November 26, 2010-present weight loss

2012 weight loss

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Scary Pictures

I've been trying to come up with an anniversary gift for Kenny, as we will be celebrating three years of marriage on March 28.  We each have difficulty coming up with gift ideas for the other.  We pretty much have what we need and buy what we want, so choosing the 'right' gift can be very stressful.  I also have the added anxiety of being uncomfortable spending the money Kenny has worked so hard for to buy him a gift (hey Honey, glad you worked all of those late nights and weekends so I could buy you this golf club that you probably don't even need). 

Now I opt for what I hope to be thoughtful gifts.  For Valentine's Day I gave him a gift certificate for a face and head shave and a ritzy men's grooming salon.  For our anniversary I have been creating photo albums on S.h.u.t.t.e.r.f.l.y.  I made a Year 1 album and a Year 2 album.  I will make Year 3 as well but will have to wait until April to do so.  We travel frequently and have such amazing pictures, yet they frequently remain hidden on the hard drive of our computer. 

The Year 1 album is pre-WLS, and Year 2 pictures end only 2 months after WLS.  Seeing some of these pictures made me cringe.  I considered NOT putting them in the album, but hey, those pictures are still of me and of our time together as husband and wife.  It is the reality of the beginning of our married life together, and they should be in the albums. 

Now let's take a peak.  And feel free to cringe as well.

Mauritius- April 2009

Lisbon, Portugal- May 2010

Elounda, Crete- August 2010

As Lap Band Gal recently commented, " I can't get over the ginormous size of my calves. Yikes.".  It is amazing to see how differently I stood when I was carrying all of that extra weight.  I so clearly leaned backwards-- I guess to keep myself from falling forwards.  I wonder how much differently I will stand when I shed some more of these excess lbs. 

I know I've come a long way, but I also know I still have further progress to make.  Come on Nora, let's do this!


Vanessa said...

Nora! You have come so far! Great job!

jennxaz said...

what a transformation!

MandaPanda said...

You have made such incredible progress this past year! I applaud you still including the pictures even though you cringed. Kenny loved you then and loves you now. I struggle with gifts simply because our finances are always so tight. I'm sure the thoughtful ones mean more to him than anything. :)

Lap Band Gal said...

Yes, I had ginormous calves! :) LOL

Great pics! You've come a long way and you continue to inspire. HUGS!

vickyd said...

You have certainly transformed yourself and I understand how you feel about the old pictures but Kenny loved you then and certainly loves you now. Making the photo albums can serve two's a way to document your marriage and all of your wonderful travels but it is also a way for you to document your amazing transformation!!

Catherine55 said...

You are amazing!! That's an awesome present, btw. I'm sure Kenny will love it! Happy anniversary!

Beth Ann said...

You just look like a completely different person! What a wonderful gift.

Jacquie said...

You look like a totally different person Nora! Actually, I've been meaning to tell you that in your profile pic you could pass fr Catherine's sister! The resemblance in that picture is there!

Theresa aka Tessie Rose said...

You look amazing! you should be so proud, don't cringe...CELEBRATE!!!!

Melissa Wolf said...

Nora, you are a total inspiration!!! Hugs and happy anniversary to you and Kenny!

Andrea said...

You're doing so great! What a transformation already!