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Not only have I been recovering from my surgery this week, but I have also been watching two sweet children. When I was sitting in the hospital bed last Friday (feeling like death) I never imagined that a few short days later I would feel good enough to entertain these kiddos like a normal human being…but I do.

I actually feel like a totally new person. Not only do I feel like my recovery has been a breeze, but I am suprised at how much energy I have with eating so little food (actually no food, still on protein shakes)I can only attribute this fact to two things…I am a quick healer (thank God) and my body does 100 times better with very little sugar in my life.

Yesterday we headed out to Kings Island for some fun and it was awesome!

Of couse Megan danced with the Peanuts!

They loved it!

Camp Richardson


Today I am hanging out with my Ryan who has been with my mom all week. Man did I miss this big bundle of joy! 

A bottle, his Woody, and his Mommy…What could be better?!


I got a call from the surgeons office this afternoon and was singing the praises of how great I feel. The nurse was excited for me. 

Tomorrow I am planning on giving a full recap of my weight loss journey since starting the two week pre-op liquid diet so stay tooned!

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Checking in from the Couch

Well, I made it!

The surgery is over and I am on to recovery and living the rest of my life.

I woke up from surgery with very little pain but a lot of nausea. I have to believe that was mostly from the anesthetic and not from the surgery. I was still feeling a bit sick to my stomach on Saturday morning, but I did two (yes, 2!!!!) barium checks like a champ.

I was released from the hospital around 5:30 on Saturday but only because radiology was backed up and didn’t read my tests for a long time. Believe me, I was ready to leave around 10 am. It was nice to sleep at home in my own bed.

Sunday was better and today is the best I have felt so I have to believe each day will bring improvement. I can only describe how I feel as weird. I can’t really explain it. Everything in my body just feels a bit slower. I have not been hungry at all, but this afternoon I did start craving some food. Per my surgeon, I can have protein shakes, sugar free jello/pudding, Greek yogurt, creamy soups, and lots and lots of water. I did have a protein shake this morning and it went down pretty good. I am thinking about having some tomato soup or yogurt in a bit; both sound good to me right now.

I guess that’s all for now. What a strange ride this has been. I almost can’t believe it is over! (Or just beginning…however I want to look at it!)

This is my husband…was he the patient????

Today is the Day

Today is the day my life will be forever changed. I am a while mix of emotions right now but most of al excited at all the possibilities I have before me.

Many people have said this s like a re-birth and a new birthday for me. I keep focusing on the future while taking one step at a time.

If you have a moment, say a little prayer for me this morning.

I’ll see you on the back end

A Great Day

I had a great day yesterday. In my quest to keep busy to keep my mind off of food I did an amazing job. 

The day stared with a great workout with my crew at 5:30. Man it was hard and I was sweating buckets when I left. When I got home I showered and relaxed for a few minutes and then got this guy up for his 2 year check-up.

Stealing hearts since 2014


We left the pediatrician and headed straight to Grammy’s house in Columbus.  I visited for a bit with my mom and then left Ryan in her capable hands (he will be there until next Wednesday).

Then I went to my friend Joanne for a much needed hair cut. It took her almost an hour to comb out my hair but she did it and my cut Feels fabulous and oh so light!

#iwillneverwaitthreeyearsagain


After that I did a little shopping, stopped at Panera for a grossly overpriced bowl of broth and then it was go time…

My friend Beth has been struggling with health issues over the course of the last few months and had a procedure done in the morning. I wanted to stop by an see her unannounced because that is the best. So I drove to her house and surprised her. I almost thought she would not answer but she did!

It was wonderful spending the afternoon with her. She is my soul and I feel so much happier after I talk with her. Our lives are so busy it seems like we haven’t seen each other in ages, but we pick up right where we left off.

Now I am just trying to get through today. T-minus less than 24 hours until surgery. I can’t believe it’s here. I weighed myself this morning and am 18 pounds down these past two weeks. I guess not eating does help you lose weight!

I will try to check in tomorrow after surgery. Say a prayer for me and my surgeons!

It’s Tuesday.

Sunday we had a two-fold celebration. Of course, it was Father’s Day so we celebrated the men in our lives. But we also celebrate this BIG GUY:

You can stop growing up now.


We had a pretty low key day with family. I made a ton of food and everyone seems to enjoy it (except me). People played corn hole, hung out, we are cake and opened presents.

It was truly a perfect day.

They look exactly alike…right down to the smirk.


My husband loves his kids more than life itself. He’s not much of a “baby guy” but once they can somewhat function and interact he is all about it. I love watching him play with the kids and throw balls with them. He is a great daddy and I am happy my kids have him.

Yesterday started out with an intense Muscle Max class. Isn’t it weird that when a different instructor teaches the same class it always seems more difficult? My regular instructor, Anna, ran a 100k on Saturday (no big deal, right???) so a different person led us through The most difficult workout I have had in a long time. 

Birthday Boy is a fish

We also spent some time at the water park yesterday. My kids LOVE LOVE LOVE the water…especially the little guy. I love that when we play in the water in the late afternoon I am sure to have three sleepy kids on the way home. Win, win.

I am dropping Meg and Ty with their aunt for a sleep over tonight and then taking Ryan to my mom’s tomorrow for a visit. He will be with her for a week so that I will have some time to recover from surgery. M & T will go to their Mamaws house on Thursday night prior to surgery.

I can’t believe I am three days out from my new life! It seems like forever ago that I started this journey. December 8 was the day I started the process. I am so ready to enter the next phase.

Hitting the Wall

I knew it would happen at some point.

I knew I couldn’t keep up with his pace forever.

Today was the day.

I went to my regular 5:30 class and could barely make it through. It was so tough. I stuck with it for thirty minutes and then hit the treadmill for another fifteen.

When I got home I fixed breakfast for everyone and had my protein coffee and then gathered the kids in the car to run to Menards to pick up ten more bags of mulch. 

I laid the mulch (I did 15 bags yesterday afternoon and removed two large shrubs from the front yard). And then I almost died. I was sweating and dizzy and felt like complete shit. I took a shower and then proceeded to nap for 2.5 hours.

This protein diet is crazy. I have so much energy it is unreal…but I knew at some point I would be so super tired that I would drop.

It was a very lazy day here. I did gather the kids up and we went to the pool this evening for a few hours.

Now I am ready for bed. At 8:30 on a Friday night.

#Iparty

Goodbye ugly dead bush. I will not miss you.

5 Things Thursday

Here are five random things that I took pictures of this week on my iPhone:

1. I made this Rice Krispies Treat/ marshmallow cheesecake for the hubs. He has been working a ton this week and sometimes he picks out a treat he would like me to make and posts it on Facebook for all to see. Then I feel obligated to make it.

It was easy to make and looks delicious

2. I found a new bulletin board to do in my classroom this fall. I always joke that I became a teacher because I love creating bulletin boards…maybe there is a bit of truth to my jest. I spend a lot of time trying to find new and fun ones for my classroom.

Sorry, I lost the link to this one


3. Megan broke out in hives and I took pictures to show the doctor in case the flare went away before our appointment. Turns out she has undisclosed allergies to something. We are starting with Zertec and hoping for the best.

Poor baby was suffering


4. We went swimming/hiked in the river yesterday and I left my phone in the car because I didn’t really have anywhere to put it. When we left we went to the little Hawaiian Ice shack in town. Hip hip hooray they had sugar free syrups and I “indulged” in a Tiger’s Blood. Yummy!

I shared with Ryan, of course

5. I took “before” measurements and an official pre-surgery picture at the gym. I really can’t wait to be an “after.”

ugh…i hate this picture