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WLS Chronicles ~ Week 14 Update

6 Apr
I have not posted lately about my progress with weight loss surgery so I thought I would while I have a few minutes on my hands this morning! It has been 14 weeks and 2 days since my life changed in a major way. I am only on ONE medication now (which I can’t shake – you know thyroid meds NEVER go away once you start!!). I have more energy than I can ever remember in my life. My diet and meal planning still are a huge part of my day. I have been able to dine out with friends more lately and even last night had dinner at a friend’s house. You wouldn’t believe the anxiety over worrying about hurting someone’s feelings by not eating a ton of their home cooked food. (Yes, I know not everyone would have this anxiety but when you are someone who is super sensitive you are more sensitive about other’s feelings and some of y’all just should thank me right now for that because SOME people just don’t care about anyone’s feelings! I digress…) However, we had a wonderful time and I explained and we were done with that!
I have kissed blood pressure and diabetes meds goodbye. I have kissed 80 pounds goodbye. I have kissed lots of foods goodbye. I have kissed LOTS of clothes goodbye (5-6 sizes down!). I have welcomed new friendships made by this journey. I’ve enjoyed exercising which I have really never EVER looked forward to before. I have adapted to my new tummy and my new emotions and new habits….and I have even turned into the most COLD NATURED PERSON I KNOW. (Well besides Shannon :)) EVEN IN TEXAS! LOL I have felt stress about new things. Not eating enough protein, drinking water too quickly, having 1 too many carbs… It is crazy to think of the differences in my diet and lifestyle. There is absolutely no way to tell you in words the emotions and pure joy that I have in my heart over this opportunity. The coolest thing is that people have reached out, privately, to ask questions. To get advice. To tell me they have been considering it. To dig deeper. To get support. So while I’m already in my feels over here, let me tell you that I am OVERJOYED to support others and their personal decisions to make changes to better themselves. Whether that means surgery or diet changes or lifestyle changes – if it makes you better….if it makes you live longer, if it makes you able to enjoy your family more, if it makes you healthier, DOOOOO IT.  Will everyone agree with you?  NOPE!  I can tell you that firsthand.  Side note, don’t get me wrong….those that don’t agree with you likely won’t tell you that to your face…but the whispers happen.  The “why didn’t she just exercise and eat better” questions….the “wow, that was drastic” conversations…the people who just act like it didn’t happen (that’s by far my favorite….hahahahaha….like, do you NOT notice I look crazy different?  now you just seem weird.)  Honestly I used to be offended by the thought of someone not agreeing but then I read a few memes (HA HA HA!) and felt better.  You know the ones…
Also, the support of family and friends means a TON. It is still second to my relationship with Jesus. He is the ONLY reason I have been successful in this because I AM WEAK. Alone, I’d be searching out some Shipley’s Donuts right now. But here I sit, coffee with Splenda & sugar free creamer in hand. Happy. Blessed. Grateful.

Cleaning or Cleansing?

1 Aug

Since we moved into our home three years ago, we were blessed to hire someone to clean it.  I honestly don’t know that I have ever deep cleaned the house until after I retired on 7/15.  I seriously forgot how satisfying it is to see something dirty and make it clean.  To have the vacuum lines…the clean counters…  Maybe I’m OCD more than I admit.  I love the fact that I can declutter and rearrange and my hubby comes home and notices.  Silly little things but in this season of sickness for my life, it is very rewarding to have something – anything, to feel that I have a little control over.

The better to SEE you with…

30 Sep

I decided last Thursday to make a consultation appointment (only my third in about 12 twelve years) to see about LASIK surgery.  What I didn’t decide was to consider the possibility of them having an opening the next day.  However, I knew it was good timing for me (Friday afternoon) so I agreed.

My appointment was around 2 so I worked and anxiously awaited my appointment.  Scooted up to Raleigh and started the three-ish hour barrage of tests, dilations, more tests, videos and questions.  It went great.  The staff and doctors were amazing.  I never felt pressured or uncomfortable.  They were so helpful and when they confirmed that I am (still) a candidate for all laser LASIK surgery…..my heart jumped!  I honestly thought I’d go home and talk it over with Mike….decide…..call them back.  However, it didn’t go quite that way.  Here is a rundown:

Nurse:  You are an excellent candidate.  Is this something you’d like to get scheduled?

Me:  Give me just a second.

My text to Mike (verbatim):  Baby!  I can do it, they said I’m an excellent candidate.  What do you think?

Mike’s text to Me (verbatim):  YES. DO IT.  It’s your eyes.

My text to Mike (verbatim):  But what about the cost?

Mike’s text to Me (verbatim):  BABY, DO IT.  As soon as they can.

