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ONEderland! NSVs! Silly Pic! Some TMI stuff but I'm sharing anyway!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Yeah, this happened today:

I haven't weighed under 200 pounds since before my son was born in 1987. I'm 54. You do the math. I'm beyond thrilled. I'm proud. I'm feeling accomplished. I'm also very relieved because I had set my goal of being under 200 by the end of the year. Feels really good to hit it more than a week early. Since June I have lost 72 pounds. My next goal is to hit 175 by my 10th wedding anniversary on April 16th. Since I'm about at the halfway mark in my weight loss, I've been told this is where it will really slow down, so instead of 10 pounds lost per month I'm estimating about 6.25 pounds lost per month. If it is slower, so be it, as long as each month shows loss.

A couple NSVs (non-scale victories for you newbies) I've had in the last few months starting with the probably way TMI ones that only the very morbidly obese of us can really identify with:

I no longer have to worry about tinkling in my pants. My excess weight caused so much pressure on my bladder that I developed light bladder control problems. That's gone now!

I can now properly clean myself after the toilet. There. I said it. If you have never experienced the worry of bowel movements while not at home, you should count yourself lucky. Being so heavy that your arms can not reach to clean your nether regions is difficult. If you have arthritis, like I do, it's worse. It means showers after using the toilet, even if you had one an hour ago. If you aren't at home, you hold it as best you can and if you can't...well...you get really creative and I'll leave it at that. This is one of my most treasured NSVs...even if it is the ickiest.

I've lost 68 inches off of my neck, chest, waist, hips, upper arms, thighs, and calves since June.

I can reach both hands behind me and have them meet.

My 5 year-old grandson can wrap his arms around my middle when he hugs me and his hands touch in the back.

I felt something weird rubbing against my sides when I was walking the other day and lo and behold, it was my own elbows! My upper arms have always been so heavy and big they prevented my elbows from touching my body.

I can carry my 1 year-old granddaughter so much easier and longer.

I have so much more energy!

Speaking of energy - 5 year-olds have it in abundance! Spent a good part of this afternoon singing and playing with my grandson. We were singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in honor of our antler headgear when I snapped this picture.

Merry Christmas, Joyous New Year, and as always, I love you all.
Never give up - Never give in!

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    Congratulations! Those are great NSVs! I'm so happy for you and your success! I have always found you to be very motivational. You always seem so fearless and unafraid to get out there and go for it and get out of your comfort zone. I'm striving for that.
    1527 days ago
    I am so incredibly happy for you!! Reading all your NSV's definitely made me tear up, I know that they must mean so much to you, and I am so happy for you that you were given the opportunity to make such an investment in yourself, and so proud of you for all the hard work, physical and emotional, that you have put into your journey. My dear MJ, I'm not sure you will ever know the lives you touch, the inspiration you are, and the love that so many of us carry in our hearts for you.
    1535 days ago
    What an incredible way to end 2014. I am so excited for you and all you've accomplished! :)
    1540 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    emoticon Your blog encourages me to hope some of those NSVs will be the ones I experience!
    1544 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    Sooooooooo thrilled for YOU emoticon especially on the NSVs because THAT is what we do daily emoticon
    1545 days ago
    WOOHOO... best present EVER!!! merry Christmas to you and yours!
    1545 days ago
  • SBEAR5
    Once again... insanely proud of you and soooooooooo happy for you. It's those "little" NSV's that really just boost us!

    Congratulations MJ! So so happy for you. Hoping I can actually see you soon! :)
    1545 days ago
    What a WONDERFUL Xmas Present for you :-) I have told you before, and no doubt I will tell you again, I am so, so VERY proud of you, and I can see that you are proud of you, too emoticon

    Even if you weightloss slows down to a smaller loss per month between now and your goal date, you are still TONS better off, emotionally AND physically, that you were prior to your surgery :-)

    Take care, my friend, and have a FANTASTIC Xmas
    Kris xxx
    1545 days ago
  • NHES220
    Congrats! Good for you and a very Merry Christmas!
    1545 days ago
    Many congratulations to you for past, current, & future progress!!!
    This is just what I needed to read for encouragement as I buckle down to:
    A.) get to Onederland myself (6 more lbs)
    B.) peel off the 16 lbs I need to lose to qualify for my Big Costa Rican adventure at the end of Feb (I've always worked best under pressure, but this is getting ridiculous - need to average almost 2 lbs/wk)
    C.) continue on to MY goal weight of 175
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    1545 days ago
    Fantastic job MJ! I'm so thrilled for you! I remember when I hit ONEderland and I remember you telling me it was the first time you were jealous of one of my milestones - and now here you are meeting it yourself!! You rock!! :D
    1545 days ago
  • HUNNI55
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    Yay for onederland!!
    1545 days ago
  • HUGS2015
    So glad for you! emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • GHK1962

    Onederland) ALRIGHT MJ!! Goal Met! You are beyond awesome. I know your journey at times has been incredibly hard. And now ... you. are. kicking. it.!!! Go you. Go freakin you!

    #One) Yeah errr.... TMI stuff ... but still - yeahhhhh for NSV!!!! And moving on cause I am a dude and dudes get all dude-like on this kinda stuffs.

    One x 68) That is amazing!

    All A_One You) Yeahhhh on the grandson being able to bear hug The SHE-BEAST!!!

    Onederful) Yes on more energy. Yes on never giving up. Yes on never giving in.

    You are beyond a rockstar MJ. Go freakin you!!!!
    1546 days ago
    Congratulations, that's fantastic, and one of the best Christmas gifts you could receive! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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