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New Year, Same Me (Which Is Cool Because Most Days, I Think I’m Pretty Dope)…

Well, it only took me half of the month to catch up on life enough to complete my first blog post of the year. So much for starting the year with a consistent weekly post. Sheesh!! Anyway, let me get you all caught up on the life and times of me.

I brought in the new year with my honey and some friends and doing what I love to do…singing. We went originally to watch the show and Micah and Cat invited me up to join them on a couple of numbers. It was a blast!! Good company, good wine, good food and great memories.

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Cat, Sara, Micah, Me, Tomi
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In my zone

As of last Friday (my weigh-in day), I am down 70lbs since this whole weight loss thing started (down 4lbs for the week). Physically, I feel fantastic. I can move around without pain and without getting winded. I had been on muscle relaxers for chronic back pain for years and I haven’t taken them since surgery day. I can climb up and down the stairs in my house without having to climb on hands and knees like a toddler. My wife and I can go on walks with the dogs. We can go out dancing and instead of just part of a song, I dance through several songs and only have to sit down because a song comes on that I don’t like. I am enjoying the new found freedom that losing weight has afforded me.

I do have to say that extreme weight loss is a blessing and a curse. It has been a mental test getting use to my body as it changes. There are parts of me that hang that didn’t use to. My skin feels different to me, my clothes fit differently. My skin is changing, my hair is changing. It’s definitely interesting getting to know myself all over again. I don’t always like how I look with or without clothes. Some days are definitely better than others but I am learning and coping as I go.

I’m learning a few things…

Working out needs to be a priority. It helps you have more effective weight loss and helps you to gain muscle while you are losing weight. I’m getting more consistent with workouts but it is still my least favorite thing to do.

It is super important to take care of yourself mentally. Make time to pray, meditate, journal and pamper yourself. All the change is a lot mentally so you do not want to neglect your self-care; whatever that looks like for you.

Get use to never eating a hot meal again. That sounds weird but I honestly have not had a hot meal since I had surgery. The reality is that you just can’t eat it fast enough. The one thing this surgery forces you to do is slow down. You have to chew more because you don’t want to swallow big chunks (even of soft food). Believe it or not,¬†you will get use to it.

Surround yourself with positive people who want to see you succeed. They don’t have to be on a weight loss journey (although you should have a few of those people in your life). Just make sure that they are not the people who are constantly offering you all the junk food and starchy goodness. Make sure they are people who are willing to listen to the occasional rant about ill-fitting clothing and a not-so-delicious new food. Most importanly, they need to be good cheerleaders who are willing to encrourage and slap that muffin out of your hand if need be. Someone willing to go on a walk with you and your dogs or offer alternatives for getting together other than eating and drinking (crafting dates, walking dates, mani/pedi dates).

Now, we are all caught up and ready to get back to our regularly scheduled program. I will be back on Friday with my weekly weigh-in

 

Reflection: 10 Things I’m Loving Right Now

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So, my plan was to hit the club and party into the new year. Well, a lot of things conspired against my plans so here I sit, in the house watching New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
I, like many people, like to take the time to reflect as a new year approaches; on what has been and what is to come. I decided that now would be a good time to do my last “10 Things” list for 2011.
1.) My life!- Is it perfect? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Despite the ups and downs, I am happy that I am here to live each day.
2.) My partner-Tomi is everything I need in my life and then some. She definitely makes it easy to be in this partnership. We make a great team!
3.) Having my baby girl JaLisa at our house for the holidays (including her 21st birthday).
4.) My job-very thankful to be employed in this economy and to have my Mary Kay business.
5.) My natural hair- it is a lot of work and there are days where I just wanna shave my head but I love my big, fluffy, red cloud of hair.
6.) My parents- thankful to have them both in the land of the living and in good health. They mean the world to me.
7.) My family & friends- I am so thankful for all of the people who are a part of my life.
8.) Weight Watchers- just trying to keep working my program.
9.) Pescetarianism- Google it! I love the benefit of vegetarianism with a seafood perk.
10.) 2012!- If God sees fit to let me live, I will have another year to work on being a better me.
And now, a few photos from 2011

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Just me being me.
JaVonna