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    Journal - Third Quarter 1999  

The stories that you tell about your past shape your future.       

July thru September 1999:

All entries are organized in reverse-chronological order so the newest entry is always at the
top. (If you're reading the journal for the first time, you're now on the beginning page.) So go to the bottom to begin reading.

3rd Quarter 1999 4th Quarter 1999 1st Quarter 2000 2nd Quarter 2000 3rd Quarter 2000
4th Quarter 2000 1st Quarter 2001 2nd Quarter 2001 3rd Quarter 2001 4th Quarter 2001
1st Quarter 2002 2nd Quarter 2002 3rd Quarter 2002 4th Quarter 2002 1st Quarter 2003
2nd Quarter 2003 3rd Quarter 2003 4th Quarter 2003 1st Quarter 2004  

September 1999:

September 22, 1999: Well, my son's wedding went off without a hitch and thank God I was comfortable in my clothes and with my weight-loss. Sorry it's taken me awhile to get back to this journal. When you're gone for a time, work has a habit of building up and waiting for your return. I am still not caught up (surprise!)

The good news is that we had a good time and I've stayed faithful to the diet - even at a reception filled with tables of sweets. The bad news is that I tend to plateau on trips (I think it's the stress), and when I came back I started that "time of the month", so the plateau continued. In the last few weeks I've only lost 4 lbs, so I'm at a 66 lb total loss right now. I'm pretty happy about that, though.

August 1999:

August 27, 1999: Odd things have begun to happen... well, I guess they're not odd, but they're surely strange to me. When I lay in bed, I turn a certain way and realize that it's not comfortable because I'm jabbing myself with a bone. A bone? There? I didn't know I had bones there! I'm feeling parts of my body I'd forgotten I had. My sense of "self" has begun to totally change. I'm sure it's been happening somewhat all through the weight-loss process, but it feels so real now.

My son is getting married in a week. My goal had been to lose 60 lbs before the wedding so I could look good and feel comfortable. I'm just walking on air that I have lost 62 lbs as of yesterday! I walked into a dress shop and purchased a pale cream colored brocade suit - very tailored jacket with skirt. I never thought I could pull off wearing something like that. Yippeee!! Thank you, Dr. Atkins!

August 16, 1999: I have not been good about getting my thoughts to paper (well.. to html page) because life has been stressful of late. I found a breast lump that was soon accompanied by discomfort and it scared the @#*!% out of me. I got into the doctor's office as soon as possible and he did an exam and referred me for a diagnostic mammogram. Problems in getting my baselines from a hospital that closed when merging with a larger one, and a further error with the receptionist that made a clerical mistake in my records made the results take forever to come and made for many, many sleepless nights.

I'll be very honest that there were times there that I saw very little point in staying on my diet and came so close to grabbing for some sugar, french fries.. anything, that it's a miracle I was able to stay strong.
I am happy to report that not only did I stay on my diet and keep the faith, but that the test results proved negative for cancer. A terrible fear for me as I lost my mother to cancer only last Fall and had an aunt with breast cancer two years ago.
Weight loss is up to 57 lbs! My son's wedding is in a little over 2 weeks and I wanted so much to look good in a dress (yes, I'm more at home in jeans) and my goal was to lose 60 lbs before the wedding. I just might make that goal!! :)

July 1999:

July 21, 1999: Still running on a super-busy schedule, but wanted to check in with a progress report. As of this morning, I'm at a 53 lb weight loss. Yippee! My lunches every day now consist of either a left-over from a low-carb meal made the night before, or sandwiches made on those great Bran-a-Crisp crackers. It's all so second-nature now. I seem to have settled into a 10 lb per month loss schedule.

July 2, 1999: I've been very swamped with work issues lately and have had no time to keep the page updated. I am going to try to keep updates going here now on a regular basis.

Well, it's July and I'm up to a 45 lb weight loss! Yeah! I survived a substantial plateau, and while it was hard at times I stayed true to the diet. No, I didn't try to "jump start" it.. but there were times I thought about it. I no longer have any worries that I might not make it this time... it's basically an inner peace. I like this new life!