Tuesday, November 8, 2011

It's Been A While

Where to begin:

1.  My dad is in Tucson in a  rehab hospital and doing great!  He should be home in a few weeks.  Truly a miracle!

2.  Been in an awful fight with my middle sister......the one we are surprising at Christmas in Hawaii for her 50th birthday!  I will write more about it when I can.

3.  My husband, John, had a very difficult time in Afghanistan...the rockets being launched at the base scared the crap out of him.  It has taken a few weeks for him to calm down, but I think he is doing better.

4.  My middle son has changed the venue for his wedding.  No more Italy.  They will be married in Santa Fe, N.M.  Much more reasonable as he is opening his new Endodontic practice there.  The wedding is set for 9-1-2012!  I am so excited!  I already have my rehearsal dinner dress and the dress for the wedding.  How odd that I purchased them a year before the wedding.  My only worry is that they will have to be taken in.....I hope!

5.  I have been holding steady with my weight for almost a year.  I would love to lose 20 more pounds.  I know what I need to do.  I think I got too comfortable at my current weight.

6. We are going to Phoenix next week.  John won an award at work and the awards ceremony is in AZ.  Lucky for us we can see our kids and grand kids, all on the company's dime!!!!!!

7.  Work is awesome!  I just need to go full time.  Hopefully that will happen soon.  I think I have found my niche in Property Management   :)

8.  I have been reading the blogs, just not commenting.  I promise to get better about that.  I love you all!

9.   That's all!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Update On My Dad

Good news!  My dad is improving little by little.  He went into surgery last week to have a tracheotomy.  He should be move comfortable with that than the ventilator going through his mouth.  They just moved him to the rehab ICU unit in Post Falls, Idaho.  His oxygen is at 45% and the swelling all over his body is down also. He needs to be at 35-40% oxygen before thay consider getting rid of the trach.  He is still loopy and not quite awake yet, but he is trying to open his eyes and move his arms a little.  They are hoping he will be fully awake by the beginning of this week.  Regardless, he has many months of rehabilitation ahead of him.

Thank you all for your prayers and support.  Now I think I will be able to fully enjoy Chicago!

See you there,

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Stress and my band=shitty week.

Royalty Free RF Clipart Illustration Of A Panicking Bee by Cory ThomanSo, I spent last week in Coeur d'Alene, ID, by my dad's bedside in the ICU.  Naturally I was a bit stressed out.  Most of the time, I lead a not so stressful life.  Boy, did I get a wake up call!

I simply could not eat.  Everything got stuck.  I threw away more food and threw up several times.  I wasn't sleeping well, and I was bickering with my sisters.  I know, I know, sisters can be so stupid.  I mean come on, we are all 50 years old or close to it, and we were fighting like when we were kids.  I guess we all get set in our ways.  We were sharing 1 room with 2 double beds and 1 bathroom.  I rest my case!  About the only thing I could eat was frozen yogurt.  And I ate it everyday!  So, food wise and sleep wise, my week was pretty shitty.  I got home last night and did not move one inch the whole night.  I slept like a log.  Eating was tough most of the day, but I had a chicken burger patty and a couple of fries at dinner.  Slow going, but I ate.  My band really reacts to stress.  I also notice that I am tight or uncomfortable if I try to eat with my legs crossed.  Anyone else have that problem?

My dad is showing a little more improvement.  His oxygen is down to 65%.  He was at 100%  and he needs to be at 35-40%  to have the ventilator removed.  I will take what I can get.  I really do appreciated you prayers and kindness.

I an so looking forward to Chicago!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Update

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes..my dad is still hanging in there.  He has had a few rough days though.  He is still on a ventilator and is heavily sedated.  He does not know I am here.  I will go home tomorrow and I hope that by next week he is well enough to be off of the ventilator.  It is going to be a long rough road to recovery for him.

