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Losing the weight and gaining a life....



Updated: 2016-09-07T23:22:02.653-05:00

 



Long Overdue Update

2012-02-26T19:21:40.904-06:00

I haven't been feeling like blogging lately but that doesn't mean I've given up my weightloss efforts.  So I wanted to post a long overdue update.  WEIGH INSince my last post in early January, I am down 10.7 pounds and down 112 total.  Incredible!  After I met my 100 pounds lost goal, I will admit I did ease up on the eating right and exercise and my loss stalled out for about 6 weeks.  But I got back on the wagon and in my past 5 weeks or so have dropped the 10.7.  This just goes to show that what they tell us is true....weightloss surgery is only a tool.  It does not solve every problem or relieve you of the responsibility to make the right choices.  Because the fact is as time goes by you will be able to eat more.  And when you eat junky stuff like chips, cookies, ice cream, you can eat alot more of that kind of stuff than you can lean protein and vegetables.  No, I can't pack those things away in the quantities I used to but clearly I can eat enough of them to keep me from losing.  And I feel fairly certain if I tried, I could gain weight even though I have a small stomach now.  I am doing most of the work at this point, with some support from my surgery.  I'm the one making the right choices (or not) and exercising my body (or not).  The surgery definitely helps with portion control and cravings, but I'm still the one doing the work.  I'm about 9 months out from surgery now and still no regrets.  I would do it again in a heart beat.MEASUREMENTSSince I last posted measurements in December, here are the results:neck - -0.25/-3.0 totalbust - -3.5/-13.0 totalwaist - +0.5/-12.5 total  (WTF???)hips - -1.75/-9.25I have a lot more measurement points than this, but I don't want to bore you with them.  In total, I am down 63 inches.  I have to admit I am very frustrated with my waist measurement.  I mean, really, UP half an inch over the course of 2 months?   I always get annoyed when I hear people asking how to spot reduce fat.  I'm like "Come on!  Every knows you can't spot reduce."  But now I am feeling desperate about my fat belly and find myself thinking "what can I do to shift this belly fat?"  I know, I know, you can't spot reduce.  It's just the frustration talking.  I must be patient and trust the process.  Changes are happening.FITNESSI'm still working out 3 times a week with my trainers at Fitness Together and am getting alot stronger.  One of my current fitness goals is to leg press 410 pounds because I want to be able press more than my trainer...who is a guy.  What can I say?  I'm feeling competitive.  My goal is to get there before Memorial Day.  I am currently able to press 300 so I think I can do it!For the past 5 weeks I've also been doing the Couch to 5K training program 3 days a week on my day off of FT.  I can't believe I am RUNNING!  I've never been a runner.  Ever.  I mean, seriously.  EVER!  But running I am.  In fact, I did a 10K yesterday.  I didn't run the whole thing, I did walking/running intervals.  But I did start the race by running 21 minutes straight with no walking.  That is the longest period of running I have done.  After that I completed the race doing walking and running intervals the rest of the way and finished with a time of 1:25:33.  My goal was to finish under 1:30 so mission accomplished.  And I got a snazzy medal to show off for my efforts!By evening, I was whooped!  My hamstrings and butt were so sore so I soaked in a hot tub and ended up snoozing hard by 9:00 that night.  I slept for 11 hours!  So, yeah, the 10K whooped my butt.  But I whooped it's butt too, so I guess we are even.  All in all I am still doing well.  Feeling really happy with my progress![...]



Weigh In: 2.2 down, 100.8 to go

2012-01-08T10:08:03.157-06:00

Woohoo!!!  I have now OFFICIALLY broken the 100 pound mark AND am just past the halfway point to my goal.  There is something about being halfway that just feels so danged good.  I guess it's knowing that I am on the downhill slide now.  And that I have less to lose than what I have lost so far.  I still have a long way to go but getting this first half knocked out really is a great mental relief.

I feel like I have really got some momentum going so I want to set a short term goal to keep me focused on maintaining the momentum.  My goal is to get under 250 pounds by the end of February.  This equates to a little over 2 pounds per week so is definitely an agressive goal.  But I want to capitalize on my momentum while I can.  When I reach my goal I will be closer to 200 than I am to 300 and that sounds pretty danged good to me.

As for hitting my 100 pound goal, I think that deserves a reward, don't you?  Here is my 100 pounds lost reward.  Ain't she pretty?  Zoom!  Zoom!






Bold in the Cold

2012-01-07T19:59:14.536-06:00

I haven't posted my 2012 goals yet, but one of them is to participate in at least one 5K per month for the entire year.  Today I knocked out my January 5K, Bold in the Cold sponsored by a local running club.  It took us on some of the trails around Lake Grapevine.

