Sunday, May 20, 2012


Well its been a long week.  Sorry I wasn't as dedicated to keeping up with my blog as I had hoped and intended to do.  My full time job has been stressful and consuming most of my time.

That being said I still love these products but I have not been 100% committed during the week.  I plan to recommit myself tomorrow and to begin anew.  I feel really good and hope to be able to continue taking these products.  I love the taste, I love that they are all natural and have zero side effects that I have experienced.  I lost 2.5 lbs without being 100% compliant.  More than weight loss though I feel like I'm cleansing myself of impurities.  

So tomorrow I "reignite".  I leave for Aruba in 9 days!!  So I will be finishing my 8 day challenge the day before I leave.  I think its a good motivator and even if I don't lose all the weight I feel like I'm getting myself off on the right foot before departing on vacation.  

Thanks for sticking with me!


Monday, May 14, 2012

Ignite 8 Day Challenge - Day 1

I finally started my Xyngular Ignite 8 Day Challenge.  I have to tell you honestly, today was not without its challenges but absolutely none of those had anything to do with the products.  The past few days I've had some issues with my lap band.  Anybody that has one will tell you that they sometimes just get (for lack of a better word) pissed off.  Mine has been waging war since Saturday, with some moments better than others.

I was all prepared this morning.  I woke up early and immediately shuffled my tired self to the kitchen where I anxiously took my Xyng and sipped my cap full of Super Fruit Juice Blend. I have to say neither bothered me and I actually liked the juice.  I then went to take my shower and get ready for work.  I returned to make my first Lean shake.  I'd been doing a lot of "chatting" with folks already in anticipation of my start so I had a few recipes in mind.  This morning I opted for a scoop of Chia seeds and some orange extract in my unsweetened almond milk (just the plain one for home).  Delicious!  I didn't mind drinking it at all and was a little sad when it was gone.

Now back to my band issues.  I didn't eat much on Sunday due to my acid reflux/heartburn/angry stomach issues.  Despite that fact things were still feeling unsettled this morning.  I had only had liquids and supplements up until this point and I still felt "off".  

I packed my snacks and shakes for work and went on my way.  Ok...I did make myself a cup of coffee (probably not helping with my reflux issues).

I started drinking my water right away upon my arrival at work.  I have 86 oz min to drink to get half my body weight in water.  That's not easy.  I had about 8 oz at home in the morning so I had a long way to go.  I managed to get in 48 oz pretty easily.  At around 9:45 I decided to pull out my mid-morning snacks.  I brought low-fat cottage cheese (about 1/2 cup) and raw almonds (about a handful).  Due to the my issues with the band that morning I already forgot to "cheat" but its understandable I suppose given the issues.

I kept on drinking my water and at lunchtime I felt so bad (again because of my discomfort with my band issues) and I went home for the rest of the day.  I've been napping, getting in my snacks and shakes slowly since that time and I'm feeling slightly better having taken it a bit easier.  

My lunchtime shake was about 2 hours later than should have been but I chose 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter and almond milk again.  It was really good.  I'll have that again.  I took only 1 accelerate because I wasn't sure how things would go with my band and I didn't really need a huge burst of energy but certainly wanted a metabolism boost.

My snack was around 4 and I had 2 oz of chicken and 2 hard-boiled eggs.  It took a little while but they eventually went down properly and didn't hurt (I remembered to use the "cheat" but I'll tell you it does taste gritty on eggs.  Not bad but it almost feels like there is shell in there.)

Finally I took my chewable multi-vitamins and my last shake for the evening with unsweetened almond milk, 1 tbs cocoa powder and a little vanilla extract.  I enjoyed this one as well.  I find I look forward to these shakes already.  Normally I hate that I have to subsist on shakes when I am following a plan but I truly feel like they just add to my day not force me to drink instead of eat.  Just my two cents.

In another hour or so I will make myself some hot herbal tea and take my 2 Flush.  I did actually take Flush last night.  I didn't feel any effects from it negative or otherwise.

Oh I almost forgot, despite my lack of eating Sunday - I gained 2 lbs.  I guess my official start weight is 173.5.  I think its bloat and inflammation from my stomach.  I am hopeful all the water and cleansing I'm doing will remedy those issues soon.  I'd love to get to 165 or less in 8 days.  

Thanks for reading.  More tomorrow!


Sunday, May 13, 2012

I'm BACKKK From Hiatus

Hi All!  Its been a while.  So much has happened since I last updated my blog and I don't know if I can possibly summarize it all here but here is my attempt to try.

