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Full Speed Ahead!!

Well, I’m a bit late on my 10 month update.  Who wants to update no change on the scale?  This was my “reality” month.  This is when the rubber meets the road.  I much prefer the floating honeymoon of the prior 9 months, but ignoring where I am isn’t going to get me where I want to be!  There are many viable “reasons” for the scale not moving this month, which I will share, but I know deep down I’ve simply been lazy about working the program like I should.  Barely going to the gym, not working out at home, not keeping track of protein (my protein levels are great in my blood work, but still), not drinking enough good liquids (i.e. something OTHER than coffeecoffeecoffee), getting in my veggies and getting OUT the carbs. Those darn carbs.  I don’t dump at all, and I love carbs.  Bad combination.  Basically I’ve been floating along for a month or two, instead of directing the path like I used to.  I’m determining today to set my goals, write a plan, and work it.  The thought of staying fat for the rest of my life is enough to make me so angry! I’ve worked so hard to get this far, too hard to quit! I think I’ve come up against an old “mental battle” that constantly says “it’s not gonna work!”, you know, the one we ALL deal with.  At least those of us who’ve been on diet after diet with no success or short lived success.

I’m realizing that I’ve been given this HUGE, amazing boost through WLS, but now it’s time to work through the mental part of it.  It’s been easily ignored for the past 10 months, because I was just zooming along thanks to surgery.  It won’t be ignored anymore.  Now it’s time to see how all of this success, and new habits, have changed me mentally.  I feel like I’m standing facing a line in the sand.  Cross it and truly become who I’ve been building for the past 10 months, or stand here staring at it, giving life to the lie that “it’s not gonna happen”.  And a “rah rah” pep talk from myself isn’t going to do it either.  Only action.  DOING.  And doing it again.  And doing some more.  And doing what’s right.  And doing it for the right reasons….because it’s who I am, it’s what I want, and I’m completely capable!

With that said…it’s time to pull out all of the “extras” that are in my arsenal bag that I’ve not really needed to utilize before now.  I’m going to start tracking my food and drinks again, but this time post them here too.  Accountability here I come.  Even if no one pays attention lol! I will post my work outs too.  And create a home workout plan for the days I don’t make it to the gym.  That was never an issue before, and now it is, so I will make a plan.  I don’t like being a lazy “non-working out” person, and I never want to go back to that!  My butt conforms all too well to that role!!

So, this month, still 190.  It actually bounced back and forth + or – 3 pounds more than a few times.  I had to have 3 weekly iron infusions this past month to get my iron stores back up to normal (they were low before surgery), and with every 4 hour iv infusion, I packed on some water weight and then lost it within a few days.  Now that my iron levels are back up, and I’m not feeling sluggish and tired, time to kick it in gear.  190 is a nice number compared to the 276 I started out at, but it’s not where I belong.  It’s not where I’m stopping.  It’s not where I’m settling.  I’m not done yet! I’m not satisfied! I have more than “this” in me!  I’m not a “half way” person, and it’s time to prove it!

I have more to share, but this blog is already forever long, so I’ll wait.  Since I’m gonna start posting my food and workouts everyday, I’m sure I’ll have plenty of opportunity to share!

I’m making a 3 month commitment to MYSELF.  To eat well, low carb, lots of fluids, and workout at least 4 days a week…and BLOG it.  3 months.  I’m not sure what kind of weight loss goal to have for myself though.  After losing nothing for 2 months in a row, I’d be thrilled with a pound a week.  I’m just not sure if that’s shooting too low, or aiming too high at this point in time.  Not sure what this battle is going to look like to kick this in gear as far as a number goes.  Maybe I’ll surprise myself and lose even more than that.  But I think I’m going to shoot for that.  Cause something is better than nothing at this point in time.

Well, I’ll be seeing you all lots more often now! CHARGE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>!!!!!!

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9 month update and other stuff

Ah! Fall is in the air! Though I must admit, being 86 pounds less this fall, my toes are cold! My tan is quickly fading and I miss 85 degrees something awful! Since there’s nothing I can do about any of that, except put on some nice warm socks, I figured I’d better make the best of it 🙂

So my kitchen table is full of tomatoes waiting to be canned as spaghetti sauce, apples waiting to be made into apple sauce and also frozen for baking and smoothies, cukes waiting to be turned into pickles and pears waiting to become sauce too.  Oh yeah, lots of bananas to freeze and use later for banana bread or muffins.  And wouldn’t you know it, as soon as I load up on all this stuff and get ready to go to work, I get sick! Blah! Nasty cough, stuffy head, hide under the blankets in bed-sick! So, it’s all sitting there still waiting.  Hopefully it will all keep until tomorrow or Monday.

A friend told me to mix equal parts lemon juice, honey and whiskey and take a couple of tablespoons of it to knock this nasty cold out and feel better.  I tried it, and gosh did I sleep good! Cleared up most of the gunk in my chest and head! I’m so glad because Nyquil only worked for about an hour!  Drinking lots of tea, taking my vitamins plus d3 and zinc, and lots of soup to eat.  Should be back to normal before too long.

