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2013 Pretty Decent

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 11, 2014, 1:12 AM

So after 2011 being the cancer year and 2012 being the recovery year....2013 became the improvement year.  And it was a pretty decent success as far as my main goal was concerned.  With some helpful support from co-workers and friends; with visits to a Weight Loss surgeon (just to find out what it's about and have someone be on my side); and regular 6 week follow ups with my GP; I have successfully lost 104 lbs in 1 year.  Oh yes, I also use MyFitness Pal to track my calories and exercise -- HUGE help and it's free.

Well, I actually achieved it from Jan 14/13-Oct 31/13 (9.5 months) but went on vacation to the Turks & Caicos (which was good but also had some pretty stressful moments) and then my birthday and my Mom had a bit of an illness and then Christmas with a knee injury that prevented exercise...well, they weren't the greatest months as I gained 11 pounds pretty much on my 2 week vacation (OMG chocolate chip cookies are horrible, lol). 

During the rest of November and all through December I fluctuated and bounced around, never going all the way up 11 pounds again but like 8 or 9.  Anyway, the new year brought forth renewed vigor and this month has seen the weight completely melt off without as much effort as I thought so I've actually lost 1 pound more than I had in October. 

So YAY me!  I am back on track. 

That being said, I'm ridiculously still only half way to my goal weight.  Yup, I was that heavy.  So this change down 100 lbs has made a huge impact already in more ways than I can recount.  And yes, I did it the right way (best way?) with changing my lifestyle slowly and adding in exercise.  It has taken determination and discipline.  And discipline does include allowing myself to have cheat moments (or meals) and enjoy those snacks; the key to the discipline part there is not binging (except for those vacation cookies, yikes) and reeling it in immediately so you don't get off course the next day and give up.  Also, if you do get off course, don't beat yourself up about too hard; just get on track at the next meal, or the next day, or the next week if it's gone that long, and persist with it.  I don't feel as if I have really given anything up but I do try to limit it -- but all of those snacks I love are in the pantry (the chips, crackers, cookies, etc).  So I know it's there if I want it and I allow myself to do that when I feel I need it or when I feel my calorie count allows it.  Also, this is my second phase now so I am going to work on limiting my refined carbs (those pastas and crackers and breads I love so much) and try to opt for better meals like a stirfry with only veggie and protein (or at least 3 out of 5 stirfrys without noodles or rice).  It's something to work on.  I don't intend to give up those carbs completely -- I love them too much.  But I would like to work on reducing how much I do indeed eat.

So, that's enough about my morphing body.  The year went quickly and I enjoyed not having a full time and a part time job anymore.  That has also been so crucial in allowing me to work on my health, plan meals, prep salads, exercise, etc.  You have no idea how brutal it was to work the hours I put in for almost 20 years.  I was on my way to caput!  But now things are so much better personally.  Well, there might be a hiccup with my health regarding the cancer issue but I'm going to find out with a CT scan on Jan 27th to see why I am having very familiar pains where my ovary used to be.  It feels eerily similar to how I felt while I had the cancer before my hysterectomy.  So hopefully it's nothing but if it is, I will deal with it.  I didn't wait more than a couple days of getting these pains before I decided to act on it which is far better than I did all those years before getting diagnosed with endometrial cancer.  Again, it was Stage 1a Grade 1 which is the best one can hope for but the 11cm tumor size was a concern enough that my onco sent my case to the review board to make sure I didn't need radiation.  Which her peers assessed I did not.  So who knows, perhaps this is nothing or just scar tissue acting up or something else entirely.  We'll know more soon.

Gee, I thought I was over talking about my body!

Ok, I am for sure now.

