Friday, April 1, 2011

It's Been A Long Week

It's been a very long week... actually a long couple of weeks.  I just haven't had time to post an update, but here it is.  Last week started with me moping about not losing any weight.  I figured that it might have something to do with exercising so much but not increasing my calorie intake.  I typically get between 600-800 calories.  I decided to up my calories on the days that I work out to see if it would work.  Before I could do that, though, a tragedy struck my family.

See the baby girl in this photo?  She belongs to my cousin.  I blocked out her face to protect her identity, but she is the most gorgeous little angel I've ever seen.  She was born Wednesday afternoon.  They immediately noticed something was wrong and flew her to St Louis for emergency surgery.  They found that there was nothing they could do to save her, so they sent her back home to spend her last hours with her parents.  They originally gave her less than 24 hours.  She was a fighter, though, and they bumped it up to 72 hours.  Once again, she proved them wrong.  Sadly, she lost her battle at only 73 hours old.  I'm not sure how much into detail I've went before, but I am a social work major and my plans are to work in perinatal hospice.  I am already the executive director of a nonprofit organization that provides support and services to families who have lost a baby.  I've lost a baby myself.  My cousin asked me to handle all of the arrangements, so I did.  This precious little angel was laid to rest this past Tuesday.

If that wasn't enough to deal with, I also had jury duty.  It was a very interesting process.  Fortunately my time was up before the baby's funeral.  I did face a problem with food and drinks.  They allowed me to drink whenever I needed to, but food provided a bigger challenge.  Do you know how hard it is to find a nonperishable food for the soft diet that is sleeve friendly and will fit in your purse?  It's one thing if I could have protein bars, but I'm still 2 weeks away from that.  So I took nothing.  And when I got home, I ate an entire Starkist Lunch Kit!  I was starving, I actually felt stomach hunger.  It filled me up and I felt satisfied.  There's been other things going on the past couple weeks.  Meeting with my kids' school, my mom had surgery today and I was also inducted into an Honor Society at my college today (yeah, this is my second honor society and I'm kind of a nerd I guess!)  I have not been to Curves since Wednesday of last week and I've lost *drumroll please* ....................... 5 pounds!!  I'm now down to 225.  It's hardly believable, that's 61 lbs total.  Amazing.

I have some more things to write about - I've tried some new vitamins, things like that.  Look for those in the next post!  Right now, I'm going to go figure out what's for dinner.  Maybe I'll actually sit down and breathe.


  1. Oh my gosh Lisa, I am so sorry. I can't even begin to imagine the grief. I'm glad you were so knowledgable in the area of prenatal hospice and were able to give some comfort to the family. I am so sorry for their loss. :(

  2. Oh, I'm sorry, Lisa. :( As a mom, I just can't imagine the unspeakable grief. I think that you must provide a wonderful service to families under the same circumstances.

    And good for you on the weight loss! I know you were frustrated before, but obviously what you're doing is working! I experienced the same sort of thing with little/no loss then it kicking in gear again.

  3. I am so, so sorry. :( Death is never easy no matter who it is or even how often you see you it. I'll be sending positive vibes for a good upcoming week, weight loss and all.

  4. As I said on FB I am so terribly sorry for your loss. It breaks my heart :( My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to your family.

    As for your weight loss YOU GO GIRL!!

    I hope as things start to calm down, you take some time for yourself.

  5. My thoughts are with you and your cousin as losing a child is always a terrible thing for someone to have to deal with. Glad you were there to help her with the arrangements.