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What a change a couple of months can bring!!

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Hi :)
How are you?
I'm doing better than I could've ever imagined!  So good, it's kind of scary, but I'm walking through my fear!!
I've met someone special.  I mean VERY special!  His name is Bill.  I'd post a picture of us, but I'll ask his permission first.  Not that I think he'd mind.  He is AMAZING!  Yeah, I know I sound like a school girl.  Too bad.  Deal with it people!  I've always heard people say "you know when you know".  Well, I know!  I know that some of my friends are concerned, because they  love me.  Only time will show them what I already know.  I'm near tears just writing this.  He makes me so happy!  When he's not here, I miss him.  Not a "oh my God, I wonder where he is or what he's doing" miss him, silly people.  A something is missing miss him, as in life is just that much better when he is around miss him. 
Shelby & I spent Christmas with his family & it was more fun that I would've ever…

UGH! Asthma sucks and some gratitude too!

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Sooooo, yeah, it’s been 3 months. Uh huh… No excuses. I mean, not even “I’m having a great time” excuses! Grrrrrr!  I am probably going to post a couple of times this week. Or at least I’m planning on it. So prepare yourselves (if there is more than one person reading this blog, that is!)  I’m down 81 pounds – WOOT WOOT!!!! I feel great! No sluggishness, I’m in a size 6-8 pants/skirts and a 12-ish on top (I’m down to a 36DD – it’s a feat if you knew me before!) I think I have a shopping problem… But then again, I need to buy new clothes; the size 20 pants & 2X-3X shirts won’t fit no matter how much cinching is going on!! LOL :) I am NOT complaining! I am enjoying looking good.
So yeah, the puppy is still here. The big dog, still here. The kid, still here. Me, still here. Besides that, not much else… Oh except for the whole kid in hospital part…
So, my lovely, wonderful, tween. I adore her! I can’t imagine life without her. Sometimes, I do ponder strangling her! She’s had asthma sinc…

Time to refocus...

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Wow, it's been weeks since my last post.  I know, you missed me right? ;o)~
Where to start....
How about I had my six month post-op checkup and was officially down 73 pounds and Dr. Heydari said if I stayed exactly where I'm at, my surgery is a success!  Yay!  Last time I weighed myself, I was down to 142 pounds!  Dr. H and I agree that going below 130, I'd probably look a little silly.  He said I shouldn't change a thing that I'm doing.  I've tried not to.
What else... hmmmmm, I have been dating someone.  We'll call him D.  We had originally met months ago on POF and then I met B and told him that I was going to focus on B, only for B to freak out and say I was too good (whatever!) So, then there were a few  men that I was chatting with, and D came back into the picture.  He was so sweet and I could imagine him adoring me!  After our first date, he said something like "if you're going to see other men, you're not going to see me." That can …

Long time, no post!

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Hi Everyone!
How are you guys doing?  I'm fine.  No really, fine is probably the best word to use.  I am home alone this weekend, for the first time in I don't know how long!  I'm also recovering from a sinus & ear infection combo - yes, I know, you're jealous.
I haven't posted in a while and I apologize to my 7 followers :o)  Life has gotten in the way.  It's been weird.  Not sure if I'm ready to share, but 2010 is definitely a year of upheavals and change!
This post won't be long, but I thought I'd say "hi" before I begin enjoying my 3-day weekend!
Oh, here's a couple of pictures of me from last Friday.  I'm down 73 pounds! 
Me and a very tall co-worker (Tom), he knelt down because I'm so short, and yes, he's almost as tall as me on his knees... My name is Mary Beth and I am SHORT! ;o) I'm not really fond of this picture, but it's a little snapshot of me until I get a better one!

Love and blessings to you you all!!!…

Weight Loss Update, Dating Trials and Tribulations & Gratitude!!

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Hi Everyone! So, it’s been a while since I posted. How have you been?


First, here are the links to my latest vlog posts: Part 1 & Part 2


Something very “exciting” just happened in my kitchen. Shelby announced that she was going to make herself some eggs for dinner. The rule is she can’t use the stove or oven when I’m not home. I’m home. Everything is cool. Not so much! I hear this loud WHOOSH and turn around in time to see flames shooting out from under the pan. How did that happen? Well, Shelby thinks it’s perfectly okay to spray the non-stick spray WITH THE FRICKING BURNER ON! Yes, I freaked out! I can’t believe she did that! I mean, holy cow! Needless to say, I yelled and told her how dangerous what she did was and told her how she could’ve really gotten severely hurt. Of course, her reaction was “I’m never speaking to you again!” Yep, I’ve got a pre-teen! Lovely, huh?


Let’s see, on the weight loss front – I am 16 ½ weeks post-op and am down 66.6 pounds! Pretty darned cool, huh? …

Chicago, NED and Gratitude!

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This past Saturday, I had to travel to Northwestern Memorial (in Chicago) for my 6-month MRI & chest-x-ray. I brought three cheerleaders with me, Shelby, SA and Emma! Of course, they had to wait in the waiting room for over an hour while I had my tests, but when I got back in the waiting room, they had blankets and were lying on the floor watching TV. Not bad girls! ;o)
We had lunch at Friday's, which is conveniently located across the street from the hospital.

Me & the girls: Emma, Shelby & SA
Aren't they so cute? :)
While we were eating lunch, I realized that the sun was coming out (it had been raining since Friday).  So we decided to take a walk to Millenium Park!


