Saturday, September 17, 2016

Update on me and my health and weight loss journey

I know it's been a really long time since I posted anything.  So, here is the skinny of what I have been up to.

As most of you remember, about a year ago I had a bi-lateral knee replacement on my left knee.  The surgery went well, the recovery...not so much.  About 3 months into physical therapy, I knew something wasn't right.  I would see people in physical therapy who were much older than I was and had a complete replacement a month or two after me who were doing so much better than I was.  The pain was indescribable.  It was like no other pain I had experience.  The weird thing was, my range of motion was way beyond expectations.  Plus the strength in my knee was excellent.  I kept telling the doctor that something was wrong.

He referred me to a specialist in pain management.  I broke down in tears and told the doctor I didn't want drugs, I wanted answers.  This new doctor told me that this was why I was there.  He said that my first doctor suspected that I had something called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome).  What the heck is that????  Well it's a condition that affects the sympathetic nervous system caused by trauma or, in my case, surgery to the effective limb.  This new doctor told me that the only way to know is a sympathetic lumbar nerve block.  I would go under general anesthesia and they would do the block.  I was to write down my symptoms and how I felt for the first 48 hours after.

The day after the block my friend caught me running up the stairs, something I was unable to do because of pain.  I realized, for the first time since the knee replacement, my pain was minimized.  At my follow up visit, I was officially diagnosed with RSD.  The issue we have now is, to get it in remission.  This required me going under general anesthesia every 2 weeks from February through July for these nerve blocks, in addition to medications that made me sleepy and tired.  Finally, we think I am in remission.

So, what does all of have to do with my weight loss?  Unfortunately, because I was not able to move around a lot and with my focus on getting into remission, I put my weight loss on hold.  In fact, my eating habits were not good at all and I gained about 20 pounds back.  Look, 20 pounds is minor compared to the 80 I initially lost.  It could be worse.

Now that I am officially in remission, I started my weight loss journey back this week.  I am going to talk to my doctor about going back on Belviq again to help me get jump started.

So here are my goals that I want you to start following me on:

1.  Continue to remain in remission for RSD/CRPS
2.  Go on Belviq hopefully next week for at least a month or maybe 2 months to jump start my journey.
3.  I would like to lose the initial 20 pounds that I lost in the next 30 days.  That is achievable I feel...if you remember, I lost 13 pounds my first week and a half on Belviq when I first started.
4.  I want to get back in the gym.  I have to be very careful to not set off my RSD, so I will be discussing with my doctor what I can do and what to avoid.
5.  Start blogging again on a weekly basis to keep myself accountable and for everyone to have an update on what's going on in terms of my goals.

I'm excited to move past this bleak time of my life and to get back into the lifestyle I had before all of this happened.

I hope you all have a great weekend!!!!


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

a little update :)

I have so many reaching out to me on my facebook page and my email that I thought I would send an update:

In October, I had a bilateral knee replacement surgery on my left knee.  For those of you following my blog, you all know that this was something I knew I was facing for about 3 years.  The recovery was tough.  BEYOND tough.  I had a really bad reaction to medication.  I was only going to be off work for 2 weeks, but ended up being off work for 7 weeks.  For 2 months, I couldn't pick up my leg to even get in the car.  I had to literally pick it up with my hands to get it into the car.  It just didn't go as planned.

I gained about 10 or 15 pounds during this time because of inactivity.  I couldn't even do basic grocery shopping for the longest time, so I had to eat what I could.  I am VERY lucky that, even with the holidays, I didn't gain more than that!!!

I am in a better place now with my knee.  I still can't work out yet, but there is hope around the corner and I will soon be able to get back into the gym.  I also started back on Belviq yesterday to help jump start my diet patterns.  I don't plan on being on it for long, just needed a little motivation!!!

Anyway, that's the skinny, or the fat of it all.

Hope you are having an awesome 2016.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Hey everyone - I know, it's been a LONG time.  But, I had to share.  Remember how my Triglycerides are always high?  I think the last time I reported it was borderline.  Anyway, at one time, it was 400 (anything over 200 is high and optimal range is under 150.  Well, I am happy to report this very momentous milestone that occurred for the first time in 8 years:

Yup, My Triglycerides are considered "Optimal".  I am so happy!!!  Now, my cholesterol still needs work!!!!  I'm "barely" over the borderline rage so I have some work to do!!

Anyway, I am still maintaining my weight with no issues at all.  No gains which make me happy.  One of these days I'll get back on track but for now, I am happy and just enjoying life.  Maybe when it cools down!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Hey everyone!!

I hope all is well.  I am doing great!!  I am working with a personal trainer 3 times a week.  I just started back a few weeks ago. 

I have some AMAZING NEWS:   The time has come where I no longer need the aid of weight loss medication.  Belviq and Bel-phen was amazing and got me to where I am today.  But I have been off of both for a little while and I have pushed through a long plateau and now I am doing this completely on my own!!  I never thought I would get to this point.  But I am here!!!


 I have also started a new meal regimen.  I start off in the morning with a protein shake as a meal supplement.  It's chocolate and has chia seeds which are rich in omega 3's.  Now, for those that know me will remember - I HATE SHAKES.  Protein shakes generally taste yucky.  But this shake is YUMMY!!!  It literally tastes like chocolate milk.  It comes in powder form and I mix it with vanilla silk.  With the Silk, I get my entire breakfast for 200 calories.

Here is a breakdown of the Supplement Facts:

Taken from the IDLife website: 

The Power of Chia
Known as “running food” by Aztec Warriors, and deriving its name from the Mayan work for “strength,” Chia seed has a rich history of being a powerful nutritional supplement with its use dating back to 3500 B.C. Aztecs and Mayans consumed Chia seeds regularly, grinding them into flour, pressing them into oil and drinking them mixed with water to increase stamina, endurance and energy over long periods for battle.
Chia seeds are considered a “super” food because they deliver the maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories. The nutritional benefits of chia seeds include fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants and much more - even protein! Even more amazing, chia seeds absorb up to 12 times their own weight and expand to curb your appetite, so adding just an ounce or so of chia seeds to your diet can reduce caloric intake and help lower the energy density (or calories) of foods while doubling the amount of fiber.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Here we go again...

I took my blog offline for about a month because of some drama that was going on with some investors.  But, I found that I started losing motivation again.  My blog kept me going, it was like a diary and the positive affirmations I got really helped me push through. 

So, I am back at it - only this time, my focus is ME - not THEM.  I know that I also helped a lot of people through my blog and many have asked for me to reconsider.  So, I am also doing for those that are like me, looking for a change.

That being said, I still am where I was when I left off - no gain.  I look great, feel great, and now I am ready to push forward.  I have taken some much needed me time. 

I bought a cute black and white dress yesterday, it's a little snug, but will fit great in 10 pounds.  So, those that have followed me will know, I am motivated by clothes.  I will hope to be in my cute dress by the end of April.  Wish me luck.  For now, here are a few newest (BLURRY SORRY) pictures.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

01.22.15 weigh in

I am happy to announce another new mile stone.

So what is my next goal? 219 by March 1st which is my birthday!!