My Journey through Pictures… the last 8 months

It has now been 8 months since my last post. I cannot believe that because in my head I have been blogging all along. I have come up with so many topics to pontificate upon and yet none have it made to “paper” so I am sharing a visual journey of the last eight months.

For a quick synopsis, I now weigh 145 lbs, have completed a 10 mile race and a half marathon. I have traveled to Durham, Perdido Key, Mobile, New York, Chicago, Houston, Orlando and Lover’s Key, Florida all for fun! I moved from Montgomery to Birmingham and am loving my new city! Now I actively hike and have kayaked. I have “swam” with the dolphins, manatees and other wild life. I have embraced my family and friends in a new way and have committed to be more active in their lives. This is such a precious, short life and I am excited about my new outlook on it!

In short I am now truly living… but the thing I am most proud of is that I am helping others who have reached out become healthier, whether through the surgery or by discussing the basic ways of how to lead a healthier life. This is the new beginning. This is now who I am and this is what I want my blog to become. I hope you will continue with me as I embark on a “new journey to find me” as a healthy, happy participant in my own life!

img_3621170812_sup_fun_0040img_3983170812_sup_fun_0054img_3861img_4590img_4741img_4055img_4133img_4825img_4074img_4215img_4354img_4226img_4388img_491253185065747__6e71d787-4dfb-4e25-95bf-3a10014d5000img_5311img_7124img_2915img_5147img_5110img_5256img_2554img_5538img_5535img_5882img_5862img_5999img_6374img_6538img_5537

Everything old is new again!

It has been more than two months since my last posting. I have been asked multiple times lately why I haven’t been moved to post in light of all the wonderful things that have been happening. This morning a friend made a comment that hit a nerve. In the beginning of this journey to a new body and new life, it was exactly that, it was new.

Everything was exciting.

Each day was different.

Now I wake in the morning, look at myself, and see that all the changes are still occurring, but it is no longer NEW. This IS my life it is not an adventure of unexpected things. I know for certain that each day I will knock off my miles, I will eat pretty much the same things, I will feel a piece of clothing becoming too big and I will fall asleep not too long after the sun has set, since I rise before it does. And each day I greet the sun with the ever renewing energy and excitement for the love of all I have worked to accomplish! I am making decisions to be adventurous, to do things I would never have done before.

Many things have changed and occurred since I shared the last progress report and excitement of getting into Onederland (a.k.a. being below 200lbs). On July 3rd, 2017 I reached the monumental goal of losing a total 100 pounds since my surgery date of December 13, 2016. It was a day early for our nation’s Independence, but it definitely was a personal Independence Day for me!

Looking back to December I have shrunk from a size 24 to a size 14. I no longer have anxiety about flying because I don’t need a seat belt extender. I actually fly comfortably, even in the center seat!! I shoved my fear of heights aside and went parasailing two weeks ago. This past Sunday I completed over an 8 mile walk and am generally walking 5 miles each morning before work. This Saturday I will conquer paddle boarding, while visiting my sister in North Carolina, with a dear sweet friend who, though we have yet to meet, has been an inspiration and amazing cheerleader throughout my journey.

AND I am only beginning. North Carolina this week, Chicago in September, Orlando in October and New York in November. My “dance card” is filling daily as I check off things I have been waiting years to do!

So I am guessing you probably would like a status report. As advised by my surgeon, the weight loss is naturally slowing, and it will become more challenging the closer I get to goal. As a reminder where I began… HW 280lbs, SW 270lbs and drum roll……CW 171lbs. This is a total loss of 109lbs!! My next goal is to be in the 160s for the Chicago trip, which is very doable! The stalls have become longer, but I continue to work the plan and live the life I have embraced with love and devotion. My ultimate goal of 135 has been adjusted by my surgeon to 140, so in essence I am 31 pounds from goal. I feel confident I will reach that goal before my one year surgiversary on December 13, 2017. My loose skin continues to reshape and tighten, though I am aware there will be some excess skin that will probably have to be removed after the obligatory 18 months.

The interesting thing is that I know I have lost a person. I know I have dropped 10 clothing sizes. I know that I can feel my butt bones and spend time daily trying to get comfortable on my ever changing rear end. But the one thing I continue to struggle with is that I still do not see myself in this new body. I still see fat. I find it so difficult to look at the photo of me at 280 pounds. I really don’t remember being that big. Many friends have reached out to me during this process to say simple, “I never saw you as big” and I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that I didn’t either. I am sure there is possible psycho-therapy sessions that should follow a comment like that, but I continue to process my thoughts here for you and for all the world to see.

