Updating the Journey

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Ahhh, the best laid plans… or basically any plans I seem to ever make! Do you ever feel like that? I got up this morning with big plans of what this blog was to be. I knew the topic. I knew exactly what I was going to say. I knew what I was going to wear. Yeah, right?! First, I woke with a migraine – never a good start. Missed my ladies Bible study at church because of it. 😦 Finally, I was functional enough to get dressed and moving and my “perfect” outfit turned into SIX wardrobe changes and half my closet strewn across the bed! When I finally made it downstairs to do pictures every single picture was a disaster! It was either fuzzy (for no apparent reason) or my face was so washed out I looked like I was auditioning for a remake of Casper the Friendly Ghost. Even a run upstairs to darken my make-up did not help. I changed lighting. I changed spots in the room. I changed settings on the camera. Nothing helped. After what I imagine was at least a hundred pictures, I accepted defeat and admitted to myself that blog post was not meant to be. I went back upstairs, changed into some comfy, cozy clothes and moved on with my day!

Comfy and cozy after giving up on the original blog idea!

Of course, this leaves me with no topic for the blog. The Jerry Seinfeld of blogs….it’s about nothing! I realize I haven’t updated you on my weight loss or fibro journeys in a while, so why not go there for a bit. Leave style behind for a week.

It has been almost exactly two and a half years since my weight loss surgery. Mind blowing for me. More mind-blowing for me is the fact that I haven’t gained any of my weight back! This is my longest sustained weight loss ever! Those of you who have also battled with your weight know that though losing is hard, keeping it off seems to be the biggest battle of all. Day-to-day life comes at you – stress, holidays, temptations of all kinds, and as time passes it’s so easy to fall back into old habits!

I finally went last week to get a new photo license. My old one still had my picture from before my weight loss. When I went up to the gentleman to have my picture taken, I handed him my paperwork and my old license – he looked at it for a really long time and then he said, “Wow, this really doesn’t look like you at all!” I wasn’t offended. I just laughed and joked with him. I’ve had multiple people question me if it was even the right license over the last two years. It’s who I was. This is who I am now. I’m not ashamed of either one, but I’m thankful for where God has brought me.

I was looking through old pics today and found this one from a visit with a dear friend. I couldn’t help thinking, Wow, no wonder the guy from the DMV was thrown, it really doesn’t look like me anymore!

I believe at our last update I was at 86 lbs. lost – which had far exceeded mine and my doctor’s original goals. As many of you know, within the last 6 months or so, my fibro has worsened dramatically. It reached the point where my workouts have fallen off to a point that I really became concerned that I was going to begin to gain weight back. My 5 day a week, 60 minute heavy-duty workouts, turned into 3 days a week of 20 minutes of slow-yoga designed specifically for people with chronic pain issues. As well, we’ve had to play “musical meds” a bit, and that can also frequently wreak havoc with your weight. However, much to my surprise, I lost another 4 pounds, reaching 90 lbs. lost and have maintained that for about the last month or two.

So, where did those four pounds go? When my fibro came back with a vengeance, so did my gluten intolerance. I began to become hyper-vigilante about everything I was eating. But, not just about keeping the gluten out. I was not happy with the pre-made gluten-free products on the market. So many of them are made with rice flours, tapioca flour, potato starch…so many carbs… or are filled with sugar to make up the taste. There was no way I was going to fill my body with those things. I began searching the web for a cookbook that met all of my dietary needs. Eventually I found the perfect one and began making all of my own gluten-free product from nut flours (almond, hazelnut, coconut etc.), almond milk and stevia in the raw. More over, they taste waaayyy better than the stuff in the stores! I truly believe that simply the removal of that extra carb content from my diet – regardless of my exercise level – allowed me to drop those four pounds initially and has kept my body functioning at this weight.

I got an extra blessing two weeks ago when I just “happened” to sit next to a woman at Bible study and strike up a conversation only to discover that she is having the same surgery in two weeks – with my same doctor! We made a great connection and she was excited to have someone to talk to who knew what she was going to be going through and could answer her questions. I shared my phone number and e-mail and we promised to stay in touch! It’s wonderful to be able to help someone else along their journey – after all, isn’t that what we’re all here for?!

 

Until We Meet Again!

 Ronnie

6 Replies to “Updating the Journey”

  1. What a fabulous journey for you Ronnie!! I’m so proud of you that you’ve far exceeded your goals with this weight loss journey.
    I have heard that 80% of our weight loss/gain is due to the foods that we eat…not as much the exercise. And really, if you think about the fact that our food is everything that keeps us going, it makes sense. And certain bodies do great with certain foods, others do not. We have been eating pretty clean for the last 10 years—reading the ingredients on everything!! It’s crazy all of the extras you find in anything. Especially gluten free. Good for you for making your own. We tried gluten free for 2 weeks, and I was shocked at all of the crap that was in the breads…..eeeek!!!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Jodie! It really is amazing what they put in our food! Once you’re conscious of it, it’s really appalling! I intake very, very little processed food because it really affects my fibro. I wish I could get Tim to do likewise. I think he’d feel so much better. Sugar is just like the gluten. They sneak it into EVERYTHING!

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  2. 90 pounds! Wow. I’m sorry the fibro is still plaguing you, as well as the migraines. I was hoping both would fade into the background with your weight loss. And I’m kind of glad you couldn’t post your usual fashion info, because I enjoyed getting caught up with your physical progress 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Linda! It’s nice to take a break from styling once in awhile. But, it’s hard to update on this very often because not a lot changes from day to day at this point. I have done some research to see if I could find out why I went into such a long remission with my fibro and why it suddenly came back with such a vengeance. It turns out that it’s not as unusual as I thought it was! I found quite a few cases of people who had lengthy remissions and then, WHAM!, it was just back, for no apparent reason. The only possible reasoning I COULD find was that I just over taxed my body – expecting it to do too much because I felt so good – too much exercise and activity – and it just finally broke down and said ENOUGH. But, who knows. God is sovereign and I trust that He allows all things for His glory, even when we don’t understand it.
      BTW…I’m thinking of starting a second blog (on a free site) with just my writing. I LOVE doing the fashion, but I miss doing my writing and trying to do both on here feels schizophrenic. If I do go ahead with it, I’ll put a link to the other site on this page.

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  3. Wow! Woah! Ronnie, I’m so glad that I hopped onto your blog this morning. You have lost a lot of weight and I’m sure that feels incredible…more specifically, the journey. What you must have sacrificed and how hard you must have worked and continue to work. Praying for your health journey this morning. Thank you for sharing with us on the blog!

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    1. Thanks, Chrissy! I didn’t realize you didn’t know. I guess I just feel like it’s common knowledge at this point, but that’s a silly assumption, isn’t it. It’s really what started this whole blog in the first place, and losing the weight is what gave me the courage – and really brought the people and situations into my life – to pursue my dream of being a stylist. It was a lot of work, and still is – the maintenance is really the hardest part – but, God opened this door for me, and He has walked with me through it every step of the way!

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