Moms birthday today

My mom is turning 75 today. I kind of feel bad because my son and I will be at his karate tournament all day. My uncle and his wife are taking my mom to dinner and I can’t even be part of that. Plus the gift I ordered for her won’t be here until Monday! I got her a Hedwig mug and it was supposed to be here today. Being broke, I couldn’t afford much but she is a HUGE Harry Potter fan so I thought that would be perfect.

Last night was his first night at the tournament. There were a LOT of people doing it!

I hope he does well today. We have to be there from 9-5. And then we have a meeting with the Sensai about the tournament (I think) and dinner. This should be an interesting, albeit LONG, day!

Here’s some doggie love this morning as she isn’t huge ready to get up yet (neither am I really).

Today is weigh in day as well. You know, I think I don’t need to weigh in first thing in the morning anymore.

So since April. I have dropped 49 pounds. I am one pound from my 150 goal weight. That’s 2.6 pounds lost in the past week. Someone please explain how this is since I ate carbs and only exercised 3 times??? The carbs I ate where from vegetables and 100% whole wheat things but still! I’m also eating 1500 calories a day. This is why I am going to see the doctor on Tuesday. I have decided that I will weigh myself on Wednesday nights from now on. 😂

I think that catches y’all up on what’s happening here in Houston in my world. Have a great weekend! I will be trying to learn all this Anatomy before Monday morning’s test while also watching my child do karate!

Loot crate love!!!

I got my loot crate finally!!! I only get 2 more before my subscription is up. It’s very sad! I can’t afford another year of it so I have to let it go. I will miss getting it each month. It’s new t-shirts and toys all the time! I wonder if they take PayPal credit yet? 🤣

Let’s open it up!!!

Hmm, I see a shirt and an alien figurine. Let’s look closer at these fun things!

Alien figurine. Is there a new movie out or coming out? This is funny. An alien walking its alien pet. At a fire hydrant no less. I guess they have hydrants on all planets. 😂

How cool is this??? I love Spider-Man. This is his arch nemesis I think. Really cool! My son literally snatched it right after I took the picture!

Okay, what would I do with a camo bandanna? Well, my son took off with it and wanted it tied around his neck. 🙄 Why???

Mulder! Scully! It’s a notebook from the X-files! Pretty cool! I love to write and my Harley Quinn notebook that I got last time was used to write my story for y’all and gofundme so I need more paper! Always need more paper actually. I love it and I’m keeping it.

The monthly pin. Looks like it’s from Alien as well. That goes straight in the pin jar! There must be a new movie or something!

This months theme was a mixup it seems. I only got to keep the monthly pin and notebook that came in the box. My son grabbed up everything else! That’s okay. I get it for both of us so I can’t complain! Did I tell y’all that LootCrate on Instagram used one of my photos??? That was so cool! Maybe I can get more pictures of my son with the stuff and get posted again.

Well hmm

Ms. Forgets cancelled on me again today! So I made a whopping $40 this week since I took Ms. Styled to get her hair done this morning.

Thank GOD for having a little savings! I don’t know what I would do to pay my bills without it! I have gotten 2 donations to my campaign which I greatly appreciate! I am hoping that the word gets out, it becomes viral, and I’ll have the money I need come next year. Thanks again Andrea!

I’m at home having a burger for lunch with one piece of 100% whole wheat bread (9 carbs). It’s yummy. I need to figure out what to make this weekend for next week. I was thinking about a keto meat pie but I will have to make the pie crust too. I guess I can take the time to do that.

Tonight starts my sons karate tournament. He is NOT thrilled to be going. He said he would rather go to the mall and follow girls around holding their bags. 🤣 Sorry kiddo! He forgot to wash his uniform so guess what I’m about to do???

I also need to study my butt off from now until Monday when I take my exam. I have read half of the information and then will make an outline of everything and study. Sounds fun, right?

Have a great weekend! Happy Friday!!!

Good day

Yeah, not much to tell since I posted 3 times yesterday!!!

