Friday, June 24, 2011

Happy Birthday To Me!

Well, today is the day.  I'm officially 41 years old.  Oh, how the years have passed and what joy most of those years have been!!  And this will be my third birthday without my mom and my second without my dad, as he lives in Michigan and I haven't seen him in 2 years now. :(  I miss him!  Anyway, you take this only child who always had all the attention in the world on her birthday by her doting parents (and all the other days of the year!) and have your life up and change so drastically over the past three years since my mom died, well, let's say I'm still not used to my new life.   I get sooooo emotional over the summers since Mom died.  I guess because it was so sudden and I didn't get to say goodbye.  And she always made me special treats for my birthday.  Just being there made it special.  Oh, how I miss her!!!  I write this with a fine mist of tears in my eyes.....

And then, I go and make life even more drastic.  I have bariatric surgery!  Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I had it, even if I did have a few "coincidental" things happen, like the bout of diverticulitis.  I'm glad I'm over that!!!!  Thank you so much for all the well wishes and support.  I've gotten so much, there is NO way I can answer each one of you personally, so please accept my group "hug" and THANKS A MILLION FOR BEING THERE FOR ME!!!  :0)

Life is so different after the surgery.  Meals take on a whole new meaning.  It takes me about 40 minutes to get through a meal and most of the time, it feels like food is getting caught in my throat.  So I've got to make sure all my meat is sloppy moist (to get 'er down the ole' pipes!) and I still can't have bread.  I've got such cravings for stuff I can't a sandwich.  Or a soda. Or my ever famous taco.  I can have starches in six months, not before.  I guess they want me to lose half of my weight before starting starches back into the mix.  So I survive on sugar free pudding, popcicles, chicken breast, scrambled eggs, Carnation Instant Breakfast and the ever popular protein shakes (I still have to have three a day because I'm not eating enough food during the day to get enough protein.)  This has been the most radical "diet" I've ever been on and to think it is permanent.  Which is good, because once this weight is gone, it's STAYING gone!!!!  I just can't wait for another year when I can have bread and eat in a restaurant!  Ah, the simple things!!!

And taking my pills.  Geez, I take so many, that by the time I'm done, I'm full on applesauce or yogurt that I have to take with to get them down.  I've crushed so many, I've got cracks in my fingers from constantly breaking in half big pills.  But all in the name of losing weight.  I'll do it!

My hubby and I are really enjoying the gym and we ride the stationary bike and I've tried the treadmill a few times.  We take it slow and easy and it's helping my fibro and my joints.  So hopefully I can start weaning off some of my meds soon.  Won't that be nice?

Well, gotta get ready to go to the state DES office to renew my health insurance.  Wish me luck.  That place is a zoo and AZ is going broke, so they are changing some rules.  Please pray I keep my insurance!!!   I'll take the Kindle with and my hubby and I will play Monopoly while we wait with half of Phoenix in line!


Have a great day!!!
My next post I'll post some pics of new outfits I can fit into now.  :0)


  1. I first had a Literati....DON'T BUY THIS MACHINE! IT IS HORRIBLE!! I LOVE my Kindle and got rid of the old one. :0)

  2. Missy,
    I hope you had a fantastic Birthday. This birthday is very special because it is the beginning of a new life, and lifestyle, for you.

    The reason I run is to keep my Fibro under control. As you are able to exercise more you will find the pain to be manageable. I still hurt everyday but I have learned to tolerate it. I take cymbalta and when the pain is driving me crazy, 800 ibuprofen...that's it!

    Girl, hurry up and post those pictures! I hope you can post more often because I am selfish, I miss you! :)
    Tell Rainbow I miss her too, I have to put her on my blogroll this weekend!

    Take care my friend,
    Just remember, a Taco does not taste as good as a healthy body feels!

  3. Missy
    Happy birthday to you hun!!!! I will always be here for you if you ever need!!!!! Your dad is doing good, he is going to call you later!  He hasn't forgotten he just trying to adapt to the "cane" he is getting better thank GOD!!  He couldn't remember who you told him to call! so that is why that didn't get done but now I know for next time.

    Hope your day is super great!!! and glad that you are feeling somewhat better with the fibro...and yes getting off your meds would be wonderful...the dark cherries are good for fibro, arthritis, and headaches..just an FYI  plus they are good for other things.

    Love n hugs
    Gina & Dad (he is resting right now)or spose to be

  4. Happy Birthday to you!

  5. Hi Missy,

    Every now and then I come and read your blogs. I really appreciate your willingness to share your thoughts and feelings.

    In your above post you mentioned that you had a Kindle. In a past blog your mentioned the name of some other e-reader. Did you not like the first one? My friend got one and she hated it because it didn't work right. I told her that I had a Kindle and I absolutely loved it, so she got one too and is now raving about it. What are your thoughts on the e-readers?
    Happy Birthday by the way. 


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