Chris Powell posted this quote today on Facebook and after a long conversation with my Mother, who I still chose to continue to not speak to on any regular basis until she can be a healthy part of my life, this quote just touched a spot in me. We’ll just file this under “relationship issues” and leave it at that.

Exercise: So let’s see, in the gym today… I did (2) 33 minute Elliptical workouts on the “Weight Loss Setting.” It basically ups the resistance at intervals through the program to help you burn more calories. Between my Elliptical workouts I did the some light weight stuff with dumbbells and kettle bells. Did about 8-10 different things with about 10 reps to each one. Except if it was easy I did 15 reps. Sooner or later I am going to learn the names for these exercises I am doing so that I can help some other people do them too!

I met a woman today in the gym in my apartment complex that is 7 years post op gastric bypass, she    said she had lost 90lbs but gained some of it back and has been wanting to have skin removal surgery for years. This is exactly the sort of lady I want to help once my business gets started. I can’t wait till the day that I can host a half a marathon and fundraiser for someone like that to get their 360 body lift or get their arms done. I love it when you just happen to run into a “Bariatric Buddy” when your out. It’s amazing!

She had a friend with her that I spoke with at great length that had a sister who was a hoarder. It’s amazing to me what similar backgrounds those of us that have struggled with our weight come from; so many of us are abuse survivors, so many of us have been mistreated in our lives. My conversation in the gym today began with these women because one of them said to me “Wow I don’t know how you do that as long as you,” speaking about my time on the Elliptical. I told her. “I used to weigh 420lbs that keeps me on there and keeps me motivated.” It was actually funny, right after that she asked me how long it took me to lose the weight and I told her “I had a gastric bypass in October of 2010.” – yeah I am one of those that just broadcasts it, I have no reason to hide it, I just did 66 minutes on an Elliptical, I dare someone to tell me I took the easy way out or didn’t have to work hard for this. Suddenly she shouted out “I knew it,” started laughing and we all got to talking. It’s too bad I had to rush off to get to the Post Office before they closed or I might have spoken to them a lot longer.”


  • Breakfast today was a Pure Protein Blueberry Crumbcake Protein Bar. This was my first time trying them, I have a few more I am going to try and I’ll be doing my first ever product review! Woot!
  • Lunch was a chicken leg, a piece of light string cheese cut in half with each half wrapped with a slice of 98{6e74c841b8f362d8aea590534016dc569fd3035eeb9e530df8846b42682c6656} fat free turkey and 6 cherry tomatoes.
  • Dinner was ½ A Kashi Pizza which was probably a piece more than I needed to eat but it’s one of my favorites.
  • Desert will be a cup of No Sugar Added Tapioca Pudding
  • I will likely throw in a snack of veggies and humus as well.

So I’m really considering a Desperately Seeking Slender YouTube Channel….

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to be. Today, I choose to follow a dream my Father taught me. He told me that you had to find something that you loved and that you were passionate about and that’s what you had to do. That you had to do what you love in order to be really good at it.

I’m ready. Let’s get this.