Magic Shrooms (the legal kind)

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I am going to write a series of blog posts over the next year to share my story of the most recent phase and change in my life.  In 2016 I had an Ace up my sleeve in preparation for 2017.  *Drum roll sound*......I decided to have Gastric Sleeve surgery and it happened on 3/27/17.  

It was hands down the best decision I've ever made in my life...and I am a visual person and I needed some way to identify visually with the process.  If you really know me you know I have a Super Nintendo tattoo on the inside of my ankle of a one-up mushroom.  Not all of you really know me, so now you know that little fact.  This particular tattoo was carefully selected because it was a metaphor for "new life" for me after a break-up.  We all have those break-up tattoos, right? Or is it just me? haha.  I needed a reminder that I had a new chance at life and this surgery was just another chance at new and a better life which validated my long term skin ruining decision from many years before. 

So to better document the journey, ALL OF IT, the good the bad and the ugly...I decided to do a styled birthday and pre-surgery shoot.  With my own ideas and the help of my creative friends,  I did a bright and colorful "magic shroom" filled shoot.  Huge thanks and shout-out to Katie Lea Photography in Broadway, Virginia and Amy and Tommy at Bijou Sweet Treats in Luray, Virginia who helped bring this to life and was so incredibly patient with all of my ideas.  

I wanted to identify my weight loss with phases.  These Super Nintendo cupcakes represent each phase. I also wanted to eat as much cake as possible before surgery because I wasn't sure when or if I'd be eating much cake after surgery....it was win-win! 

Here are some details behind my vision:  

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Mega Mushroom - My largest weight which also meant being the most uncomfortable and most miserable I've ever been in my own skin. I was miserable and faking it (being my happy self) every single day. 

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Super Mushroom - Where I'm at right now as I type this. I feel more like myself but still have a ways to go in my journey and will maintain this phase for majority of the first year post-surgery. 

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Mini Mushroom - On the linked website, they describe the mini mushroom like this, "The benefits of the Mini Mushroom include decreased weight allowing Mario to run on the surface of water, and the ability to fit inside tiny pipes and passages normal Mario could not."  So...put 2 and 2 together and you've got the ultimate goal for me post-surgery which is to be my super human self and be able to fit inside things and have strengths and abilities I didn't have before. 

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1-Up Mushroom - "New Life" as I mentioned before is truly the idea behind the entire journey that I've chosen.  I wanted to take back my life, give myself an opportunity to be healthy and happy for the long term.  My tattoo has even more meaning than just a break-up tattoo and that to me makes putting something permanent on your skin even more validating. 

Now that I've shared some background, I look forward to any and everyone to follow along as I post and share more throughout this journey.  A huge thanks to everyone who has loved and supported me along the way.  

XOXO

Jessica

 

Jessica Lail

It's Your Day Wedding Coordinator, Harrisonburg, VA, USA