One year ago, I did a big thing. I went through with a big decision, and it was one of the best I have ever made. While I know I haven’t done as well as I could have, and need to jump on that horse again, I am thrilled to be here and ready to get back to work!

HW 403
SW 342.6
CW 267.4

I’m ready to up my game as I move into year two with VGS!


VGS Interview: How to Write a Bioware Game with Lead Writer Patrick Weekes

Welcome to our weekly show! PATRICK WEEKES IS FINALLY HERE

If you haven’t yet make sure you listen to part 1 and get ready for this extra goodness. Today we have the complete interview (part 1 of three) with Patrick Weekes, a lead writer from Bioware all about his craft and the art of writing for games.

Some of what we cover includes:

- His origins
- Training the player to do the wrong thing
- Looking at the evolution of the media comparing it to the beginning of film
- It’s harder now to get a job than ever before, focus on the nonlinear narrative
- Get the application called TWINE! Get a job.
- Weekes talks extensively about the HORROR of “Peer Reviews”
- The most common mistakes that still happen in the writer’s room
- Key piece of advice “Make sure the player knows where to go next, and what he has to do when he’s there”

What’s next for Dragon Age? Find out more next week! We’ll post the remaining segments of our interview, including a complete look at Mass Effect and of course, Dragon Age Inquisition.

Calling all WLS community!

Hello everyone! I’m going to be making a page on my blog with a compiled list of all WLS bloggers, so new wls community members can find a whole list of support easily!

So, to avoid missing anyone, can you all pleaseeee like/reblog this, and when you do I will add you to my list! 

Also, if you could let me know your starting weight, and if you have something like PCOS/other conditions someone might relate to, so that I can put special markers next to your blog, to make it easier for new wls people to find blogs that they can better relate to, that would be AWESOME!

thanks everyone! I’ll be reblogging this a few times to allow everyone to see it, hopefully!

This weekend my cousin @good_samm sent me a picture of the last time we hung out I couldn’t believe that I looked like that. For some reason losing so much weight didn’t really affect how I looked at myself in the mirror in such a positive way. I still treated myself as if I looked like the before picture. I get butterflies just looking at his picture and seeing how far I’ve come.#TransformationTuesday #fallinlovewithyourselffirst

“National Beary Good Wine Day” 5/25/2016 • 10:55am • 1/100 sec, f/4, ISO 2000. Canon 6D.

Notes:  What better day to post this throwback to Teddy safeguarding our VGS Zinfandel shipment which arrived a few weeks back than today - National Wine Day!  We’re looking forward to toasting this holiday, although in our eyes and glasses, it’s national wine day every day. Cheers!


VGS Interviews Patrick Weekes – “How to Write a Bioware Game”


Well, I did it.  I lost 100 pounds since August 19,2014.

Next goal… under 200 pounds.  I was skeptical I would ever get to this point, so it is still hard in my brain to know it is possible for me to be under 200 pounds.

Looking at pictures, I never realized how big I was.  I didn’t feel that big.  I feel bigger now, if that makes sense.  I still feel huge and like I cannot fit places or in smaller clothes.  And then I do and I’m so surprised.

The hoodie I am wearing used to be super tight.  Now, today, I swim in it.  I actually can get my entire body into it and huddle for warmth in a theatre, haha.

Liquid Diet Day 1

I hate calling it a liquid diet because I’m allowed one meal. I feel like I’m lying. Here’s what I think though. Being allowed that one meal causes more harm than good. At least in my case it does. I had my breakfast shake. And my one lean meal. And then a couple hours later when I should have been having my second shake my boyfriend started making lemon bars.

Let me start by saying I don’t even like lemon bars. But it smelled so much like pancakes I started craving the hell out of the pancakes my boyfriend makes. And for hours I asked and asked him for pancakes and of course he told me no because he cares and wants me to succeed.

Except the last time I asked him I somehow knew he meant business and that’s when the most shameful thing happened. I started to cry. I didn’t let him see it, but I actually started crying. Because I couldn’t have fucking pancakes. And I literally feel so weak right now. And so embarrassed and silly.

So yea basically. Maybe if I wasn’t allowed anything to eat at all it might be easier. I don’t know. All I know is that I’m still crying. But at this point I don’t know if it’s because of the pancakes or the disappointment in myself.

Stole this from sutti428.  I think it’s a really good idea for us WLS community people to pass around! So here are my 5 reasons! 

1. For my daughter! She is so energetic and runs around like crazy! I just couldn’t keep up with her at the weight I was at. 

2. To live a longer life. You can kind of file this under “for my daughter” because I want to be there for her graduation, her wedding, etc. I also want to be able to spend as much time with Brice as I can, enjoying our lives together.

3. To avoid any major illnesses. When I had my surgery, I didn’t have any major illnesses, YET. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems all run in my family. So I wanted to avoid getting any of those due to my weight. 

4. To be more comfortable in my skin. I’ve ALWAYS been overweight. I was always the biggest girl in my class in school. I just want, for once, to know what it feels like to be normal sized. I’ve never really had self esteem issues, but I’d like to LOVE what I see in the mirror, not just ACCEPT it. 

 5. For a more fulfilling life! I want to be able to experience SO MANY things in my life, and my weight was holding me back. Soon I’ll be able to look back on my life and be proud of it! 

 ANYONE WHO WANTS TO PARTICIPATE, GO FOR IT!I’ll tag a few people to maybe get this started, if you don’t want to do it you don’t have to, I just think it’s a neat little idea to get started. And if you HAVENT had your surgery yet, write why you plan on having it! alexxandradream april-takes-on-life my-vsg-life mywlsjourney acidspider thejourneytoonderland

I will reblog anyone who also does this! Tag me in it so I definitely see it!