T.G.I.F!….and a Protein Bar Review!

WHEW!

Is it just me, or has this week been crazy?!?! Between a flurry of pouring rain, and shocking sun, and a ton of long work days….I am definitely ready for the weekend!

Some of the Week’s Highlights:

I had Tuesday off. That was kinda nice….got a lot of work done on my room, spent time with my lovely friend Emily, and made yummy Trader Joe’s Shrimp Stir-Fry. I highly recommend it. Good protein, tons of veggies, and the pepper seasoning packet included with it is pretty good! I bought the most adorable shelf online to put on the wall above my nightstand to house some perfumes, etc…and I put it up all by myself! And I am in love with it!

No wonder I used to run the Home Repair Department....lol!

The HR girl at work today came up and asked me about the daily goal, and when I answered correctly, she gave me a Starbuck’s gift card! WOOO!

I went to Charlotte Russe yesterday, and all clearance shoes were on sale for $6.99. Guess who walked out with three pairs, yes….THREE PAIRS of adorable fall-fashion forward booties for a grand total of $22? Yeah, that was me. Please….no applause! 🙂 I can’t wait to put them all to good use! Helllooooo, Autumn!

Ahh....the Thrill of Shoes...!

I paid $1650 worth of debt off ( and almost killed a postal service representative who treated me like an idiot because I didn’t know how to go about sending something via Express Mail). I am officially $800 away from financial freedom, at which point, I have decided to go ahead and go full-throttle with the car situation, and make sure I reach my November 15th goal. With a trip to Vegas at the end of this month right before rent is due? It’s going to be a little tricky….but let’s face it….me and money? We make it work! I’ve made a habit of putting and $1 bills and change (and sometimes, the occasional $5 or $20!)  in my wallet at the end of the day in my cute sparkly gold piggy bank. That way, I’ll have extra Vegas fun-money when the time comes, and in the future, I can use the habit for other trips or expenditures. Not too shabby, if you ask me! One of the better ideas I have had!

Also, my Quest Bar Low Carb Protein Bar samples came in the mail this week! I got two full-sized bars and a handy-dandy refrigerator magnet! WOO!  I decided to have the Chocolate Brownie variety for dinner/dessert that night, and the 20 grams of protein was the perfect way to round out my 60-80 gram daily quota since surgery. And let me tell you, although I am not a huge chocolate fan….I loves me some brownies! Quest Bar did an AWESOME job on that!

If you get the chance, check out QUEST BAR-Low Carb Protein Bar on Facebook here. Also, you can go to their official website here, and order your very own Quest Bars! They are currently offering a promotion for FREE shipping! They also offer a 10% discount if you sign up for their auto-delivery program. You know I love subscription deals!

Quest Bar's Most Popular Line-Up!

I’ll be ordering a box of Vanilla Almond Crunch and I think I’ll be trying some of the PB&J or Apple Pie variety too. I am VERY excited to have a protein bar option that isn’t ridiculously high in sugar or just plain unfavorable on the taste front! The awesome thing is, with 20 grams of protein per bar, all the varieties only have 4-6 grams of carbs each! Even for people who aren’t trying to pack in the protein post weight loss surgery, these are an awesome meal replacement bar, post-workout bar, or good to keep in gym bags, purses, or lockers and desks for an energizing snack during the day.

A Sample of Quest Bar Nutritional Info. IMPRESSIVE!

All in all, it’s been a very good week. I’m sure there is more that I am forgetting….but I’ll cover it when I remember.

In the meantime, cheers to the freakin’ weekend!

P.S. 8 more “likes” for SeeSondraSlim on Facebook, and I’ll officially purchase my domain name, and drop the .wordpress from the URL. I am beyond grateful for all of the support and sharing from all of you! I am excited to see how far the word will spread! Who knew that one girl’s journey could lead to so much?

‘Til next time!

XOXO

30 Days Later….Rising to the Challenge!

Hello, again!

First, the Resources page here on SeeSondraSlim has been SUUUUPER updated, and there are tons of valuable resources. Links to: A gigantic protein shake recipe list, a chart that breaks down the benefits of Gastric Bypass and LapBand, A web-based TV channel that will not only inform and educate, but CRACK YOU UP!,  a chart that breaks down what most major insurance providers require to approve and pay for bariatric surgery, and tons of other goodies! Be sure to check it out! Might come in handy for you, or someone you know considering or adapting after WLS.

