Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Week 7

Down 4.6 pounds this week! 

High Weight: 324
Starting Weight: 318
Surgery Weight: 300
Current Weight: 277

That's 47 pounds lost since my high weight and 41 pounds in the past 9 weeks.  4.5 pounds per week isn't too shabby! 

I'm currently battling with my asthma right now so I haven't been to the gym in the past week.  The dr just put me on steroids to move this along so hopefully by the end of the weekend I can start back up. Today is the first day after the 5k that I'm not sore.  Next go around I'm training outside for it!

I had a family funeral this past weekend.  I was full of mixed emotions...  I was sad for my cousin whose husband passed away.   I was happy to see some of my cousins who I hadn't seen for a very long time.  A few of us have made plans to reconnect soon!  And I was elated when one of my Aunts whispered in my ear "You look fabulous". 

I wore this outfit...  it was the first time in a long time that I actually felt confident about how I looked.  I'm proud of how far I've come. 

Until next week.... 

Monday, November 23, 2015


I walked a 5k this weekend!  I think I'm still in shock.  I cannot believe I actually finished it!  Thanks to my dear friend, Tricia for pushing me along the way.  And for walking slower than she normally does! 

I proved to myself that I can actually do anything I set my mind to.  If you can zoom in on my shirt.  It says Believe in Yourself.  That is my new motto.  Believe. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Week 6

Down 2.8 pounds!  Not bad considering I haven't been feeling well this week.  My asthma has been bothering me this week...  I think because of the change in the weather.  I haven't had much energy to work out.  I'm really hoping I am feeling up to walking my 5k this week.  I've been pushing myself as much as I can to work out in the past weeks.  But, when it's hard to breath working out is not such a good idea. 

Thanksgiving is next week and I'm trying to figure out side dishes that I can eat.  I think I found the perfect thing.  Hasselback Sweet Potatoes.

This recipe looks absolutely delicious and I don't have to feel guilty about eating it.  Fingers crossed at least one of my kids eats it and maybe my husband?  We'll see. 

Until next week... 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Week 5


I lost 5.6 pounds this week.  I'm so so happy!  I've continued working out and stuck to my food plan and it worked! 


High Weight: 324
Starting Weight: 318
Surgery Weight: 300
Today: 284.4

I'm one poop away from having lost 40 pounds! 

I'm feeling good.  I have more energy than I used to have.  I've even skipped some weekend naps and have gone to the gym instead! 

I started taking Spin classes with a girlfriend.  I go to the gym 3-4 times per week and next week I'm doing my FIRST EVER 5k!  ME!  Doing a 5k!  I don't necessarily like working out but I find myself almost craving it.  Which is funny because a few weeks ago I was at a girlfriends house and she was telling me how she loves to work out and I'm pretty sure I looked at her like she had 16 heads. 

I've been religously logging onto My Fitness Pal and logging my foods.  It's just become a norm for me. 

The hard times I'm having right now:

  • Insomnia.  It's crazy right now.  Last night I took 10mg of melatonin before bed and fell asleep okay.  But then at 1:30 I was awake for 4 hours.  I'm going to call my doctor today to see if I can get something to sleep. 
  • Food just isn't appetizing to me right now.  The only things that taste good right now are eggs and cheese.  Meats are just blah to me.  I'll see a recipe and think it looks really good but when the time comes to eat it I have to choke it down. 

A friend is taking monthly pictures of me so I can see the weight loss.  The left is the day before surgery 10/7 and the right is this past Tuesday 11/10. 

Until next week... 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Week 4

I didn't take a picture because my weight stayed the exact same last week.  I had my post-op doctor appt last week.  He was very happy with everything so far.  All of my levels from blood work came back completely normal.  I had slight dehydration but I've since made sure to up my water.  He told me not to worry at all about the stall...  if I'm doing everything I should be doing my body will continue to lose. 

I took a spin class yesterday.  Despite feeling like I was going to die immediately afterwards it wasn't that bad.  Except nobody told me there are these things called padded pants and they should be worn while spinning.  Let's just say my whole area "down there" is sore today. 

My nutritionist e-mailed me this morning to let me know that my BMI has gone from a 55.6 to a 49.2.  Success!  I's definitely hard but I'm doing it.  I'm logging my foods and I'm moving.  I've exercised way more in the past two weeks than I have in the past 2 years! 

Until Thursday....

Monday, November 2, 2015

Week 3

I'm delayed with last week being Halloween. Hope everyone had a fun day and the kids had a ton of fun! 
I'm at the infamous "Three Week Stall" everyone in the bariatric world talks about.  I've put on a little over 1 pound.  It's frustrating as hell but totally normal.  I've talked to my doctor about it as well as done my own research.  My body was used to fluids for 4 weeks straight.  The weight fell off like a hooker off a street corner.  And now that I've added foods back in, my body is yelling a giant "WTF"? 
There's many factors that go into this.  Fluid retention is a large one.  I've been focusing on this for the past week and making sure I'm getting the 60 oz needed.  Secondly, if you've ever had any kind of abdominal surgery, you know it is hard to get things moving after.  Third, the tricky dance in making sure you're getting enough proteins, calories and carbs without the carbs being too much.  I've been logging into My Fitness Pal (, hit me up if you're a member!) and tracking every bite I take.  Lastly, cheese.  I ADORE cheese.  In fact, I joke that Zoey is part cheese because I ate so much of it when I was pregnant with her.  It just so happens that cheese has a ton of protein and calcium so it makes a fantastic snack.  Except when you eat it every day which leads you back to point # 2. 
I started at the gym a couple weeks back and have been pounding away the past week.  I was extremely proud of myself when I walked 2 miles on Saturday in 45 minutes.  It's been a long time since I've done that and I am really happy with how I felt afterwards.  Yesterday I took a Barre class at a local yoga studio.  This is the description from their website:

This low impact high intensity full body workout is designed to tone and lengthen your muscles. Barre utilizes small movements targeting specific muscle groups to change your body. It will leave you with sculpted arms abdominals and thighs as well as increased flexibility.
The picture from the website is this:

Except, I looked nothing like that...  I looked more like this:

I'm going to keep at it.  I have to move to lose.  I also have to remember that I didn't put the weight on overnight and it's not going to come off overnight. 
Until Thursday.... 
Starting Weight: 318
Surgery Weight: 300
Current Weight: 290