Hello again friends. It’s been a very, very long time.
I have some updates to give, and the blog will soon be getting a makeover. Sadly, we no longer have three beasts. This is one of the reasons I could not post for so long. In February, we said goodbye to our oldest dog, Capone. It happened very fast. One day, he was fine. One day, he skipped breakfast. Three weeks later, he was gone. Cancer in his abdomen. I miss him dearly, every single day. Every single dog I look at, and I see a lot of them, I miss those big brown eyes and his mile wide grin. It’s been months and I have yet to fold up his crate and his sweater still sits on my nightstand. I miss my dog. But I don’t want to spend the day crying. Someday, I’ll tell you all the story of Capone. But not today. I’ve tried to make my peace with it, 10 1/2 years is a damned good run. He didn’t suffer, and I was with him at the end. You can’t ask for much more than that.
On a much lighter note, I’m much lighter. In September, I decided to lose a little weight. Shit was getting scary. Nothing even in the plus size stores fit me anymore. I was BIG. I decided I would give a 10 day diet a shot, maybe I could get something going. Lose a few lbs, see the scale move, get inspired.
Man..did it ever. As of last week, I’ve lost 90 lbs (Put four back on this week, but let’s not talk about it, I’ll get rid of them!)
Here’s me at Xavier’s birthday party last year:
Okay not the best comparison shots. Here’s another:
That was at 80 lbs down.
I wish I could tell you a secret that was exciting and new. But it’s just calories in, calories out. I eat a lot of salad, I walk, I do yoga. I drink lots of water and take my vitamins.
(We’re still not talking about this last week that was a shitshow.)
I’ve started a weight loss group on Facebook and it’s a stellar little community. It helps hold me accountable and provides support for others who are facing the same sort of challenges.
OBVIOUSLY I still have a ways to go, but I am proud of what I’ve done.
My mom and I took a trip with Xavier back to Illinois last month, and we got to spend some time with our family, which was really great. I got to meet two of my nieces that I hadn’t, and Xavier got hang with his aunts and uncles.
Xavier is doing fantastic. He’s just the coolest little mini-me. I cannot believe how lucky I got. He sleeps, he eats, he’s happy, he’s healthy, SO smart and sweet and charming and funny. He’s BUSY, and getting busier every day. Man how I love this kid!
Xavier’s birthday party was on Saturday and it went very well. I’m excited to show you guys that, but it’s going to need a post all to itself. Here’s a sneak peek:
I’ll post more details soon, promise!