Sunday, September 4, 2011

Many new things in Life!

Life is going and going and going, faster and faster and faster but not fatter and fatter and fatter.  Lost a few more pounds but still have lots to go.  That's okay, I didn't gain this weight overnight :). 
My new job is really great in most ways although I think I'm making some of the sales people crazy with my lack of knowledge about where to find information.  I train the customer who has a question I don't know so I try to find the answer and sometimes end up feeling silly in the process.  Such is the life of a newbie.  It's been a long time since I was a newbie but I'm doing okay.  Have one more training that just fell through so am looking for another.  I've been to Albuquerque, Los Angelos, Montana, Rochester (New York), Ventura and Santa Barbara since I started.  Next week I visit the thriving metropolis of Silver City, New Mexico and the following week go to a District meeting in the San Diego area.  Then to Ontario, CA (following a trip to Abilene, Texas to see my children and grandchildren and celebrate Lily's 2nd birthday :)), Phoenix for driver training, Oregon and then probably Hawaii.  So far Paul and I doing okay with the time apart, I'm usually gone when he has meetings anyway so we are making the most of the time when I'm home.  It's been nice to make us a priority. 

I'll try to update more often and post pictures of beautiful places.  Have a great Labor Day and don't eat too much!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Happenings

It's been a while since I posted anything mostly because I really hate to post when I'm not doing my best.  I'm off the path and need to get back on.  Started the new job and that is going well and I begin traveling next week.  This week we are in Albuquerque visiting my mom, and I will be working with another TTS at a hospital here to trian on making templates for the interface between the ProVue and the laboratory system.  So this is a working vacation.  Paul and I went to my 35th high school reunion last night at El Pinto restaurant .  It was so much fun.  Saw so many people I did not recognize but after a time knew who they were.  Talked with old friends and exchanged e-mails and phone numbers.  It was a great evening.  On Thursday we plan to go to the cabin and relax for a few days and then back to Albuquerque for a birthday party on Saturday.  Back to Tucson on Sunday. 

  On Friday I listened to a webanair from Johnson and Johnson, who I work for indirectly (through Ortho) about Taking Care of Yourself. They didn't just talk about physical but mental, spiritual and social health also.  It was refreshing.  They said to make just one goal and do that for 90 days.  So I am.  I have a goal to measure my food.  I have gotten out of the habit of it and when I measure, I can make sure I'm not eating more than the lapband can hold.  I know some of this I will have to just use my eyes for, since I will be eating out a lot but I can do it.  I was able to do it today so hopefully it will work.  So I have a goal and then we'll move to another one.   

I hope you all hve a great week and God bless.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Fourth of July 2011

What a blessing to live in a country like the United States of America!  I am grateful that I was born in this country and have the opportunity to change jobs as I please and especially as God gives me the opportunity. I have the opportunity to try to change my life and my body shape also.  Body shape is not much different than last time I posted but I'm holding my own. My doctor and I brainstormed last visit about ways to get past this plateau and I hope to begin one of those, exercise, this week.  With the new job, I can get up and walk before work, rather than trying to cram it in after work like I didn't do before.  So, a new plan, and hopefully some more weight lost. 

Today I get the opportunity to sing in a concert with 114 other people about our country and the people who live here.  Tucson experienced a tragedy this past year with the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, our representative to the House in Washington DC.  Five precious lives were lost and a number of people were wounded and now live with those problems associated with that shooting, including Gabrielle Giffords.  Our city came together magnificently to support the victims and their families.  Part of our concert program will focus on this event.  A young man from the church we attend has written a song that can be found on U-tube about the shooting last January.  Go to U-tube and put in Matt Abney and watch and listen.  It shows our spirit pretty well.
Our troops in conflicts overseas are our second focus in the concert..  Without these men and women we could not truly be a free nation.  I pray God's blessing on each and everyone of them. 
I have been blessed to sing in this concert called Let Freedom Sing for several years and I am truly blessed every year I do this.  I get to sing with some people who have wonderful voices.  Those who direct and run this production are awesome and I'm grateful for them.  And we have the opportunity to raise funding for arts programs in the schools which are truly needed for our children.  Thanks to all who support Arts Express.

