Thursday, April 3, 2014


I so cant believe its been a year since I was banded( +plication). OH MY How things have changed. I am so much more healthy than I ever could have imagined being before. My knees don't ache ALL the time ( yea once and a while I'll come down on one wrong but that's it). I am not tired all the time. I can go play outside with Mikaela and not be out of breath, wanting to take a break 5 min  later. I have run 1/2 marathons. I am off all my daily meds except my BP med ( which Dr told me is a family thing so probably will always have that issue) As a family we eat healthier. I can buy clothes in regular stores, heck I can pull clothes out of my kids closet :). And wearing  sizes I didn't even wear in high school. I am doing a decent job maintaining so far even though its only been a couple weeks since I started in to maintenance. I am so incredible thankful for the opportunity to have this wonderful tool to assist me on my "Odyssey" Julie that's for you girl :) I am also so THANKFUL FOR YOU ALL your love and support means so much to me! The Blogger community is the best.!

Left Pic March(ish) 2013                                Rt Pic Last week March 2014
A few things I've learned over the last year.
* If you have a bad meal or snack MOVE ON don't make it a bad DAY, WEEK, ETC
* take measurements often, scales often lie.
*embrace the sweat, my exercise time regardless if I am strength training, running,swimming etc. is my time to focus on me, my health and my MENTAL wellness. No lie when I work out I always feel better physically and MENTALLY. When we are stronger in these areas it is easier to care for our loved ones.
* Family will follow my lead when it comes to healthier versions of food or creative workouts/ play,  with out too terribly much nagging from me :)
* Water is a girls best friend...water, water, water
* Eat slow or you will regret it. EVERYTIME! In life most of us need to slow down a bit anyways so meal time is my "practice" time for slowing down :) LOL
* SOME people will think you cheated by having WLS these people never had WLS so they have NO IDEA the work put it to it. The band is just a TOOL.. with that said imo its not worth getting upset over these people, bc 9 out of 10 times they don't care to listen to you defend your choice or explain the work involved. They more times than not are just overly opinionated, hard headed, un-educated on the subject  people so just move past them .
*I wish I had started strength training earlier. I love cardio, dislike weights but I wish I had found a happy in between last summer instead of just recently.
* and last but not least ( and I am sure this list could go on and on) I have complete control over the choices I make, its me 100% I choose to eat right or eat wrong. I choose to pack my lunches/snacks, I choose to work out or skip. Our life is all about choices.


  1. I love this post! You have come so far and I am so happy for you! You look great and feel great and that's wonderful! You're a huge inspiration!

  2. happy bandiversary! I know you've made amazing progress and i hope to catch up with you once I start going to a gym! :) Congrats!

  3. You look amazing, I'm thrilled you FEEL amazing, and your advice is excellent, thank you so much for sharing it with all of us! So VERY VERY HAPPY for your incredible success, due to your hard work and commitment on your ODESSEY! :-D xo

  4. Good grief! Check out your hotness! Seriously amazing changes that have occured physically and mentally based on your post. Just love this and am amazed by you!

  5. First of all...could you BE any prettier? You are simply gorgeous, my friend. In both pics. But I can tell in your after photo that you also FEEL gorgeous too. That's what matters.

    I have learned so much from you and I love this post. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary. YOU did this. I hope you realize what an incredible example and source of inspiration you are to ALL of us. Odyssey...journey....thanks for letting us be part of it! :)

  6. Thank you so much all of you for your kind words! You all mean the world to me, truely :)