Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dance Like Nobody is Watching!

Everyday I'm feeling better and stronger, but not quiet feeling like I'm ready to go back to my regular exercise regime. So I'm dancing... I LOVE to dance (when no one is watching me), so I thought that I would post the 5 songs that are the top five rotation in my dance play list...

1. My friend Marie and I were talking on Facebook about our mutual love of K-Dramas,. And she sent my this YouTube link. At first I thought it was a joke, I have NEVER laughed as hard as I did watching a video..there is a lot of questionable things in it (I'm just gonna say it's a cultural thing) But the truth is this song is super catchy, and I even know some of the words, although I'm not sure what I'm saying... AND I know the dance...I dare you not to watch this video at least twice...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Expect the Unexpected

Last week Tuesday I went into the hospital to have an ERCP and have a stint placed in my bile duct. By all accounts I knew this was gonna block out an entire day for me and probably the day after. Who knew that an hour long procedure was gonna land me in the hospital with severe pancreatitis. I always tell people if there is a side effect, Tyra will get it... no exceptions.

Fast forward to a week later, I'm out of the hospital but still suffering from pancreatitis. Tramadol and Hydrocodone have become my very best friends. Needless to say, exercise has been the very last thing that I want to do. I have been trying to walk... but I can only do .5 mile before my stomach starts to hurt (and that really wears me out).

5 Things I Realized While in the Hospital

1.     Nurses love me - Seriously they do, and I'll tell you why. After having two transplant and various other transplant related problems, I consider myself to be a seasoned patient... a professional if you will   I don't call them, I don't bother them, and most importantly I remember that they are human, who have flaws and who work a very difficult job and the last thing they want to deal with is a patient who is annoying and crabby. As a patient I only want to do one thing... take my pain meds and go to sleep, okay so that was two; now if only the person that I shared the room gotten that memo. (This was the first time that I've ever had a hospital room mate so it was an adjustment for me too) My last hospital stay would have been much more pleasant. Not only did she annoy her nurses, she annoyed the nurse techs, the front desk people, the dietary folks, me I think she might have even annoyed my mother. Let me give you an example: if she need the nurse she would press the call button and ask for the nurse if she didn't come in two minutes she would call again... then again if she didn't show up... finally she would get up and go the nurses’ station and make a stink about it... she did this several times a day... thank goodness I had my iPod.
2.     I love my family - My mom came and say me every day after work and we would have dinner together... okay I wasn't allowed to eat, so she would eat and I would sip water..AND she brought me panties...I don't know about you all but this was not a planned hospitalization, so I had nothing but what I came in with, so I was ever so grateful when she came with a brand new package of panties. My (sort-of) step-dad was awesome as well, he threatened to come and break me out of the hospital..when I started complaining about missing my cat.
3.     They have some premo drugs at the hospital - Self explanatory!!
4.     I missed the inter webs - Since my phone was dead and I didn't get my charger until the day I was discharged I wasn't about to get online. Which meant that I wasn't able to log into MyfitnessPal and after my streak of logging into for over 350 days in a row, I had to start over. Also I missed all of the awesomeness that was going on over at the Blue Team. Sunshine made me this for me... I love it!

5.     Clearly I am hilarious when I'm high on pain medication - Apparently I told my doctor right when they gave me medication before my procedure that I needed more knock-out drugs than the average person cause I'm a ninja.... You heard it here first peeps..I'm a bloody ninja! I took this picture while on some heavy duty medication... so clearly my wicked sense of humor is still here 

Monday, August 27, 2012

FMM: Tech Questions

After reading on of my favorite blogs Bella on the Beach, who participates in FMM(Friend Making Monday) faithfully I decided to take the plug and do it as well!
 For those of you who aren't familiar with how this works take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at:  so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

1.       PC or Mac?  I have always had a PC. I would love to own a Mac, and I always say that when I grow up I’ll get one… right now it’s simply a money thing… they are simply out of my price range
2.       When did you get your first computer? The very first computer we had as a family was a Tandy computer. I didn't own my first computer until I went right before I went off to school.
3.       Do you use cable, DSL or something else?  I have cable internet.  And our home is connected wirelessly. I find myself annoyed when I go to other people’s houses and they don’t have a wireless connection. I finally talked my parents into it….
4.       When choosing a laptop, do you think it’s more important to choose the fastest one, or the lightest one?  Weight never comes into consideration, because I rarely lug my laptop around. I always look for something that has the specific requirements that I need…also something that’s gonna be sturdy
5.       What kind of cell phone do you own?  I like my phone; it does what it needs to. I'm currently using a Samsung Gravity Smart. But I would trade this sucker in a heartbeat if T-Mobile had iPhones’.  But alas T-Mobile and Apple have yet to come up with an agreement.
6.       How do you carry your laptop when you travel?  I still don't have a case, my newest laptop is a behemoth at 17.4 inches and it can't fit in any of my bags.. and just yesterday I needed to take it to a meeting so I warped her up in an old sweatshirt... nice and cozy (but ghetto)
7.       How many e-mails do you send on an average day? I'm not sure, but I do know that I receive more emails that I send.
8.       Do you ever blog using your iPad or similar tablet? Nope, seems too cumbersome for me...I want until I'm near a computer
9.       What do you use more often – a desktop or a laptop? I use a combination of the two, but I typically use my laptop more often.
10.   As a blogger, are there other gadgets that you need to get the job done?  If so, what are they?  My camera and my cellphone I like to add pictures (I think they make the blog more personable)