I didn't take any pictures (bad blogger).  But they were nice trails and pretty convenient to my house so I will likely visit them again in the future.

I finished the race in just under 45 minutes, mostly walking with some burts of running...well, jogging.  And I made sure I crossed the finish line at a jog.  I was pretty proud of myself, I must say.  I did a 5K in December and was able to improve my time by 1:15.  After the race, I met with my trainer and worked out for 45 minutes.  My, how things have changed for me.

I started the race with the intentions of walking the entire thing.  I have been doing some running intervals on my treadmill at home but didn't really feel ready to try running out in the real world and in front of people!  What I usually do during races, is pick someone out in the pack and make it my goal to get in front of them.  I had Blue Jacket Girl in my sights and I just could NOT catch up with her.  And it started to piss me off.  So I said "to hell with it", and jogged for a couple of minutes.  I can do about 10 minutes of jogging on the treadmill, but no way was I able to do that outside.  (I'm not sure why this is....maybe I'm not pacing myself right without the treadmill to do it for me?)  But once I ran for my first spurt I decided I would finish the race in walking/running intervals.  I definitely did much more walking than running, but still am proud of myself for just doing it rather than holding myself back because I don't think I "look" like a runner.

The last mile I walked nearly the entire thing but I promised myself that when I hit mile marker 3 I was going to run that last 0.2 because I wanted to cross the line running.  And I did!  It was great.  And the other "real" runners are so supportive.  Was really nice to have the high fives and the cheering at the end, even though it was no one I knew. 

I already am signed up for my February race.  And just as I was thinking today how nice it would have been to have a friend with me today, one of my friends hit me up on Facebook when I posted about my plans to do the February race to see if I wanted to make plans to do it together with her.  Right on!  I am excited for that.

As for Blue Jacket Girl, I overtook her once or twice early on, but ultimately she finished well ahead of me.  That's OK.  I'll get her next time!



Looking Back on 2011

2012-01-04T21:55:34.504-06:00

I've been wanting to do "year in review" and "2012 goals" posts, I just took awhile getting around to it.  Rather than looking at this as procrastination, I'm taking it as a good sign that I feel like I am generally headed in the right direction and not feeling the pressure of the new year/clean slate/oh-my-god-this-is-my-one-chance-to-finally-do-it-right.That said, I do like to look back on the year and now that I actually have had some success in achieving some goals, I am kind of looking forward to setting some new ones for 2012.In January 2011, I followed Mizfit's inspiration and wrote my goals as though it were already December 31, 2011.  This was a really fun post to write and I plan on doing the same for the 2012 goals.  Below is a copy of what I wrote and I have added comments as to how I did in comparison to what my goal was.  First off, I am now 100 pounds lighter [I was 99.2 pounds lighter on 12/31/11...I'm going to call this one good]. That's right, I hit the century mark as of 12/31/11. Being 100 pounds lighter feels amazing [it does]. I no longer have back pain when I walk or when I wake up in the morning [back pain is completely gone and I sleep like a baby]. I can shop and do normal everyday things without breaking into a sweat [this is one of the best things about having lost so much weight.  I used to be so miserable and worn out from just the simplest things like goign to the grocery store.  I used to be able to run maybe one errand and it would wipe me out for the day.  No more.  I go and go and go.  I don't think twice about how far I may have to walk.  It's a non-issue now]. My ankles don't swell anymore and even the callouses on my feet are improving [yep]. While I still have quite a bit of weight to lose, I now know I can enter a room and meet new people without feeling like they are taken aback by my size [this is true.  I actually feel like I look pretty good now.  I don't worry about how I appear to people nearly as much as I used to]. Being 100 pounds lighter has made me feel so much better about my appearance and as a result, I've started putting more effort into my clothes, hair, and makeup [I'm getting to be a frou-frou girl again.  I like it.  I've let my hair grow out.  I am taking better care of my skin.  I have heard many times that I am "glowing"]. I take more time in the morning making sure I look professional at work [definitely dressing more professional these days...wearing jackets and (gasp!) the occasional dress!]. Yes, I'm still shopping at the usual big girl stores, but I am no longer busting out of their largest sizes [when I started was busting out of size 26/28.  Now I am wearing size 14/16 tops and 18 bottoms.  I'm getting ready to have some of my better stuff tailored down so I can continue to wear it] and I have more choices because more things look flattering on me [think dresses!  I love getting to feel feminine again] . I now own more than just black pants [brown, grey, blue, cream, and even some with patterns...herringbone and plaid]!Losing this first 100 pounds has given me so much confidence in myself and in my ability to make a lasting change and to choose a healthier way of living [so true, I feel so much more calm and relaxed at this point in my journey because I know that I have the tools I need to achieve my goal and stay there.  I just know it]. In prior years I agonized over my weight and doubted myself while doing nothing but gaining . But those days are ancient history now. And the best part is, I am not doing anything different that what I have always known I needed to do....eat less (and more healthfully) (with some help from my smaller stomach) and move more. Simple, simple, simple....once you get your head right, that is. And my head is definitely right. No, I am not perfect (even with my smaller stomach). But the days where I make the more healthy choice far (like[...]



