O M G – Size 6?

July 12th, 2010

Its fun – even 15 months post-op little wow moments still happen!!  I stopped at Target on my way home and noticed some jeans on clearance. They didn’t have an 8 so I grabbed a 6 and a 10 — and I bought the 6!!   It’s very weird that my weight has stayed the same for the last 4 months but my body is still changing.  Maybe I need to updated my “butt” photo since the last one was at size 10 :)

30th Reunion

July 11th, 2010

I have never attended any of my class reunions – I didn’t want to be the one who got so fat and no one recognized!  I went to my first this weekend and it was so much fun I actually rode a mechanical bull — who the heck is this new person?!??  That’s me in the picture right on the bull in the middle with all the others in my class who rode the bull…another wow moment!

1-Year Doctor Visit

April 20th, 2010
  This morning I had my yearly checkup with the Bariatric center. They took my picture when I arrived and brought out my “before and after” shot before I left. I was shocked by my reaction – I sat there and cried. It was really the first side by side comparison photo I’ve seen and I didn’t even recognize the person in the before shot. She looked so sad and lost to me.

On a positive note, all along I’ve been telling them I always get 90-120g protein a day and they have always said it wasn’t necessary — only 50-60g was needed. Well today, the doctor had just returned from a Bariatric convention in Seattle and they were told to recommend at least 30g per meal — so 90g a day is golden! I am glad I followed my own research and have been doing this much the entire year — and very thankful she told me about this and was proud of me too :)

The other thing they discussed was Omega-3 — which they were told was a good thing to recommend and I’ve been taking those for some time as well. (Even when they told me it wasn’t needed!) I order all of my vitamins from CelebrateVitamins.com – but I get my Omega 3 chewable strawberry, and my chewable probiotics from Bariatric Advantage.

The moral of this story:  do your own research!!  Listen to your doctors but make your own informed decisions – just don’t skip your vitamins and protein!!

My life is pretty much normal now and I’m concentrating on all of my new adventures and enjoying life.  

I am training for the Susan G Komen 3-Day — which would never have been possible before surgery!!!  You can follow my journey at http://pinkmary60.blogspot.com

I will still be updating here when I have news — but luckily, that is few and far between these days :)   It’s a good thing!

One Year Surgi-versary

April 10th, 2010
   It’s been a great year — a FAST year.  I am so lucky to be surrounded by very supportive and understanding family and friends.    

This picture was taken over Easter weekend at our Cabin.  That’s Louie on my lap and Ella in front – my rescue dog babies.

I love my life and feel like the “real” me is back! I was in hiding for 25 years and I don’t ever want to be that person again. I no longer “plan” on being dead by 50 – I just started living again!

One Year Recap:

Down 100 pounds
Jeans:  Size 22 down to size 8
Shirts: Size 22/24 down to Medium
A1C:  11.9 down to 5.5  (not considered diabetic now!)
Heart Rate today: 116/58
Cholesterol: 86 (under 100 is good)
Dating: None to weekly! LOL

It’s Official

April 5th, 2010

I am no longer diabetic!!   I am almost at my 1 year surgi-versary and had my A1C checked today.  It was 5.5 which is like a little miracle.  Before surgery, I couldn’t get it under 7.2 even taking 8 different meds AND insulin.   I love my RNY :)

I’m walking 60 miles!

March 12th, 2010
Some of you know this already, but I signed up to walk in the Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure this year. It will be held in the Twin Cities August 20-22 and I can’t wait!

My neice Morgan is going to walk with me. Been doing a lot of training and trying to work up my endurance to get ready. I did my first 5K walk last weekend and it was soooo much fun.

Thank you RNY for giving my life back so I can give back!!!

My official fundraising page for the cure is: http://the3day.org/goto/missmarymac — our team is open if you want to walk with us!!  I also have a new blog that will document my training at http://pinkmary60.blogspot.com

NOTE: I have to raise $2300.00 to participate so your support is great appreciated.  All donations are tax-deductible and go to such a good cause!

