Weigh-Ins are on MONDAYS - Updated July 3, 2017

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

I've Been a Bad Blogger

Where do I start?

I have so many updates for you, especially if you don't follow my facebook page (as I seem to overshare over there on the Faceplace)

Anyways, our last catch up was back in January.

Yep. 6 months ago! Shame on me for not blogging.

When I am not checking in with you and blogging, it's never a good thing. Not blogging leads to weight gain.  Sigh, yes, there's more about that at the end of this post. Goodie Gumdrops.

But first, let's talk about what I've been up to since January...

A fun trip to Singapore and a cruise to Thailand and Vietnam. Our one year anniversary trip!

And right after our wonderful cruise and adventures in SE Asia, I ended up accepting a new job in Louisville, Kentucky. 2400 miles away from our home in California. Wha?! True that. Or as they say here in Louisville, "That's Right!" after every damn thing you say. all. the. time. seriously.

In March/April, there were interviews and house hunting trips between California and Louisville. Back and forth we went. And lucky us, we found our new home (a rental)...it lured us in with it's springtime front yard with bunnies and squirrels and cardinals and blue jays. What 1950s vintage charm. "Leave it to Beaver" and "Donna Reed" TV shows had to of been filmed in this house. That's Right!

We packed up the house and cars and road-tripped out to Louisville from California. 7 days on the road. Phew! I am tired still thinking about it.

We had tornados, flash flooding, and 6 hour detours due to freeway closures due to the flooding. But we made it and arrived in Louisville the week of the Kentucky Derby.

We've been Kentuckians for about two months now. What have we learned? This place is full of friendly and welcoming people everywhere. VERY different from what we are used to in California.

And we've learned that this is a FOODIE town. We had no idea. That's Right!

There are at least 6 Food Network and Travel Network shows about all the things you can eat in Louisville. And. It's All. True. AMAZING shrimp and grits, fried chicken and waffles, Hot Brown (a classic!), bourbon pie, Derby pie, bourbon slushies and every type of cocktail with bourbon in it...I could go on and on and on. You've been warned.

Here we are last weekend at a festival that was all about food trucks and craft beer:

We've settled in well here in Louisville and since the husband is job hunting as a "trailing spouse", he's been fantastic at cooking up healthy dinners for me each night when I get home from work. You can see his recipe creations here and here on the Faceplace. What a great husband!

We've been having fun exploring Kentucky and here's a pic from last weekend.  The pic kinda freaked me out. I looked at this pic and realized I was really gaining weight and it needed to stop. I needed to catch this freight train before it was too late.

My back and knees have been hurting lately and I was in super duper denial about it being related to my weight gain. 

I feel "fluffy" and sluggish and frumpy. It doesn't feel good. At. All.

Let's be super clear: my own food choices caused me to gain weight, not my Lap-Band "not working." 

Question: Am I eating because I am hungry and needing food and nutrition? No. I am eating because of wonderful lovely food that is in my environment and I choose to eat it and stuff it in my face. Yum.

I jumped on the scale on Monday, July 3. Took a pic of course. (don't you dig that retro tile in our bathroom?) Here's what I now weigh:

30 lbs above goal.


I'm back to doing all those things that I did to lose weight back in the day:

  • Tracking my food (calories and proteins) on a post-it note
  • Drinking water
  • Vitamins
  • Exercise
  • Accountability
After 3 days of being on plan with my food, guess what?

I am never hungry.

My Lap-Band is still there doing it's job. It's keeping my hunger volume low and mostly non-existent.

Could I go out and eat 3 pieces of pizza right now? Sure. But that's not my band's job to restrict my food, it's there to keep me not hungry. My job is to make good food choices. That's Right!

Weigh-ins will now be on Monday's so that I don't get stupid with my food choices over the weekends and have better accountability.

We also have a few trips coming up and I really don't want to haul this extra 30 lbs around with me up and down stairs, walking around, in/out of airplane seats, etc. Not. For. Me.

I hope you'll be there to cheer me on as I share my weekly weigh-ins and updates on Facebook..

Stay tuned for next Monday's weigh-in. 

That's Right!


  1. It was so nice to read about your new adventures good luck in KY. I also appreciate your openness about the gain. I have always loved your honesty, I have gained a few lbs but mostly haven't been able to drop the last few months at all before gaining. I felt like a failure but I'm ready to step it up like you. Thanks

  2. Thank you for being honest and showing it happens I am also needing to get busy and lose the 25 lbs that I gained and it's not the band fault it's mine. Good luck on your journey on losing and your new home

  3. I'm right there with you guys. I've gained 20 lbs since retiring last July and it's all my doing not my band. Maybe posting this will help me get focused to get back on track.

  4. nice to see you back to blogging. I missed you!!! You will kick those pounds off lickety split. A lot of change and we revert to old coping mechanism's Glad to see you :)

  5. Welcome back! I'm glad you posted and I'm really glad you are addressing the weight gain ASAP. Because you deserve to feel your best. I notice grocery bags that the extra weight when carrying effects me, so I know by maintaining, I'm saving myself a lot of pain.

    I grew up in Central IN. I miss it sometimes. Very different vs CA. Enjoy and here's to Long Term Weight Maintenance- at the weight that gives you the most pain free living.

    Take care and please know you are not alone.

  6. Good for you for reining it in! It would be so easy for that 30 to become 40 and keep on going -- but you're not going to let it. Glad to see you back on to blogging!

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