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What a week for Seeking Slender

There is so much stuff going on in my life I really have no clue where to begin sometimes. I might have some really exciting news regarding the Desperately Seeking Slender Fundraiser but I don’t want to announce it until everything is official. But Heather and Ashli have been working hard at seeing who they could get to sponsor our Fundraiser and who they might be able to get to donate and it looks like Ashli got us the Sponsorship of a very nice exercise equipment and fitness store here in the Pacific North West.

I’m very happy to introduce everyone to Northwest Fitness. One of Portland’s Best every Fitness Supply locations. Heather and I had the pleasure of meeting their Sales Direction Jeff Hahn and we got a chance to look at their Showroom. OMG there were so many things I wanted to take home. When we first started talking to Jeff last week over the phone we had sent him a list of Fitness Supply products that we were hoping to buy with the $3500 we had budgeted for “Equipment and Surfaces” and Jeff got right on it. He even took our list to a Fitness Supply Trade show that he was attending in Las Vegas last week to talk to some of his Vendors about us and the things we were looking for!

We got to meet with Jeff on Saturday morning and we were so impressed with Northwest Fitness it isn’t even funny.  From their AMAZING Showroom that literally makes you want to jump on everything, try it out, see how it works. If I had the space for a home gym I’d go broke in that store! And Jeff, was awesome about showing up the options for the products that we were looking for, talking to us about what we thought we would need and making adjustments, and of course he showed us a couple things that were not on our list that are now like The Human Trainer! Oh the torture I will make some people endure someday working on THAT thing. It’s very similar to the TRX Suspension System that my own Personal Trainer, Suzie over at Tym for me Fitness, uses on her clients, and trust me when she first got it a lot of us were cursing at her under our breath in her gym. Maybe not even under our breath so much as just cursing at her. Of course whenever Suzie wanted me to do something new I didn’t really curse at her, I just looked at her and asked “Are you high?”

Suzie went with us on Saturday as well and she was really excited about some ab rollers that Jeff showed us. I would have gotten excited about them too if I had the abs and upper body strength to use them without falling on my face, but I’m still healing from surgery. I know I look all healed up but it wasn’t even two months ago yet that we did my side gather abdominoplasty and breast lift and the fact that not even 8 weeks out I am in a Fitness Equipment Store doing lunges off a step 360 and trying out dumbbells and such is pretty amazing and I think, a testament to what sort of physical health I am in these days. I remember a time when I would not have bounced back nearly that well.

Last week was so full of exciting news for me. It was also my first week back in the gym. I’m starting out slow again with my Cardio, no reason to go crazy right out of the gate and risk an injury that will lay me up unnecessarily, I’ve got enough of those 8 week gym breaks after surgery scheduled for the next year or so. Speaking of which, I know a lot of people have been asking me, I spoke with my Plastic Surgeon the other day and she said we were going to try for an early December surgery date for the next surgery which will be working on my thighs. They say this surgery is the most painful and hardest recovery of all of the reconstructive surgeries that one has after major weight loss and I will be honest, I am NOT looking forward to this one.

Heather and I had our little IPhone adventure. You might recall I waited on a Birthday present this year from Jason to wait and see what the IPhone 5 was going to do and when they announced it I decided that was the phone I wanted for my birthday. Since I had an upgrade available I got the phone at the carriers discounted rate which is like less than 50% the full price of the phone. But I wanted a 64 Gig Black one and you would not believe how difficult it was to get my grubby little hands on one when they came out on Friday. But that’s a story for another time. I did get the new IPhone5 so that too has now come off my Fundraiser list!

Between that and the help of Jeff and Northwest Fitness, we’ve knocked a pretty big chunk of our start-up costs down. The biggest thing here is that we absolutely HAVE to raise the funds to pay for my ACE Certification as soon as possible. Even if only the Personal Trainer one saving the Nutrition one for right after, we have to make sure that if NOTHING else at all we get that Covered so our next milestone we want to meet in the Fundraiser is to get someone to Sponsor the ACE Certification which is $800 for the Personal Trainer one and $800 for the Nutrition one I want to take right after. I need both of these to make sure I can do both Personal Training and Diet Plans, both of which are going to be essential to Desperately Seeking Slender.

I know that we have a couple pledges sitting out there from a few of you that love me! But you know me, I don’t count my pounds before I lose them, or my hatching chickens or something, so we’re not banking on anything JUST yet.

It’s been an insane week for me and everyone around me. Fundraising, Gym Time, Puppy Training and Training Classes, Planning the Oakland Trip, Camping out for IPhones, Doctors Appointments, Meeting Jeff, getting our first Sponsor, it’s been an amazing ride this week and to top it all off, I can officially say that my swelling is down enough to let me back into my skinniest pair of jeans yet… my 7 for Mankind Jeans. \o/ and in case you don’t recognize that gesture it looks something like this… oh and by the way, I weighted 335lbs when this picture was taken 7 days after my Gastric bypass just 23 Months ago….

