A food addict's travels on the road to recovery.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I Won An Award Today...TWICE!!

I'm so excited! I won 2 lovely blog awards today, given to me by 2 great ladies. The first one I received this morning was from Brittany @ Me vs. The Buffet. I can tell you right now that anyone who has the word "buffet" in their title is going to be a good friend o' mine, lol, I can already tell. The second award I found out about from checking in at Michelle's blog @ My Journey to Onderland. It was written in her post today as well. Both of them are listed on my blogroll and I want to say a big THANK YOU for thinking of me. I'm glad you're enjoying my blog. That makes me smile. :) The next thing is for SOMEONE out there to tell me how to get the pretty little award posted on the sidebar of my blog...I see them on other people's blog but don't know how they get them up there. Someone please tell me. :)

WOW....every single comment that I got from my post last night was just fabulous. I'd encourage all of you to go back and read them. A couple of the ladies...Melanie and Michelle....work in hospitals, Melanie being a nurse. They have seen firsthand the people that have opted for the surgery and the aftermath that follows. And I really hate hearing about the people that do it and then gain the weight back. Really sad stuff. Of course you can gain it back from losing it the natural way as well....but I feel worse for the ones that do it after surgery. After what they thought was their life-changing solution, once and for all. They thought the surgery would FORCE them into losing the weight and keeping it off and it's becoming more and more evident to me that it just isn't always the case. And after you've put your body through that hell, altered your insides, suffered all the ensuing complications afterwards, and spent all that money....it's just terrible.

One of the things I forgot to mention in my post last night was the people who had already had the surgery, dropped a bunch of weight, and now had some SERIOUS loose skin issues. It was horrifying to look at (because I'm afraid I'll be faced with the same thing) and the actual surgery to do it that they show you on TV is not for people with weak stomachs. I was watching through my fingers with my hand over my face. They cut you open, hang up the top part of your floppy stomach with metal clamps, and then go to cutting.

One lady had 13 lbs of loose skin cut off her stomach and pubic region, and another 4 lbs cut off of her backside in the hip area above your bottom. They showed her at a follow up visit 3 months later and I am not exaggerating when I tell you that woman's lower body looked like a patchwork quilt. The scars were so, so bad. They wrapped around her whole body from front to back. It was quite disturbing. I'm seriously thinking about learning to live with my excess skin, no matter how bad it is. I'm going to have to work on that. It will be hard to look at on a daily basis, but I'm thinking those hideous scars would be even harder to look at. Just so drastic.

I've really been kicking butt this week with the calorie counting and the treadmill. I BETTER see 2 lbs gone by Friday....I think I'll just collapse on the scale if I don't...I have been working HARD. I've been on that dang treadmill every day....increasing my distance and speed a little more each day. I can't even describe the aching and soreness that I have each day...but I still manage to get down there and do it. I keep running that great quote through my head that I found on Amy H's blog @ No To The Deuce...."Pain is just weakness leaving the body." It's really working for me....that is my exercise mantra now. I'm loving it and using it every day. So thank you Amy...it was just what I needed. Yesterday I did 2.6 miles in 37 mins. This morning I did 2.75 miles in 40 minutes. Hooray for progress!!

Thank you again Brittany and Michelle for the blog awards. My blog is only 9 weeks old, I'm still pretty new at this stuff, so that makes it even more special to me. :)

Quote For The Day:

"People sometimes attribute my success to my genius; all the genius I know anything about is hard work." -Alexander Hamilton


  1. Congrats on the awards! You deserve them my friend, you really do!

    I'm so happy and proud for you---You're moving in the direction of your dreams swiftly with complete confidence and consistency.
    Your success is so wonderful to witness.

    My best to you always

  2. Tammy, Congratulations on your awards!
    Great job on kicking butt with the exercise!

  3. Congrats on the award.

    I try to NOT think about loose skin too much. I'v seen photos and wish I haven't.

    Okay, to put a picture of the blog award on your sidebar, first save the photo to your computer. Then go to your dashboard and click layout. Then click on page elements. (You should be there when you click layout.) Then look for "add a gadget." It will give you a list of options. Click on picture. Click on the browse button and find the photo you want to upload. You can add a caption if you like. WHen you're all done click save.

    You can then move the "gadget" around on your sidebar by dragging it to where you want it amongst the other gadgets.

    That should do it!

  4. You are doing great - keep up the excellent exercising - it really does get easier, I swear!

    PS: I meant to say, use lots of moisturiser on your skin - one with Vitamin E in is what I use and I am very pleased with the way my skin is looking so far!

  5. Your welcome, Tammy! Ya know, I'd be interested to see what those scars look like over time. I think they fade. Nevermind, I just did a search and they don't fade enough. I think the lifts would make wearing clothes easier, it's just the naked part that might be tough to get used to. Great job on the treadmill - you're doing awesome & those pounds are just going to melt right off!

  6. You can get the HTML code for the blog award I gave you at photobucket.com. Just do a search by putting in "lovely blog" and several of the awards in different sizes. You can scroll down and copy the HTML code and then copy and paste it to your "gadgets" in your layout. My blog is new too...only about two weeks old. And I'm proud of your pushing yourself on the treadmill!

  7. Congrats!! you do have a lovely blog. :)

  8. Yay for the awards! I think that's friggin awesome!

    Also friggin awesome is you still getting on that treadmill. Push through the pain, my friend, and you shall reap rewards! :)

  9. The extra skin is troublesome, but like you, I've seen those surgery shows on TV and was equally horrified! I hear you should wait about a year after you hit your goal weight because the skin can tighten back up. I think I'm just going to live with it - I'm seeing it already, but that surgery, the pain, the scars, and the no workouts for months afterward are all big deterrents for me.