I had weight loss surgery in August. I have lost over 70 lbs so far and feel so much better physically and emotionally. I did not take the easy way out. It is hard work. Small portions, no pasta, sugar or alcohol. It is totally worth it though. I have another 100 lbs to lose so I am stepping up my exercise. I actually have things to look forward to. I will take my second plane ride in my adult life in March to go to NYC to visit my son. This was not possible before due to my physical limitations. I am looking forward to walking the streets of NYC and seeing the sights. I have been before but this time more on my own.
I am going to the beach with the family in June and look forward to getting some sun and spending time with the family. I am not worried about not being able to drink or eat what everyone else is. I am content to get to know my family better. My nieces and nephew are growing up so fast.
I try to stay away from the subject of politics due to the potential to get into fights for to offend others. I consider myself middle of the road. Socially liberal and fiscally conservative. I vote issues and not by party. I am sharing my feelings today only because of my sincere embarrassment of our state voting Mark Sanford back into government and sending him to Washington.
It would appear that any republican would have won that seat. SC is a republican state. However, do the voters in the low country have short term memory loss? Do they remember what Mark Sanford put our state through? How can voters trust him again? What has he done to try to regain our trust? These are questions that I am struggling with. Mark Sanford is a human being and makes mistakes and he has asked for forgiveness for those mistakes. I personally don’t dislike the man. I do dislike him as a politician and don’t want him representing my state. Once again we will be the butt of jokes. There was a Tweet last night from Valerie Bertinelli that made me mad. It was “Wow. The Carolinas really seem to like their lyin’, cheatin’ men. Mark Sanford, John Edwards, Strom Thurmond… #whatever”. This is just the first of many insults that will be leveled at us.
South Carolina does not believe in gay marriage, believes that families are sacred but can vote in an untrustworthy, adulterer Mark Sanford. Make up your mind South Carolina. We either have values or we don’t and right now it looks like we talk out of both sides of our mouth.
Thanks for reading this. I apologize to any I have offended and I respect your views as I hope that you will respect mine.
Life changed on June 23 for all that knew and loved Anna. She was brutally murdered in Spartanburg early that morning. Today as I write this I still have a hard time believing that such a beautiful, smart and vibrant young woman is no longer here with us. Her death is hard to comprehend alone. However, trying to come to terms that she was murdered has made her death even more traumatic and we are searching for answers. Why? Why our Anna? Hopefully the law enforcement will get those answers for us. The answers will still leave us with even more questions.
Anna was about to start a new chapter in her life this week. A path that was going to be tough but one that would end with a new beginning. She will never get that new beginning and that is so tragic. Anna, as we all have, made some bad choices in her life. She was ready to move forward and grow from her mistakes.
Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers as well as all that knew Anna and loved her. Her death is a bitter pill to swallow. However her light will always shine in our hearts.
I am ten weeks into my weight loss lifestyle now and have lost more than 40 lbs. I can say that it has been difficult at times but I am determined to succeed. I am starting to feel better and will only get better and better. I am having to deal with my emotions instead of stuffing them down with food. Feelings can be raw at times and have not been pleasant to deal with. However, my feelings must be dealt with in order to live a healthy lifestyle and be successful in losing this weight that has shielded me from living my life. Fat was my excuse for not dating, being active or going anywhere.
have a long road ahead and I have only started my journey. I look forward to this journey and the new challenges and opportunities it gives me. I will succeed this time and no longer hide behind my curtain of shame and fat.
I have come to that decision that life as I know it has to change or my life will continue to suffer or even end. I cannot keep eating and living like I have. I know that it will not be easy but I am determined to lose 100 lbs. before I turn 5o next March. I will be blogging more and not stuffing my feelings down with food. I am ready to face my emotions whether good or bad.
Watch out world! I am ready to live.
This is the second day of the new year. I have plenty of things that I need to change. However, I am making one resolution. I refuse to dwell in the past. I have made mistakes, been hurt by others and learned lessons along the way. The past cannot be changed. Dwelling in the past will rob me of my present and my future.
I am looking forward to what this wonderful new year will bring. I am no longer chained by my past. My head faces forward. Happy 2012!!!!