Posted by gum232 on June 29th, 2013 |Filed Under ME | Leave a Comment

If you haven’t figured this out about me I love to write.  In response, or study about the term being “excused” I wanted to share some thoughts. For those that aren’t familiar with the term - as a member of TOPS when you have to miss a weigh-in/meeting your chart is marked “excused.”  I evaluate and look at things differently now when it comes to weight loss and keeping off pounds sensibly.  Therefore I will share some observations from the side of success that are only intended to bring awareness and thought to my health and yours on the topic of being “excused”.

To be “excused” doesn’t necessarily mean that we are “excused” from being accountable for our actions when it comes to the nutrients which we put in our bodies and the physical level that we choose to participate in.  There are reasons that we make the choices that we make. There are temptations that are put before us daily that sometimes we give in to for whatever the situation.  There are regrets for choices perhaps, but should we be “excused”? NO!
When it comes to our health and well-being there are NO EXCUSES!  There are choices and there are results of those choices.  Consequences for our own actions. No one physically makes us do anything that we don’t want to do, or that we don’t “let” them direct us into doing.
Making the right choices for our bodies is not always an easy thing to do but it is our choices that WE have to live with. There is no “excuse” worth more than MY personal well-being, physically and mentally.  Edgar Guest’s poem Myself is one that I chose to pen in calligraphy in high school.  It says no much.
I have to live with myself, and so,
I want to be fit for myself to know;
I want to be able as days go by,
Always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don’t want to stand with the setting sun
And hate myself for the things I’ve done.
I don’t want to keep on a closet shelf
A lot of secrets about myself,
And fool myself as I come and go
Into thinking that nobody else will know
The kind of man I really am;
I don’t want to dress myself up in sham.
I want to go out with my head erect,
I want to deserve all men’s respect;
But here in this struggle for fame and pelf,
I want to be able to like myself.
I don’t want to think as I come and go
That I’m bluster and bluff and empty show.
I never can hide myself from me,
I see what others may never see,
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself- and so,
Whatever happens, I want to be
Self-respecting and conscience free.
Have a blessed day.  Take care of yourself.  NO EXCUSES!  Only YOU can make the choices for your body.  I am doing it for ME!

YOU have to put YOU first above all

Posted by gum232 on June 28th, 2013 |Filed Under ME | Leave a Comment

I hope as you are reading this that you are doing well.  You have come to this site for help, for encouragement, for truth and for guidance towards a healthier life-style.  I pray that my words, my journey and experiences will relate to you somehow that you too can find success in reaching your goals towards a healthier you.

My experience has been lifelong.  Literally, I have been overweight to varying degrees for over 30 years.  A couple of years ago it finally sunk in and I have been dedicating my time and efforts to making my body healthy-inside and out.  Physically I am more capable after losing 170 pounds, without surgical intervention.  Mentally I am in a place that is still new to me.  I have become a person that is more confident,  outgoing and enthusiastic.  I am more positive now and have WORTH.  I suppose I was worthy before but never acknowledges that.  Now I now that I have value, if from no one else, from myself!
What I wanted to share with you is a link to my new Facebook page.  I am posting daily what I am eating. If it turns out good, which most of usually is taste-wise anyways, I will include pictures and even recipes!  This is a great way for me to stay accountable, not just to others that possibly could be enlightened by something that I post, but to myself.  Ultimately, I am who matters.  Does that sound selfish? I guess it does but to find that value in myself has lead me to reach goals, after learning from numerous past attempts. Now I am focused to stay where I need to be within a reasonable range.
YOU have to put YOU first above all.  It took me so very long to figure that out.  I wish I could bottle up the confidence but since I can’t all I can do is try my best to share my experiences with you and give you the hope that your excess pounds can be shed, that you can be healthy, that you can feel better about yourself and that YOU are the only one that can make the changes that possibly need to be made.  No one put food in my mouth-I did.  No one can make me get up and move-only I can. No one can make you feel better about myself- only I can. The drive really does come from within.  You read about it and hear about it but something really does seem to “click”.
I am so very blessed and humbled by what experiences are forthcoming.  As the TOPS TN State Queen, I will be in a parade for the 4th of July!   Then I will be heading to represent TN at the TOPS IRD, International Recognition Days, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  I will be going across the stage several times and must be dressed in formals.   It’s pretty neat how friends are able to loan me dresses, etc. for events-that I can wear other people’s clothes.  Upon returning home I will be heading back to California a week later (rescheduled again) to have a consultation with Dr. Ordon on July 30th and the corrective skin removal procedure on the 31st.  God has been carrying me through all of this and I trust that He’s in control.  I am at peace completely. It’s a great feeling.  I didn’t quite expect to build my relationship with God so strong.  Truly when I try to take control things just get all mixed up and go wrong.  Then something seems to happen, like a swift kick in the derrière, to make me jump back up on his shoulders to carry me through everything.
I am doing it for ME!

