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Choice, Chance, Change

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The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are. The second greatest is being happy with what you find.

I am constantly learning new things about myself all the time. But I am the best challenge I can ever face. Self Confidence became an issue for me a few years after my first child was born. I’ve learned that it is extremely important to practice self love. We tend to let life get in the way a lot. Learning how to balance everyday life including marriage, being a parent, a business owner etc; it can be stressful.

I have to remind myself regularly to take a picture and appreciate EVERYTHING THAT IS YOU!! I worked hard to get here and I will bask in all of the ambience that is me.

I am so in love with myself

All these photos have come from the past 6 months. There is so much that has happened including a death in the family, CoVid hospitalizations in the family, all kinds of things that tend to take a toll on my mental stresses. I try to keep motivated by taking photos and writing although it may take a minute to share. The journey through this transformation will never stop. This was a life altering surgery and I will conquer managing the successes of life and this surgery as long as I can.

Listen to YOUR body folks

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VSG EDUCATION & INSIGHTS

Please listen to your body folks. I don’t know how people manage to re-stretch their stomach after #VSG.

In 1 year I have overindulged twice and the first time was on accident.

1st time: A seafood binge on my birthday, I had just got onto soft foods and I was a little too excited ( almost 3 weeks post op)

2nd Time: Drinking and eating at the same time and over filled my belly (like 2 weeks ago)

When you have Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy you are informed that you should not to eat and drink at the same time (it prevents overwhelming your stomach). You are encouraged to eat slow and take small bites. Thoroughly chew your food until it is basically mush (helps to digest better)

Guys please make it easier for yourself especially during your first year of recovery. This photo displays the usual amount of food I can eat in a setting before I FEEL FULL! I have learned to listen. Right now I am 1 year 2 weeks post op. I eat a lot of small meals throughout the day and I am completely satisfied.

On another note @starbucks hit the nail on the head with these egg bites. OMG they are lite and fluffy, and sooooooooooo good I’m saving the other one for midday snack

It’s A Birthday Celebration!

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I promised myself this year would be different.

The only person i need to compare myself to is my yesterday self

90lbs

Last year for my birthday I was recovering from surgery. I was only able to eat soft foods and I was very restricted with movement and everything.
I promised myself this birthday would be one for the records.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEE

Officially 90lbs

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Here’s to 36

One year later….I’m a whole snack in these streets

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Beautiful are those whose Brokeness gives birth to transformation and wisdom

January 2019 vs February 2020

I remember this day like it was yesterday. These photos were the morning before surgery. We had just parked the car and was getting ready to walk towards the hospital doors when I looked at my husband and I said “alright, take a picture. This is gonna be my last fat girl picture.”

I was smiling on the outside but fear was slowly taking over me internally.

I walked into those doors and did not look back. Standing there to check in was one of the most emotionally filled moments of my life. I felt everything a person could feel in that moment. But, fear was the biggest feeling of them all. I promised myself “If I wake up from this surgery, LIFE WILL BE DIFFERENT! I WILL BE DIFFERENT.”

I was so scared about going into the surgical area. I had butterflies throughout my whole body.

One year later….I’m a whole snack in these streets

My confidence is through the roof

Energy like crazy

Smiles are as real and bright as the sun

Laughter happens daily

Self love and self care is amazing

Life is freedom

I gave myself another chance at life and let me tell you, it was totally worth it. I feel so crazy sometimes thinking about how much of a big deal I made just thinking of VSG but I’m so glad I came to my senses. Best gift I could’ve ever give myself.

Talk about going through the motions

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After the birth of my 4th child in 2012, I had a very difficult time losing weight. I figured it was just because I was getting older and my metabolism was slowing down.

I went in for my annual. And the doctor asked “why do you still have fat pockets under your neck if your daughter is 12 months? That shouldn’t be there.” I was like “ ummmm”. Somehow this woman had it in her mind to make sure I knew that I was carrying extra weight. She suggested I get my thyroid tested.

Over the course of 3 years I got tested for everything that I could think of. Thyroid, Genetic disorders, hormonal issues, blood diseases, environmental factors etc. Trying to figure out what was causing the disconnect within my body.

There was this one time in 2015 where I went to an appointment and was told “your platelets are extremely low, you might have a rare type of blood cancer. We’re going to test and send off your bloodwork and contact you when we get the results.” I thought I was dying for 2 weeks.