Today was good. I had to go to school for my first class and since there was a football game today, they took away most of the student parking for visitors so I had to park across campus but hey, more exercise for me, right??? I did hit my 30 minutes of exercise although I did not go to the gym for any formal exercise.

After anatomy class this morning, I went with this guy to our professors office to talk to him about the exam on Monday. We are all about the same age and all parents so we were probably having way too much fun chatting because before we knew it, 30 minutes had passed and there were 2 kids waiting for us to finish. We did talk about the exam, he gave us a study idea that I will put into place over the weekend.

I then went to lunch with Ms. 18 at the dorms. I had chicken and broccoli with a peanut butter cookie. It was SO good – maybe because it was free!!! She and I talked about Halloween and how I need to dress up and she will find us a party to go to. Umm, I don’t know about that! This is what I want to dress up like.

Then we walked over to the health center and I made a checkup appointment there for next week. It’s not that I need it. Going to my regular doctor would cost me $99 and at school it will only cost me $20 and I can tell her all my issues and hopefully have cheaper prescriptions at school too.

Speaking of issues! The plastic surgeon called me back!!!

I go to see her in January!!! We talked about costs and oh boy. My “guess” of $35,000 was right!!! I can’t believe how much it costs to have surgery! This is why I started the gofundme though. I am asking you guys, please, share my gofundme link to your social media! I can’t get to my goal without your help (note I am not asking y’all specifically to help – only if you can afford it and believe in me – which you better!) 🤣🤣🤣

I came home at 12:30 and played my phone game before I had to get online to have my math lecture. Even my professor didn’t want to deal with school traffic today. He got online and we had to participate if we were on so he knew we were actually there and not just logged in. I was definitely there. We are doing functions! Eek!!!

Photo from joe champion website

My friend is awesome. I have to tell you. She said she wanted her kid to go to the same concert my son wants to go to so I bought the tickets and she brought me the cash tonight to pay me back already! She invited me to go trick or treating with them on Halloween so I wouldn’t have to deal with a party. Plus she said she would share my gofundme on her Facebook. What would I do without her? She’s my gym buddy, my neighbor, and our boys are friends (most of the time). She and her family may move out of Texas next summer too. I will be crying. It will be sad for us!

BFF is sick and in the hospital. This poor woman has nothing but bad luck! At least this time her entire family was there so it’s not just her word against the idiots at the hospital where she lives. Not that those people are idiots, not at all. I just don’t like people saying that it must not have happened because there’s no evidence of it “now”. 🙄

My other friend and her family are going to the homeland next week. It’s her second trip to Israel and I am so happy she gets to go again. I wish I could go! I have never been outside North America. Someday guys, someday!

That’s about it. I hope you’re having a good Monday or Tuesday (depending on where you live). TTYL!

My story

Hi. My name is Julie and this is my story.

I was born in 1973 in Houston TX. I was 9.6 pounds and 19 inches long. Since my birth mother was only 16  and was forced to give me up for adoption, I was adopted at 9 days old. My adoptive parents always loved me and supported me which I greatly appreciate.

I was always tall for my age when I was young. I don’t know how much I weighed when I was a child. Looking back at old pictures, I did not start gaining weight until I was 12 and in 7th grade. I wore glasses from the age of 6 and was always a little chunky so was made fun of a lot in grade school.

As I went through puberty and gained weight, I was forced to be on every popular fad diet throughout junior high and high school. A few of the ones I was put on were the grapefruit diet, the cabbage soup diet, the Oprah Winfrey liquid diet, Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers. After all the yo-yo dieting, by the time I graduated high school, I weighed over 300 pounds. With yet another diet, I was able to lose some and get down to 250 by the time I went off to college in 1991. After coming back home after a year away at school, I did whatever I wanted food wise and quickly gained weight.

By 1994, I was about 350 pounds. I was working odd jobs, drinking, and doing drugs and of course I kept gaining weight. I was able to get a better job in the travel industry with insurance in 1996 as well as quit using drugs. Due to sitting at a desk for hours a day and still eating what I wanted, I got up to 400 pounds by January 1998.