Weigh In: 2.3 down, 103 to go

2012-01-02T14:07:18.241-06:00

I'm late getting my weigh in post up.  I lost 2.3 this week, putting me at a total of  99.2.  My goal was to lose 100 by the end of 2011, so I was a little disappointed to miss that mark.  But then it doesn't really make sense to discount a 99.2 pound loss, does it?  And it's also nothing to sneeze at that I lost about 10 pounds during the holiday season.  Can't say I've ever done that before!

I will hit the 100 pound mark soon enough.  And while one of my New Year's resolutions is to lose more weight this year, at least I am already on that path and my habits are set.  All I need to do is keep doing what I am doing, which is much progress over last year when I was starting at square one.

I am satisfied with where I am and confident I am going to get where I am going this year.



Merry Christmas Weigh In: 2.0 down, 105.3 to go

2011-12-25T09:17:11.186-06:00

Merry Christmas all!  My best Christmas gift this year is a 2 pound loss on the scale this morning, putting me at exactly 3.1 pounds away from my goal of 100 pounds in 2011.  Gotta keep my focus in order to achieve that. I've lost a little over 7 pounds since Thanksgiving and that has got to be a first for me!  Usually this time of year I can't even maintain, let alone lose.  So I am happy, but am saving the big celebration for next week!  100 pounds, baby, I'm coming for ya.



Before and During and The Man Who Got Me Started

2011-12-22T05:28:38.725-06:00

I had vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery on May 20, 2011.  As of today I am closing in on 100 pounds lost.  A year ago I would not have thought that I would make the choice to have weightloss surgery.  But today and am so very glad I did.  I had a great surgeon, Dr. David Kim. 

Here I am with him a couple of weeks ago at the annual Christmas party he has for his patients.  I'm down about 95 pounds in this picture.


Compare this to a picture of me from April 2010 at my all time highest weight (367).  I stll have a ways to go, but am much improved from where I started. 



Weight loss surgery was the right choice for me.  My only regret is not doing it sooner.  Thank you, Dr. Kim!



Weigh-in: 1.9 down, 107.3 to go

2011-12-19T22:06:48.911-06:00

It's been two weeks since my last weigh in post and I'm down another 1.9.  Actually last week I was down 2.9 but I gained a pound this week.  Too many Christmas lunch celebrations this past week.  Trying to get back on the straight and narrow so that I can hit my goal of 100 pounds lost by the end of the year.  I have 2 weeks to lose 5 pounds.  I can do that but only if I stay focused on good eating and exercising.

I'm still working out at Fitness Together and it's going great.  I am so much stronger than I was when I first started.  My legs are getting hard and even my biceps and shoulders are not so squishy.  I've never had strong shoulders so I am loving feeling the muscles in there!

I don't really feel like I've gotten any smaller lately although maybe that is in my head.  But I do notice how good I am feeling and how life just seem so much easier now.  It's all the simple things that had gotten so hard for me....walking up the stairs in my house, walking anywere at all for that matter, running errands on the weekend....used to do maybe one errand and it would absolutely wear me out.  Now I find myself going all day with no problems.

Life is good.  I am happy.  I'm even off my anti-depressants. 

A year ago I never would have thought I would be someone who chose weightloss surgery.  Today I am so very glad that I did.  My only regret is not choosing it sooner.

I am happy and hopeful!!!!!!



Measurements - 12/1/11

2011-12-05T20:00:00.209-06:00

Just realized I didn't do my measurements in November.  I have lost about 7 pounds since my last measurements.  The results are:

•neck - 0.25" (-2.75 total)


•bust -0.5" (-9.5 total)


•waist - -4.0" (-13 total) Very happy with this!  I carry my weight here so am ecstatic to see such a drastic change.  My waist is now 48".  Started in the 60's.  I have a 60" tape measure so it wouldn't even reach all the way at first.  Happy with this progress.

•hips -.5" (-7.5 total)


Great results.  Can't wait to see what January brings!



