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WLS Update

Well, I had my 6 month check up at the surgeons about 2 weeks ago, and I’ll be 7 months out on the 4th, so here’s an update in the middle of it!

This past few weeks I hit 3 really big “happy” moments for me.  1. I hit the 75 pound mark!  I’m actually at -77, but getting to that 75 was pretty exciting!  2. Finally below 200!  Currently 199. Welcome to “Onederland” for me!!  Haven’t posted my weight publicly at all except on Spark People, but I told myself I would once I got down to 199, so there ya go!  This is the lowest my weight has been since before I was pregnant for my oldest, 18 years ago.  It is also exactly what I weighed on my wedding day…for at least 3 days lol! And the #3 happy moment was the numbers I got back from my blood work this month.  And the numbers are…..

Total Cholesterol-135 (optimal below 200) Woot!!

Triglyceride-114  (normal is less than 150) Happiness!

HDL-42 (optimal is above 50, but mine was 24!) Exercising will continue to raise this, it’s a good start!

LDL-70 (optimal is less than 100!) yeah baby!!

And the results from my fasting blood glucose test….77!!  Super cool!  It used to be 109, borderline diabetic.  NO MORE!!  (as far as I’m concerned with my health…MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!)

My iron levels were a bit low last time, but I started taking Vitamin C with my Iron to help with absorption and those numbers came up too.

My blood pressure is currently around 100 over  70!  A far cry from the typical 150 over 90 of the past 5 years!

Physical Therapy is finished after a month, unless I want more appointments, but I’m tired of going to extra appointments 3 times a week so I’m not for now. My shoulder is not back to 100%, but she gave me a good number of stretches, exercises and instruction for working my way slowly back up to be able to use the weight machines at the gym again.  It will be a slow work up, but if it keeps my shoulder in place where it belongs, and not popping and clicking and hurting, I’m more than willing to take my time to build back up to where I want to  be.  Word of advice for those of you who’ve had WLS….Don’t go gung-ho crazy with the weight machines or weight lifting in the beginning.  You lose so much weight so quickly, that your ligaments and muscles need time to adjust and become tighter around all of your major joints, to hold them in place.  Working out too much too fast can cause those joints to over extend…..thus the problem with my traveling shoulder!

As far as the abdominal hernias, the plan is for me to not do a lot of ab work for now, let the pain guide me so to speak.  I can do some on the ab machines, and again, just taking it slow.  My doctor is pretty confident that I will have reached a 100 pound loss by my 1 year appointment, and at that time they will schedule me for surgery to repair the hernias, AND the tummy tuck along with it!!  Happiness!! On both parts!  I want to be able to work out my abs, and to lose this hanging stomach…thank you Jesus!!  I am more than ready for “Hotel Mom” for the 5 children I have been pregnant with to be removed! lol!

Enough about all of that!  I’ve also started working outside of the home part time, and am loving it!! 20 hours a week at a bakery/cafe near my house.  A bakery??!  Yes!  There’s no way in the world I can pig out on all of that stuff even if I wanted to, so it’s completely safe for me! LOL!  I’m working in the front, taking orders, running the register, and being the coffee barista.  It has been a lot of fun to make all of those drinks.  I do bring some doughnuts home at the end of the night, but can only have a nibble here and there.  It’s not the sugar that causes me any problems at all, it’s the high fat from them being fried in oil.  My body does not like high fat at all!

It’s been difficult at times to make sure I’m getting enough to eat if I’m working a longer shift there.  I order a chicken breast Panini in the middle of my shift and just pick at it over an hour or so now to make sure there’s something in me for the long haul.  It’s also hard to be drinking water all the time when you are working all the time, but I do get sips in throughout my shift.  At least a 20 ounce Vitamin Water Zero.  It’s really not enough, but I make sure that I drink a lot before I go to work, and a lot when I get home.

My gym schedule has changed quite a bit with me working also.  I only go on my 3 days off now.  I usually get in a bike ride or walk on 2 of the other days also.  Not feeling guilty about it at all though.  I never stop moving at work! I am on the run the ENTIRE time! Especially with all of the closing work.  Goodness, after 3 days I came home and laid in my bed and cried and told Eric I’m just too old for this! lol!  I’m okay now that I’ve got the routine down, and now that I’m not going to the gym or on a 6 mile bike ride BEFORE work anymore.  It’s only for the summer, so I will survive.  I actually really enjoy working there.  I might even miss it when the summer is over.  But I was offered another job that starts in October, through the local Health Department, as a breastfeeding consultant to new moms!  That’s only 2 days a week while my kids are in school, lots more pay, and a 3 year contract to start out!  That is going to Rock!  There is just something so awesome about being offered a job solely on your experience as a MOM!