At the follow up for the bloodwork results I found out I didn’t have blood cancer . But, In the same conversation was told that “a uterine ablation will be my best advice to regulate your anemia!”

Hold up, What!?…

I just turned 30! Within weeks of each other you had me thinking I was dying from a form of blood cancer and now you want me to decide if I should basically sterilize myself, or take a birth control. Why do those have to be my options?

After 10 years of dieting, exercising, breastfeeding, and multiple lifestyle changes there wasn’t much improvement.

2019 was NOT the greatest time of my life. My body began to constantly ache from the pain of the extra weight, being on my feet all day at work, you know mom life wife life is 24/7 so there was always something going on. The marriage was going through hella trials and gutter valleys, I was so emotionally and mentally drained I didn’t care to find the motivation to do anything. 

I gave up!

On EVERYTHING!

After a very hard night at home I cried….. I cried for days asking myself “What was the point of everything? What was the point of life at that moment? Why was everything so hard? What did I need? What was I missing?”

I was going through…..

I did a lot of self-evaluating and eventually came to the decision to start with me first. I took a couple of those internet test thingies, You know the ones that ask you questions like “who are the most important people in your life?” & “do you feel comfortable when…?”

I looked at the biggest flaw that I felt I had. The biggest issue I felt affected me the most. What could that possibly be

Because of my weight I developed a lack of self-love, self- worth and confidence. To be honest I don’t think I was ever taught or really developed those attributes growing up. But that’s another story.

Over the past 2 years, I discovered a lot about myself. Including the ability to understand childhood events that effected certain moments/changes throughout my life. I learned that self discovery is very important. Taking out time, care and love for yourself is a must. You don’t realize how important 30 mins can be, how a 5 min break can reset your entire aura. How telling yourself that you are strong, and beautiful can boost your confidence so much. How taking a chance with something “out of the box” can be life altering.

Eventually, I made the decision to have bariatric weight loss surgery.  I swear it was the best decision I have ever made.

Watch Me Shrink: My waist use to be 50 inches

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**Shrinking Sunday** talk about losing inches. My waist use to be 50 inches around. I am at such a loss for words. I am so glad that I have been keeping up with documenting. When I say crazy the proof is on the tape I’m still in shock with the fact that I actually went through with getting my surgery! I’m so glad I did. Having my VSG was the best gift I could’ve given myself. Happy Shrinking Folks!!

Weight coming down

#vsg #vsgjourney #weightloss #weightcheck #measurements #bariatricsurgery #sleeved #gastricsleeve #bariatricbabe #losinginches #shrinking #shrinkingsunday

Can you say dizzy

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Welp! I’m at the ER…..had a crazy dizzy spell this am lasted about an hour. My bariatric nurse instructed me to go into the hospital to get checked out.

I had just finished dropping the kids off to school. I started to drive home and all of a sudden my vision became blurry and my head felt funny. I was only 5 mins from home so I called my husband and talked with him until I pulled into the driveway. I figured it would go away if I laid down but after laying down for about 15 mins it didn’t. Once hubbs got home he took me to the emergency room.

…all of a sudden my vision became blurry and my head felt funny.

Upon check in I discovered that the employee had had a VSG 6 months prior. So of course we spoke about the journey and how much our lives had changed since having our procedures done. She did mention that her biggest issue at the time was her fluid intake. She said she understood how difficult it is to drink all the water that is required on a daily basis.

After a few minutes they called us back and finished checking me in. Once I explained my symptoms and told them that I was on recovery from bariatric surgery they quickly ordered blood work , an EKG and an MRI. Due to the prescription meds that I was taking they had to take certain precautions to ensure I wasn’t experiencing a blood clot or any other surgery related complications. They immediately hooked me up with some fluids and told me to relax.

Dizzy Spell

EKG

Hospital Visit

Some time had passed and they came to get me for the MRI. At this point I was still dizzy but nothing to crazy. As long as I didn’t stand up I was good. I waved bye-bye to the hubbs and off they went.

Rollaway

I’m claustrophobic so this trip down the hall to the MRI machine freaked me out. This machine was closed in as well so it was really creepy. They tried to soften it up with the cool glow in the dark galaxy stickers. But, It wasn’t working The tech was cool about it though, she talked to me the whole time I was in there. It lasted for about an hour. Then they brought me back into my little room.