11 Months — home stretch!

March 10th, 2010

This is going to be a quickie — next month will be the big year surgiversary so I’ll have to make a special post :)    I am down about 97 pounds now so itspossible I might hit 100 at a year, but if not, I’m close enough and happy where I’m at!  I’m not even going to measure until April 10th :)

10 Months – How time flies!

February 10th, 2010
  Nothing too new to report — still happy in my new body, feeling “normal” again.   It’s weird to be eating a little more but no one can survive on that little amount of food forever!  Hoping to break the 150 barrier soon.

Most of my life I’ve referred to my little sister Kate as the “tiny” one… I still do.   Last night, we were walking and I had to ask what size her jeans were — I imagined she was a 4 or 6.  She is size 10 – same as me!  I think the look of shock on my face was apparent.  I still don’t see me as the “tiny” one but she is — how weird to be able to borrow her clothes!

Sorry that my posts here have gotten so sporadic — I’ll still do my monthly updates, new products or milestones – but for the most part, life is great.  Still haven’t had anything get stuck, only 1 dumping episide and that was way back in the first month so I still avoid too much sugar, although I’ve had a little pieces of cake for birthdays with no issue. Nothing seems to bother me and everything tastes so much better.   Looking forward to my 1 year surgiversary!

OH! I forgot to mention — in the picture above, I am wearing an OLD bridesmaid dress that I wore in the early 80′s — before I gained most of my weight – and the dress is actually a little too big.  Was sure fun finding it though and being able to put it on again for a laugh.

Quick overview as of Feb 24:

- Lost 95 pounds
- 85.5″ inches smaller from neck to ankle
- Size Lg/Med tops
- Size 10 jeans – not tight!

9 Months

January 10th, 2010
  What I did in 9 months.. 

Had a baby….  *joking!!*

..Lost 88 pounds
..Lost 73″ from neck to ankle
..Lost sz 22 jeans (found 10)
..Lost sz 3x shirts (found L)
..Lost 42dd bras (found 36d)

Things are definately slowing down but its been an amazing 9 months and I don’t regret a single minute of it!

** Bonus – My packer jersey not only fits now, but it’s too big and I love it!!

Monday weigh-in and a goal!

January 4th, 2010

This morning I hit 157.6 — and 157 is my doctor office “goal weight” for me.  Not a bad achievement in under 9 months for sure but I would still like to lose another 15.   I’m not doing much different these days — eating about 1000 calories a day, keeping the carbs under 60g and the protein 90-120g.  I am back walking on the treadmill after taking a few weeks off over the holidays and its like starting all over! Feeling great and loving life!

Hello Size 10!

December 30th, 2009
  OK, so its no very often people take pictures of their own ass and post them on the internet, but when your ass goes from wearing size 22 jeans to size 10 jeans — you post a picture! This might just be one of my favorite WOW moments yet :) Not since high school have I been this size!

So thinking it might a fluke that I found a pair that was mismarked, I actually went to the store and bought 2 more pair of jeans – both size 10.   I took all the size 14 and size 12 back to clothes mentor — good riddance!

What a fun way to start 2010 :)

Monday Update

December 21st, 2009

Hello 150′s!  Now it’s only 159.6 but hey, its under 160 right?  I am only about 3 pounds from my Doctor’s goal and 20 from my personal goal so the end is definately in sight.   It’s getting a little harder lately just because everything tastes good again.

Dr. Svendsen – My hero :)

December 19th, 2009
I posted yesterday that my friend has surgery — what I didnt mention is that she had the same Doctor I did — Dr. Charles Svendsen. I knew I’d see him when I was at the hospital with Kim so I thought it would be fun to make a shirt to show him my appreciation.He told Kim the worst part of his job was that he never got to see his patients afterwards so I was really looking forward to it. I truly believe he saved my life and I will always think of him as a hero. Thanks to his skill, I am happy and living my life again – without meds, insulin, high cholesterol and being tired all the time! I’m no longer the “fat” chick at the party, I don’t hide from the camera and I can cross my legs.

Thank you Dr. Svendsen!!

Kims Surgery

December 18th, 2009

My friend Kim has her surgery this morning – another Lap RNY success story! She’s up and doing great and the doctor said it was routine — always great news. Yay Kim!

Here is a picture before they wheeled her in  :)   (That’s her hubby who is very supportive!)