Just knowing you were all out there praying for him was awesome!  Thank you so, so much!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Prayers for Daddy

My dad was involved in a very serious motorcycle accident a week ago.  He has been an avid and skilled rider for over 50 years.  He was on a ride with a friend of his up in Idaho.  He hit some gravel and rolled his bike twice.  He has 5 broken ribs, a shattered ankle, multiple contusions and bruises.  He is currently in ICU on a ventilator.  Unfortunately, he has developed double pneumonia.  There has been some minor progress, and I mean very minor.   

I am in Couer d'Alene, Idaho.  I will go home on Monday, Sept. 5th.  If he can get off the ventilator before I leave, I will be much happier. 

I lost my mother 9 years ago and I am really not ready to lose my dad.  Those of you who have lost a parent or parents,
 know what I mean.

I would appreciate any prayers and good thoughts.  I know I can count on my blogging buddies to help a girl out!

I will keep you posted on his progress.


Thank you so much,

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ground Chicken Burgers!

Happy Monday!

I wanted to share my new favorite burger.  Ground Chicken Burgers.  They are absolutely delicious! 

I despise Turkey Burgers.  Doesn't matter what is in them, I hate them.  I came across these in Publix.  They are 132 calories per patty and 22 grams of protein.  They are pre seasoned, so all I do is grill them and add cheddar cheese on top.  We made them last night.  I tried to eat 1/2 of an onion roll with it....no go.  So I just ate the patty with a small salad.  My husband and step son loved them!  I made them some sweet potato fries too.

I enjoy learning about new foods and finds, so I thought I would pass this along.


Have a great day!   I'm off to Zumba!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Who's Hot?



According to my husband........me!  I am 51 years old and I have never had anyone say I'm hot....ever.  To have my handsome husband and best friend say that to me just puts me over the moon!  We have been together for 14 years.  He has always said I'm pretty, but never hot.  Let me tell you girls, all the PBing, exercising and watching what I eat is all worth it!  John travels so much that we don't get to see each other very much.  So when he is home, and he says I'm hot, it's all I can do to not burst into tears!  I can see the pride in his eyes when I go to the gym, and get dressed for work.  I feel better about me, who I am and how I am taking care of myself.   Makes it all worth it for sure.

I still have about 20 more pounds to lose.  I have hanging skin that really pisses me off and I have to wear
Spanx pretty much everyday, but I would do it again in a New York second!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Friday, August 5, 2011

S.T.A.R.V.I.N.G.

Why is it when I get a much needed fill, I am starving for a couple of days?  What gives?  I am eating less food, and drinking more water....but effing starving!  This happens to me everytime I get a fill.  After a few days, the hunger subsides and I am fine.  Maybe it takes a little while for my fill to kick in or something.  After 14 months since surgery, you would think I might have this figured out!


It's too late to eat something, so I am going to bed hungry, AGAIN!!!!


Night all,

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Plethora of Workouts



It has been a year and a half since I began an exercise program.  My exercise of choice is Zumba.  Love it!  Thankfully, my Zumba instructor has opened her own fitness studio a mile from my house.

She offers many different types of classes.. Drillz, Top 2 Bottom, Ballet Barre,Zumba, Zumba Toning,  Ball Balance Stretch and Flexibility, you get the picture.  I knew I needed to incorporate some strength training into my workouts and these classes fit the bill.

On Mondays I do a class called Remix.  It offers a combination of several classes.  On Tuesday, I do Zumba.  Wednesday is Ballet Barre ( one of my new favs), and Zumba Toning.  On Thursday it's Kickboxing and/or Zumba.  Let me tell you, I am loving it and I am sore as hell!  Last night, my butt was killing me, but I felt so damn good!

I can't believe how much I enjoy working out when a little over a year ago, I was a couch potato.  How times have changed.  I am so proud of myself!

Have a great night everyone!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

MMMMMMM.....NUTS!

God help me.  I have a serious addiction to these delicious things.  I literally go out of my way to find them at the store.  Publix had them on sale last week...buy one, get one free!  Damn.

