Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cheering Section

Our walks take us out and through and around our neighborhood. We walk six laps -- around and around and around. It isn't a big neighborhood, and we spend an hour and a half each day (or at least most days). We've been at it since April, and we've reached the status of a regular event with those who live around us.

The changes in that time are dramatic, as those who read here are aware, and it has reached the point where our walking is often interrupted by neighbors who drive by and roll down their car window and comment and cheer for the obvious progress. Just yesterday, one lady who lives up the street from us, commented on the weight loss, and when He reported his now 121 pound loss, she said, "WOW! I'm proud of You!"

That sort of response is so genuine and so heart felt, and it comes from people that we mostly know by sight but not by name. It is really amazing and a little bit stunning. It reminds us that people do see us and do pay attention, and that the change in our lives is one that has, in some small way, changed the world around us.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Pictures at Six Months

Here are the photos to mark the six-month anniversary of the surgeries:

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Watch This Space!

I know that Master promised pictures. And it is true that our 6 month photos should be here, but our lives are just crazy this week. It may very well be the weekend before we can get us altogether in one spot with enough energy and time to take some pictures. So, be patient. We haven't forgotten. Honest.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Six Month Mark Reached

I took time out this morning to make one of my 5.12 mile walks. It struck me that when I returned home at 11:00 AM it was just about exactly 6 months to the minute since they wheeled me out of the surgery having performed my Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass March 23, 2009. I weighed myself upon my return from my walk today, and had reached 182 pounds for the first time. I have now lost 119 pounds since beginning this process and lost 18 inches off my waist.

I am sure we will post more tonight, and if t and I can get our schedules together with swan (our photographer), manage to get one of our traditional one month milestone pictures up here to document our progress as we pass through this, but I wanted to commemorate the one half year point with this comment.

As always the support of everyone who has read and commented her has been a huge help to t and I both. Thank you so much to all of you.

All the best,


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Free of the Evil Bi-Pap....Free At Last!

Last night for the first time in about four years I slept without having the Bi-pap (breathing device used to keep throat open during sleep to negate sleep apnea) strapped to my fact and blowing air up my nose. I was told by my sleep specialist that I should jettison it at 180 pounds. I seem to be in one of my "holding patterns" I've encountered on the way down, bouncing between 186 and 188 pounds for the last few days. My facial contours have changed dramatically what with my 115 pounds weight loss and I am finding I can no longer get the Bi-pap to seal on my face, resulting in the darn thing blowing cold air noisily all night long. It has really bothered my sleep the last few nights. So last night we finally said the proverbial "screw it" and went off to bed without it. swan spent much of the night snuggled close to me and waking constantly to make sure I was breathing OK and not snoring (snoring is a sure sign of apnea.) I did fine and awakened much more well rested today.

I take a Zyrtec pill and spray Flonase nasal spray each night to enable me to deal with the nasal congestion the Bi-pap has created for me. I hope that as we proceed forward here over the next two weeks or so those too will be some of the further medications I will no longer require because of my weight loss.

Thank you again everyone for your interest and support as our evolution with all this continues.

All the best,


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you you've imagined.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

I've Lost a Foot and a Half From My Waist!

This morning I acted on the fact that the 38 inch waist pants I've been wearing all week appeared to be getting "roomy" on me. I tried on a pair of 36 inch waist cargo pants swan picked up for me a week or two ago in anticipation of this time, and low and behold, they fit perfectly! It is not that I am able to stretch into them and somehow pull the waist together desperately and get them to fasten. They actually fit just as they should and look fine.

This is another milestone. I began with a 54 inch waist before my surgery. Thus I have now lost a foot and a half (18 inches total) off my waist since March, 2009 and the beginning of this journey. Even I am beginning to feel astounded and impressed with this.

I think the, "America's Biggest Loser" folks should hang their heads in shame. They are nothing but a bunch of pikers:) Well we are off for another walk to see if, what with this development, we can reach a new fastest lap time average.

Thank you all once again for your interest and support.

All the best,


P. S. I did expand my walk to 6 laps today and hit a new high average speed at 15 minutes and 48 seconds per lap. Too, I hit 187.5 pounds a new low weight having now lost 113.5 pounds. I have 22 .5 more pounds to lose to get to my ideal weight goal of 165 pounds, and 7.5 more pounds to lose before I get to quit using my evil bi-pap machine each night when I sleep.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Journey Update September 3, 2009

It has been a while since I wrote a summary of our progress in our weight loss journey. As of now I have lost 112. 5 pounds (weighing in at 188.5 pounds down from 301 pounds March 9, 2009.) My t is down 77 pounds at 193 pounds down from her original 270 pounds. sue, who underwent no bypass surgery, but whose lifestyle is hugely effected by t's and my dietary and exercise regimen, weighs in now at 185 pounds. sue's down 17 pounds from her original 202 pounds (and is by the way already within her ideal weight range as a result of this loss.) Thus our combined "family weight loss" to date is 206.5 pounds.

As for observable changes I now am wearing (and actually they are getting roomy) 38 inch waist pants. I began with a waist of 54 inches. I have lost 16 inches off my waist and suspect a 36 inch waist is not far off into my future. t shared last night that she now wears a women's size 14 to 16. She started at 24. While I don't know sue's actual size information she went off to school yesterday in a really cute dress she was able to wear for the first time. She bought it last year from a catalog but has never actually been able to get into it before.

Anecdotally, the three of us share two one car garages and drive ways. I let the both of them (who are generally off to work way ahead of me) park in the garages. Usually I am parked in the driveway behind swan each morning. When she heads off to school each morning (at an ungodly and uncivilized hour) I pull my car out of the driveway while she pulls out and then pull back into the garage after her. Usually as I do that I notice the newspaper that has been delivered in the driveway or lawn of t's and my condo next door. It used to be, before my surgery I used to pull into that driveway and lean out of the car to retrieve the newspaper. My arthritis pain, my ability to bend at my waist, and my general avoidance of walking was such that it was just easier to let the car do the work. I am still tempted to do that, but now I make a conscious decision to park the car in the garage and then walk out to the front yard next door and get the newspaper. I have to remind myself that no longer hurts, and whatever I do to further increase my physical activity. Even that little bit burns calories. It makes little sense to go out and power walk 4 to 5 miles a day only to go fetch the newspaper from out front in the car:)

It seems everything from major health conditions now gone, to little details of the physical activity of daily living have changed and improved greatly.

Thank you all again for your continued interest, and the huge support we gain from sharing with you all here. You have been, and are, such great friends.

All the best,


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.