- Name: Sporty Jill
- Username: Princess Two Shakes And A Shim
- Location: Norfolk, VA, USA
- Member Since: 6/23/2005
- BMI: 23.2
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (10/12/05)
- Surgeon: Thomas Clark
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Personal Trainer?!?!?!?! on June 25, 2008 3:30 pm
I know it has been a little while since my last post, but I have been really busy with things. One being working towards becoming a Personal Trainer. I did it. I cannot belive that over 2 years ago, this would have been a flashing thought. But, not anymore.
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So...now what? I'm not sure. I have a few people who would like me to work with them. But, I am working on a nutrition course right now, so my time is really limited these days.
Plus...I added the P90X to my fitness routine. Along with a cardio workout durig lunchtime. WHEW! Where do i get the energy to do all of these things??? I have NO idea. It just comes. I think it's mental. Knowing what the alternative is........
Riding my motorcycle also keeps me busy. I LOVE the feeling of riding. It's very empowering. This weekend I am doing a group ride with the local Harley chapter. I'm really looking forward to it.
I've also left the agency I was working for. I was there for almost 3 years, but the commute was getting really bad. 1 1/2 hours to get home some days. It was just too much. So, now I am working for the Navy and have a 15 minutes commute. MUCH better!
Life for me, while busy right now, is starting to settle down. Patrick is graduated, John is getting ready to leave...things will feel normal here soon. I cannot wait.
Still having a problem not eating enough. Especially now that I have added more cardio workouts. SOmething that I really need to work on. Is it mental or physical? I really do not know and cannot answer that. I'm sure that it is a combination of both. But, I can only take each day at a time and try to get through it.
Until another day!
I DID IT! I DID IT! I DID IT! on May 27, 2008 4:46 am
Well...it has been a while since my last post and alot has happened. Ok...not really, but a lot of "I DID IT!" has happened.
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Let's see....since my last post, I have run in 2....yes TWO...10K's. The UKROPS 10K on April 5th and the Chesapeake Bay 10K on April 26th. Both weren't bad runs. The UKROPS was pouring raining and I managed to do it in 63 minutes. The Chesapeake Bay had a crappy road, I was hurt and still managed to compelte it in a bit over 65 minutes. So, I was happy.
I bought a motorcycle and have learned to ride it. In fact, i even rode it to work today ( on the Interstate, 20 miles). It was SUCH a great feeling! So freeing! Yesterday, i got my first motorcycle wave (from another motorcyclist) and it was such a cool feeling. Like being part of a club or something - hehe.
Yesterday, I ran 7 miles. I had to stop to go potty, but picked right back up and went on without issue. YEAH!!!!! 1/2 Marathon....HERE I COME!!!
In pole dancing class, I have learned how to flip upside down ont he pole. That's is SUCH a cool feeling, too. A feeling of accomplishment. To know that my body is strong enough to actually do it - it's GREAT!
My confidence has DEFINATELY increased. I love the feelings I now get when I set out to do something and do it. Feels like nothing I had ever felt before.
Now, the not so "WOW" moment. i have gained 7 pounds and it is ticking me off. I cannot get rid of it. I know that 3 pounds is muscles, but what about the 4 pounds of water? My percentage of body fat has decreased, which is a good thing, but what the heck happened???? It scares me to think that it could be bounce back weight. It happened when I increased my physical activity. The nutritionist says that I am not eating enough. I can't eat more....... Guess, I will just have to figure this out........
Shamrock 8K Update on March 17, 2008 6:54 am
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What a busy weekend! I'm finally able to update my profile....
This past Saturday, I ran in the Shamrock 8K, this was the longest distance I had run in a race situation I had decided last year that I wanted to run in it and kinda/sorta trained to do just that. My goal initially was to finish, but as I got closer, I wanted to finish it in 50 minutes. That was a little aggressive, but...we shall see.....
It was a very breezy and chilly morning at the beach. However...ther was NO rain in site, which made for a good run day. It was a little cool when we started out, but quickly warmed up (or was that me???). I was there with my sister, Bryana, and a friend Joe (from the OH board), so I knew that I was in good company.
My sister got about 1.5 miles out and started walking...shooing me ahead. Joe, too, walked a portion of the race, but I ran the whole thing without problem.
I stayed at a consistent pace, which I was happy about, and here are my results....