Get up, brush off and move on!

Posted by gum232 on June 21st, 2013 |Filed Under ME | Leave a Comment

No matter what personal issues are going on in my life I seek to find the strength, through fervent prayer, to stay positive and go forward.  Looking back doesn’t do a lot of good mentally and it sure won’t change what history has been made. Get up, brush off and move on!  I have to push through and go on - for me.  I don’t mean to sound selfish but life isn’t easy.  Life hasn’t been full of happiness and butterflies to this point but it’s my choice to find it from this day forward.  No one else can do it for me - but me.  It’s hard to evaluate your life in terms of comparing how you would treat/feed others or even a pet.  Sometimes it’s easier to punish our bodies through bad choices but would we try to instill or force those same habits or actions on another?  Unlikely. 

There have been countless changes in me physically with losing a lot of weight that are visible to the world but on a personal level - wow!  I never used to really look in the mirror because I didn’t like what I saw on the outside, knowing all along there was a valuable worthy person trapped inside.  Now I have been allowed, blessed, given, this amazing opportunity to use my story to try to encourage and help others.  The thing I’m learning now is that it’s not about the physical form as much as it’s been about my personal growth and faith.  If someone doesn’t like the “new” me, that isn’t my problem.  Does it hurt YES!  Does it hurt enough to punish my body with overeating or dwelling on issues? NO!  Giving it ALL to GOD gives me a calm peace that’s quite hard to explain.  I am so appreciative of having been given another day to reach out to you, anyone, that needs some encouragement to fight whatever health condition and life circumstances that you are facing.  We all have a purpose.  We all are here for a reason.  Even when we feel alone we never are.  Reach out and GOD is there to hold your hand, to hear your prayers and pleas, to be a friend when no one else seems to be.

I am a much more confident, viable, worthy person than I thought I was 2 1/2 years ago and previously. Beyond and against some peoples wishes - I have done this for me and will continue to do so, regardless.  The sky is the limit and the best is yet to come.

The PAST is your lesson.

The PRESENT is your gift.

The FUTURE is your motivation.

A five mile talk with God

Posted by gum232 on June 11th, 2013 |Filed Under ME | Leave a Comment

Well today I got some news that was really quite crushing.  Actually the email came last night but I didn’t have the opportunity to check it till this afternoon. My surgery, again, is postponed and will have to be rescheduled.  I am a believer that everything happens for a reason.  I have been very upset today trying to figure out the circumstance. It will all be okay some how, some way, some day.  I really want to be rational and keep positive about the situation. Something that was weird, especially for me, was that all I wanted to do was to go walking.  It wasn’t possible at the time.

My 5 mile talk with God today was good when i got. Home.  I probably was certifiable if someone had been around.  I talked out loud as I walked a couple miles. Lots of things going through my mind evaluating my life from different points of views and praying earnestly about lots of aspects. Did anything get resolved? I am more at peace. Yes I am still upset to a point but trying my best to put it in God’s hands to deal with.  It’s hard to do-give your problems to God.
I am so humbled by the fact that I have lost an insane amount of weight and have been chosen for such an incredible opportunity. I give the credit to God completely, still in amazement and shock myself really, especially when I look in a mirror. There is a reason for everything though we might not ever know why. I am trapped in this body sagging with skin.  Emotionally it is so tormenting. Physically it is uncomfortable having to tuck and shove into a constricted form daily.  Tomorrow is a new day, and yet another day closer to starting to live in a new body. When that day will be is yet to be determined for good reasons I’m sure.
Time for me to practice the self-talking that I have somehow stopped. Time for me to show others by example that  you can overcome problems and not turn to food, maybe even exercise instead?! Time for me to be, or become, a strong woman to be an example to my daughters.  Time for me to realize and practice my own motto-that I am worth it and that I am Doing it for me. Time for me to ultimately give it all to God.

