Weekly Weigh In – Weeks 20 – 29


Ok…so been a while since there has been a weigh in update. AND why is this week’s graphic different than the others…Well, I wanted it to be a little special…because…



Insert happy dance here!!!!

Total lost to date is actually 51.9 lbs…or


Wow. Whenever I see these graphics from ilostwhat.com I can’t believe I was carrying that weight (and more) around with me every day. Amazing what the human body is capable of.

I did have a few hiccups getting to 50 lbs. I did have a few small gains getting there and a week where I didn’t lose quite enough.

Talk about frustrating!!! Being 0.8 lbs away and losing 0.5 lbs made me want to throw something…but THEN to gain that 0.5 the next week?? UGH.


Here I am on the other side of 50 lbs lost and moving forward.

Here are a couple meal photos from the past week and one of my 50 lb award.




The photos were posted on my Instagram page. Follow me there for more meal photos, inspiration, or to follow along with my life in photos.

I follow a lot of people on Instagram who are on program. I think it’s great to follow people on social media who are going through the same thing that you are. It’s a good support system and a number of them post great inspiration and motivational graphics. Sometimes it helps to just browse through your feed and see something that applies to your day. Makes you feel a little better right on the spot.

So…I am still plugging away on program. I’m stepped up my walking and added an extra 2000 steps to my FitBit goal of 6000…I haven’t met the new goal of 8000 yet, but I just set it on Friday, so hopefully I’ll be able to meet it this week while walking on break and lunch at work.

Thanks to everyone who has been following my journey. I appreciate the support.

I do have a few posts I am working on in my brain. I just need to sit down and write them. One is about the clothing issues I’ve been having It’s a long story and a mess. That will be the next post.

In the meantime though, 75 lbs….I’m coming for you!!

Any questions, comments, words of support, complaints? Leave me a comment!

Motivation Monday

Yeah, I know…everyone and their brother is doing “Motivation Monday.”

But couldn’t we all use some motivation? Especially on a Monday!

I have been struggling with the weight loss lately. Post coming soon about that…maybe tomorrow. Need to sit down and write.

These were all posted on Instagram. The links are to the posts on Iconsquare.

Motivation Monday

Posted on Instagram by weightwatcherwarrior with the words: “Be proud of your success, you’ve earned it.”

Motivation Monday

Posted on Instagram by weightwatcherwarrior

Motivation Monday

Posted on Instagram by weightwatchers_a_100lbs with the words, “We’ve ALL been there when you feel like giving up! You have come a long way! Be Strong and keep going!!!!”


I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Do you have any motivation to share this Monday?? Leave a comment!

From the Other Side

I really just want this to be a quick post.

I believe that people who have died can communicate with their living family and friends in a number of different ways.

A friend of mine’s brother recently passed and music was really important to him. She will often hear songs that remind her of him or that he used to play on his guitar.

Some people call these things coincidence. Call it what you want. We all believe differently and that is ok. Makes the world diverse and each of us unique.

I have my own incidents with my own family members and I think I have shared some of them in a post on peargirly.com when I was blogging there. (I’ll have to look)

Anyway…to the reason for me blogging tonight.

I had a dream about my Puppa.

In my dream we had left him to live at what I can only describe as a hospital or some other kind of facility but it was kind of like a home.

We – I know I wasn’t alone but I didn’t see who was with me…I assume my husband? – went to visit him and see how he was doing.

We had to wait a while because he was busy or unavailable for whatever reason.

When he did finally come see us he bounded down a staircase and almost immediately had a seizure.

But…omg it was the shortest, smallest grand mal seizure I’ve ever seen in my life.

It was like one minute he was seizing and the next he was up wagging his tail and then he bounded back up the stairs.

And that was it.

To me though…that is a sign. I think it’s a sign from him to say he’s ok and he’s doing good work wherever he is and even though he had a seizure, it was no big deal and he just went back about his business.

I needed to see that. I have been missing him lately and it helped me feel better about having to let him go.

Run free Topaz…


Headache. Meh.

I have a few posts in the works:

  • a weigh in update
  • I think I’m having a mid life crisis
  • trip to the great north from this summer – SO over due!
  • another little project
  • The mind trip that losing weight is putting on me

However… tonight I have a headache. So these thing will have to wait.

Pseudotumor Cerebri & Me


In late August, I got a headache that felt like a cross between a sinus headache and a lack of caffeine headache. It was in the middle of my head though and would move from my head to my eyes then to my nose and back again. It was weird.

I tried to take Tylenol, Excedrine Migraine, Sudafed, Cold medicine, Advil, and Vicodin. Nothing helped.

I went to the doctor and my symptoms were – at the time – dizziness, nausea, and the head pain.

My blood pressure was low and the doctor ordered an EKG to be done in the office. My heart rate was also low. He adjusted my blood pressure medications and said that the headache should stop once my blood pressure issue was corrected. He ordered an Echocardiogram because of the low heart rate also. I was to come back in a week.

I went back a couple days later to get the Echo and went to a walk in appointment where they basically said my headache was due to sinuses and prescribed me Flonase and an antibiotic.

The Flonase made my head feel like it was going to explode.

Now this is like day 10 or so of the constant headache. No relief and I only was sleeping because I take meds to sleep.

I went back to the dr and he mentioned Pseudotumor Cerebri and ordered an MRI. He also lowered my blood pressure meds again. He also said to give the lowering of the BP meds a couple days to see if that helps the headache because if it did then the MRI was not needed.

I ended up leaving work early and going to the ER. I couldn’t stand the pain any more my head was hurting the worse it had up till that point.

In the ER they did a CT Scan, MRI, and MRV which all showed nothing – which is good. I also had a Lumbar Puncture and some spinal fluid removed because the pressure was a little high. The spinal fluid was also all normal.

I was admitted to the hospital and was there for 6 days.

Not one paid medication they gave me took the pain away. Some made me sleep, but the pain woke me up.


According to the Mayo Clinic website:

Pseudotumor cerebri (SOO-doe-too-mur SER-uh-bry) occurs when the pressure inside your skull (intracranial pressure) increases for no obvious reason.  Symptoms mimic those of a brain tumor, but no tumor is present. Pseudotumor cerebri can occur in children and adults, but it’s most common in obese women of childbearing age.  When no underlying cause for the increased intracranial pressure can be discovered, pseudotumor cerebri may also be called idiopathic intracranial hypertension.  The increased intracranial pressure associated with pseudotumor cerebri can cause swelling of the optic nerve and result in vision loss. Medications often can reduce this pressure, but in some cases, surgery is necessary.

The medication I am on is Diamox which has some bizarre side effects. It makes my face – cheeks & lips – tingle. It also makes my head, hands, and feet tingle. And it makes carbonated beverages taste HORRIBLE!!! Which sucks because sometimes I want some bubbles!! But I tried a sparkling something and it was GROSS.

The medication has helped with the headaches but I am still getting them on a daily basis and there is still not a pain medication I’ve taken that helps with the pain.

I was off work until this past Tuesday (October 7) because the doctors were tweaking the Diamox doses and it was making me sick. But we’ve found a happy medium that doesn’t make me sick…however, the headaches are still hanging around.

Pseudotumor Cerebri can also cause issues with the vessels of the eyes. Thankfully mine are ok.

My glasses, however, put pressure on my face which makes my head hurt worse so I am trying out contacts.

But that’s a post in itself.

Anyone out there have any experience with Pseudotumor Cerebri?? Leave me a comment! I could use some tips!


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