July!! Leave it to my kids to pick the same year and have their weddings three months apart.....Geez!! So throw in bridal showers and rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, a busy job, life in general and throw in a new addiction to FaceBook and I found that I was going weeks, sometimes over a month without even logging in. Throughout all of this mayhem I've maintained my goal weight, but have found myself falling way off the wagon with my exercise and just plain old missing the support of other people that have experienced the same life changing event as myself. So I decided to get my butt back on SP!!!

Guess what? The whole team is different.....(except for Nena) and I realize how far out of touch I've gotten with my support group. I miss my surgery sisters. We still see each other post on FB, so it's not as though we've all lost touch, but it's not the same. I wish everyone would come back. I'm hoping to make new friends on the Sparkler's team - so I'm just jumping right back in and becoming involved again. I know I need this team for support and encouragement and I want to do the same for others. I know this journey is never done, I always have to be on my game, and I know I will always need a support group as part of my plan.

Two years down, a lifetime to go.................................

This picture was taken at my son's wedding on July 10th, 2010!!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 8/23/2010 12:46AM

    Simply beautiful. I am very happy for you............


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PHYL220 8/23/2010 12:10AM

    You look absolutely amazing. Congratulations on you success! emoticon

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SAMSMOM60 8/17/2010 2:51PM

    You look mahvelous, dahling! I hope I look that good some day.

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67SKIFREAK 8/17/2010 2:10PM

    Good for you emoticon

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BONNIEELLEN571 8/17/2010 9:49AM

    Congratulations emoticon both on your surgery anniversary and the weddings!! ... and what a lifetime it will be! emoticon

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MSWEBB8046 8/17/2010 9:33AM

    Lady you look amazing! Congrats on all your success! I'm so happy for! Contiune to make those healthy life changes daily because you are soooooooo worth it!

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ELLAREE57 8/17/2010 8:36AM

    Life gets busy but you know we are all here, see you didn't wander far.Thats what makes life so interesting. You look fantastic!

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TRACYZABELLE 8/16/2010 11:55PM

    You look magnificent!! I know your family is proud of you!

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Still Here!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

It's been awhile since I've blogged anything. I'm doing great and hanging in there at my goal weight. I've come a long way and I recently got up the nerve to follow through with my tatoo that I promised myself when I hit my goal weight! I'm really happy that I finally decided to do it, it makes me feel like I'm truly celebrating my victory! I remember when I posted a thread asking my fellow team members if I should do it, because my husband wasn't really supportive of the idea. Everyone answered that I should do it if I really wanted it for myself and the funny thing is - now that I've done it, I think my husband loves it just as much as I do!!

I'm 1.5 years post op and I look at myself in the mirror and I can see past the lumps, bumps and sagging skin to the person I wanted to be for so long. I'm still so glad that I made the decision to have my RNY. It changed my life and I'm healthier and happier from it.
I believe I will always be a work in progress - I can't afford to forget how much WORK it took me to get where I'm at today. I sometimes make bad food choices (just like anyone else) but I know that I can't make them on a regular basis. It would be so easy to slip back into old habits. People now tell me that they can't remember the "Old Donna", they can't picture me fat anymore. That's great, but I can still remember how I looked and felt and that's what keeps me motivated to stay on track.

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TRACYZABELLE 3/29/2010 1:42AM

    Congrats on how far you have come-- You are awesome I am so happy for you.. I was 9.4 this week-- of course a lot of fluid but I will take it!

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NORAKENO 3/28/2010 8:58AM

    Donna, Congratulations on reaching your goal weight. I am still chugging along, but had so much more weight to lose. I am finding this last 40 lbs to be very stubborn! Then again, my eating isn't always as it should be. I am working on that. I am so happy that you are in the place you are at in your mindset. I don't think any of us will ever forget where we came from. Keep up the good work!

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NETTER2097 3/28/2010 7:27AM

    Donna, I got my tatoo when I was 40, it was my bday pressent. LOL I like it my husband at the time did not like that idea. AND a year before that I chewed my son out for getting one. Of he put it on his arm and it was good sized, but can still be covered. If it kind of funny how it makes you feel, like you are decorating yourself. LOL Anyway congrats, mine is on my leg, so shorts if I want to show it off and pants if not. Mine is a long stem red rose that is bent into a shape of a heart with my husband's name inside. It has color. :) Contrats: Life is about getting the things you want, you deserve it. Lynn

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Just Chugging Along

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Status update:

I'm inching closer to my 1.5 year post op mark. Seem's hard to believe that I've been living this new lifestyle that long already! I think back to all of the times I tried to diet and gave up and re-gained lost pounds and reflect on all of the wasted time. This past year and a half has gone by so fast - I wish I wouldn't have stayed on the roller coaster for so long. I'm so happy now and to think that all of this seemed so far out of my reach and now I'm living my dream. I'm blessed.

I recently went on my first vacation since losing all of the weight. I just can't get over what a completely different experience it was from past vacations.

