Tuesday, July 5, 2011

On weight loss and life

As I sit on the table at the doctor’s office and wait to hear what he has to say, I know it’s going to be the same thing I hear all the time.  My blood pressure is great, YAY!  All my blood work looks way better than expected, YAY again!! Then he tells me that one thing I dread hearing… “You need to loose weight!”  Here we go again. 

I am not sure how I got to 300ish pounds.  I know it was not something I wanted and I knew I was gaining back the 50lbs I had tried so hard to loose, so here we go again.  I have to take the weight off.  Over 130lbs is what I have to loose.  Now we get down to the how.  I have choices:  Weight loss surgery, diet, exercise and medical weight loss clinic are all part of the choices I have.   I knew he was going to want to talk about the surgery again, I knew it!!

So I headed home and waited until my husband finished dinner.  Now we have to talk about what I am going to do.  Anything I do affects my whole house, so we need to have this conversation.  He has always been supportive when I am trying to loose weight.  Last time was 50 lbs, the time before I had lost 80.  Every single time I do get a good plan going, something happens.  The last time it was the loss of our only income source.

I have decided that at least for now, I am going to skip the Gastric Bypass and see how much of this I can take off without surgery.  I have enlisted www.myfitnesspal.com to help me out.  I can keep track of what I eat and how much I move.   Getting off my butt is the best way for me to loose this weight so here I go again. 

I am lucky to have a strong support circle of people who are willing to take this journey with me.  My kids are supportive, as is my husband.  My mom tells me everyday how proud she is that I am making positive changes.  My friends online both near and far, are all being very supportive. 

So what’s next?  Now I have to get this weight off, I have to follow through with my plan, I have to make healthy choices and get off my butt.  I can’t worry about what happened in the past.  Today is what matters in my weight loss journey.   

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday America!

I have always felt a certain pride on the Fourth of July. Proud to be a citizen of the United States of America, land of the free and home of the brave.  Proud to be free to speak my mind, and practice my religion.  Proud to live in a country where all men are innocent until proven guilty.

We work hard to teach our children how very lucky we are to be living here: Teaching them about the founders, and the US Constitution; telling them the truth about our leaders and founders.  I hope to give them knowledge, pride and respect for the country in which they live. Enduring the rolled eyes as I tell them the story about the Star Spangled Banner for the tenth time.  Answering their questions as my husband and I talk about the American Revolution. Letting them see my tears as I talk about September 11, 2001.  Every moment feels like precious time to pass on the history, the passion, and sometimes frustrations that I feel as a citizen of this country.

As a family we spend our day at the local town's celebration.  It just seems right to be around other people. We have a picnic dinner and watch the fireworks.  Conversations about current events or history usually take place.  At the end of the day when I send the kids up to bed I can relax with my husband and enjoy the fact that I am raising children who are proud, patriotic, and informed citizens, of the best country on Earth.

Enjoy the day, whatever you decide to do.  Please be safe, and don't forget the sunscreen.  

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Heather Garcia 
Promotians Manager