I've been very public about my struggles, trials and tribulations on The Decent Mom. I believe in being public about these things not to give or get advice, and certainly not to get pity. I despise pity more than just about anything. I air my dirty laundry so that you, my dear reader, might be … Continue reading Finding Joy Again
When you have kids your focus seems to pinpoint. Things that you never paid much attention to seem insanely important. When it's an infant you quickly learn that your home is full of danger and needs improvement. Toddlers make the rest of the world seem like a minefield, and every day that your child survives … Continue reading Improvement Is The Key To Everything No Matter How Small: Start Today
It's been quite a while since I posted regarding my weight loss surgery, so I thought you'd like a one year update. In case you missed it or are new to my page, you can read about my 15-year journey to health. I've written quite a few articles regarding this subject, including whether weight loss surgery … Continue reading Bariatric Surgery: One Year After My Gastric Bypass
I've been missing The Decent Mom, have you? If you've been wondering where I fell off too...life happened, as it always does. Things got intensely busy in the fall when I started taking college classes. Then my sister-in-law passed away suddenly, which led to our adopting our beautiful niece. It's just been insane! Things are … Continue reading The Decent Mom Returns!
I've spent two days thinking about whether or not I should write this post. I know there will be a few folks who read this and think "I wish I had that problem" or "Boohoo, #weightlossproblems". I get it. I've always been very open and honest about my weight loss journey however, and rediscovering myself is … Continue reading Rediscovering Yourself After Major Weight Loss
I lost roughly 80 pounds in the 4 short months after my gastric bypass. My bariatric surgeon has told me that he wants me to lose a total of 125 pounds, which would put me around 140 pounds. When I joined the Air Force in 2001, I weighed approximately 160 pounds. I cannot remember a time … Continue reading 4 Months After Gastric Bypass: I Stopped Losing Weight
This week is busy! We have a field trip to the rodeo, a holiday and an early release from school...plus dentist visits for the kids, cub scouts, flight club and Mississippi Man's doctor visit. That makes the meal plan this week a MUST...but I'm not going to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. … Continue reading Meal Plan Week of 20 February 2017
Whether it's depression, anxiety, ADHD, ADD, bipolar, OCD or a plethora of other disorders...we just keep things quiet and swept under the rug. The conversation about mental health has started to happen but normal people, like you and I, need to be honest and open about our own issues. There's no shame in admitting that … Continue reading Mom’s On Prozac and Goes To Therapy
Instant gratification seems to rule the world, and weight loss surgery (WLS) can seem like the greatest quick fix. People that have gone through WLS can tell you however, this journey is anything but easy. It's one of the hardest things I've ever done to be honest. Before you decide that weight loss surgery is … Continue reading Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For You?
The first time I can remember weight loss being on my radar was my senior year of high school. I had known that I wanted to join the military for years, and my Army veteran Dad told me that he'd only allow me to join the Air Force. The next day, I visited the brutally … Continue reading Decent Mom’s 15 Year Journey to Health