Three Years…and counting

Today is my anniversary.

Not my wedding anniversary. My “sleeve-a-versary”. For those of you unfamiliar with a “sleeve-a-versary” it’s the anniversary of the day I had Gastric Sleeve surgery – weight loss surgery.

It was three years ago today. September 9, 2015.

This is a big deal to me. I’ve lost 93 pounds. That far surpassed what I, or my doctor, thought I would be able to do. And I’ve kept it off. Truly the hardest part.

It’s a big deal to me. Not to anybody else. Not a soul remembered. No one sent flowers. No one sent balloons. Not one person said, “Hey, it’s been three years! You’ve kept the weight off! I’m so proud of you!” I’ll be honest. I wish someone had. Even just one person. When things matter to us there’s something inside of us that wants them to matter to other people, too.

But, for some of us, that’s how we got there in the first place, isn’t it? Waiting for others’ validation… waiting for someone else to make us happy… recognition we think we deserved… instead we ate our way through our feelings. (Or maybe shopped our way, or drank our way or worked our way…pick your poison.)

Sometimes you have to be your own cheerleader. Sometimes you just have to remind yourself who you are – who you did things for – why you did things.

Three years ago God gave me a new life. Not the first time He’s done that. He wasn’t obligated to do that again, but in His grace He did.

So, today I’m celebrating my “sleeve-a-versary”! Three years of a new life, gifted by God, fought for gratefully by Ronnie!

3 year before and after

6 Replies to “Three Years…and counting”

  1. I AM proud of you! I was just thinking the other day that it was either three or four years ago. I’m glad you mentioned it here, because I wanted to remember the day with you. I think it’s truly amazing that you not only took it off, but you’ve KEPT it off. Remarkable 🙂

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  2. Thanks so much, Linda! Yes, three years yesterday for the surgery, and 4 years tomorrow for the car accident. The two are so inseparable for me since one made the other possible. It doesn’t FEEL like three years; it feels like it was just yesterday. I still feel like I’m so careful and conscious of everything. But, I think that’s a good thing. Thanks, again! I really appreciate your encouragement and support!


    1. Thank you so much! Good for you for working towards a healthier you, however you choose to. This was a huge decision for me. I know it’s not for everyone, and you absolutely HAVE to be ready for it – because it’s not a quick fix, it’s a definite life change. If you want to read about the beginning of my journey, I wrote about it at the VERY beginning of my other blog. If you pop over there and just go to the oldest posts, you’ll see how I started the whole thing!
      Looking forward to popping over to your “place” and saying hello!
      Thanks so much for stopping in and chatting!


    1. That’s awesome! Good for you! Would love to hear how you’re doing! If you ever need any encouragement or someone to talk to, I love to help others on their journeys as well!

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