Weigh-in: 3.5 down, 109.2 to go

2011-12-04T13:49:01.445-06:00

Wow, what a difference Hardwork! Dedication! makes.  (shout out to Dolvett!)I tracked my food every day on MyFitnessPal and worked out 6 out of 7 days this weeks and the results speak for themselves.  This puts me within 7 pounds of my first 100 pound goal.  I want to get this done by the end of 2011.  Totally doable if I just keep doing what I am doing.I should be able to do that.  I feel like I have my groove back.  I am noticing tons of changes in regards to my fitness and my Fitness Together trainers have been working me even harder because I can handle it.I also finally started doing cardio at home between my T/Th/Sat workouts with my trainers.  I've been trying to use some of the cardio workouts we learned at the Biggest Loser Resort.  One of them is called "treading" where basically you warm up, then go as hard as you can for 5 minutes, active recovery for 5 minutes, hard as you can for 4 minutes, active recovery for 4 minute, and on down through 3, 2, 1.I do this on the treadmil, varying my speeds through the workout.  This week my "hard as you can" was getting too fast to walk comfortably so I JOGGED!  Seriously.  Me.  Jog.  Never would have seen me doing  that.  Granted, was a very slow pace (4.3 mph) but it was jogging nonetheless.  I am so excited about this.  I love seeing the fitness changes.  It is so motivating for me.  I find myself finally enjoying exercise and wanting to challenge and push myself to do more and more.I've already been thinking about my 2012 goals and one of them is that I want to do at least one 5K each month in 2012.  Then I thought, "Heck, why not start now?"  So I am signed up for a local 5K this weekend.  It is actually an offroad walk supporting a nature trail in town that I didn't even know existed.  I plan to walk it since it will be uneven terrain and I am not at all an experienced runner.  I am really looking forward to it.  And to tell you how dedicated to exercise I have become lately, I still plan to work out with my trainers that day after I do a 5K.  Who am I?????  I don't know, but I definitely like the change.Changes I noticed this week:A couple of the jackets I recently bought for work that were a smidge too small (couldn't button the comfortably) I can now button.Taking a bubble bath this week, I noticed that I can fill the tub alot fuller because I am smaller and displace much less water that I used to.  That's one I wouldn't have foreseen.I'm feeling great these days and am really looking forward to what I am going to accomplish going forward![...]



Weigh-in: 3.3 down, 112.7 to go

2011-11-27T16:57:37.088-06:00

Whoa, it's been awhile since I posted.  Haven't really been feeling it, I guess.  Haven't really been super focused on weight loss either, as evidenced by a measly 3.3 pound loss in 6 weeks time.  But that's better than I usually do when I go MIA from my blog.  Generally I'm gaining during those times.  So I'll briefly celebrate that victory before I kick myself in the ass and get moving again.

My birthday was on Thanksgiving and I had set a goal to be at 100 pounds lost by then.  Didn't happen.  Historically I do not do well when I set timelines for myself.  It's like it sets off a little rebel in my head that immediately starts the sabotage.  When will I ever learn not to do that?  Not today, apparently, because I am going to try to hit the 100 pound mark by the end of the year.  That gives me 5 weeks to lose 10.5 pounds.  Gonna be tough but I do feel my mindset shifting back into weightloss mode this past week or so.

I am working harder with my trainers at Fitness Together and have started incorporating exercise into the days that I do not work out there.  I didn't do that before.  I'm getting back to tracking my calories on MyFitnessPal and I am planning ahead at work by stocking my desk drawer with go-to snacks that keep me out of the vending machine.  Once I am done here, I have veggies to chop up and bring to work as well.  Fact is I get the stress munchies at work and there just doesn't seem to be any changing that so I need to have something I chomp on that won't do too much damage to my calorie intake. 

At Fitness Together, they started a Biggest Loseer type competition to keep people focused over the holidays.  We weighed in just before Thanksgiving and will again just after New Years.  The prize for the biggest percent of weightloss is free week of training.  That would be great but hitting the 100 pound mark is what really has me motivated.  If I win the contest, that's just (fat free) gravy.

There's been quite a bit going on with me these past 6 weeks, but I'll save that for another post.

Onward and downward!



Weigh in: 0.1 gained, 116 to go

2011-10-16T08:41:04.892-05:00

Well ain't that a pisser!  I gained a smidge this week.  I did eat some junky stuff at work this week.  Stress, as usual.  I also think this is partially the result of my being......ummm.....irregular this week?  You picking up what I am laying down?  So I'm going to take my psyllium husk pills that seem to help me get things moving again.

