On August 10, I had vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery, also known as gastric sleeve surgery. Yep, I went through with it. I'll be honest, I am the first one to admit I thought I would chicken out. But here I am on the other side of surgery, and I'm doing great. At my highest weight, … Continue reading My Weight Loss Journey, Part III
I've struggled with the thought of posting this because I have been told not to "look up to someone with addiction problems." Demi Lovato, though, is more than that. I don't want to sound like a "fan girl" but I guess I just will. Demi Lovato has saved my life a few times. She's open … Continue reading Addiction
Dear Katy, I know we weren’t super close, but you were my first friend in my mental health journey. You showed me so many things, including how to love and let go. During my hardest of times, you were always just a text away. I remember when we were in group therapy together, you … Continue reading Dear Katy
It is officially happening. I'm having weight loss surgery. I know I said it was happening in part I, but now it really is happening! I couldn't be more excited for this new journey in my life. This past week, I saw a PA (physician's assistant) and dietician, as well as attended the informational (and mandatory) … Continue reading My Weight Loss Journey, part II
I’m sitting here at the computer trying to figure out what I want or need to say. Here goes nothing… We’re losing too many people to suicide. We’re not reaching out enough. We’re not supporting enough. If you’re supporting someone close to you to the best of your ability, great. But we still need … Continue reading Please Stay Alive!
I mentioned last month that I was approved for weight loss surgery. Up until today, I was waiting to get psychiatric clearance. I got that clearance today so I will officially be having the surgery! I promise this is not taking the "easy way out." Just because people have this surgery doesn't mean that it's easy, so … Continue reading My Weight Loss Journey, part I
I took Finn hiking again the other day and for the first time, I could smell the woods through my nose. It made me sit down and really take in nature. I love the quote by Henry David Thoreau that says, "I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees." … Continue reading Take A Hike!
For a long time now, I have had a really hard time losing weight. I blame it on depression taking all of my energy and motivation, but I have to admit, I'm also lazy. My weight is not consistent; I can lose 5 lbs., not do anything wrong, and overnight, I'm back up 5 lbs. … Continue reading Well, here goes…
I recently starting hiking with my dog and I can't begin to tell you how much we love it. Nature is just so freeing and I have been beating myself up for not doing this sooner. I am planning trips to better nature trails and hiking areas close to me, as well as even starting … Continue reading Wanderlust
I saw a post on Facebook recently that showed a picture of nature with the title "This is an antidepressant" and next to it was a photo of antidepressants with the title "This is a lifelong addiction." I can't tell you how wrong this is in one blog post. Because of ignorant people making this, … Continue reading Stop Spreading The Stigma!