Now, the even better stuff! As promised, I am posting the 30 day photos and baring my white stomach for the world to see! (By the way, I just ordered my Jergen’s Natural Glow lotion on Amazon, and I am ECSTATIC, because it’s like $10 in the store, but I got THREE of them for $20 on there! AMEN! That white skin issue will be history by the time the photo shoot arrives!)

Ahem….tangent? Anyways, I am very excited, because I have to admit, as time passes I do see subtle differences. I still need to work a lot on the toning, but once I get my car, I’ll be in the gym RIGHT AFTER work! And I cannot wait, because I realize that I really enjoy the gym. I get in the zone, and time just kinda flies….I used to count down the seconds on the machines, but now….I am always trying to add time to them, because I can SEE my end result goal in my head. Lovely!

Moving on (another tangent! GOODNESS!), I am excited to see what ya’ll think of the newest photos. I want feedback, you hear me? I am not posting my flesh just for kicks and giggles….I want opinions. Don’t tell me I’m hot or anything…just clue me in on what differences YOU see. I’m a horrible judge of my progress outside stepping on the scale, because I look at myself constantly….in storefront windows, car windows, freezer doors at the grocery store, my mirror at home, I even use my phone as a mirror…..but hey….a girl’s gotta make sure she looks good, right?!?!

So, here they are. 14 weeks post op, and last time I checked? 62….yes, SIXTY TWO pounds lost!!! Feel free to refer to last month’s post, “I Can’t Believe I’m Doing This.”

Side View!

Front View!!

To be honest, I’m really not very happy with these.  But then I think back…..

This was just 3 weeks BEFORE surgery!

No matter how I feel about it, we have come a loooooong way from that! That dress is too big now!

OH! And while we’re at it! If you haven’t yet, please “like” SeeSondraSlim on Facebook. The little like button to your right there will do it with no hassle! And also, please hit the “Subscribe” button! I promise, all it means is that you’ll get an email when a new post is published. No spam, no drama. There are also little buttons at the end of each post, so you can share your faves on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, via Email, or tons of other ways I can’t even tell you about, because I don’t have them. Lol.

You guys are awesome!

The Next “I Can’t Believe I’m Doing This!” challenge update will be posted at the beginning of November, right before the Boudoir Divas photo shoot on 11/8! I sprung for hair, makeup, the works! So, we shall see about maybe sharing one of those shots with you! 🙂

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

A Spooktacular Eggface Giveaway!!

UH OH!

Sondra’s favorite WLS blogger is having another giveaway….and Sondra wants to win!

But, in the meantime, I wanted to share it with everyone. I have raved about this site, and Michele Vicarri more than I can recount….but giveaways like this are just one of the million reasons why!

Check it out at: http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2011/10/treat-yourself-right-giveaway.html

Simply leave a comment with your name and email, and bam! You’ve got a chance to win. You can also get additional entries for tweeting, blogging, etc about the giveaway. So here we are!

Here is Michele’s breakdown of what is inside this FABULOUS basket:

The Prize: This totally SPOOKTACULAR Gift Basket of Celebrate Vitamin goodies to help you maintain post weight loss surgery good health.

Calcium Plus 500 (Cherry Tart) 90 ct.
Multivitamin (Pineapple Strawberry) 60 ct.
Multivitamin (Mandarin Orange) 60 ct.
30mg Iron (Grape) 30 ct.
B-12 (Cherry) 90 ct.
Sample packets of many of Celebrate’s other yummy flavors

and…

4 single servings of ENS – Multivitamin & Calcium Drink Mix (Wild Cherry)
4 single servings of ENS – Multivitamin & Calcium Drink Mix (Citrus Splash)
4 single servings of ENS – Multivitamin & Calcium Drink Mix (*New flavor* Cranberry – Grape)

plus…

4 single servings of ENS + Protein (Vanilla Cake Batter)
4 single servings of ENS + Protein (Chocolate Milk)
4 single servings of ENS + Protein (*New flavor* Strawberry)

Your Multivitamin, Calcium, Fiber and Protein all in one drink. If only these were around when I was a new post-op.

but wait there’s more… a Pumpkin Orange 28 oz. Blender Bottle and a Pill Organizer

 

Also, please don’t forget to “Like” The World According to Eggface and Celebrate Vitamins on Facebook. You can find both of their pages on the SeeSondraSlim page, under pages I like! Check out Bariatric TV, which I shared a video from earlier today!

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Goodness. I wish this woman was one of my besties!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

If It Was Easy, Everyone Would Do It.

