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I’ll begin this post with some background info.  On January 1, 2007 I weighed 313 pounds.  When I stepped on the scale last Monday I came in at 261. 

I’ll pause for a minute for the applause…

And before you ask (because everyone does) I stopped snacking and limit myself to one serving per meal.  That’s it.  No magic diet.

I’ve also had only about 8 hours sleep over the last two nights.  I really miss my pillow.


Today during a break at the state meeting I’m attending a teacher I only see once a year came up and started talking to me and a couple of other people.  After a few minutes the other people went on their way and left just the two of us.  She leaned into me with her head tilted just so, and in a slight whisper said, “Is everything alright?”


“Uhm, as far as I know.  Why do you ask?”

“Well, when the cancer took my brother he looked just like you do.”

DAMN, I must look like hell today… 



  1. Did you tell her to Beep off!? JK

    Congratulations on your accomplishment. I have this friend who got up over 200 lbs. but has lost 32 pounds in the last month. Her secret? Well, that depends on who you ask. If you ask her, she’ll enthusiastically tell you about her witch “doctor,” who gave her these “pills” to take that cause you to only lose the “bad fat.” If you ask me, I will tell you the other half of this doctor’s miracle cure; she is allowed to eat only 500 calories per day. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that there’s a little more to that doctor’s magic weight loss cure than a pill. She’s got 30 more pounds to go; I hope she doesn’t impare her health along the way…I like your method better.

    Hey…Thanks very much for the “plug” down there! I appreciate it (added yours to mine today, in fact!)

  2. First of all, congratulations on the weight loss! Woo hoo! Second of all, love your blog. 🙂

  3. “The cancer”! She’s the cancer! Congrats on the weight loss!

  4. Wow! I don’t think I would have had a response to that. A simple ‘have you lost weight’ wouldn’t suffice? Congrats on the weight loss!

  5. CONGRATS on the success with the “there needs to be less of me” project!!!

    I WISH you woulda looked at her and said, “Hmmmm, yeah, now that you mention it…before my great Aunt-Bertha had her nose done, she looked just like you do.”

  6. awh, sorry you got a “compliment” that way. some people, even if they mean well, say it all wrong.

    but some people are just mean.

    congrats congrats congrats on a wonderful success. you’re doing awesome. see, i know how to give a sincere compliment without hurting your feelings in the process.

    i am enjoying your bloggy, oh dak tari’s cuz. i am glad she pointed me here.

    have a groovy day, kathleenybeany 🙂

  7. “And when the gnome stole my manners, I sounded just like you do.”

    Sheesh, that was rude.

    Congrats on the weight loss!!

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