Overall Rank: 2631 out of 4920
Chip Time: 52:46.80
Race Pace: 10:38
Gun Time: 56:01.60
Age Ranking: 142 out of 311
Gender Ranking: 1201 out of 2866
Pics are posted in my profile album.
From the race, I went to Jackie's house (another board member) to do glamour shots. It was SO much fun hanging out with people from the board and being all dolled up. Everyone looked SO beautiful. I cannot wait until the pics are available for us to see.....
But, it was GREAT to be able to do something girlie with a bunch of other girls. we all laughed and just had a GREAT time!
So, after Saturday's events, I needed a relaxing break...so Sunday was a nothing day. I read a book, cooked dinner and that was about it......
What a weekend!
Own Your Words........... on March 11, 2008 5:25 am
Ok...stars must be out of alignment, because my normal positive self is just not feeling it today (ok...past couple of days, but I've bitten my tongue almost off).
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I am getting SO tired of people who feel that they can talk about people but run when confronted. OWN YOUR WORDS!
If you are tired of someone, someplace, a situation...say so to the people who have created this feeling. Don't go to someone else and tell them...they can't help you! Now can they? Maybe you misunderstood...maybe that person did not properly articulate what they meant....maybe you are just burnt, tired or stressed....it can be a mirad of issues. But, to talk smack to someone who cannot resolve your problem is just cowardly.
If you have a problem with someone...say something to THAT person. Give them the opportunity to apologize if that is what is needed. Don't go to someone else and whine...THAT person cannot help you - unless your goal is to simply spread idle gossip and spew hatred.
OWN YOUR WORDS............Don't hide behind them........
[ok....kicking my soapbox to the side]
Putting It Into Perspective on March 3, 2008 10:36 am
Ok...Before you start reading this, I am just trying to make sense out of all of this, so please bare with me. I'm not whining, or bragging or anything like that. Just trying to share some knowledge is all.
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As some of you know, my weight has gone up 8 pounds over the past 7 weeks. NO ONE can tell me why when I work out and stay fairly consistent with my eating. I had started increasing carbs to prepare for longer distance runs, started dance class and increased distance all about the same time, so it was difficult to pin point the exact problem.
All of the trainers I had talked with said it was water weight due to the constant muscle damage/repair process that was taking place every time I worked out or danced. Some suspected that I was increasing muscle. Maybe even a potassium problem since it was rapid and my rings and shoes are tight.
The nutritionist thought it was because of not eating enough to fuel the heavy worksouts and dance.
So...I went to see the nutritionist today, and this is what we discovered:
1. She reviewed my eating and physical activity and we found that I burn almost twice as many calories a day as I take in. WOW!
2. I intake 100+ ounces of water a day. This was fine.
3. She did a comprehensive weight and found out that my weight HAS INCREASED:
Water - Increased 4 pounds
Fat - Increased 1 pound
Muscle - Increased 3 (yes...THREE) pounds
So...let's put this in perspective....I have gained weight...yes. I have gained THREE POUNDS of muscle. We are working to figure out why I gained the water and fat, but she suspects that they go hand in hand. In trying to increase my carb intake, I have increased my fats (90% were good fats, by her own words) by eating nuts and things like peanut butter (yes...I admit...I over did it with the peanut butter).
So...how do you increase your eating when there is no room to eat? THAT'S what we are trying to work through now. She has given me some real good ideas to try, such as going back to a regular yogurt with more carbs and less protein, since I take in alot of protein, or reducing my meat at dinner from 3.5 ounces to 2 ounces and adding 2 tablespoons of sweet potato or rice along with veggies, use soy milk instead of Mice Milk in my protein shakes (which is fine since Mice milk is going away), using 1/2 of a banana instead of 1/3 of a banana in my shake, etc.
But...the bottom line is this...put in all into perspective. She asked me if I would have been equally upset to gain just 3 pounds of muscle and nothing else? Uumm....tough one to answer, isn't it??? HA!
I guess this is all just too weird, as I never expected this to happen, but as much as it freaks me out, I'm glad becasue it means that I'm not gaining because of being unhealthy, but because of trying to be overly healthy - haha. Who knew!
08/23/2005 - I went to Dr. Clark's seminar. All I can say is that I am impressed. The staff seem really nice, and he seems to know his speciality. Made my appointment for the computer psy eval. It's finally starting. I'm not longer just looking from the outside.
