Monday, July 12, 2010

Life is full of bubbles....when you are under the sea :)

I'm back guys from my vacation.....and I had a great time! It was seriously the BEST vacation ever! Just simple MAGICAL!!!! It was just great! I am so proud of myself!!!!!!! I rode everything I wanted to ride and did everything I wanted to do! It was just perfect! Here is some, really a ton, of pictures........and some thoughts :) stick around for the thoughts after the pictures! Some of you might enjoy :)

Magic Kingdom

Captain Jack

Minnie Mouse sparkle style ;)

Outside of Hollywood Studios

Ant singing on the American Idol Stage! He won 2 rounds of auditions, won the first live show with over 500 people in the audience, and got to sing in the live finale show that had over 700 people in the audience! I was so proud of him! ;)

Animal Kingdom

Downtown Disney

Sweet baby Praislyn was an angel the whole trip!



Minnie Mouse



Dumbo Ride !!!!!!

My sweet sister Mandy having the time of her LIFE!!!

Animal Kingdom.....Ant bought him a hat here ;)

My favs!

Getting ready to get on the bus!

4th of July!


I could seriously live in Minnie's house!

Welcome home ;)

Playing at Donald's Boat

Rain Forest Cafe at Animal Kingdom

Can not wait to see this movie ;)

Mickie Mouse

While I was on this trip I really got a chance to think about me and where I am in life. I am so proud of myself for taking this trip before I had weight loss surgery. I know that sounds silly but I really am just proud! You know it would have been so easy to take this trip after I had surgery and lost some of this weight, but I didn't want to do it that way! I wanted to prove to myself that my weight, whether fat or skinny, is NOT going to hold limitations over my life or my abilities! I walked 10 miles a day, just like everyone that traveled with us! I sometimes even walked up 3 flights of stairs after coming back to the resort after a very long day at one of the parks! I did it! And that makes me feel good! It makes me feel good about my upcoming surgery also!
Not to long ago one of my friends was asking ons about my surgery! I am a total open book and jump on any chance I get to talk about MY SURGERY! I am a total attention hog, I know! She started asking about my thoughts on the subject of weight loss surgery patients have a higher divorce rate and asked how I was going to handle it. (disclaimer....this lady is the sweetest lady in the world and did not mean this ugly in any way and I def didn't take it that way either, she was just curious and so am I about this subject) Anyway we got to talking about it, and here are my thoughts about ties into this post because I felt like my Disney trip was so awesome and freeing to be able to not let my weight affect ME!!!!!
I believe it is all about loving yourself and having a strong sense of who you are! I really think that is the key. You have to be happy with yourself fat or skinny! You have to love you on the inside. I feel like I am in a place in my life now, where I truly know exactly who I am. I know ME, and that's a great feeling! Sometimes I ask myself what am I looking for with this weight loss surgery? That is a hard question to answer. I am not trying to fix me. I like, really I love, me right now. I love the person I have become from the inside out! To be honest I am really not sure what I am looking might be to buy a size large t-shirt instead of a 2x! It might be to make my face look a little less fat in pictures! You know I am really not sure. But, I do know this. It isn't to find me. I have already been found! I already know me and except me flaws and all! If I could spread one message to everyone I meet it would simply be this.....The best thing you can ever do in life is find yourself and fall in love. Once you do that everything else will just simply fall into place :)


~ Katie ~ said...

Loved your pictures! What a great post...sometimes I get caught up in the whole weightloss part and forget about me...being me.

Thank you for your post :)

Nella said...

Welcome back from the most happiest place on earth! Great pics sunshine!

Marie said...

You have such an incredible attitude! Wonderful post! Loved the pics.

Carmen said...

looks like a great time was had by all!! you really do have a great attitude :-) you are a wonderful beautiful woman no matter how many x's are on your shirt :-)

Kim said...

The pictures are great!! I am so glad you had a good time. I have to tell you that your post made me cry (not because of Disney either!) You have such a wonderful attitude. When I grow up I want to be like Mary :)

Sandy Lee said...

Looking at those pictures, I can tell you are so happy no matter what you weigh. You're right, we have to like ourselves before we can finally succeed and it takes a lot of thought before and after surgery. So happy you have found yourself and realize the happiness that surrounds you. Oh, I am so jealous you got to go to the happiest place on earth. I gotta go again soon.

Nicole said...

Mary your vacation looked amazing :) glad you had a wonderful time

Kristen said...

Love this post and all your pictures! I am so proud of you for going and not letting your weight stop you from having the time of your life! You are such a strong woman and have such a great view of life, your going to do great things with this new tool of yours you'll be getting soon!

Drazil said...

Love the pics and LOVE the attitude! You rock!

Cindylew said...

Great pics...sounds like the trip of a lifetime.
So happy for you.

Kerri said...

Great Pics and GREAT post! Thank you!

TnT said...

Reminds me of my trip to DW in 2008. Looks like you had a blast. I did DW 'fat' too, and now that I'm banded, I can't wait to go back and have even more fun than I did the first time!! Good for you girl!

Stephanie said...

It looks like you had a fabulous time!!! Wonderful pictures and I'm glad you have such a positive attitude. That will get you so far on this journey! :)

Bonnie said...

Coming back from Disney is so hard. Coming back from vacation is hard under any conditions, but I feel like such a kid at Disney and I hate having to grow up when I come back. I love the pictures and I love that you did the trip at your weight now and didn't put it off.

Band Groupie said...

You're going to do GREAT with your Band!!! You know yourself and you're committed to doing this, because you love you! GREAT post...and I'm a Disney nut...loved the pics!

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