My weight loss has been shitty and non existent the last 6 months, all due to nuts.  I add them to my morning yogurt and grab a handful here and there during the day.  Finally, I just happened to look at the calories and serving size the other day.  OMG!!!!  1/4 cup is 140 calories and 9 grams of fat.  Although they do have 5 grams of protein!  That was my excuse, the protein....whatever.

Time to cut them out!  I am going for a fill tomorrow and I plan to confess to Dr. Freidman.  I am ashamed of myself...for reals.  I know better, but somehow, I couldn't help myself.  

So, I have come clean, finally!  I already feel better.  I know that no one is perfect.  Weight loss and food control will be a thorn in my side for the rest of my life.  I accept that, but I am still disappointed with my lack of control.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!
My weakness


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Richmond, VA, HOT! July, 2011

Wedding Day!
The groom, Mike, and me, just a little drunk!
Me and John, @ the Rehearsal Dinner
Me and Sarah
We had five very hot but wonderful days in Richmond last week.  Michael got married.  I began babysitting him in 1982 when he was 4 months old.  Now he is 29!  Holy crap, that makes me feel old!  The rehearsal dinner and wedding were spectacular!  Super hot, but beautiful.

Sarah, from "Losing Weight, Gaining Tons"  met us at Starbucks.  She looks wonderful!  It was so good to see her.

I felt like I had gained weight while we were there, but I got home and weighed myself, and was very happy to have stayed the same.  I had many glasses of wine, and a couple of Blue Moon's.  I also ate pretty much all of the food from the rehearsal dinner and wedding. It was to die for!  Shrimp and Grits, and Beef tenderloin with grits and asparagus.  Ummm, I do love grits!  The servings were not huge, and I did eat a  little more than
 half.  For some reason, I was feeling bloated....probably from the heat.

Michael and Ashley
All in all, it was a great time.  So nice to spend it with my husband who is usually working out of town more than he is home.

Can't wait to see you all in Chicago!!!!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Old Navy Rocks It!

Hello all,

I know it has been a while since I have posted, but I have been reading!  Anyway, I found this workout top @ Old Navy and wanted to share.  The are fantastic!!!!!  They are extremely comfortable, roomy, and lightweight.  I have a white and teal colored one and I just ordered this purple one and black.  Check out the website!


I am looking forward to going to Chicago to see old friends and meeting new ones!


Miss Vickie

Monday, June 6, 2011

Beer

Blue Moon Belgian White Beer.....YUM!!!!  After an entire year of not drinking my beloved Corona's, I have found Blue Moon.  This beer has very little carbination and is light and very refreshing.  I especially love an orange slice in it.  I only have to drink one, and I have a little buzz going on.  If I have two, the room is spinning!  I have always been a light weight when it comes to alcohol. 

I pour the beer in a frozen mug, squeeze in an orange slice, and let the bubbles go down a bit before I drink it.  This queen bee is one happy bee!


Just wanted to share     ;-)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Arizona Trip

Crystal and me
Nonna and Livi
Nicolas and Aiden
I have been back for a week, but things have been very busy in Real Estate Land!  I finally have a chance to read blogs and even post one myself.

Weight has stayed virtually the same for the last 3 months.  Except for the never ending back fat and belly fat, I am actually feeling pretty great these days.  I even lost a couple of pounds while in AZ!

My daughter had a small hernia in her belly button and had to have surgery.  I went out there for 10 days to take care of her and my almost 2 year old grand daughter.  I was exhausted every day.  Funny how one forgets what it is like to take care of a toddler.  I had 4 kids under the age of 7 at one time when I was 24 years old.  I still have no idea how I managed it all.  Anyway, It was a good trip, Crystal is doing great, and I was able to spend time with my other 2 grand sons as well.

