Monday, February 28, 2011

I found an old picture...

So the other day I was on my facebook account and I saw a picture of my friend who just recently got married probably about a year and a half ago. I remember I was at her bridal shower and there were pictures taken, but I couldn't remember being in any of them just due to the fact that when I was at my heaviest I hated having my picture I am sure we have all felt that way. Well I was looking through her wedding photos and came across a picture from her bridal shower...I had to take a double take!!! I didn't realize I was sitting in the very front row of the picture. I am going to share this phone with you will see it below. I am the one in the white shirt and jeans...

My weight was probably in the 250s or 260s at this time...not quite sure

I just have to say it feels SO amazing not be like this anymore! Lap band has changed my life and I couldn't be more proud of myself....just so you all know I am heading downward in my weight...I weighed myself and as of yesterday I am at a new low of 216.0lbs I will be taking new pictures very soon...not sure if there is a big change from the last updated photos...but I will definitely have some new picutres. I could not do this without all of the support from you all!!! Thank you so much!!

As always lets shed those extra pounds together...I hope all of you are doing very well!!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Happy, but sick...

Hello all!!

As you all know I was in FL visiting my sister and her was amazing! I loved being able to walk almost everyday OUTSIDE. We went to this one area known as the Causeway, where you pretty much walk over a very large bridge, but it is the most beautiful place especially when you are able to see dolphins playing right below! SO AMAZING! My mom, my sister, and I walked almost everyday between 3 and 4 miles. Such a great feeling to know that I am able to walk that far and still feel like I could walk longer. I really tried to watch my diet while I was at my sisters. She is trying a vegan diet right now, but she is a very healthy eater as it is. She knows that my weakness is cake, so we just happend to make cupcakes, BUT it was for good reason. Not sure if I mentioned this but my sister and I are in our very good friends wedding in october and we are in charge of making her wedding cake. The bride to be wasn't sure if she wanted a cake or a cupcake wedding cake. So we tried cupcakes and decorated them with fondant. Very fun project, but bad on my part because I did eat 2 of them :o( But I figured I usually don't eat like that so its OKAY to treat myself every once in a while and it sure was worth it.

Well our trip was really great and we got to spend a lot of quality time together, unfortunately my last 2 days in FL I was sick on the couch with a cold/flu thing that I guess has been going around. I wasn't even sure if I would be able to fly home this morning because yesterday I couldn't even move off the couch. I woke up this morning and surprisingly felt much better, I sound TERRIBLE but I definitely feel so much better.

So my sister dropped my mom and I off at the Orlando airport this morning, goodbyes are very hard for our family just because we are so close! My mom and I were checked and and walking to the security line when my mom recieved a phone call from my dad saying that his father (my grandfather) had fallen unconcious at home and was at the hospital. My mom told my dad that she would call him right back just due to the fact that we were about to go through security. We were on the plane waiting for everyone to board when my mom called my dad, and by that time it was too late. My grand father passed away today. I know that he is in a better place and he is free of any kind of pain. I wanted to stay strong for my mom because she was extrememly upset not only at the death of her father-in-law but that she wasn't there to comfort my dad, due to the fact this was his frist parent to pass away and it was a bit shocking for us all. I know that my time will come where I need to grieve the loss of my grandpa, but I feel like I need to stay strong for my parents right now and keep it together for them. RIP Grandpa, you will truely be missed!

On a happier note, I felt as if I needed to weigh myself today, not sure why I guess its because I haven't weighed myself in a couple of days and wanted to see if all the walking in FL payed off. It sure did! Even after the 2 cupcakes I ate I have lost 4lbs. I left for FL at 221lbs and came home from FL at 217lbs. I am at an all time new low and couldn't be happier! I am actually at a lower weight than what my drivers license says! haha I never used to be honest about how much I actually weighed so its a good thing that my drivers license is wrong and thats acutally a heavier weight on there! woo hoo! Also on another happier note, I have dropped another pant size. I am kind of in between sizes but I am almost there. I started at a size 22/24 and I am definitely out of my size 18s but size 16s fit its just a little snug still, a couple more pounds and they will fit perfectly. So excited!!

Well enough of me talking, I hope you all are doing great! And as always, lets shed those extra pounds together!! Thank you again to everyone for all of your postive encouragement! It does not go un-noticed! I am so thankful to have such a great support system!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Not sure if you guys knew or not, but my mom and I are in FL right now visiting my sister and her boyfriend for a week! Let me just say I have missed my sister so much. I talk about her all the time in blogs and its just hard being far away from each other because we are so close. But anyways, the weather is amazing here! Its been in the 70s and there is the perfect amount of breeze and its just beautiful here!

I do have to say I am getting my exercise in and I am finally able to go outside and enjoy a nice power walk instead of being in the basement on the treadmill alone. Don't get me wrong I love my work outs on my treadmill, but its jus so nice being outside and getting a little sun and 4.8 miles in! Not at one time but this morning my mom and I did a little over 2 mile walk because my sister was in school and then when she came home we drove over to this park that is close to her house and did 2 laps around the park which was another 2.5 miles so all together today we have walked about 4.8 miles which is such an amazing feeling! Even my mom commented this morning when we were walking and she said "I hate to tell you michelle, but you are walking so much better than what you used to walk" Its so good to hear those things!

I haven't seen my sister since November (Thanksgiving) and when she picked my mom and I up at the airport she just couldn't believe I was the same person. Now Rachel and I skype on the computer a lot and we are able to see each other, but you know its always different in person.

Not sure exactly what my weight is, but I did ask my sister if she had a scale so I am going to continue walking and eating healthy and really drinking my fluids and then I will weigh myself right before I leave to go back home next week! This could be a big weigh in for me, I could be looking at the teen numbers and out of the 20s for good! I am very excited!!

