VOLUPTUA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VOLUPTUA VOLUPTUA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 5 pounds from goal. OMG. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3131845 Never, in all my life of constant dieting, have I ever been this close to an actual goal weight. 146 pounds, gone. I wake up every morning and feel like I have a giant Barbie doll to play dress up with. I'm back on stage, rehearsing a play after all these years of being too morbidly obese to stand for more than 5 minutes without searing pain. It's been a decade. I'm playing the lead, Dotty, in Noises Off, a very high energy farce, and it is effortless. I am so grateful, every moment for my Du... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 07:31:24 EST 132 pounds gone forever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2518502 I'm 13 months out from my Switch, and 132 pounds down! I do a doubletake every time I look in the mirror. It's just miraculous, and I am so grateful to have found out about this amazing surgery. I shudder when I think of how close I was to getting a Lap-Band or gastric bypass. With my DS, I eat normal portions of high-protein, high-fat foods, and the weight just keeps slowly coming off. The beauty of the DS is in weight maintenance. The stats for regain with DS are much, much better than with... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 17:29:45 EST I love my DS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2032959 I haven't updated here in a while, so I thought I would check in. I'm 7 1/2 months out from my DS surgery, and am 99 pounds down so far. I've gone from size 28/32 to size 16/18 and it's like a brand new world. Before surgery, I could not stand for more than 5 minutes without pain. Now, it isn't even an issue. This is freedom like I haven't known in years. I love my DS! Mon, 4 May 2009 18:43:18 EST 4 Months Post-Op Duodenal Switch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1713889 It's been 4 months since I had the surgery that has ended the diet roller coaster for me forever. I've lost 75 pounds so far, and have gone from a size 32 to an 18. And I have done this eating cheeseburgers, bacon and eggs with lots of cheese, ribeye steaks, all the protein and fat that my little heart desires. It's almost embarrassing, how easy this has been. I love my DS!! <BR> Sun, 18 Jan 2009 20:22:47 EST Not so bad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=444824 I finally mustered the courage to step on the scale this morning. I had been off my feet (on crutches) and depending on my DH to feed me, and that was mostly fast food. Then I got on steroids for bronchitis, which always makes me gain weight. But the scale doesn't show much of a gain! I'm only about 3 pounds up. I honestly expected to see more like 15. So I'm jazzed. :) <BR> <BR> Tomorrow morning, I can get back in the pool. I have a friend who I'm trying to encourage to come with me for wat... Tue, 27 Feb 2007 10:30:53 EST Just growing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=443784 Yeah...I'm on steroids. Totally terrified to get on the scale. But on the bright side, I feel strong enough to really get some things done around the house! My food is a little out of control, but not terribly. Exercise is another matter. The bronchitis is getting better, so hopefully I can get back to the gym this week. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try and hold myself to posting here on a regular basis, and I may copy and paste the same to my public blog on the forums. <BR> <BR> So that's wha... Mon, 26 Feb 2007 16:34:08 EST Anybody miss me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=430847 I've been away for a few weeks. I took a tumble down my front steps and hurt my ankle, foot and toe. I'm finally off crutches now, and I'm afraid to step on the scale. I had never used crutches before, and I discovered many awful things about using them, but the one I had never really thought about was that you cannot carry anything in your hand, because it takes both hands to walk. So, I couldn't so much as get myself a glass of water, much less make a meal. As a result, I ate pretty much wh... Sat, 17 Feb 2007 17:09:18 EST Finally broke that barrier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=399996 I've been going up and down the same 5 pounds but haven't gone lower than 284 in a few weeks...that's the lowest I went while I was sick over the holidays. I was beginning to think that I would never get beyond that number, but the scale showed 283 this morning! <BR> <BR> It seems a small thing, but it means so much to me. It gives me real hope that I can avoid gastric bypass. Sun, 28 Jan 2007 00:14:07 EST OK, I'm calm. LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=398063 I'm feeling much better today after looking at my history and realizing that I have lost 21 pounds since Thanksgiving. I actually lost weight over the holidays because I was sick. Maybe my body doesn't want to lose weight right now because it just wants to make sure I'm over being sick. At any rate, 21 pounds in 2 months is phenomenal. <BR> <BR> I just need to chill out and keep doing what I'm doing. Fri, 26 Jan 2007 14:38:22 EST My measurements were a shock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=395798 I haven't been losing any weight. I've been within my nutritional requirements, and I've been exercising every day. But the scale does not move. I've been going up and down from 289 to 284. So this morning I decided to take my measurements again, because surely all this exercise is helping me to tone up. Surely the weight is just redistributed, right?? Nope. My hips are