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I ran!!

I did it!! I ran on the treadmill at the gym!  Well, okay, I jogged.  And to some it may have even looked like a trot! lol!  But I’m still excited!  I only did 1 mile, and did intervals of 1 minute walking and 1 minute jogging off and on, but darn it, I did it!!  I didn’t even feel like I was going to die when I was done, that’s a plus.  I NEVER though I would even remotely like running, ever.  Everything used to always hurt when I tried.  Nothing hurt!

I’ve been biking a lot on the bike trails and really enjoying that and plan on tackling the entire 20 mile trail this summer.  I’ve got myself up to 6 miles so far.  I could have gone further, but didn’t have the time, so I’m looking forward to that!   I’m not sure if I’ll turn running into any kind of hobby, after all, I have only done this once lol!  But….the self-challenge is ON!!  I love trying new and different exercises and finding out I can do them!

And FYI…the reason I decided to give it a try….the cardio room in the gym was EMPTY!  One old guy came in near the end, and I thought I’d stop running, not wanting anyone to see me give this a go, but I didn’t.  Kept right on going!  Go me!! lol!

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Elastigirl!

Apparently I am Elastigirl!  Well, maybe not to the extreme of Mrs. Incredible, but hey, I am pretty incredible! lol!  Okay, I’ll be serious.  Don’t you see my serious face?  :/  So, here’s the scoop.  I started working out at the gym in February.  4-5 days a week, cardio every day, weight machines every other day.  It was awesome to see my strength and endurance increase in both cardio and strength training.  And I LOVE the stregth training!  I would simply endure the treadmill, bike, stepper, elliptical or whatever I was on, just to get to the weight machines.  Little by little though, lifting the weights seemed to be getting more and more difficult on my right shoulder.  I see a chiropractor and massage therapist regularly, so of course I had them trying to fix and figure out the problem for a good month before I decided to visit my doctor about it.  It felt like my shoulder was turned forward, and popping out of place often.  I would have my son put his hand on my shoulder blade and push while grabbing my shoulder and pulling to put it back where it needed to be, multiple times a day!

My doctor suggested I try lowering my weight and increasing the reps I was doing to see if that would help my shoulder settle down, and come back to see him in 6 weeks.  So, I did what he suggested, and even stopped using the weight machines completely for the past two weeks, since I was also dealing with abdominal hernias that were acting up with me going ape on the ab machines.  I know, I know….I just have to do everything 150%, right NOW.  *sigh*  I’m quite sure that PATIENCE is my word of the year!

Well, my shoulder is no longer in pain, but it still doesn’t feel like it’s in the right spot.  I had also been having a problem with my heal/ankle that my massage therapist solved for me.  She was pushing my foot up, quite a bit, and said most people would be coming off the table at the point she was at, and I wasn’t even feeling the stretch! She thought perhaps I had extremely flexible ligaments, and if I would stand on the stairs and drop my heal to stretch after I work out that it would alleviate my foot pain.  It worked! After telling my doctor that, he said he thinks its possible I have ligamentblahblahblah.  Yeah, can’t remember what he said. LOL! It means that my ligaments are like rubber bands instead of bungee chords.  The way to fix that?  Stay very toned. Um, that’s what I’m trying to do?!

So he sent me to physical therapy.  Thank you Jesus! She asked me to do a couple of things, and said yes, I have hypermobilitysomethingorother.  She gave me some stretches and exercises to do that FINALLY stretch all of the muscles and ligaments in my shoulder and surrounding area, and I am feeling so much better!  Since the PT center happens to be at the fitness center I work out at, she also took me out to the weight machines and showed me which machines I can work on right now, and which ones I cannot, and the way she wants me to use them.  It’s like having a personal trainer that my insurance covers! Bonus! She also gave me exercises to strengthen my back muscles to get my posture better,  and ones to strengthen my abs without bothering the hernias, which will all help my shoulder.  YAY!!

So, while I wasn’t feeling so incredible and was really bummed about having to cut back on so much of my workout, this Mrs. Incredible is back on task and hitting the machines!  Which of course, Mr. Incredible has kept up on all along, and I must say, he is looking mighty fine indeed!!  We sure are loving this new healthy life!