Christmas Party & Stuff

December 17th, 2009

This won’t seem like a big deal to most, but I actually went to my Christmas party this year — even though  none of my friends could go.  I knew the people there, but not well — and I didn’t care!   No way in hell I would have gone last year – even if all of my friends were there.   I had fun too :)    We went to Dave & Busters and played lots of games — I hit the jackpot and won tons of tickets so I had a little shopping spree :)

Here is another bonus — on the way home I stopped at Clothes Mentor — and though I’d try on some new jeans a size smaller for the heck of it… and guess what?  I am now wearing size 10!  Now, they are tight (which wouldn’t have bothered me in high school!) but I can zip them and they are comfy!  Life is good :)   Maybe a new butt picture is in order … we’ll see.

8 Month Surgi-Versary

December 10th, 2009

8 months flew right by… its hard to believe!  Things now just feel so normal.  I love my protein shakes, I still enjoy tracking my food/fluids/exercise on DailyPlate and I know exactly what I’m doing every day.   I could probably do fine without tracking at this point because it all feels natural.

Something I noticed this month — I crave GOOD food.  I still like to have a little snack in bed, but now its greek yogurt instead of donuts. I’d rather order grilled meats instead of breaded and deep fried.  I get “full” and it feels great. 

8 Month Overview

- Down 84 pounds and 69? inches
- Size 10 jeans, – Size large top
- Walking 2-3 miles
- Dating again! (I’m getting good at it! LOL)

Monday Weekly Updates

November 16th, 2009

So, my scale has started acting very funky.   This Monday for my weekly weigh-in post, I stepped on the scale and lost 5 pounds overnight – something had to be wrong.  I stepped on it, and gained 7 pounds.   I weighed myself about 20 times and it was never the same number — and it was an 11 pound spread!

I am going to start weighing myself at work in the gym.  Last week, I weighed myself in the morning, naked at home.  I weighed myself at work today wearing clothes and in the afternoon..and I was still a pound less.  Who knows…   in any case I think I lost another pound or so which means I’m still on track :)

7 Months – What a ride!

November 10th, 2009





  I can’t believe it’s been 7 months.  Sometimes it feels like yesterday - but most days, it feels like I’m finally normally & the last 20 years just disappeared in the distance.

I still watch what I eat closely and track everything on TheDailyPlate. I am eating 900-1000 calories per day, 45g-60g carbs, 90-120g protein and at least 64oz fluids. My weight lost has never totally stopped, but its slower since I’m getting closer to my goal.   Still no problems with food, I love everything.  My hairloss has even slowed way down so life is good – very good :)

7 Month Overview

- Down 81 pounds and 67″ inches
- Size 12 petite jeans, – Size large top
- Walking 2-3 miles
- Dating again!

Monday Quickie

November 9th, 2009

Today is a quickie since tomorrow is my SEVEN month Surgi-versary! I’ll do a full recap then… this week I am down 2 pounds. I am easily getting 900-1000 calories a day now and trying very hard not to eat anything after 7p – hard habit to break! My 7 month post will probably be a day or two late since I have a date tomorrow and hopefully won’t have time to post *wink* — lovin’ life!

No-Cook Breakfast – Easy!

November 4th, 2009
nocookoats   I am a very lazy breakfast eater so I love finding quick and easy to-go items I can bring to work.

My newest creation is sooo yummy and filling!Even without added protein this is only 13g net carbs and 16g protein! Beats plain oatmeal anyday!

No Cook Oatmeal — basically you just combine the things you see above and put in the fridge overnight.  Ready to go in the morning!  I just plop some in a little 4oz tupperware and bring to work. You eat it cold so no need to find a microwave either!

Full Recipe and Nutrition info here

Lovin’ it!

November 1st, 2009
Fun week!  I had two dates and neither mentioned my weird eating - the trick is to eat what you can, move the rest around on the plate and keep them talking and laughing!

This morning I went out to get a paper and drop some clothes at a resale shop.  For the heck of it, I tried on some jeans and I am now a size 12 petite!  I’m not losing much weight but I’m still shrinking.. I was so proud I had to take a picture of my new butt :)  


New Baby & The Usual

October 26th, 2009
george_102109   This is George.  My sister adopted 6 pounds of sweetness  this week and her kids are soooo happy they finally have a puppy of their own!    We drove 6 hours each way to pick him up but it was worth it!