While I am bummed the scale didn't move because I REALLY want to hit the 100 pound mark by my birthday (Nov 24), there were some things to celebrate this week.  Namely:

  1. I fit into the size 20 jeans I have in my closet.  Since I'm a fat belly girl, they are a bit tight in the waist but the butt and legs fit perfectly.  It's time to do another round of closet cleaning. 
  2. I am kicking ass and taking names in my workout sessions with my trainers at Fitness Together.  They said I am noticeably stronger and one said he can see that I have lost weight. I am able to get through the workouts without stopping to rest all the time like I had to when I first started.  We are upping the weights I am using.  I did some girl pushups with good form!  (One of my fitness goals is to be able to REAL pushups, not the girl ones.)
  3. I have gotten more comments about the fact that I am apparently "glowing".  I don't know if this is the weightloss or my new retinol cream.  ;-)
  4. I think my hairloss may be slowing down.  I am not totally sure about this though.  It might just be wishful thinking.  My hair is WAY thinner than it used to be.  I am thankful I started out with lots or I'd be bald by now. 


I am overdue for my next checkup with Dr. Kim.  It's a busy week at work  but I need to find time to go get my bloodwork done.  This is the appointment where they check to see what has improved and to check and be sure nothing bad is going on.  I'm very interested to get these results because before my surgery they identified that I was severely anemic and they actually infused me with 4 thingymabobs of iron.  If I'm low again, I will have to start on iron pills.   Hmmmmm....can anemia affect hair loss?  Must google that.



Measurements - 10/1/11

2011-10-10T06:00:14.241-05:00

A little late getting my October measurements posted.  I'm down about 12 pounds since my last set of measurements. Super happy with these results.  I'm definitely getting smaller!

•neck - 0.125" (-2.5 total)


•bust -1.5" (-9 total) Down to a C cup from a D.
•waist - -2.0" (-9 total) WOOHOO!!!!


•hips -2" (-7 total)


Rock on!!!



Weigh In: 7.5 down, 115.9 to go

2011-10-09T07:56:13.865-05:00

Woohoo!  My first weigh-in at home in two weeks and down 7.5 pounds!  Thank you Biggest Loser Fitness Ridge.  I did more than I ever imagined I could during my week there.  And I'm noticing a big difference in my workouts at home now.  Basically it's now kind of hard whining to my trainer during a 45 minute workout when both he and I know I worked out 6 hours a day for a week.  That was my overall lesson learned at Fitness Ridge.  I can do more than I think I can.With this week's loss, I break out into the 280's and from a BMI perspective I break out of morbid obesity.  Now I am officially categorized as "severely obese".  Still doesn't have a very nice ring to it but I am certainly headed in the right direction.  I am so happy with what I have accomplished so far.  My birthday is about 7 weeks away.  November 24.  I'm at 86 pounds lost.  I realized that if I can manage to lose 2 pounds/week from now until my birthday I will have lost 100 pounds!  That is going to be my birthday gift to myself.  (And possibly a new car.  My current one is 10 years old and I sort of put the carrot out there for myself that I would get a new car when I lost 100.)In order to accomplish that goal, I am getting back to daily calorie tracking on MyFitnessPal and upping my exercise.  I am already doing 3 days per week with my trainer at Fitness Together and plan to add 2-3 additional days of cardio on my own in between.  I want to hit that century mark so bad.  And I deserve it!!!!!!!!!!!Changes I noticed this week:Had to buy new bras.  Am officially a C cup now, down from a D.  I think I saw a guy checking me out at Target yesterday.Feeling strong in the gym.My pants are starting to be loose again.  Not quite ready for a smaller size, but will be soon.Went clothes shopping and actually enjoyed it a little.  [...]



Day 5 at Biggest Loser Resort

2011-10-01T12:29:42.954-05:00

I'm a couple days behind on my posting. But we've got this afternoon off so I'm hoping to catch up.On Day 5 I got up early to do Sione's yogalates class. It's hard work but it makes hiking for 2.5 hours easier if I've already been up awhile and gotten moving. I don't know if I'll ever be able to do the chaturanga like he does. Today was the stop sign hike. I was glad to have it because it is on pavement. It's still a massive challenge though. It's 4.3 miles and rises in elevation 1,000 feet from beginning to end. The last 1.5 miles is at a 15% grade. If you want to know what it is like, go put your treadmill at 15 incline and walk for 1.5 miles. We had 2 hours to get this hike done in and my only goal was to make it to the stop sign so I could say I did it. Another gal in my group, Rosie, had a similar pace as me so we walked it up together. It would have been much harder without someone else there encouraging you. We made it through the less steep incline pretty well and then the 15% grade started. Holy crap. We just kept setting short goals for ourselves the whole way through. We would shoot for a certain tree or rock ahead of us and not think about any distance we had to cover but that. We stopped for a breather when we needed to but kept pushing. We knew we were getting close when we started meeting some of the faster poeople on their way back down. Those coming down would cheer on the ones still going up. Eventually we made and and of course I memorialized it with a picture. It took us 1 hour 50 minutes to get there. Here is Rosie and me at the stop sign. We dubbed ourselves Team Purple on the way up.Here's some of the views on our way back down:After lunch and lectures, I had Treading class. This is a killer aerobic workout I was really scared to do after hiking. The way is works is you get on a piece of cardio equipment (I did treadmill) and go as hard as you can for 5 minutes followed by 5 minutes active recovery. Then 4 minutes hard, 4 minutes recovery and continuing these intervals down...3, 2, 1. These classes are hard and every time I am sure I won't be able to do it but every time I do. I have learned your body can do much more than you think it can and it's mostly your mind and self-talk that limit you. It's hard, yes, but you can do it. When I get back home I don't think I'll ever be able to say "I can't" again to a workout. Because if I can do this, I can do anything.After treading was the pool which is always a nice change of pace a break that my knees and back appreciate. After that was a class called Ball Works where we worked out using the big stability ball. The only thing I've ever used it for is to do crunches on but we learned alot of other ways to use it too. Even just dribbling it like a basketball works out your triceps. This wasn't my favorite class but I was also exhausted by this point so I'd be willing to try it again before I decided I didn't like it.Going to bed this night I couldn't believe I only had one full day left. (Saturdays are half days.) The way I would sum it up is that each individual day was the longest one of my life but the week flew by.I'm still hanging in there!!![...]



