Friday, May 31, 2013

Day 3 and a belated introduction

So as day 3 draws to a close, I figured I'd put my update out there.  Not much y'all don't know at this point so no sense in rehashing.  After 2 full days of detox, I am down 5lbs.  I still feel pretty crappy, but it's getting better.

Today's food stats:
Calories: 866
Total carbs: 31g
Protein: 81g
Fiber: 15g
And: a whopping 7g of sugar!
Water: 80oz

So today I took the little one to Sesame Place after I picked her up from school.  It was hot and I didn't think sitting inside and staring at each other for a few hours would be too fun.  Especially when I'm still a touch cranky.  So instead we spent two hours going on water slides and having some fun in the sun.  Maddie conquered her fear and went down the small body slides all by herself.  I am so proud of her.  She told me she was scared but was going to try anyway.  She's awesome.  Love her to pieces.

Anyway, here I am posting about this sugar detox thing and I haven't properly introduced myself.  Hi, I'm Lauren.  I am 34 years old.  I am a wife and a mom to Maddie who is 4 years old, turns 5 in July.  I am currently attending Temple University where I am majoring in Spanish Education.  I am slated to graduate in May 2014.  On June 19, 2013 I will celebrate my one year "surgi-versary".  On June 19, 2012, I had bariatric, weight loss, surgery (WLS).  Specifically, I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy aka VSG or sleeve.  As of today I am again 70lbs down.  I was bouncing between 75 & 80lbs down, but couldn't get any further and then went back up a few pounds.  Hence the sugar detox/kick in the @$$.  I decided I didn't want to go to my one year post-op appointment only having lost 65lbs.  I got the sugar detox idea from a friend's blog, Holly @ 300poundsdown.  You can find her here.  She is truly an inspiration and I "met" her at the perfect time.  See, I've never actually met Holly, I only know her from Facebook and her blog.  I found her through a friend from another online support group.  The thing is, it doesn't matter that I've never physically met her.  Her stories and her struggles and her victories are just as inspiring.  I consider her a friend.  

I say I met her at the perfect time.  The time God chose for us to cross paths.  See, here's another journey that I've embarked on, the journey with Jesus Christ.  I'm not going to get preachy here, trust me.  This is just my story.  I had started going to church with a friend, our daughters are friends too and mine "wanted to go to Sunday school with 'S'".  Really it was because my daughter wanted to go.  I just had to sit through the service.  Something happened the first day, and I felt like the pastor was talking to me.  It was exactly what I needed to hear at that moment in time.  I felt compelled to go back the next week, and the next.  It seemed like the message was exactly what I needed to hear when I needed it.  I began praying, something I'd never done before and after 34 years of being a nonbeliever, I knew I needed something more.  I became a believer.  I am now a follower of Jesus.  Shortly after this I "met" Holly, who is also a Christian.  Coincidence, some might say.  I would have a few months ago.  Not anymore.  God brings people into our lives for a reason and at the time we need them.  He knew I needed to see and hear the stories of others who hurt and struggle and fail.  But that those people who put their faith in Him will prevail.  "For nothing is impossible with God." Luke 1:37.  I had started to struggle horribly with my weight loss journey.  I have had amazing support at home and online, since the beginning, but was still missing some piece of the puzzle.  I believe Holly is the missing piece.  She has helped, and probably doesn't even know how much.  I could never fully give up control, I just couldn't seem to let it go and give it over to God.  She has shown me how.  I can finish this journey now.  I have help, spiritually, emotionally and physically.  I have family, friends, and God.

Goodnight and God bless.  

1 comment:

  1. I got chills reading your post. Congrats on starting your walk with Christ. I know you won't regret it. Love ya!