09/12/2005 - I went to the support group meeting. There were alot of people who were in various stages of the process. They had "success" stories, and it was interesting to see that some had complications, but would have the surgery done again. Interesting, because it made that much of an impact on them and their lives. The meeting let me connect the names and faces of people I have chatted with on the website. So, that was nice.
I've also requested from OH help with sprucing up my website. Hopefully it won't take too long to do. The one I chose it really pretty.
9/19/2005 - I went in today and did my psy eval. Boy, THAT was nerve racking and LONG. 500 questions and it took me about 2 hours to do. Some of the questions, I felt, were a bit subjective. And, I have yet to figure out the relevance of some of them. Oh well. It's done and over with. Now, to wait for the results.
9/22/2005 - I passed (hehehehe). Now I just need the psychiatrist to send Dr. Clark's office the results so they can process my file with the insurance company. Hopefully it will be at the insurance company and approved by the end of the month. It won't take long for the insurance company (cross your fingers). I'm trying to be patient, but end up feeling like Veracua Salt (I want an Ompa-Lompa NOW!!!!).
I keep looking around, ready to move onto the next phase, but am not quite sure what that is. I am a planner and sorta feel like I'm just bumbling along right now.
I bought several sample protein drinks to see which ones I liked and didn't like. Do I try them now, or wait until after surgery to see if I like them? Do I start putting things in order, or do I wait until it gets closer to my surgery date? UGH! I hate to wait!
Plus, I can feel myself getting antsy, anxious and a bit overwhelmed by the thought of giving up Ben and Jerry. Food is such a large part of me. I love to cook, and I love food. BUT.... I know that this surgery will be a life saver for me. I see my Mom and think that I don't want to end up like her. But, if I stay on this path.... I will.
9/28/2005 - OMG!!!! I have a surgery date. I am SHOCKED! I thought that it would be a bit longer, so imagine my surprise when the doc's office called me to ask if I was ready to schedule surgery. I just cannot believe it! It's finally a reality.
So, the big day is 10/12/2005. I have alot to do between now and then - nutrition classes, doc appointments, etc. BUT, I am ready to jump in a get it finished, so I can move on in my life.
10/04/2005 - OMG! I am so busy with all of the doctor's appointments. Yesterday I had a metabolic test and went to the hospital for my pre-admin testing. The metabolic test was interesting as it provides you with a base line to start with. Mine showed that I my resting body needs 1950 calories to maintain itself. Meaning that I can consume 1950 calories to maintain my current weight. HA! But, as you lose weight, your body requires less resting calories - THAT'S the problem.... decreasing calories.
Tomorrow I have a 3 1/2 hour class and a meeting with the nutritionist. I still cannot believe that this is almost here. Only 8 days to go.
It's interesting to feel the wave of emotions that come with being approved. Excitement, wonderment, fear, joy, and hope. But, knowing that the date is getting closer and closer, I love the wave I am on, because I know what it means.
10/12/2005 - Surgery Day - 263 pounds
10/15/2005 - Well, I'm home from the hospital, and all I can say is.....OUCH! But, it's ok. Will only last a short time. Having a hard time drinking all of my water though. I'm not hungry and eat at designated times, only because it's time and not because I feel hungry. I drink from a baby sippy cup to make sure that I don't drink too much at one time, but already feel that I never put that stupid thing down. Oh well. It'll get better. I just know it.
My Dog Shelby. Doesn't she have the life???
10/21/2005 - Well, here it is, 1 week (ok 9 days) post-op and I'm already down 14 pounds. I can't believe it! I tried really hard to stay away from the scale, but it kept calling and calling (hehe). I feel pretty good. Can't wait to get this stupid tube out. It's starting to pull a bit and gets a little sore. Next week it'll be out, and THEN I'll be free.
Pouch feels pretty good. I burp alot but am beginning to feel a little fullness when I eat and drink. I've worked hard the past few days to jazz up my meals a bit. I found that the unflavored non-fat yogurt just doesn't cut it. BUT.... if I add 1/4 scoop of a flavored protein prowder the yogurt tastes pretty good, and adds a bit more protein to my day (yea!).
Finding a little easier to lay on my side, but feel a mild pressure where my tummy is. So, I'm not sure if that's my tummy, or if it's from the tube. But, each day gets easier than the last.
