Friday, July 25, 2008

FFF - Happy NEW ME Anniversary, Friends and Happy Birthday Grandma

(ABOVE: Jaden and Hannah!)
(ABOVE: Jaden and Hannah - only a year old!)
(ABOVE: Jolene and I - we even match!)
(ABOVE: Jolene, Katie and I on Katie's Birthday!)
(ABOVE: Me wearing the same short from below - 8 months post op!)
(ABOVE: Me - front view - beautiful huh?)
(ABOVE: Me the night before surgery - 303 pounds!)
Happy Favorite Foto Friday everyone! This week's theme is Friends ... I will get to that but I wanted to post a Happy 'NEW ME' Anniversary to myself ... 4 years ago tomorrow I made one of the best decisions of my life and started my Weight Loss Surgery Journey ... On July 26, 2004 I had bariatric surgery to save my life from spiraling out of control ... I started my journey out at 303 pounds (OH MY!) and I am happy to report tht so far I haven't gained but more than 10 pounds ... today I weight 185 pounds (thanks to baby#2 for those extra 4 pounds). I have also lost a total of 146" on my total body which = over 12 feet of 'stuff'. So I thought I would post some before photos of me ...
I would also like to wish my Mother In Law a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY today ... she just arrived back from 18 wonderful days in Sweden so we were lucky to see her last night! ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Carol - We Love You!
And since it is Friend Week I thought I would post an after picture of me with my best friend Jolene ... she is Hannah's (Jadens Best Friend) mom. We first met when I enrolled Jaden into the same daycare as her in August 2002 and we've been friends ever since. We've gotten closer over the years and I was honored to be present for her Baby#2's (Katie) birth ast year and to be asked to be her GodMother. She is a wonderful friend and just who I need around me being so far away from my mom and sister's ... she is coming over today actually ... so here are some pictures of me and Jolene and Hannah and Jaden - when they were little. Hope you all have a great weekend ... we are lying low with just a sleepover planned - tomorrow we're hitting the Scott County Fair and getting ready for our Big Road Trip to Ohio, NY and NJ on Friday ... Have a Great Weekend! Visit more FFF posts over at Sarah's Blog ... http://www.kissthefrog4me.blogspot.com
Love ~ The Clark Family ~ Rebekah, Jason, Jaden & Baby#2 TOO!

14 comments:

Sarah said...

Congratulations on making such a life altering decision and doing SO WELL! You look awesome! Of course, Jaden is one cute little friend too!!

nora said...

Cute pictures of Jaden and CONGRATS on a great new you!

Amanda said...

Great pictures! Congrats on the new you! My Dad had Gastric Bypass 4 yrs ago this October and we are all so happy he made that decision for himself.

Few more weeks and you are able to find out what you are having! Have a great weekend. :)

ANDREEA said...

Rebekah,congratulations!Wow...that is great!You did a very good thing with the surgery,i am so happy for you.You look great,beautiful,I wish you stay that way forever!!!I can't wait for your litlle baby nr 2!:))
Kisses for Jaden!

Milk Mama said...

Wow! I didn't know that you'd lost so much weight!!! Awesome job!!! Congrats!!!

Happy birthday to your MIL Carol!!!

Leslie said...

Wow congrats to you ...You look great!

Tracy'sspace said...

Congratulations! Hope the pregnancy is going well.

Faithful Froggers said...

You go, girl! :)
You look fabulous - Happy NEW YOU Anniversary!

And as usual I LOVE the pictures of Jaden! It was a treat to see her baby picture. She had so much hair! :) Adorable!

Becca said...

I am so impressed - congratulations!

Peace and Hugs,
Becca

Lisa and Madeline said...

Hey girl! WOW, You look amazing! I am sure it was a long hard road even with the surgery. I have seen many shows where after is even hard to eat. So great job. I need to get motivated to lose weight too. This year I have kinda let go now I am regretting it. I will get back on track.

You know it is amazing where you meet people. My closet and best friend Michele I met at the little gym 2 1/2 years ago. We are now the best of friends and we do everything together...aka, here daughter is in the FFF post with Madeline. We laugh and have so much in common and she is great with me and Madeline and always including us in everything. I had many other friends form high school etc that did a ton of "couple" things and kinda was left out and Michele has never once done that to me. She is amazing and great friends are hard to find-

Well my parents are on their way there (MN) tomorrow. My mom may even stop by the Mall of America. I have been there once myself, even rode the roller coaster. Right now they are visiting my aunt in LaFayette, IN. then they are on their way to MN! I know someday we will have to meet...maybe halfway. Anyhow, sorry for the long post. Your an inspiration and thanks for sharing your story.

Lisa

Marianne said...

Thanks for sharing your story, you look amazing! You go girl!

Robyn said...

Congratulations on the new you!!

Robyn

Anonymous said...

woooaaa!!!! Rebekah i didnt know you had the surgery!!!! guess what so did i!!!! you look great!!!

Mother-in-law Carol said...

Love you all too, Bekah, Jason, Jaden, and baby #2!!! I am soooooo proud of all of you!