Monday, September 27, 2010

117 pounds lost

Hello all!  Sorry it's been so long since I last posted, but the most incredible thing has happened... my weight, and my weight loss, have stopped being the biggest focus of my life!  Doesn't that just beat all???  Anyway, I figured it was time for at least one more update.  I'm down to 175 pounds.  It's totally crazy!  I now wear a size 14 jeans and a size Large shirt.  (That's down from a size 26 jeans and a XXXL.)  Here are a few pics...

Here I am, about 9 years ago, at my heaviest - well over 300 pounds.

Here's a picture taken of me recently standing in one leg of my size 26 jeans and with one of my favorite old shirts that's a XXXL.  I now call these my "trophy clothes."  :-)
Here are some family pictures that show the change...
the one bottom right is the newest of course.

This shows a little of the progress from 292 down to 175.
 And by the way, if you're considering having weight loss surgery of any kind... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't go in under the knife until you have your eternal destiny settled.  It is appointed to man that he die only once and then face the judgment of a Holy God.  Check out so you can be sure you know what's going to happen to you after death BEFORE you put yourself at risk in surgery. 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hair Loss Outa Control!!!

Every day I've got less and less hair on my head.  The picture below shows the wad of hair I lost just in running my hands through my hair during my shower today!

I'm doing everything I'm supposed to do... eating enough protein, taking iron, taking biotin, taking silica.  Hey, I'm even throwing in a little women's Rogaine in there!  But to no avail.

Pretty soon, I'm afraid I'm gonna look a lot like Ilea...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hair Today... Gone Tomorrow

Yes... yes... it's finally happened. Despite my careful vitamin routine, my hair is saying bye-bye. Woke up the other day to find a little hair-ball on my pillow. It looked like I had just cleaned out my hairbrush. I then gripped my hair on both sides of my head, and came away with handfuls! *sigh*

Apparently this is a natural part of losing so much weight so fast. If most of you moms think about it... you'll probably remember losing your hair about a month or two after you gave birth.

Well... I guess I just gave birth, in a sense, to a 70 pound "baby!" Today I'm down to 224 (from 292 that's 68 pounds). 


Monday, March 22, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010


Ever heard of the "foamies"? neither.  Nobody told me about this... although I now understand it's a fairly common occurrence for people who have had gastric bypass surgery.

Ok, here's what happened.  I had just finished eating a soft pretzel, which I apparently didn't chew thoroughly enough. And I started getting that pressure/painful feeling that a little bite of pretzel was stuck.  This has happened a couple of times before.  You're supposed to chew each bite at least 30 times to make sure it's small enough to make it through.  If something gets stuck, it can be painful for a long time.. or it can make you throw up.

In this case I had to throw up as my husband was driving us down the highway. So I grabbed a fast food cup out of the car trash can and went to town.  Except here's where it gets weird... I threw up foam.  It looked like I had scraped the bubbles off the top of a sink of dish water and put it in the cup.  I threw up a couple more times and each time... just white bubbles. 

I said to my husband, "Hey look at this!"

He swirved the car and said, "NO!  I don't wanna look at that!"

I said, "It doesn't look like throw up!  It looks like dish soap!"

Anyway... So I got home and looked it up on this weight loss surgery forum I've been going to (RenewedReflections) and sure enough, it's common enough that it even has a nickname... "the foamies."  

Weird but true stories from the life of a recovering over eater.

Just as a post script... I'm down to 238 (from my original 292)... so that's something to smile about.  :-D

Monday, February 22, 2010

6 Weeks After Weight Loss Surgery...

It's been six weeks now since weight loss surgery and everything's going great for me. :-) Lost two pants sizes and 47 pounds. Yippie!

Why Have Weight Loss Surgery?

(This video has been cut down from it's original version to meet YouTube time restrictions.) Wanted to take some time to answer the question, "Why would you have weight loss surgery?" Also talk a little about the genetic predisposition to certain sins... such as gluttony.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Well, I've now had my first experience with "dumping syndrome."  It was about 10 am and I realized I hadn't eaten anything yet.  Instead of whipping up a shake in the mixer, like I had been doing, I decided to just grab one of the little pre-mixed "slim fast" type shakes I had used on the liquid diet before my surgery. 

I took one swallow, then I took my vitamins.  In just a few moments I was feeling really sick to my stomach.  I thought, "I may have to change the vitamins I'm using... something's wrong."  Just felt really bad. This general "badness" lasted for another two hours before finally culminating in an unpleasant time on the potty. 

And that's when it hit me, "I think that was dumping syndrome!"  I went in and looked at the ingrediants on the diet shake lable, and sure enough... SUGAR was number two.  Of course the shakes I've been making in the blender don't have any sugar in them (protein powder, milk, Equal)... so I thought nothing of just grabbing one of these premixed ones.  It didn't occur to me that it had sugar in it. 

That was from only one little swig of that shake... I guess that's why it lasted two hours instead of just hitting me like a freight train. Which is the way I've seen it described by others.

Anyway... that's where I am today.


Monday, January 18, 2010

One Week After Surgery

I spent some time talking about the actual weight loss surgery, post surgery gas pain, vitamins... and you get to see my six little cuts on my big fat tummy - weight loss surgery scars...

Sunday, January 10, 2010