10/25/2005 - Well, today was my 2 week check up. Down 17 pounds (not bad) and the nurse was really happy with how I am doing with getting in my protein. I try to stay at 80+ grams a day, and so far it's been pretty easy. We shall see how that continues.
Tonight I am having refried beans (yum-o!). My first mushy food since surgery. I just cannot wait.
Now that the tube has been removed, I feel a bit more comfortable. The nurse was surprised by how well I am using my stomache muscles already. But, now that the tube is out, I can lay down and get up easier.
Tomorrow I will be officially on the treadmill to start working out. I'm looking forward to it. I've waited a bit to make sure that the doc said it was ok, and it is. They just don't want me over doing things. We shall see.
10/29/2005 - Well, I got my 1st WOW moment. Ok, here's what happened. I get up, and stand ont he scale and see that I lost another pound putting me at 20 pounds (WOO-HOO). I felt pretty good, so I shower, put on some make-up, etc. and leave the house to meet my sister. So, I get to her house, and I'm standing in the hallway waiting for her to come downstairs, and when she does she stops and says "Oh my gosh! Your face is getting thin. I can't believe it". She has tears in her eyes and hugs me and says" I'm so happy for you".
Then we go to see my other sister who sees me and says "Oh my gosh, you're losing weight. You look good". Completely made my whole day.
11/08/2005 - It's been about a week since my last update, and not much has happened. I'm down a total of 27 pounds, which is great, but I'm having a hard time getting motivated to staying with an exercise program. I'm tired all of the time and just want to lay around. BUT, I know that's not good for me. It's frustrating, because I do not understand why I feel this way. Is it from the surgery? Is it my body adjusting? Cooler weather? Not sure. Maybe I'm just bored with walking and need something with some jazz in it.
I take all of my vitamins everyday, and get more than enough protein. In fact, eating is getting better each day. I still don't feel hunger, but boy do I know when I'm full. I feel like I'm going to be sick.
I've found that I like several protein powders, so I have some choices when it comes to that. I start each day with IsoPure Orange, Banana, Pineapple, which gives me about 300 calories and 50 grams of protein. But, also like the vanilla w/ cocoa powder and a teaspoon of peanut butter (yum-o!). Pour over ice, and I'm there!
I still think about food, but find that my thoughts of it are dwindling away. HOWEVER, it does catch me from time to time. Especially in the grocery store. I find that I'm afraid of being deprived so much that I buy things that end up sitting. Fortunately, they have a bit of a shelf life, but still. Hopefully, I can get over that.
12/12/2005 - I cannot believe that a month has gone by and I have not updated my profile. Alot has been going on that is keeping me busy.
I started an exercise program that has helped me get down to 223 - that's 40 pounds! I cannot believe it. BUT.... I will say that for 2 weeks I was very discouraged because my weight had slowed down. Looks like I will be a slow loser (go figure). But, I added a Jello cup in the evening, and bang, my weight started dropping off again (thank goodness!).
I guess it's time to update my BMI also. I have no idea where it is at now as I have only been watching the scale. But, I suspect that it's doing pretty good these days.
Well, not much else.
12/16/2005 - 221 pounds (Lost 42 pounds to date)
12/20/2005 - Well, it's been pretty busy during the holiday season with all of the shopping and such, but, I've managed to lose more weight. As of yesterday, I am down 45 pounds (YEAH!) and I feel pretty good. Legs don't bother me anywhere near as much as they use to.
Saw the doc yesterday and they were pretty pleased with my progress (1/3 of my excess weight is gone), the amount of protein I am getting in (90 - 100+ grams per day) and the exercise I am doing (4 - 5 days per week treadmill or Curves). So, my 2 month check-up went really well.
But, what I am finding funny here lately is that every year, about now, I begin to think about my New Year's resolutions. losing weight is ALWAYS at the top of the list. But, this year it won't be. Being healthy, and finding inner peace wil be this year's resolution. They sound pretty good, huh? I think so.
Yes, I am a planner (hehehehe).
Happy Holidays everyone.
01/07/2006 - 214 pounds (Lost 49 pounds to date)
1/26/06 - Just a quick check in. Down to 211 and feeling really good. Saw the doc for my 3 month check up and he is really pleassed with how things are coming along. I've lost 1/2 of my excess weight, have lost 75 pounds of fat and gained 17 pounds of muscle. Big difference when you put it into perspective like that, huh?