2013 ended both good and not so good.  Good was my purposeful intent to get wasted at the staff Xmas party.  My mantra had been "I'm gettin' shitfaced for Christmas" (sung with a lilting voice) all through November and December.  Since I don't drink a whole lot (don't like the taste; grew up around a lot of alcohol; and at my heavy weight the alcohol would rush to my cheeks and burn; and a few other reasons), I was excited to get shitfaced now that I was thinner and knew I could handle the booze better.  So I really tried fucking HARD to get hammered people but I didn't get as smashed as I really wanted.  But almost.  It was a good event and I held an after party for everyone in my hotel room since I live 40 mins from our party venue and it was on like donkey kong.  Had a great time and still managed to get up fine the next morning and do a 30 minute workout in the resort gym with my co-worker Jen.  So, maybe another time I'll get truly shitfaced.  :lol:

The not so good part was just a few family issues like not good communications etc.  It made me realize that I don't think I really like Christmas a whole but I just LOVE the decor and giving things to people.  But I don't have anyone special in my life (never have) and so it's just not got a whole lot of meaning that way for me.  Perhaps some day, once I've lost this weight (aka the brick wall I built around myself after some traumas and dramas to keep people away) I will feel comfortable enough to meet someone finally.  Then again, I might be too fuckin' picky, folks.  haha

All right, enough said for this year's passing.  Hope that 2014 is brilliant for me and you, too.  May we all be artistically prolific this year and learn some new skills.

Best wishes to whomever you are that might be reading this.  :heart: :love:


Stuff done so far in 2014

Resonance by Smudgeproof

Here are some features from my faves!  The artists on DA just astonish me daily.


Worth by JeanFan -Lost red story- by Janek-Sedlar Heart skips the Beat by MereteKivioja <da:thumb id="307999577"/> <da:thumb id="336818861"/> Drops Into Space by Saltychocolate101 Thin Light by Hengki24 Shy bunny ... by aoao2 Fork fingers 2 by S-Petra If every time I thought of you... by Tammy--J Harmony I by charleshildreth Beginning of the End by Oer-Wout Beautiful wishes. by incredi Brilliant Ideas by DorottyaS Winter by sowi01 Misty tree by PawelMatys<


DARK NIGHT by MirellaSantana Sea of Blood by neverdying Insomniac's nest by MarcelaBolivar Bride by mashamaklaut Hope Floats Away by RGDart Tears In Heaven by kuschelirmel The Eternal Struggle by vacuumslayer Red balloons by CindysArt Burial Grounds by neverdying The  Tower Of Chronologist by VarLa-art Memories by TheDarkRayne

Mature Content

Strange Girl by Danapra
<da:thumb id="227512647"/> blonde by AllaD8 Angel of Darkness by TheDarkRayne seeker by YpsilonS idea by igreeny The last lost lamp ''The LLL''. by ViniciusCarbonera Infidelity by MariamMohammed Lost in the echo by jorgeremmy Midnight dream by lorency Cactus City by Ksenos-ks Salvation of the bottle by AmandineVanRay Lonely Rain by BaxiaArt hazy veils of clouds by alimarije Shades of Death by Dani-Owergoor Extraction Point by Cakobelo Q by AnjaMillen Lonely Nature by passion-aesthete


Innocence by AllaD8 SeaofTrees by DanEvan-ArtWork December by escume Styx by RozennIlliano Gallows tree by ani-r Grim Tales: The wishes by AlexRaspad Portrait Girl by Zeronis Beautiful Devastation by AkubakaArts Hearing Damage by gabrielleragusi  GLADYS by FangWangLlin girl by sharandula rain by tuyetdinhsinhvat Ready to Travel by eosvector <da:thumb id="357625637"/> Cavern by Ninjatic Light 2 by gabrielleragusi Finding Nemo by Kanamm Paradigm by imorawetz <da:thumb id="383125322"/>  Lollipop by KatjaFaith Elf of the stars by MartaNael <da:thumb id="395506618"/> I dunno by ClockworkNightmare - High Key Speedpaint - by Anathematixs Get Well Soon! by sebreg Elephant by Delun

Mature Content

touching you makes me die inside by NanFe
Bessoznatelnye navyki by olllga81 Fandango by olllga81 Tears by laphet sweet seduction by bloodspit


Elephant painting by Emmathedragon Abstrait 5 by Narcisse-Shrapnel tea and peppermint by joanneyoung Prestance by JessicaSansiquet 403 by StudioUndertheMoon cloud 9 by joanneyoung think about you by joanneyoung <da:thumb id="47356807"/>The end of Winter by ericadalmaso Fashion Aquarelle - Beauty by Jibril-Cosplay 396 by StudioUndertheMoon Johann Lost In The Grey Void by ChristopherPollari Winter in the city by takmaj Cherry Sweet by San-T Dreams for tears by Zindy <da:thumb id="21088195"/> evolution of a black rose. by vinegar .Ophelia. by LucitaniaMarie m a r i o n by imsoqueer

