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Love of all things fall!

I have always loved the fall season. I was born a natural redhead so fall colors have always looked best on me. I guess that’s where my love of rust, brown, tan, burgundy, orange and yellow began. I also love sweet potato pie, pumpkins, pumpkin spice candles, coffees and mums. Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday. No gifts to buy, no rushing around to parties and low stress. To me, it is a season of family, comforting food, my favorite colors, candles and relaxing in my home. I also long for the cooler temperatures, although we haven’t quite got them yet in the south.

I am now 16 months out from gastric bypass surgery. My blood work is finally normal and I am adapting to my new normal. I have pretty much stalled at an 80 pound weight loss. I feel as though my body is catching up with my weight. I seem to be losing inches and sizes now. I hope to get back to basics and hopefully lose another 20-40 pounds. I am trying to once again focus on eating plenty of protein, drinking lots of water and moving more.

I have begun selling Avon over the last few months. It has been so much fun trying all of the new products and working on a business that is all up to me to build. I have found that I can buy almost all of the products I would normally buy at a big box store from myself. Why wouldn’t I support my own business rather than someone else’s. I was amazed at the range of products that Avon now carries. If you need any Avon or would like to join me in the business, go to my online store at http://www.youravon.com/jlainebradley

I am already searching out recipes for Thanksgiving and looking forward to being surrounded by my family. I am burning candles and adding to my fall decor constantly. I begin decorating on September 1st and don’t switch to Christmas until after Thanksgiving. That gives me 3 months to enjoy my favorite time of the year!

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Learning To Dance In the Rain

There are times in our lives that seem like dark clouds and rain just keep coming day after day.  Kind of like in the spring during the rain and storm season. But after the stormy season has passed we are blessed to see rainbows, sunshine and the beauty of God’s creation in full bloom.

I recently got my lab results and discovered that I am deficient in protein, iron and B-12 This does explain some of the darker days and tiredness I have been experiencing.  There are pros and cons to weight loss surgery. But on the positive side I am down almost 80 pounds.  My knees are doing so much better.  I no longer need a CPAP or diabetes and reflux medications.  Those are amazing results within themselves, so I can deal with adding protein and more vitamins. (You can see my before and after picture at the end.)

March was a crazy and hectic month. My little momma fell in the garage and injured her hip.  Thank God nothing was broken.  With memory and other health issues she is experiencing it could have been much worse.  She is in a great deal of pain even now, but I can see improvement.  Being a caregiver is a stressful job.   However, I know that she is appreciative and during my lifetime she has done much more for me than I will ever have to do for her.  I babysit my precious grandson two days a week and still try my best to be a good wife and mother.

With all of that said, I don’t know what I would do without my amazing husband of 33 years.  He is my biggest supporter and encourager.  We spend all of our “free” time together even if it is working in the yard or replacing all of the plumbing under our rental property because most of the pipes froze and burst last winter while vacant.  Yes, that has been this weekends fun activity.  Oh, and it rained all day yesterday while we crawled back and forth under the house.  I choose to look at it as time spent together and making memories we will look back on and laugh.

Sometimes life gets hard. Sometimes we don’t feel 100 percent. Sometimes you just have to dance in the rain!

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Busy Days of Spring

I am absolutely loving the warmer days of spring but with spring comes much to do. Last weekend I started planting bulbs, transplanting and pruning, also picking up and burning limbs. At the end of a work day I love sitting with my husband by the fire.

With Spring also came a trip to the salon. I love my friend Pam McGuire at Hair by Pam in Cabot, AR. She has been with me during the entire process of RNY surgery from attending the first seminar to helping through the accompanying hair loss. Every step of the way she has nourished my hair with Olaplex and #mydentity hair color by @GuyTang. Yes, hair loss does accompany RNY surgery but it does grow back. My hair was very thick when I began and I did lose a lot, but thanks to my friend and her recommendations I made it through this stage relatively unscathed. Lol. We kept taking it a little shorter each time but that is just what it needed. I am now sporting a pixie and I LOVE IT!

I am posting hair pics from before surgery and now. Not only can you see how much hair I had a year ago and now, you can also see the difference in me.

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Photo credit Pam McGuire

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It’s The Little Things

I had a great time Saturday at a large outdoor flea market a few towns away from where we live. We enjoy this particular market because it is a bit unusual. Where else can you go for antiques, tools, bird houses, clothes, plants, goats, chickens, pigs, puppies, tomato plants, trees and food trucks? It is a morning of people watching and shopping at its finest. However, you have to be an early bird to enjoy their wares. The vendors begin arriving at 5 a.m and are packing up by noon. My 22 month old grandson was mesmerized by the goats and pigs. He reached out and touched a baby pig on the snout and has been screaming like the goats ever since.

To me, the best thing about Saturday was spending time with my husband, daughter and her family. However, enjoying the beautiful day and being able to walk without pain was amazing. Before my Gastric Bypass surgery I had suffered with knee pain for years! I have been on medications, orthvisc shots in my knees and physical therapy. Nothing had helped. The orthopedic surgeon told me I needed both knees replaced due to osteoarthritis. I lived in constant pain and had to give up a lot of activities that I enjoyed. I am so excited to say that now down 74 pounds I am no longer in horrible pain. I am able to walk and enjoy my family. For now, knee surgery is not in my future. I’m certainly not saying that I will never need knee replacements but it will now be much later in life! This has been one of the many health benefits I have received from weight loss surgery.

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Walmart and TJ MAXX for the win!

I have finally reached the point where I absolutely have to buy some new clothes. Basics. A few solid color tops to go with jeans and the brown, black and khaki pants that I already have. Things that can mixed and matched to stretch my very small wardrobe. I have shopped, or for lack of a better word, looked for days! Last week I went to Dillard’s, Cato, Marshall’s, Maurice’s, Kohl’s, Stage, The Shoe Department, Citi Trends, and even two Goodwill stores. I also did a ton of online browsing. My son was home from college Saturday and went shopping with me. I had no idea he had began to enjoy shopping, hence, some of the unusual stores for a 50+ woman. He walked me to death and we still came home empty handed. But I did enjoy spending the time with my, soon to be, 20 year old baby boy. We also stopped and had lunch with my daughter, who I won’t tell her age, i’ll just say she is his older sister. It was just a fun day getting to spend some much needed time with both of my kids. These days are getting fewer and farther between.

Sunday, after church, I decided to try one more time. I went to TJ Maxx and found a shell, a long waterfall vest for spring and a cute blouse. I then checked out Walmart and found another vest and a couple more solid shirts.

I know the The fashion bloggers would faint at the thought of buying clothes at Walmart or the Goodwill store. However, when you have had weight loss surgery and you have to buy a complete wardrobe (including underwear, and trust me bras and panties get too big as well, LOL) you can’t replace everything with name brand pieces. I love to shop Marshall’s and TJ Maxx because you can find some quality pieces at an affordable price. I have always been a frugal shopper even before having the RNY procedure.

I must end my ramblings today by saying that WLS surgery isn’t a fix all. There are tough days. Trust me, the two week liquid diet prior to surgery and the two weeks of liquid after are not easy. Starting solid foods with just a tablespoon or two for a meal is not the “easy way out”. It still requires discipline and changing your mindset. Food has been our friend, vice, and social activity. We have to begin a new life long way of life. Getting to shop for new clothes is the perk!

Have a blessed day!

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