Weight Loss

As you can see from my title I’ve rejoined Weight Watchers for the 3rd (or 4th) time.  I can tell you this, Freestyle is the very best Weight Watcher program I’ve been on.  It’s easy to track with the smartphone App, easy to eat healthy, easy to get away from high sugar foods (more Smart Points), and most of all helps you change your lifestyle to a healthy lifestyle.

I started my new Freestyle Journey on Friday, April 20, 2018.  It was the best decision I’ve made in a long time.  This past January a good friend of mine, Joan, came to visit me.  We hadn’t seen each other for years but it was like we just saw each other yesterday.  She got me motivated to start tracking my food.  I lost about 10 lbs from January 2018 to April 20th when I started WW Freestyle.  I was up to 262 lbs in January.  I started WW Freestyle at 252.8.  Today, September 10, 2018, I weigh 216.2 lbs with a total loss of 36.6 lbs on WW Freestyle.

I have lowered my Omaprazole in half and am hoping to get off of it completely.  I’ve been on 40 mg since 2006.  I am now at the point that I have very little acid reflux so my next step will be to wean off the 20 mg.

Dotti's Corner You TubeI found an awesome meeting here in Spokane.  Our leader, Sue, is such a wonderful leader and she empowers the class to participate.  The members are wonderful, always smiling, giving you a hug when you need it, and always makes you feel included.

I have started a YouTube channel, my first-ever.  I have only done 3 videos so far. If you’d like to visit my YouTube channel please click on the graphic below. If you like my YouTube videos please click on Like and Subscribe.  That would really help me out a lot.  I, also, would love to hear from you.  Feel free to let me know what you’d like me to do a video on.  If you don’t have a YouTube account/channel, please go to YouTube.com and create one.  You only have to add a username/password/email when you sign up.  No obligation.  Once you have a YouTube account you can comment, like, subscribe, to any channels you like.  It’s also a good way to keep your favorite channels in one place.  Just a thought.

The grandkids have been over quite a bit during the summer.  Emily and I enjoyed the pool here at the complex.  LeRoy got a new, bigger pool this year so we enjoyed a few swims and BBQ’s over there.  LeRoy’s birthday was July 20th and we had a pool party with BBQ.  So much fun.  Emily is a little fish in the water.

My two brothers that live in Sandy, OR came up for a visit on Sunday, Sept 2nd and left on Wednesday, Sept 5th.  First, that was so nice of them to come and visit us.  Second, Emily was so excited to finally meet her two Great Uncles Rip and Bob.  Emily and Jake fell in love with them as did they with her and Jake.

I now am the proud owner of a very nice elliptical.  We lost ours when we made the move up here.  There are two in the apartment complex gym but I just never walked over there.  I was looking on FB Marketplace for a used one.  I found one I liked for $90 but told the seller I couldn’t get it until the end of last month.  She asked what my story was and I told her a little about myself – getting back on WW and losing weight.  She replied she was up a little too and we are all in this together.  The next message from her blew me away.  “Have you son pick it up after 5:30 pm.”  I couldn’t believe it!  I feel so blessed.

We went over to LeRoy’s for a BBQ and fun with the kids on Monday.  The rest of the time we stayed in and I made some home-cooked meals for them.  They fell in love with the Taco Soup I made.  I had no problem staying on Program as I eat very little when I’m talking and visiting and we did that non-stop.  It was so, so, nice catching up with them.  My older brother Bob, lost his wife of 42 years, in April.  He seems to be doing okay.  It was definitely a hard loss.  They were like Al and I, “Two Hearts Beat As One”.  My younger brother, Rip, was really hurting as he needs two hip replacements.  The doctor won’t do it until he loses some more weight but we all know what a struggle that is.  I hope I can be a good example for him.  I sure do love those two guys!

Guess that brings me to now.  I weighed on my scale this morning and I saw the lowest number yet – 215.2 lbs.  I’m working on one decade at a time going down to goal.  I’m stoked.

