So,  on my surgiversary I'm out shopping for jeans, and 6 years later,  I can squeeze these Tyra...

6 year surgiversary

So,  on my surgiversary I'm out shopping for jeans, and 6 years later,  I can squeeze these Tyrannosaurus Rex legs into a 12. Life ain't bad.

I don't have any grand proclamations or sweeping sentimental statements.  Life is life.

Surgery doesn't guarantee love,  happiness,  riches or wealth.

But navigating life 150 lbs down is much much easier.

Not worrying about fitting into places...not worrying about getting winded just walking the store...not worrying about a seat belt fitting.....I can live with those Nots.

Right now,  the only thing I'm worried about is buying one pair of jeans or two as I walk around Target with my favorite guy in the world.

Happy Surgiversary to me.

Just a little fyi letting you know to hop on over to ObesityHelp.com and check out my article here ....

My article on Obesity Help.

Just a little fyi letting you know to hop on over to ObesityHelp.com and check out my article here.

Also,  don't forget to follow me on Twitter and FB.

*in my Eminem voice I was slipping last year. My blog game got totally pushed to the side so that...

Guess who's back back back

*in my Eminem voice

I was slipping last year. My blog game got totally pushed to the side so that I could handle real life shit. I had to pull out my big girl draws and everythang. Family, relationships, jobs being handed to me and then snatched away....yeah, it was one of those years that defines your life.

If you've been with me at all before, in typical Waning Woman style, I don't wax poetic about the dramatic changes in my life.

I will tell you........My son is great, I have a fantastic full time job at which I perform at level WIZARD, I have a car, a house, I'm keeping of most of my weight, and I still have most of the friends that I had last time you heard from me. All in all, I'm not doing tooooo shabby. I'm definitively better off than *****************SPOILER ALERT******************Han Solo.

Just dipping my feet back into the water to let you know I've been working on some full fat recipes for all you those of you winning at life, some lower fat recipes for you just skating by, and a vegan recipe or two for you sad, sad, souls. I kid! I kid! You know I love everybody and all of the different foods.
I'm teaming up with ObesityHelp.com ( damn, that's a blast from the past. I practically lived on that site in 2010) to bring you some new content. So keep your ears opened and your eyes peeled. I opened up with a little Marshall. Let me close up with a little Morgan.


I received an email that said this the other day... "Dear Ms. Waning Woman, While search...

the-not-so-secret secrets of my success


I received an email that said this the other day...
"Dear Ms. Waning Woman,
While searching for the most wonderfullest, educatedest, best lookingest bloggers on the World Wide Web, we found you! We would like for you to write a blog post about the ancient Chinese secrets that give you unlimited awesomeness. We'll pay you in cupcakes and glitter heels."
Sincerely,
Andrea at Oscar Insurance"
OK, so it didn't happen quiiiite like that, but you know me and my fits of fancy (cue Iggy Azalea song right here). It was more along the lines of, " We're reaching out to a few bloggers and we want to see the ways that they stay healthy." Since I'm almost 5 years post op and still making Sleevie Wonder work for me, I figured that this would be a great time to blog about how I'm doing in maintenance.
Look at me with Michelle of The World According to Eggface.

I'm doing great! I'm not gonna mince words or play it down. No modesty here for, ya girl. I'm rocking this maintenance thing like a sold out Aerosmith concert.

I'm pretty loose with the rules, and in fact, I don't like following any rules at all. I thought that I didn't have any hard and fast rules, but after sitting up and thinking about it, I actually do. These things work for me, so your mileage may vary.

1. One thing I hardly ever do, almost never, is drink my calories. 
When I do have a soda, it's Coke Zero, Topo Chico, or other no-cal/low-cal drink. I'm actually getting away from artificial sweeteners so I'm very partial to LaCroix, Topo Chico, or other sparkling waters.

I enjoy having a grown folks drink as much as the next person, but you'll never see me chugging down a sugar laden mixed drink. My go to is vodka and club soda with a twist of lime or a dirty martini. Very low carb and low cal as far as libations go.

2.  I'm low carb 85% of the time.
For lunch, I'll usually pack my Thermos with protein, have a few grape tomatoes on the side and that will be it. On the days that I don't pack my lunch, I'll hit up the Mexican grocery store and get carne guisda or something sufficiently delicious and meat only. Full fat errhthang is the only thing that works for me.
On weekends I'm more liberal and those are the days that I'll have something delicious like homemade risotto or cupcakes. Mmmm. Hurry up and get here, Saturday!

3. I have breakfast everyday.
This is one I actually thought I didn't do because I don't eat my breakfast, I drink my breakfast. I'll whip up a shake with cashew milk, protein powder and drink it on my way work. On the 3-snooze-button-wash-my-underarms-over-the-sink-mornings, I keep ready to drink shakes on hand so that I always have something.

4. I'm a food snob.
If something doesn't make me happy, I don't eat it. I learned the hard way that doing that means you'll just eat and eat and eat because you're trying to satiate that craving. I skip all of that, and just get what I want. In a society where women are often conditioned to just go with the flow and make people happy, it's not always easy to tell the waitress, " I'm not eating this because I don't like it." You can come off as stuck up, selfish, all kinds of negatives. But you know what? I don't compromise on this anymore because I have to live with me and my body. So because I know what I like and what makes me happy, I eat that. I don't eat to live, I live to eat. I love full fat cheeses, roasted veggies, marbled steaks, good olive oil, crusty breads, olives and I don't apologize.

This isn't everything, but these few things are a big part of the reason that I'm a success.  Until I started penning this post, I didn't actually realize that I have my "things".  Hmph. Now you can have them too, if you promise to holler "Waning Woman.com" every single time somebody tells you that you look good. Also, if you're in the markers for health insurance in the New York, New Jersey area, check out Oscar, "The New Kid That May Change Health Insurance," according to Forbes magazine.
Remember to like that FB fan page!

       About a week ago I received an invitation from the American Recall Center to participate ...

Who keeps you healthy?



       About a week ago I received an invitation from the American Recall Center to participate in their

 "Who Keeps You Healthy?" 

campaign.

Without a doubt, it is the friends that I have made, those on a parallel path towards finding their own healthy, that have kept me in check. Big puffy heart!

The people in my support group, After the Cut, are the true definition of support. I could call any one of them, one any given day, at any given time and they would be right there to lend an ear, a shoulder, a couple of dollars, or even a crowbar and bat!
Sisterhood of the pedicure! Which one am I?
We just came back from a weekend in Austin and I love those women even more now than I did when we went. We went to a fashion show with Dawn Brooks, karaoked it up Dawn Brooks and Zsalynn Whitworth, and had a private yoga session at the house of THE Abby Lentz. I came back to Dallas on Sunday feeling like Stella, groove back and intact minus the man part. My spirit was renewed just with the power of sisterhood.
The beautiful Abby Lentz and the wonderful breakfast spread she prepared for us!

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Shana and Kaitlin lookin purdy!

So thank you Shana, Shawna, Michelle, Michele, Kaitlin, Saundra, Sharon, Patty, Pandora, Michael, Carlos Jeteral, Amelia, Shawn, Fee, Tammy, Brian. You have all been a part of this success in one way or another.
I big puffy heart with glitter and sprinkles love you guys.


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