Anyways, he's happy with how I am doing and wants me to step up my exercise a bit (my goodness!!!!).
2/1/06 - Well, another quick note. Since whining to the doc that it's not coming off, I have begun to drop again (YAHOO!). I'm down to 206 and watching in amazement.
Bought a new treadmill - mine broke - and I LOVE it! It has a tv on it and I can hook up cable and a VCR (of course I have already done that) and can watch tv while walking. PLUS....I can hook up my computer to it to get my workouts. Means I can't get bored - YEAH!!!!!
2/10/2006 Wow what a time it has been. Seems like each day is a new adventure.
My weight falls off in spurts. Very distracting when you let it. But, I just think that I am doing everything like I am suppose to and it will come off when it is ready to. I know, I know - still a pain to deal with.
I'm down to 201 (as of this am) and am amazed by it. That's 62 pounds! I cannot believe how good I fel. My feet do not hurt, and I feel much stronger. Plus, I have the ability to walk farther on my treadmill. I'm on it for 1 hour 4 days a week, and just feel great!.
I just cannot belive how this surger has impacted me. I feel great and really feel successful. Ya know what I mean? I don't feel like I'm on a diet that will end, nor do I feel like I'm going to regain (I could, but I don't have that looming around me). I just feel really good about how I am doing, and it's amazing to me. I even sleep better.
02/16/2006 - 201 pounds (Lost 62 pounds to date)
2/19/2006 = Wow, what a day. To begin with, I had the entire house to myself. My son is out of town this weekend on Winter Survival Training (JROTC) and my hubby has duty on the ship all night. So, what did I do today? I hit Onderlanderland. What a feel that was, I must admit. 198.6 was on the scale. Don't know what happened to 199, but, whatever.
It was so motivating to see that. I went and worked out, etc. and took really good care of myself.
But, one thing I am noticing. On the weekends I do quite a bit of mindless snacking. I guess I need more to occupy my time, huh?
3/29/06 - 188 pounds (Lost 75 pounds to date)
4/07/2006 - WOW, what a ride it has been. Each day is becoming to be a new experience. Today, I weigh less than I did the day i gave birth to my oldest son. That's a milestone for me, as it was something that I always remembered. Why? becuase I went from 135 to 200 and I was shocked to weigh 200 pounds. Ok, embarrassed is more like it.
The things that traumatized me in the past are becoming just a thing of the past. For example, this past weekend we went to King's Dominion. I was SO afraid to go, because last year I could not ride the rides - I couldn't fit into the seats. I was so embarrassed and felt really guilty about it. But, this year, I got into the seat without any problems. In fact, I had a bit of room to spare as well. That was a moment that I will NEVER forget.
And after I got off of the ride, my sister came up to me with tears in her eyes and said that she was really happy for me and gave me a big hug. She has definately been a positive supporter to me on my journey. How can I ever repay her????
Well, tonight I get to meet many of the people that I chat with here. We are going to dinner and then dancing. I am SO excited that I just cannot wait!!!
And oh....before I forget, I am down to 186 (ok, playing the up 1, down 1 pound game right now, but consistent at 186) which means that I have lost 77 pounds. Yahoo!
Skin is starting to hang a bit in my arms, so I'm looking to start working them to avoid alot of the hang. Plus still walking on the treadmill, but dreaming of the warmer weather so I can go bike riding and hiking with my family.
I was dreading buying a new bathing suit, we are getting season passes for Water Country USA, but i think I am going to get one of those tropical wraps to wear around my waist. Cool, huh??? Then again, I am SO happy to be alive and just able to go that I really don't care too much about what I look like. Yep, getting there in attitude.
Last night hubby and I went to Target and in the Misses dept they had these old vintage concert t-shirts. I bought a pink one that says "The Go-Go's - Our Lips Are Sealed" on it. Why? cause often times I just feel like a kid again. Plus, I LOVED them back in the day, so why not (hehehe). My son just groaned (HAHAHA).
Well, enough for one day, I guess.
04/12/2006 - Well, 6 months ago today, my ride started. And what a ride it has become.
On October 12th, I weighed 263 pounds. Today, I am hanging at 186 (but, I'm losing again, slow, but losing again).
On October 12th, my feet/ankles/knees hurt SO bad that I hated walking. Today, I am pain free (ok, except for the pulled muscle on my hip due to Friday's dancing). I walk 2+ miles 4 - 5 days a week, bike ride, etc.
