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My Third Christmas Post Weight Loss Surgery

I feel like I have so many things to do and catch up on, especially in the online world, that I am starting to panic that I’m “playing” too much.

f908a804500e11e28a5622000a1fbe35_6It’s nearly 10pm on December 26th, the day after Christmas when life begins to return to “normal” and the end of the Holiday season approaches. I had a couple really rough days leading up to Christmas. Murphy’s Law got me again and I was lucky enough to manage to get the Flu for literally the first time in my adult life while trying to recover from a thigh lift. Talk about a double whammy.

I am just starting to feel human again after having the good luck of coming down with the flu for the first time in my adult life while recovering from my thigh lift, and so I decided to start playing catch up in the online universe tonight and began downloading my email. Because catching up on my email will take HOURS less than catching up on Facebook or Twitter.

2beautiful-blogger21I was nominated for The Beautiful Blogger Award by Jessica at Bariatric Beginning. I’m very honored to have been nominated for this award and I am going to accept it and do all the things that the award require that I do… but it’s going to have to wait until I have gotten caught up. Jessica, thank you so much for the nomination and the kind words that you had to say about me. Having readers like you that do stuff like this for me is the reason I keep blogging.

So we had a really nice Christmas. Christmas at my house is always a big deal even when there are only a few of us here. I think it comes from my being deprived Christmases all during my childhood, it’s my favorite time of year and we always have a really nice Christmas if there is anyway we can make that happen. This year was the first year since Heather moved in and I really wanted it to be super special for her.

Now what sucked was that I came down with the flu the Thursday before Christmas and it was bad. I’ve never had the flu before, I can say this with certainty now. But let me tell you, recovering from a reconstructive thigh lift and getting the flu on top of it, where your entire body is suddenly achy, it is about as high on my to do list as jumping off the top of a ten story building. Now add-on to that running a 102 fever, going from hot to cold, oh but the best, the best was when the shivers set in, and suddenly my whole body, slit up, stitched up thighs and all were trembling uncontrollably, which causes all your achy muscles to tighten, and… yeah let’s just say that if you ever have the option to NOT get the flu while recovering from a thigh lift, take it.

After a visit to my PCP and my Surgeon on the 21st which would be 3 weeks and 2 days Post Op she said that there was still a bit of swelling, she took the drain out of my left side but left the right side in and said that there was a little redness that COULD be the start of an infection, so she put me on another weeks worth of antibiotics just to be certain and I’m due to see her again in a couple of days. With the flu kicking my butt I pretty much slept from Friday to Christmas without really noticing the time passing by.

By Christmas Eve, thankfully, the worst of the flu had passed. We had a great time opening presents and my loot included …



  • Guild Wars 2 ( PC ) – This game will keep me busy for the better part of  year+ once I start playing it. I played the first one for nearly two years before I got bored with it.
  • Rise of the Guardians ( Wii )
  • Skylander Giants ( Wii ) ( I got lots of little figures too! )
  • Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 ( Wii )



Fun Stuff:

  • A Tinkerbell mouth rinse up for the bathroom 🙂 – I love Tinkerbell
  • Warm & Cozy Microwaveable aroma therapy stuffed animal and scarf. – A cute way to stay warm when you find yourself freezing after weight loss surgery!
  • Plantronics Bluetooth Earbuds – They let you listen to music, take calls, hear all your running app stuff and NOT get your arms tangled on cords. I’ll be writing a review!
  • Pandora Jewelry – I got one new charm and two new clips for my Pandora bracelets.
  • Oval Jewelry Box – I’ve had little wood square jewelry box for about 9 years, now I have a pretty oval, 5 drawer, side opening fancy, grown up jewelry box!


  • Warn Cozy Jammies – I got three pairs of fleece ones and one really nice pair of like super warm gray ones where the top is a jacket! I’ve had one pair of warm PJs since I lost weight and those were last years Christmas Jammies and were a size 1X. These were all women’s size medium and large 🙂
  • Running Wear – I got some fitness wear two shirts, two 2nd layer hoodies and one pair of Capri pants to match them all and a purple heavier sweatshirt, all ventilated, all great for running! I can’t wait to try them out when they let me back on the pavement. Oh I also got my FIRST ever running tank top! It goes with all the other stuff color wise, but I’ve never worn a tank top to exercise before. ( remember I’ve spent a year doing plastics ) so this was an exciting first for me!967a6f60500e11e2ae8022000a9e2946_6
  • Scarfs – I got two really nice scarves, one black with stars and one sort of multi colored one. I am sure you will see them in lots of pictures to come!
  • Speedo Bathing Suit – Well I said I would go back to swimming at the gym after I got my thighs done and now I’m gonna be held to it. my new size 8 speedo bath suit sort of demands I live up to that promise. So soon a the doc says I can exercise in a public pool again, I’m there.
  • Robe – So I haven’t bought a new robe since I lost weight. My robe currently is the green one I was wearing after my gastric bypass at the hospital. It will be retired now, because I got a gorgeous black and leopard print warm fuzzy new robe under the tree!
  • Socks – Socks are a Christmas tradition in my family. One of the only two that I can clearly remember before my Mother decided that we were going to become Jehovah Witnesses when I was 5 and I never got Christmas again until I was an adult. Socks, you always get socks for Christmas, socks and an orange in your stocking.

