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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

What's in a title?

I started to write a post on Monday.  As I thought about what to title the post, I placed the cursor in the title field and as soon as I began to type, a drop-down list appeared of all my previous titles.  So I began to read them.  I saw titles like the first one, "WLS in 10 days" and other early ones like, "Is anyone else losing their hair?" and "Food? Whatever...".  I saw many that were celebratory like, "What a difference restriction makes!" and "I weigh less than it says on my driver's license!".  There was, "Kicking head hunger in the A$$!", "'Normal' shopping" and "I'm in the aughts".  There were personal victories like, "Camping weekend (and swimsuit pic)" and posts about struggling with the changes I have experienced like, "I feel guilty for being successful".  Of course there were more recent titles like, "Onderland!" and "Hiya 188!".  Each and every title and post provides a snapshot of where I was at the moment I wrote it as I have journeyed through this process.  It has only been nine months since I began this blog back in February, but in many ways it feels as if I've travelled a lifetime during that time.

Of course you have been a huge part of this process!  I re-read some of your comments as I went over those older posts.  Early on I only had a few followers (my first post had no comments), but all along, I've received so much love and support from each of you and I cannot fully articulate how much you mean to me.

This blog has been a chronicle of this process and it will continue to serve that purpose as I deal with the challenges and triumphs yet to come.  I look forward to writing posts with titles such as, "GOAL!!!" and "I'm down 100 lbs.!" and hopefully, "I just won the lottery!".  I also expect to write posts like, "Maintaining weight loss is boring (in a good way)" and "I've worn out a pair of size 10 jeans!". 

So what else is up?  Halloween was fun.  The whole weekend was fun, but VERY busy.  My daughter's soccer team won both tournament games they played so they have a championship game this Sunday.  I keep referring to this soccer season as the season that wouldn't end.  Seriously, we are starting volleyball tomorrow and the soccer season hasn't ended.  Practices are being held in the pitch-black darkness.   This next sport's season will be busy because both of my girls are playing team sports which means four practices a week plus at least two games a weekend.  At least we'll be indoors.  Oh and my oldest is playing on an indoor soccer team too.  It is going to be NUTS!

I also had a job interview on Monday afternoon.  It would be a very good job, but I am hoping they don't offer it to me.  I really don't want to leave the company I am working for even though I don't have any benefits.  The new job would have fantastic benefits (pension, insurance, more time off), but it would mean more hours away from my family.  My quality of life would suffer.  The money would be about the same. 

Food and band-wise, I'm doing pretty well.  I haven't eaten much Halloween candy.  1.75 packages so far.  Here's a picture of all the candy my kids brought home:

I do feel like the reflux might be coming back although it isn't bad at the moment.  The OTC medication I bought said to take it for two weeks no more than every four months.  I am wondering if any of you have ever taken a product like P/revicid more frequently than that?

Here's my kids in their Halloween costumes:

Caelyn was a goth cheerleader and Bryn was a creepy bat lady.  They are both being intentionally apathetic in the picture.  Aren't they cute?


Pamela E. Williams said...

The girls are so cute. I enjoyed reading this post for the fact that you could look back and see how far you have come. Many can't do that even in the moment. You mean the world to me as I think back on your encouraging comments. I so appreciate you and celebrate YOU and your SUCCESS!! CHEERS!!!

Christine said...

I can't wait to see some of your celebratory/victory post titles, too!! It sounds like you are doing terrifically, and great job saying no to the evil halloween candy! Keep up the great work, chica!

~Lisa~ (Mrs C) said...

The kids look adorable!! Thanks for the photos!! And, I too look forward to your victory posts! You've done so well so far, and I am so happy to be sharing in your success! Thank you for sharing!


I too go back and read post. Lots of good insite from everyone.

Jess said...

Awww the kids look cute.

Gen said...

Adorable kids. Good for you resisting the candy! And I love the titles of your future posts ;)

Sandy Lee said...

I noticed that drop down list too a few weeks ago. I don't know if it is a new feature or not but it helps bring back some memories. I've gone back to my previous posts a few times to just ground me.

Love the pics. I thought the girls were reacting to you taking their candy away. And who only eats 0.75 of one of those tiny chocolate bars? Too funny.

Ms. M said...

I'm glad you were able to look back and recognize how far you've come. When I moved to my "new home" and was looking through the posts at my "old home" it was such a good reminder for me, not just of how far I've come, but of who I am and who I want to be.

That is a boat load of candy there. You clearly have way more resolve than I do... I would be plowing through it.

Bianca J said...

That is a heck of a lot of candy! I'm working really hard to resist the bowls of it at work but it's tough. Your girls are adorable.

Kristin said...

Your girls are too cute, Amanda. Great post to step back and take a look at how far you've come. You really have. I hope the job stuff works out the way you want it to!

Amaris said...

The girls are adorable! They did "apathetic" really well! Congrats on how well you are doing. I cant' believe your resolve about the Halloween candy! I haven't had any for two days now, but I ate plenty before that!

Paige said...

You're doing great!

On the OTC med front - I've taken it for long periods, but after my initial 2 weeks to get things under control, I dropped to one tablet every other day to keep things in check. No problems here.