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Featured in the Dec Walk from Obesity E-Newsletter

So for those that don’t realize it, life was a little busy for me for a bit. I left Oregon for Dallas, TX on October 24th, in order to attend the 2012 Inaugural Your Weight Matters Convention. I left Dallas on the 30th, the day after we did the Walk From Obesity and headed to San Francisco CA, where I spent some time visiting friends, saw my niece Abby brought into the world and got to spend a week or so bonding with her before I headed home on the 19th. Getting home just in time for Thanksgiving on the 22nd spending the long weekend with my Family and the I was off for my Reconstructive Thigh Lift on the 28th. They sent me home the same day and I’ve been recovering for the past 17 days and I haven’t had a lot of time to do many serious blogs, but I can’t even believe that I forgot to point this out to you guys! After all, it was so exciting….

Guess who was featured in this months Walk from Obesity E-Newsletter a their Member Profile? Me!

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This month we spoke with Jamie Williams, also known as Pandora, from Portland, OR. Pandora participated in her first ever Walk from Obesity event in Dallas on October 28, 2012! Pandora attended the Obesity Action Coalition’s (OAC) Inaugural Your Weight MattersNational Convention and decided to participate in the Dallas Walk from Obesity, which was held in conjunction with the Convention.

Each e-newsletter we will feature a walker or a team that has participated in the Walk from Obesity. If you or your team would like to be featured, please send an email to walkfromobesitynewsletter@asmbsfoundation.org.
Read the Entire Article here:
2010 Walk from Obesity E-Newsletter – December

They spelled my name wrong though! Nobody ever spells “Jaime” the right way, it is one of the reasons I hate that name so much. Also, growing up in Los Angels CA, where there is a high hispanic population my name was always mistaken for the Spanish version – “Jaime” pronounced ‘Hi-me’. It used to irritated the crap out of me that with a maiden name like O’Neal, so categorically Irish, they would still pronounce my first name as though it had hispanic origin.

Mostly I hate being called Jaime because I don’t associate with that girl very well. I got the opportunity to have a talk with my friend Michelle from The World According to Egg Face, about this topic in fact, when we were attending the OAC Convention, to me “Jaime” is very much that “fat-girl” in the before picture that I stole Michelle’s fabulous idea, and wore around my neck on a lanyard for the weekend so that people could see my before with me standing in front of them as the after. But I very much associate the name “Jaime” with who I was pre Gastric Bypass and I very much see “Pandora”, a nickname that has stuck with me for longer than I can remember, as the post Gastric Bypass girl who is so passionate about helping others in their weight loss journey.If my phone rings and they ask for “Jaime” I always know its 1. Someone that doesn’t really know me. or B. Someone in the medical or financial field. Michelle suggested to me that I legally change my name. I might consider that again these days with the climate with my Family being what it is.

I’ve been spending way too much time in front of my desktop the last few days because I had a lot of bills to pay and finances to take care of and I do all of that on my Desktop not my Macbook Air, part of the joy of having a Windows PC for most things and a Macbook Air for blogging, writing, traveling and all that jazz. But sitting at the PC seems to serious increase my swelling. I went into the hospital at 165 and they cut off just about 3lb. of skin. I came home at 170, which isn’t really shocking considering swelling. I’ve bounced back and forth between 167 and 172 since I came home. yes that’s a gain, I’m not stressing it, my body is healing and I’ve got swelling on board, no reason to panic, I’ve been out of the gym and not exercising for 3 weeks now. ( I took a week off pre-op to make sure I didn’t over do it and that I went into it healthy and well hydrated. ) When the swelling goes down and I am released to exercise again, I’ll kick it into gear and get back to 160. But yesterday after sitting at the desktop for nearly 9 hours with pee breaks and walks through the apartment, my thighs, legs and feet all ended up swelling and I was showing 174 on the scale before bed.

That pretty  much means I am spending the weekend in the “recovery recliner’ has I have so lovingly named it, with everything elevated to combat the swelling. 17 days post WLS Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and I’m still waiting for the tape to come off the incisions, the drains to come out, and the swelling to stop being quiet and issue. Let’s hope those three things all start happening soon. Then maybe I won’t forget to tell you about a newsletter I was featured in for nearly two weeks!

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I am not what happened to me.

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.”

Food:

  • 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% 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.

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