I want keep it relatively short today. I already have topics I will be visiting in the next few weeks as I rekindle my accountability journal here with you.

Before I leave you I would like to share both a suggestion that was made to me recently by someone I respect very much, as well as something that happened today.

This morning a childhood friend reached out to me via Facebook, she was not the first, but she was the first who was about to be wheeled back for sleeve surgery. She said, and I quote, “I just wanted to tell you because of your courage I’m now about have my sleeve done, just waiting for them to take me back. Thank you for filling me in on this and telling me how great it is.”

Now please know it was never my intention to promote the procedure. It is definitely not for everyone. You must be ready for the life changes that must occur to be successful. You must be committed to a life without carbs and sugars. You must be ready to make time for exercise. And you must be ready for the naysayers who think you have taken the easy way out, or want to know when you will be able to eat this or that. You must be stronger than you have been in your entire life. And if you are ready to do all of this, you will experience the joy of health, love for life and the excitement at the start of each day that is almost childlike!

That being said, this was purely a journal of my personal journey. Since its beginning I have had so many people who have reached out to share their own life changes since I began the blog, whether lifestyle changes involving diet or exercise, investigating the surgery for themselves, or setting goals they had feared previously.

For all of these messages of love, encouragement, and support I hope you know that daily you reinforce my goals, enhance my days and make me want to continue to better myself and to touch others. I carry you each with me at all times.

With all of this in mind, another dear friend has recommended I become a lifestyle coach for those choosing the gastric sleeve. I am in the early stages of pursuing this next chapter, but I wanted to share so you to know that I hear your words and that they continue to resound with me. You are each a part of my heart.

Thank you,

Welcome to Onederland! Enjoy your stay!

One of the first things I learned on this journey, discovered during observation of bariatric support groups, was the grand goal into Onederland! This is when you break 200 pounds and enter the one hundreds. I made my grand entrance into Onederland last week, but since yesterday was my 5 month surgiversary I thought today was a great day to celebrate this milestone! Current stats are: HW 280 lbs, SW 270 lbs and CW 196 lbs.

As many of you know I have chosen a VERY regimented lifestyle in order to make the most of my first year and reach the doctor adjusted goal of 145 lbs, which is currently only 51 lbs away. As the stomach recovers from the surgery, which is usually a six month period, you are free from some annoying things like cravings, growling stomach from hunger, and other things I have forgotten with my new 4 ounce stomach. Soon some of these annoyances will return with a vigor as the newly repaired/reconnected nerves will reactivate and begin to challenge my currently subdued brain. And I thought surgery recovery was a doozy!

I continue to hear about how this is the “easy way to lose the weight” well I am here to tell you there is NOTHING easy about this decision, and believe me, this is NOT a complaint. Physically the recovery from surgery takes quite a while. Adjusting to the limited space in your stomach is daunting and at five months out I still manage occasionally to overfill my pouch which results in vomiting. This overfill often is a result of the vitamins I must take following my evening meal. As a bariatric patient I am on twice the daily vitamin intake requirements of a non-bariatric person, also known as you normal people. This is my life, forever…and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

Each day I learn something new about myself and my body. The weight loss is slowing, as expected, which translates into a new plan of increased physical activity and a continued stringent eating regiment. Food is no longer fun for me. I eat mostly meats, fish, chicken, cheese, and some green leafy vegetables but no grains, flours, sugars, starches of any kind. This can be mighty boring. This is the road I have chosen to walk for my success and I know this lifestyle will be a part of my entire lifetime plan in some form.

So as you cheer me, please enjoy your meals and snacks. I still don’t miss them, I am just aware. I am truly learning to tune into others, instead of eating, and to observe the world around me, just a little bit more, as my focus is no longer on what is going into my mouth, but on the intricacies of all I was missing before.

If you ask me what the hardest part has been, the answer is… not drinking before, during or 30 minutes following eating. I have to “be in the moment” at all times. And for that, I am thankful.

Until next time….

Two Goals… SMASHED!

This has been quite the week. On Friday April 28th I walked across the stage as I earned my BBA (business degree) from Faulkner University which has been 35 years in the making. As some of you know in 1985 I was diagnosed with a form of thyroid cancer. At the time I was working towards a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Florida and walked away 6 hours short of my degree. I have regretted this decision ever since and now after spending the last year earning 60 hours to complete my degree I am very proud to have achieved this accomplishment!

