Am I done???

I hope not as I wanted to get down to 135 at least but seem to be stuck around 140/141. Been here for a few weeks now. I did lose two more inches last month.

I’m wearing a 4/6 in pants and a med to an x-large in tops depending on the cut/style/etc. That is down from a 16W/18W pants and a 2XL/3XL top.

And I am just past 7 months out from my surgery. I’ve lost almost 85% of my excess weight. It’s the last 15% that bothers me. And we typically have a small bounce back of about 5 lbs.

Either that or I am seriously stuck. Maybe the move we are doing into a new house, will kick start it again.


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What things weight, repeat post

1 pound = a Guinea Pig
1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs
3 pounds = an average human brain
4 pounds = an ostrich egg
5 pounds = a Chihuahua
6 pounds = a human skin
7.5 pounds = an average newborn
8 pounds = a human head
10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year
11 pounds = an average housecat
12 pounds = a Bald Eagle
15 pounds = 10 dozen large eggs
20 pounds = an automobile tire
23 pounds = amount of pizza an average American eats in a year
24 pounds = a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream
25 pounds = an average 2 year old
30 pounds = amount of cheese an average American eats in a year
33 pounds = a cinder block
36 pounds = a mid-size microwave
40 pounds = a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg
44 pounds = an elephants heart
50 pounds = a small bale of hay
55 pounds = a 5000 BTU air conditioner
60 pounds = an elephants penis
66 pounds = fats and oils an average American eats in a year (since surgery)
70 pounds = an Irish Setter
77 pounds = a gold brick
80 pounds = the Worlds Largest Ball of Tape
90 pounds = a newborn calf
100 pounds = a 2 month old horse (my highest weight)
111 pounds = red meat an average American eats in a year
117 pounds = an average fashion model (and shes 5’11″)
118 pounds = the complete Encyclopedia Britannica
120 pounds = amount of trash you throw away in a month
130 pounds = a newborn giraffe
138 pounds = potatoes an average American eats in a year
140 pounds = refined sugar an average American eats in a year
144 pounds = an average adult woman (and shes 5’4½”)
150 pounds = the complete Oxford English Dictionary
187 pounds = an average adult man
200 pounds = 2 Bloodhounds
235 pounds = Arnold Schwarzenegger
300 pounds = an average football lineman
400 pounds = a Welsh pony

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I mentioned getting new bikes

Well, Friday was NOT a good day for me…I ended up making contact with the street when I braked too hard and went ass over bike and slid down the street! My husband looked back to see me and the bike laying in the middle of the street…I was staring up at the sky, deciding how bad I hurt.

Ended up in the ER that morning…scrapping it has NOTHING on getting road rash cleaned up and healed. Thank goodness for helmets.


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Bariatric Surgery can cause bone loss

Well, DUH…any time you have a malabsorptive procedure like the DS or RNY, you can deplete your vitamins and minerals…So this study is not surprising.

Bariatric Surgery Can Lead to Bone Loss

Bariatric surgery can be beneficial for obese people, but it also can lead to significant bone loss.

The limited data so far suggest that decreased bone mineral density after bariatric surgery is a real problem that increases the risk for fracture, Dr. Anne Schafer said at a meeting on osteoporosis sponsored by the University of California, San Francisco.

The extent of bone loss within a year after the most common bariatric surgery, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, can be equivalent to “what you would expect in the first 5 years of menopause” in some women, said Dr. Schafer of the division of endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco.


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A Scale Victory!!

This morning, I weighed 142 lbs. The least I have EVER weighed as an adult.

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Went on vacation

At the end of July…left here on the 16th of July and got back on the 25th. Then the next morning, the 26th, I was at the hospital for gallbladder surgery. I am healing nicely, just a bruise on one incision.

Anyway, here is a trip report:

The 2011 Get Together is now history. Putting it down on paper seems a bit anticlimactic but here goes.

My friend got dropped off on Friday night so we could leave here bright and early Sat morning. Almost as soon as she got here, it was time to hit the sack as we knew we would be starting very early the next morning and sure enough we were. We were packed and on the road by 7:30 the next morning.

Sat was mostly driving up thru Virginia on I81. We stopped at the Natural Bridge to eat lunch and tried to see the bridge but at $18 a person, our budget couldn’t handle it. We moved on. We had decided to stop in upper VA/near MD and started hunting a place to stay. However, we did have time for another side trip. We stopped at a place in Dayton, VA called Dayton Farmer’s Market.  Very interesting. Lots of little shops inside the building and except for the produce outside, it really wasn’t a farmer’s market. Most of the shops were run by Mennonites. We stopped in Harrisonburg, VA and the next morning headed on north.

We did stop in Front Royal to visit with another online friend. By then we had found another place to visit, Antietam near Sharpsburg, MD.  After that stop, we headed on to the hotel in Avenel, NJ. That’s where we stayed the next three nights.

On Monday, we started the day off by going to NY Presbyterian/Weill Cornell to see Charles’ surgeon for his 6/7 month visit and to see his NUT. He got a good report all around but it seems his surgeon was more interested in seeing my incisions from my surgery. His reason was to see what the competition was doing. (Told my surgeon that yesterday morning and now he’s wanting to check Dh’s to see what Dr. Pomp is doing, LOL).
Finished up there and headed out to explore NYC. We started at the Apple Store, which is all boarded up while they do renovations around it…then off to FAO Swartz  to wander thru there. Saw the Big Piano that was used in the movie “Big” by Tom Hanks.

