get to know me here

I reside in tthe Tarheel state of North Carolina.

I am in my early 50’s and married to my ole man for over 32+ years.

I have one son and a daughter in law who gave me a most precious baby granddaughter.

I am a dog momma to a big red doberman.

I had lap band and plication surgery June 6, 2012 with Dr Paul Enochs in Cary, NC.

I blog about the good, the bad and everything in between.

Nothing is left out as in life as shit happens and I just happen to blog about it.


meΒ  before and current


Who did my surgery:

Dr Paul EnochsΒ

Here is the link to Bariatric Pal where I post often:

Here is my tv commercial for my lap band doctor and the clinic I go to


I am on page 22 in this brochure





contact me here:Β


119 Responses to get to know me here

  1. Hi, Neighbor! I live in Eastern NC (the land of eternal winter, or so it seems this year, LOL)…I found your blog by way of “Stuff My Brain Thinks” and wandered over. Looking so forward to reading your posts!

  2. RO says:

    Like reading about fellow healthy human beings, haha πŸ˜‰ Thanks for following my blog, I’m looking forward to reading your posts too!

  3. Hi, you!

    I love your blog and have nominated you for the Liebster Award. If you are interested in participating, just follow the link and it will explain the steps you need to take.

    This award may increase exposure for you and your blog, if that is of interest to you. And apologies if it isn’t something that you would like to participate in. Stay in touch! I hope you’ll participate, because I am looking forward to your post!  I’m nosey like that, LOL.

    • thank you…that is very kind…….i am just me and i am shocKed anyone reads me but AM GLAD YOU DO

      • You’re welcome! I really enjoy your writing, and you are so inspirational to me (and so many others)! There are days I simply don’t feel like getting off the couch, and then you go and post something, and I get up and get it done. πŸ˜€

      • your sweet/kind words mean (everything) to have no idea…

      • I think you are simply amazing! I have friends who have had gastric bypass and while they started out well, they didn’t stick with it, so it’s just terrific to see someone who did something about it and went on to stick with it and keep going!

        Losing weight is hard, and oftentimes it is so much easier to simply throw in the towel, and you didn’t! You have so much to be proud of!

  4. julie, i hope i do this award thing right LOL

  5. Stephanie says:

    There you are pretty lady!

  6. I’m sorry…i did it again…but I love your posts so much:

    Banded Carolina girl has been nominated for a terrific foursome of awards. Of course, you don’t have to repost, but you are there because I think your blog is pretty freaking awesome. To accept, simply follow the link to


  7. I’ve done it again…. πŸ˜‰ I just really love this blog…

    Because I find your blog simply wonderful, I have put you up for one or two awards (you can accept one, both, or neither, LOL); The Sunshine Award and the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. All the information you need is over at I absolutely get it if you have so much going on that you don’t post, but wanted you to know that I really enjoy your posts, and wanted to share them with my readers, as well. πŸ™‚

  8. I know right now that you have a crap ton on your plate, but I was in the editing stage of my blog here: when I read your post this evening. If you don’t get to it, I totally get it…Just wanted to share what an impact you’ve had on me with your blog…

    Hang in, and let me know if you need anything, ok? Seriously…Us girls need to stick together. ❀

    • you have to be the most NICEST and def most sexy thang that ever walked the face of the earth..your notes to me, MEAN THE WORLD MY DEAR…..

      its nice to know someone out there, cares β™₯

      • Girl, if we lived closer, I would bring you bouquets of veggies. Seriously! Your blog is just…wow…You are SO real and genuine and…well HONEST with your posts. You have really put yourself out there, and that is so brave! Ok, and it doesn’t hurt that you have terrific taste in shoes, either. πŸ˜‰ Keep writing!!!! ❀

  9. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I appreciate it very much. πŸ™‚

  10. cherished79 says:

    Brave girl, thanks for commenting on my blog.

  11. cherished79 says:

    Love your blog and sense of humor, can’t wait for more posts. Deb

  12. Thanks for the visit and the like. Blessings, Natalie πŸ™‚

  13. patay37 says:

    Hey Carolina Girl. I am down the road in Durham, NC and I am looking forward to reading more about your journey.

  14. Hi BCG, I hope that you don’t mind that I’ve nominated you for a duo of blogging awards. Don’t feel obligated to participate.


  15. Terry says:

    Thanks for the visit Carolina Girl and congrats on your weight loss!!!

  16. David Lazar says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog. I like your posts as well, and look forward to reading more!