On October 12th, I was miserable during our visit at the Grand Canyon. Today, I just made reservations for whitewater rafting, horseback riding and hiking in West Virginia.
On October 12th I could not ride the rides at Bush Gardens. Today, I can ride the rides with my son without needing a shoe-horn to get in.
On October 12th, it was difficult to take a bath. The water barely covered me, it was hard to get in and out. Today, I LOVE taking a bath. I actually get covered by the bubbles.
On October 12th, I wanted to stay home, away from everyone. Today, I want to be out front. I don't want to be cooped up in the house.
On October 12th, I hated to clothes shop. Today, I enjoy clothes shopping (just not spending the money for clothes that I will wear for a few weeks). I love going to the store and finding things on the "regular" rack.
On October 12th, I could not cross my legs. Today, I do it all of the time.
On October 12th, I jiggled when I walked. Today, hubby says I sway when I walk (ut-oh).
So, looking back over the past 6 months, I've met people I would call "friend", I've gained confidence, had "WOW" moments that I thought would never come back and feel blessed by this surgery and my doctor.
4/17/2006 - HAPPY EASTER!!!!!!! What a great day, and NO candy came to my house. WOOHOO! Well, this morning, I hit 77 pounds down. While that's great it was more wonderful to see that I have 39 pounds until I hit MY goal. Can you believe that??? It's like having a light at the end of the tunnel. Ya know? But, it's scary, too. What will I do when I lose those 39 pounds? WIll I lose another 10 to hit my doctor's goal? Is it possible for me to do that?
Yesterday, I found my thoughts drifting to "What size will I be". Funny, huh? Today, I am a size 14 and think that it is impossible that I am in a 14. But....I AM!
Also, yesterday, my son and I went to Bush Gardens. I walked ALL OVER that place for over 6 hours. I feel it today, but that's a GOOD thing! Anyways......one of the rides I rode was Apollo's Chariot. This is the ride that I could not fit into last year. Not only did I fit, but I rode it TWICE! What a great feeling it was to be there with my son. At one point during the day I teared up thinking about how much my life has changed. I now stand a chance at living. I stand a chance at taking my grandchildren and riding the rides with them; I now stand a chance at doing everything I have always wanted to do, such as touring Egypt, Ireland, Italy and Scotland; hiking; touring the United States; just living.
This surgery has changed my life in ways I NEVER thought it would. I just hope that the feelings I have today never change. Because I know that once I reach goal, I will have to work really hard to stay at goal.
Have a GREAT Easter!
04/24/2006 - Well, I had an interesting weekend. I had to go out and buy a few new things to wear, because my stuff is just too big. That included bras and underwear.
I have gone from a 42 D to a 36 D/C. My boobies are going away :0(. Oh well, hubby said that I can buy new ones when I'm all done (hehehehe).
But, now when I go to get dressed and I pull out my smaller underwear and bras, I feel like they willbe too small. They fit, of course, but the brain still has not caught up. Will it ever, I often wonder. Will I ever reach a point where I look at clothing and say, Yes, that will fit. And it be the correct size?
While shopping, I once again found myself in the bigger clothes looking. It's a good thing that I took my husband with me, cause he kept dragging me back to the right size.
Also, here lately, I have found that I am becoming obsessed with my food intake. I use Fitday.com to log in everything, but suddenly, I question whether my food choices. Is that normal? is that good?
May 06, 2006 - Well, alot of things lately have kept me busy. Working out is now up to 45 minutes to 1 hour, and is becoming harder to fit in. Mainly because of me, not outside influences. I love to exercise (did I say that out loud???), but hate the fact that it's now 1 hour instead of 30 minutes. I know, just being difficult. But, on the good side, I hit 179 this morning. I was pleasantly surprised and boy did it feel good.
I've also been doing alot of camping. Hubby and I bought a 5th wheel so we could "get away" whenever we wanted to. Well, it's been about every other weekend. It's great. It's loaded with everything that we need, except our food and clothes, so there's not alot to do to go camping. Made lots of summer plans (mountain biking, whitewater rafting, etc.) and I cannot wait. Yes, it makes me antsy (hehehe).
Saw Dr. Clark for my 6 month check-up. He said that my lab work was almost perfect. I showed a little dehydration and wants me to work on that, especially with the weather getting warmer and me being so active. (that reminds me to grab the water bottle right now). But, my protein levels looked really good as my Iron (no longer anemic), calcium and B12. I owe a BIG thanks to the ladies here on the VA board. They provide so much GREAT advice that it helped me keep my levels up.