Be more aware of the body-effect that the food will provide.

Posted by gum232 on June 6th, 2013 |Filed Under ME | Leave a Comment

I responded on my FB page about my senior picture that i posted. A friend complimented me that I look better now. My response….

I am smaller now than when in high school. Pretty crazy it took me 30+ years to do it. I really put my body through a lot, emotionally and physically.  The torment, etc of growing up over weight is just horrible.  I truly wouldn’t wish it on anyone: being left out, not having invites, being uncomfortable in desks, not being able to wear the “in” clothes…. The list could go on and on.  Now when I see a child overweight I want to just talk to them and tell them to do it while they are young to not miss out on life and opportunities.  I am so thankful to have a second chance and a new beginning, ready to face the world and not hide away.

Now it makes me sad, so very sad, to reflect on my missed years of life and living that was restricted by the permanent “fat suit” that I wore.  It was my shield and protector at the time.  I hid behind, or in there, but who or why was I hiding? I don’t know and at this point it doesn’t really matter because it can’t be changed.  The youth of today have even more struggles than I did I think, not with just the social aspect of the results of being heavy but the temptations available and put in front of them/us today.

Its better late than never!

It isn’t fair that I don’t get to eat what everyone else eats. Does it make me mad? Absolutely! Did I use to eat all that “stuff”? Well… absolutely.  Did it produce an outcome, or shall we say side-effect, or even better a body-effect, that I didn’t want? Again I say… Absolutely!  Externally everyone could see what was going on but internally, in private, no one really knows what it does to your mind, your self worth, your self value unless you too are, or were, overweight.  Keep n mind when I say overweight, for my situation I pretty much could say that I was 200 pounds overweight.  I will hope to hit the scales one day with a solid 200 pounds gone, if my body allows it o happen.

So now what can we do for these children suffering with weight issues today? Cheap food is usually eaten for economical and time efficiency purposes, running through the drive thru somewhere, grabbing whatever will fill the void the fastest, not considering the long term body-effect.  I like that term! I will continue to use that.  We can look at the body-effect of fast foods, prepackaged foods, etc versus eating healthy-fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and minimal, non refined grains. The body-effect of making the fast choice is excess weight gain possibly, but then look internally what damage it could do with your heart, blood sugar, etc. not to mention the issues that could arise with joints and so on.  Now on the positive body-effect of making the healthier choices, you could experience weight loss, decreased levels of cholesterol, blood sugar, pain on joints and general overall feeling of goodness and health.

My new term…. Body-effect.  I like it! It says a lot.  Now, before eating I will personally try to be more aware of the body-effect that the food will provide.  Will it be a healthy choice for the body-effect that I want?  Absolutely!

On a personal note, I have been struggling. Writing helps me a lot.  If anyone reads it or not, it helps me.  The body-effect is great for me emotionally to release and share my thoughts.  I hope that someone, anyone, that might read my words will be helped through bringing awareness or thought to their own body.  Only you can do it for your body.  I am doing it for me!

if you follow me please feel free to respond.  Also I am now trying to post daily on my Facebook group Heather’s Healthy Habits, including what i eat at each meal, sometimes with pictures and recipes.  Just request to be my friend- Heather Shelton Gum or message me to be added to the group.

Hello…I am a Professional Dieter

Posted by gum232 on May 30th, 2013 |Filed Under ME | Leave a Comment

Today is an opportunity.  Many choices will be before us in this day God has blessed us with.  It is our decision how to react to them which will determine the outcome.  What results are you looking for?  Making the “right” decision is not always an easy thing to do in many situations, especially when it comes to our health.