From there we stopped in the south corner of Central Park to rest, grab a snack and liquids and get oriented again. Decided to go to see the Top Of The Rock.  It was SO crowded and you could see the smog hovering over the city. Left there and discovered that where we wanted to be was just a mile away so we decided to walk (turns out that google lied, it was over 2 miles). Got to the pier just in time to get on the cruise we wanted to go on, the Harbor Lights tour.   It was almost done by the time the lights in NY come on but it looks like a great one for fall or spring when it gets dark sooner. We didn’t get back to the hotel til almost 11:30PM!!!

Next morning, we got up and headed back into the city via rail. Headed to the pier to get on the ferry for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Would have preferred to board from NJ but our tickets had us going from the Battery. So we did. Stood in line to board the ferry for almost 2 hours. And had to “strip” to go thru security. (Okay, belts had to come off as well as all extraneous stuff out of pockets, etc.) And we were standing in line in heat that reached the mid 90’s that day.

After getting on the ferry, we stopped at Liberty Island first. And although we had gotten there at 9:30 AM, the top of the statue tickets were already sold out for the day. But glad we didn’t do that as they had everyone go thru security AGAIN! We ate lunch there, took photos and then headed over to Ellis Island. Dh had been there three other times, I had been once but this was for our friend. She was repaying us later, LOL. We finally got back to the Battery about 3PM. Rode the train up to where Tower One is being rebuilt near where Ground Zero is…all we saw were fences around the area but it was a bit weird being there where it all happened.

From there we headed to Macy’s and parked dh downstairs at the grill while my friend and I explored…ALL NINE FLOORS!!! I didn’t buy anything there but I did find some neat stuff. Not sure I liked the layout there as it’s by designer/brand not by types of items. So you had dresses all over the place, same with coats, etc.

Left Macy’s about 5ish and stopped in one of the stores to grab a bit to eat. We had taken lunch in every day but bought supper while there. Toting in two meals and snacks and liquids would have been impossible. As it was, we kept having to refill our water bottles.

From there, we headed over to the Empire State Building  where we “stripped” again. LOL. Then a quick trip to the 80th floor, changed elevators and went up 6 more floors to the observation deck. Our friend had been there before but dh and I had not…got more city skyline photos. We did stop in the gift shop there and I did replace my NYC mug…last one was from our visit with our daughter almost a decade ago and had the Twin Towers on the skyline. I’ve retired that mug, never to be used again. So I needed a new one.

Okay, up to Wed now, got up early and did laundry while we also got dressed and packed. Left the hotel late morning and headed north. We stopped and shopped at the outlet there near West Point. Got some new things. Then we headed to West Point. We wanted to visit West Point and OCC before heading further north. Got to the wrong gate at West Point so they let us drive thru to the Thayer Gate where the Visitor’s Center is located.   We wandered thru there but discovered we were too late for the museum that day.

So we headed out to find a place to stay for the night. Now we did make reservations for the three days in NY but for the overnight stops before we got to NYC and near West Point, we had gotten the hotel coupons at the different Welcome Centers. I had several in hand but we saw a Comfort Inn and stopped there. They wanted too much and I told her what our budget was…she smugly informed me that we wouldn’t find a lower price around the area. I said, I could, and the iPhone was a wonderful invention! And we did find something about $30 cheaper than she wanted and it was a Holiday Inn & Suites!!!

Checked in and collapsed. Got up the next morning and headed to OCC (Orange County Choppers)   (a stop for dh) and saw the handmade motorcycles and got a souvenir. From there we went back to West Point to go thru the Museum.

After that, we finally got on the road to Northern NY State. Got there about supper time.

Friday we didn’t do much but did see some of the area. Was saving most of what we were gonna do for the next day.

Sat we did go ahead and go up to the 1000 Island Cruise at Alex Bay, NY and while there, we visited Boldt Castle.   Got some great photos.

Got back about 7PM and visited the rest of the evening.

Sunday we had to head back home. We left fairly early but it still took a while to get out of NY state. We did stop at the Hanes outlet on I90 long enough to exchange some stuff I had gotten that turned out too big.
We also stopped at a place called Mason’s Farm Market near Presque Isle near Erie, PA.

Then we played hide and seek for a place to stay for the night. Found one on the south part of Cleveland, almost to Akron. We had already found a place to visit the next day before heading on home. A neat place with lots of cool, NON Electric stuff, called Lehman’s  It’s near a big Amish community near there.

We had been doing great on the road but around Cincinnati things changed. Got caught in a 45 min traffic jam on I71 before you get to I75. Took 45 mins to drive about 5 miles.   We finally cleared that and was almost into TN on I75 when we got caught again.

We finally got to our friend’s exit about 7PM. And we pulled in to our house about 8PM. With a 6AM call at the hospital, I had little time to unpack and get laundry started. But I did and was up at 4AM to leave at 5 for my gallbladder surgery yesterday. Was home before noon.

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