Why does everyone assume?

That exercise has to be things like working out at a gym, walking, running, swimming, etc??? I don’t do any of those but I “exercise” hard several days a week…by renovation projects. Right now, I am demolishing a bathroom down to the studs. And in an hour, I can work up such a sweat, I’m dripping (and it’s 62 in the house), can lose a pound or two in an hour or two..yet, when talking about exercise, this kind of activity is not mentioned.

Anyway, I’m holding steady at 135 for right now…and spend a couple of hours each day taking apart a bathroom.


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My 9 month surgiversary

Thought I would do a little photo whoring!!!

Me at my highest weight (about 250, unsure of exact date but the photo is from 2002, on left. Tues, the 25th, at 135 on right.  I lost 4 lbs this last month and 1.5 inches.










This morning, I got on the scale and weighed 133.8!!! And I did notice in the photo that my jeans are starting to get baggy again. Since these are a size 4, I suspect I need to move to the junior department…just wish they all didn’t end at the hips instead of your real waist.



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Leave me a pint, will ya?

Okay, had my labs done this morning. I had talked to my PCP about handling my labs since some of what I needed was not being drawn as part of my surgeon’s lab slip…so he told me to get the list to his nurse and he would sign the slip…so the other day, I got Vitalady’s list and copied the needed labs for my 9 months. Picked up the slip yesterday and got them pulled this morning. I also copied the codes needed.

So I show up at the hospital lab (run by Labcorp) and hand them my list…ends up being 14 tubes. Good thing I had a copy of the list on my iPhone in my Dropbox or we would have had to wait til my PCP opened up. But now my list is on file with them so I am set for Jan now. :)

As good as she was, my veins didn’t want to cooperate and she ended up sticking me three separate times. Told her I’d rather have a new stick then her poking at it. We’d get several tubes and then it would slow to a crawl.

As a side note…if you don’t have a dropbox account and decide to sign up, use this link: Dropbox

But she did say that it was a lot to pull…said my husband was with me so I was good.

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We got back online last week…only took three weeks to get internet/phone/ and cable! Boy are we out of the loop…we tried to not use the mifi any more than we had too and I still went over my monthly allowance in 10 days. But that is all sorted now…took the installers only a few mins to get everything hooked up.

Then last Thursday I saw a vein specialist to deal with my varicous veins. The nurse who did all the stuff ahead of time was asking my height and my weight. I answered 5’4″ and 136 (gained back one from my original goal of 135) and she looked at me and said “no way you could weigh that much, you are such a tiny thing!” ME!!! Tiny!!!! I sure don’t see it in the mirror.

And the house is coming together. We also got a puppy this past week…an 11 week old Golden Retriever/Boxer mix. We’ve been building a fence (actually rebuilding as the old fence got taken down because it looked so bad) and building a doghouse out of re-purposed packing crates. Here is a shot of my husband and the almost complete doghouse:











I was told by a friend that it wasn’t big enough…I asked how big it needed to be…she replied “big enough to add the dog as well”.



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I’m DYING without internet!

Okay, we moved to a new house on the 15th of Sept…went offline at that end on the 14th. Due to a plethora of things, we still are OFFLINE except for the mifi and we blew thru that 5 gbs already…was blocked this morning…got it unblocked only to end up blocked again this afternoon…I suspect a cron job runs the commands and does an automatic block.

We had our second opinion on Sun the 25th and yes, we HAVE line of sight issues…the DirecTV supervisor’s comment was “they live in the middle of a FOREST” to the person on the other end, LOL.

So we will be released from our DirecTV contract.

In the meantime, we found out from him that the coax cable running into the house on one side IS NOT satelitte tv but cable tv/internet/etc. Or house is servicable with no construction needed.

Now, I am waiting on a return phone call from a supervisor on the TV side of the house to see why they think we do not have cable already run to the house. Did they come UP to the house to check or just look at it from the street?

From the street, you can’t see where it is wired for all the trees in the way.

So on Monday, the 26th, we ended up going down to the local Comcast office (this one is a regional training center) and started there. We talked to this CRS who sent an email to his supervisor (who was at the hospital with another co-worker) asking why our house would have to have construction.

He promised he would call us back on Tues…no word so by Wed, the 28th, we were both pissed.

So we go back down there (by now we had discovered they truly were our only option as even AT&T can’t bring in DSL). And neither dish service would work. Let me just say, I hate first level CSR’s as they have NO ability to be creative. Plus this one on Wed was condescending. Also they had NO supervisor’s on the floor…their only one was now on vacation.

So while there, I pulled out my iPhone and started googling Comcast Corporate HQ’s.  My conversation started in the car tho and not in front of the CSR. And I got passed the receptionist in almost no time flat.

Went like this: Yes, my name is Elizabeth Ramsey and while you say you are doing your best to keep customers, apparently you don’t care to get new ones. “Yes, ma’am, if you will hold a min, I will get someone to help you” Told her thank you and then a brief silence…

Next thing I know I am talking to the head of Customer Relations at Corporate. She promised she would get me in touch with the regional office by the end of the day. I told her that all I wanted was to actually SEE the construction people to find out why it would take construction. And that 45 BUSINESS days was too long as I had already lost money.

Within an hour, one of the managers at the Knoxville office called me and got me a visit by the HEAD of construction here today. I also was given his direct number.

Today, the head of construction comes out…why it will need construction NOW makes sense. The level of service we need is beyond the capabilities of the current line. And an upgraded line has to be run to that same pole. But he said it would be done by the end of next week…has no clue where the 45 days came from. We got his card & number and he told me he would get it in as fast as he could but he was not promising any faster than end of next week. I suspect I got bumped to the head of the list.

I did tell him that when I started getting nowhere with answers and people promising to call and then failing to follow thru, that’s when I decided to call the Corporate office.

Told dh they shouldn’t piss on me, I don’t get mad, I GET EVEN.

So while I am still without internet or TV or a phone, I suspect it will be bumped to the top of their to do list. Once the cable is in, I was told I would get top priority to get the actual service installed.

Apparently our neighbor will also benefit from this as the feed line from the main box will come to the pole that is actually on his property.

And it is a good thing as I have already gone thru over 2 gb of data and only 3 days into my new month. Have 5 gb a month.

And yes, the construction supervisor said he would have been just as upset as I was when facing the same situation…no one responding to emails, no one returning calls, and NO real explanation.

And at 4PM Thursday we discovered the Comcast construction crew on our street working on our line…seems we just might be back online by Monday or so.Today, a Comcast contract worker was out making sure the line was live…and I was promised all three services, cable, internet, AND phone by mid day Friday.




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An Non-Scale Victory

While in Sears this weekend, I wanted to check what size in pants I wore…my 4′s were getting loose…so I finally managed to scare up some 2′s and THEY FIT!!! Never in my wildest dreams did I ever believe I would get so far down in sizes.

And something I noticed as well, looking in the mirror, I discovered my Mother looking back at me not my paternal grandmother. Eerie feeling to see that I look so much like her at this point.


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News story about WLS

I just listened to a really interesting story on weight loss surgery on NPR. The DS is mentioned which in itself is unusual. Here is a link so you can listen on line: Surgery Not A Magic Pill for Obese Patients



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