Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Goals · Uncategorized · walking · WLS

Shoe Laces

I know it doesn’t seem like much but my laces are straight, in the middle of the shoe.  I recently realized that I am able to do this.  Actually bend over to tie my shoes.  The ties used to end up on the inside part of my shoe.  I had to hike my leg up on the bed, and grunt while doing that.  Struggling to tie them, I didn’t care where the bow was located.

I really like tying my shoes now.  I like going for walks.  I am liking this new me.


5k · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · goal · Goals · new routines · Uncategorized · walking · WLS

Mud Bug 5k

Last Saturday, David and I participated in the Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers Mud Bug 5k.  It is a great fund raiser, and got in another try at a 5k.  It was hot, and I hadn’t been working on my time or walking in general.I finished at 52:35 which was a minute less than the Lucky Leprechaun 5k that we did in March.  Again, just to be able to complete it is so much more than what I would have thought a year ago.

So only one more to do for the year to reach my 5k goal (3 this year total).  I think we will end up doing 5, but not going to jinx it.


5k · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Random Thoughts · thoughts · Uncategorized · walking · WLS


So tonight we pick up our packets for our next 5k.  Although I think it will only be me walking on Saturday.   David has injured his back this past week.  Bad enough that he actually saw a doctor yesterday.  So, we are not sure if he will be able to walk on Saturday.

He has promised that he will go with me, and cheer me on at the finish line. Ha.  David has always been my cheerleader.  From day one of our friendship, he has encouraged me to be a better person.  He makes me feel smart, thin, and beautiful all at the same time.  I know I am in his eyes.  That is all that counts, right?

So I am going to try a walking 5k again, because:


So going for another accomplishment.



Bariatric Surgery - My Story · new habits · Uncategorized · walking · WLS


Walking.  I am trying to make walking a habit.  I love it when I actually go and do it.  It is just getting out there to accomplish it.  Habits take 21 to 30 days to form, right?  That’s what the experts say anyway.  Trying.

Yesterday evening, David and I decided to walk downtown Fort Walton.  I love this walk. We were going to follow the route for the 5k that we did in December to see if we could improve our time.  We decided, as we were walking, to go over the Brooks Bridge.   I was apprehensive because we had Dexter with us.  Well, and just in general as it wasn’t what we planned.  But I did it.

We got up to the top of the bridge, and David stopped to take these pictures.imag1133imag1135

What you don’t see is the traffic, the bridge bouncing, and wind blowing.  I couldn’t stop as I was handling Dexter, and really didn’t want to stop.  I love this view.   I love that this is where we live.   We got to the bottom, and went under and back over the bridge on the other side.  We did better on time than I thought, and it was a really good elevation for us to do.  Legs were feeling it.

Legs.  I have lots of skin issues with the weight loss, and need toning (in addition to more weight loss).  I really just want to be healthy.  I like where my body is headed, but don’t want to stop being active.  I knew that there were going to be skin issues.  And I know that my body is still changing and adjusting.  I just want it to look different now.  (Everything in its own time, right?)

This walk was perfect.  Tonight we are going to walk it again without Dexter, and hopefully improve our time.  Maybe I won’t be as anxious since we already walked it, and I know what to expect.

Do you stop to smell the roses along your way?  Thankful David did.  Thankful we chose to do this route.




new habits · new routines · NoBloPoMo 2012 · Prism Diet · walking

New Habits/Routines

NoBloPoMo 2012 -Day 5

New routines.  The experts (whoever they are!) say that it takes 30 days to form new habits, or new routines.  I think I am swaying to their side on this one.

I have been on a lifestyle change for 2 weeks with a reduced caloric intake (Prism Diet).  So far it is working on shedding some pounds, and my attitude towards food in general.  These are huge for me, and I am going to stick to it this time! =)

Today is a new routine for me because I am physically going out to a gym to walk/workout. Ugh.  I hate both of these in a confined setting, but with the weather turning colder if I prepare my attitude to the gym now by the time winter is here I will be used it. ???? Well, that is the plan anyway.

I am starting out slow, only 30 minutes of walking, but it is a beginning.  I apparently need to do this for 30 days to make it a new habit.

So what habits have you changed to make your life better?

Jerry Ann