Liviana, the diva!
I am getting very excited for Chicago!  I am looking forward to seeing my old friends and meeting the new ones as well.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Beach Zumba and Family

Me and Crystal @ Navarre Beach Pier
Liviana, Crystal, Nonna & Papa
My daughter Crystal, taught Zumba at the pier and we had a great time!  My daughter and grand daughter were here for 9 days!  John and I were in heaven.  There is nothing like family and especially grand kids.  They simply melt my heart.

My weight loss, or lack thereof,  has been pretty crappy.  I walk between 2 and 3 miles everyday and I do Zumba 3-4 times a week.  I really need to concentrate on my water.  I have started working and I have allowed that to interfere with my routine.  I will get back on track though.  I feel wonderful and I am very happy.  I just need to get the last bit of weight off, and I will.

I will be in Phoenix for the next 10 days as my daughter is having hernia surgery.  I get to take care of Livi and see my other two grand sons.  Life is good.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Note To Self....Drink Your Water, Stupid!

And yes, I would love to look like this at goal!  ( in my dreams)

Anyway, I went for a fill today and told Dr Freidman that I have been very tired lately.  Like always, he goes down the list of "do you eat this and that and asked how much water had I been drinking?"  Hmmm, not much.  Well, where's my "stupid" sign?  The doctor said the first symptom of dehydration is lethargy.  So, I have been drinking and peeing like crazy!

I find that after almost a year from surgery, I need to go back to the basics.  I have been slowly slipping back to old bad habits.  I'm ready to finally reach my goal weight.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Still Letting Go

No one tells you how difficult it is to let go a little more each year.  I have 5 kids, they range from age 34-20.  All of them live in AZ and I live in FL.  I try to go to AZ as much as I can, but I am working now, I have 2 dogs and it is very expensive when I go there.  None of them can afford to come here.  In fact my daughter is coming next weekend with my grand daughter as a birthday gift to her......but really it's for me!

Most of the kids moved out many years ago.  I got used to it, but then again, we lived in AZ.  We would have a big dinner at our house at least once a month and we saw the kids often.  We moved due to my husbands' work and have been out of the state for 7 years now.  I won't lie, most of the time I think I am better off not being too near to the kids.  I know that sounds crazy but I don't deal with stress very well.  I guess I feel like I have to fix all of their problems and when I can't, the guilt is more than I can bear.  I feel more guilty because I am far away and I am no help in an emergency.  I put this pressure on myself really.

Add the fact that my husband has to travel for work and I am alone most of the time, and you have psyco mom!  I feel needy and whiny, sad, lonely, angry....you get the drift.  I end up pissing off the kids in the end.  I talk to my daughter everyday.  If I can't reach her during the day, I think she is dead or something.  I over react.  I need to find a way to step back and let them live their lives.  I seem to have a terrible sense of doom.  It's not just with my kids.  I freak out if I can't reach my husband too.  I am afraid of losing people in my life.

I know my kids love me.  I just need to find a way to let go even more than I already have.


Happy Easter Everyone

Monday, April 18, 2011

Wholly Guacamole!

WG_100Cal_SnackPack_6oz-copy-1I might be a little late to find out about this product, but I wanted to share about how good it is.  I saw this on The Biggest Loser and had to try it.  Let me tell you, it is fantastic!  I used Boar's Head Oven Roasted Turkey, sharp cheese and baby romaime lettuce and the guacamole.  I put the chese on top of the turkey and spread the guacamole, then aded the lettuce and rolled it up.  I took it to the beach and totally enjoyed myself.  I plan to fix this a lot for myself, especially when my husband travels for work.  I do not cook much when he is gone.  I hope you get a chance to try it!


Have a great day!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Navarre Beach Flash Mob!

Navarre Beach Flash Mob


This is the Flash Mob I did in March!  We also did a 2 hour Zumbathon.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Big Thank You To Jen!

Check out my fabulous new blog design!!!!!  I love it....Jen you did a great job!



Thank you so much!

Miss Vickie

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hot Sweaty Mess!

