So, I have to tell you that making the commitment to step on the scale 1x weekly on the same day and about the same time of day each week; no problem. Not being tempted to step on the scale every time I go to the bathroom? That’s a different story. I was strong though and waited until this morning.
Drum roll please…454.8lbs.
For those keeping track, I am down -9.6lbs since surgery day (7/29). Woohoo!!!
I had my 1-week follow-up with Dr. Fox (the surgeon) yesterday and I am doing really well. My wounds are healing beautifully. I am taking my meds as I should and am doing well with getting my nutrition. I did express to him my concern about not having enough intake. I explained that I am so concerned about nausea and vomiting from being over full that I am afraid to ‘eat’. He let me know that my concerns were valid and gave me some tips and tools for getting the protein shakes down. I am feeling good!! Next week, I should be able to start a light workout routine. I’ll probably start with walking.
I bought myself a book to get me through the day-to-day because I know this won’t always be easy. It is a book that starts on Jan 1st and ends Dec 31st. I decided that instead of starting on the first day of the year, I started yesterday; the day I received the book. There are daily action and journaling points. I want to immerse myself in this whole weight loss surgery (WLS) process. I know that I have healing to do; physically, emotionally and spiritually, as I change my relationship with food and myself as my body changes so I a taking advantage of any tools I come across.
List your favorite characters from books, movies, etc.
All of my favorites are women who are strong in their vulnerability and simple in their complexity.
1.) Janie Crawford from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
2.) Mercy Thompson from a series of books by Patricia Briggs
3.) Lauren Oya Olamina from Parable Of The Sower by Octavia E. Butler
4.) Tamara Hayle from a series of books by Valerie Wilson Wesley
5.) Tracy Ellison from Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree
6.) Cleo played by Dana Owens (Queen Latifah) in the movie Set It Off
7.) Savannah Jackson played by Whitney Houston in the movie Waiting To Exhale
8.) Bernadine Harris played by Angela Bassett in the movie Waiting To Exhale
9.) Gloria Matthews played by Loretta Devine in the movie Waiting To Exhale
10.) Robin Stokes played by Lela Rochon in the movie Waiting To Exhale Take Action: Find a common personality trait between your favorite characters. What is one character trait that you admire in your favorite characters that you can work towards this week?
I try to do these at the end of the month as a reminder to be thankful and take time to find the blessings in my day-to-day life. I was in the hospital so I’m a little bit late. Better late than never, right? January was a pretty good month and a great beginning to 2015.
1.) My baby girl turned 24 on Jan. 23rd.
2.) My wife…just because she’s awesome
3.) A good cup of coffee. I’ve found a new appreciation for my morning cup. My afternoon cup. And sometimes, my night time cup.
4.) My fur baby, Hayley. She keeps me company during the day.
5.) Dancing out the stress. There is nothing I enjoy more than cranking up some music and gettin’ down with my bad self. My go to jam…Electric Lady by Janelle Monaé
6.) Inspiration in book form. This book allows me to study my bible and get inspired using stories that ‘real’ women can relate to.
Maya Angelou born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)
I have been trying to write this post since this treasure left us but I haven’t been able to. I decided that today is the day. I was not prepared for how affected I would be by her passing. I have been so emotional. She and her words shaped so much of my life; my self-esteem and just what it means to be a strong, black woman. The first piece I ever read by her was And Still I Rise; an amazing piece.
There are several quotes of hers that are a part of my every day life as I navigate through this thing called life.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”
“You may not control all the events that happened to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”
Today, I am thankful for Maya Angelou and the wonderfully positive influence of she had on my life…and the world. She was a blessing.
I am a few days behind but this has been a busy few days. At any rate, here we go!
1.) My mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Some days are harder than others but I am here and every day I’m blessed to see is another opportunity to be better.
2.) Tomi – If I could have created my perfect mate, I couldn’t have done better. She is honest, supportive and loves me just the way I am.
3.) Ideal Protein – down 11.6 in two weeks; just the boost I need on my weight loss journey.
4.) Veronica, Michelle, Jay, Keely, JaLisa; my children in order from oldest to youngest. JaLisa is the only one I gave birth to but the others know “Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone. Nevertheless, still my own.”
5.) Employment – I am so thankful for a job that I love with co-workers that don’t get on my nerves most days.
6.) Music – I have an ever-changing playlist for every aspect of my life. If my life were a movie, everyone would want the soundtrack.
7.) Books – Whether or not it’s my nook or an ink-to-paper book from the library; I appreciate the distraction.