Never Enough Time!

Being unemployed gave me time off, but now I wish it was more! However, that being said, I am extremely thankful I have a new job to go to on Monday morning. It's even nicer to know that all our debt will be paid-off! Whoohooo. While it's not an atrocious amount, when we accrue it we start stressing over it.

Weight loss is going well, but slow. I will have measurements taken on Saturday and will post some pictures. On the 15th is my 6 month "surgiversary." I'd love to hit 80 lbs. lost by then, but we'll see what happens. I'll be happy being down a good number of inches and not losing any lean muscle mass. Since October I've actually put on 8 lbs. of lean muscle mass, which is a great accomplishment post-op. I stopped losing my hair -- I'm not sure if it was the Biotin I started taking twice a day, or just that the hair loss phase was over. In any case, the Biotin is really helping my dry skin and hair, so I will continue to take it.

I had a few personal milestones recently...

I can actually wear Nike work-out clothes! Gone are the days when I had to scour retail stores for functional and comfortable work-out clothing in plus-sizes. I found some new-with-tags deals on E-bay and treated myself. It's just one of those things I never imaged I'd be able to wear. I went to the local sports store and felt like everyone was going to tattle one me for shopping in the "wrong" department! No sirens or whistles blew, but it was a new experience for me. It's not like I'm a brand whore, but I do work-out hard. I like to feel comfortable and confident when I exercise; having the right gear does that for me.

Then, I bought my Inspi(red) tee back in December. I can wear it now; I even wear it out of the house! It was an XL from the GAP, so that was a serious mindf*k seeing I could actually wear it in public and not look like a stuffed Italian Sausage. I can't get a full-length pic of me with it on, by myself -- but I'll show off the new haircut and color!

I found these pics too. They are a reminder from where I came. The first was a night out and the second was just 4 months after my daughter was born in January of '04. I can still remember how miserable and self-conscious I felt when these pictures were taken. Not to be dramatic, but it hurts to see these and remember how unhappy about my body I was. Not that it's perfect now, but at least I'm leading my life again and not making decisions based on whether or not my body can handle a situation.

My last milestone (for now that is) has to do with running. I can actually jog for 15 minutes straight at 4.5 miles an hour. It freakin' amazes me. I really did hate running before, but now I kind of like it. I enjoy challenging myself minute-by-minute on the treadmill. Also, I had a personal best on the leg press of 460 lbs. My trainer says I am "pushing weight with the big boys." My husband was very surprised; as was my back the next day, but I did it and I'm only going to get stronger!

I've finally spent some time getting caught up with my not-so-fattie-sassy friends, and I'm so proud of all of you. Everyone is doing amazing and I love reading yourblogs and sharing in your successes and yeah, even listening to your rants about life and such too.

Have a great weekend all!

Counting down 6 months until the "40 and Fab" tour beings in Vegas. :)


  1. Hey Donna! I've been missin' you girl! Sounds like everything is just fab with you - congrats on that new job! I know how frustrating the slow weight loss thing can be - I'm 7 1/2 months out and I've (only) lost 88 lbs. I'm just thankful that I've come this far and that the scale is moving downward. I'm still in awe of you and your fitness goals - you just totally rock! Keep on going and keep us posted, will ya? ((hugs))

  2. Congratulations on the new job. I'm so happy for you.

    You look absolutely gorgeous! Love the new hair color. It's beautiful.

    Good to hear you are doing well.

  3. You look great! Congrats on the new job and new workout clothes! :D

  4. Hey Donna, while you and I are approaching our 6 month surgivesary mark I too am hoping for the 80 lb loss, I am not building the lean mass you are, but sorely need to. Love your hair and keep up the great work.


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