NOTSOFLUFFYDAD's SparkPeople Blog NOTSOFLUFFYDAD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Week 21 This week has been a mixed bag of nuts. With the weather in the Pacific Northwest, it is very hard to get our exercise in. Walking is hard without rain gear and it has been pretty chilly. We have snow in the forecast this coming weekend, so that will complicate things a little bit more. We did manage to get our walking in 2 days, but our goal is 4 days. We also did some physical work around the house yesterday which helped a bit. <BR> <BR> My image issues have calmed down some. I know this i... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:16:09 EST Week 20 - WOW This has been a rough week mentally for me. I have been having feelings that I am getting too skinny. My wife assures me that I'm not and I know she is right. You see, I have been over 300 pounds most of my life since the age of 12. I am now WAY below that and it feels strange! I almost feel as if a part of me has died, as weird as that might sound. I look at myself in the mirror and can't help but wonder who that person is. I don't know him, I don't know where he came from and I don't know w... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:45:18 EST Week 19 Holy Cow! It's hard to believe how fast time has gone since this whole process started! It has been one heck of a ride! <BR> <BR> To think just 6 months ago I had been confined to a wheelchair for almost a year. My health was in the toilet, my wife had to dress me and sometimes help me bathe, she was literally lifting me in and out of my wheelchair and bed and my kids were watching their dad slowly die physically and mentally. Life was hopeless, i had no desire to do anything and I couldn't ... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:19:00 EST Week 18 It's been a very busy week with my ministry work. Struggling a little with protein this week, still getting enough, but not the amount I'm used to getting. I managed another loss of 2 pounds this week, so i won't complain too much. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:50:04 EST Almost 6 months to the date! May 4, 2016 is a date I will not soon forget. That is the day that my wife and I attended the weight loss seminar given by my surgeon. I was in a wheelchair, depressed, with no real hope that i would ever walk again. The doctor gave his presentation and then personally took time to talk to anyone who had any questions. I asked him to come talk to me, not knowing that my life was about to change right then and there. As we were talking about my conditions, he asked what I saw 5 years from then... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 10:11:49 EST Week 16 Back on track and feeling good!!! <BR> <BR> I have been given a new lease on life by our Heavenly Father. The doctors told me just a few months ago that at the rate I was going, I would be dead within 5 years from a massive heart attack. I was wheelchair and bed bound, was eating whatever I felt like and extremely depressed with my situation. Then my PCP talked to me about going to a seminar just to see if it is something I would consider doing. I was ready for a change! I did not want to d... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:33:41 EST Week 15 This week has been like a plateau week. Things really slowed down this week for me in weight loss and exercise. The nasty weather here in Washington state is not very conducive to our daily walks, so it's time to get creative to kick my metabolism back into gear. yesterday was grocery shopping day, so we got in our steps,, which is probably why i was able to eek out a little loss. <BR> <BR> Saw my primary care physician yesterday for my annual preventative exam. She has not seen me since rig... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:07:27 EST 3 month post-op appointment I am utterly amazed at my progress! <BR> <BR> Today, I had my 3 month post surgery appointment with my gastric surgeon. He is in complete amazement at my progress so far (as am I), so much so that he has named me his poster child for weight loss surgery <em>104</em> . I don't know about poster child, but My wife and I are very pleased with the results and the effect it has had on our whole family. She has lost 58 pounds since May 4th and I have now lost 91.4 pounds! Our daughter has lost... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:53:12 EST Week 13 I am happy to say that things have calmed down quit a bit, still dealing with moms health issues, but her doctor is on top of it now. Apparently, she hasnt been telling him everything, so I MUST go with her to ALL her appointments now. <BR> <BR> I am still doing well with my weight loss, down another 3 pounds this week! I am now half way to my goal weight! Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:25:01 EST Week 12 Wowzers, What a week! Things have sure been hectic but at the same time productive.Took my mom to the doctor because her depression and pain are off the charts. She is having major trouble with her left knee and hip on top of everything else we are dealing with. I am so thankful that she is living in an adult care facility because I am not sure we could do this all on our own. At least her doctor is getting things done, waiting for the xrays and blood tests to come back. I found out something... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:09:11 EST Week 11 The last few days have been very stressful. My aging mothers health seems to be on a steady decline, and it's worrying me very much. When I saw her walking the other night, I was sure that with every step, she was going to fall and hurt herself badly or break a hip. Add to that, she is starting to have stomach issues again. And her memory has dropped immensely just over the past couple of months. my grandmother passed away recently from Alzheimers, and I am beginning to think it has passed on... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:59:38 EST Week 10 Have any of you seen the movie "The incredible shrinking woman" with Lily Tomlin? Well. I kind of feel like that. Instead of shrinking in height, I am shrinking in weight! HOLY COW! There are no words to describe my gratitude for my Bariatric surgeon. Just 5 months ago, I was on 4 different heart medications, acid reflux medication, 2 sleep medications and 2 psychiatric medications: not to mention all the pain meds I have been taking for years. I no longer take ANY heart meds! I no longer tak... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:54:39 EST Week 9 It has been a very busy but productive week. All the drywall is up downstairs, and all but one room has been mudded and taped. Met with the nutritionist last week, and things are still amazing me. In one month, I lost 3.75 inches from my waist. That was great to see! I keep forgetting that I am losing more than weight, the inches count just as much.While I was there, I saw my surgeon for a brief moment. I hugged him and thanked hi for helping to save my life, because i was going down fast. S... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:42:47 EST Week 8 This has been a very interesting week. Although I did lose, I was frustrated with the amount of loss. At this stage of the game, 2-3 pounds a week is normal. However, with all the exercise we got this week, I expected more. You see, we are still in the middle of renovation of the house. We drywalled our living room, laid down the subfloor in our laundry room, plus other exercise. But, as I sat here this morning afterward, it dawned on me that I have built a lot of muscle this week with the wo... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:15:16 EST Latest pics <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thought i would post pics -66 pounds Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:36:04 EST Week 7 This journey has been amazing! Not only do i feel better, butt now I am seeing some of the changes for myself and i can't believe it sometimes.I have to say without the support of my wife and kids, the best team of bariatric doctors and nurses and my loving God Jehovah, I couldn't have done this. My body seems to be settling into my long term weekly weight loss pattern now, which is just fine. I lost 2/8 pounds this week and the doctor said 2-3 pounds after the first six weeks. So, if that ho... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:12:12 EST Week 6 - I am on top of the world!!! I am feeling better and better everyday!!! I start aqua therapy tomorrow to see if we can get my back to mobilize a little more. But, the real reason I am on top of the world is I reached a milestone today!! I have been with Spark off and on for years. It has helped some, but the best decision I ever made was to have Bariatric Gastric Sleeve surgery!! It is saving my life one day at a time!! My clothes all look like tents on me!! Best of all, I weighed in today....... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:26:49 EST Week 5 I am so happy with my continued progress since surgery. I feel like I could move mountains! My wife and I have been working hard on our house renovations, but most of all we have been working on me learning how to walk again. Baby steps, i use my walker around the house, but when we go out somewhere, to the store, to my congregation meetings, I am still using my wheelchair. It's not easy for me, I am a driven person who likes to push the limits and in the past it has cost me. So, This time, ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:53:39 EST One month post surgery Met with my nutritionist today. I am down almost another 5 pounds? Choosing to have this surgery was a great decision! I feel better, I have tons of energy and am able to start seeing some changes physically! If you have struggled with morbid obesity for many years or your whole life, go to a bariatric weight loss seminar. It's free and there is no obligation. The results to me are far worth it. 59 pounds gone since May 4th, 26+ just since Surgery a month ago! Thu, 4 Aug 2016 20:57:21 EST Disappointed My weight loss this week was much lower than I anticipated. But, I have to remember I already lost 46 pounds in six weeks, so my body will hit these "wait a minute, what's going on" moments. Today we worked on texturing some walls, as our renovation continues slowly but surely. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:22:47 EST Post surgery My friends, I have been trying to lose weight alll my life. Let me tell you, having the gastric sleeve is the answer to my prayers. When I came back, I was at 358 pounds. I am very happy to say that since may 4th, I have lost a total of 46 pounds, 18 of those since surgery on July 6th. I feel SSSOOOOOOOOO MUCH BETTER! I have energy! I have less pain! I am starting to feel like a different person! I would DEFINITELY recommend this surgery to anybody who is continuing to struggle to lose weight... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:05:28 EST What a great day! We have been sticking to a strict diet with lots of protein and veggies.As I prepare for surgery, The doctors want me on a quick downward trend as i head toward the surgery date on July 6th. Today we went in to the wellness center for a meeting with the head of nutrition, to go over exactly what our diet needs to be from now until the day of surgery, Our convention is July 1-3, and then i have to be on a liquid diet the 2 days after that before surgery. when we were done, I asked if I could u... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:02:36 EST I am a bad boy today Well..... Not really......maybe. As I prepare for surgery, which by the way is scheduled for July 6th, I have been doing very well adjusting my diet to the schedule I will have after surgery. We had a breakfast today, one last time, that we haven't had in months, Tami's homemade cinnamon rolls. Now that isn't a bad thing, in moderation, but today I went hog wild and ate 3 throughout the day. (The voices in my head have been screaming at me all day). We had homemade vegetarian pizza last night... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 22:45:59 EST Moving forward Preparing for surgery has gone really well. All approvals are in and i am down a total of 12 pounds since the seminar. I feel like we are ready for surgery and post-op. Sun, 5 Jun 2016 18:19:42 EST On track for weight loss Had a doctor appointment today, so I got my official weigh in for the week. I am happy to say I am sticking to my pre-surgery program and i am down 4 Lbs! <em>104</em> Fri, 3 Jun 2016 21:18:58 EST Getting closer Bought paint and a few other things to add to the stuff for our home renovation. Thu, 2 Jun 2016 21:50:47 EST Meds I am so tired of taking medications. Always sleepy or in a stupor, digestive issues etc. I will be very interested to see how many meds i will still be on after surgery and I have met my goal weight Wed, 1 Jun 2016 21:20:32 EST More changes My wife and I decided that since our bedroom is downstairs and we are going to make a permanent bedroom downstairs, that we would let our teenage daughter move into our old bedroom upstairs and our son the choice of which room he wanted upstairs. so today we spent our time going through our stuff to make room for her to start moving some stuff to the bedroom. all of our clothes are now in our make shift closet downstairs and we got rid of a lot of stuff. Mon, 30 May 2016 23:57:38 EST Update I know I have been gone for a while, so I want to tell you why. Over 9 years ago, doctors told me because of the degenerative disc and bone disease in my back, that i would be confined to a wheel chair in 3 years. Most of you know that I beat that mark. Unfortunately, about 6 months ago, that diagnosis came to be a reality. I have no feeling in my right leg up to my hip and i have no feeling in my left left leg from the knee down. I am now confined to a wheelchair. Not to worry, Determined_me... Sat, 28 May 2016 16:23:18 EST Day 4 Still going strong on preparing myself for surgery in mid June. Next thing on my list is to delete coffee from my diet. Fri, 27 May 2016 18:29:36 EST A new beginning It was so great to meet my nutritionist yesterday. Kari is a great person with a wonderful personality. I know she will be an iintegral part of my weight loss success after my surgery. Tue, 24 May 2016 13:58:57 EST International Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses PIctures Here are some pictures I have from our International Convention in Seattle, Wa. USA from July 4-6, 2014. Some are just delegates, some have my daughter with delegates, one has my oldest son and my youngest daughter and then there is one of me with a hat I borrowed from my friend Johnathon who is a spanish brother. I hope you enjoy them! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:54:22 EST House Pictures <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:58:56 EST Still Alive It has been a long time since I have logged into SP and a LOT has changed and happened in our life. <BR> <BR> End of June, we made a huge move, ,a whole 55 miles LOL south, to a little town in the foothills of the cascade mountains smack dab in the middle of Mt Rainier and Mt St Helens. We are absolutely THRILLED with the decision! Our new house that we are buying is for the most part great. There have been a few minor things that have had to be fixed so far, but that's what you expect when ... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:35:28 EST Day 247-249 Just checking in to let everyone know we are doing fine. Very tired!! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is our moving sale and then next Saturday we move to our new house. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 01:07:45 EST Day 246 Been another busy day. <BR> <BR> Went and did a little shopping. Vame home and did some more sorting and packing. <BR> <BR> I am sore and ready for bed though. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:47:35 EST Day 244 and 245 Done some packing and today we got the paperwork for our new house. SO EXCITED! <BR> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:46:59 EST Day 243 Sorting, Packing, Laundry, Sorting, Packing, Laundry, Graduation Party, Laundry...... Have a great night Sun, 16 Jun 2013 01:29:14 EST Day 242 I went to school for the last day with my daughter and said goodbye to all the staff that I have enjoyed working with this year. Came home and started working on the garage to get ready for our move. Tami works tomorrow so me and the kids have the day together, so I will see what I can get into to get packed while Tami is gone. <BR> <BR> Have a good night! Sat, 15 Jun 2013 00:54:12 EST Day 241 Well, I know some of you are waiting..... WE GOT THE HOUSE!!!! We will have the contract on Monday and will be moved in by July 1st, yep just that fast!! We are super excited, super nervous, super scared and super every other emotion. <BR> <BR> Will keep you posted as we progress!! Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:36:00 EST Day 240 Ministry check <BR> <BR> Play date at the sons school check <BR> <BR> homemade chinese food check <BR> <BR> exhausted check <BR> <BR> have a good night <BR> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 01:03:16 EST Day 239 Well... it was bound to happen.... my streak ended yesterday at 238 days. I don't know why I didn't log in and spin the wheel because I tracked some things yesterday. It's ok though. <BR> <BR> Things have been so busy around here!! Between ministry, my wife working, school getting out this Friday and looking for a new place to call our home, time has just flown by. We are going tonight to meet with the owner of the house we hope to get and to see the inside of it to make sure it will fit our... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:38:00 EST Day 237 Not a lot to report today. Meeting was wonderful, did some studying, went to the store. preparing my mind for Tuesday when we meet with the homeowner, have a good night Mon, 10 Jun 2013 00:16:07 EST Day 236 So today, The family went for an adventure drive. We drove over to the town of Morton, which is zn hour and fifteen minutes south of us. It was a most beautiful, peaceful drive that we all enjoyed immensely. Wonderful scenery!! We went there to look at a house that we have been looking at online for a week now. The pictures were nice, but seeing it in person was so much better! We fell in love with it and will be driving back on Tuesday evening to meet with the owner. We are not getting our h... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 00:55:41 EST Day 235 I was really tired today...All the stuff going on makes me tired. Between my physical issues, my mental issues and stress looking for a simpler house, I am thoroughly whipped! Now I'm ready to head to bed, tomorrow we're taking a drive to somewhere we've never to been to check out a house that looks interesting on line. Should be a nice adventure! Sat, 8 Jun 2013 01:22:45 EST Day 234 Down for the count with my back for the day today. Looked at a couple houses. Hope tomorrow I am feeling better Fri, 7 Jun 2013 01:13:39 EST Day 233 Haed another great day in the ministry.... until the headache hit like a freight train..... pushed through it for the last 2 hours though. Came home and fiddled around for a bit then went to the grocery store to get a few things. Went for a walk to the bus stop and by the time I got home, I could barely walk from the pain in my back. I pushed through it long enough to water my flower garden. Cooked dinner for the fam, Pork Ribs, Mashed taters and corn on the cob. Now I am getting ready to tak... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 00:47:42 EST Day 232 Been a long day, very successful, but long. Time to go to bed, ministry bright early again tomorrow Tue, 4 Jun 2013 23:57:08 EST Day 231 Not much doin today. did laundry and not much else. Lots of ministry the next 3 days! Tue, 4 Jun 2013 00:31:30 EST Day 230 As this Sunday evening comes to an end, I am in constant prayer. We are searching for a single story home that is in this same area. This would be better for my back and keep our kids in the same school district maybe. I know God's will has always taken place in our life and it will again. Gonna call it a night as tomorrow starts a new week. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 00:03:47 EST