Friday, April 30, 2010

BYOC, guess that means it's FRIDAY!

BYOC Friday!!!!! **Bring Your Own Craziness**
Welcome to BYOC Friday. Five random questions where I ask you things (both serious and funny) you wouldn't normally blog about in an effort to get to know you better. (plus every Friday you don’t have to come up with a blog subject – BYOC is pre-made just for your fried brain!) Enjoy! Copy, paste and answer in your blog if you so desire. Share with anyone else who you want to get to know more!

1. What’s your favorite smell? I love the smell of Gumbo on the stove when it's cold out, fresh plowed dirt, rain and a really clean house, my husband's cologne, those and too many more to list.

2. What is your all-time favorite movie and why? I would have to say "All of Me" it's an oldie, with Steve Martin and Lilly Tomlin, Steve Martin is brilliant in this movie and his walk when Edwina's soul is inhabiting his body is the funniest thing I've ever seen. You should watch it.

3. What’s your trigger food? Goodness, I guess Ruffles with french onion dip and chocolate with coconut.

4. When someone you love is going through a difficult time – what are your go-to words to make them feel better – in just a sentence or two? I usually say that I'm here for you if you need me and then send a note with my phone number to friends. But, for my kids and to myself I always repeat "The Lord is my Shepherd there is nothing I shall want." That has always brought me comfort and when paired with a hug, how can you go wrong?

5. This one is always the same. Who is your nominee for the blog of the week for YOU? Which blog OR comment touched your heart, spoke to you, stuck with you all week? This week Gen's blog ( SOB was great Judi was so full of real working knowledge, I got so much out of it. And as far as comments, it meant so much to me that Band Babe ( commented when she is obviously going through so much right now.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Steve Martin is still a wild and crazy guy!

Check out this video of Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers. They were great. They even closed out the show with a bluegrass version of King Tut! So, date night was great. I hope everyone has a great day, we're one step closer to Friday.

Happy Thursday,


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Weigh in Wednesday

I'll take it. Slow and steady wins the race....right? I have to say, that I can't see much of a difference at this point other than my chin is no longer in triplicate. I'm happy with the results. Although, I have to say I would like to have 2 pounds a week, why can't I just be happy with what I get? I get my first fill is next Thursday and I'm really excited about that.

I have been doing really well with exercise and food. I find that I'm quite satisfied most of the day, until about 4 o'clock, then the hunger just really starts going strong. I had been thinking that since I was getting hungrier, I must have no restriction, right? Well, last night I ate a turkey burger patty. It was a little dry, so I put some ketchup and mustard on my plate and I began to eat it. Jeez, that thing sat like a brick in my chest for probably and hour and a half. I would have to say, I indeed have something. I've never really been stuck and I hope to never be, but if that was close, I don't want it. Lesson learned: Turkey patties are too dry....ouch.

In other news. I did not have to go back for Jury duty. I was happy about that. And, tonight is date night. We are going to see Steve Martin tonight. He is now touring with a bluegrass band. I remembered that he played the banjo and that he loved bluegrass. I love Steve Martin and would pay good money to see him play the radio. So, I'll let you know how that goes. I'm excited.

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Jury Duty and the Monday Blahhhs.

I had jury duty today, and luckily was dismissed early with instructions to call back at 6 o'clock to see if I have to come back tomorrow again. Fingers crossed that I don't . I hope I never have to go before a jury, because if everyone there was feeling the way I was about being there, that could adversely affect a verdict.

So, I had a great weekend. My sweet husband boiled crawfish for a few neighbors yesterday and they were deeelicious. I didn't have any trouble eating them and was surprised that I could not eat a butt load like I used to. That was a good thing. I did wake up with swollen fingers though, from all that salt.

In any case, I hope I don't have jury duty tomorrow. I hope everyone has a great day and
I hope that on Wednesday I'll have a big loss! A girl can hope, can't she?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Bring your own craziness voulume 5

BYOC volume 5
The master Mama Pimp Drazil supplied us with this weeks version of bringing our own craziness...

1. Name a career you would NOT want to do and tell why. A pre-k or kindergarten teacher, I was a sub once for my son's class and I swear I drove straight to the liquor store when I got out of there. All I was really required to do was keep the peace, police the potty break, give a snack and let them watch a movie. One little girl freaked out because she didn't get enough marshmallows in her cereal snack and threw them on the floor, stomped on them and began a full on freak out. It was horrible!!!

2. What’s the best present you ever received for your birthday? When I was 6 years old I got a pony for my birthday and a bike all in the same day. My mom and dad gave me the bike and were taking pictures of me riding it, my dad said ride it out in front of the house. He had the horse trailer there, with my pony who I named Jody Lee Bronson after a soap opera character on "The Doctors." What a day.

3. This is from Amy W. (I had a request to copy her question and ask it today in BYOC) (Hope that’s okay Amy!)What do you hide behind? I definitely hide behind my sense of humor. I have always made a point to be the first to point out my big ass and make a joke, before they have a chance to judge me....I win them over.

4. Where were you born? Lake Charles, LA

My hometown is even in a song by The Band:
Anyone remember " Up onCripple Creek" ?
When I get off of this mountain
You know where I want to go
Straight down the Mississippi river
To the Gulf of Mexico
To Lake Charles Louisiana

Little Bessie, girl that I once knew
She told me just to come on by
If there's anything that she could do
Up on Cripple Creek, she sends me
If I spring a leak, she mends me
I don't have to speak, as she defends me
A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one ...bomp bompa bomp bompa bomp!

5. A little twist on this one..usually we ask – what blog spoke to you the most, stuck with you, had the most effect on you this week? This week I’m adding to that which comment may have affected you greatly? I would have to say Sherry @
her post titled "Taking a stand" it really touched me and made me think. Also, I loved Sandy Lee's thoughts on enjoying the ride and Amanda's post on how everything works out. Also today, when I read Jenny's 100 pound down post I was bawling. I also had some wonderful comments on my blog this week. I just can't say it enough, we are so lucky to have such a wonderful support system in place!

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I have jury duty on Monday so I'm not too excited about that, but really looking forward to the weekend. Happy Friday ya'll.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Why date night is so much fun.

Well for one thing, my husband is the coolest man. He is my best friend, he tells a story like no one can and we just have so much fun together.

I had a wonderful time at date night last night, but sadly, once again....over-served! Why does wine taste so good? Drazil said in one of her posts that she has never liked alcohol and that she has never been drunk. That's amazing. I like wine so much I think I would brush my teeth with it if it didn't clash with the mint flavor.

Anyway, as I was saying my husband is just plain fun. We live in Louisiana and Mardi Gras is a pretty big deal here. Lots of fun to costume, especially with someone who will dress up for any occasion gladly. I thought I'd post a couple of costumes for you to see what a good sport I'm married to. I hope everyone has a great day and gets a kick out of these pics. The first one is Mardi Gras 07, we were Beth & Dog (The Bounty Hunter) the second one was at a school fund raiser, it was a 70's theme. Have a great day.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wednesday weigh in...

Today is the official weigh in day for me, so I'm down 17 pounds. I like that number but must say it was better during the week by almost 3 pounds. I find it difficult not to be disappointed, but will do my best to look at the big picture. So, I'm 4 days from my 1 month bandiversary and down 17, I'll take it.

I have a fill scheduled for May 5 and some days I feel like I don't need a fill other days I think I need the biggest one they can give me. I find that if I really stick with good solid protein rich foods that I can be satisfied for 3 hours or more. Today, I had oatmeal for the first time for breakfast and can tell you that I am some kinda hungry and it's only been and hour and a half. So, maybe I just really need to make better choices.

I want to take my scale out of my bathroom, but don't know if I'm strong enough to do it. I feel drawn to it like a moth to flame....generally with the same results. Any suggestions on just backing away from that darn thing?

Now for brighter news. Tonight is date night! I'm excited about that. I hope everyone has a great day and thanks for all the sweet comments yesterday. You guys are the best!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tuesday's child is full of grace.

I started to write something cleverish, typed in Tuesday and then a poem I haven't heard since I was a child just popped into my head. The human brain amazes me. I have things stored in there from 47 years of living, songs, poems, memories of people and places, good thoughts, bad thoughts, all filed away somewhere in the deep recesses of my mind. It never ceases to amaze me when I hear a song from 30 years ago and it just spills from my lips.

My point here is that, our little amazing brains store all that we give them, I mean it's there. People who were traumatized and have no memory of an event can, under hypnosis, remember vividly what happened. That is why I think so many of us are having trouble being kind to ourselves. For years, I have stood before my reflection in the mirror and belittled the woman there. I've told myself that I was not worthy of being attractive and healthy, that I didn't deserve the time and energy that I give to others in my life. It's hard to get to a point that challenges our brains to process the information differently, rather than relying on what's been given to it over and over again.

