Thursday, October 4, 2012

Welcome SITStahs!!

Welcome Welcome WELCOME!!
I am SO excited you're here!
Here, let me show you around a bit . . .

I started this blog AAAAaaaall the way back in 2008 - you can read that first train wreck of a blog post here.

Before I continue, let me tell you about myself.

I have been overweight - okay, OBESE - almost my entire life. Food was my BFF - it was there when times were tough, when times were good, and when times were mediocre. When I got teased at school for being the fat girl, my favorite cookies were right there to hug and comfort me. THEY never teased me. By the time I graduated high school I was a whopping 210 lbs (give or take). But that's nothing . . .

Over the years I continued my unhealthy journey. By the time I had my first child I was 250. On my wedding day I was 270. And after the birth of my second child I was 310 lbs. That's when I made the decision that things were going to have to change and I joined Weight Watchers.

Unfortunatly, I am one of the small percentage of people that WW doesn't work for. I lost about 25 lbs and got stuck. I was at 285 for close to two years. NOTHING I did helped. Absolutely nothing. It was so frustrating. My weight was still high, my cholesterol was bad, my blood pressure and blood sugar were on the rise, and I was doing nothing but maintaining an unhealthy weight.

After much discussion with my doctor and husband and much prayer, I decided this year to have weight loss surgery (the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy). You can read all about that decision here and here.

Here I talk all about the good, the bad, and the mortifying. It's been a rough ride, but so far it's working - I've lost just over 50 lbs and feel and look better than I have in years. My ultimate goal is to reach 150 lbs or a size 10 - whichever comes first. I haven't been a size 10 in . . . well, EVER!

I hope you enjoy your visit to my little happy place on the internet! Thanks for visiting - hope to see you all soon!


45 comments:

Ginny Marie said...

Congrats on your SITS Day! I started blogging in 2008, too, and my writing has changed a lot over the years. I'm looking forward to reading your blog!

Andrea said...

Happy SITS Day and congrats on your 4 yrs of blogging!!

Julie Moore said...

Congrats on your SITS Day and your weight loss. I'm chronicling my journey, too - only it's about becoming fit and fab despite having Fibromyalgia - but my struggle to lose weight has been similar. I wish you all the best, and am so happy to meet you! :)

Eva Gallant said...

Congrats on your SITS Day! Enjoy the spotlight! I know weight loss is tough, I've been overweight for years. Congratulations on the progress you have made!

Cher-Ann Texter said...

Happy SITS Day! Looking forward to reading more!

Fire Wife said...

Stopping by from SITS, and staying! I couldn't stop reading! Must. Get. Back. To. Work.

:)

Grass Skirt said...

Congrats on your SITS Day and for taking control of your health! :)
http://thegrassskirtblog.com

Kat Biggie said...

Congrats on your SITS day! Proud of you for taking this journey AND doing it publicly! It's unfair how easy it is to put on and freaking HARD to take off!

misssrobin said...

Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it's a great day for you.

And I wish you much success as you continue your weight loss journey.

Ari said...

Congrats on your SITs day! This post was real and very relateable. Wishing you well on your journey!

Ari

www.creativelysassy.com

Lisa said...

You started WW the exact same week I did! Funny!
Happy 4 years!

Momma in Progress said...

Hi there. Visiting from SITS. Your comment about your very first blog post cracked me up, because I feel the exact same way. Actually, I pretty much feel that way about the first year or so of blog posts. Off to check out more of the blog.

Crystal Ponti said...

Happy SITS Day again! Love the blog! OMG - I wish it was Halloween year-round!

sockmonkeyblog.com said...

Happy SITS Day! Your post "What Thin People Don't Know" was outstanding! Thank you for voicing what so many of us *do* know. Take great joy in your journey!

Growing Tween said...

Happy Sits day to you! Who can resist following the mortifying link? It's so good to know I'm not the only one with mortifications as part of daily life!