For 30 years I was overweight to morbidly obese due to not making the choices that were best for my body - physical, mental and emotional health.  I was talking to some coworkers yesterday about nutrition and they were saying how knowledgeable I am.  I gave myself a new title of PD - Professional Dieter.  There’s no way I could figure out an actual count of how many “diets” I have been on.  For some I couldn’t even make it through the first day but they would count too.  There’s something to think about. However the benefit of my experience as a Professional Dieter leads me into a vast familiarity with healthy eating, nutritional options and even more so on what doesn’t work best for trying to lose excess weight.

After all is said and done - I finally found what has worked for my body.  Every body is different.  There are different likes and dislikes, capabilities, financial means, location and availability of food, etc.  I was talking last summer to a friend that has lost a lot of weight as well, over 100 pounds.  We both started feeding our bodies metabolically about a week apart.  As strange as it is, she’s the one who invited me to my first TOPS meeting and wound up quitting.  This time we both found a method that suited our bodies and situations. While we were comparing notes, it came up that we are using the knowledge that we’ve had all along.  It truly is in the mind to surpass and prevail over all the things that life throws our way to make the decisions that we know we need to make for the outcome we know we need and want.

I am a Professional Dieter.  I expect to live the rest of my life feeding my body what it needs to get the most from my body.  I feel great and it’s only going to get better.  I referred to my extreme weight loss as a shedding of my exoskeleton at one point.  Now that exoskeleton that has me en-captured it will be surgically removed to reveal the real me - the me I was meant to be, thanks to The Doctors and Dr. Andrew Ordon.  Life is truly a blessing to not take for granted. Give GOD the glory in everything.  Without him I would have and be nothing.  I am trying to give all my problems to GOD and turn to him for guidance by letting it go into his control, because ultimately I am not in control.  Everything happens for a reason.  A verse in a poem that I wrote in my youth - “He may answer quick, he may answer slow, but he promises to answer yes or no.”

Speaking with a friend yesterday I recalled something she told me.  Back last year when I went to a local plastic surgeon about excess skin just to see what would be suggested, etc. she went with me.  Financially, as expected, it would be a huge burden on our family and I could not see doing that.  As we sat eating at a salad bar, I looked at her and said “I don’t see it happening.”  Her response was “You didn’t see yourself losing the weight either.”  That was the determination planted in me to reach out for other options and sources to help with my situation.  My mom loves the statement I made that “the excess skin is as mentally debilitating as the excess weight was physically debilitating.”

Life is a series of options, choices and outcomes when it comes to health and nutrition.  It’s taken me a lifetime to learn that and now attempt to live it. I expect every day to have continued obstacles and pray that I can overcome them.  It is really hard having lost 160-170 pounds to maintain now.  I’m staying within 10 pounds so I am okay with that.  I am continuing to do this.  I am doing it for ME!

Your story matters

Posted by gum232 on May 6th, 2013 |Filed Under ME | Leave a Comment

It’s been a while since I’ve written.  A lot has been going on lately.

Since my last post I have attended the TN TOPS State Recognition Days.   It was a fun event, as usual, to recognize accomplishments across the state.  There was a before and after parade where you can show your old sized clothes.  When it was my turn, imagine me just walking across holding my pants in front of me like I was a paper doll… NOT!  I had the big size 30 red pants from my before picture folded and rolled up real tight.  I stood on stage and let them unroll.   With dramatic pause between each unfolding I opened them up completely.  After stepping out of my shoes and hearing the roar and applaud of the crowd, I stepped into one pant leg, holding out the other.  What an amazing feeling.  The next day I was crowned TOPS TN State Queen!  I received a crown and a scepter along with a sash, certificate and fabulous bouquet. It was a very humbling experience. I was recognized and presented the Century Award for losing over a hundred pounds and keeping it off for 52 consecutive weeks.  I also graduated as a KOPS, Keep Off Pound Sensibly and as Queen, with the King, we started the Circle of Light.  Congratulations Scott Thomas! it was a great weekend with old friends and even better with some new ones.

