2012 - I had Vertical Sleeve Gastric Surgery in October 2012, and this is my journey to push the fat girl aside and start living life without fear of lawn chairs, the middle seat, clothing shops and high heels. Among other things.

2017 - I'm preop for the Duodenal Switch procedure for my sleeve to help me get to goal weight....and to fix another hiatal hernia.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Coincidence… I think not

Today is the day before my 39th birthday. I weighed in this morning at 236.6 pounds.

I distinctly remember Weighing 232 pounds in college. Not too shabby a birthday present for myself I would say!!

I've been making a lot of better choices over the last few days. In doing so, I've been thinking about my friend- who has had the entire lower left side of his face removed due to cancer.

He has been on a feeding tube for the last eight months, has no lower jaw or soft palette on that side of his face anymore. Now, the cancer has returned, which means that he is never going to eat another meal in his life. 

Keeping him in mind, it is made some of my choices significantly easier. So I don't think it's coincidence that I've lost a couple of pounds in the last few days by simply – not letting myself eat food I don't need. 

We are going to go out and meet friends at a pub for my birthday tonight. And we are going to enjoy some food and drinks and friendship. And I am not going to overindulge. I'm going to enjoy friendship without over feeding myself. 


  1. I'm so sorry about your friend with cancer. :( Certainly does make you prioritize things doesn't it. Happy Birthday, hope you have fun!

  2. Hi Tamzin! Happy 39th birthday! That is exactly the age when I really stepped it up and changed my life. Really-just a few weeks before my 39th birthday was when I started going to the gym faithfully. I gave myself the best 40th birthday present--and I never looked back. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to be BETTER than when you were in college. (psst...those college girls have nothing on us.) :D

  3. Happy Birthday- I'm a Leo too and turning 39 on the 31st... so happy birthday to US!
    I hope that you enjoyed your evening and focused more on the friends and fun rather than the food.

  4. Happy birthday! I was 39 when I had my VSG surgery. I'll turn 42 in just a few weeks. Life just keeps getting better. :)

  5. Hi, Tamzin! The happiest of birthdays to you, and congrats for getting back to your college weight! So sorry to hear about your friend though. :-(