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WLS 5 1/2 month update

Sitting here sipping a bit of peanut butter love shake, and thought it would be a great time to do an update on my WLS journey.  Most people make it a point to update every month, or week, but I guess I’m just too random for that (yes, that’s what we will call it), a 5 1/2 month update it is!

It feels like it’s been a slow month in terms of the numbers, but I won’t complain.  -68 pounds so far!  I’ve gone from a size 30 (as in plus size….the one ABOVE 28! EEK!!)  to a size 16 so far.  That feels great, but I’m no where near satisfied.  And I won’t be satisfied anywhere but my goal….a healthy body with no excess fat.  As far as the numbers go, I’m a little more than half way there.

I’ve had to tweak my workout routine quite a bit to let my body catch up with my brain.  I was working out at the gym 5-6 days a week, doing cardio all days, and the weight circuit every other day.  Well, my shoulder started whining first, by popping in and out randomly throughout the day, until I could no longer do the machines that required any work from my shoulder at all.  My family doctor said I have lost so much fat around my large joints that I need to give the muscle time to rebuild around them to stabilize them.  More patience.

Then I started having pain in my stomach from abdominal hernias, which I knew at least one or two were there from being pregnant with 5 ginormous babies throughout the years, but my superwoman routine at the gym apparently has caused quite the temper tantrums from them.  Once I knew my insides were healed up nicely, I began going to town on the ab machines at the gym, thus the screaming hernias.  While I don’t like pain, and specifically the surgery that is required to stitch up those unruly stomach muscles to repair the hernias, there is a silver lining behind that cloud…so they say.  If I can hold off until I finish losing my weight, they will do a tummy tuck while they repair the hernias.  So, no more ab machines either.

I have an appointment coming up with my surgeon in a couple of weeks, and will discuss this with him more then.  I’m really hoping they tell me they have some magic duct tape or something I can wear that will keep my insides together so that I can go back to the ab machines.  I know I sound like a whiny little brat, but I don’t WANT to slow down my workouts!  I’m LOVING working out!  And the weight circuit is my favorite part of the whole gym!

I have been ingesting Oxygen fitness magazine for women, and I’ll tell you, I’ve been inspired.  More than inspired, I have a goal.  Oxygen features women who are body builders of many different levels.  While I don’t want to look like Arnold or anything, I have decided that I want some serious muscle definition.  I get so geeked about seeing muscles come to life in my body now!  It’s not unusual to find both me and my 12 year old son flexing in front of my  hubby saying “hey! Check out these muscles!” lol!  As long as I don’t join in on his chorus of  “hey Dad, check out these new hairs on my upper lip!” then it’s all good 🙂

So for now, working on lots of cardio. Switching up the machines as much as I can handle to build up my endurance and work different muscle groups while I keep burning the fat off.  My current favorite is the recumbent cross trainer, which is like a stair stepper with ski poles while sitting down.  Sounds like such a lazy machine, I know, but I sweat buckets on there compared to the treadmill, even when I’m on full incline, so I’ll take the bucket-sweating sit on my butt machine.

Eating has still been lovely for me, just on a much smaller scale, obviously.  I have no problem eating anything-meats, veggies, fruit, grains, even sugar.  I am a stickler for getting my protein in, make sure I’m having veggies everyday, still love carbs but don’t like feeling run down after I eat too much so I take it easy on them.  My drinks of choice are Vitamin Water Zero, and Chai tea, and I’m pretty good at keeping hydrated.  I still love M&M’s, I just love them in quantities of 4 little M&M’s at a time now!

I’m getting very impatient for summer. I discovered I LOVE riding my bike…but I HATE cold!  So, waiting, waiting, waiting.

OH! The most important, happiest accomplishment?  NO MORE BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS!!  BP is now a lovely 112 over 78!  That makes is worth it all:)  Nothing but my lovely vitamins for me.  Which I NEVER miss!  I want a healthy body, and part of this surgery is the need for supplements, why would I skip them?  That would just be foolishness.  I didn’t do this to have a “skinny” appearance.  I did this to have a healthy body.  So that’s how I’m living 🙂

The first picture is a picture from last fall…that makes me cry just to look at it.  The second was taken about 2 weeks ago, doing some goofy family pictures:)  that I LOVE because I can see some muscle definition in my lower arms! woot!   Never going back….Lord help me to never go back.

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