Saturday, August 4, 2012
Just a couple administrative things that been changed to the blog; after careful consideration I have decided to add a code that doesn't allow anything from the site to placed on Pinterest. Most of the graphics that I use can be easily found on the Internet, and the pictures of me are personal in nature and I would prefer for them to stay on my blog. Also the right-click option has been disabled for the same reasons.


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Emotional Fat

I've had so many people ask me, "do you feel smaller?" And every time I tell them the same thing... nope ! , but then again when I was heavier I didn't feel bigger either. But what I see when I look down and what I see in a mirror are not the same thing . When I take a picture and people say, "wow, you're so skinny" I always tell them that it's an illusion, the camera makes me skinnier (or I have awesome posing skills)

I know this is emotional... so now I'm coming to terms with and learning how to lose my emotional fat.

I don't know who this woman is... but I swear I'm gonna find her (not in a creepy stalker way)...I just want to say thank you for posting her journey were I could find it..

I have always said that weight loss has been the cheapest, yet the most devastatingly cathartic experience therapy I could get. And for weeks now I been saying that I have worked through my issues but the truth is like my weight loss goal I'm only half way there.

5 Things that tuned me in that I was STILL emotionally overweight

  1. Wearing and buying clothes that are two big. Just recently I purchased a 2X shirt thinking it would fit...until I was a badgered into taking it back and exchanging it for a L. 
  2. Comparing this weight loss journey with my past... when clearly the last time didn't work that well..(I gained it all back...and then some)
  3. Comparing my weight loss journey with others....not gonna lie, I've been super jealous of people pulling in double digits at weekly weigh-in and the most I loss is 2 or 3 pounds.
  4. Not celebrating my achievement... it's a big deal for me that I'm losing weight...I should really stop telling people that it's not
  5. Not  being 100% honest with myself
So technically this was not supposed to be blog entry... just think of it as an epiphany that I wrote down to share.

Until next time

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Up, Down....Half way to Onederland

Maybe I should say more than half way...

a collage of me
This morning I notice that I am more than half way through my weight loss journey. My goal has always been to lose 100 pounds... although my mother thinks that way too much, she can actually thinks I should lose 10 more pounds and be done...psst not gonna happen.

When I first starting losing weight I only wanted to look better in my clothes... and I wanted my stomach to not be so fat and I so happy to say that I've accomplished both of those goals

My next goal is Toning.... I need to get rid of the flab.. I swear when I lay down I feel it just plop on that is defiantly the next to go along with the weight.

Do I have a goal weight... not really (despite to goal of 100 pounds) but I for sure want to out of the two's.

 My "Ditch the Bitch" vacation is over. This week the Blue Team weighed in after a six week vacation. This was our last official weekly weigh in.. and I couldn't be happier about it. In the past I have been so focused on the scale and not the overall transformation,
So starting next week we begin out monthly weigh in...which I personally feel is better indicator of weight loss than the weekly, and I think it will change the atmosphere of the team.

This week I have been plagued with challenges; the extreme heat, my reoccurring insomnia, numerous doctors appointments and an upcoming family reunion where I'm 90% sure that the temptation to indulge will be there... so I'm vowing before it even happens, to do something active every single day of the reunion and to stay within my calorie I'm currently on a streak on far 296 s days of logging in my food intake and exercise. (I'm a beast!!!)

With the heat and not being able to sleep it's making my ability to exercise down to nil, I have been walking in the wee hours of the morning to get some sort of exercise as well as to try to tire myself out...what ever this is I'm hoping that it passes soon so that I can get back to normal

So what's the deal with the candy? It's an activity for the kids at the banquet. I had to count each and everyone of those pebbles of sugary goodness..and I didn't eat one... that in it's self is a victory!

Here's a little ditty for ya... until next time!


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