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12 Nov

I’ve reached the time in my weight loss journey where stalls start to happen. It’s the first but certainly won’t be the last. It’s times like these when it’s important to find NSVs or Non-Scale Victories that encourage and motivate you. NSVs are a great way to really evaluate the impact of your efforts. So, I’ll start with my first and list a few smaller ones. 

The first HUGE NSV is the dress I’m wearing to work today. I haven’t been able to wear it in TEN YEARS. 10 years!!! I carried it from place to place hoping to one day lose enough weight to fit in it. Not only have I not been able to wear it in 10 years, but it is a REGULAR SIZE FROM A REGULAR STORE! Ok, as regular as XL can be. But, without further ado, my Merona XL wrap dress from Target!



I look at the difference between my lumpy former self from last summer and my much more smooth self from today, and I can truly count it as a victory!

A few other NSVs I experienced the past week or so:

  • My hubby noticed he could wrap his arms all the way around me (felt amazing!)
  • Effortlessly walked 5 miles at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival
  • My rings completely flew off my hand while getting something out of the fridge
  • I am throwing too-big clothes in my ThredUp bag like crazy
  • My size 22 fat jeans that I’m keeping for my after picture are WAY too big to even try to wear
  • I’m hovering between a size 16 and 18
  • I’m excited to fit in an airplane seat for my 10 year anniversary trip next month 🙂


1 Nov

There’s some amazing things that happen to your body post-sleeve. In addition to the obvious movement on the scale, your body starts to reshape and reconfigure as it works to accommodate the new and improved version of yourself.

Sometimes, those changes might be evident to everyone else but you. In fact, more often than not, other people will notice how great you look before you do. You will be grumbling to yourself because in your scale obsession you discovered you gained 0.4 lbs overnight, meanwhile other people are watching your transformation in awe.

But at some point, when you least expect it, you will see it.

It happened today for both me and Allison. We had been complaining about the trivial things like gross-tasting protein shakes, lack of appetite and getting in all our water. Then a colleague suggested we take a picture since we “look so great”. We obliged, obviously not excited as obesity tends to make you a little camera shy! But what we saw in the picture was incredible. It was this shocking, new, intermediate version of us that looked completely different from the us we photographed last month. We pulled a picture of us from last month and finally, we saw the changes.


Allison and Lindsay 09/27/2013 and 11/1/2013. Amazing what can happen in 35 days.

So this is our advice. Take pictures, and take them often. Throughout your entire journey, even before you start losing weight. You won’t be able to see the changes from day to day, and that can get discouraging, so these pictures will become treasured snapshots of your progress. Rejoice in the small victories, and embrace your changes, because they all add up to the new you.


Day 6 Preop: Thoughts and Advice

9 Oct

I threw this video together in the Ikea parking lot because I felt like there’s a lot of things I wish people would have told me about preop and how to manage it better. I learned by trial and error, and I wanna pay that labor forward. So here it is, folks!

P.S. I HATE watching videos of myself…I realize I have a lisp, my face is uneven and I make bizarre faces…BUT I know how much videos have helped me, so I’m going to keep doing them for YOU 🙂

Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

9 Oct

I love fall, even though we live in Florida.  Our clothing and leaves don’t really change but my yearning for fall color, seasons , smells and food are all about FALL right now.

What I dream fall should look like:









What Fall looks like in my back yard 😦










So how to eat yummy Fall food with this new “better” way of eating?  I am on a quest to find new recipe choices and I will post along the way.

First of all my favorite smell, flavor and food during this season is pumpkin.  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin curry, pumpkin ravioli.. etc.

My first Fall recipe I will share is Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal.

Pumpkin Steel Cut oats

Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal


1 Cup Steel cut oats (I purchased in bulk section of Whole Foods, but Quaker has them as well)

1/2 can pure pumpkin

1/4 cup half and half (or any milk, I like half and half because it gives more protein and is creamier)

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp cinnamon ( or just shake until you have what you want)

1-2 tsp splenda or sugar substitute

dash of salt.