Good Afternoon, and HAPPY SUNDAY to everyone!

I woke up this morning to a text from a former co-worker I adore. She asked me how my dieting was going, and I informed her that the last time I checked, I was down 56 pounds. FIFTY SIX pounds. That is absurd, isn’t it? About 14 weeks ago, I had my Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy…and I know that I’ve told most of you the story about how I marched in the surgeon’s office declaring that I knew what I wanted, and that I would have it no matter what.

I live my life that way. I want or need something, and I start the process OWNING it. I ignore all feelings of hesitance or anxiety or non-belief. I’m no brave hero, or anything like that. I just can’t pay any mind to those things, because I know that it will set me up for failure. I’m all about the “Believe and Achieve” philosophy….or as I usually say “Speak It Into Existence.” It’s hard to find others to believe in you, but it’s most difficult to believe in yourself. And I have to take that leap of pure FAITH, and know that what I put my mind to is more than attainable….if I just GO for it.

Now, here I am, constantly worried that I won’t lose anything this week, or that I’m not getting enough protein, or that I’m not eating every 2-3 hours like I am supposed to, or I’m not working out enough ( although, I’m really NOT working out enough. But that will change soon!)…and I drive myself crazy! But then I step on that scale, and see the number change so drastically after just a week or so…and I feel so PROUD.

Some of my biggest fears when I was at that 305 lb mark were that someday I’d never be able to have kids…or that if I did, a combination of aging and obesity would make it hard for me to ENJOY them. I was scared that I’d end up with Heart Disease or Diabetes, attributed to my weight. Something that would further affect my life forever. I have so many things left to see, do, and accomplish. I just couldn’t see letting this lifelong battle ruin the rest of what my life has to bring. I absolutely REFUSED, in fact.

A lot of people think Weight Loss Surgery is an “easy way out.” I’ve been fought with on this many times. But there is nothing easy about walking into a doctor’s office and ADMITTING your weight has become the hardest thing to live with in your life. It’s not easy to watch the news and know that you’re part of the ballooning statistics concerning obesity…and that you’ve always been. It’s not easy to go into stores with your thin friends and go straight to the accessories section. It’s not easy to know that being obese doesn’t just affect your life and the way people see, talk about, and treat you; It can KILL you. Diabetes, Heart Disease, Sleep Apnea, the inability to conceive….the list goes on and on.

If you think living with that is EASY, then being thin must be really hard! Maybe I made the wrong choice! Lol. Choosing this procedure, and the lifestyle changes it entails was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, albeit smartest. They tell you the risks, and you have to believe that you will NOT be the small percentage of people who don’t make it through, or the slightly larger percentage of people who it doesn’t do much good for. Can you believe that some people actually go through all of this, and still slip back into obesity after? That tells you how much of a DISEASE it is, rather than just a condition.

I knew I needed help, and I got it. A lot of people can’t do that. Because it is NOT, in fact, EASY.

But, here we are. And there is still a LONG way to go…but I feel more excitement than fear these days. I wore my favorite black banded skirt last night, and it was too big around the waist and gapped more around my legs than it used to….and I realized that’s the last time I’ll ever wear it. It no longer works…it’s too BIG. It’s bittersweet….but every time one of my favorite things no longer fits…I have to see it as PROGRESS. I still struggle a little with that concept, because I have an underlying fear of parting with things. I’m a little too nostalgic for my own good!

I am becoming very excited at the idea that I’ll be able to shop for a whole NEW closet of clothes. As a girl with a walk-in closet, this is both daunting and ridiculously amazing at the same time! It will be awhile, because the weight is just going to keep coming off, and I can’t afford to buy things just to get rid of them a few weeks later….but I’ll be MORE than ready when the time comes! And I’ll be shopping at ANY store I feel like!

I know this topic is kind of random….but I have to reflect a lot lately. And the fact is, I think a lot of people can relate to this…whether it’s in terms of weight loss, or another significant struggle in life. Sometimes, the hardest part of beating something, is just ASKING FOR HELP. Acknowledging that you NEED help. I’ve always had a problem with “needing help.” But I have a bigger problem with missing out on life.

And for the record, all of you have been a TREMENDOUS help, whether I’ve asked or not. And for that, I am forever grateful. You’re an amazing group of friends!

And saving the best for last, got on the scale this morning, and it read: 243 lbs. That means, my friends, that I have lost SIXTY TWO lbs to date. Excuse me while I go pour a bucket of Gatorade over my head and celebrate!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO