Mahalo nui to those who read my posts and appreciate my travel and Hawaii stories….so for those of you who love Hawaii, I just want you to know we saw an amazing concert last night. The performer is a Hawaiian musician named MAKANA who has a sweet, enchanting voice and is a master slack-key guitarist. If you are interested, check out his site (link above) including one of his songs that was used in the movie THE DESCENDANTS and his very popular mainstream Occupy Song which has a very 60’s folk song tone to it.
So, I promised to update you on my weight loss this Sunday, and amazingly, I didn’t gain any weight on our trip to San Francisco last week and I’m back on track with a 2 lb weight loss, putting me within 10 lbs of being a normal weight, which is the top of the range for my height according to the CDC Chart (click on that link if you want to see what your personal goals are).
At 151 lbs (and a total loss of 72 lb) I’m feeling great, healthy, and almost thin! Being 58 I don’t think I will ever have a flat stomach, perky boobs, firm upper arms, etc, etc. But I’ll keep on working on firming things up and my weight loss and evaluate it along the way. My goal right now is to tone up some of what I have, so exercise is my high priority. (Who would have thought I would EVER say that???).
What’s great about exercising these days is that I’m pushing myself, something I have never done before. I’m now doing 45 minutes on the treadmill and running 7-12 minutes of that, and I’ll say to myself, “I can do two more minutes, or one more level, or one speed higher…” where in the past, I would stop at the first sign of exhaustion. Now, if I don’t exercise, I don’t feel right.
My goal is to exercise like my husband and our hanai daughter both do: not to lose weight but to be able to eat more!!!!
So, did I mention I got hit on at the wedding??? One of the best NSV’s around!!! It was actually fun; came as a surprise but the flirtation from the guy was quite suggestive and even though it could have happened because the champagne was flowing, I would be lying if I said I didn’t like it! I told my husband and we both had a good laugh about it. So on top of feeling good, it’s nice to know that someone is attracted to me in that way.
An interesting snowball effect happens when you start losing weight and rediscovering your body again. You start realizing your underwear and bras are really ugly and matronly and you start buying sexy lingerie again. You start taking better care of your clothes because you like your clothes more now than you did before. You shave your legs and take more care about putting lotion on your body. I’ve shaved ‘down there’ before but now it’s a lot easier and I dare say a bikini wax may be in my future! And let’s face it…..sex is a LOT more fun than it used to be. I’m stronger, more flexible and more interested and my sexy husband is very supportive of all that!
One last item for this week….there have been some fascinating conversations happening on the forum the past few days. What an amazing resource this venue has been for so many of us. I have loved reading the postings by those who have just been sleeved and are in their first week or two. Reading their stories takes me right back to my first month. Thinking back on those first days now seems so surreal to me; it was such a leap of faith and I really didn’t know what to expect because I went from initial research to surgery in less than a month. And I did it in a foreign country and it was during a very low point for me in my own self-worth. But it is sweet to hear the excitement and hope in their words and I do remember feeling so good about finally, finally doing something for this problem that affected so much of my life. Little did I know it would be life-changing.
The second item I’ll leave for next week, but it’s the ever-interesting debate on SHOULD WE TELL, OR NOT…..so until then…..
A Hui Hou!
Queen of Crop