Another Sunday

It’s super bowl Sunday. I am not a football fan. I guess I will study. Maybe. Hopefully. I do have a test this week. Actually 2! 😬

I haven’t posted in a few days and for that I apologize. I can say I’ve been busy, I just needed to do more.

1. I got sick last week. I was sick on Wednesday and Thursday. It sucked. I had to cancel on Cranky and stayed in bed. I was so hot I had my windows open and my son even said it was freezing in my room. So that was not a fun 2 days.

2. I hit 4 weeks of not smoking. Woo hoo!

Some days the urges are strong as hell, some days I don’t really have them. I got more cartridges from Cue Vapor so I am set for at least a month. I signed up for automatic shipments each month too so I know I won’t go back to smoking cigarettes!

3. Studying is always fun with animals. Oliver really enjoys sitting on my school stuff and trying to get whatever I am printing. Silly kitty. Eliza has started sniffing around the printer more too. Please don’t let her start up with that!

4. I went to lunch on Friday with my friend Julia. She and I met at this Filipino restaurant that used to be a food truck. The food is amazing! It was very nice to hang out with her. We used to be neighbors but have both moved away and her kid went off to high school so our kids are not at the same school so it has been harder to hang out with her.

5. Yesterday my family went to see Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire at the Houston Symphony. My mom actually said hello to my Instagram followers when I made a story! If you don’t know me on there, it’s juliehcares. I let my son take a friend. He has decided this kid is his new best friend as his old best friend started dating a girl/friend of his and only wants to suck face with her all the time (their words). After the Symphony last night, he asked me if I would go pick her up at the mall as she was stuck there with him with no way home. So I picked her up and drove her home. In the car, she said I was chill and she appreciated the ride. I took that opportunity to tell all of them that if they are ever in a situation where they are not comfortable, I will pick them up. We dropped her off and I took my son and his friend to our church Lock In for the night. Now he’s texting me asking me to pick him up 2 hours early because he didn’t sleep. 🤣

I got the new Loot Crate and this month I am VERY happy with but that’s for another post. I have not gained anything nor lost any more weight but people keep telling me I look skinnier. So now I just say that the weight is redistributing in my body because I am still at 150. I know this because I check daily right now to make sure I stay at this weight! I fluctuate between 148 and 151. I am not complaining!

I hope y’all have a good week!

999!

Okay guys, I’m really trying to figure out this giveaway. I only need ONE more follower to hit 1000! I’m thinking a book by one of the bloggers that got me re-interested in blogging (Jenny Lawson, she is awesome). Also a couple of things from Loot Crate and maybe something else? Let me know what you want to win and I will see if I have it!

Today is the day of “The Talk” between father and son. God help me. We are going to therapy first and then the man is coming over. My mom is working all day giving talks about how to decorate a Christmas tree. It’s what she does best! I need to go up to her work and take a photo of one of her trees so you can see what I mean. Other than the bows she puts at the top of the trees, they are gorgeous! And the bows are a big hit, it’s my preference of not having one. I really wish she would be here when this man comes over but what could she do anyway?

It’s cold outside finally! The weather app says it is 47 degrees Fahrenheit but in my bedroom, it feels even colder. I am wearing my daddy’s flannel shirt (it was his favorite shirt) and I see why he loved it, it is so warm! Thanks Dad! Miss you still every day and love you!

148.8 this morning on the scale. I’m eating, I promise! I quit sweets again, so I guess that’s why I am dropping the weight again. I can’t complain. I am going to start going back to the gym and work with weights. I need to tone up and build muscle and that’s the best way to do that!

It’s almost 8am, guess I better get up and walk Amber. Now where are my gloves?

It’s almost Thursday already???

Wow guys! I am SO not ready for my anatomy exam tomorrow, like usual! I did get an 84 on my nutrition exam today though! Go me! I’m praying I get through this exam tomorrow with at least a C. I have to. I have a D in the class right now and have to get a C because this class is a requirement in my field of study.

I wrote the following sitting in Math on Tuesday.

“I am so tired of Math. I know I have to take it but that does not mean I want to! As I sit in math and was so confused a week ago, I wonder why I am here. The only real reason is because he takes roll every day. 🙄

Cranky is back to normal. The hospital could not find anything, even on the MRI. They sent her home Sunday evening. I took her to her regular doctor on Monday. She told us that it may be time to send her to a memory care facility. I disagree because if it was not for her caregiver being right there with her, who knows how long until somebody in a facility saw her and called 911. I would rather keep her where she is and luckily, her son agrees. So we will see what happens next.

My teeth hurt so it looks like I cannot have any more junk food which would be better for me anyway. I went off the plan again over the weekend and ate Halloween candy and Oreos. They were so good too! I’m at 151 pounds again which is fine with me. I enjoy staying around 150 so I will eat crap for a day or two and go back on plan and stay about the same weight. I can’t complain!

The school group I am in is having a costume party tomorrow evening (it got cancelled because of weather). I would go except my costume already started falling apart. The seam on the pants is done for and the inside of the corset is all falling apart where it shouldn’t be worn. I’m over it too. So I’m not sure if I will go. Plus, I have to take my son trick-or-treating and bring him back home (I didn’t, more on that in a minute).

