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    Thursday, November 06, 2008

    A Few Things

    I thought I would update on a few things that have been happening lately.

    First, Mr. Sign and I had our 2 year weight loss surgery doctor appointments. Mr. Sign is still holding steady having lost all of his weight (136 pounds) in the first 6 months. He would like to lose another 25 pounds and plans on doing that. His biggest downfall is that he doesn't keep track of what he eats.

    The physician's assistant high fived me when he saw my weight loss. He said that he could tell that I kept track of everything. He was strangely amazed at my progress (a loss of 205 pounds). He said that most people show a gain in the second year after WLS. I'm so happy not to be a statistic. My blood work came back excellent. The only issue I have is that he diagnosed me with Raynaud's Syndrome. This is something I will have to watch closely since I work outside in the winter. This was not a side effect of the surgery.

    As most of you know, I have been on a mission to exercise and become more healthy as well as continuing to lose weight. Yesterday I was asked to be interviewed for Heathly and Fit Magazine as a success story. I will be featured in the January issue. (I also had my picture and a quote in Obesity Help magazine, but still have not received a copy.) It's kind of bizarre that people want to hear my story, but I'm very excited to share it. I want to focus on the support group that I head up and the fact that I'm trying hard to motivate everyone to get active.

    This brings up the fact that I have become the person that made me want to scream when it comes to exercise. I hated people that talked about the high they got from exercise. I wanted to wring their necks when they jumped around with all their extra energy that they had gained due to exercise. Those people made me feel terrible about myself since I wasn't doing anything to better myself. I hope that I will be able to show people that you can turn your life around and feel better about yourself.


    Donna said...

    Congratulations! It seems just like yesterday that you used to comment to me "I know I need to start exercising!" LOL

    I went back to my November 2006 OH board and I feel badly for those who have e gained 20 lbs. or more back. I have to remember, I may not have lost as much as them, but I haven't gained either. :)

    barman said...

    Exercising is so important. I know before when I lost a ton of weight it was mostley because I was exercising between 1 hour to 2 1/2 hours a day 5 days a week. When I decided that was just to much and more or less stopped the weight came right back on. Of course what you eat is important too.

    Now I am trying to get myself back to the basics once again. Once my blood pressure settles I will work harder on getting some exercise in and I have already started to be much more concious about what I eat. It is so important that I do that. And I can see it can be done by your example. You do not need to go overboard to get some great results even without the bypass procedure.

    Thank you my friend.

    Susy said...

    YOU HAVE. Your following here is amazing and so are you Jenn. Is that one I can buy on the racks of magizines?

    CONGRATS you will inspire other with your amazing spirit!

    Mona said...

    You will feature in a magazine! that is great!

    ell said...

    jenn, that is SO exciting. now that you're a celebrity, don't forget the little people!


    The Savage said...

    You are sooooooo much sexier than Richard Simmons.

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    Sicilian said...

    Gurl. . . . I think that you have gained so much confidence that you will be a very good role model for others. . . . which would be why everyone wants to hear your story. . . . I am so glad for you and your hubby. . . . it is a great gift you can share with each other.
    Keep up the great work. . . I love reading your blog.

    kimmyk said...

    yeah congrats to both of you!

    make sure you keep your fingers and toesies covered nice and warm this winter. i still can't believe you like the white stuff. gah. won't be long i'm afraid.

    and congrats on the article. i'll definitely be looking for that!

    G-Man said...

    Ahhh, those pesky endorphines!!
    You Rock Covergirl!!!!

    Strumpet said...

    So I was reading the link about Raynaud's and all the way at the bottom....

    ...it said that a possible treatment for the syndrome is...


    Should make for some interesting side effects.

    It also mentioned Gingko Biloba, which is also way cool.

    As for the cold, stock up on those little instant hand and feet warmer packs that you just break and stick in your pockets or mittens and socks and things. That might help too.

    I'm going to save your article.

    I feel so honoured to know you, Sign-babe, you are truly one hell of a woman and a true inspiration on so many levels.

    You go, girl.

    Work it.

    Evening said...

    Jenn, you are such an inspiration. You have made such positive changes in your life. I am so glad you are sharing your story. Congratulations on all you have achieved and the recognition you are getting for your hard work.

    cadbury_vw said...

    my girlfriend has primary renaud's - i assume yours is as well - you don't do a lot of jackhammering or chainsawing (as far as i know)

    i have done a swack of research that may have some useful information for you

    BTExpress said...

    Now that your famous, I could kick myself for not getting your autograph when I flew out for the get together. Oh wait! I do have a couple of cleavage shots that I could sell. ;-)

    S said...

    Been awhile since I came over. Wow, sign, youve been busy, havent you?


    I cant wait to see you in the mag. Be sure to let us know when it comes out.

    (as IF youre not! :P)