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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

Why Wordless Wednesday

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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