Friday, August 31, 2012

An ackward post...

Well readers, this is sort of a "business" type post, and it's a bit ackward.  I'm sure I'm going to alienate some of you with this post, but in the spirit of what I've always tried to do - which is be brutally honest - I'm going to do that here, as well. 

It's not that dramatic, and I don't want it to sound so.  First off , something good.  You might have noticed that I have added a "photos" tab to the top of the blog.  This was a suggestion by Cath - thanks!  I'm going to start adding photos to it.  My wonderful husband has given me server space and worked out a way for me to have folders breaking it down into before, after, surgery photos, etc.  So you'll be seeing that if you are interested in pics.  I just have to find some time to add the pics as it will be a little time consuming!

Ok, so when I started losing weight it was for no one but myself.  I really didn't think that losing 226 pounds would happen in a million years.  I did not do it for money or accolades or anything else.  However, now that I accomplished what I did, I can't help but feel a little....jealous?....resentful?  when I see shows like Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and people who #1 had a personal trainer, #2 a nutritionist, #3 had their food paid for, #4 took 3 months off of work and got paid AND lost less then I did and then get a $50,000 gift card from Walmart at the end??!!  Wow.  I have to admit that there's a part of me that is like "what about me?" 

Maybe this is a crappy way of thinking, and if some of you are thinking that, I understand.

This week I received notice from my insurance company that they are going to pay for part of the surgery that I had to remove the excess skin.  Any guesses to how much?  Well, out of the over $12,000 cost, they are going to pay exactly $1,041.  Yup.  And I SO want to get my thighs done because they look so terrible, but I can't justify the cost.

So, I am trying to raise some money to help pay for that to happen.  You may have noticed that I've allowed some ads to be added to this blog.  And soon I will be buying my own domain name and will have a button on there for people to donate to the cause if they so chose.

Please don't hate me for doing this.  If you can/want to donate, great.  If you can't or don't want to, that's fine, too!  I would ask that if you got anything out of this blog or my story and have 5 minutes, would you consider writing a letter/e-mail/Facebook message to some corporations asking for them to sponsor me?

Here are some of the corporations of products that I have actually used and loved that I have asked to sponsor me, and none have said yes, yet.  I have offered to advertise their products here.  Maybe if they know that people are actually reading, they will consider it:

- Panera Bread
- Bell Plantation
- Country Kitchen
- Dannon
- Arnold
- Kellogg's
- Yoplait
- Campbell's
- Progresso

As always, thanks for your support and understanding!


  1. guess I can't agree with this one. Those shows are a contest, and if you want to enter a contest and if you win, then you get a prize. This is a personal journey so I have to say no to soliciting funds. Open a savings account and work at saving the amount you need for the things you want just like everyone else.

  2. Hi Jen, it's Cath. Wow that other comment is harsh...jeeez! You know what? It IS an awkward post, just like you warned us, but it's also incredibly honest and that's one of the things I like about you. You don't have a blog giving unrealistic advice and hope. You tell us like it is...the good, the bad and the ugly. I would be happy to recommend you to the companies you mentioned. Is there an email format you'd like? Big Hug from Canada!

    1. Cath - thanks SO MUCH for the support and understanding! I don't want to be a millionaire off my weight loss, but I wouldn't mind a little help!

      You can just e-mail or Facebook the companies that I suggested - I really appreciate it!


  3. I've been reading your blog and congratulate you for achieving your goal. I feel your pain, after losing 150lbs in 10 months, i too have a lot of skin which here in Canada, no insurance cover any of it and with 4 kids, i can't justify spending that kind of money on myself. I too am jealous of all those shows and daydream to be on one where they help people that have worked so hard to lose the weight and are left with a lot of loose skin. Hope you raise the money and I think its a great idea! And just so you know, i'm so jealous that you were able to get your tummy skin as jealous as you are of some..some are also jealous of you :)