Thursday, November 09, 2006


Ever wonder how someone gets so big? I know there are many many reasons why, here are mine:

I had 6 kids in 10 years, ranging in size from 7 pound exactly (2), 7 pd 5 oz, 7 pd 11 oz.... nice normal size babies, then I had Steve : 10 pound 12 ounces !! and so I starved the last one Mike, and he was 10 pound 4 ounces ! Over that period I went through a marriage breakup, remarriage, moved house several times, went through all the usual family hasselss with kids etc. At that stage I was about 25 kgs overweight.

Then just when it should have started to settle down I lost my 2nd brother in the same way I lost my first brother - a car accident. So both brothers gone, then my Mum was diagnosed with cancer, and right in the middle of her chemotherapy treatment, my Dad drowned... leaving me having to travel weekly to pick up my Mum (2.5 hour trip) and take her to hospital (another 2 hour trip), then go home and look after my own family as well.

I was also working part time looking after special needs children at primary school, and I was miserable, and ate ....... too much! THEN one of our daughters had 2 babies 13 months apart and we had to take custody of them as she was not capable of caring for them. Less said on that score!

So, I gained more and more weight, and felt so miserable I felt suicidal, and I don't know why, but one day I woke up and decided enough was enough, joined Weight Watchers (very reluctantly), and never looked back!

I am going to post some before and after surgery photos soon, showing my nasty saggy belly and the results after the circumferential tummy tuck.... that is..... if it doesn't gross anyone out? Maybe you don't have to look! haa haa

Today so far.... usual morning routine, then off to the gym where I did free weights for upper body, heaps of swiss ball squats, crunches etc, then 40 mins cardio, then home. Have done the vacuming (yes it's a daily chore!), picked up Griffin from Kindy (nearly forgot him yesterday), and have had my lunch (toasted ham/cheese sandwich).

Have drooled over the new car... Stew still can't drive it...... and soon I am off to the hospital with Steve to see the cardiologist and get x-rays etc done of Steve's heart (AGAIN).
till later...... So, back from hospital at 4pm, spent 2 hours there and it was quite productive. Saw the cardiologist and he's fairly certain Steve's problem is the A V Node in his heart, it's like a circuit in the heart that controls the heart rate, and he is recommending Steve has a procedure up in Auckland Hospital to check it out and fix it if necessary. So we now have to wait for Auckland to get back to us with a date..... more waiting. In the meantime he's been told no caffeine and no driving..... YEAH RIGHT!!!
Oh yeah, the picture is Steve showing off his Reveal Monitor that is inplanted in his chest.... gross! He loves freaking people out by pulling it out like that... eeewww. FUNNY: the cardiologist was asking Steve all these questions, and while the nurse was talking to me and Lisa, the cardiologis leant over and whispered to Steve "You take drugs? You take alcohol?" , Steve said "No" to drugs, "sometimes" to alcohol. It tickled Steve's fancy. Obviously the cardiologist thought I didn't need to hear the answers to those ones. ha ha ha

Well, it's been a fairly quite day so far, am now going to cook a mince and potatoe top pie for the family, take Izzy for a walk in the rain, climb my bloody stairs 20 times, go to aqua kickboxing at 6pm, and follow it up with a sauna. Must tape coronation street too!
On that note, I'm outta here!
Till later....
STEPS : 9842
WATER : Water 2 litres Diet Coke : 000
Stair climbing .... oops only 4
GYM : yep + 45 minutes aqua kickboxing


  1. What tragety you have had in your very sad.

    You must be an incredible strong women to go through that and still be sane.

    I would love to see the before and after photo's.

  2. Thanks for sharing your story. Life really does suck at times. You've gone through such a lot, but you've got through it all to be where you are now.

    It's great they are onto what could be wrong with Steve and here's hoping that it can be corrected.

    Enjoy aqua and the sauna tonight!

  3. You are an amazing lady. Thankyou for sharing some of your story. Also thank you for emailing me your photos. You have given me a lot to think about. Sounds like you are in a great place with your life now, even if a bit busy.

  4. Anonymous9:03 PM

    WOW Chris, 9lb 12oz.....I don't even want to try to beat tha, I bet that nipped a bit....OUCH!!

    Right I'm off to read your journal and I will post back later...OH If I go off line for a little while then it is because I am going to get my comp looked at, I'm not sure if it has a virus....I know nothing about comps....durrr

  5. Anonymous9:13 PM

    OOps no, not 9lb 12oz....OVER 10LB....OH AH....OUCH!!

  6. Anonymous9:19 PM

    I know it's my third post.

    ((hugs)) to you Chris, you have had a lot to cope with in your life and WELL DONE for getting yourself to Weight Watchers amongst all are such a fab lady!!

    You will get loads of support from internet buddies anytime you need it.

    Busy, Busy, Busy again I see do you do it?

    Take care
    Linda x

  7. Anonymous8:10 AM

    yeh i would love to see the before and after pics!! im sure all that heartache has made you stronger than ever!!

    have a great day!!


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