Today’s weigh-in was good! I’m down 1.4 pounds from last week despite several days of not being able to track my foods/drinks and eating some new things. I love being comfy in jeans!


October 20th, 2009
I love wow moments that don’t involve the scale!  I had one today…  I went to talk to my boss about a project and HIS boss was in the room.  I walked in and he said “Wow! I won’t even recognize you soon – you look great!” — This probably doesn’t sound like a big deal, but this is a guy who doesn’t say much very often and is French, so he’s not known for being too personal – so this one really meant a lot to me & made my day. frenchman

It sure is nice to hear this once in awhile from someone other than my family and friends who are always proud of me :)

Progression – 6 Months

October 18th, 2009



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5 Months


6 Months

I still have a hard time seeing a new me in the mirror so I thought I would post a little progression study. I have almost ZERO post op pictures so it’s hard to find something to compare.  I wish I had sucked it up and made myself get some before pictures taken for comparison! 

6 Month Overview

October 10th, 2009
6months   October 10, 2009 – 6 months since my surgery and I couldn’t be happier! This isn’t the greatest outfit – but I don’t have many clothes right now! I don’t want to spend money on things I won’t be wearing long. Thank God my sister Maureen has given me so many things! 

6 Month Overview:
- I’m down 76 pounds
- I’ve lost 63 Inches from ankle to neck
- My boobs stopped shrinking! Yay for 36D
- I started dating and its fun!
- I went line dancing with high school friends
- I can buy clothes at normal stores!
- I’m 39 lbs from my personal goal weight
- I’m 12 lbs from my surgeon’s goal weight
- My hairloss seems to be slowing down
- My labwork was great
- My A1C is now down to 6.1 – almost normal!

Monday Monday & I’m eating fine!

October 5th, 2009

Last Friday I had my 6 month checkup where we decided to up my calories and carbs a bit … and I’m happy to say, this week I actually lost 2.6 pounds! This morning, I even broke into a new “decade” and weigh in the 160′s! I started having some whole grain oatmeal for breakfast with 1/2 scoop of BSN Cinnamon Roll protein – and its yum. The carbs don’t seem to trigger anything, but its comforting food that keeps me full until lunch.

I also got my labwork back from last weeks FOURTEEN VIAL extraction and I’ll try to make some sense of then umbers and post about that later today. The one thing I do know is that my A1C is down to 6.1% now which is amazing!!!

Monday Checkin

September 28th, 2009

So, last week was a slow one — this week I tried something new. I upped my caloried, carbs and fat — and I lost 1.4 pounds!

I had my 6 month checkup on Friday (a few weeks early) and they were very pleased with my progress so far. When I mention I had only lost 5 pounds in the last month, they thought upping my calories a bit would help so I tried it out.

I changed my DailyPlay to 1000 Calories and am going to aim for 60g Carbs or less instead of 40g like I was doing. Cross your fingers! :)

Monday Monday

September 21st, 2009
This week I am only down 0.2 pounds, but its still something right?  I have only lost 5 pounds in the last month, but everyone says its a normal part of the process.  Normal or not, its frustrating!  I am just trying to get through this plateau and hopefully see some more movement in the downward direction of my scale and clothing sizes!  I am very happy to be wearing clothes from “normal” stores though!

Here is a picture taken at work a few days ago. It’s the first picture where I can really see a difference. I also didn’t have to open photoshop & crop my whole body off!


5 Months and I’m Overweight!

September 10th, 2009
me_5months   Yep – today is 5 months since my surgery and I’m still doing great and not regretting a single thing!