The other goal was one I set in January following surgery. I wanted to reach 200 lbs by graduation. Last Friday I weighed in 200.2 and this morning after a week long stall I weighed in 199.6! It has been quite a week and I am so very grateful for the love and support of family and friends who celebrated with me near and far.

My future is so very bright and I can’t wait for each and every moment to come!

 

It’s not Food, its Fuel…

First of all, I have added two photo galleries to the main page of the blog. One that sports things that I want to do as I progress along this ongoing journey and the other is filled with photos, including the day of surgery, showing “yours truly” on the journey. Now….for today’s post.

Many of you know me well and how food has played a major role in my life. During Jewish holidays and celebrations foods are almost always included and are often representative of aspects of the holidays themselves. Socially I have always enjoyed throwing parties, dinners or gathering with friends over meals or during festivals. This has been my life, thus the birth of my love and enjoyment of foods across the board. Yes, I am probably an original “foodie.”

My world is dramatically different. There is no longer joy in food for me, it is strictly fuel. The lack of cravings and the fact that food no longer tastes the same or as good as my head thinks it will after that first bite, has changed my perspective.

Please don’t feel bad for me because this is a regiment lifestyle I have chosen for this first year. Once I have reached my goal of health and wellness I will begin experimenting more with fruits and vegetables, but I am resigned to the sugarless, flourless lifestyle forever after experiencing the changes that have occurred within my body post surgery (i.e. increased energy that lasts throughout the day, no afternoon “sinking” and a peaceful state of mind that I didn’t understand before). My diet will eventually evolve, but my stomach will always remain a 4-6 ounce capacity organ with it’s own opinions on how much I can hold or whether it wants to “keep” what I have chosen to fill it with.

There are times when I “think” I want to eat something outside of the regiment. Last night I ate my regular dinner of brisket and Brussels sprouts. About 30 minutes later I thought I wanted something else so I ate two cubes of cheese and eight almonds. Then shortly after the PB2 started calling my name and two tablespoons later I was done. I am not concerned, as it still didn’t push me over 750 calories for the day, but it makes me wonder just how my mind manages to take over sometimes when an “old fave” like the wedding cake Saturday night didn’t even phase me. It’s a brain thing, not a needs thing…I am constantly learning to recognize the difference. Next time I post we will discuss grazing and why it is a “no-no” in my new life.

So you are probably wondering about my status. Tomorrow will be 16 weeks out from surgery and my stats are HW 280 lbs, SW 270 lbs and CW is 210 lbs as of this morning! Only 11 lbs from “Onederland”!!!

I will be graduating on 4/28/17 and I am excited to see this journey takes me next!

Your continuous love and support are what makes each day a joy! Know you are all with me with each step.

Little things…

It has been an amazing 12 weeks since surgery to remove of 85% of my stomach organ and may I say…I FEEL TERRIFIC!!! Maybe it’s the weight, maybe it’s the 200% vitamin requirement, maybe it’s the new found confidence in myself or maybe it is just a great combination of it all. Status report is HW 280 lbs, SW 270 lbs, CW 220 lbs!!! I have reached my first goal of losing 50 lbs since surgery an entire week earlier than anticipated. I am, at the very minimum, overjoyed with my progress and all of the work it has taken to get to this first milestone. Now I am seeing the little wonders of the ongoing change.

As I dressed for work this morning (an increasingly LONG process as I end up trying on all my “new/old or old/new” clothes to see what fits) I had to open yet another container of smaller clothes and add to the growing containers of large clothes to donate this weekend. I love that my loss will be the gain of others with the addition of (I believe) cute clothes!

On another exciting front, the floor is now my friend. I was able to get to the floor for exercises with my Dad recently and then to get up with ease IN FRONT OF SOMEONE. It was such a NSV (non-scale victory) for me!! The flexibility and comfort I now have with my body has been a wonderful change. I have so much more energy and am in love with just going and doing. Life is already so much better and I am still 85 lbs from reaching my final goal of 135 lbs.

A second NSV of the week is a personal goal status update. I completed a Business degree program this past week. I took the comprehensive exam that is a requirement for graduation following the one year intensive BBA program. I will be graduating on Friday April 28th. This is 35 years in the making and has been yet another confidence builder for 2017!