Day 4 at Biggest Loser Resort

2011-09-29T22:19:46.500-05:00

Day 4 started out with another hike. This one was the Camelback hike where you hike up to a spot that looks like a camel's back. You know...two humps. This hiker did not make it to the two humps. I was trailing behind with another lady and the tail guide once again. This hike wasn't quite as scary as the first one but I wasn't loving it. I'm more of a "take a walk" girl, not a "scale a mountain" girl. It's not that I mind the hard work, it's mostly I just don't trust myself out there. I feel really clumsy since gaining all this weight and on these hikes I am terrified I am going to fall and break my ankle or leg or fall off a cliff and die. Maybe I'm being overly dramatic (who me?), but in the moment it doens't feel like it.The hike started with us going down a fairly steep stretch that was covered with lava rock. I ain't gonna lie, I nearly started crying from the very beginning when I saw how treacherous the descent was. The guide assured me that the whole hike wasn't like that. And it wasn't. The rest was mostly sandstone and pretty much doable with only a small amount of terror involved. Coming down was actually the scariest part. I really hate coming down. It scares me. Like when we got back to the lava rock part to get back to the van, it was hard freaking work getting back up that incline but going up it wasn't nearly so scary as going down it. The lady I hiked with was nice and she was telling us her backstory about something tragic that had happened to her. She had overcome a lot to even be there on that hike. Next time I think I've had it hard, I need to try to remember her story and quit bellyaching.Only got a couple of pictures from this hike cuz I was too busy trying not to die.Once we were back at the resort, it was the usual lectures and lunch. This one was done by the "life coach". I know, sounds corny. I thought so. WTF is a life coach anyway? But I liked this girl. She was very no-nonsense and funny. Two things I really like in a person. So while I probably won't be hiring my own "life coach" any time soon, I did think this chick has some good things to say.After all that, I had a pool class. This one was taught by Sione who was on Biggest Loser a couple of years ago. He was alot better than the person we had for pool the day before because he actually made us work. And he is funny. And good-looking. Ridiculously so, in my opinion. This is him. Tell me I am wrong. YOu can't, can you?After pool was kickboxing. The instructor was this tall chick named Sharon and I like her too. She's like a badass Barbie. Super tall, like my height, athletic build, kind of a tough chick thing going on during class but you can tell she's not really mean or anything. I've done kickboxing once or twice a long time ago and I've never really liked it. But I liked this one because we actually had something to punch and kick in this class. The only other ones I took we punched air. Not nearly so satisfying as actually punching something.Last class of the day was called "Mountain" and I had pretty much had my fill of mountains for the day so I was apprehensive of this one. Sione taught this one again. I really like him as a trainer. Not just cuz he's a handsome devil, although that doesn't hurt. It was another class where you pick the cardio equipment you want to work on and then start at a moderate level, increasing speed or incline every three minutes 10 times. I did not plan ahead very well or I would have started lower. But Sione is motivating and every time I wanted to quit or not bump my treadmill up another notch, I just envisioned what it was like for him when he was on Biggest Loser with Bob and Jillian screaming in hi[...]



