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Get to know the ladies: Amy

Last week you got to get to know Savannah better and this week it’s Amy’s turn to tell you more about herself!

First off, the things you already may know about me are some of the most important, like I’ve been married to my main squeeze for 27 years, together we have 2 of the most precious children on the face of the earth and I have a stepson who blessed us with the most beautiful granddaughter on the planet.   Most of you also know I am an open book but I did manage to come up with a few things you may not know about me so here goes! 

1. I’m a whiskey girl tried and true.  Ask my “Wine Wednesday” friends, they’ll tell you Amy doesn’t care for wine.  She’ll take a good whiskey or bourbon any day! Don’t get me wrong, I will drink Champagne and a bubbly Prosecco or Riesling if that’s all that’s available, and I will drink an occasional glass of Rose or sweeter red wine but deep down I’m pretending it’s an Old Fashioned or a Whiskey Sour!  I have drank $2.00 bottles of wine and $100 dollar bottles of wine and they all taste like shit to me!

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2. That brings me to the number 2 thing you may or may not know about me….I cuss a little.  Okay, a lot. I am a shame to my mother.  I was raised back in the day where you’d get a bar of soap in your mouth if you back talked or had a sassy mouth and lord knows I’m the queen of sass!  Let’s just say I ate a good amount of soap growing up!  One of my new year’s resolutions this year was to really work hard on cleaning up that sailor mouth of mine.  I thought I was doing a really great job….but apparently I don’t even realize most of what comes out of this mouth of mine because those close to me tell me it’s still as bad as always!  Proof that New Year’s Resolutions seldom work past week 2!  

3. Shockingly, I have never liked to be told what to do in any way, shape or form. If you tell me I can’t, I will prove you wrong no matter if it kills me.  I’ve been told A LOT that I can’t do this or can’t do that but I’m here to  tell you that if you set your mind to it, you CAN!!! 

4. I have a gypsy soul to the bone!  My husband laughs when he hears me say this.  He pictures a rough and tough “Gypsy” traveling the world in a wagon, camping here and there, stealing her way through life.  THAT IS NOT WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!  I pretty much hate camping so unless you have me camping at a Hilton I’m not interested.  My thieving days are LONG gone (don’t gasp!  I was a kid and I know I’m not alone in this.)  I’m talking about the definition of Gypsy that says “a nomadic or free-spirited person.”    I grew up in a time that allowed for kids and teens to “roam free” and believe me, I did a lot of roaming in my time and I still love to roam.  I’m dreaming about the near future where I can live part of my year in a warm climate drinking my iced coffee on my lanai watching the waves crash to the shore.  My next big goal is that condo in Hawaii!  My gypsy soul will be at peace!

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5. Lastly, many of you may not know that I used to be morbidly obese at almost 300 pounds.  I have never been ashamed to tell people about my weight loss journey and weight loss surgery.  Some people are ashamed to admit that they had surgery to help them live a better and healthier life.  I, however; am not one of those people.  I’ll tell anyone and everyone that it absolutely saved my life and it was the best thing I’ve done for myself and my family.  One of the main reasons I chose weight loss surgery, I had the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy to be exact, is that I wanted to be the best version of myself so that I could enjoy my grandchildren and later years.  I have mentored many people who’ve chosen the same path and am happy to talk to anyone who may have questions along the way. Let’s be clear about one thing. Weight loss surgery is NOT the miracle cure for obesity.  It truly is a tool to help you lose the weight and keep it off.  I struggle daily to eat the right foods and to keep the weigh off.  It is a lifelong change one has to make in order to not regain the weight and trust me, you can regain the weight after a weight loss surgery.  I look in the mirror every day and am reminded of the life I’ve lead and how hard I have been on my body.  The stretch marks and loose skin remind me daily and some days I struggle to look at myself in a positive manner but I have to then remind myself of how far I have come. When I can take my granddaughter to the pool and not care if my thighs rub together and can feel semi comfortable in a one piece suit that doesn’t include a large skirt to hide all my imperfections, I can only smile because this is exactly why I chose weight loss surgery.  Enjoying my life to the fullest and having a blast with my grandkids!