There is more great news to come as I continue to change and evolve into this new person who I am already loving!! Remember, if you have a question I am not addressing, please ask! Thank you all for your continued support and love!

 

 

 

Do I smell?

So…ever heard of keto? It occurs when you are on a very low-carb, high-protein diet. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake, and replacing it with meats, chicken and fish. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. The challenging part of ketosis is your body is constantly in a burn state and you tend to emit a stronger odor. With a “normal” person this isn’t usually an issue, but when you are a recent gastric sleeve person, you aren’t aware of these new smells.

Apparently one of the side effects of the surgery is that with all the cutting of nerves, tissue etc of the stomach, patients experience a loss of cravings and I believe a loss of taste/smell. I have realized this lately as someone was around me who had McDonalds fries and usually you can smell them from a mile away. I couldn’t even smell them in the same room. Also, I cannot smell my perfume in the morning when I get dressed so I hope I am not offending anyone. Another problem is that I had changed s salt water deodorant last year to lessen the chemicals my body was exposed to. Well apparently THAT no longer works and what worries me is I discovered this fact when I started noticing I could smell myself….ugh! Those who really know me are well aware I have always been sensitive to smells and now I am THAT person… So I am extending permissions on yet another offense that if you are near, notice anything odiferous, please, be a pal and let me know. I actually will be very grateful. So until I get that sense back I am at your mercy.

I am guessing at this point some of you might be interested in a status update. I am beginning week 11 tomorrow (yes, it is my 11-week surgiversary!) so here we go: HW 280 lbs, SW 270 lbs, CW 223.4! Yes, that is a total of 47 pounds down in 11 weeks, 57 lbs since I began the journey.  As a gift to my now sagging “girls” (apparently they are enthralled with my feet) I bought a new (smaller) bra yesterday! They are MUCH happier and perkier today! But I know nothing about bras, which is why I am professionally fitted. I do not understand why I have gone from a overflowing 44DDD to a comfortable 42G. What the heck is a G cup…? Someone who knows, please explain in the comments below, curious minds want to know!

This week contains another major significance. In March of last year I went back to school for a Business degree at Faulkner University in an accelerated one year adult professional program. Finals were this past week for the last classes of the program. This Thursday I will take a Comprehensive Exam of the entire year program and if all goes well I will graduate on April 28, 2017. Very proud and excited!

This has already been such a great year so far, thank you for celebrating and sharing each step of the way!

8 week Surgeversary Q & A

 

Today is my 8 week Surgeversary and to celebrate I have turned the dialogue over to you, Team Lisa, and am answering all questions submitted about this journey. Thank you to Lori Beth for suggesting this idea!

I am guessing that you probably would like a status report… HW 280lbs, SW 270 lbs, CW 233lbs… I am 13 lbs away from reaching my first goal of 50 lbs lost (total of 60)! Now, let’s with your questions:

How are you feeling?

What a great place to begin! I am actually feeling really good. I am walking more (even started a “couch to 5K” this weekend. Bending is so much easier and I’m becoming more active. My new hobby has become “shopping” in my closet and wearing clothes associated with memories. Yesterday I wore the dress from the “Woman of the Year” banquet. Every day I discover something new and different. What a great ride!

How much work did you miss?

It was a relatively easy surgery so I was able to take a minimum amount of time off of work. It was the height the Christmas season and demands were low at work, so I opted to take seven business days off. Surgery was on Tuesday and since my nursing staff/companions/family made trips from out of state to be with me, I was able to spend time with each of them and then return the following Thursday to regular duties. If the surgery had taken place at another time of the year probably wouldn’t have taken as much time.

What has been the hardest part?

I am going to break this answer into two parts, mental and physical. The mental part has been a continuous fight with Head Hunger. This is when you crave something or are thinking of something you want to eat later and it has NOTHING to do with your physical state. It is all in your head. It’s like that bag of chips or cookies in the kitchen. You know they are there and it’s all you can THINK about but your stomach isn’t growling or empty.

On the other side, physically it is the diligence required from pre-thinking and logging everything that passes my lips, to coordinating the many vitamins that keep me healthy and the body noises/pressures that come from making good or bad choices. It is also math (Dad will be proud). It is my surgeon’s orders to stay below 30 total carbs per day, so I am always writing and adding, writing and adding.