Let me start off by telling you that my weight is still OFF!  In the last 1 1/2 years I have been able to maintain my weight loss within a few lbs.  This morning I hit the scales at 171.5.  No I didn't make it to my target of 160 yet but I still feel really good.

So what stopped me from getting to that "target"?  Well I had a hiccup.  Back in February/March 2011 I learned from my local surgeon Dr. David Kim that I had a blockage in my band forcing him to remove the fluid temporarily.  A month later I had an EGD and learned that I had a dilated pouch.  At that point Dr. Kim didn't believe that it would go back on its own.  He said I might be one of the people that the band doesn't work for.  I had an issue on a cruise in November that was likely the culprit for this problem and what caused me to finally go to get it checked out was an annoying constant ever increasing issue with acid reflux.  Regardless I briefly investigated getting the band removed only because it was instant gut reaction and I was mad.  Insurance refused...because I wasn't heavy enough.  Well of course not, because I was successful.  Go figure.  The surgeon basically told me that if I was able to eat and it wasn't causing me any continued health issues that it could stay.  So I still have the band.  I still have restriction but I have to do more work than before.  I think I'm doing pretty well with that too!

In the last year I ran (3) 10K races (one on location in Tacoma, WA) and I believe (3) 5K races.  So far in 2012 I have run (3) 5K's.  I hope to run at least another 3 in the fall.  This is my way of fighting off weight gain and keeping my stress low.  Its not always easy and I have my bad days (or weeks) when I just don't feel like running.  In the end I bring myself back to it so that I can keep going in the right direction.

Today - I still have a goal to achieve that target weight but I feel like I need to change things up a bit.  I started hearing about this company called Xyngular.  I was following Mckmama's blog ( and heard about her incredible weight loss and increase in energy from using these products that Xyngular sells and was intrigued.  I did more research and finally bit.  I purchased the Ignite 8 Day Challenge kit and signed up as a distributor.  I signed up as a distributor to get a better rate on my package and also because I was hopeful that others might be interested in buying the products if they saw my success.  I felt like it wasn't much more of an investment for that potential opportunity.  Back to the products.  I read that the Ignite kit regularly helped people lose between 8-15 lbs in just 8 days.  Wow - that would be fantastic.  I'd be so much closer to my goal - it would actually be within reach!!  (Did I mention I'm going to Aruba 16 days from today?  Definitely a motivating factor for me!)

So my kit arrived and I planned my start date.  That day is tomorrow!

If any of you are interested in reading more about the products contained in Ignite, please go to and click on Products.  Choose the Ignite package.  These products are all natural and you still get to eat!  If you want to know more please leave a comment or message me on Facebook and I'll get you some information.  I'll do my best to post my progress daily here.  I feel like nothing inspires more than real life testimony from others.

So my plan for tomorrow is this:
Wake up and take (1) Xyng (Energy Capsule) and drink a cap of Super Fruit Global Juice Blend.
30 Minutes later take Lean Shake with Almond Milk and orange extract (one of the many recipes to doctor the shake)
Mid- morning I will eat 5 oz of cottage cheese and 1 oz of raw almonds
Lunch I will have another Lean Shake with Almond Milk - this one with unsweetened cocoa powder
Take 2 accelerate to boost metabolism
Afternoon will be 2 oz of chicken and 2 hard-boiled eggs
Dinner - Lean Shake with natural peanut butter and Almond Milk
2 Flush Capsules (Gentle Cleanser and toxin remover) 1 hour before Bed
Oh and TONS of water (1/2 my body weight in water per day)

I've got things ready for morning at home and other items packed for the trip to work.  I think I have everything I'll need.  I'm anxious but hopeful and ready to go.  Feeling very confident that I can get to that target weight...finally!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Twin Visit

A quick visit to see my boss' twins Laryssa and Lawrence.  I wanted to take them home.  So sweet.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happy Bandiversary to Me :)

I missed posting on the actual day, but on November 20th it was my 1 year Bandiversary.  I was celebrating on the Norwegian Epic Cruiseship so I wasn't in a position to post but I am happy to report that as of today I am 99 lbs lighter than I was on surgery day.  I'm so ecstatic with my progress and my new self.  I feel great and and have tons of energy.  I can't believe I am 168 lbs today.  I haven't been this weight since 1998 after trying Herbalife.  I was able to live in that zone for a short time but once I stopped taking Herbalife and eating normally again the weight came back.