They tried to soften it up with the cool glow in the dark galaxy stickers. but it wasn’t working…

Once we got my results for the bloodwork they came in and explained that It was dehydration. No clots, blood was fine, scans were good. They told me to be mindful of my fluid intake and to keep bottles of water with me to sip on throughout the day. I stayed on the fluids for a little longer then they sent me home.

It was a rather interesting experience for me because I don’t usually need to go to the doctors office for anything let alone the hospital. But, since surgery having an on call nurse has been a huge benefit. I don’t ever have to really wonder about anything. I can reach out and get questions answered about food, vitamins, safe exercises, when should I go to the hospital, all kinds of stuff. Not really sure if everyone gets an on call nurse or if that was just a part of my insurance plan. However, it was an amazing perk.


#vsgpostop #vsgissues #vsgorlando #hydration #fluids #ervisit #vsgrecovery

VSG and ALL the Pretty Colors

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Sometimes all you need is a little splash of color

One thing I can say about weight loss surgery is that you definitely feel brighter. Because of that you tend to dress brighter….at least that’s how it happened for me. Weight loss has increased my confidence levels so much. I have found a new love for shopping clothes, shoes, accessories any and everything. I’ve always had a thing for shopping but it was mainly therapeutic. Prior to surgery my closet didn’t know what colors or patterns were. If I had any colorful items in my closet before VSG it came from the hubbs.

190 pounds

Last Year before surgery i would have never

Last year before surgery I would have never!

I say that about a lot of things now. Colors usually attract attention so I was never one who wanted to wear colors and bright things. After about 6 months post-op the self confidence skyrocketed. I found myself shopping and buying all kinds of stuff. I begin to test out colors and patterns trying to get out of the boring and plain.

The hubbs actually gifted me a shopping spree for meeting one of my weight loss goals. I walked into a clothing store and walked out with 4 overstuffed bags of clothes. I started collecting shoes and all! I actually get excited nowadays about trying things on. I won’t wear things that don’t have some form of color on them. I feel like my personality on the outside should match my personality and how I feel inside.

Personality

“Behind the Scenes” These 2 are always entertaining All I wanted was a picture. LOL #Momlife

I have already broken my closet shelf and had to have it re enforced. At this rate I’m going to need a new closet system. But that is a problem that I do not mind having. I am enjoying the benefits of weight loss. It’s a whole new level of self care.

The weight of all the new clothes and shoes brought it down!!

”90+ pounds gone in 13 months. My health is the best its ever been and I feel amazing”

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Good Morning beautiful. We hope you have a great day today. See you soon. mommy and daddy

October 2, 2019 (Mirror Messages)

Here’s to another “I see you chachi” moment!

When I tell you that I am my own goals, I am not lying hunny . I feel so good when I look in the mirror now. Everytime I see a mirror it turns into a full photo shoot. I took the photo on the left about 2 years ago. This was actually a sexy photo for my husband go figure. I personally never really felt “sexy” or whatever and I always ended up looking goofy when I tried. “You are always your sexiest when you don’t try” the Mr. would say.

You are always your sexiest when you don’t try…

In all the time we’ve been together HE (keyword people…..HE) has never made me feel any type of way about my physical appearance. I appreciate him for that because people fall under the false notion that someone has to “give you confidence, when you don’t feel confident yourself”. For many years I secretly blamed him in a way for not making me “feel beautiful”, for not making me “feel sexy”, for not making me “feel confident”. I knew deep down that it wasn’t his fault or his job, but it was very easy to deflect my feelings onto him and then blame him for my sadness about it. I created and caused a lot of drama and crazy arguments because of my own personal issues within.

I wish I could say I felt the same confidence in the photo to the left as I did on the right but we know that’s not truly the case. I had curves for days, booty for days, thighs for days, and I was not at all sloppy. But, there were very few days in which I loved the skin that I was actually living in. I would try to categorize myself to ease the pain of accepting the fact that I didn’t love myself or my body. “Thick” became the new acceptance term. As long as I was considered “Thick” I didn’t view my size as a bad thing not that it mattered because even though “thick” would come from my mouth… pain, stress, pressure, and body aches would speak very loud internally.

Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings

before and after extreme weight loss

you are beautiful, you are worth it…

I will never get tired of saying how happy I am that I choose to get bariatric surgery. The entire process from the decision to have surgery all the way to the surgery anniversary was such an eye opening experience. It has affected every portion of my life. My VSG was my second chance at self love, self care, inner peace, and so much more. I have lost 90+ pounds in 13 months. My health is the best it’s ever been and I feel amazing. Another day in the book!