As we approached the park, I saw this:
Do you see the yellow "guy" in the middle of the road?  I wonder, did it just happen or did someone spend time to form a little person at the busy intersection...
Then we approached the infamous "Bean"!!!

SA, Emma & Shelbs holding up the Bean
Let us …

Gratitude - take two!

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This afternoon I got a hysterical call from Shelby.  She was in my mom's car & they were in an accident!  Supermom MB kicked into gear and got there as fast as I could.  Everyone is fine, the car, not so much!

A friend on Facebook posted a "Glad List" on her page today.  It reminded me that I have so much to be grateful for, including:
Shelby Grace - I love her so much!Shelby & my mom were uninjuredMy most excellent friends (Traci is super-cool) ;o)My awesome jobKindnessI'm down 58.8 pounds (as of 10:44 tonight!)Things really are looking up!Taking a fun hike yesterday with Shelby & WilburTrying new thingsThe swamp is coming to life - the frogs are singing their songs!Indoor plumbingLaughterSmilesI'm going to close with a few of the pictures I took on our hike yesterday.






Love and blessings to you all!!

What do you want, and a sprinkle of gratitude.

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So, yeah, I've been single for a LONG time.  Not intentionally.  There were extenuating circumstances (I was scared of Shelby's father) that prevented me from even trying really. 
Things have changed.  No he hasn't changed.  I have. I am now ready to test the waters.  I know that I am worthy of being loved.  For some that's a "given", for me, eh not really.  Yeah, we all have issues/baggage.  Mine was pretty heavy for a long time.  Now that I've lost FIFTY POUNDS (woo hoo!) I'm starting to feel better about my appearance (I didn't say my issues were all gone - LOL).
I've been thinking about what kind of man I think I would like to spend time with.  Tell me if I'm expecting too much:

Kind
Compassionate
Believes in a higher power
Loving
Affectionate
Patient
FUNNY (I can't believe I forgot to include this originally!)
Taller than me (I'm 5'2")
Under 50, unless he's super hot, then maybe I could be convinced ;o)
Hard working
Great smi…

Gratitude!

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Today, I am grateful for:Shelby My absolutely awesome friends! Wilbur the Wonder Dog Being able to stand up for myself and what I feel is right Being able to walk away when I've had enough The desire to surround myself with kind, loving, compassionate, positive people I have lost 48 pounds (as of 10:30 tonight)!!!!!! Having a conversation with the sperm donor without screaming or yelling. Meeting with my new therapist tomorrow. Waking up without a migraine! Have I mentioned my fantabulous friends???? ;o) Free will Kind people Our home Filling up the (rodent proof) dog food container without spilling half the 40 pound bag of small bites dog food! Being alive! Today Tomorrow
Love and blessings to you all!!!!

I'm a liar...

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Okay, I’ve been in denial lately…
I’ve lost 47 pounds since my surgery on 12/29/09 – Yay! I should be super happy, thrilled with the amazing progress I’ve made, right? Yeah, I’m not.  Not that I’m not happy or thrilled about losing close to 50 pounds in 9 weeks. It’s that I’m just not happy.
Rewind…
It’s been 11 months since I officially started my WLS (weight loss surgery) journey. Very soon after I started my “medically managed weight loss program” required by my insurance, a friend started telling me about his experience. Pretty much right away he started talking about the shortcuts or workarounds of eating. I started wondering how healthy he really was. Then, his posts on my blog were very strange. Like, I didn’t understand a few of them. Then, he would tell me the same story over and over. I realized he was drinking heavily. So, despite losing 200 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery, this guy was drinking to excess. FYI – drinking alcohol is the number one thing to avoid aft…

To celebrate my 8 week post-surgiversary (yes, it is a word!)

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I will be spending the morning in the hospital to have an EGD (do not ask me what that stands for either).  It's a scope.  They sedate me, they stick a camera down my throat and check things out.  This is because of the "frothing" (I call it puking/vomiting, but whatever) that I've been experiencing for a couple two three weeks now.  See?  I've lost track of how long it's been going on!  On Thursday, I couldn't keep tea down.  Yes, the decaf herbal tea that I am supposed to drink 30 minutes before a meal.  Uh huh!  I know!  So, that's how I will be "celebrating".  Hey, as long as Dr. H. figures out why and fixes it, I'm cool.  The theory is still that the connection between my pouch & small intestine has healed so well (always striving for perfection, that's me! lol) that it is too small for most food (chewed very well) to pass through.  I have spoken to several people who have had to have this "dilation" or "dilit…

Almost 7 weeks post-op!

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Hi Everyone,
I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while.  I feel like I've been juggling too much stuff lately!
Let's get to the nitty gritty stuff first!  I just jumped on the scale and I weigh 178.2 pounds!  If I use my weight from 4/1/09 of 219.8 pounds (which I will), I am down 41.6 pounds! WOOO HOOOOOOO!  Not to share too much, but it's that time of the month, and I almost didn't weigh myself because I thought I had put on a couple of pounds.  Surprise!
This is going to be a short post, but I know that I have been a very bad girl by not posting lately, so I'm going to try to remember what has happened in the last month! LOL
The week I went back to work Shelby was REALLY sick.  I allowed her to stay during the day with her dad (see? I'm being nice) and his mom.  The next week, I was sick!  The doctor put me on antibiotics and I stayed home sick Tuesday & Wednesday and kept my germs from the office and worked from home on Thursday.  I was coughing so badl…