Thanks be to our Father who gives us these blessings of our country and those who live here.  We are truly blessed to live in the United States of America.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Things they are a-changing

Yes, things are going to be changing in my life and in Paul's life too.  I have been given the opportunity, by God's good grace, at a new job.  I will be working for a company that makes Blood Bank analyzers and reagents (as well as Chemistry analyzers and reagents, but since Chemistry and I don't really get along, that doesn't count today).  I will be traveling and helping transfusion services and blood banks to implement these analyzers and reagents.  I will be training their staff in the use of these items as well as be a resource for questions they may have.  I am very excited about this new job but also somewhat sad to leave the place I have worked for almost 14 years.  Most of all I will miss the people I currently work with but will see them from time to time as they will know be one of my customers. 
Paul and I have figured out that we will have more time together because I will not be working weekends, although I will be out of town three days a week, but not every week.  I will be working from a home office and primarily communicating by e-mail, phone and teleconference or audioconference.  My manager actually lives in Utah.  I know this will be a big adjustment but I definitely believe that God is giving us this opportunity to solve some debt problems as well as a chance for a new adventure in my career.  I plan on working on my Specialist in Blood Banking and hopefully taking that exam in early 2012.  It has been a long process but I know that this is a good company to work for with many benefits other than salary.  I praise God for this opportunity. 
As for the weight loss part of my life, it will be a challenge to be able to walk to the kitchen to get something to eat during the work time and be able to eat while I am working.  I will need to get on a schedule in that regard.  It will be nice to be able to have water at my work station though.  That could not happen in the lab (all those germs and such in the work place :)). 
God is most definitely in control and I know that all things will work together for good because I love Him with all my heart!

Monday, May 23, 2011

New Developments

The last month has and is continuing to be a series of rollar coasters.  I have applied for a new job, had 4 interviews, filled out paperwork, went pee in a cup and waited not so patiently.  Still waiting......should knew in the next few days if all is a go for me to give 2 weeks notice and start a new job.  I have to believe that God would not offer me the job and then pull the rug out because of things out of my current control.  I'll know soon but I'm tired of waiting and having trouble not worrying.  So much for life....
Gained back the four pounds I lost last month.  Shall I blame it on chocolate.  Probably.  The doctor put 1/2 cc of saline back in and I am hoping it will make a difference.  I will have to be very good about snacking and such with the new job as I will be spending a lot of time in a home office right next to the kitchen.  It will be interesting.  More info to come.
Hope all have a blessed week.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

It's been about a year....

I found myself at the Leadership Training for Christ Southwest convention again this year in Phoenix, Arizona.  Only this year, I didn't have a wound vac on me that I carried around all of the time and I hadn't just had emergency surgery to remove the lapband that was infected.  Instead it's been just over a year since that time and about a month until my one year of having another lapband put in.  It has been an experience and something that I'm learning to live with.  It has taken time to make old habits go away, like eating as much as you want and expecting to not throw up.  I have learned to stop eating when my body says to or I will pay the consequences and that is no fun.  I have hit a plateau although I believe I have lost a few more pounds since last month.  I'm more learning to look at my body with 48 lbs gone and appreciate that I am thinner.  I haven't ever felt any thinner inside and appreciated that being thin enough to keep the weight off.  I am feeling thinner inside and enjoying having some of the weight gone.  I really think I can keep it gone and live like this.  It's a great feeling to have.  I hope you all had a good Easter and God bless you and your loved ones.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Still standing still

Relatively speaking in weight, that is.  I lost one pound this past month.  I'm really frustrated but am thinking I need to just listen to my body more.  Paul says that I talk to myself and that I even answer myself so I should be able to listen at least sometime.  I'm  doing better at not going past the point of no return.  I've found that if I eat too much and then throw up, I'm better off having only liquids the rest of that day or I will just keep doing it again.  I've had to learn this the hard way and have had a few miserable days.  This past week was better and hopefully I'll learn about eating less, etc.  I am staying in my smaller clothes, yeah, size 14, down from size 22 a year ago.  God is blessing me in this and I will keep going.  I have the best husband as a cheerleader and reminder of what is best and I will keep him around for another 32 years, I guess.  Tomorrow is Sunday and it will be a great day of worship with my family at the Gathering at Palo Verde. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chocolate and Quilting

What causes chocolate cravings?  I wish I could figure it out.  I am definitely having them.  It's hard to keep the calories down when eating chocolate.
Mostly doing okay with the band.  Ate one too many grapes at lunch today and had a difficult few minutes afterwards.  However, kept everything down, so okay.  Trying to eat just the right amount.  Mostly working okay with it.  Hopefully I'll lose this month.
Looking forward to a quilt workshop on Friday.  Lots of good things to learn.  The instructor was the 2010 Quilting Teacher of the Year and seems really good.  I really am looking forward to learning this method of paper piecing.  Ya'll have a great day.  God bless you all.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Where to go now?

