Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Down in the 70's ...!

Ooh I've waited for this day for soooo long. I finally tipped the scales at 179 this morning! I haven't weighed in the 70's since my daughter Natalie was born in 1975. Hmmm ... look at all those 7's. Must be my lucky number today! It's going to be a great day today. I just have that feeling.

If any of you are considering having this surgery done or have questions that you would like me to answer, I would be happy to talk to you on the phone or e-mail. Like I've mentioned in the past, it's not an easy diet, and yes it gets boring, and yes it's still hard to cook my favorite treats and not partake or even lick the spoon. And yes, sometimes I still get hungry, but nothing compared to what it was like prior to the surgery. My e-mail is sumatragal@gmail.com. And yes, the surgery was uncomfortable for a few days and recovery took a few weeks until I started gaining energy. I was very dizzy and faint for quite a few weeks after surgery. It would have been hard to go back to work after two weeks. My biggest fear is keeping the weight off. I've know many who have gained back some of their weight. Of course they haven't been sticking to their maintanance diet and have added sugar and soda pop. I'm not a pop drinker so I don't have a problem with that.

Janice, you mentioned that you are having a spring event and wanted to know if I would like to come to the Chicago area for your stamp meeting. In a heart beat! Please e-mail me and we'll chat. I'm excited to join Caroline LeBel and her peeps in Toronto in February and Tara Bazata and her peeps in Denver in the Spring. I've also got some great friends in Billings, Montana who I'm trying to convince to have an event so I can get up to my home town! I promise I'll deliver a great motivational talk and a terrific stamping presentation!

The cookbook is coming along nicely! I'm up to 50 pages and I still have quite a few recipes to include. I wish I could taste test all of them, but it would be another year before I could have the book published. But I have great faith in the recipe submitters because everything our demos do, we do it great! Carol Marbach submitted several recipes that her husband uses in his catering business. He's a chef. When I was typing them in yesterday, my mouth was watering, because I could just imagine how wonderful the marinades, sauces, sugar cookies and nut sticks tasted.

Baby Liam is off his Bellirubin bed and is eating much better and sleeping much better. Mom is very happy!

We have another funeral in the ward this Friday. Brother Lynn Evans passed away. He's since moved from our ward but still has family living here. We're so happy that we can help with the luncheon and funeral arrangements. There will be around 80 people for the luncheon. Wish Carol's husband was here to help with the cooking!

Best get out of my nighty and get ready for the day. Did I tell you how much I love you all? Well, I do ... and then some!

Make it a GREAT day! Remember ... YOU have the power!


Bev Dahl said...

I am so proud of your accomplishments! That is a LOT of weight to loose in such a short time and you have done it so elegantly! You look absolutely fantastic and are such an inspiration! I so miss those tutorials you did for SU's website and will miss you at convention! When you are in Denver, please post so we at Mile High Stampers can get a few minutes of your time!
I was adopted by Connie Ingram's group there, but live in Colorado Springs and go to their monthly meetings up in Denver. If you can be here over a weekend I would love for you to visit our Ward in the Springs and go to Sacrament meeting with me!
Thank you for being YOU!

Anonymous said...

Oh yay Linda!!! I'm so exctied for you!! I don't know if I'll ever get down to pre-baby weight from any of my 3 kids - that day would indeed be a fabulous one!! Congrats to you and keep up the hard work. You've got some major will power!!! :)


Dawn Dickinson said...

Linda we'd love for you to come to the Chicago area! Congrats on your weight loss and glad your grandson is doing well too!

Anonymous said...

I just love to hear your good news...someday I'll be able to share some with you. You inspire me to be more than I am. Keep smiling, much love to you and yours! Deb

Shelly in the NW said...

i just wanted to say thank you for sharing your story, your struggles and triumphs! you are so honest - it's AWESOME! i love to hear what you are up to and your positive attitude is contagious.

i hope you have super terrific lucky 7 day :)

Butternut Sage Designs said...

oh wow Linda congrats! I am so happy for you...unfortunately I am going the other way LOL!!!No it isn't funny, but man oh man....well, you know. The updates were awesome and Bbay Liam and mom are beautiful! You are a blessed woman. I wish I were friends with the ladies having you at their event, or even close enough that I could crash the event but maybe someday. The east coast is nice in late spring LOL!!!! have a great week Linday and hugs for your achievement!

Sylvia said...

Congratulations. You make me tired with all that you do. I'm glad things are going so well for you and your family. I think of you often and hope to meet again soon.

Anonymous said...

Linda- I would love it if you would come to Billings. What would it take? I live in Red Lodge but know of many in the area who would love to see you present- contact me!!! diane@ddstamps.com