Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Surgery Update 1

I haven't had a chance to update since my weight loss surgery back in August. I'd kinda like to make this a regular feature here on my blog - use it as a place to let people know how I am progressing! I was so nervous to come out and let people know what I was doing. I've seen so much negativity online regarding weight loss surgery and I refuse to have that kind of negativity in my life. But I am finding I am blessed with so many incredibly supportive people and I am grateful for that!

So, it's been two months since the big day and I am doing amazing! To date I've lost 69lbs - 40lbs just since the surgery. I am no longer on restriction as to what I can eat - that said, I do have to eat smart. I have to watch my fats/carbs and keep those below a certain number, and of course get my protein in. I am learning to enjoy my food and eat to live not living to eat. I read every label of any food that is going in my mouth. I log all foods in my food diary at MyFitnessPal. com. I exercise every day - I've been able to bike 5-6 miles per day now. I've lost 28 inches overall. I've gone down 4 pants sizes and 2 shirt sizes.

It hasn't all been fun and games and easy....not by any means. This is hard work...hard work!! Just like every other way to loose weight, it takes a lot of work and dedication.

One of the best things is that the kids are starting to notice that I've lost weight. It makes me feel so good when one of them notices that I can do something that I wasn't previously able to do.

I hope to be able to check in once a week or so and post some updates and share some pictures!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The holidays are approaching...

It's getting to be that time of year again and honestly I dread it...the older I get, the more disheartened I get. There is so much negativity surrounding the holidays, especially Christmas. I know it's a matter of time before that first irate status on Facebook pops up...you know the one where someone is madder than a red hen because the cashier at ________ (insert favorite store of choice) said "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas". In one simple greeting, someones's whole life turns upside down. Or so that is how they portray it.

We live in a melting pot of cultures and religions  And while this might be America, land of the free, home of the brave, there is not one set religion. That my friends, is the beauty of this country. We are free! Free to worship and believe as we choose. We do not have to hide and worship in secrecy. And yet, so many people choose to overlook this at the holidays.

I don't care if you wish me a "Merry Christmas", "Happy Holidays", "Season's Greetings", "Happy Kwanzaa  or anything else. The very fact you took the time to wish me anything means more to me then what holiday you choose to acknowledge. I have friends from many races and religions. I know not all of them believe that  "Jesus is the reason for the season" and that is fine with me. So out of courtesy I just say "Happy Holidays". Does this somehow detract from my celebration? No way!

But yet there are people who will have you believe that someone we've taken Jesus out of Christmas. That somehow by that random clerk at Wal-Mart not wishing you a "Merry Christmas" that your holiday is ruined. Here's the thing, I don't for one second believe that Jesus is in heaven taking points off your "religion card" because someone wished you something other than "Merry Christmas".

At a time of year when the focus should be on love, why can't we just love everyone and accept that everyone celebrates differently? Why is it such an affront on our personal beliefs if Target doesn't wish you a "Merry Christmas"?

I don't celebrate the religious aspect of Christmas. That's just me. It's not that I don't know it - I grew up in Church - it's a conscious decision I've made along with my husband for our family. I acknowledge though that others do and that is a wonderful thing for them. I have no desire to take that away from anyone. Christmas for us is about family and friends, love everlasting  making new traditions and memories while celebrating the old ones, remembering those love ones we've lost, celebrating new beginnings and yet starting to see the year come to a close. It's all that and so much more. It's really hard for me to put into words. Dare I use the word, "magical"?

We make choices every single day. We choose to be happy. We choose to be angry. We choose to be sad. We choose to let the words of others affect us positively or negatively. Sometimes we give others too much control over how we feel. This holiday season I urge you to see the positives and hear the positives. Don't let something so simple as a phrase ruin your holidays and in turn cause you to spew more discontent and hate. Let your heart shine this holiday season. Let others see that no matter how anyone else chooses to celebrate you can be happy and enjoy your own celebrations.

No matter how you choose to celebrate the holidays, do so with love towards all of mankind, not just those who celebrate as you do. Open your heart and eyes this holiday. Find the peace and love in everything. Make it a holiday to remember!

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