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I am a 39 yr. old stay at home mom to 3 girls ages 10, 9 and 7. My goal is to be fit by 40! I want to lead a healthier lifestyle. I was banded on 4/5/2011. I tend to be a bit on the sarcastic and cynical side. I love to read, hate to excersise (but am learning to tolerate it!), love to shop and want to smack anyone who is a size 2 (not really!). I am learning to work with my band and my new self one day at a time!

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Let's Play The Game.....................Then and Now

Sorry I have been MIA for the last few days.  We have had MAJOR computer issues.  They are now resolved, thanks to the large satellite on my roof.  Anyway....................

Let's play a little game.  A game called "Then and Now".    It is in honor of my bandiversary (this coming Thursday).  Then being pre-band and now being, well post-band and 148 lbs. lighter.

Without further ado..................

THEN:  I weighed a whopping 318 lbs.  NOW:  I weigh 169.3 lbs.

THEN:  I looked like this:

Now:  I look like this:

THEN:  I wore a size 24W and 3X.  NOW:  I wear a 10 or 12 pants and a medium or large shirt.

THEN:  I wore a 10 wide shoes.  NOW:  I wear a 9 1/2 shoes.

THEN:  My ring size was a 10.   NOW:  My ring size is a 6.

THEN:  My kids couldn't fit their arms around me when they hugged me.  NOW:  They can hug all the way around me.

THEN:  I was on blood pressure medicine.  NOW:  I quit taking BP meds 3 months post-op.

THEN:  I hurt.  Everywhere.  My knees, my feet, my hips.  NOW:   I live basically pain free.

THEN:  I had NO energy.  I had to nap everyday.   NOW:  Most days there is no way I could nap. Too much energy!

THEN:  My clothes were worn for comfort only.   NOW:  The hubs may have to add a closet.

THEN:  I drank about 12 of these bad boys a day...........

NOW:  I drink at least 12 of these bad boys a day...........

THEN:  I couldn't tie my own shoes without a struggle.   NOW:  I tie my shoes in the MIDDLE not on the SIDE.

THEN:  Forget clipping your toe nails good.  NOW:  Clip my toe nails?  No problem!

THEN:  Chairs made me cringe.  Booths were even worse.  NOW:   I fit in ANY chair or booth.

THEN:  I knew two food groups:  carbs and more carbs.   NOW:  I am TRYING to eat more whole foods.

THEN:  I couldn't walk to my mailbox without breaking a sweat.   NOW:  5 miles?!  No problem.....is that all?

THEN:  I avoided social situations.  NOW:  I am much better.  Still don't love it....I am a home body...but I try!

THEN:  NEVER had my picture taken.  NOW:  I LOVE the camera.

THEN:  Ate way too much fast food.  Here is the proof:

NOW:  Avoid fast food.  It is what made me fat. 

THEN:  Didn't know a portion size from a shoe size.  NOW:  Eat off a small salad plate.....and am full!

THEN:  Had NO self-esteem.   NOW:  The hubs says I think very highly of myself.  Haha!

THEN:  Never took "ME" time.  NOW:   Turn my phone off until 10 a.m.  That is when I am done working out.

THEN:  Had no self control around food.    NOW:  Food has little power over me unless I have PMS.  :)

THEN:  Was sick all the time.     NOW:  Healthier than I have ever been.

THEN:  High cholesterol.  High triglycerides.    NOW:  Normal on ALL lab tests.

THEN:  Sleep apnea.  NOW:  Sleep like I am dead to the world.

THEN:  Avoided exercise.  NOW:  Crave exercise.

THEN:  Sad about life.  I felt defeated.      NOW:  I feel happy, strong and empowered.          


So many things have changed in a year.  I can not begin to tell you all of them.  It has been an amazing year.  I look forward to beginning my 40's (June 6th to be exact) in better shape than I was in my 30's. 

This week will be full of reflection for me,  as I count the days until my bandiversary.

To those of you who have been following my journey..........thank you!  Without all the blogger support, there is no way I would have been so successful.  It is your comments that keep me going when I feel I can not go further.

To those of you just beginning your journey..............if I can do this, so can you.  I am just your average mommy, wife and friend.  Anything is possible.  Really.  You can do it.

And to my friends and family.........my thanks is not enough.  Without you, I would have never thought I was worth saving.  I love you! 


  1. Awesome post! Great job, you look wonderful and your legs are so super skinny!

  2. You're awesome! I look up to you and have read your journey from the start. You inspire and I thank you. You are so worth it and your babies will thank you for taking the chance and changing your life and Im sure theirs when you're 90.

  3. LOVE this! I started out 2012 at 317 (all time high 325) and my goal weight is 170 (I'm 6'0" tall). So our starting weights and your current weight/my goal weight are almost identical! That gives me LOTS of in inspiration and motivation to see where I can be!

    So many of the THEN things I can relate to. Thankfully a few of the NOW things are stuff I can do now too.

    Just recently found your blog. I'll hve to go through your older posts.


  4. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary and all of your "now" accomplishments! Awesome!

  5. Wow, what a GREAT post! Congratulations on your success - you should be very proud of yourself (because we're proud of you, too!)

  6. Great post!! So happy for you and your 1 yr mark. Keep up the great work, look how far you have come.

  7. I love this post...YOU ARE A ROCK STAR!! You've come a long way, baby, and look at those legs!!! Woot Woot!!! I'm so happy for you!!!

  8. This is just awesome. YOU are awesome!
    And you are lookin' good girl! DAMN! Hotty Boom Body!! lol.

    Keep up the great work! you inspire us all!

  9. Congratulations on all of your success. Your hard work is very evident. Thank you for the inspiration.

  10. GREAT post!!! Congrats on your successes...love the pics, too.

  11. Your transformation is incredible. So inspiring! I can't believe the changes, not only physical, but mental as well, that you have gone through. Congratulations!! I hope it can be me writing a post like this in a year's time. x

  12. you look faaaaahbulous! you've come so far, Brenda!!

  13. LOVE THIS! You look so good! Congratulations on all your hard work paying off!