Resonance by Smudgeproof Midnight At The Emerald City by Smudgeproof The Light Of A Remarkable Place by Smudgeproof Winter Soulstice by Smudgeproof Regretful by Smudgeproof Serious by Smudgeproof Velveteen Bay by Smudgeproof Desolation by Smudgeproof Wishful In Winter by Smudgeproof Darkness of Zen by Smudgeproof Passion And The Dark Lord by Smudgeproof

I Support Imagination stamp by c3ph31d Complete Sentences stamp by barefootphotos Got Brains?--AtheistsClub by AtheistsClub I Heart Black by webgoddess Chinese Zodiac - Rat by Sharkfold Zodiac Stamp 'Sagittarius' by Sharkfold PostSecrets Stamp01 by annie252 firefox by urbanAR7 WTF stamp by Cavin F IT - Stamp by Touch-and-Go Enemies ::stamp:: by Shiritsu .:: Animal Rights Stamp ::. by loneantarcticwolf Stop Violence Against Women by Sadiya Good Manners by Sadiya let's share by deviant-ARCADE It's Not About PAGEVIEWS by Cha0sM0nkey I'm a proud faver by deviant-ARCADE Don't Pirate Art by BlakkReign I Love My Music ::Stamp:: by himiko-hedgehog Stamp: I Love Fractal Art by Metamorfose Drugfree Stamp by LiveToCode Darwin Stamp by GaWd3Ss .:I forget shit.: by Da-Dingo Myspace Stamp by 1PiXels1 Openminded Stamp by ChaoticGoddess

Mature Content

Am I Bovvered by Special-K-001

Mature Content

I Fucking Support Profanity by Plankhead
Canada Beating Heart Stamp by l8 Sarcasm Stamp I by darkdisciple-stamps Canadian Stamp by Mystxx <da:thumb id="64194669"/> i love rain by stuff-by-hagrid Coca Cola Drinker by JavierZhX I love night stamp by coolmaggi Wacom User :stamp: by Amblygon I am allergic to bull by SheilaBrinson .:: Animal Rights Stamp V2 ::. by loneantarcticwolf Day Dreamer Stamp by Sora05 Still Can't See Anything .. by Mr-Stamp There is no spoon by cfryant Sorry.. I dont speak arsehole. by Foxxie-Chan Sagittarius Stamp by ami2414 I LOVE PINK by stuff-by-hagrid <da:thumb id="425841652"/> Attention Stamp by EpikBecky Make a wish by WaterLillyHearts  hmmm... by emocx Autumn Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Winter Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Spring Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Summer Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Books Stamp by Kezzi-Rose I love Cookies STAMP by CassyDiinlove Marshmallow Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Candy Cane Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Ramen Love Stamp by Kezzi-Rose I love Snow by mceric stare in my fridge stamp. by CitrusEcstasy---x ..Ever Wonder.. Stamp by SailorSolar Fiction by ashesto Suits are Sexy by ashesto stamp I Love rain by HavickArt Sunset Stamp by Supernatantem Tickled Pink by ashesto It's Easy Being Green by ashesto Booksbooksbooksbooksbooksbooks by endler Coffee vs Hot Chocolate Stamp by whitewolflover94 Pinata Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Icecream Stamp by Kezzi-Rose  Stamp: Never too Late by Southrobin Hypnose by Mr-Stamp think outside the box by iLed iThink by postmortumm Optimist and Pessimist by postmortumm an apple a day by iLed I Love Chocolate by Sophibelle 'Every flower must grow through dirt' stamp by kinkypotatogoddessSexy Bunny Stamp by L3xil3in {Personality} by Mesperyianain't nobody got time for that stamp by SwanRose <da:thumb id="371143658"/> <da:thumb id="423899199"/> (In)Sane by pjuk Not Coats by pjukThe Bed by pjukRamen with Chopsticks - Stamp by Natsu714 KILLIN' ONIONS by auxeru Animated Stamp - Elephant love by Momoko-chu

  • Listening to: Nothing
  • Reading: Several Different Books
  • Watching: My 2 Monitors
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Coke Zero


T Rowlett
Current Residence: Victoria, BC, Canada!



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