This was taken last night after an hour long session of Zumba Toning.  I was pooped!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Flash Mob and Zumbathon

Me and my Zumba Instructor, Jamie
OMG, I had such a great time!  We danced for almost 3 hours and raised quite a bit of money for Relay For Life.  Never in my whole life would I have thought about doing such things as a Flash Mob!  Losing weight has really made me so much more comfortable in my own skin.  I am so grateful for my band.
Flash Mob on the Navarre Beach Pier ( I have the red visor on)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ring Size NSV!


My rings have been so big on me lately, that I haven't been able to wear them very much.  I went to the jeweler to have them resized today.  I went from a size 9 to a 7 1/2!  Hopefully, I won't have to do that again.  I still have 22 pounds to go!


I spent the day at the beach.  It was absolutely gorgeous!  I'm going again tomorrow!



Have a great weekend everyone!


Miss Vickie

Friday, March 11, 2011

*****Whispers......Could It Be The Elusive Sweet Spot?*****

Either I have reached the sweet spot or changing my eating portions has worked.  I have lost 4 pounds in the last week and a half!  I am no longer eating oatmeal, although I love it, but instead I am eating a 100 calorie yogurt with nuts.   Most times I am not hungry for lunch, so I might have a couple of crackers and a little chocolate milk.  For the past 2 days, I have not had much of an appetite for dinner either.  I do eat a little though.


I am still exercising 5-6 days a week.  I have also started a little bit of strength training.  I feel great!  I feel light!  I even fit into my size 10 Bandolino Skinny Jeans today!



I really hope this will continue for a long, long time.


Have a great weekend everyone.

My prayers go out to the people of Japan.

Miss Vickie

Saturday, March 5, 2011

July, 2010 to February, 2011 Progress Pictures


I was remembering when I went to a Zumbathon with Amy W. last summer.  Notice how skinny that little mama is in the picture!  Anywoo, I just wanted to show you the comparison shots and my progress since then.  The Queen Bee likey a lot!

Hot Damn!!!!

FYI::::  I am overweight, not obese!!!!!!!  I weighed in at 179 today    ;-)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Zumbathon!!

This is me and my neighbor, Tammy, at the Zumbathon this past weekend. This was Tammy's first time at Zumba and she had a blast!

I think I have become a freaking Zumba addict.  I go to class at least 5 times a week.  Now I go to Zumba Toning, which includes 1 1/2lb toning sticks.  I can already tell the difference with my arms.  As of March, I have been going to the gym religiously, for a whole year!  Unheard of my friends.  Just find something that you love and stick with it.


Miss Vickie

Thursday, March 3, 2011

FINALLY!!!!

It only took 6 weeks to lose one effing pound, but I finally did it!  Evidently, eating smaller meals more often seemed to do the trick.  I have also been exercising more...like 2x a day!  I simply cannot believe I have lost 65 pounds.  I am just one pound away from being obese to overweight in the BMI catagory.  Life is good.


Thank you all for your unending support.  You're the best.


Miss Vickie

Monday, February 28, 2011

Mammogram NSV

Today I went for my yearly mammo.  Let's face it, no one likes to do it, but we must do it.  Anyway, as the tech was getting me all situated,  she noticed that I had lost weight.  Mind you, I have only seen this woman one time before, so I did not expect her to remember me.  I told her how much I have lost and asked her how she knew.  She said by looking at my last screening, she could see that I had much less" mass. "  Okay, so maybe not a good nsv in that respect, but she said it is much easier to do the test and they can see a lot better when there is not so much fat.

I have never had big boobs and I never will.  That is okay with me as long as I know they can see any possible cancer early...God forbid!

So ladies, just another great thing to come from weight loss  Please make sure you go for your mammogram this year!


Miss Vickie

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

6 small meals or only 3? WWYD?