With this recognition and new title, there are some opportunities that are open to me now. I have applied for and gotten my passport! Why? Because the TOPS International Recognition Days this year is in….. (Drum roll….) Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am really beginning to like traveling and flying!

The recognition from being on The Doctors was mentioned several times and I even was interviewed again for another paper yesterday.  I had to sign a few autographs too.  Unfortunately an Uncle died and I had to go out of town. Numerous relatives, who had not seen me, yet had seen me on TV, complimented and praised me about my weight loss.  It’s such an honor to be able to talk to people about what I have done and confirming what they know they need to do.  It’s not an easy thing by any means but if someone can make healthy choices because of seeing or talking to me, what a blessing.

I have had people ask me about the surgery that Dr. Ordon has so generously offered for me.  I have a surgery date!  My schedule will be busy with lots of flying.  I will be flying for IRD to Canada and have to turn around to fly to California for the procedure on July 22nd. Life is such a blessing.

I have recently returned from a work conference and have some new ideas and possible opportunities ahead to incorporate my new health-style and to encourage others to lead a more healthy life. It was suggested I even present a meeting at a national convention in a couple years.  That would be awesome. Not only do we, as educators, try to build on skills and values in the youth with which we work, but we need to be physically and mentally healthy to present information and capable of being the examples for the youth of today and leaders of tomorrow.

God is blessing me daily. I am so proud to be able to share me story with you.  Your story matters. Write it down for yourself as you go through the process so you can reflect on your journey as a reminder of what you went through. It’s a great tool for me and I am glad I have done it. There’s no way that I could go back and try to write what I was feeling each time that I was dedicated to write. It’s not been, and still isn’t, easy but I keep Doing It for Me! You can do it.

I have been having a lot of struggles lately. Trying to stay in control is not easy, facing temptations daily…..

If you are interested in reading what I consume daily, on a meal by meal basis, I am posting it on my Facebook page- Heather’s Healthy Habits, under Heather Shelton Gum.

Confession of obsession

Posted by gum232 on March 28th, 2013 |Filed Under ME | Leave a Comment

i apologize for not writing sooner but life has been insanely busy. There have been a few stories written about my weight loss and my appearance on The Doctors.  It started off with The Daily News Journal interviewing me at the Murfreesboro, Tn Metabolic Research Center.  The story was in the business section yet mentioned TOPS and my employer as well.  Next Tennessee State University did a fabulous feature that was on the front page of their website and linked on their Facebook, Twitter, etc. pages. Not sure if or when it would be in print. There were numerous likes and shares. The University of Tennessee linked to the TSU article as well. The Murfreesboro Post featured my story and my before and after pictures were on the front page. That was quite humbling to drive up to see myself on the front page in the paper machine.

WKRN Channel 2 News came out to shoot a story too that the Director of Media Relations from TSU set up. It aired several times between Monday 18th and Wednesday morning prior to the episode airing at 11am.  The Murfreesboro Post did a follow-up story this Sunday after the show since the viewers all found out that Dr. Andrew Ordon offered to do my skin removal surgery!
I cried more watching the episode with some girlfriends than when I was in California taping.  The world has access to see me in my girdles and the excess skin within which is held.
This entire experience is so very humbling to be picked for this amazing life changing gift to remove the remnants of my past. The support has been incredible and the praise amazing.  I have found through the last few months having been able to keep the weight off that in a way it’s like being pregnant.  You’re probably thinking what in the world is she talking about? When you’re pregnant everyone tends to tell you their history about pregnancy and child birth. It’s quite similar with weight.  A lot of people have told me their diet history, sort of like a type of confession. They will tell me their history, their family’s or even friends.  If there’s a way that I can be an encouragement or support then I am glad to listen and share some details of my experience.
So now for you to help me…. Please.  I humbly request your prayers for the procedure to go well, for the doctors and nurses to have their hands guided by God’s, and to have a speedy recovery to return to my family and friends after a couple of weeks of healing in California. There are obvious factors including potential discomfort following the surgical removal of several pounds of stretched out and sagging skin.  It is temporary.  God is in control and has a purpose.
Also, I have a confession of obsession. I have been praying for guidance, patience and strength with my obsession for nuts and cheese.  It has had control of me, not me of it.  I will regain the control that is needed starting NOW!  How will I do this? I have done it before so I know I can do it again. I will do it. The stress has gotten to me and the smells, flavors and textures of eating crunchy yummy nuts, nut butters and various cheeses has been a weakness.  It’s not that I can’t consume them, just not in the quantity in which I have been partaking.  My personal method of choice will be avoidance.  If I cannot control my portions I cannot let nuts and cheese be in control! Avoidance=control=success, at least for me.
Surgery will be scheduled soon and another chapter of my life will begin.  If you want to follow me on Facebook please look me up Heather Shelton Gum and identify yourself and how you “know” me through a message. It’s pretty crazy too that you can Google me (minus Gum)!!  You can read articles, watch the news story out of Nashville and go to and click on the videos tab.  There are two clips. I hope and pray that my journey and experience will help someone, or many, make a healthy choice for a meal, for a week or for a lifetime. Only YOU can do it for yourself.  I am doing it for me.