This is my Weight Loss Journey calendar looks like.  I think it’s good to see the overall picture of how far you’ve come along your Journey.

If any of you are interested in joining Weight Watchers they are now offering a free month for YOU and for ME when you join one of the plans.  It would help me out a lot if you click on the link below if you do decide to join.  My son is paying my monthly fee, which is so nice of him.  We just did not have it in our budget.

https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/checkout/iaf/?iaftoken=66DFF8CD00

Okay, guess I rambled enough for now.  Hope this message finds you all well and ready for some cooler weather.  Take care.  Until next time…


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Time is flying by!  Summer will officially be here in no time.  Our weather here has been crazy, as it has been in other parts of the country.  One day it’s in the 60’s, the next the 80’s.

 My doctor gave me a higher dose of one of my medications, changed it to extended release and after a week in a half, I feel it’s too much.  I’ve put a request in to lower the amount but haven’t heard back from him yet.  Hopefully, lowering it back down will help.  I’ve been very blah with no motivation to do anything.  I swear, it’s always something.

LeRoy is the Garden Center Manager at his Fred Meyer store.  He loves it.  He loves doing up his yard in the many flowers he sells.  The kids love helping him as you can see in the collage.  Did I ever tell you how much I love these kids? images/smilies/11Love-My-Grandkids.jpg

Speaking of the grandkids, Al and I will be seeing them today.  It’s been about a week.  We got Emily a little Frozen suitcase with wheels and a handle, for when she spends the night.  This will let Emily be able to bring some of her dollies over.  She loves playing dollies.  I think she is going to like it.

My poor Al has been fighting teeth issues on the bottom.  He has all implants on the top.  After another appointment today at 3 pm he should be done with the tooth that was hurting the most.  The dentist filled the others as that is all we could afford at this time.  Some of them need root canals and/or crowns but we have to save to get them done.

I’ve been working hard on trying to get back on track, one thing at a time.  First, I need to get off the Diet Dr. Pepper.  A few once in awhile is okay but I will drink 4-6 cans a day.  I have found if I don’t have any in the house, I will  as long as it’s iced.  I also put Crystal Light in the water sometimes.  My plan is to buy Al his Shasta Diet Cream Soda (he only drinks one with his dinner and popcorn) and not buy any Diet Dr. Pepper, which I love.  I’m hoping this plan will work.  I feel so much better when I drink water.  I didn’t drink any yesterday (ran out of them) and I did have a bad headache when I went to bed so I will have to deal with a caffeine withdrawal to some extent.  I don’t drink coffee but do have an occasional latte (Keurig).

The next think I want to work on is moving more.    Al and I are going to start walking 30 minutes, 3 days a week to start.  If we walk longer that will be good but we want to make sure we do the 30 minutes, 3 days a week to start.  We are planning to have Emily over a lot during the summer as she is a swimmer and loves the pool.  We  have one on the property.  Al is planning on teaching her to swim.  This will give us some more exercise .  When I’m ready I hope to get to the property gym which has a couple ellipticals and treadmills.  They also have a couple handball/racquetball courts that Al would love to use.  We got him some handball stuff and new tennis shoes for that.

This Journey of ours is not an easy one.  There are so many ups and downs and then life throws you a curve ball.  I believe that as long as you never give up wanting that healthy weight and lifestyle you will succeed.  The success may not be when you want it but it will come if you persevere.


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The day is almost here when I get my screws out of my ankle and get out of the wheelchair.  It’s been a long 3 months not stepping on my right foot.  I still have PT ahead of me but at least I’ll finally be able to step on my right foot again.  Workman’s Comp finally said okay to start light duty after I get my screws removed on February 10th.  I’ve been fighting with them for the last month.  Giving up the fight was not an option.  It will probably be another week after I start stepping on my right foot again since the calf muscle has a lot of atrophy.  PT is just around the corner.  I cannot wait to become mobile again.

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