an inch bigger, and my neck is a half inch bigger. My waist stayed the same. WTF??? <BR> <BR> I know I'm not wasting my tim... Thu, 25 Jan 2007 09:22:03 EST Doing great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=366439 I'm finally feeling well again. Except for some side effects from not being able to take my Nexium that is...I'm having to drink Maalox like water, and of course that has its consequences...but I'm not nauseous, or feverish, so I'm feeling much more human. <BR> <BR> I've been eating well. Still not even coming close to the number of calories Spark says I should have, but I think 2000 calories is excessive. I'm averaging around 1600, and I think that's more reasonable. I cooked salmon for t... Mon, 8 Jan 2007 18:35:30 EST The disastrous salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=355832 Today I felt well enough to actually eat! So I got a salad at Arbys. I had no idea til after I ate the thing that it had a gazillion fat grams. So today I didn't make it up to my minimum calories, but I did go over my maximum fat grams. :::sigh::: <BR> <BR> I gotta start making my own salads again. <BR> <BR> I had gained another pound back this morning. I hope I get to keep at least a few of the pounds I lost when I was sick! <BR> <BR> I go in tomorrow morning for an "upper GI" test. Ho... Tue, 2 Jan 2007 22:51:35 EST Almost human again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=352744 I'm feeling much better. Still not great, but I gained 3 pounds yesterday, which I suppose in this case is a good thing; rehydration and all that. <BR> <BR> Today we'll have traditional New Years food; cornbread and black eyed peas. Mon, 1 Jan 2007 09:53:09 EST OK, I really must be sick. I passed up party food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=349570 That does not happen. I cannot be at a party and not at least taste some delicious morsel or another. And there was chocolate cake. And I was too damn sick to eat a bite. I can't remember ever being too sick to eat, not unless I've just eaten myself into a stupor. <BR> <BR> I'm glad we've scheduled those tests. <BR> <BR> So I ate less than half of my allotted calories today. If there's nothing terribly dangerous wrong with me, maybe I can get used to this! LOL It's kind of like gastric byp... Thu, 28 Dec 2006 23:03:37 EST I just forced myself to eat a chocolate cookie. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=348260 What's up with that? I'm sick. Very nauseous. This happens to me quite a bit. So much that the doc is finally scheduling some tests. So I feel like crap. <BR> <BR> Yet, I see a plate of chocolate cookies with caramel centers and nuts on top, and I have to have one. Apparently, I am the kind of hedonist that hasn't existed since ancient Rome. You know, where they used to eat til they were sick and then vomit so they could eat more? Well, I won't vomit, but I will go through all kinds of pain... Wed, 27 Dec 2006 17:13:35 EST Wow. Half a year's gone by. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=347381 Half a year has gone by since my last entry, and I've made no progress at all. The foot surgery wasn't as successful as I had hoped. The heel pain is much better, but now I have sharp pain in the center of my foot. I'm just starting to exercise again, and I'm really looking forward to making that a daily habit again. I feel so much better when I'm exercising. <BR> <BR> My goal, my resolution for the new year, whatever you want to call it, is to use this web site every day. It's such an awe... Tue, 26 Dec 2006 18:29:21 EST Oh my. I've been away for some time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=192543 I've fallen into some really, really bad habits. I don't want to start whining and feeling sorry for myself...no, wait...yes I do. I've had foot surgery and although it was successful (yay!!), they took my stitches out too soon. So, complications ensued. I've been off my feet, with an icepack. So, what do I eat? Whatever I can get. Which has consisted of fast food, fried chicken, and whatever can be thrown into the oven for 15 minutes...I'm talking fish sticks here. I have been growing, and g... Sat, 17 Jun 2006 17:32:01 EST First meeting of the weight loss challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=166390 Today is our first meeting for our weight loss challenge at work. We're going to have lunch together in the breakroom every Wednesday, which is also our weigh-in day. I've been asked to say something motivational, and I have 12 minutes to figure out what that will be! LOL <BR> <BR> I'll have to be careful or all I'll talk about is Sparkpeople. That's been the most motivational thing for me in quite some time. <BR> <BR> I showed a 2 pound loss this week. Rockin'! <BR> <BR> ~Anna Wed, 10 May 2006 12:51:17 EST Flowers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=164288 We went out last night for Mexican, and I probably overdid it a bit, but I didn't pig out on cheese dip as usual. I had a shredded beef burrito with rice. <BR> <BR> And I actually planted some flowers today. Gardening is not my strong suit, and the front of our house has been naked for as long as we've lived here. It's just a few marigolds and some salvia, but it's a start. It was also a great workout for my legs! Sun, 7 May 2006 19:08:53 EST This is it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=163760 I saw another half pound come off today. This is it. Slow, steady, I eat what I want...this is actually what I've always knew things had to be like, but I had no idea how to achieve it. That food tracker is a godsend. I find myself avoiding unhealthy food, not because it's "not on plan" or I "can't have it", but because I now know how many calories it's going to add to my day, and I know how many calories I can have and lose at a reasonable rate. I can't believe I used to limit myself to 1200... Sat, 6 May 2006 18:23:53 EST Indian food! Yes!