But, he said that as I move more and more into the "normal" range it will become harder and harder. I figured as much, and I ready for the challenge.
Funny how seeing him re-motivates me. Not sure why, but what the hey. I'll take it any way I can get it.
Well, guess that's it for tonight. I want to get a few new pictures posted before bed.
May 22, 2006 - Ok, well yesterday was another one of those "WOW" moments that I need to remember.
Yesterday, my guys and I went to Water Country USA. At 1st, I was a little self conscience, because I have alot of flabby skin my legs. But, then it occurred to me.....they look a heck of alot better today than they did a year ago. And no one is even noticing it, but me.
So, we go to get on one of the water rides, and the sign says that the heaviest person must sit int he front, the lightest in the middle and the 2nd heaviest must be int he back. So, my teenager says, I weight 179", my hubby says "Really?? So do I". Then they look at me, as I stood there shocked......."I weight 176" I choked out.
That's when it hits me. For the 1st time in I cannot even rememeber (must be since I was an only child (before sisters came along)), I am the smallest person in the house. Holy cannoli!
I STILL cannot believe it.
And then this morning, the scale shows that I am NOT 176....but am 175!
I am STILL in shock and awe.
June 2, 2006 - Ok, another day, another pound....FINALLY! I swear it is SO frustrating to lose, only to watch it go up and down for a week. But, I'm losing. So, I guess I shouldn't complain too much. Right. Could be worse. I could be just staying steady.
So, here I sit at 174. That puts me at "overweight" on the BMI chart (cause it's now 29.8). I'm 29 pounds away from my goal weight and can actually see a light at the end of the tunnel. I'm thrilled and scared at the same time.
Why scared? Cause what will be next? This surgery has consumed my life over the past 7 1/2 months. My weight success have changed who I am (or maybe brought the real me out....not sure yet). So, what happens when those sucesses become a thing of the past? Where do I go from there? Where do I find those "WOW" moments that keep me motivated each day?
In talking with the "old-timers", they are having the same problem. They are having a hard time finding them. But, this surgery is still a big part of their life and being. Maybe that will be how I need to continue down the path. MAKING this a BIG part of who I am.
I just started a new exercise program. it's called Turbo Jams. WOW! I really like it. It's a bit of kick boxing, dancing and boxing jabs and stuff. Not like Tae Bo, but sorta like it. I can do 20 minute DVD and then 25 minutes on my treadmill to get an all around work-out. LOVED IT! I just hope that I can stick with it. it's high energy, and I love the music so I think that will help.
I'm thrilled by the fact that I can actually do it. Many start at the 1st dvd and have a hard time with it. I started with the 1st and quickly moved onto the 2nd without problem. AND still had enough energy to be on my treadmill. Is that a good thing? Again, I just hope that I can stick with it.
Lifting weights, too. Trying to build up my arm muscles for white water rafting next month. YAHOO. I cannot wait! But, i don't want to be left behind because I could not handle myself. I'm up to 8 pounds on the biceps, upright rows and overhead presses (3 reps of 12) and 5 pounds for the triceps (3 reps of 12). Not too shabby so far. Seeing a little bit of defination as well. Looks cool (hehehe).
Ok, well, now I am just blabbering away. Not much else to write about. Have a GREAT weekend!
June 3, 2006 - Well, today was an interesting day. I went to see Christine (Princess Christine) in the hospital. Yesterday was her surgery day. Sure did bring back some memories. Alot has changed for me in the past 7 1/2 months. Down 89 pounds, and feel like I have my life back.
Saw Dana and went to lunch with Cheryl. Had a really good time, too.
Went to Bebe store today and bought a shirt. Hard to believe that many months ago I would NEVER have considered going into that store. Only walking by it. So, it was fun. I wanted to buy more, but knowing how expensive it is and how I am still losing, I opted to wait. Oh well........
June 24, 2006 - Well, down to 170. What a rush, especially after 2 weeks of up 1, down 1. I swear, it is SO frustrating. Anyways.... I knew that I was losing in inches, because I can see that my new clothes are getting a little bigger.
