Thursday, March 31, 2016

Week 24

I have my 6 month post surgery check-up on Tuesday.  I'm kind of excited about it.  It's always nice to check in with my doctor and the PA.  I need to touch base with the nutritionist to see what my caloric intake should be at this point. 
I've been trying more and more to keep active.  Whether it's spinning, walking or running at the park with the kids...  it all counts!  Last week we took the kids to the park for a while.  We played on the seesaw for quite some time.  I didn't think anything of it that day but the next day...  WOAH!  My inner thighs were ON FIRE!  I was walking like I just got off a horse for two days! 
I was talking to a friend yesterday on my walk.  We were talking about the skin issues that some people have after this surgery.  If you don't tone, you're going to have loose, sagging skin...  no question about it.  Now, I presume I'm going to have a pooch of some sort still just from the two C-sections I had.  But if I keep up with the exercise, I'm hoping the loose skin will be kept to a minimum. 
High Weight: 324
Starting Weight: 318
Surgery Weight: 300
Current Weight: 238.6
Total Lost: 85.4! 
Until next week.... 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Week 23

.4 pounds lost this week.  I'll take it...  a loss is a loss. 
I have to go back to tracking my foods.  I'm almost positive I'm not eating enough calorie-wise.  Since I'm expelling so much energy/calories working out I need to replace some of them.  I'm making a call to my nutritionist today to see what my target caloric intake should be per day. 
I've been busting butt recently working out.  Yesterday I took TWO spin classes!  I'm also doing a Couch to 5k that has been challenging.  Next weekend I'm walking a mile for the Office Brad Fox 5k and a few weeks after that I'm walking/running this walk.  I'm setting up a donation page for the second one soon...  stay tuned! 
I'm feeling such a difference in my body.  I'm stronger, I can climb up and down the stairs much better, my knee hasn't been an issue and my asthma hasn't been an issue.  I'm so much more healthy than I was six months ago.  I've still got a while to go but I'm getting there! 
High Weight: 324
Starting Weight: 318
Surgery Weight: 300
Current Weight: 240.6
Total Lost: 83.4 pounds! 
Until next week....

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Week 22

3 pounds down this week!  The stall is over! 
I busted my butt this week so I'm glad the scale is showing my hard work! 
I've been thinking the past couple days about my journey.  For the most part, I' ve kept quiet on the fact that I had weight loss surgery.  I'm not exactly sure why.  I'm definitely not ashamed of it.  It was a huge decision that had a fantastic impact in my health.  It's made me stronger, healthier and has changed my way of thinking.  I'm more confident in myself and my abilities.  I'm doing things that I never thought was possible!  ME addicted to SPIN classes?  I chuckle to myself every time I think about it.  Did I ever think I'd create a Couch to 5k group on Facebook?  Hell no.  There's only 20-something members and I'm only on day two but I'm doing it! 
I'm not really sure where I'm going with this.  I'm thinking of creating a Facebook page just for my journey.  To show people that it actually IS possible to get in shape.  That there's NO SHAME in having Weightloss surgery.  It takes immense dedication and a commitment to both your diet and your exercise.  They really do go hand in hand.  Will you lose weight without exercising?  Sure.  But, you will not tone and you will lose much slower than if you had added in exercise. 
I'd love to be one person's motivation like a few people are for me.  Outside of my husband and daughters, I have a handful of people who have motivated me to keep going and push me when I don't think it's possible to keep going.  I'd love to be able to do that for just one person out there.  If I can get one person to get their butt off the couch and go for a walk or take a spin class (do it, it's so FUN!) then I'll be ecstatic!  If I can be emotional support for one person who is deciding whether or not to have weight loss surgery, I'd be complete.  It's a HUGE decision.  When you've tried every diet out there and have failed for one reason or another you start to feel helpless.  You begin to feel like you have no other choice and you're destined to be fat.  You have to start someplace and if WLS is that place, then DO IT!  There has not been one day where I've woken up and thought "Man, I really wish I didn't get this surgery.  I hate being able to move and take charge of my health!"
We'll see where this leads.  I'm not sure what I'm thinking just yet but it can only lead to something great.  Of this I am sure! 
High Weight: 324
Starting Weight: 318
Surgery weight: 300
Current Weight: 241
Total Lost:83 POUNDS!!!
Until next week....

Monday, March 14, 2016

Week 21

Second week of my stall. 

I've had stalls before so I'm not overly concerned about this.  It's my body's way of catching up to everything that's going on inside.  I just keep pounding and eventually the scale will begin to move. 

I don't know if I've mentioned my love for my spin class on here yet.  Last week I took 5 classes at the studio...  4 were spin and one was a body sculpt class.  Body sculpt I can take or leave.  But spin?  I've found a new love.  I can push myself as much or as little as I want.  There have been some days where I go slower and some days I've pushed myself really, really hard. 

Last week I had one of those nights where I pushed myself really hard.  I burned almost 1,100 calories in a 2 hour time period.  I let my Apple Watch keep running for an hour after I got home and I kept on burning.  It felt great!! 

Until next week (which is really this week because of my lovely timing)...