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=163203 Woohoo!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> We have a new Indian food store in town and I may go broke. For lunch I had this fabulous Punjabi fresh mustard greens & spices dish...totally prepackaged but no preservatives. I sliced up a little leftover beef tenderloin with it and it was to die for. <BR> <BR> Those of you who live in real cities have no idea why I'm so excited. But here in the wilds of Alabama, we don't even have any Indian restaurants. This totally rocks. I found Rosemary incense. OMG. <BR> <BR... Fri, 5 May 2006 15:47:45 EST I can't believe I didn't think I was an emotional eater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=158824 I just had a stressful afternoon, and now I'm home and all I can think about is food. I want to sit down with huge quantities of high fat food and stuff myself. Sat, 29 Apr 2006 19:06:22 EST Somehow, I'm just not getting the hang of this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=158289 ...the journal, that is. This is the third time I've tried to make an entry today, and it's not saving it. <BR> <BR> Oh, well. All I really wanted to say was that I lost another pound and a half, down to 278 from 284. Woohoo! Fri, 28 Apr 2006 17:38:15 EST Finally, a half pound loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=157121 I lost 4 pounds a couple of weeks ago, but since then the scale has just kept going up and down but never under 280. Today, finally 279.5!! <BR> <BR> I had to go in to work early so that I could leave early and go to the chiropractor, so I didn't plan to workout this morning. I woke up and heard the thunder and felt a whole lot better about my plan not to get in the pool. <BR> <BR> I like my new chiropractor. Nothing was wrong with the old one, but this one is right next to where I work. ... Wed, 26 Apr 2006 22:15:23 EST How can I be this sore? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=156097 All I did was 30 minutes of water jogging and 10 minutes of stretching yesterday, and a Ki Gong class this morning. I was consciously taking it easy so I wouldn't do too much too soon. I guess I was further out of shape than I thought! <BR> <BR> Class was great this morning though, I didn't realize how much I missed it. <BR> <BR> I ended up under my minimum calories yesterday.. dunno how that happened. I've had lunch today and still have 900 calories to go so I'd better plan a big healthy d... Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:34:59 EST Back to exercise and it feels great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=154966 FINALLY, I got back in the pool this morning and did my cardio. It's been months. I hate to even admit that to myself, but it has been at least two months since I had been to the gym. It felt so good!! <BR> <BR> It's hysterical though, the conversations I had with myself before I got out of bed. I bet I came up with 20 different excuses why I shouldn't get up and go to the gym. Like, I don't want to aggravate my neck pain, or it's going to be a long day so I should get more sleep, or I forg... Mon, 24 Apr 2006 09:38:41 EST 2 pound GAIN! Aaaaaaauuuuuuugh!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=153144 I have a hate/hate relationship with my scale today. I've been so good all week; the least it could have done is stay the same, but no! 2 pounds gained. 282 freakin' pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm sure that as soon as I add exercise to the equation, the scale will move. It has to, right??? <BR> <BR> I really was going to start this morning. I set my alarm for 4:30 and I got up, ready to go to the Y and get in the pool. Then I heard the thunder and crawled back in bed. :::sigh::: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 09:16:45 EST Well, this is definitely not a DIET. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=152450 I've promised myself that I will never again get on the diet roller coaster. I've yo-yo'd so many times. I've been well within my Spark guidelines this week and haven't lost any weight. Normally on the first week of a diet I will lose at least 10 pounds. So obviously this is not a diet. I'm counting that as a good thing. :) Thu, 20 Apr 2006 11:59:20 EST A good week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=152098 I've been pretty much on track this week! I was low on calories a day or two, but my range is pretty high. And I know it's good to mix it up from low to high and back again. <BR> <BR> DH worked tonight, so I made some tuna noodles. I was worried that they might have too many calories, but I ended up on the low end of my range for the day. <BR> <BR> I've had a really painful bone spur on the bottom of my heel, and my doctor has just been giving me steroid shots...way too many steroid shots..... Wed, 19 Apr 2006 22:28:29 EST Chinese Buffet Disaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=150128 I did really well last week, until Friday night when I ate Chinese buffet. If I could just stay away from the fried noodles and the damn brownies, those trips would be somewhat manageable. <BR> <BR> Oh, well. Live and learn. And the food tracker is a real eye opener for me. I really thought I was getting enough potassium...not happening. Fiber is another problem. I need to switch from the low-fat granola to some sort of bran cereal with my yogurt in the morning. Mon, 17 Apr 2006 14:07:58 EST