  17. Tony says:

    HI, banded Carolina girl. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking something. I am enjoying my visit to yours. Very sorry that you are under such stress right now. Family sickness and hospice care is a heavy load, no two ways about that. Remember life is a one day at a time deal. Take solace from small victories. Stress is brutal on our systems. Work on some relaxation techniques to deal with it. Good luck!

    • thank you means a lot that you took time out of your busy life to respond to me..thank you so much…one day at a time….also doing one hour at a time…β™₯

      • patricia720 says:

        Bless you for honoring and empowering yourself to live a healthy life. I find one moment at a time is best. No expectations, nothing to fix only love. It is hard work pat yourself on the back and see yourself vibrant and expressing your authentic self.

      • wow, what you wrote to me touched me deeply. thank you…one moment at a time is all i can handle right now…i feel the world is on my shoulders 😦

  18. hugliz says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my post! It’s nice to see another Carolina woman here. Keep inspiring people on your journey!

  19. Thanks for checking out my blog and liking it. I look forward to following your journey!

  20. A co worker of mine is on the same journey as you have been on, I’m going to share your blog with her. LOVE LOVE LOVEβ™₯ Thanks for stopping by todayβ™₯ I love your message hereβ™₯

  21. How inspiring! These are the kind of stories I like to keep up with.
    It’s a daily struggle but you have shown that you continue to
    pish thru it even when sh*t gets real. The ones that come after
    us deserves to know the truth! Thanks for sharing…. Monica

  22. Dear Carolina Girl, thank you very much for liking Coco Tomatl. SY, JRM

  23. James says:

    Wow. I’m impressed. Well done. You are very inspirational.

  24. I love your story and impressed with your positive attitude πŸ™‚ I’m definitely following you now! And thanks for the like on my exercise post!

  25. singledrive says:

    Thanks for liking my post! I’ve found the hardest thing about loosing weight is making the decision to do it, every day!!! I haven’t made my goal yet, but I will. It is awesome to see so many others like you that are on the same journey! Be blessed! http://Www.Everydaydadblog.Wordpress.Com

    • to start is easy… continue that path (daily) as you mentioned is hard and one thing that can make or break us is our minds (thinking)……if we think we cant….well, we most likely wont …….thanks for the comment my friend..we can do this

  26. Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog! I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  27. Thank you for liking my post. I am enjoying your posts so far! xx Rachel

  28. Coach B says:

    Thanks for stopping by, I’m so glad to find your blog- it’s such a pleasure to read your down to earth posts πŸ™‚

  29. fitzdiva says:

    Wow! You look great. Congratulations on your success πŸ™‚

  30. wwwpalfitness says:

    I’ve trained a few people that had lap band surgery. I’ve seen the good and bad before it got bad. So, I understand your blog. πŸ™‚

    • thank you for saying hey to me. …how did the patients do with you due to their lapband? was it more difficult? easier?

      • wwwpalfitness says:

        well at first it was very hard. many had issues with balance and nausea. it takes time to get over it. then their doctors told them to build as much muscle as possible. then the doctors staple away the loose skin and do plastic surgery to cut away the loose skin then tighten it up and take care of the scars.

      • yes, my ins denied my skin surgery last summer…dr said i have about 20 to 25 pounds on my stomach alone..sorry, i cant believe i told a nice looking man that..hope you still β™₯ me πŸ™‚

      • wwwpalfitness says:

        dont worry miss. your 25 pounds is nothing compared to what i have seen. keep moving forward and you will be better off

      • well, extra 25 pounds of stomach skin that i put there…..but it is what it is…..def keep going forward and hoping the world wont judge me so harshly as i know they do…

  31. Hello! Thanks for liking my post πŸ™‚

  32. boholynzie says:

    I wanted to first thank you for liking my post on my blog, it means a lot to get a high five so to speak when you are vulnerable and put yourself out for the whole world to see. I had a relative who went in for bariatric surgery this last winter, and ended up having complications with the procedure and she passed away in the hospital. It was a heart breaking blow to my family, and we are still in shock that she is gone. She is my motivation to get healthy, to take my wellness into my own hands before my life goes down the same path as hers did. Thank you for sharing your story, and I am looking forward to reading more of your blog posts πŸ™‚

  33. Thanks for the like on my blog : )
    I love your background image by the way!

  34. You visited by blog and liked my WLS certification post, THANK YOU! Reading about your story and progress is inspiring, and I can see that you are an inspiration to others. Congratulations on your life changing journey, It will continue to reward you. I hope that you visit my site for more info and find something that you can apply to your life and share with others.
    In fitness, Bob

  35. Good Morning, Virginia! Your story is amazing and congratulations on all your hard work and successes. I’ve been reading your blog for a while and am a fan. I’m also a WLS woman – I had VSG “the sleeve” in June 2013. Both pre and post op weight loss total 137 lbs. I made a poor decision last Christmas when I decided to eat “just one pumpkin chocolate chip cookie” and haven’t been able to stop eating sugar since. I know I’m addicted – I’ve always known that and yet I still sometimes believe that crafty, sly voice that says “just one will be okay”. I’ve regained 30 lbs unhappily. So the rosiness of the honeymoon success is over and the hard work is on – keeping the weight off. We can do this, though! We are both strong and very capable! Keep on keeping on and I will do same! xo Anne

    • congrats on your WL also.
      we can do this…….we can, right???