Here are a few pics from my cruise on the Music Boat a few weeks ago.  Yes I had two cruises close together.  Not too many to show from cruise #2 so the first will have to suffice.

 Formal night - disregard the messy room in the background.
 My best bud Karen and I near the atrium on the Majesty of the Seas (Music Boat 2010)
 Karen and I at the Third Day VIP concert on board.
Karen and I with Third Day.

Thanks to all for the support, the encouraging words that have been shared, the prayers that were spoken in silence for me.  I know they have helped.  I did not do this alone.  Best decision of my life but I know I was only part of the equation.  Thank you cannot begin to express the gratitude I feel for my supporters and encouragers.  I have talked to many people about this surgery along my journey and I am overcome with the words of those who do not have a support system.  I can only tell those that are worried about what others think to do what they feel is in their heart.  It is not for others to decide.  I realize that my experience is not how everyone will choose to go about their journey.  I have been incredibly open and honest along the way, sharing with many the reasons I chose what I chose and my success each step of the way.  Others will be more private.  I just hope that by being open I can encourage others to make the leap and stop living inside a body that they are unhappy with.  I know all too well what that feels like.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Its Been A LONG Time

Well lets try this again.  Since I've already typed this once and now I get to type it again, thanks to intermittent internet access.

Its been 4 months (almost!) since my last blog update.  The reason in a nutshell for that is WORK.  I've been working really hard, lots of challenges, plenty of overtime, very little time to myself at home, etc.  BUT I've loved it.  I've really enjoyed getting into my new job the last 6 months.  I'm grateful for that opportunity and hope to be able to gain further experience in the next 6 months. I'll be covering for my manager while she is out on maternity leave so that experience is imminent I guess you could say. :)

So how has my weight loss been going since I last wrote?  Fabulous!  I'm down 77.5 pounds total and at a current weight of 189.5.  I haven't been this weight since 2003 from what I can remember.  That was the year I was in two friends' weddings and the last time I can remember being that weight in recent history.

I've had some really great non-scale victories to go a long with my success on the scale.  I'm been slowly working my way through many items in my closet that I haven't been able to wear in years (OR EVER!).  Yes you know you have things in your closet that you bought thinking you'd get into or fit in the store but didn't once you got them home and you convinced yourself you would eventually fit into them.  Well I had/have several of these items, except I've slowly been able to rip the tags off and wear them.  The pair of jeans I wore on Friday last week I had in my closet for at least 5 years.  They felt and looked great!  I felt ecstatic all day about that.  Never in my life can I remember have this measure of success in my weight loss journeys.  This has been the best decision of my life so far.

So you may be wondering what the results look like on me....

That's me in the kitchen at home making something on the stove.  In fact I've had that top for a while and I have another photo of myself wearing the same top in April of 2009, almost a year and a half ago.

That was me with my friend Jackie at one of my goodbye dinners before I moved to Colorado last year.  I hated this picture of me when it was first taken and now I can display it as a badge of success at how far I've come!   YAY :)

So if I thought the last few months were busy and hectic that is nothing like the next few months are going to be so please forgive me in advance when I tell you that I will be so crazed until at least January. I will do my best to keep my blog updated with anything major but likely the updates will be scarce.  I still have another almost 30 lbs to reach my surgeon's goal for me and I want to lose at least another 10 lbs on top of that.

I'll be on two cruises in November so hopefully I will have some fun photos to share at that time.  Maybe some pics with Third Day on board the Music Boat 2010 or hanging at the beach with my mom for Thanksgiving.  More to come.

Thanks again for your patience, friends.  If I haven't already said it, without you all supporting me I couldn't have done this.  I appreciate it more than you know!

I'll leave you with these parting photos.  :)

Much love,

This last one was just done for fun on my computer about 2 months ago - lost face weight since then :)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Officially Halfway!!

I did it!  Today I stepped on the scale and read the number 213.5 lbs.  This number is significant for a number of reasons.  Not only have I lost more weight, more weight than I have ever lost but also I haven't seen this weight in more than 3 years, and finally I am 50% of the way to my surgeon's goal for me.  I have said all along that I want to make it to that weight (160) and then reevaluate where I stand.  

I am so proud of myself right now!  I can hardly contain my emotions about it.  I shared with so many people today and it felt great.  I really need to go and buy a few new pieces of clothing this weekend to celebrate this milestone!  

Thank you all for standing with me on this journey.  It has been incredible!