Saw the doctor today and convinced him to add .5 ml saline to my band.  Maybe this will lessen the food intake.  I have to figure out how to limit the type of snacks to lower in calories.  I really don't like carrots for snacks anymore.  I think the years of dieting have really made me not like certain foods.  sigh...  The nutritionist gave me a list of things to try and that helps a little bit but I still gained this month.  I really think I just need to exercise so I'm signing up for the Walk 10000 steps program at work.  Paul and I have talked about walking before dinner for several months so maybe we can start that and go together or I'll just take my MP3 player and walk.  Hopefully I can do something that way to keep losing.  Time is the issue.  Never enough but I'm going to have to make the choices.  We went to Las Vegas and I did good there.  Saw some beautiful sights and some ugly sights.  People, people, everywhere, really glad to be home.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Plateaus are interesting in life.  When I think of a plateau, I think of a desert scene with a flat area where you can stand and see a beautiful scene out in the distance.  A plateau in weight loss can be much the same.  I am at a plateau.  I'm not really losing, I'm not really gaining and I'm trying to get a handle on the right way to eat.  But I can look into the distance and know that eventually I'll make it to that beautiful place in the distance.  I'm going to see the nutritionist this next week to discuss ways to handle things like getting so hungry (because we're busy at work) that I eat too fast and then I end up throwing up, dealing with Paul's allergy to fresh fruits and vegetables which means it's not practical to have salad for dinner and few other issues.  Hopefully she will have some good suggestions.  Just another bump on the road.  Ya'll have a good week and God bless.

Monday, February 7, 2011

A storm in the desert

We have had such a cold snap here in Arizona, I was beginning to wonder if we'd get warm  And while I enjoy wearing cold weather clothes, I don't have many and that makes for difficulties, so I layer.  At work, I wear a long sleeve shift under my scrub top under my long sleeve lab coat.  Now in the summer, I complain about the long sleeve lab coat so, because the coat is thrown away after several days, I just take the sleeves and cut them off.  Not right now, though.  However, I am wearing a size medium lab coat.  That was exciting. 
Sometimes in life we go through a cold spell.  I think I may be there.  I keep thinking I'll catch up but the faster I go the behinder I get and if I get any more behind, I'll have gained weight and that would be no fun!  I think that I'll have to just take one project at a time and finish each one and in the year 2525, if anyone is still alive, they can finish my last project :).

May you all have a blessed week and may the cold become warm for you too.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tucson Quilt Show

I think I lost weight this weekend just because you can't have food in the area of the quilts at the Tucson Quilt Show.  I appreciate this rule as I wouldn't want some child to send some food onto my quilt that I was showing.  However, it makes it inconvenient when one who is working the show gets hungry and it is an hour until her break.  However, I obviously survived and probably ate less than I would have at home. 

It was a great show.  The Tucson Quilters Guild has around 600 members and only members are allowed to enter quilts into the show.  I really don't know how many quilts we had but it was probably around 250 or more.  They were beautiful.  I entered my Daddy's Ties quilt as a memory to my daddy who died 6 years ago this month.  It was made with his ties, his scarf and his handkerchiefs.  It is for my mother as soon as I can get it to her.

I am tired but it is a good tired.  Back to work tomorrow.  Hope everyone has a great week!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Years is heres

I wanted the title to rhyme but I'm not sure it makes any sense.  Oh well, I don't always make sense either.
The doctor put in another ml today giving me 4 mls.  We are doing this very slowly but I can eat way too much food before I can feel it.  I wouldn't have had a band put in if I could do it on my own so this is frustrating.  At least I did not gain over Christmas.  Way too many good foods in the house.  Have managed to remove most of them (and not by eating them). 
I'm down from a size 22 to a size 16 and it is nice to be able to shop most anywhere.  I'm in a size large rather than 2XL also.  Yeah.  And you now what, my feet are not as wide as they used to be.  Interesting fact, huh.  I can wear size medium rather than wide width.  Only problem seems to be with the clothes.  They are not shrinking with me and since it is illegal, not to mention a bit cold, I'm having to be creative in getting new clothes.  Checked the second hand store today for a black skirt but they didn't have one that fit.  I did find one on sale at Coldwater Creek, of all places, for a price that I deemed "not over the top" and bought it.  I'm trying to stick to staple type clothes so I can still wear things and change them up a bit. 
I pray for all of you a good new year and I wish for you to pray the same for us as we are being audited by the IRS for 2008.  Ain't life grand!