How are you not thinking about food? I was at work the other day and say tortilla chips in the break room and in my mind I obsessed about them, until I went and got some. They just remained on my mind! What is the secret for not doing that?

Head Hunger….no one is immune! These are the times I am learning to look for distractions. I will go for a walk around the block, wash dishes, anything I can do immediately that moves my thought process away from whatever I am obsessing over.

Are you tired of people asking you about it?

To have made such an extreme investment, both financially and physically, I don’t believe I will ever tire of talking about this journey. I have heard from different people who have been moved by the blog to make changes in their own lives. I am overwhelmed that my story has helped one person, let alone more. No… it will always be a joy to share.

Have you learned anything surprising about yourself?

During the post-surgery process I have come to realize just how reclusive I had become as the weight came on. I didn’t want to be around people and I would avoid plans outside of work obligations as much as I could. I am now seeing myself open to more traveling and community involvement. I am getting back to the person I was years ago.

Do you still do social things that involve food?

I haven’t done a lot of social things involving food as of yet, but I am certain since I am no longer experiencing cravings that I will be confident in those situations. I have been to a local meeting where there was a buffet. I solved issue with an egg from the salad bar and some carved turkey. I believe socializing will not be too much of an adjustment.

Are you able to eat in restaurants yet?

After week six I was able to eat regular foods, so yes, I can eat in restaurants. Prior to that I enjoyed noodle-less, meatless Pho at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant during recovery.

Have you bought some new clothes?

The only thing I have purchased has been a pair of jeans in a size 20 from Cato’s, so not expensive. I probably won’t be in them long.  I quickly grew out (no pun intended) of the 24s and 22s. The 20s that I own are pretty old and are not in good shape so they are being donated. I also wanted something that was more fitted for now since I am seeing a shape again.

What about alcohol?

 We are allowed to drink after 6 months, but I am choosing to wait until after I reach goal. This margarita/bloody mary loving girl can wait to celebrate this victory!!

Were you surprised at the number of people who have taken an interest in your journey?

I have been overwhelmed with the number of people who have followed the blog, have supported my journey on Facebook and who have personally invested after my friend Rachel created a GoFundMe account on my behalf. This has been beyond a blessing and I don’t know how I will ever be able to thank every single person who has read my story, commented, cheered and supported me. It has truly been a humbling experience to be so loved.

How important is it to you to have so many cheerleaders in your corner?

When I began the blog it was a form of accountability, a way for me to journal to the world. I never thought it would grow into the project it has become. How important are my cheerleaders? You all are EVERYTHING to me!

What does it mean to you to have so many cheerleaders rooting for you?

It is an honor, a privilege and a joy to have so many rooting for my success and my health!

Do you now find yourself wanting to talk to friends about their eating habits?

This is an interesting question. Right after surgery I was having lunch (clear soup) with my friends Andi and Katie. We joked about ex-smokers and how they are the first to criticize other smokers. I made a promise to them that I would not become “that” person. Now that said, I do find myself wanting to correct others and make suggestions, but I do my best to hold my tongue. Here and now I give permission to all of you that if I ever become critical or corrective of someone else’s eating habits, you have my permission to call me out on the carpet! I really don’t want to be that person.

Are you going to be one of those people who wants to tell others what to do?

See previous question and please add exercise to the description. I need to know and own that this journey is mine and for me. Everyone is different and we need to each embrace our differences. That said, I will continue to answer questions honestly if asked. I guess I needed an out….

You previously mentioned unhappiness with airplane seats. Are you ready to fly?

I am so ready to fly! I know that my butt is smaller now and that as I continue to shrink that my comfort level will continue to rise!

I have already made plans for trips to Chicago and New York this year. I will also be making a trip to New Orleans, Mobile and the beach at some point. I am ready for all of it and so much more.

It is my hope that 2018 will be the year I go to Italy. It is my dream and I would love it to be a gift to myself for reaching goal!

***

This completes the questions submitted, but please know I am always open and available to discuss this journey. It is my life and I am loving living it!

Along with work and the last module of school, I am preparing for the Comp Exam which is on March 2. It is pass or fail to graduate and I have already ordered my cap and gown!

So get ready….this is going to be my year!

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

In a day where our focus must be on the positive aspects of our lives, I continue to work my way through the early stages of this new life, learning to embrace each change. I want to share these changes with you so we may share all of our own small victories together. Share some of your own joy in the comments of this blog should you feel so inclined. I am encouraged by each of you!

