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#fatgirlslimproblems

First, I apologize for the sporadic posting this week.  Spring semester is always busy for me, so my posts may start becoming more and more spread out as we inch closer to the end of the school year.

#fatgirlslimproblem 1:  Work is burying me right now, and I’ve taken on extra work outside of school to make ends meet.  This post-op life is costing so much more than I imagined it would:  therapy costs, doctors’ visits, labs, clothing…all of it is more than I can handle financially.  And as my salary hasn’t increased to keep up with the cost of living much less the costs of all the stuff previously mentioned, working a second and third job is what is needed.  My flexible spending money is gone–I blew through all $2000 of it by January 1 (our plan year starts September 1), so this plan year has been a very expensive one.  While my insurance premium cost dropped, my deductible doubled (from $1200 to $2400) as did my out of pocket max (from $2400 to $4800), so my healthcare costs have been much, much higher than they were last year.

What really sucks?  We don’t have benefits election until AUGUST this year.   Why?  Because TRS can’t figure out what they want the insurance rates to be.  So now I won’t be able to appropriately figure out how much to set aside for health care costs for next year.  Bastards.

So when does our plan year start over again?  SEPTEMBER 1.

Thanks, BCBSTX TRS-ActiveCare, you suck.  I’ll continue working 3 jobs just to pay for health care.  UGH.

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Post-Op Week 32 Progress Report

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This was a great week on the weight loss front.  Did not see the size of this loss coming, that’s for sure!

But I’ll take it.

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In The Middle of Difficulty Lies Opportunity

Einstein said that, a really long time ago.  I never really gave it much thought until today.

Today, I was presented with a fantastic opportunity and I decided to seize on it.

The opportunity involves a birthday gift to myself.  Last year’s gift was pretty big, and I had been thinking about what I could give myself that was better than the gift I bought myself last year, because my sleeve is the gift that keeps on giving.  And that’s no joke.

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Post-Op Week 31 Progress Report: The Week Life Happened

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This was the Week Life Happened.

This was the week my father found out his wife’s cancer was more widespread than originally thought.  Tomorrow they find out if it is treatable.

This was the week I had to learn to balance my priority of getting healthy with the temporarily more important priority of taking care of my Dad and being there for him.

This was the week I coped with the stress by not eating it.

I think I did a good job.

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7 Months Post-Op, By The Numbers

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Today marks 7 months post-op.

In that time, I’ve gone down 6 shirt sizes.

Next month, I’ll be participating in my first 5K race.

During 2014, I’m planning on participating in at least 4 such races.

I used to take 3 different medications each day to manage different health conditions.

I have gotten rid of 2 comorbidities (type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure).

And I am 1 thankful and grateful girl.

Post-Op Week 30 Progress Report

Today’s progress report is going to be a quick one since I’m currently buried in work from both school and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

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This week finally saw the scale move in the downward direction for the first time in about 3 weeks.  I can’t even tell y’all how exciting it was to see the scale dip down this morning when I stepped on it.  I didn’t care how much it went down so long as it was down.

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Changing Your Behavior: Dining Out Strategies

I’ve seen a few posts lately about these on the sleeve forums I frequent:

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so I thought I’d share my thoughts on them.

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