Martha Woods said...

Congrats on your SITS day and on your weight loss thus far! Keep it up and don't lose hope!

Christina Morley said...

Happy SITS day Jen! I'm so glad you are sharing about your journey so others can be encouraged.

Tina - mom of 4 and author of 5 blogs
http://abooksandmore.blogspot.com

Jessica Belnap said...

Coming over from SITS.
Wow, well done on your weigh loss! That is no easy feat!

Jessica recently posted, Inanimate Objects Sometimes Attack Me.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Happy SITS Day!

Nicole said...

Hello Jen. What a journey you and this blog have been on. I wish you the best at reaching your goal. Be safe and stay healthy! Happy SITS Feature Day!

jesterqueen said...

Happy SITS day! I am so excited that it's working for you. May your successes continue.

Meyser said...

Coming over from SITS! I love how different the blogs are I discover that way. I loved your latest post on accountability! It's something I struggle with too!!

Stephanie Kneese said...

Happy Sits Day!!!

Tiffanie A said...

Happy SITS Day!and congrats on your amazing journey thus far!

lifeoncemakeitworth said...

Happy SITS day Jen.. all the best with your journey to a healthier you =))

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hilljean said...

Happy SITS day! Love your blog :)

Charlotte Klein said...

OMG, you are AWESOME!!! Wishing you all the best of luck on this journey. You are inspiring to so many and am sure you will be able to reach your goal. It'll take a lot of work, and support from friends/family, but that's what this community is so good at, right?

Happy happy SITS day and hope you are enjoying your day in the spotlight :) XOXO

OneMommy said...

It sounds like you have had quite a journey. Hope you have a wonderful SITS day and ou reach your goal!

ElizabethRinne said...

Hi there Jen and congrats on your SITS Day! : --- ) I'm so proud of you for taking control of your health!

With love,
Elizabeth Rinne

boymomblog.com said...

Happy SITS day - I like your blog! The shart post was hilarious!

boymomblog.com said...

Congrats on your SITS day! I like your blog ... the Shart blog was hilarious!

Paloma said...

Happy SITS Day! :) I know you can reach your goal! :)

The Roving Retorter said...

Congrats on how far you've come so far and on your admirable attitude!

Deanna crazed said...

You and I sound a lot alike and our stories are almost identical (apart from having the surgery).. I'm going to be following you!!

Sara said...

happy sits day, for sure going to be a follower!

kath. said...

I will indeed follow you. I hear you and feel you! You might read about my weight loss story here www.merry20s.com (under the label Weight, Weightloss)
<3 much love SITStah!

Shelda Raymonvil said...

Happy SITS Day! You've gone through such an amazing journey. I wish you much success when continuing to accomplish your goals!

realinto said...

Thanks for sharing so much about this. I honestly haven't had this type of problem but the rest of my family is obese. You're right the surgery is just a tool and I would support my family members if they chose to do it.

I didn't know I wasn't supposed to use duct tape on the kids.

Happy SITS day!

life...just saying said...

Congrats on your SITS Day! An amazing story. Thank you for sharing your journey. I'm sure you are an inspiration to many.

kath. said...

I will indeed follow you. I hear you and feel you! You might read about my weight loss story here www.merry20s.com (under the label Weight, Weightloss)
<3 much love SITStah!

Emily Dicks said...

Happy SITS Day! Very bold and generous of you to share your personal journey and thoughts. Way to go!

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

Congrats on your SITS Day and 4 years of blogging, Jennifer! Best wishes to you! :)

Kim Jarrell Johnson said...

Just over from Sits. Thanks for the "tour." Wow, blogging since 2008! Fantastic!

Kim Jarrell Johnson said...

Just over from Sits! Thanks for the tour! I am impressed that you have been blogging for four years!

Kim Jarrell Johnson said...

Just over from Sits. Thanks for the "tour." Wow, blogging since 2008! Fantastic!