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Before and After pics

Friday, January 25, 2013

i am still a work in progress but this is 1 year of work

  
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TRACYZABELLE 7/15/2013 5:52AM

    lookin great

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FATCHICKNOMORE 1/29/2013 8:42PM

    OMG! What an inspiration you are! Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 1/28/2013 12:31PM

    AMAZING! Keep up the fantastic work!

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BRTRAINS 1/27/2013 1:08PM

    Amazing, keep up the good work , I bet you feel sooo much better emoticon

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CGWALKER2012 1/27/2013 12:46AM

    You look great!

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REAGANESQUE 1/26/2013 7:16AM

    Oh, wow,,,inspirational! You look great! emoticon

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PATTYR81 1/25/2013 4:02PM

    You are doing GREAT Steph!!!

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THOMS1 1/25/2013 3:20PM

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CORTNEY-LEE 1/25/2013 2:20PM

    so awesome!!

Wow-eee Wow!!!

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KEEPTRYING4ME 1/25/2013 1:51PM

    Wonderful job!!! You look amazing! Keep up the great work :D :D :D emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHRISBEM 1/25/2013 1:47PM

    wow!

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One year ago today my life changed forever

Thursday, January 24, 2013

1 year ago today I had gastric bypass surgery. I know that some people think that is "an easy way out" but I could care less about that opinion. It isn't your life, and you couldn't be any further from the truth. There is nothing easy about this. I didn't expect it to be easy. Totally changing your lifestyle and habits is a lot of work. This was a tool and I used it as such. What this surgery did do is got me off insulin in only 2 weeks, with only a 20 lbs weight loss. There is a lot of evidence that the surgery is able to effect insulin absorption right away, regardless of weight loss. It worked for me. I went to the hospital using 100-150 units of insulin a day, I was totally off within 14 days. Being off insulin was life saving. It allowed me to work out without having dangerous lows. Nothing is more frustrating that working hard all day to control your diet, work out then have to consume several hundred calories in juice to correct a low blood sugar. I am down. 138 lbs, I work out daily. I feel amazing, I am pain free, my diabetes is an control. I am happy with the results. This tool helped me change my lifestyle. I choose to work out, I choose to eat healthy, I choose to be a better healthier person. No regrets here.

  
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CORTNEY-LEE 1/24/2013 9:18PM

    You have done such a wonderful job!

An inspiration to us all!

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PATTYR81 1/24/2013 4:39PM

    Steph-
I started my WLS approval process and this group in Dec '11 and have been with you all along your journey.

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Well, ok, I am way more long winded than that! emoticon

I SOOOO APPRECIATE your sharing your experiences with us! You have inspired me, helped build my knowledge and reduce my fears.

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THANK YOU DEAR SPARKFRIEND!

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Patty

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THOMS1 1/24/2013 4:39PM

    emoticon I am so glad it worked for you. You are right, a total lifestyle change is very hard no matter how you do it.

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CHALLENGEME4 1/24/2013 3:42PM

    Fantastic!!!! Who cares what others think

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PHREESPIRIT 1/24/2013 2:18PM

    Congrats! You've got an amazingly positive attitude... good for you!

I've got surgery scheduled for 2/27/13 and I'm starting to get nervous. I've already lost 77 pounds on the pre-op diet and have been exercising like a mad-woman since mid-December. Wish me luck... as I've got a LOOOONG road ahead of me.

Keep up the great work!

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Going to RUN my first 5k

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I have WALKED dozens of 5k races but this year I signed up for the Shamrock run on St.Patricks Day and I intend on RUNNING it. I am using a couch to 5k training system.

  
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PHREESPIRIT 3/20/2013 3:59PM

    How did the 5K go? emoticon emoticon

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STEPHHAYES227 1/11/2013 3:05PM

    it is from active.com and it is couch-to-5k

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OSDOWNS 1/11/2013 1:39PM

    Good for you! What is the training system you are using called?


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Where do I start?

Friday, January 04, 2013

It has been so long since I posted I don't even know where to start. I am doing well but have had a lot of stress in my life. Good and Bad. I am in school. My daughter, son in law and granddaughter moved in with me and my mom was diagnosed with cancer. We have been holding it together and I decided that this is stressful, I am not going to allow this to undo all my hard work yet I recognize that it will be difficult to maintain my previous work out and eating routine. I decided to focus on what I eat and how much. This has worked so far. No gains, other than the normal up 1 or 2 and that doesn't bother me. I didn't gain during the holidays and I am not eating my stress. I am feeling pretty good. I am coming up on the 1 year anniversary of my surgery and I am done 135lbs and feeling great.

  
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BRTRAINS 1/27/2013 1:11PM

    Hang in there, If you go on facebook I have a page there and this week I am talking about stress and all the ill effects it has on our bodies, You are more then welcome to go to the page and read it throughout the week... Would be great to have you there
www.facebook.com/balancedw
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SO much going on!!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

it seems like forever since I have blogged. It has been a while since I have tracked my food too. I have so much going on. My mom was diagnosed with cancer about a month ago and last Wednesday had part of her lung removed. Things have been stressful to say the least. My mom is coming home from the hospital today and we have a long road of recovery ahead but I am hopeful and praying daily. I am proud of how I decided to handle this, instead of stuffing my feelings or eating them, I have gone in to this knowing this will be stressful and decided to not beat myself up. I set realistic goals. I know that my workout routines will be fewer, although not totally gone. I know that eating schedule will be hectic but I choose how much to eat. I am happy to say that I have gotten through this past month of stress without gaining any weight. I didn't lose any, but most importantly I didn't gain. I gave myself a 5lb cushion , knowing that sometimes i will be up a little and that is ok. I have been very mindful of my eating but not stressing myself out, I track when I can, although I really want to track more and have made it a goal to do this more since I know how much it keeps me on track. I weigh weekly no matter what so I can keep my week on track as much as possible. I am very proud of the way I am handling stress this time. I am determined not to let it be an excuse not to take care of me.

  
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PATTYR81 11/27/2012 10:05AM

    Steph~
I'm sorry about your mom!

It sounds like you have a good plan for dealing with stress while taking care of yourself. That is something I have to work on everyday cuz I've always put my needs last and then got myself into trouble. Posting on SP helps me stay connected to my needs while helping others.

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Praying for you and your family~

Take Care
Patty
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CORTNEY-LEE 11/27/2012 1:00AM

    your determination is admirable! Way to go!

I hope things work out ok for you!

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LDAVIS648 11/26/2012 1:26PM

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