My surgeon recommends I eat only 3 meals a day with no snacks in between.  I am beginning to have some issues with not eating anything for 4-6 hours and then eating too much at meals.  I think I am missing chewing or just tasting food.  I can't say that I am hungry very often, but I want to eat!  I had surgery 9 months ago and losing weight seems to be getting harder.


I am thinking about eating 1/2 c of food 5-6 times a day.  Right now I eat 1c 3X a day.  I think my metabolism is not working like it should.  I have about 25 pounds left to lose and my body doesn't want to let it go!  I am hoping that by eating little meals throughout the day, I won't snack or get bored and look for crap to eat.  I am still exercising 4-5 times a week. I am now incorporating strength training.  Maybe that will kick my metabolism into gear.


I would love any suggestions, please!


Miss Vickie

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My son is engaged!

Nicole ArquillaI am so excited to announce the engagement of my son, Marcus and his fiance' Nicole!  They are both very successful in their careers, he is an Endodontist, and she is in sales and marketing.  Now they have found each other and are ready to begin their lives together.  I think the ceremony will be next year, as they are planning some sort of destination wedding.  Thankfully, this gives me plenty of time to reach my goal and tone up!

I couldn't be happier for my son.  Nikki is a gorgeous girl and treats him like a king.  What more could a mother ask for?  I can only imagine how beautiful their babies are going to be!

Nikki's mom is planning an engagement party in Dana Point, CA the end of March.  I can't wait!


Happy Valentine's Day!

Miss Vickie

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Hi, My Name Is Vickie, and I am Addicted To Shoes.

Some of my new heels
Now that I can "comfortably" ( okay, don't lie about heels not hurting your feet ) wear heels again, I have indulged myself.  All of these shoes were no more than $25 with the exception of the black pair on the far left for $39.  They all have the platform, which does help immensely with my toe joint pain...ugh!

I cannot wait for the weather to warm up and I can wear my new dresses and skirts and rock those heels!


Hope you all have a great Superbowl Sunday!

Miss Vickie

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I got it this time!

February, 2011
August 2009, with my sisters.
I'll admit, I am a bit computer challenged, but where there's a will there's a way!  This is my business card photo.  I am very happy with it.

My sister just showed me this picture the other day and it made me cry.  I was 245 pounds then.  This was a mini family reunion and I was absolutely miserable and humiliated.  The last thing I wanted to do was have my picture taken.  I looked and felt like a big fat, hot mess.  Needless to say, I do not want to be that person again.

I feel like I have a new and exciting lease on life and I am so grateful.

Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I give up!

For the last 2 days I have tried to post my new work picture without any luck.  I will try to figure it all out as best I can.  I'm sure I will be able to post it at some point.

Thanks ladies!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Date Night! and Comparison Face Shot

Sept. 2009
John and Me, Jan. 2011
John and I finally had a date night.  Besides the fact that he works out of town quite a bit of the time, he works 12 hours 7 days a week when he is home.  He is leaving again on Tuesday for 6 weeks    :-(
Thankfully, we had some time to go out to dinner.  It was lovely and I wore my newest dress I bought this week.  It fit great and I felt great.


My new $15 dress from TJ MAXX
What I can't get over, is how different I look!  I had to find a comparison shot to check out the changes in my face.  I have lost my triple chin and half of my cheeks!  I am so grateful for my band.

While John is gone I will be very busy with my new real estate job.  Thank goodness.  It can get very lonely and quiet around here with just 1 person in the house.  I will continue going to the gym and my new Rottie keeps me jogging at least twice a day.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Miss Vickie

Saturday, January 22, 2011

My How Things Have Changed!

Yesterday was my official first day of work at the Real Estate office.  I actually have my own desk!  This may seem like a strange thing to be excited about, but my "office" for the past 30 + years has been a delivery truck or a school bus.  I dressed in business casual and felt very comfortable around people I didn't know.  That is huge for me.  I usually turn beet red in the face and sweat profusely because I am so self conscious of my weight.  What a great feeling.