Let’s begin with an update of the weight loss journey. As a side note, moving forward I will be using acronyms for the statistics (HW = high weight, SW = surgery weight, CW = current weight). Week 6.5 update is HW 280 lbs, SW 270 lbs and CW is 238 lbs. It has been a rollercoaster of adjustments between all of the funny sounds my body/digestive system makes, the pressure in my chest when I make mistakes (i.e., eating too large a bite, eating too fast, gulping instead of sipping), and seeing my body shape change. Each day is different. I am averaging approximately 750 calories each day. Some days more, some less but I am rarely hungry…. A COMPLETELY NEW CONCEPT. I have often said that I can’t understand people who don’t eat or forget to eat! YIKES….I am becoming the person I didn’t understand! Does this mean I am growing as a person? We can only hope…

When it comes to clothing, I began the journey in a women’s size 24 and today I am wearing size 20 jeans…AT SIX WEEKS OUT! Initially I had set a goal of 135 lbs, but I now believe I will allow my body to reveal it’s comfortable place. It has been interesting to see how attuned I have become to my physical being.  I am learning to “listen” to the unique language that is my body.

My style has begun to change. I am wearing heels more often and am feeling more confident in my appearance. My body feels different when I walk, stronger, a little lighter and more efficient. Though my muscles remain weaker post surgery/liquid diet than I have ever known them, I am working to regain strength. At six weeks out I can now lift more than 10 pounds, so I will be upping my training.

I have a long way to go and the road isn’t easy by any means, if it were, it certainly wouldn’t be worth it! Life continues on with struggles and the joys. Let’s remember that as we remain vigilant in our own causes, take time to celebrate the love and wonder that surrounds us day to day in our families, our friends and in this amazing world that offers us unimaginable beauty.

 

 

 

One month out today!

It is very hard to believe that four weeks have passed. It has been an incredible journey to date! As a reminder my high weight (as seen above) was 280 lbs, surgery weight was 270 lbs on December 13th, and today the picture above from work (sorry I was holding the shirt for a company picture) I now weigh 244 lbs. Amazing is that I don’t see it when I look in the mirror, but to see this photograph I think, WHOA…I have a neck!! And more hair!

Listening to my body and learning what it “likes” and dislikes have been interesting. Though I am technically still in the soft foods stage, I find that on some days certain foods are fine, but the next day it could be a completely different story. Today I get to add ground meats to my food calendar….pretty excited! Shrimp, here I come…to get all three of you!!

I love that I am able to do more things, leaning over or crossing my legs are becoming easier. The floor is no longer my foe but is slowly becoming my friend. Adapting yoga floor routines to accommodate my knees and to support my still hefty weight. Blankets and blocks are solving a lot of these issues. My energy level still is holding me to three miles maximum walking. I am hopeful that the increase in protein products beginning today will address that issue.

Though I stumble with brain processing some of the time (yeah, you’re right, whoever just mumbled, “so what’s changed?”) I do notice that I am more alert, am sleeping much better and awake very refreshed. I am no longer suffering from the “afternoon slump” which I believe has everything to do with being on a very low carbohydrate diet. Overall I must say I feel pretty amazing.

Now I don’t want to mislead anyone who may think this is the easy way out or is considering the life changing procedure. I am learning to eat every couple of hours and I am still eating 2-3 ounces at a sitting. I don’t suffer from post-op reflux like some do, but I believe cutting processed foods and artificial sweeteners has helped there. Artificial sweeteners create all kinds of rebellion in our bodies, only we aren’t aware of the signals. One of the nice things is the reduction of gas. Many people suffer with gas following surgery, but I believe their intake includes a lot of processed products and hidden sugars, what I like to call the “oses” (dextrose, lactose, sucrose, galactose, etc.) and the “ols” (erythritol, glucitol, hexitol, inversol, sorbitol, etc.) These are the substances that I have found, for myself, cause multitudes of gastric discomfort. That being said, on a purely organic front, I DO know when I have eaten too much or too fast. Unlike me, my body is a master communicator!!

Each day is a new story in my journey and each day I must push myself to eat, to drink and to move. I know that I will meet the challenge in each area but it takes conscious decisions and plans. You will not succeed without a plan. As I share my path and my story know that I am not “preaching to the masses” as I learn, but sharing the errors of my way. I promised two sweet friends the other day not to become “that” person!

Wishing you all peace and joy until we meet again in my next update.