3 cups of water and 1 cup of steel cut oats with a pinch of salt to a boil
turn down to med-low and simmer for 45 minutes
If consistency is too thick or water is evaporating , add a little bit more water and stir frequently
stir in 1/2 can pure pumpkin,  pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, sugar substitute and 1/4 cup of half and half cook until warmed.

Serve immediately

1/4 cup (1) serving

Calories: 135

Carbs:       11

Fat:              3

Protein:     5

Sodium:    10

Sugar:          4

3 weeks Post Op

25 Sep

HI Team!  It’s Allison, here is my first Post Op Video.

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Intro to My Journey

19 Sep

Just a quick webcam introduction to who I am and why I’m here.

My hope is to chronicle this journey through weekly videos in addition to posts, so this is the beginning of a looong journey, my friends. Only 3 weeks 5 days til I get sleeved, but who’s counting?

Step 3: Get Approved

30 Aug

I completed all the requirements on Friday, August 23 at 4:30 pm. John at Dr. Jawad’s Office submitted my claim on Monday, August 25 at 9 am and yesterday, Wednesday, August 27 at 5pm I received my confirmation that I am APPROVED TO GET SLEEVED!

For anyone who is wondering, both Allison and I have Anthem BCBS through our employer and they are just PHENOMENAL about insurance approvals and all that jazz. I also have to give a shout out to the amazing staff at Dr. Jawad’s Office because they are a well-oiled machine and really have their stuff together.

The insurance gave me a tentative date of 9/17, which would be AWESOME because our family lucky numbers are 7 and 17. I’m still waiting to hear back from the surgery scheduler to get a definitive though. Here goes everything!


I am DONE!

14 Aug

So this past week I have been going on the “last food of my life tour” and I think I am fooded out!  I am so ready to get this going that I am looking at the protein shakes and wondering if I should start them sooner than 2 weeks prior to surgery.

Yeah, I decided against that. 😉  But I never thought I would ever feel this “finished”!

I am done feeling heavy whenever I walk

I am done straining walking up and downstairs so much that I avoid any and all stairs.

I am done feeling uncomfortable in cute shops

I am done taking medicine for diabetes that I may or may not have.

I am done wondering if my weight stops my success in my jobs, friendships and past relationships.

I am done, done, done and done!

No food will ever taste as good as healthy will taste.





The “D” Word

6 Aug

Today, I needed to write this for my daughter, Mia. I needed to write this to remind myself what’s normal. To remember to teach her what’s normal. I find myself obsessing and worrying about whether she will struggle with her weight. For Christ’s sake she’s only 6! I know. I know it’s wrong. But the “D” word has infiltrated every facet of my life from the time I was young. And I realize now that maybe the “D” word is partly to blame for all of my issues.

Measuring Tape Spaghetti

Diet is a 4 Letter Word

The harsh reality hit me like a ton of bricks a few days ago. I was eating an apple when Mia said to me, “Mom, is this one of your diet foods, because I need to be on a diet, too.” I was disgusted with myself. I had neglected to teach her about choosing healthy foods that are good fuel for your body. She had spent her entire six-year-old life surrounded by women enslaved by the “D” word. Every woman she knew was on Weight Watchers, or Atkins, or Doctor’s Weight Loss, etc, etc. My daughter did not know one woman who simply cared for and appreciated her body and ate healthy foods to nourish it. I knew that had to change, otherwise she would be doomed to be a slave to the “D” word like the women before her. And she’s just too damn good for that.

Mia on her 6th birthday. Too gorgeous and sassy to be worrying about diets.

I began purchasing a weekly fruit and vegetable basket from a local farm. It became an exciting experience for us to share. Every Wednesday is like Christmas morning, and the kids want to talk about the fruits and vegetables and what kind of vitamins they have and how they help your body.

Our Lee Farms basket

I realize my decision to get sleeved has a lot of implications for a lot of people, especially my children. I want to change their attitudes and misconceptions about food and diets now, before it’s too late. Eating better is a good place to start. Embracing myself is the next step.

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