Last weekend I bought my first pair of size 8 jeans! Some of you are probably like.....and?? So what?!? Well, it's a big deal to someone who had to wear granny panties AND long johns just to fit into size 4 jeans just 6 months ago. I'm 35 years old and I've never been able to make it past 'barely' fitting into a size 6. So yes, buying a size 8 jeans is a MAJOR EVENT! :)
I mean, it definitely helped that Old Navy was having a sale (*insert snicker*)! I knew I was going to be hosting my church's private screening of the "Son of God" movie and I didn't have one pair of jeans that fit. I guess that's what happens when you gain 60 pounds in 6 months (and when your husband shrinks your last good pair in the dryer...)! I was kinda shocked whenever the size 6 at Old Navy didn't fit because it was my goal to make it into a 6 by spring. Well, I exceeded that goal and then some!
The event went really well but there were a lot of people there that hadn't seen me in a while and all they could talk about was my "new" body...'violating my person' by repeatedly "squeezing the Charmin", lol. It's funny because I haven't told many people about my ileostomy. Most of my friends and family that were present at the event just know that I was sick and now I'm well. They seem pretty happy with that, so i don't get into the details much. Not that I'm ashamed, I wouldn't take back that sick colon for love or for money honey!
That event was just one of the many things I have on my plate these days. I'm working on 2 more events for church, finishing school and graduating, helping clients with tax services, learning new music for my choir, blogging/health activism...and getting back to a real work schedule. I have to remind myself to take out time for me. Now that I'm well and have oodles of energy, I find myself wanting to take on the world! I often forget to hydrate like I should (when you have an ileostomy, you require more water/fluid intake). I don't want to wind up in the hospital with dehydration. I'm just trying to find a balance. Feeling great for THIS long of a time is like heading into uncharted territory! Pray for me....here goes nothing!