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So close to ONEderland - Update and progress pics

Friday, December 12, 2014

In 19 days we will see the end of 2014, the year of my rebirth, the year when friends, family, and total strangers pulled together to donate money, purchase t-shirts, rummage sale goods and baked goods in order to help me get the much needed gastric sleeve surgery that would give me a second chance at living a longer, healthier, fitter life.

As of this morning, I am down 68 pounds. My goal is to have lost 72.2 pounds by the last day of this year, putting me under 200 pounds and into that magical place called ONEderland. I have 19 days to lose those 4 pesky pounds. I have gotten close to ONEderland once since I joined sparkpeople 5 years ago, only to gain every pound back plus a LOT more until I hit the high of 272 a year ago thanks to steroids, my own messed up metabolism, and just plain old giving up and giving in. If you know me even a little bit, you know that giving up and giving in is SO not me, but there it is. I felt hopeless. Insurance turned me down time and again for the surgery my primary care, cardiac, and rheumatology docs all insisted I needed. Then my daughter stepped in and created the Save The She Beast campaign and...well, you know the rest. July 28th was my surgery day, my "rebirth" day. Nothing but progress since - even if some of it has been a bit slow, it's been progress!

I knew I was losing. The scale said so. My clothes were getting looser. I could see a bit of difference between the pictures I was taking to make progress. But it really wasn't until I did a comparison of my FACE that it really showed to me that I was progressing. Yes, I'm a bit dismayed by the fact that my neck is now a turkey wattle and I have a lot more wrinkles and loose flesh, but that will be fixed eventually. Vanity much? Why, yes, thank you! Plastic surgery is in my future FOR SURE! But the fact that my face is much smaller thrills me and really gave me the WOW moment I needed to realize just how far I have come since last Christmas. Here's what I'm talking about:

Here's some body shots from the last 15 months until now when I am 4.5 months post-op:

Front and Side comparisons From July 21st (one week before surgery) and today with 50 pounds gone (68 pounds total since May 1st). You should know that these are the first pictures of me in a bathing suit since 1984 - truly! Not pretty, but honest!

That's where I am so far. I want to hit that under 200 pounds by December 31st so bad I can taste it. ONEderland, I'm on my way! My goal after that is to hit 175 by my 10 year anniversary April 16th and after that is to hit 150 by my husband's birthday on August 12th. This time next year I hope to be at goal. My goal is listed as 120 pounds, but you know what? That's adjustable and debatable. If I am thrilled to pieces anywhere from 125 to 145, that's where I will stay. 145 is what my thin husband weighs. My biggest goal of all is to weigh less than him. So, we will stop where I feel the happiest and healthiest. Charts and scales may guide me to where I need to be, but no chart nor scale shall rule me.

Well folks, that's all the news that's fit to report, as they say!
Never give up, never give in.
As always, I love you all.

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    2379 days ago
    Awesome. Prednisone turned me into PAC woman in the past but knowing its power I have been able to stay on my plan this go-round. You can not only reach onederland but you can stay there. Best wishes on reaching your goals.
    2380 days ago
    WOO HOO YOU!!! Way to go!
    2383 days ago
    So happy for you. Great job!
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  • GHK1962
    I. Have. To. Make. A. List!!!!

    1) Your smile on that last transform pic. MIGHTY AWESOME!!!! Your eyes are smilling MJ. I can see the happiness. NICE! I want to put a bazillion exclamations on this.

    2) Charts and scales don't rule you - YES! You know where you're headed ... and the charts and scale will not get you there...they will follow. You are doing awesome. I have been seeing your ST ... you are kickin it.

    3) Damn - I was gone while the Save the She Beast .... damn. I would have done my part ... You. Are. The. She. Beast. Not just because Lil called you that that one day so long ago. But because you are REALLY now THE SheBeast. RWWARRRWWWW!!!!

    4) Throughout the past several years... 4 ... 5 now? You have been an incredible team leader. The sacrifices you've made to keep the team going ... the work you've put in ... it HAS been noticed and appreciated. I know you are going to step out of the Leadership role at the end of the year - and you've done a great job grooming and picking those who are stepping in. Already they are doing a great job - and that's a testament to all the Leaders who've come before them ... and you have a LOT to do with that. You should feel DAMNED proud for what you have accomplished here with your journey AND with what you've done with the team. You've also been incredibly graceful as you exit the Leadership team.

    YOU ROCK MJ. And now you take a much needed rest from guiding all of us. Just don't go away .... you may be stepping down from the Leadership team, but you'll always be a frickin awesome leader ... it's just in your nature.

    Go you MJ ..... GO YOU!
    2384 days ago

    I am soooo very pleased that the community at large joined hands to help support you with the fundraising and emotional aspect. It is a pity the Insurance Co. didn't meet their ethical obligations and accept that you had been doing all that you could to achieve your health goals.

    BIG hugs,

    2384 days ago
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  • SBEAR5
    INSANELY proud of you MJ! You are rockin it! And I COMPLETELY get the desire to weight less than the hubs. I was over the moon when I got there! :)
    2384 days ago
    That is onederful!! You're on your way to onederland!! I know what you mean about the steroids - it was that every time I make good progress I seem to get sick and need steroids! I lost 68 pounds and gained back 23, I'm not giving up. I declare and I decree that pneumonia is no longer going to be a part of me, in Jesus name!
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    2384 days ago
    WOW! Your pictures tell the story and it's amazing. I'm rooting for you on that road to ONEderland. You go girl!

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