Humbled beyond words

Posted by gum232 on March 9th, 2013 |Filed Under ME | 2 Comments

This is a long post to describe an adventure and details therein.  If you are interested please continue reading….

On Tuesday, February 26th I alone arrived at the airport to head west to the wonderful state of California.  I was able to go down the aisle on the plane and request to sit in a middle seat!!  I have heard the analogy about giving yourself oxygen in case of an emergency prior to being able to help children or others where this situation is told about weight loss and the necessity of helping yourself.  I was able to see the flight attendant direct a passenger with an infant about the mask.  I appreciated that as a reminder that I have and am taking care of myself for a change, for the rest of my life. 

I sat next to this wonderful woman named Ellen and was touched by her.  We exchanged pleasantries then the whole “where are you going” stories.  She was so amazing and the conversation was such a blessing.  I have completely turned this over to God as I feel as though my story is and will be able to help others.  I was grateful to this beautiful stranger asking me questions about my life and weight struggles and how I have finally been successful.  Considering the purpose of the flight and what was to become, literally recorded in history, it was a great “practice” or trial run.  The flight seemed to last an hour with the wonderful conversation.

Speaking of trial runs…. If you recall, last July I was recognized in San Diego for my weight loss the previous year.  Since the family went with me we scheduled extra days to tour.  One of the days was spent on Hollywood Blvd.  To look back, it’s as if God was giving me a “dry run” to help prepare me and give me the confidence to return to LA. 

When I arrived, it was pretty neat to see someone with my name waiting for my arrival.  The driver got my luggage and we headed to the first shoot.  At this location my back story was filmed.  I was asked questions and told my story on camera and in photographs.  After several hours I was driven to my hotel - the Loews Hollywood.  I felt like a star walking into the hotel, much less going into my room. 

As an overweight/morbidly obese individual I was never comfortable eating alone in public.  It was a challenge that I would conquer a few times over the adventurous three days.  After everything was settled in the room, I did it!  I headed to the hotel restaurant -Preston’s.  I ate alone, but Matthew, my server, was very kind.  I was mentally prepared to stay on track with my eating program and did just that-without weighing portions which I just had to let go and not worry about.  Being absolutely treated special I did take a little advantage and enjoyed a filet mignon with some brocolini and roasted potatoes. Before turning in I ordered room service for breakfast to be delivered. 

The night seemed to last forever with the two hour time difference but was somewhat interrupted as well by an email I read in the night.  I had to set my alarm to call home early.  My oldest daughter was amazing and was able to find, scan and email some requested photographs from my youth.  Time passed and the alarm went off so I could get up and be prepared for my “free day” to play in LA.  When breakfast arrived, chicken breast with mozzarella and fresh berries, I was sitting there and it all hit me.  I was humbled beyond words which lead to tears.  I broke down.  The reality of me reaching a weight loss goal that I never thought I’d reach hit me and hit me hard.  As much as I love to write, this time my very words had gotten me to California to share and tell my story.  My friend Lisa made the remark in an instant of humbleness of “What makes me more special or deserving than someone else?” that changed my attitude…. she said - God has gotten you this far, he’s not going to bail out now.  I thought I had turned it over to him before but now it was completely.  The doubt and fear vanished.  The very humble confidence was prevalent above all.