Well, it’s been a crazy month, that’s for sure.  As far as weight loss, nada.  I was working two jobs, one at a bakery where it was just way too easy to eat a cookie at day, or a donut, or any other lovely treat.  And I did.  And with working all the time, do you think I went to the gym?  No.  Therefore, not a single pound.  Thankfully I didn’t gain, but still….glad that month is over.  The two jobs are over also. The Bakery was just a summer job and has ended. The restaurant laid me off (on my birthday no less!!) because they are so slow.  Now I just need to get back on my feet and off and running to the gym!  Monday for sure!  New job doesn’t start until October 4th, so I have time to get my good habits back into practice.  It’s so easy to just not keep track of what and how much you eat when you get busy with life.  Not that I’m eating too much, probably the exact opposite…not enough! Never thought I’d have THAT problem!! I’ve even slacked off on the protein shakes….and am noticing a bit more hair in the shower than I like because of it.  NOT going that route again!! That was all the incentive I needed!  I have, however, been very faithful to take all of my vitamins.  I feel like I’m going to simply fall over asleep if I don’t, so that’s never even a temptation.

My new experience for the month, as a “skinnier” person (it SO bugs me when people call me “skinny” right now, cause I am not yet!  I’m just skinnier than I was! lol!) was a family camping trip to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan.  Went camping at the Lower Tahquamenon Falls, and it was a lot of fun.  Though it was VERY cold…45 degrees!! Good thing we had heaters in the tent!  It was fun, and beautiful, and hiking the trails to the falls was great! I’ve wanted to go for my birthday for years, and this year I finally did it!

I did, however, learn that I am much too diva for camping in a tent lol!  Next year it will be a cabin, or we’ll save up for a camper, but this lady doesn’t care much for tents.  Even with a wonderful double high air mattress, which was quite comfortable…tents are just so much work, and get full of so much dirt! And sleeping in ONE room with stinky  10 and 12 year old boys of mine?  😛  But we did have fun 🙂

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My personal kick in the rear!

Okay, maybe not what YOU need, but certainly what I need!  And thankfully, I’m doing it myself.  Time to get it back in gear.  I had a feeling once I got to “onederland” I’d relax just a little, and I did.  But after seeing July’s stats…I’m done with the relax thankyouverymuch!!  Only -5 pounds for July.  I suppose most people would be happy to lose anything, but seriously, my WLS age is creeping up there (8 months tomorrow!) and I know the “honeymoon” only lasts for so long.  Meaning  the “I can eat and do anything and still lose weight” time.  And I have a feeling I’ve hit my bodies tolerance of simply frolicking along.

While it’s great to make changes, it’s also great to figure out what I changed in the first place (why I slacked) so that it doesn’t happen again.  One word. BusyLazy.  Yup.  That’s it right there.  I started working this summer, and when I first started I was SO dang tired from it, that I made it a point to not go to the gym the same day that I had to work, so I wouldn’t be so exhausted.  Well, after a week or two, it wasn’t THAT hard anymore, and I could have picked the gym back up….but did I?  No.  Rode my bike pretty faithfully for awhile, and then when it broke, I just did…..NOTHING.  NOT GOOD!!  I was still leaning on the excuse “welllll, I really do a lot of physical work at my jobbbbbb” (yes, that’s my whiny voice).  And yes, it is physical work, lots of cleaning and stocking, etc, but that excuse is just that, an excuse after the first two weeks.  And I’m calling it what it is!

Another dumb choice….working at a bakery and finding out that I really don’t dump on sugar AT ALL.  Ugh! But it’s okay now.  I realized last week that I’m just gonna have to put on my big girl panties and suck it up and use my very own will power and say NO!  To MYSELF!  It has been so easy to tell myself that I eat so very little that one donut a day when I work really isn’t going to add up.  And it really didn’t…until I wasn’t working out anymore.  Donut+no work out=feeling like a blob.  And I’ve had enough of feeling like a blob in my life!!  That is NOT why I got my insides rearranged darn it!

So yesterday I decided I’m not bringing anymore donuts home at the end of the day.  Yes, leftovers were free, much to my dismay.  I mean really, does the proverbial “little devil on the shoulder” get more accommodating than THAT?!  And I didn’t bring any home.  Yay me!  I did eat half of one at work though.  But I’m not gonna beat myself up about it.  Just gonna keep making changes.  I also am tracking my food and water on sparkpeople again.  I had let that go too.  Cause really, who wants to type in donuts everyday?!  Well, I am doing it, no matter what gets typed in.  Because I will NEVER BE SATISFIED WITH GOING HALF WAY!! EVER!!  Losing 82 pounds is a great accomplishment, but I’M NOT DONE YET!!  Whew.  There.  I feel better already.

Thankfully, the bakery job is only a summer job, so just a few more weeks to go. Even more thankfully, I am living according to CHOICE, not CIRCUMSTANCE. I’m not waiting for a job to end to make the right choice, I’m making the right choice because it’s what I WANT! Kicking myself in the butt!!

What about you?  How has summer been for you?

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Before and on my way to After Pictures!

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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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