Me to Nurse:  Okay!  When is the earliest?

I expected her to say something that rhymes with Brovember.  However, she rattles off…..NEXT FRIDAY WORK FOR YOU?

————————————WHAT??—————————————-

I was almost as stunned when I realized that indeed it would work.

So, this Friday, I’m having LASIK surgery on my eyes!  I can’t be more excited!  I’m at the point of having to wear my glasses for the four days pre-surgery and WOW they are annoying me more than ever!  I think it’s the absence of CHOICE….I don’t have one!  It will be so worth it but I’d give anything to wear my contacts right now!!!!

I left out a funny part of the story….when they dilated my eyes….it was just WHOA!  More than ever.  It just made me crazy!!  Christian went to the appt with me and he was laughing at me…we went to dinner and met Mike….more laughter……went to hockey game….you get the picture.  Even so, I had to take one………….check.out.those.pupils.

 

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My Business

15 Aug

No, not starting a business…not closing a business or minding my business….just I’m BUSY!

Moving, Disney, kids, summer, work, etc etc etc have kept me from stopping and trying to remember any of it…that makes me sad.  However it makes me MADcrazyHAPPY that I have been too busy to notice.  Lately the only thing I even WRITE is my prayer list (which seems to get longer by the day – sadly) so sitting down to type is unthinkable one some days!

Moving has definitely been the time suck of the year!  Hmm, I guess technically “moving” itself wasn’t the time consuming activity….that was over in a day.  Filling a house has been the thing….buying new things, repurposing old ones, shopping for bargains, creating new memories in a new space.  It’s been EXHAUSTING…but most of all…it’s been FUN!!!  It’s one of those things that makes it so apparent to me that crazy times bring out the MOST of what you have the most of.  If you have love and fun and happiness, you will get more of THAT.  My sweet husband has been so awesome throughout this transitional phase of having a new space to live in…..he’s dealt with my shopping habits, my chevron obsessions and my need to decorate every nook and cranny with some form of turquoise, aqua or gray!  My kids have totally enjoyed finding their own new things and old things alike and have been such troopers about keeping things clean and organized.  My Mom has been….an angel!  She has loved shopping for me and crafting and lending a hand or elbow or whatever was needed.  My niece helped unpack like a madwoman and it was a great time to have my entire family…inlaws, parents, niece and her boyfriend, sissy and her hubby and my baby niece….my kids…our friend Zoe…it was just awesome.  I have had more visitors in a month than I believe I had at my former house in the seven years we lived there!  It’s just fun getting opinions on decor and organization sometimes, right?  ((OH AND THERE IS THAT POOL PROJECT THAT I HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT!!!  SO MANY DECISIONS…….EEEEEK.)

Getting the kids ready for back to school…fun times.  My kids will all be at the same school and I’m thrilled about that.  MJ is starting K5 and I can’t even believe it.  The speed at which time has flown is amazing.  I’d like to say I’m dealing with my baby going to school very well but I’m not a liar.  She’s so ready and I want to show her how excited I am for her and I do…and then I fall apart alone!!  WHEW!  It will be all fine and well next Friday after it’s been a day and we’ve had “that” day and she did fine and was happy and didn’t hold onto my leg for dear life.  (Dear God, please don’t let that happen. Amen.)  The boys are kinda “meh” about school starting back….but that’s to be expected at 12 and 15.  Happy for them to get in there and get it going though!

Mike’s promotion + school = CRAZY!  Many nights when we first moved in (he had finals then), I didn’t see him after dinner because I couldn’t stay up until he got in bed!   Work has been busy for him as well….he hasn’t even played much golf lately!

TO BE CONTINUED…………I can’t even stay awake!!!

New House!

1 Jul

I am so so so so so excited to move on Friday!

**Ha! I wrote this on 6/8…intended to post pics and didn’t!**

~Winning~

Our New Home

27 Jun

I was thinking of making a point to blog about the progress of our move.  I missed out on that though.  We are here, unpacked and all decorated – NOT!  We are here….we are 92% unpacked I’d say…and the decorating is a work in progress and of course the most fun part!  I have enjoyed dreaming (pinning on Pinterest) and shopping (very little) and seeing a room come together (okay, one bathroom) more than I realized I would.

Let’s sum up the last few weeks….

June 14th – Friday

8:30 am – movers arrived at old house, started loading

9 am – walk through of new house

9:30 – close on new house

10:30 am – keys in hand, met movers at new house

12:30 pm – movers done, we started unpacking (with help and moral support from lots of family….my fave part)

1:00 pm – new furniture arrived followed by Windstream, Dish Network…Mike hung blinds….