Day 3

2011-09-28T22:41:29.676-05:00

I'm a day late getting this post out. I was too tired to even think about it yesterday. I'll probably stay a day behind because I'm too tired to finish my Day 4 post tonight.I would say the best way to sum up my hike from Tuesday would be "sweet mother of all that is holy". I was in totally over my head. They climbed a freaking mountain. Seriously. A mountain. They segregate hiking groups according to ability and clearly they missed the boat with this one. I could not keep up with the group I was in and ended up doing most of it with the tail guide, who was very nice and if it weren't for him I'd still be sitting on that mountain.People, I was so scared I almost started crying more than once. There was one point we were going nearly straight up. At that point the guide had me grab his wrist and I grabbed mine and he basically pulled me along behind him. Once we got past that he took a shortcut and we started heading back down the mountain. When we got done he said,"I think I'll bump you down one level for tomorrow's hike." Ya think?While I at no time in the near future want to do a hike like that again, I will say that I did more than I ever thought I could do, which I guess is pretty much the point of this place. Still, I think I can learn this lesson without risking life and limb, thank you very much.Driving back from the hike to resort I was still fighting back tears and all I wanted to do was get here and get to my room so I could bawl and get it out of my system and move on with the rest of the day.I did feel better when one of the guys on my team (who has been here for 6 weeks) told me the first time he did that same hike he had to turn around the same place I did. So I felt less like a weenie after that. But I was still kinda pissed they put me in that situation to start with.Thankfully once we were back the next 3 hours were lectures and lunch. The dietician chick here does really good lectures. I kinda didn't want to go to the nutrition stuff because I've been on about eleventy-billion diets in my life and feel pretty educated about nutrition already. But she did have alot of good information so I was glad I went.After the lectures and lunch, I had 3 differenct classes. One was Cardio Intervals, where we got on a piece of cardio equipment (I did treadmill) and then spend 45 minutes starting out at a level and then upping that level every 2 minutes. I think we did that 8 times. Then we decreased our level every 2 minutes to get back to our starting level. We went through those intervals twice, maybe 3 times, I can't remember. After that was a Total Toning class, which was strength training with free weights. Because we'd just climbed a freaking mountain that morning, I naively assuming the class would focus exclusively on upper body. Nope. We did lower body too. I had to do squats and lunges!!!!! I thought my legs were going to fall off.The last class of the day was a pool class in the deep end which wasn't very challenging. But I was glad to be in the water and give my legs a break. Since pool class was last, some of us went straight to the hottub afterwards and soaked our worn out bodies until dinner time.I brought makeup and a curling iron here. How stupid. There is no time for primping here. We just all go to dinner sweaty or in a robe straight from the hottub. I even saw one lady in her PJ's. I could have saved that space in my bag for a mega-tube of BenGay! Since Tuesday night is the night Biggest Loser is on, they had a watching party in the lounge which I had intended to go to. But I just didn't feel like sitting upright for 2 hours so I came back to my room, showered, and wat[...]



Day 2

2011-09-26T21:37:25.177-05:00

I am badass. I worked out 6 hours today and lived to tell about it. Started the day at 6 AM with a “yogalates” class, which was really more of a stretch class. Tomorrow Sione teaches that class and they said he does more of a true yoga class and I’m assuming it will be more challenging than today’s.After stretching, we had breakfast which was like an egg McMuffin kind of thing with eggs and turkey sausage and some fruit. Pretty good.The big thing for the day, for me at least because I was worried about it, was the first hike. The first hike is an assessment hike where they figure out if you need to be with the beginners, intermediate, or advanced hikers. I did not think the hike today was super hard. The most challenging part was that it was 2.5 hours long and this fat girl has not exercised for that long at one time in I don’t know when.We basically walked on a trail for the majority of the hike. There was a lot of incline and decline so it wasn’t exactly a walk in the park, but for the most part the surface itself was flat, meaning not very rocky, or rugged. There was only about 20 minutes where we were walking on anything that was even slightly rugged. That was a lot more challenging primarily because I am an enormous clutz. But for the entire hike I was able to keep up with the lead guide, which, as it turns out, I may end up regretting because I think I’m going to get a hard hike tomorrow. I should have sandbagged more today. I can handle the cardio part of a hard hike, I think. I’m just worried about having to do more rugged terrain because I don’t want to hurt my clumsy ass. We’ll just have to see how it goes.So we finished the hike and they had cold towels for us waiting in the van. Nice touch! We head back to the resort and the next three hours were spent in nutrition lectures and lunch (which was a turkey sandwich and salad). I was glad to get to rest a little before starting an afternoon full of exercise classes, but was also concerned that once I stopped moving I wouldn’t be able to start again.But I start moving again I did. I had a core training class which I did pretty good at thanks to my trainer Orlando! I’ll have to tell him I think he’s a meaner core trainer than they were here. It was actually kind of easy compared to what he makes me do. One of the girls I have buddied up with commented I did really well and that seeing what I could do motivated her to try harder. Who woulda thunk it? My fat butt motivating someone. Wow.After that I had a class in the pool which was an enormous relief. Not that it wasn’t work, but it felt good to be in the water.Last workout of the day was a circuit training class where we did 2 minutes on the treadmill and elliptical alternating with 2 minutes of strength training on machines. I was really scared to do this one at the end of the day after doing everything else. But I did way better than I thought I would and the time passed pretty quickly. I even lifted heavier than I have been doing at home for some stuff. And lifted as heavy in some instances as the guy I was following on the machines. I like being strong. Makes me feel like a badass mofo. So I made it through one day of a ridiculous working out in much better shape than I anticipated. No blisters or anything (knock on wood). Went back to my room for a quick shower and then we went to dinner which was chicken and polenta with chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. They were crazy good!We had one last lecture after dinner about nutrition again. It wasn’t bad but I was ready to get back to my room and relax. I [...]