I remember getting off of our cruise ship in Ensenada (1/2008) and having to walk for what felt like miles from the dock to town. I was bawling because my knees hurt so bad, and I was mad at myself and embarassed. I couldn't have a good time, because if any activity required walking - that meant I was going to be in pain. I also remember having to suck in my stomach so much to get the airplane seatbelt buckled without having to ask for an extender I thought my intestines would be permanently damaged and I also remember not being able to wear a heel higher than an inch - I couldn't walk on anything higher than that because of all of the pressure on my knees. Oh I was so miserable on that vacation!!

This cruise (1/2010) WOW....what a different experience! I worked out in the gym on the ship, I opted for the stairs instead of the elevator 99% of the time and I had extra seatbelt to spare on the plane! I wore 3 inch heels and walked everywhere, I dressed up and didn't mind getting my picture taken. I looked happy.....REALLY happy. I ate really good food and drank good wine - probably indulged more than I should have, but I didn't gain any weight. Although I did eat extravagant dinners, I tried to make healthy choices at breakfast and lunch opting for eggs, ham, fruit and a slice of toast instead of the french toast or pancakes etc. At lunch I would choose lots of protein items from the buffet like shrimp, roast beef or ham and fill in with veggies and salad. One or two bites of dessert was all I would take if I chose to try something. If we went to afternoon tea - I chose the salmon mini sandwiches instead of the sweets. My biggest vice was the stupid coffee bar (think Starbucks - but free). I couldn't stay away from it. I had a wonderful time though - and I enjoyed my new body and how I looked. My husband was proud of me....and he mentioned that even though I didn't notice it - other men were checking me out. (Thanks for the ego boost honey!!)

So I'm just chugging along - working at making the right choices on a daily basis and maintaining my success. My New Year's resolution this year was to "continue on my healthy path" and to try to spend less money on clothes! (Hey - it's a process building an entire new wardrobe ok?)

Is there anything I'm not happy about? Yes!! I love the way I look in clothes but I detest my saggy stomach, butt and thighs. I refused to wear a bathing suit at the pool or on the public beach in Grand Turk. I bought swim shorts instead. I'm really mad at myself for getting so fat that when I lost the weight it left these parts of my body looking like used, deflated, wrinkled balloon skin. UGH!!! If only I could take it all back!! I know I need to forgive myself but I haven't yet, and until I do I don't think I'll be able to come to terms with how my body looks. Plastic surgery would be an out of pocket expense and that is not financially an option right now. Other than that, I'm not complaining!!

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WALNUT5612 2/25/2010 12:04PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time on your vacation!

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TRACYZABELLE 2/25/2010 11:30AM

    You go girl!! I am so thrilled for you~

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NETTER2097 1/23/2010 8:22AM

    Donna, I have a long way to go to catch you but I am imbrassing my turkey waddle, as my chins have left me. I of course hoping that it tightes some, but really would rather have that then the 3 chins. Girl you are beautiful in the inside and outside, I am sure that your husband like, anyone that knows you, are proud of you. I hope I can do half as good, I need to do crunches and work on the weight around the middle. Lynn

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NORAKENO 1/20/2010 7:14AM


I just wanted to tell you that you look FABULOUS! I'm thrilled to read about your recent trip and the fun you had. I also get angry at myself for letting myself to get to where I was. I am hoping to at least get my stomach approved for surgery later this year. I can't believe they would pay for me to lose over half of my body weight and not help with the sagging skin that is left. Keep up the good work! ~Karon

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ELLAREE57 1/19/2010 8:57PM

    You look so great, Your vacation is the kind I am looking forward to. I've been on the past vacation you talk about and I was miserable too. I can't wait til I can feel the way you do. You have done an excellent job. What an inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

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URBRAT2 1/19/2010 6:44PM

    I totally understand your feeling. I to get mad for letting myself go. BUT we have to forgive ourselves because we have suceeded. I'll wear a bikini because Im proud of my loss. I have my saggy thighs and abdomen. I SOOOOOOOOOOO wish I could have a boob job. Maybe next year.

Im proud of you...Surgery Sista


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11/9/09 - GOAL BABY!!!!

Monday, November 09, 2009

I am 14 months post op today. I weighed myself this morning, and WOO-HOO!! I AM AT GOAL!!!! I feel great, I love the way I look, I couldn't ask for more. I am so pleased with the results from my RNY. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Not one regret.
I went to San Francisco on a shopping trip with my 21 year old daughter and her friends on Saturday and I could have out-shopped them! A far cry from my pre-op days of painful knee misery. I am so thankful to be where I'm at today. I can remember being 21 years old and feeling miserable because I weighed 150 pounds. Sillly, silly girl!!!!

A new chapter in my life.......maintenance. Wow!!!!!

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NETTER2097 11/10/2009 3:04PM

    You go girl. Way to go, and you do look great, but more important than that is feeling good. You are my hero!!!! emoticon emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 11/10/2009 12:38PM

    YOu are awesome woman! I am so proud of you! emoticon

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NENATO2 11/9/2009 4:12PM

    WooHoo! What an inspiration!

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REACHGOAL09 11/9/2009 3:37PM

    Congratulation's! You inspire me!

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NEWMEIN2009 11/9/2009 2:04PM

    Congratulations, Donna. You are an inspiration!


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LIZALEE1973 11/9/2009 2:00PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I am so happy for you!

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    emoticon on all of your accomplishments!!!!

I am positive that you will just rock at maintenance!

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