Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekend Update.

What a fun, crazy weekend!  I was sad to see it end.

Saturday was my friend Brittany's birthday, and we were all meeting up at Prime, which overlooks the water in Huntington.  It was later in the evening when we met up, and I met some of her friends she went to college with, who were so nice.

We talked, mingled, danced and just had fun.  I wish I had taken more photos.  I only took one.

With the birthday girl.

Sunday was filled with cleaning house, laundry, and food prep.  In my crockpot, I made pulled chicken and beef.  I had some already prepared veggies, so I put the meat & chicken over them.  Lunches done for the week!  Easy, tasty meals - yum!

One of my Weight Watchers friends shared this article from Thought Catalog.  The author had me at self-deprecating humor being endearing.

Have you read the article?  Thoughts?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Quick Update on Mom.

It's been a rough time for our family recently.

Last month, Mom had surgery to repair a hernia, which led to aggravated ongoing heart problems, which led to swelling in her right leg.

The swelling was worrisome, as that is indicative of possible blood clotting.  :-(

So her surgeon ordered a scan to rule out clots, and on Monday, she had scans conducted in both legs, and I am soooo happy and relieved to report the scans showed no clots!  All of us are so relieved, I can't even put it into words.

She is the heart and soul of our family.  She drives us all crazy sometimes (what mother doesn't?) but in the end, we love her and we all just want her to get better.  My brother, sister and I realize just how lucky we are to have her.  I know there are folks out there who would chop off their right arm and sell their soul just to have 5 more minutes with their mother.

Mom is a slow healer, and her recovery has had its ups and downs.  We are hopeful there will be more ups now as she proceeds with her recovery.

Thank you for sending the positive thoughts and vibes to her.  My family and I appreciate them all so much!

Comments are closed.  Please reach out to someone you know may be going through a rough time.

Friday, July 18, 2014

After BL.

I saw this article floating around online today.

Isabeau Miller was a contestant on The Biggest Loser back in 2007.  I don't watch the show anymore, but I vaguely remember her and the season she was on.  The article brings up valid points.

Numbers 5 and 7 in particular hit home.  We don't know what kind of demons other people may be battling, so we make assumptions.  Lord knows I've been guilty of this numerous times, and I'm certainly not proud of it.  Unless you start talking to them, you'll never really know what a person's life is like.  Or what they are dealing with.

We'll have to work a lot harder at maintaining our weight loss.  This one is not a surprise.  It does make sense, after all.  The metabolism for a person who's lost a lot of weight will not be the same as the metabolism for a person who's never been overweight.

Set a new goal that has nothing to do with the scale or weight loss.  YES.  I've been trying to focus more on strength and trying to perform the unassisted pull up.  The pull ups still elude me, but I know it'll take more focus and attention than I've been giving it.

On tap for this weekend are the usual cleaning house, farmer's market visit, and maybe a quick trip to the beach.  I've picked another book from the library by Gabriel Garcia Marquez called The Autumn of the Patriarch.  Sunday I'm going to my brother's house to hang out with my niece & nephew before my brother's family head out for their vacation later next week.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Plastic Surgery.

It's no secret that I want to get plastic surgery to remove the loose skin on my stomach and my inner thighs.  I've written about it, tweeted about it, talked about it with my friends in real life, etc.

Specifically, I'm going to get a full abdominoplasty and panniculectomy, and liposuction to remove the hanging loose skin on my inner thighs.  These would have to be broken down into two separate procedures, as my understanding is that the skin is stretched one way for the abdominal section, and then in the opposite way for the liposuction/skin removal for the thighs.

The procedures would also have to be performed a year apart, since that's how long it takes for skin to heal and stretch into its proper "placement" on your body.

Two different procedures, with hours under anesthesia, which amounts to double the hospital costs.   Hence, the reason why I decided to start a GoFundMe page.

The costs for these procedures (there would be at least two procedures) are astronomical.  I live in NY, and everything here in NY is more expensive than just about anywhere else in the States. So I set up this page.

My loose skin is result of a 120 pound weight loss.  I wouldn't trade having lost this weight for anything in the world.  It has improved my health, my life, my way of thinking - it has made me into the healthiest, best version of myself I have ever been.

And my loose skin is a physical badge of honor.  Believe me, I'd so much rather carry around the loose skin than another 100+ pounds of fat on me.

Can it be improved with more weight training and working out?  Yes, of course it can.  Will working out and weight training make the loose skin disappear?  No, it will not.

I want to be very clear about one thing.  My choosing to have surgery (and I will have surgery, it's just a matter of time) does not mean that I hate myself.  It does not mean that I hate my body.

I love myself.  I love my body.  I've worked damn hard mentally and physically to do so, trust me.

It's because I love myself, it's because I love my body that I'm going move forward with this.  Because I've worked my butt off, kicked, cried, practically sweated blood & tears to get to this point.  I've put in the hard work, and yes, I believe I deserve this.

If I hated myself, I'd be back at my starting weight now.  I love myself enough to know that it is ok with wanting to improve the quality of my life.  And my body. For me, that means having surgery.

Having loose skin is not great.  It is not fun.  My inner thighs have become darkly discolored because of years of rubbing together.  The skin on my midsection bounces up and down when I'm working out at Bootcamp, causing me a lot of discomfort, chafing, and rashes.  Clothes don't fit me properly because of my stomach skin.

If you don't live in my body, then you have no idea just how uncomfortable it can be.

I'm all for doing what a person can do to improve how they feel and to improve their quality of life.  If that means getting surgery, then so be it.

It's possible to love yourself and your loose skin enough to want to say goodbye to it.  Don't we all deserve to live in the healthiest possible form of our bodies?  Wanting to improve ourselves is a good thing, it's a positive thing, and we should all strive to be healthier versions of ourselves.

Now you - have you had skin removal surgery?   What was your experience like?

I'm all for hearing your opinions and your comments.  I just ask that you deliver them with tact and in a respectful manner.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quick Update.

Shape has reached out, and we're in the process of holding discussions.

Interview scheduled for tomorrow.

I'm working on booking another plastic surgery consult soon - this time, I've gotten a recommendation.

I'm learning that it's ok to ask for help when I need it, and to seek out guidance from people who've been where I want to be.