But you have seen that \0/ Gesture a few times… Like when Heather and Ashli came to visit in November and of course the night we bought the Dodge Caliber that I knew was going to become my Desperately Seeking Slender Mobile Training Vehicle.

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Things I want both Personal and Professional

Okay, first of all let me just say that I have not neglected to post lately, because I’ve been making an honest commitment to post more. I’ve been very busy as of late working on some VERY big plans. In fact I was working on these big plans when I just had to stop to write a blog post about this new thing I found that I just ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE. Like I want one of these things so bad I can hardly take it… It’s called and ElliptiGO and … oh my god, I am in love.

So let me just tell you why I am so excited about this thing. First of all the Elliptical is my favorite cardio machine to use in any gym, it’s low impact high cardio exercise and honestly, you’ll burn more calories on an Elliptical than you will on a treadmill unless you are running every single time. Second, I love to run. It’s been a passion of mine for about the last year or so, and I love outside running more than I love treadmill running. Third, I’ve wanted a bike for a while now. In fact, I had originally asked for one for my birthday and it sort of got overlooked with all the other stuff going on and especially since I’ve got large chunks of time that I can’t really exercise during right now as I recover from surgery just in time to get in a few weeks of exercise before I sign up for the next one. We, won’t even talk about that right now or the fact that I am vicariously getting my exercise thrill through online shipping for fitness equipment as I put together the business plan for a new business venture I am starting-up in 2013. Back to the ElliptiGO … This thing is like my dream machine! It adds three of my favorite things together at once and really this thing is just… you know when you were a little kid that thing you just wanted Santa to put under your Christmas tree more than anything in the world? Yeah this is my thing; The ElliptiGO.

The ElliptiGO

I want! I want! I want! The ElliptiGO !!!

I can’t tell you how freaking bummed I am because they literally JUST had a contest called ElliptiGO Change + Inspire where they gave one of these things away and had I find out about them like a month earlier I totally would have entered this contest. Saddest face ever. But whoever wins is a really lucky person! Maybe they will do another contest like this! Gosh I hope so, me spending $1700-$2700 on something like this isn’t something I can justify when I can’t even afford the $1600 I need to get the ACE Certifications that I need to become a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist. But I have a play for that… stay tuned for more information about that soon!

But OoooOOo that ElliptiGO, Man, I’d put a little carry basket on the front of that thing and I’d ride all around town on it. Save the souls of your running shoes, I just can’t even imagine how much fun they would be. I’m going to go to one of their retail store locations and look at them, I just have to, and I’m going to have to find some way to work one of these into my future. Strangely enough after I found this and looked up their local retailers, the one closest to me happens to be a company whose website I was on all night long as I shopped for equipment that I am going to need for my new business. Is that a coincidence? One never knows.

Oh did any of you notice that new section that got added up at the top of the website that says “DSS Personal Training” You should totally check it out. I have big goals for 2013 and they don’t just include me! You’ll be hearing lots about how I’m working hard to not only continue my Weight Loss Journey, but to start to become a part of others. I always knew that if I was successful in getting my weight off that I’d find a way to help other people do it as well, I remember how desperate I was for help and how nobody was there to help me. Being alone in my endeavors seems to have sort of been the constant theme of my life until just recently. For the first time in my life I have a really nice group that supports me, though they are all located throughout the country and it’s hard that more of them are not here with me. But emotional support wasn’t the only thing I needed along my journey. I needed financial support, and really, other than Tom who was able to wave the loan payments on a loan that he helped me with several years ago so that I could put that money into helping keep the bills paid while I focused on weight loss and everything life was handing me over the last two years, nobody ever helped me. That was about the time I wrote my “Crossing Bridges” Blog post and when it clicked and I figured where I wanted to go and what I wanted to work on in 2012 to get there, and so far, I think I’ve done a pretty good job, I’ve achieved several of the things I talked about needing to do first in that blog post.

I wrote letter after letter to people begged for help. I wrote Oprah, I wrote Dr. Phil, I wrote Ellen, I wrote Chris Powell, I applied for the Biggest Loser, I applied for Extreme Make-Over Weigh Loss Addition, heck in the very beginning of my journey I wrote a very long letter to one of the most well-known women in the Gastric Bypass Community Online and you know… Not one person I ever reached out to asking for help ever reached back. Not that I didn’t get there on my own, or get pretty close anyways, because hey I’m not at my goal weight yet, not by a long shot, but I’ve lost over 250lbs and I know I will get there with determination and work, and I’m only not there yet because I keep getting taken out of commission for 8 weeks + at a time several times along my journey.

I need to make sure that I find a way to help other people reach their goals. I need to make sure that I can do for others what wasn’t done for me. I have big goals, I don’t JUST want to be a personal trainer. I want to inspire people, I want to host events that people can participate in, I want to fundraise for people, help those who are not as lucky as I was with medical insurance be able to get these lifesaving surgeries and emotionally necessary skin removal & body restoration surgeries. I know how desperate I was for help, so I know how desperate others are as well, and THAT is what Desperately Seeking Slender is going to be about.

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