      • Absolutely! ! ! We can! It is a life-long accomplishment and it has ups and downs and it will be with us as long as we breathe. As far as anyone saying you failed your WLS that doesn’t sit well with me and as far as I’m concerned you are a huge success! You got to go on TV and make a commercial for the tool, right???? You wouldn’t do that unless you are a success. The thing about this life-long issue is just that, it is life-long and sometimes we will gain some weight back and sometimes we are being very healthy and it comes off again. The only person we need to please is ourselves and we don’t like ourselves much when we aren’t treating our tool and our body right. And yes I do believe anyone that has an issue with weight gain and unhealthy eating habits will understand our struggle. We are all in the same struggle whether we’ve had a tool or not. Hang in there – we sure CAN do this! ! !

  36. Hi

    Thank you so much for finding my blog and liking some of my posts and for following me

  37. Osyth says:

    Thank you for the like on my blog. I like yours very much What an inspiring lady you are … I look forward to reading much more because I’ve followed you to make sure I keep up πŸ™‚

  38. Hi! I’ve chosen you to receive the Blogger Recognition Award. If you would like to accept this award, the rules are: 1. Tell how your blog got started. 2. Give some advice to new bloggers 3. Choose blogs that you would like to pass the award on to and let them know. You can read the award post on my blog.
    –Joan πŸ™‚

  39. Hey,

    Thanks for following my blog. Your transformation is amazing! Congrats!

    I have nominated you for the three day quote challenge. You can find the details here:

  40. Thanks for following NINE LIVES. ❀

  41. Hey,

    If you’re interested, you could take my Goals to Become the Best You ecourse that I’m releasing this week. It might help you get back on track and focused again. I don’t want to be in your face at all so I will just leave you with this link where I describe it:

    You will find the information for it there πŸ™‚ I hope to get it released by Wednesday and as I said in the blog post above, it will give you the lessons a certain amount of time after you enroll so if you want to sign up and can’t do so right away, don’t worry about having to play catch up.


  42. Hi,

    I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award. Here is the information:


  43. Healthy Not Nuts says:

    Good Morning! Wanted to drop by to thank you for the like on my food and fitness journal and to see who you are. I think you are a very inspirational person and I look forward to reading your posts. Have a great Sunday!

  44. Sharmini says:

    Hi there πŸ™‚ thanks for the follow on Life of Sharm. I’ve been having a look at your blog and I am loving it. I look forward to more inspiration and real talk from you. Have a great day πŸ™‚

  45. Hi, I am an Irish woman who appreciated your follow especially as you say it as it is, and you live life. Looking forward to reading more of your posts,

  46. HI

    I have nominated you for the one lovely blog award. Its voluntary but if you would like to participate, you can find all the details here

  47. ohiocook says:

    Thank you for following my blog!

  48. Hi Carolina Girl,

    My name’s Kristen and I am a blogger/writer for Diet-to-Go. Each year, we put together a list of 100 inspirational bloggers in the weight loss/fitness/healthy living/healthy eating realm.

    The list is not something we take lightly. We put countless hours into finding the best bloggers so that we can direct our customers and readers to people who can truly motivate, inspire and help them in their own weight loss journeys.

    This year, we put together our list with a twist: We selected bloggers that were less well-known, but who deserve recognition for all they offer on their blogs.

    The reason I’m contacting you is to let you know that this year, we selected YOU for our list! Congratulations! We think your story, posts and dedication to healthy living and/or weight loss is something to look up to, admire and shout to the world.

    Please feel free to check out the list on your own here:

    And, if you’d like to share the honor with others, feel free to embed your β€œTop 100 Weight Loss Blog” badge on your site.

    Here’s the embed code for the small badge:


    And for the large badge:


    Finally, we want to personally thank you for being brave enough and dedicated enough to share your life and your journey with others. You are truly an inspiration!

    Feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or comments.

    Kristen Ciuba, MS
    Director of Nutrition Services

  49. Hi lovely to meet you. I found you through Paul’s Especially epic award for epic awesomeness x Congrats on your award.

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