So, John and I decided to go out to eat at Ruby Tuesday's.  I got the salad bar...well about 1/3 of a salad plate full and a cup of their White Chicken Chili.  I ate most of my salad and about 4 bites of the soup and I was full.

Sitting across from us were an overweight couple.  The woman had her salad plate piled high.  She ate most of the salad and the little rolls they give you.  Then to my shock and amazement, here comes a giant double burger and fries!  She proceeded to the all of the burger and fries!  I felt so sorry for her.  Actually, a year ago, that would have been me!  I actually get grossed out seeing people eat all of that food.  I wish I could talk to her and tell her about the band.  The band has changed my life and the way I think about food forever.  Thank God!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone,

Miss Vickie

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Scored at TJ MAXX again!


Lord help me, but I do love shopping!  Especially now.  I always go to the clearance rack first.  So today, I found this beautiful dress on clearance for $15.00!  I am going to a wedding in VA the end of July,  and I think it will be perfect!  Did I mention it's a size 10?

I will be in Richmond, which is near Sarah of "Losing Weight, Gaining Tons".  I plan to visit her and I will get to see the new baby!

Thank you all for your support and comments.  I can't believe how lucky I am to have found you!

Miss Vickie

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Goal Weight Change

Since I have been contemplating this journey with the Lap Band, my goal has always been to be in the "Healthy" category of the BMI Chart.  I still want that, but I am trying to be realistic about it too.  According to said BMI Chart, I should weigh no more than 145 lbs for my height.  That is on the high side of the chart.  They do not take your age into consideration though.  I am 51 years old......man I hate writing that!  I want to be healthy, but I don't want to look gaunt or too wrinkly.  Even my surgeon says those charts are not very realistic.

So, I changed my goal weight from 145 to 155.  This puts me in the "overweight" category, but just by a smidge.  And really, I'm okay with that.  I want to be healthy and fit and live a long time so I can irritate my darling husband and kids!  But, I want to eat like a normal person and not starve.  I was at 155 in my early 30's and I was very happy at the weight.  So, I did it.  I changed my goal weight.

I got my fill on Thursday.  Before that, I stopped in to see Amy W.  Can I just tell you, that little girl.....and I do mean little.....has really buffed up her arms!  You don't notice any batwings!  She is surprised too.  She does workout with some pretty hefty weights though.  It is very encouraging to know that there is a chance to lose the batwings if you are willing to do the work.  She looks fantastic!

My fill was a little more aggressive this time.  I was stuck between 184-186 for 6 weeks.  Now, I weigh 181!  I have been gurgling a bit and I stayed on liquids yesterday, but I think this fill will help me get back on the losing track.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Miss Vickie

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dixie Grace

Well, after driving 8 hours in ice and snow through Mississippi. we rescued Dixie from a shelter.  She is a 2 year old beautiful and sweet Rottweiler.  We had a Rottie named Kona for 8 years and she passed away 4 years ago.  We have missed her so much.  We found Dixie on Petfinder.com and I think she will be an awesome dog.

Our other dog is a 3 year old YorkiePoo, named Jane, who is not the least impressed.  I'm sure over time, they will be best friends.  Jane needs to stop sneering and showing her teeth first!


On the band front, I will be getting a much needed fill on Thursday.  I hope to lose more weight by walking Dixie a lot!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Year's Eve Pictures

Nikki, Marcus, me and John
Nikki and Marcus
John and I at the St Francis Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Here are the pictures from New Year's Eve night in New Mexico.  My son, Marcus and his girlfriend, Nikki, ( very soon to be fiance ) are thinking of moving there.  My son is an Endodontist and is going to open his own practice.  Nikki will do the marketing for him and most likely, open a vintage clothing store.  They are talking of getting married this summer in Italy!  Wow!  Thank God I have lost a good deal of weight!

We had a wonderful time, but it was only 6 degrees!  It was unusually cold.  It made me appreciate Florida so much more!

I am a very blessed woman.