Thank you for bearing with me not writing as much lately. I am trying to be ready for my two exams tomorrow and Thursday. Not sure if I will be ready for them but I am doing my best! I just can’t deal with math until I get through these exams. Then I will learn polynomials. I have already scheduled to meet with my friend/tutor on Friday and Sunday.

Please let me know what is going on with y’all! Andrea, I am going to answer the questions, I just need until this weekend! I will catch up on all of your blog this weekend too, promise!” (End of Tuesday’s blog idea)

It is pouring here, it has been pretty much all day. My son got to go to school in costume and then wanted to go out trick or treating. It was raining so hard I told him no. He kicked a wall which pissed me off. I actually yelled at him and told him if he’s pissed, take his ass outside to the garage and hit his punching bag. He is to never hit or kick a wall or door again and he is not his father (who did that a lot and actually put multiple holes in a door which I am thankful didn’t happen with my son today). The rain cleared up for a bit and my sons godmother took him out with her 3 kids. Her youngest ended up tired after only 30 minutes and my son didn’t even go up to doors for some reason. He came home and ate his own candy though.

If you don’t know who he is, it’s an anime character from some show he loves. I was happy for this costume because it put him in some nice clothes and he didn’t complain about wearing them! Yay!

I can at least say I got 53 minutes of exercise on Tuesday running around school at 6:30am. I will do it again tomorrow because the weather is back to being cold so I don’t want to be outside for too long.

That’s it for me. It’s 10:30pm and I’ve got to be up at 6:30 to go study more and take my exam. Have a great day!

Lazy Saturday morning

It is very nice to just wake up early and not do anything for 2 hours! I was up at 6am and have not gotten out of bed except for the bathroom and to get food. Ahhhh

Yesterday was pretty good. I didn’t blog because I was passed out by 9:30pm! I took Styled to get her hair washed and styled and that was it other than her normal grocery shopping. All of the people at the hair salon want me to get them some treats from the bakery when I go back next week too. How funny! And this one girl knew what place I was talking about before I even finished my sentence. So I will do that for them. Everyone there is nice.

I picked up my son at school (half day) and brought him home. Then I studied math and even got an 80 on a quiz without my tutor helping me. I’m proud of that B! My exam is on Tuesday so that’s all I’m doing this weekend. Study, study, study! I have an A- in the class right now so I want to keep it and make it an A to offset the C’s in my other 2 classes.

I never heard back from the guy so I was right that he just wanted a booty call. Oh well. That’s his problem.

I made my schedule for the spring semester at school. Over the holidays, I am going to take the precalculus class to get it over with. That’s one month of doing nothing but math but that will be the last math I have to do so I am going for it! I am then taking the 2nd half of Anatomy and another nutrition class in the spring along with the anatomy lab. I will be at school from 8:30-11:30 on Monday, and 8:30-10 on Tuesday and Thursday. That leaves me plenty of time to work, study, exercise, cook, etc. I think this will work out much better than trying to stay at school all day twice a week. Your thoughts?

I found out last night that it’s about time for me to end my HealthyWage challenge. I have been paying $15 a month since February and am getting back $388 for hitting (and passing) my goal. So I made more than 100% back. I can’t complain about that! Now how long it will take the money to get to me? I have no clue! I hope soon, that will help get my son something for Christmas.

I hope y’all are having a good weekend. I’ll chat with y’all later!

The past couple of days

Have been a whirlwind. I have been studying my butt off! School was good yesterday. One of the girls in my math class invited me to come to the Korean festival here this weekend. So I talked to BFF and she may come too which would be awesome! Get to hang out with my bestie AND have fun? Plus my son said he is going to a friends house this weekend? Sounds good and like a fun weekend to me!

I started talking to this guy. He’s actually the guy who was my first. We were 16 and dating and he hung my bra on a door at his friends house and we had sex for the first time, for both of us. Almost 30 years later, he wants to go out (maybe?). He sent me his address and said to come over whenever. I told him how busy I am but that I would love to schedule to go out sometime and his reply was that we can schedule something and that he was going to bed, at 8:30pm. So either he really just wanted a booty call or he goes to bed really early! I guess I’ll see if he contacts me again. 😕 🙄

My other bestie leaves for Israel today. I wish I could go with them! That would have been fun. I love her family and call her parents mom and dad. Every time I go to Kansas, I’m asked to stay with mom and dad, and mom wants to feed me. 😂

I’m working today. My one job this week taking Styled to get her hair done. I think I am going to go by and see Cranky too. Ms. Forgets said we would go to the bank this afternoon too but she may cancel on me again so I’m not counting on her.

Weight: I gained a pound this week. Probably because I have been eating more like the silly doctor said. So that doesn’t work either. Guess it’s time to visit with a nutritionist and get a schedule that works for me. i also only worked out 3 days. 2 days walking at school and one day in the gym. That could have something to do with it too.

So today through Sunday:

Friday: Work and study

Saturday: Korean festival, hang out with bestie, study, wash everything in the house

Sunday: cook and study

Sound like a fun weekend? 😂

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!

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!