I've noticed that I am becoming more energetic. I have a new nickname on the board that I just love....Sporty Jill! Cool, huh? Who knew that when I started, as a couch potatoe, I would end up here? Hard to maintain sometimes, but I am looking forward to the challenge.
I exercise very often. I am doing Turbo Jam, which I really love alot. I really enjoy doing it, and miss it when I am not doing it. Plus, I still have my treadmill. But, since getting my Turbo Jam haven't used very much.
Plus, still working with my weights. Really need to tone up the muscles. In fact, I am beginning to see a defination line in my arms from working on my muslces. Cool, huh?
But, with all of this positive, I still find that I am battling the food demons. Boredom is still a major problem for me. I eat when I am bored.
I find that I graze most of the day, simply because I get bored, and it is there. I need to find alternatives to this. But, it is really hard. Especially when food is such an important part of my life. And I really don't know why. I think it's because it has always been there for me.
I'm finding that I can tolerate more foods now. So, I really have to be careful in how I use my tool. I really need to make sure that I makke good choices. But, I know that when I didn't, I will burp....ALOT! Guess I can't go back to being a closet eater, huh? At least, not a quiet one.
Funny how something such as food can make such a huge impact on our lives. How do you break this cycle?
Well, now that I am coming into a more normal weight, it is getting a bit harder. But, that's ok. I know that I am getting there. Only 25 pounds until I get to my goal. I see the light at the end, but wonder what heppends once I get there. Does someone shut off the lights and tell me that the party is over (hehehe). Where do I go from there?
Leilani told me that I will spend a bit of time working towards plastic surgery. And that will consume me as much as this has. I sure hope so. In fact, I'm working towards that already.
But, seriously, what happens?????
Guess I will find out, won't I?
My son, Patrick. He's SUCH a pain!
My sisters and cheerleaders. Bryana is in red and Robin is in blue. Bryana is always there for my accomplishments to share them with me.
Our new camper. I cannot wait for the summer!
Me at Cape Hatteras. Weight is 180. I had to climb 253 steps to get up to this point. I DID IT!
Both of my boys, Sean and Patrick, at Lake Gaston, Memorial Day weekend 2006
Me, tearing it up on the lake
8/11/2006 - WOW! It has been a while since my last update, and so much has happened. Well, I hit 100 pounds and was FLOORED! Can you believe it....100 pounds? That is both of my neices put together. How do I feel? AWESOME! I have alot of energy and enjoy working out. I'm still doing Turbo Jam and walking on the treadmill. Sure glad I enjoy doing them, as it has helped. But, I will say that my weight has aggrevated me this past month. I have gone up and down since hitting 163. But, today I started the plateu diet to get back on track. I realized yesterday that I was munching on way too many carbs, and just too often. Hopefully this helps put me back on track.
I cannot belive that August is almost half over. Where does the time go? Haven't done much this month (as far as camping), which has actually been nice to just relax without running off somewhere. But, then again, I miss camping :0(
Guess that's about it. Not much else. Seems like same old stuff each day.
Me...163...down 100 pounds!
Me and my son, Sean starting our rafting day in West Virginia.
Hitting the river! Boy was I excited to be there.
Lunch break on the river! What a great day with my guys!
Sunset on the Chesapeake Bay
9/19/2006 - Wow! I cannot believe how much time has passed me by. So, what am I doing these days? Well, pretty much the same. Still working on the Turbo Jam and loving it! It's starting to show muscle defination in my arms and a bit in my legs. But, something amazing happend to me the other day...I pulled out my treadmill for a qucik workout and ended up running on it just to get my heart rate up. What's up with that???? Yes...it was cool to be a runner!
I've also noticed a bit of a change in my attitude. I will now willing admit that I look cute (hehehe). Yes, especially on those days when I KNOW that I look cute. My poor co-workers.
Also, the other day, a lady commented on how itty-bitty I was (bless her!). Totally made my day.
I'm down 109 pounds and am actually seeing the light. But, what happened when I get to the end? Plastic Surgery....here I come!
Today, I went to see the nutritionist and found out that in the past month, I lost 6 pounds of fat and gained 1 pound of muscle. That's GREAT! I'm gaining muscle and not losing it as so many others do. It's my protein and exercise. I KNOW that it is. So...if you are reading this...protein*protein*protein!
Anyways.....until another day......
My Beautiful Family - My son, Patrick.....My son, Sean and his beautiful wife, Marcela....My hubby, John and I