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Monday, October 20, 2014

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."
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" 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.
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Friday, March 28, 2014

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?" 


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!

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.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Losing 10

So, I guess I took a hiatus from blogging cause I figured that you just might not be interested in what maintenance is. It's trying to stay the same weight, going up a few pounds, trying to lose those few pounds, sometimes losing those few pounds, wash, rinse, repeat.
Maintenance, doesn't make the best blog material.

I remember at one point, I was going to tell you all about my fantastic burst of gymthusiasm and how I was hitting the weights like I was a pimp and them bitches owed me money.......
But then I got a full time job.

And then I was going to blog about the job and how happy I was to be doing what I was doing....
But then they hired somebody else to do what I was doing and I found out with the "We appreciate everything you do" email.

And you guys have been with me long enough to know that when shit is going sour, I don't really like to talk about it. Remember the Thing of Which I Will Not Speak? I don't know, not that everybody who does it it seeking attention, I just don't like being the center of attention in that way.
I like being the center of attention is this dress though!!! #nospanx

So here we are and I actually think I have some stuff to talk about.


I was afraid to say that I need to lose ten pounds. First of all, I've been told I'm crazy for wanting to lose. Secondly, why can't I accept myself ten pounds heavier? Is something wrong with me? It's easy to preach self love, but when ten pounds rears its ugly head.....

I'm not the woman who needs to lose ten more ALL THE TIME. I want to lose to get back into the zone in which I feel most comfortable in my body. As of today though I only have 5 pounds to go. I've truly committed to a high protein, low carb way of eating.
I passed up cake. I don't need to say anything more.

Well, I'm just letting you know, that we will be seeing a little bit more of me. What would you like me blog about? Food choices, exercise routine, product reviews, what the hell is going on in my life, progress photos? Let me know.

I'm out like Jheri curls and bobby socks.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

4 years after the sleeve

Damn, how in the hell did I miss my surgiversary yesterday?!?! I looked up at the calendar today and was completely aghast that I could forget such a big event in my life.

I guess that's because life
My stomach is no longer Sleevie Wonder because it is not a separate thing from me. It finally feels like it is part of me.
Now that I'm not actively losing weight and fighting these 10 lbs of regain like every red blooded woman on the planet, I don't feel extraordinarily special. Nothing to see here folks!

The shine has worn off, the glitter is in an ever fading trail behind me. It's not exciting.

All of the things that I did to lose weight are now the things that I have to do just to maintain my weight. It is very easy to stay motivated when I seeing smaller numbers and newer sizes. It is a lot less easy to maintain that enthusiasm when my ass is stagnant. And according to some famous person, isn't that the definition of insanity?! Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Reaching goal and maintaing is actually kind of meh.

This is not to say that I am unhappy with where I am. I feel fantastic, most day actually think I look fantastic, and throughout all of this I've managed to pick up some fantastic friends along the way.
Part of the reason that I have been so successful is my real life, Dallas area support group, After the Cut. There are others that are trying to get a handle on serious regain, while I have just ten pounds. I can still wear all of the clothes in my closet. Perspective is everything.

From this vantage point I see a life that is mine for the taking because I'm not trapped in a body afflicted by obesity.
I'll cry, feel unpretty, feel fearless, feel sad, feel old, feel young, feel wore out, but most importantly there will be days where the shine hasn't gone anywhere and the glitter will be thick as a red carpet and I'll be walking on that.

Thank you for sharing these 4 years with me.

Waning Woman is sponsored by North Texas Bariatrics


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