I’m feeling a lot better these days, mostly sitting in the recliner, keeping my legs elevated and trying to get the swelling in my thighs to go down. I haven’t felt up to going back to work yet, and that only drains more and more out of our savings each week I am out, so I’m eager to get back, for now, I’m resting, like they keep telling me that I should, drifting in and out of consciousness and letting my body heal. As I finally finish this blog it’s nearly 3am and I’ve been dozing in and out, writing in between naps in those brief moments when I’m awake and watching HJ play Zombie U .. Go team not corpses.


Christmas Shopping for the Post Weight Loss Fitness Junkie

So I need a break from all the seriousness that has been going on in life recently and need to take some time to just be fun and light-hearted. with that in mind I decided to do a life after WLS, Post Gastric Bypass, Healthy Lifestyle Christmas list and share it with all of you.

Actually let me translate. I’m making this list so that you can forward it to your husbands, family members and friends so that you don’t end up getting plus size clothing and stockings full of candy you can’t eat for Christmas.

Ipad/Iphone/Ipod – Whichever it is that best suits the person you are shopping for, you can never go wrong with any of these. I was given an iPhone 5 for my birthday this year and a MacBook Air as my two-year surgiversary present and I can honestly say both are the most used items in my world right now. If you’re looking for something for someone in this price range you can never go wrong with electronics. One of my all time favorite presents to date was the underwater MP3 player I got the Christmas that I was so into swimming.

Exercise Gear  – I think that gifts that encourage fitness and outdoor activity are a great. If I had room for it in the apartment I’d be asking for Treadmills, Ellipticals and building a home gym every Christmas and birthday. Right now, if I had my choice of any fancy present under the tree I think I’d pick a regular bike. But if you are shopping for a person that is about fitness and exercise and you want a spectacular present, figure what they might want, trampoline, bike, canoe, or maybe even a set of dumbbells and a no-rope jump rope.

Fitness Monitor – This is another thing I would LOVE to see under my tree this year. There are several different types of them out there, the one that I am the most interested in is the Nike Fuelband. It calculates your food intake, calories burned, and lots more. But if you have someone in your life that is really into fitness and exercise, this is a great gift idea.

Home Fitness Fun – Depending on who you are buying for and what they have already, this can be anything from a new Wii U, or other game console, a TV to add to the room to play an existing game console in, a fitness bundle pack like the Wii Fit or just a new game for whatever console the person you are shopping for plays. These are all great gift ideas. I LOVE my Wii Fit, I don’t use is nearly as much as I should. But the Wii U and the Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 game are high on my christmas list.

Gift Certificates – I know a lot of people think they are impersonal. Me, I think they are a free pass to go spend the day shopping trying on a bunch of stuff I could never wear before. I love it. I think it is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give post weight loss patient. I can tell you that there are two things I never get tired of doing right now, trying on clothes in places I could never shop in before, and buying things in places I could never shop in before. Depending on the style of the person you are shopping for, get them a gift certificate to a store you think they might like or one you know is their favorite. Some of my biggest non scale victories have been shopping in a store like Victoria Secret for the first time. So to me, a gift certificate under my tree gives me a triple treat; a present on christmas when I open it and a present the day I get to go shopping get the experience of buying that amazing new outfit and the gift of wearing it for the first time. It’s a three-in-one present!

Romantic Appeal – Alright ladies and gentlemen, let’s be honest, what I consider a romantic and sexy present has changed a little. So here is my suggest for anyone shopping for a post weight loss patient this Christmas. Go to our dresser, look at what size bra and panties we wear and go to the store and try to pick out something in that size that you like and you think we’d like too. Now don’t underestimate the need to buy me some warm cozy jammies, but throw a sexy pair of bra and panties in there so it doesn’t scream we’ve been together for too long. And Ladies, don’t underestimate the value of sexy boxer shorts or mens underwear either.

The Gift of Tea – Tea is one of my co-addictions after I had to give up food. You can give someone a nice package of teas, a nice tea-cup, or even a nice handheld frother for making lattes at home. You can get fancier with tea sets, tea makers, tea collections and what not. But no matter what the Gift of Tea is a gift of healthy antioxidants and a great recipe for anti-stress. I also find tea is one of those things that will make me stop and take time for me. Plus its a low-calorie alternative to eating. \o/

Dear Santa,

I know that I should probably just give up now and be content to buy my own presents. I can’t claim to have been extra nice or even naughty enough to deserve presents. But in the off case that you want to stop off in my house for non-fat milk and sugar-free cookies so that you don’t end up ruining your diet or shooting up your blood sugar… here is what I’d like you to bring.

  • Ipad Mini
  • Bike
  • NikeFuel Band
  • Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for iPhone/iPod
  • Shape Your Fitness Evolved 2013 for the Wii U
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Hand Held Battery Operated Milk Frother
  • Green Matcha Tea Powder
  • Pajamas
  • Robe
  • Pandora Jewelry
  • Coconut Anything!

So my WLS Fitness Friends… what is on YOUR Christmas List?

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