So, today I challenge myself to begin the process of reprogramming my brain, just as I am reprogramming my stomach. Because we all are Tuesday's child.
Have a grace filled Tuesday.

Monday, April 19, 2010

No Gen, not yet

Gen's comments still don't work....sigh!

Good Morning Sunshine.

Today is Monday and it's a beautiful day. I'm feeling really good today, feeling in control of my food choices. I went to a bachelorette party this weekend for one of my girlfriends and had a really great time. There was lots of food there, but I only had a little, of course I was over-served on the wine, but hey I am only human. I did manage to avoid some of the sweet shots they were requiring everyone to drink, I covertly filled my shot glass with wine and just shot little sips of wine. I was feeling quite clever. I got a lot of comments from my girlfriends saying that they could tell I lost weight. That made me feel really good. I also managed to walk or go to the gym everyday last week. So, all in all things are going very well. I was shocked this morning to see I have 81 followers, that's amazing. Thank you guys. I'd like to follow you too, if you have a blog. Sometimes there is a link under your name, but if you indeed have a blog, but no link, leave a comment with your blog address so I can come by and check it out.

I hope everyone has a great day.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Chicago baby!

How exciting! I've booked my flight. I can't wait to meet you guys. Poor Chicago, it'll never be the same.

For those who haven't heard it's the first annual Band Blogger Convention, visit the blog

Happy Friday.

Friday Edition: BYOC Bring your own craziness!

I'm kinda like Sandy here, I keep saying, "I'm not doing that this week." But I keep doing it, I think I don't want to do it, because everyone has such clever answers and there's pressure to perform! But, here goes...

1. If you ever won the lottery – what’s the very first thing you’d do? I'd pay of my house, by my husband a bad-ass car, buy my son a car, and get a second home that's not in a flood zone.

2. What is your favorite curse word? (This one is from Joey)Well, I work at a trucking company so the one that's thrown around here the most is the F-bomb. I guess, being the mother of all curse words, it's pretty powerful. I must say though, I've found that it's lost some of it's umpf.
3. What is your favorite holiday and why? Christmas. I love the smell, the lights, the family get togethers, hell I even love fruitcake!
4. What turns you on? (another suggestion from Joey) My husband is the best kisser, that will do it for me any day!
5. Whose blog spoke to you, stayed with you, meant the most to you, stands out to you this week and why? I would say Amanda ( and Gen ( this week.
I loved Drazil's story of how she and Jen became BFF's. I am blessed with many wonderful friends, but my best friend from college and into adulthood was Cammie, today would have been her 46th birthday. The pictures above are of me and Cammie, the first one (circa 1997) she was pregnant with her son, I had just had my youngest. The second one (circa 1985) is a party pic from college. She died of cancer at 34, leaving a husband and a son who was just 1 year old. She was the kind of friend that never judged me, she was beautiful, kind and talented and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss her. So today, take a moment to call your friends and let them know that you love them. I want to tell you all that I feel so blessed to have found such a wonderful, supportive group of women to share my journey with. Thank you so much, I can't wait to meet some of you in September.

Big Friday Hug!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

This post is for Sally,

This is my pergola, I wanted to show Sally Hamilton (
what mine looks like after 3 years of grape growth. The grape vines just started blooming, they provide a lot of shade. Anyway, just wanted to show you Sally. Everyone have a great night.

Date night made my scale happy.

Date night was last night and although I was a little bummed at the lack of movement on the scale, I was very happy to go out and enjoy a nice evening with my Mr. Wonderful. We had a great time, I drank a little too much wine, but had a glass of water between said glasses and made good food choices. Anyhoo, I decided to go against my better judgement and hop on the scale this morning to see what the damage was. Lo and behold down! Yippee, I was so happy I squealed down 3 pounds. Even though it's not on my official weigh in day, it made me feel darn glad. I can't believe it is already Thursday, this week has just flown by. I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend and hope you guys have a great day today. I'm totally excited about going to Chicago in September for a Band Blog Convention. How much fun will that be?
Later gators!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Official weigh in day.

-15.5 = 61 sticks of butter or 3 big bags of sugar

Okay today is Wednesday, it's my official weigh in day and I'm not doing the happy dance. I'm now at 15.5 down, that's up a pound from and unofficial weigh in last week, tomorrow will be three weeks since my surgery and I understand that 15.5 in 3 weeks is nothing to poo poo. But, (there's always a but, isn't there?) the scale has not moved in several days and I have been doing everything right. I wasn't really exercising, but food wise I've been good. So, on Monday I decided to make a real effort to get more physical, and since Monday have walked 6.6 miles. I feel good about that and feel like my food choices have been really good. I was really hungry over the weekend, but my hunger seams to be more under control now. So, now All I really need to work on is: PATIENCE! Okay, let's hurry up and get some patience! ha!

I hope everyone has a great day. Thank you for the nice comments you've left me and for following me. I noticed I'm up to 70 followers, I can't believe it, it really says 71 followers, but I'm a follower, and can't figure out how to not follow my own blog anymore, strange I know.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Now for something beautiful!

My friend brought these beautiful orchids to me yesterday, he is a very talented florist and did a huge wedding, he shared the left overs with me, aren't they gorgeous?

The rare and dreaded before pictures.

Okay this is me and my wonderful husband John in Seaside FL, last summer on vacation and in New Orleans at Jackson Square. We had a wonderful time with friends both times, but I promptly locked away these pictures because they showed more than my smile and were taken by people not familiar with my rules! I hate that my arm shows, I never wear sleeveless for that reason and in the next one my gut shows and I look huge, but it is what it is. So this is my first step in project "own the truth!"

Okay, I did it. Have a good night folks.

If the weekdays had a foot race, Monday would win!

Monday always gets here so quickly. I had a great weekend, very productive. I got my house cleaned, got the taxes done, had a little party yesterday and somehow managed to pick up a little of what I would call "Bandster Hell!"

Alas, the days of not thinking of food are sadly gone. I'm hungry, I mean hungry. I did pretty good food wise over the weekend although the scale has not moved this week and I'm getting a little crabby about it. I do have to confess though, that I tasted bread last night, a crispy piece of garlic bread and it was delicious and went down like I don't even have a band. And, I drank several glasses of wine last night. My first fill is scheduled for May 5, and I'm ready for it now. I'm going to stay on track with my food, but it's getting harder and harder. I was thinking maybe I'd be one of those folks who kept good restriction without a fill....NOT!

I hope everyone has a great week.

Friday, April 9, 2010

BYOC and Happy Friday!

1. If you could have lunch with a famous person who would it be and what would you order?
I'd have lunch with Meryl Streep and I'd have whatever she was having and I would try like hell not to act "special" or star struck or scream like a school girl!

2. Where’s the furthest place you’ve traveled to? Well, I've been to lots of places in the states, but out of the country only to Mexico. As I age, I'm a reluctant traveler..

3. If you could describe yourself in 4 words – what would they be? Funny, maternal, theatrical, and loyal.

4. What’s one interesting thing about you we don’t know? I used to be a Kitchen Designer.

5. Finally – whose blog spoke to you, stuck with you, stayed in your mind, resonated with you – this week – and why? Jenny's, Joey's, Amanda's and Drazil's I love that everyone is really digging deep and doing some soul searching, very inspiring.

Okay, now that we've done that. I'm really glad it's Friday. My husband wants to go to New Orleans, it's the French Quarter Festival, but I'm like being a dud and just want to stay home and chill. I let you know how things play out. I hope everyone has a great weekend.
Big Friday Hug!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Today I make the move to solids!

It's been 2 weeks since my surgery, I'm feeling very good! I get to move to solids today and I'm excited and a little nervous as well. I don't know what I'll have for lunch, but I know I want to make meatloaf for supper tonight. I've been craving meatloaf, how weird is that? Anyhoo, I went to a party last night. I had some hummus and some chicken salad and about 3 glasses of wine. I think that was great, and for the first time in my life, I was more interested in the conversation around the table than the food. I got to see my friend's daughter who was in town from Corpus, she got banded on Jan 19th, she is already down 50 pounds and looks incredible. We spent an hour talking lap band stuff and comparing scars. It was nice to talk to someone face to face who's going through the same thing.

Again, I just want to thank you guys for your support and encouragement. I just can't imagine how this journey would be without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Big Hug and happy Friday Eve!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I've got this restless feeling.

I can't quite put my finger on it, but I'm feeling well, restless. Maybe it's all the deep thinking that's been happening here in blogland. Maybe it's all the extra time I seem to have since I'm not eating, or thinking about eating at every turn. Maybe it's because for the first time in years, I have a sense of hope, hope that I may actually be able to do this and live my life as a normal sized woman. Don't get me wrong, I haven't had a terrible life as a super-sized woman. I function well, people like me, I have a good job, lots of friends a wonderful husband and children. I'm lucky, I'm happy....can it be possible, that I might also one day Man o man, just the thought of what my life can be like in a year is giving me spring fever, I feel, restless, but in a good way.

Am I crazy? Well yeah, but has anyone else felt this way too?

Have a great Wednesday guys! Big Hug!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Drazil's BYOC, better late than never.


1. If you could be a Superhero (like Gilly) - what would you be called or what would your powers be? (Thanks Lori for this question) I would be Super Theatre Girl! Able to turn any situation into a musical theatre moment. (I really do have this super power.) Does anyone else ever feel like a chorus and dancers should follow you around so that when a moment calls for a song, they're there?

2. Name one physical thing you love about you and one mental thing you love about you. Well, I like my feet, I think I have pretty feet. And, I like that I can see the humor in just about any situation.

3. If you stood in front of God (or whatever Supreme Being you may believe in) - what question would you ask him? I'd ask him what his favorite thing about me is? and Why'd you make mosquitoes?

4. Besides yourself - who was/is your biggest enabler in your weight loss journey? I'm pretty much responsible for my own demise, perhaps....The Mars Company.

5. What do you do for a living (another reader request question)? I'm an office manager for a trucking company. My brothers own the business, it was started by my Dad & my Uncle right after WWII.

6. Whose blog hit home for you this week or whose blog made you think the most this week? - Amanda's & Joey's. They have been so brave.

Okay, that was quick. I hope everyone has a great Tuesday!



Monday, April 5, 2010

I survived Easter, but think I've lost my touch!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. I sure did. I must report today that I'm feeling great!

I haven't had any pain and the swelling in my stomach is much improved. I feel really good and I've even been able to wear jeans again. I just feel really good. My energy level is up, I'm eating mushies, so getting lots of protein in and barely feeling hungry between meals. For Easter Dinner yesterday I ate 1/2 of a devilled egg, 2 tablespoons of green been casserole, 2 tablespoons of grit casserole, 2 tablespoons of strawberry delight dessert and 1 glass of wine, it held me for about 5 hours.....amazing!

Now on to some rather disturbing news. Friday, some friends dropped by I had broiled some fish and made some cheesy mashed potatoes. The potatoes, were....well, they sucked! They were like paste. I shook it off and then low and behold messed up another dish on Sunday. This is unheard of people, part of the reason I needed the band is because, frankly I'm a darn good cook. I never follow a recipe and have been known to create some phenomenal dishes. I can't remember when I've had two fails in a row. I think it's because I really am not interested in food at the moment. I've sort of lost my cooking mojo! How can this be??????
I can't even decide what to eat from meal to meal. I don't know if this disinterest in food will stay or not, but I can tell you, it is something I've never experienced in my life. Like, right now, I'm physically hungry, but I just don't know what I want to eat? I'm not running a million candidates through my head, I just don't really want to eat right now, even though I am hungry. It's crazy, I know!

On the scale front, I'm happy to report down 16.5 this morning, I can't believe that either! Got a love me some Pearl!

I missed out on reading blogs this weekend, but just checked up on everyone this morning. It seems everyone had a good Easter. I'm 47 and this is the first Easter in my life that I did not have a piece of chocolate! If the Earth does a backflip, you can blame me....unheard of I know.
I hope everyone is having a great Monday. I now have officially 83.5 pounds to reach my goal, I haven't need to loose less than 100 pounds in a while, it feels good. One day I'll learn how to post my pics, to get a ticker and all those other things that you guys do so well. Thanks for sharing my journey with me, your support is priceless!

Big Hug!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

One week post op visit to the Doc.

Everything went fine, I'm doing great. I got advanced to mushies, yippee! I lost 10.2 pounds, but at my house its 2 pounds more. I think I'd rather go by my scale, but anyway. I'm really doing great. I'm hungry though, with a vengeance today. I'm going to go get tuna from Subway for lunch today and I am some kind of excited about it! I think once I get a little more variety to my diet I'll continue to feel better and better. My appointment is set for my first fill in 5 weeks. I'm so excited. My incisions are looking good, except one little spot on the port incision has a little bump, the nurse said that I'm rejecting that stitch, and it will likely do like a splinter and fester a little then work it's way out. Last night I had some really bad shoulder and upper chest gas pain when I got in bed, I'm hoping that the worst is behind me. Thanks guys for taking this journey with me. My sassy do is a little better today, I'll take a pic tomorrow since I'm off and will have a little extra time. I hope I can figure out how to post one, I've been unsuccessful thus far at posting any of the pics that come with the different blog awards. I'm blonde on the inside.
Have a great day.