The best part about today? I stepped on the scale this morning and at 174.6 pounds – I am considered OVERWEIGHT. I am no longer Super Obese, Morbidly Obese or even just Obese — I’m overweight — which feels like something to celebrate but I’ll save the big celebration for when I hit “NORMAL” :)  

The rate of loss is slowing down but it hasn’t stopped and thats to be expected as you get closer to your goal weight. According to the BMI chart here, I should hit 100lbs gone sometime in January – we’ll see!   overweight_91009

 5 Month Overview:

  • I’m down 70 pounds
  • I’ve lost 53 inches overall – my poor boobies!
  • I love sitting and crossing my legs
  • I am still on NO medications
  • My blood sugar is normal, my cholesterol levels are great
  • I haven’t found any foods or drinks that bother me (other than too much sugar)
  • I finally narrowed my protein powder list to a few favorites and can stop shopping around
  • I don’t cry when I see a picture of me anymore
  • I look forward to seeing people I haven’t seen in years
  • I might actually attend my 30th class reunion – I have never gone to one!
  • Finally a real camera!

    September 3rd, 2009

    I finally bit the bullet and got a digital camera. Hopefully this will be the end of my crappy, blurry pictures of food and other things!  Not only was it on sale, I chose pink so the proceeds went to breast cancer research.

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    My little rescue-mutt, Louie was happy to pose for the first ever pictures on my new camera. These are small so they fit on the page — the detail is amazing! Now I just have to work on the “redeye” from the flash. This is going to be fun!

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    New Protein for Coffee Lovers

    September 1st, 2009
    I spend too much time searching for new protein and ideas. I ran into this gem about 2 weeks ago and finally decided to order and give it a try. It is sooo yummy!! It only costs $10 a pound and they have free shipping so if you’re a coffee lover, its worth a try.

    The stats are much better than CLICK at about half the price. It tastes similar to Inspire Cappuccino but more flavor and half the price — kind of a no brainer! Definately one of my new favorites.

    Calories 103, Fat 0g, Carbs 1g, Protein 25g


    You can order it here: http://www.allthewhey.com – if you enter the code “freeship” on the checkout form, you’ll get free shipping. I also added a note about samples and they sent me 4 random flavors for free! I loved Vanilla Caramel, Wild Berry and Peaches & Cream – but haven’t tried the unflavored yet. Enjoy!

    Monday Check-Up

    August 31st, 2009
    4months150px   I wasn’t expecting much this week since I was out of town and didn’t track a single thing I ate or drank for 4 days — but somehow, I still lost 1.6 pounds. I am now 1 pound from weighing less than my Dad!

    Was a great weekend — my family kept calling me “skinny mini” which was silly but made me feel pretty dang good :)

    This picture was taken about 3 weeks ago on my 4 month anniversary – 60 lbs down at the time – and I didn’t have to photoshop out 3 necks!

    Fun new tool!

    August 24th, 2009
    I found this link the other day and it was amazingly accurate. It lets you punch in your starting weight and how much excess you want to lose (I entered 100%). It then tells you your goal weight and gives you a graph of your estimate weight loss progress.   ohchart

    My chart said 68 pounds at 5 months — and I’m at 67 pounds in 4.5 months — very close!  See what yours looks like here.

    According to this, my goal weight should be 134 and I’ll reach that at 12-14 months out — we’ll see!

    Monday Check-In

    August 24th, 2009
    funnywhoa   This was not the greatest week… on top of it being that time of month, I had some serious bloating issues. I felt like a big fat balloon that someone needed to pop! Luckily whatever the heck happened cleared up over the weekend and I still ended the week 1.8 pounds lighter than last week. I miss my pound a day weeks but I’ll take whatever I can get :)

    Update: TrueProtein.com order

    August 23rd, 2009

    Just a quick little addition to my new protein find posted below.  

    1. The unflavored mix I made actually mixed right into HOT coffee… without clumps!  I poured about 1/3 scoop in my fresh coffee, slowly while stirring, then added my sugar-free hazelnut creamer and you’re never know the protein was there — this makes me a happy camper!

    2. The Banana Bash was awesome when made into a shake with 1/2 banana, 4oz soy milk, 4oz water and some ice cubes.

    3. The Chocolate-Coconut was decadent mixed into Greek Yogurt — I liked the flavor even better than the BSN version of Chocolate-Coconut. This would be amazing frozen or with a few chopped walnuts for dessert.

    I also liked the Peaches & Cream and Orange Creamsickle – I mixed then both with half soy milk, half water and ice…. no other doctoring.  I’ll definately be ordering from this company again. I love how easily they all mix and they don’t get foamy.