Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Hello friends!

Not much to report in my world lately, other than the fact that I am now playing the waiting game. I HATE WAITING! My surgeon's office submitted my paperwork to the insurance company last Thursday, so now I am just waiting on the call from them for me to come in and schedule my surgery date. I've thought about calling the insurance company and ask about the status of it, although I figure it won't matter since my surgeons office won't do anything til they receive official word.

So, question: what shall I do while I wait? Give me your input!

With love,

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ten Things Thursday!

Here are a few things that make me happy right now.

1. Torrid is coming back to Memphis!
While out and about with the bestie yesterday I passed a Torrid store that is set to open soon. Had no idea Torrid was opening a new store. I have missed it terribly.

2. Mad Men season 5 came out this week.
Two words: Jon Hamm.

3. On the first week of my diet I lost 2 pounds.
Tomorrow makes two weeks I have been on my diet. I'm really anxious to step on the scale a day early and see how much I lost this week. But I won't.

4. My house is spotless.
I have spent all day cleaning top to bottom. Granted, there is a huge pile of laundry on the bed, but at least all the clothes are clean.

5. I have four days off, in a row.
Try to contain your jealousy.

6. It is officially fall at my house.
The Autumn Wreath Yankee Candle is burning, pumpkins are on the porch, and leaves are in the yard. This is my absolute favorite time of year.

7. OPI's Skyfall Collection is ah-ma-zing.
I love every color in this nail polish collection and the colors are prefect for fall and winter.

8. I am so in love with my mattress.
We finally broke down and dropped some money on a much needed mattress. You have no idea how ragged our other mattress was. The new mattress is so thick that I literally have to run and jump into bed. And I love it!

9. No sweet tea cravings.
Suprisingly, I have not had a fit for sweet tea. I haven't missed it these last two weeks. Water and diet Lipton green tea have suited me just fine. Tomorrow I get to experiment with my new protein powder.

10. Saturday I get to see Taylor!
Taylor is my 10 week old neice. She is the most adorable baby ever, and she really loves her auntie :)

Life is good.


Friday, October 5, 2012


I love Snapped, and today is a Memphis episode. Score.

I have been a fluffy ball of nerves the past few days. I started my pre-approval visits this week. The appointments I have been to have gone better than expected, but there have been a few surprises too.

Wednesday was my first appointment, this one with my primary care physician. I was most nervous about this one because if it didn't go the way I hoped, I felt that it would ruin this whole process for me. I have a great PCP, but he is an older doctor and is set in his old school ways. However, I explained to him that I was considering weight loss surgery, we discussed this and he agreed to submit a letter to my surgeon recommending me for weight loss surgery. It was almost too easy. This was such a big relief to me.

Wednesday afternoon was my consult with the nutritionist. This gal was such a sweetheart. She was very knowledgeable and easy to speak with. She did make some suggestions about dieting before the surgery. The biggest one is to cut out sweet tea. I thought ohmygoodness, NO, dont do this to me! Tennessee girls LOVE their sweet tea. But, I am willing to do this. I will find a new love.

The nutritionist also suggested that I started eating three balanced meals a day. Working nights my meals are backwards. I eat dinner with the hubby before I go to work. A small snack at work, such as a rice krispie treat and tea (ahhh). And then breakfast on my way home from work, which is almost always a pop tart. Her concern with eating on the go, although I dont eat much drive thru meals, is that I am not getting the protein and calcium I need. So I started taking calcium supplements and a multivitamin. She also gave me a protein shake to try. She said I could even substitute it for breakfast. It was the Myoplex Lite. Not horrible (although it did have that funky protein shake taste) but definately not as good as sweet tea.

Yesterday was my first visit at the surgeon's office. My sweet hubby took of work to go with me. He said he wanted to show them that I had a great support system. Ain't he a doll? After doing all the office paperwork, we went back.

First they took my weight. As soon as that number popped up I almost fell off the scale. I couldn't believe it. And not in a good way. I just had to remind myself that the weight is only going down from here. Just keep swimming...

Blood pressure was just as bad, but I attributed that to white coat syndrome. We then watched a video, then went in to talk to the RN. She discussed insurance and the pre-op procedure. She then asked me why I chose to have the lap band. I explained because it was less invasive, recovery time, blah blah blah. She then stated (big WHOA here) I think you would benefit more from the gastric sleeve. She explained to me that although she didn't want to persuade me one way or the other, the sleeve seem to be more effective for people with a higher BMI such as myself. This really took me by suprise just because I hadn't really considered the sleeve. All my research had been on the lap band, so I practically know nothing about the sleeve.

This has opened up a whole new can-o-worms for me. Now I have this to consider and research and pray about. It does make me a little nervous because it is more invasive and irreversible. However if it would be more beneficial to me, then maybe it is the right decision. So much to think about.

I think ill go think it about it over a pedicure...

Farewell my sweet friend.