Managing Menopause With Estroven – The Good, The Bad, and The Sweaty

I was surprised to find out that September is Menopause Awareness Month. I never realized there was such a day. I'm glad to hear it though.. menopause symptoms can get a little crazy. I should know... I began having perimenopausal symptoms at around age 38. Then at age 47, I ended up having a total hysterectomy, which threw me into full blown menopause. The hot flashes were much more fierce and lasted for much longer periods of time after that. Not fun!I am not one to take many prescription … [Read more...]

I’m Doing the 5 Day Pouch Test

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If you've followed Mother of Pearl It Is for a while, you are probably aware that I made a life-changing decision to have Gastric Sleeve surgery for weight loss in August 2011. I was a thin chickadee most of my younger life, and ate what I wanted with no problem. Being a gymnast, dance team member, and active overall helped to keep me lean and trim - that is, until I graduated high school and the activities stopped. Then I met my chef hubby, who fattened me up even more with all his delicious … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: I’m Losing It! #WW

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Some of you know that I had Gastric Sleeve surgery at the end of August last year. Well, as of my follow up with my doctor today.. I am down by 81 lbs! I had a total of 121 lbs to lose.. and only have 40 more to go! YAY me! It has NOT always been easy, but I am learning a new way of eating, portion control, and more. I will be sharing a recap post soon.. I know it's been a while! In the meantime, you can read some of my very first posts before and after my weight loss surgery under my … [Read more...]

Change is GOOD!!

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I've been thinking long and hard lately in regards to my blog. I really love reviewing products, sharing my opinions with all of you, and being able to host giveaways of these fab products for my readers to WIN! I will continue to do just that, but on a smaller scale.  WHY? Because I miss the interaction I had in the past with many of you on a daily basis... Because I want to get back to writing more "content" posts, and less review/giveaway posts... Because I want to chat … [Read more...]

Update: Doing Great – Week #4

I am SO sorry for the long span between updates. I had great intentions of updating weekly, but alas.. life and other blogging chores have gotten in the way. :) It's been 4 weeks since my sleeve surgery on August 26th... I can't believe a whole month has gone by already. I'm due to go back to work next Wednesday... I've been out since June for my temporary layoff (every summer), as well as, my time out to recoup from surgery. I had a bad spell for a couple weeks when I was … [Read more...]

Update: My First Triumph – Week #1

  Well, week #1 is OVER, and I'm no worse for the wear! In fact, I'm doing amazingly well -- with the exception of the occasional chest or tummy pain, nausea, and dizziness. :) I had my post-op appointment yesterday, and he said my incisions look great, and gave me my new instructions for the next few weeks! * I can drive again -- YIPPEE!! * I can start an exercise program... mostly walking, no tummy exerting exercises for several weeks yet. Doc said I could walk as much or as … [Read more...]

Home from the Hospital… and Coping

Sorry... I meant to post an update since my arrival home from the hospital on Sunday, but I'm still healing, and time has gotten away from me once again. For those of you interested in learning more about Gastric Sleeve surgery, or possibly thinking of it as a future goal.. I'll try to give you a brief outline of what to expect... both the GOOD and the BAD. :) My Surgery and Stay: The surgery itself was approximately 1-1/2 hours, with another couple hours in recovery. I was … [Read more...]

A Word from ME.. It’s Time!

  Just wanted to say THANK YOU all again for your love, support, and prayers!! I'm off to start my new journey soon! :) SEE YA'LL SOON!!   … [Read more...]

The Pros and Cons of Weight Loss Surgery

As most of you may already know -- tomorrow morning, I will be undergoing Gastric Sleeve surgery, also known as, sleeve gastrectomy, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, tube gastrectomy and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. I chose this particular procedure for various reasons that I deemed best for me. It is the newest of all the weight loss (or bariatric) surgeries, and has had excellent results thus far. Gastric Sleeve surgery is quickly becoming a well-known and trusted procedure. I've … [Read more...]

Weight Loss Disclaimer

DISCLAIMER: The Shaping a New Me section of my personal blog is for documenting my own weight loss journey through Gastric Sleeve surgery, diet and exercise. All weight loss information, products reviews, etc. presented here on "Mother of Pearl It Is" are strictly for educational, entertainment, and resource purposes only. Please note that I (the blog writer) am in no way qualified to give medical advice, and any information shared is founded on my own experiences and opinions. … [Read more...]

My Journey to Shaping a New Me

As many of you know, I will be undergoing Gastric Sleeve surgery for weight loss on Friday, August 26, 2011. This was not something I decided on lightly... I did mounds of research, asked a ton of questions, and went through support groups to find just the right option for me. I am a wife of 23 years, mom to 5 beautiful kiddos, MIL to one lovely DIL-to-be, and "mom-mom" to 2 precious little girls. I love and adore my family, and want to make sure that I am here for them for many years … [Read more...]