I hope all of you are having a great week and as always, lets shed those extra pounds together!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy Wednesday...

I hope you are all having a great Wednesday and I hope everyone is having a great week! So this morning I had a doctors appt with my surgeon and I know in my last post I was really debating whether or not to get another fill today...well I decided not to. I have been feeling very satisfied between meals and really not getting hungry. The last time I went to my surgeon I was 229.0 and that, like I said, was 2 weeks ago. This morning I weighed in and the scale said 221.0 a loss of 8lbs in 2 weeks!! I am so proud of myself. I am at a new low for myself and on my way to my first major goal which is to be under 200lbs for the first time in I don't know how many years!!

So when I went to my doctors office, I usually see the PA Linda in the office. Well I was waiting for my appointment in the waiting room and she happend to walk another patient out and just said hi to me. Well when it was my turn to be put into a room and she came in, she said to me "oh my gosh, I didn't even recognize that that was you sitting in the waiting room", she said "you look so amazing and you have changed so much that you don't even look like the same person!" It means so much to me to even hear those words!

So I am almost into the teens in my weight...I can't wait to be under 200lbs!! So to date my weight loss is 58lbs total...2 more lbs and I will hit 60lbs!! woo hoo!!

So really I just need to thank all of you who follow my blog! It means so much to me. It is so nice being able to have such a great support system! And once again I have to thank my sister and defintiely my mom! They have helped me throughout this whole process and they mean everything to me! I love you guys!! My mom and I are actually going to be going to FL next week to visit my sister so we are extremely excited!! Can't wait Rach!

Thanks again to everyone and as always lets shed those extra pounds together!!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Possible Fill...

So this wednesday, I have another appointment with my doctors office. The last time I went was Jan. 26th so about 2 weeks. The last time I went I had a fill of 0.5cc which leaves me with 5.7cc all together in my band. I definitely feel the restriction from this past fill and have had a few issues with remembering to chew, but other than that no vomiting or anything, maybe just a bit of discomfort when I don't remember to chew thoroughly. I told myself that I wasn't going to get another fill for a while, but now I am thinking that I want another small fill. I am not too sure what to do. I don't want my band to be too tight, but I also don't want it to be not tight enough. My appetite is still really good, so I may just do a mall fill of either  0.2cc or 0.3cc...I know that everyone is different, but does anyone know what im kinda going through? If you did, please tell me what you decided to do and if it worked or if you had to get fluid removed. Thanks guys!!

I enjoyed an awesome workout this morning. I actually jogged this morning! WOW! ME?! Jogging!? crazy! It wasn't for very long, but I tried jogging last thursday and I only lasted about a minute. This morning I actually jogged for 4 minutes. I was very proud of myself! I did 2.23miles on the treadmill this morning and burned about 290calories. This morning I am drinking a protein shake for breakfast, as I normally do and just trying to enjoy the day.

Big weigh in at the doctors this week...hopefully I can put an awesome number on their scale! Thank you to all of you who follow my blog...and as always lets shed those extra pounds together!!


Friday, February 4, 2011

A New Low...

Well its friday morning and I have been waiting for friday to come for a couple of days now. It was my weigh in day today. I haven't weighed myself in over a week. Actually the last time I was weighed was at my doctors office I believe last tuesday or wednesday. There I weighed in at 229.0lbs. I guess you could say I wasn't thrilled about thtat just because the time before I went to my doctors office I was 232.0lbs. That was a month previous to my 229. My lowest that I had gotten to during that time was 226.8lbs so I was thrilled to be going to the doctor to show them my awesome numbers....yeah...the morning of my doctors appt. I got on my scale and I had gained 3lbs! When I had also weighed myself 2 days before that and my number was still reading 226.8lbs. Anyways I found out being a woman isn't too easy...ovulation makes you gain weight apparantly so I was retaining fluids like no other!

Anyways, I decied I wasn't going to show my doctors another sorry 3lb loss even though they were happy that I lost 3lbs I wasn't happy because I knew what my other low was. So since I came back from my doctors office I have been working out on the treadmill every morning doing a little over 2miles each day an burning almost 300calories at a time. AWESOME feeling by the way. I made sure that I was reaching my fluid intake of 64oz of fluids everyday and I also made sure that my diet was on track. I wrote in my food journal everyday to make sure that whatever I was eating I was also writing.

Last week I also got a fill of 0.5cc in my band. Let me tell you, now I know why they want me to chew. I have not thrown up yet (knock on wood) but I definitely feel the restriction and I am hoping that won't need another fill for a while. My next appointment is Feb. 9th. So lets get down to it...I am finally at a new low in my weight. As of this morning my weight is currently 224.0lbs which is down 5lbs from weighing in at the docs office! I was all smiles this morning when I saw this number because it tells me that my hard work is definitely paying off! I am hoping to lose a little bit more if possible before my doctors appt on the 9th!

Sorry you all had to read my long story...haha my sister always makes fun of me and asks me why I have to have a story with everything I say. But I was excited about the number this morning so I had to make sure to tell her every little detail, like I am sharing with you all right now as well. So sorry Rachel for having to read this all over again but thats the duty of a sister!

I also just wanted to let you all know that my sister has a blog as well only she is on the cooking aspect of her blog which is called  For the Love of Food! Rachel is an amazing cook! Right now she is very into the Vegan diet, however she has many delicious recipes on her blog, some of them very healthy, some not. But she is always willing to try new things so if there is something that you are looking for or a recipe that you want to make healthy, shes definitely the one to ask! She can pretty much do it all! Usually when I want a substitute for something or anything, I ask her!

I hope you all have a great weekend! Thank you for following my blog and being so supportive!! Lets all keep up the good work and shed those extra pounds together!!