June 15 – 16 – Saturday & Sunday

Unpacked, cleaned, more family came over….Dad hung ceiling fan in living room…assembled a few things….

June 17 – 18 – Monday & Tuesday

Both of us worked and came home to pack…again…for vacation.  Yes, we did that.

June 19 – Wednesday

4 am – Departed for Disney World, we drove (ok, Mike did)….stayed until Monday, June 24th….FAST FORWARD

June 24 – Monday

Christian’s 15th birthday….

4 pm – Returned home from Disney

6 pm – party for Christian at our house (FUN!)

June 25 – Tuesday

Both Mike and myself took vacation for this day as well to recover a bit.  We ended up spending it shopping, picking up the last of the TVs, finishing a bathroom decor….and enjoying the company of my sweet Zoe (family friend that we are blessed enough to live so so so close to now!)….great day!

June 26 – Wednesday

Back to reality.  Worked today and came home to cook my first meal.  HA!  Hot dogs and french fries – nothing but the best!  🙂

I really feel like the last few weeks have been a blur…an absolute blur…but it’s been so awesome and all for the best.  I’ve enjoyed seeing more of my family, starting a new chapter as we make this house a home and celebrating my baby boy’s birthday….life is so awesome!  God has blessed us so so so much and I’m ever so grateful for these blessings…

Wow, the June is BIZZZY!!

29 May

I love those times when I think I don’t have a life…things to do…much going on.  HA!  Enter June.  We have a few things going on, like:  selling current home/buying new home/moving into new home/packing up the rest of current home/vacation (shhh)/Mike has like 5 Dr appts/I have two weeks of vendor/customer meetings.  Add to that an already full platter of things to do…my oldest son is turning 15….what??…..Father’s Day……ACCCKKKKKK!!!!

So, that’s not the excuse that I haven’t posted.  I have just been living life instead of writing about it.  It’s a catch 22 though.  I love reading back over what I was thinking/feeling at a certain time.  Maybe with all this change in my life I will be sure to capture it somehow in word.  It is absolutely crazy all that we have going on….but I am so incredibly excited and happy.  And…BLESSED.

Creative Conservation

23 Jan

Today’s post question ~ What is the most creative way you conserve energy in your home?

I’d say the BEST way?  I don’t cook!  Ha!  I save energy on a few things….my stove, oven, water (since there aren’t dishes to wash), dishwasher…  I can give you 100 excuses…but it boils down to time, energy and convenience…. My hubby loves it when I DO cook but at this point, it’s so rare it is such a cool thing…he thinks it’s a special occasion!  Works for me!  🙂

 

Super Jamie!!!

14 Jan

So, as you all know, I’m doing this blog challenge so some of the posts are a little “out there” and ask silly questions.  I feel like I want to finish this though…soo…today’s was:  “If you were a superhero, what would be your hidden superpower?”

I have never thought about this (except on Saturday when I learned that SOME PEOPLE see words in their head instead of pictures when they are searching for content – WHAT?????) at all.  I read this on Friday though and have been thinking about it ever since.  As of now, I GOT NOTHIN.  I have no desire to see through walls or hear what people are thinking.  I don’t think I’d want to see the future or breathe fire out of my nose.  I don’t want to be able to have spidey senses that would tingle or leap tall buildings.  Currently, I am happy with reading into people’s actions, listening to their words and I wear contacts that help my deteriorating vision.  I have faith in the future since my Lord has told me to not worry about it.  Fire?  Me?  I’m way too hot-natured.  Spidey senses would probably be worse than those few times I’ve forgotten to take my thyroid medicine.  Tall buildings are pretty cool to look UP at so I’m good there.  I can wash clothes, watch Lifetime and raise children all at one time.  I can cook supper, clean dishes and have a conversation with my hubby without burning anything.  I can conference call, create spreadsheets, and handle personnel all at once.

Basically – I am a mom, wife, daughter and a manager – so CLEARLY – being SUPER?  It’s in the job description!  🙂

Sing a Little Song…Or…Not.

13 Jan

Can I share a confession with you?

I dream to sing in a choir.  Like, when I’m at church, I picture myself up there.  I love to sing.  I love to sing praise music.

However – I have amazingly low self-esteem.  I’m shy.  And I’m crazy self-conscious about EVERYTHING.  My voice, my body, my face, my freckles, my everything!  Now, I know that God made me and he doesn’t make any junk…..sure!  However, the feeling I get when I think of putting myself out there like that?  SCARY!!!!

Will you pray with me that God can use this self-conscious person to sing his praises before I do it in Heaven?  I am quite sure I will there…but I’d kinda like to do it BEFORE then!

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