I used my insurance and had weight loss surgery, gastro-plasty, in January 1998. Gastro-plasty was a stomach surgery done back then that has a band with staples underneath to keep the band in place. The surgeon cut me open to do the surgery and also removed my gallbladder which was full of stones. After surgery, I had 3 weeks on a liquid only diet, 3 weeks of soft solid foods (mashed potatoes, etc), and then could slowly introduce regular foods back into my diet. In the first 9 months, I lost about 130 pounds. I stayed around 280 pounds and fluctuated my weight between 250-280 for many years.

I moved to Colorado a year after surgery thinking that being closer to outdoor activities I enjoy would make me more active so I could drop the rest of my weight. I usually just would be working or stayed in my apartment although I did go visit the sites around the state. I moved back to Texas in 2000 to be closer to and to help my family. I lost about 10 pounds each year over the next 5 years and was 240 pounds when I got pregnant with my son in 2004. I was 280 pounds again when he was born but soon lost the baby weight and got into the 230’s within 6 months. I stayed between 230 and 250 pounds throughout the past 12 years.

I was very depressed last year when my father died at the age of 75. My son and I moved in with my mother in October to help her and in November 2017, I decided I was done being overweight, heavy, depressed, and hating how I looked. I started watching my calories and eating a low-fat diet as well as exercising by walking at least 5 days a week. I went from 221 to 200 pounds between November and April of 2018. In April, I was experiencing numbness and pain in my feet. I went to a podiatrist and was diagnosed with foot neuropathy. He started treatment and told me that I needed to follow a specific diet plan called the keto diet. The keto diet is a low carb, high fat diet. When I first started the eating plan, I wasn’t sure of what to eat so I had a lot of cheese, bacon, eggs, and ground beef. After getting tired of the same foods, I bought some protein bars for snacks and started cooking keto recipes I would find on Pinterest and Google which made this kind of eating easier for me. I cut all sugar from my diet and now eat between 20-40 net carbs a day. The diet help me not have problems with my feet during exercise just like the doctor had said.

The side effect of the eating plan is the amazing amount of weight loss I had.  I was exactly 200 pounds in April 2018 and as of October 2018, I weigh 154 pounds and can fit into a size medium shirt and size 8 jeans which is what size I wore in sixth grade and have never fit into since, until now. That’s 45 pounds in 6 months! When I got my weight down to 170, I started having pain in my outer hip. Since arthritis is in the inner hip area, my doctor advised me that it was probably my excess skin hanging down past my belly that was making it hurt to jump, run, and dance. This is the first procedure I want to have done so I can feel normal again.

My future plan is to stick to the keto diet to make sure the neuropathy doesn’t affect my exercising as well as learning to maintain my current weight. I still need to lose 5 pounds in my opinion but it will come in time. With skin removal surgery, I expect to lose anywhere from 5-10 more pounds as well. I am much happier and even went back to college to get my 2nd bachelors degree, this time in nutrition. I want to work for a weight loss surgeon to help their clients lose the weight they are required to before they are approved for surgery or to help them realize they can lose weight on their own and change their eating habits. I believe with my past surgery, combined with my total weight loss of over 250 pounds, I can help other people realize that it is possible and show them that I have faith in them and will help them all I can in their journey.

I have excess skin everywhere. I have had many people tell me what I should try in order to get rid of all the skin. If a person has lost weight quickly like I did after my stomach surgery, the skin does not have time to “catch up” with the body and it will stay stretched. Also, the older a person gets, the skin just doesn’t bounce back like it did when they were younger and at the age of 45, I definitely can see that. It does not matter how much exercise a person gets or how many products they try, the excess skin will still be there waiting to be removed by a surgeon.

My story is also on Instagram under @juliehcares although not with this much detail. I am going to start a GoFundMe after I meet with a surgeon and am hoping to have the first surgery in July of 2019. I will make a blog about it when I post on GoFundMe as well. When I have the surgery done, I will be posting right before surgery as well as all of my recovery for anyone to watch the progress, see what was done, and how it feels on Instagram.

Thank you for reading my story!