What an amazing day I had?!  I took a taxi to the CBS studio where I was in the audience, not chosen, of a taping for The Price Is Right.  It will air on April 22nd.  I’m quite easy to spot in the back row to the left - a lot!! I also had gotten a ticket for Jay Leno but it was the opposite direction from where I was so I passed it up.  There was a taping of Extra with Mario Lopez interviewing Sean Combs and Mark Wahlburg at a nearby mall - The Farmers Market and The Grove.  I could have reached out and touched Sean and Mark!!  My goal was to walk back to the hotel, about 3 1/2 to 4 miles, and get back before dark.  I walked down Fairfax for a ways.  Since we had “done” Hollywood Blvd. last year I decided to turn and go up Sunset.  I saw some pretty nice cars and even stopped for a mani/pedi!  These sweet ladies at the taping and even at the salon offered to give me a ride to the hotel but I was determined and had a goal.  I did it!  I walked all the way back.  I could have NEVER done that before. 

Again Matthew was great and I thoroughly enjoyed my Barramundi (?) fresh catch from Australia with brocolini and asparagus.  It wasn’t as hard to sleep the second night after enjoying my own company for the day.  The day ahead was going to be awesome!

Since the car wasn’t going to be there to pick me up till 10:45 I slept in a smidge then got ready and packed up.  I went to the restaurant for breakfast.  Woo hoo!  I really have come a long way.  My mom was great to talk to throughout the trip even though there was three hours difference.  I checked out.  The car arrived and off to the studio we went.  It was nice being shown to my dressing room where I had to wait for hair, make-up and wardrobe.  They made me look beautiful and liked the clothes I had brought.  (Thanks to Emilie at Kohl’s!)  I sat, and froze, during the taping of other segments after being miked and ready.  I was lead behind the set and then onto the set of The Doctors where I met Dr. Andrew Ordon and Dr. Travis Stork.  Considering I’m not allowed to say anything about the show, it’s actually quite a blur and was very surreal anyways.  I vaguely remember, I think, some of the topics but not completely.  The most incredible feeling was when I was being lead off the set, cameras off and not cued, the audience started applauding me.  I had to keep telling myself not to cry to mess up my make-up. 

In the whirlwind I was rushed to the Bob Hope Airport where I had to walk briskly to get through security and to the terminal in time for the flight home.  Again I would eat alone in the airport and take 1/2 on the plane to Vegas to finish.  Flying can bring many emotions of anxiousness, fear, elation and relief.  After a short layover we arrived back to an empty airport and I got home about 2:30 am.  High on life. 

Tune in on March 20th to your local station to view The Doctors.

The mindset of Doing it for ME has kept me going and will be my focus to stay at my goal.  Now onward to work to not just help and encourage others but to lobby for insurance companies to have to pay for corrective procedures after extreme weight loss. 

The local paper did a story on me too.  I am Google-able!,d.eWU

What is really a blessing is that someone not only made a life changing decision to join MRC after reading my article, but someone else knew my writing - asking if I was the one who wrote “The Reflection”.  I feel that makes me a real writer when someone knows your work!  Such a blessing to be in the position I am in to not only life a more active and full life but to make a difference in others lives to be an inspiration and encouragement to become healthier.

My rainbow awaits

Posted by gum232 on February 25th, 2013 |Filed Under ME | 1 Comment

Life is full of surprises and blessing in disguise.  I am going on an adventure of a lifetime, or the beginning of one.  My whole life has been a series of circumstances and situations that has lead me to where I am today, at this very moment.  Through all the good and the bad, the happy, the sad, the joyous occassions and misery, there seems to be a silver lining holding it all together, literally a light at the end of the tunnel, my rainbow awaits. 

I am running into my future with arms wide open ready to embrace what lies ahead….

I am doing it for me! 

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