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What They Don’t Tell You #FatChick411

When you are Super Morbidly Obese, and they’re telling you to lose weight, no one tells you it’s gonna hurt like hell!

Here’s some #FatChick411 for ya. At my biggest, I probably weighed well over 700 pounds. It’s impossible to say how big I actually got because the scales errored out at over 650 pounds. I’m guessing I was easily over 750 pounds. I’m down to 428 pounds now. I’m not bragging, just stating fact.

I was that size for a long time. I mean years. I was told at one point that I had stage three kidney disease. My legs were swollen so badly that my right leg burst. The doctor told me to get my ass home and in a recliner with my feet up and to stay there if I didn’t want to lose my legs. So I did. For years. I still have my legs, thank God. Maybe he was right, but it took a tole on my body.

I saw a different doctor years later who told me the extra fat had started making its own hormones. I went through menopause early because of it. Like in my mid-thirties early. Okay, I’m not complaining about that. No period is amazing!

Along with the weight came high blood pressure that went unchecked for years. That’s the only cause the doctors I’ve seen can point to as causing the kidney disease because my kidneys look fine on the ultrasound.

The reason I keep talking about my kidney disease is because I lose 10,000 units of vitamin D through my kidneys every day. This also went unchecked for years causing my teeth and bones not to absorb calcium the way they should. I look like I have meth mouth, and my bones are brittle.

I bring this up because this is where the newest pain comes in. I was stretching across my dad’s hospital bed the other day to clean behind it, and my ribs were on the metal side rail. I stretched as far as I could. Pop! Something popped in my rib area. I’m not sure if I cracked a rib or just strained the muscles, but it is now a few days later and I am still swollen in that area and am in excruciating pain.

I taped my ribs for a day. Oh my gosh! The difference was amazing. A lot of the pain left. Two 24 oz. beers later and I finally got more than a few hours sleep for the first time in a few days. It was amazing!

And then I turned stupid and removed the tape. That wasn’t so bad. The pain was manageable right up till my younger son and I were horsing around. I took his phone and was playing keep away with it. He fell on top of me trying to get it, and Pop! There went my ribs again. Now here I sit at almost 2 a.m. unable to sleep again.

I’m not saying don’t lose the extra weight. Mentally, I feel a ton better since losing the weight, although I do feel like I’m wearing someone else’s skin suit at times. Just make sure you have a doctor who is experienced with morbidly obese people and helping them lose weight. A great support system at home helps as well.



The Heroine’s Journey of Mary Ann Bernal

Take a moment to get to know history enthusiast and amazingly talented author, Mary Ann Bernal, through this wonderful interview by Peter DeKuster.

The Heroine's Journey

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love being able to share my passion for history, breathing life into ancient characters and reminding the modern reader that they were just like us.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness is being at peace with one’s self as you tackle the challenges of life.

What is my greatest fear? Having hatred and violence escalate into another world war.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Lack of patience, but I’m working on that.

What is my greatest extravagance? Owning DVDs of my favorite TV shows and movies; I just “have to have them!” I especially love the behind the scenes extras, enlightening harmless gossip while enjoying a bowl of popcorn.

On what occasion would I lie? Only little white lies to keep feelings from being hurt, but I’d rather not say…

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A Not So #WordlessWednesday

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Little St. Nick by the Beach Boys

This is another piece of the puzzle that makes Christmas, well, Christmas in Fatopia. Music is a big part of life in Fatopia because my grandfather loved it, my dad loves it and played it as a musician and a DJ in the navy, and of course, my love of playing as a musician and ex-DJ in my own right. Music is a universal language that speaks to the soul, and it is tied to many memories of life in Fatopia.

Here’s the Beach Boys with Little St. Nick. Enjoy!


Are You Sharing Other People’s Content? Here’s How to Do it Right | Constant Contact Blogs

Have you thought of sharing content from other blogs and websites with your followers? Here are some great tips from Miranda Paquet for how to go about it.

Are You Sharing Other People’s Content? Here’s How to Do it Right | Constant Contact Blogs.

Watch the Origins Deep Dive

Join Pedram Shojai for 36 additional interviews covering a deep dive on the Origins movie.

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Na na na na, Pfffft!

Last year I did NaNoWriMo. For those that don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. Basically, every November loads of writers around the world lose their collective minds and challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. Not necessarily the pretty, polished book that you, the reader, get in your hands but a nice first draft to work from for sure.

I drove myself just about bonkers last year doing NaNoWriMo. Like a lot of writers, the end of November loomed ever closer and I was way behind in my word count. I think I stayed up something like three days and nights at the end to win. Yes, I won the challenge.

Not to make light of blogging, because I take it every bit as serious, if not more so, than writing longer works, but I know I don’t have the time and resources to dedicate to NaNoWriMo this year. There is so much crap swirling around me right now that it looks like I’m sitting in the middle of a brownish-green tornado. I do still like a good challenge, however, and decided to take on Blogging 101 to improve my blogging skills this year. I mean, if you guys are going to stop by and read this stuff, the least I can do is offer you some of my mindless drivel on a regular or semi-regular basis, am I right?


Then I heard about NaBloPoMo hosted by Now, I’ll admit to not knowing anything at all about this one, so I checked it out. Basically, this challenge appears to happen every month of the year, but is at its most popular in November because it coincides with NaNoWriMo. The challenge is to post a new blog post each day for the month of November (or whatever month you’re taking part in).

Ladies and gentlemen, I am taking part in NaBloPoMo and Blogging 101. Why am I telling you this? To make an honest woman of myself. I figure if the whole world knows I’m doing it then maybe, just maybe, I’ll be so afraid of embarrassing myself that I’ll stick with it. Am I hoping it will be easier than NaNoWriMo? In a word, yes. Not that I think blogging is easier than novel writing in general. I just don’t think I have the Great American Novel in me right now, so maybe writing shorter pieces will be easier for me. Or coming up with 30 different subjects will finally drive me off the deep end, I’m not sure.

Better check to see if I got my Xanax refilled or not.

Group therapy…

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