Day 1 at Biggest Loser Resort

2011-09-25T22:22:14.675-05:00

 I'm here at the Biggest Loser Resort.  No earth-shattering post to write yet.  One, because we haven't worked out yet.  Just got weighed, measured, and body fat %. Sione is the one who did my weigh in for me.  How cool is that?  I might also add, that is one handsome Tongan!  Cutey patootie for sure!Also had our first meal here.  It was good.  Small, but good.  And then an orientation session.  Tomorrow will be our first hike which is the thing I am most nervous about.  Anyway, I've got to hit the hay so I'll just post some quick pics and hopefully have more for you tomorrow.Chicken tamale for dinner along with a salad.  It was tasty.  Some sort of chocolate pie thingy for dessert.[...]



Weigh-in: 2.3 down, 123.4 to go

2011-09-24T08:31:45.424-05:00

Woohoo!  Good loss this week and into a new "decade" on the scale.  I ended up not doing the 5 Day Pouch Test as I had planned.  I couldn't get it together this week for some reason.  First day I went to work with my protein powder, but no shaker or milk.  My head just wasn't in the game, clearly.

We upped the intensity of my workouts at Fitness Together so that may have had something to do with the little jumpstart I had on the scale this week.  The two trainers I work with there seem pretty excited about my trip to the BL Resort.  Not as excited as I am though! 

I cannot believe I am leaving for Utah tomorrow morning.  I will be at the BL Resort by mid afternoon.  I don't think they make you workout the first day.  The program starts with dinner that night and I think they just do a class or some sort of orientation type thing.  Then Monday morning will be my first hike plus several more hours of exercise classes.  Can I do it???  I can't wait to find out.

I am so paranoid about getting blisters on my feet.  I've read that's the most common injury.  And it can really sideline you.  I've bought some really good, double layer, sweat-wicking socks and am bringing duct tape and Body Glide with me.  I've read you can tape hot spots with the duct tape and it can prevent a blister.  I don't want anything happening that will keep me from fully participating in anything. 

I plan to be blogging daily while I am there unless I have technical issues.  Or can't move a single bone in my body to type.  :)



4 Days

2011-09-21T20:42:58.488-05:00

Just 4 more days and I will be at Biggest Loser Fitness Ridge.

Holy shit.

This is gonna be AWESOME!



Old Habits

2011-09-19T22:37:34.065-05:00

I've been really struggling for the past week or so.  Some of my old habits have started to creep back into my life.  Food habits.  This surgery does NOT fix everything.  If I choose the wrong foods, I can continue to overeat.  Up until recently I haven't done that.  But I've been getting stressed out at work and I've found alot of junky stuff finding it's way down my gullet.  Candy, chips, ice cream, peanut butter.  Not good.

It's scary how these old habits are surfacing again.  And the more junky stuff I eat, the more I crave it and feel munchy all the time.

I have come too far to backslide now so tomorrow I am getting back to sleeve basics by doing the "5 day pouch test."  It's a 5 day plan that takes you back to the habits that got you started on your WLS journey.  So it's two days of liquid protein, one day of soft proteins (eggs, tuna, etc), one day "firm" protein, and one day "solid" protein.  I need a little reboot to get me back on track.

The 5 days will be up on Saturday and then Sunday I am on my way to Biggest Loser Resort so that will give me 7 more days in a controlled situation to get my head back on straight.

I'm finding out firsthand that this surgery is only a tool.  It's not a magic bullet and it's certainly not foolproof.  And that's the truth. 



Weigh-in: 0.7 down, 125.7 to go

2011-09-18T17:08:00.206-05:00

Down 0.7 this week.  I have to admit I wasn't a very conscientious sleever this week.  It's actually a little scary how much you can still eat when you are sleeved when you are eating junk.  That's why it's so important to eat PROTEIN first.  It fills you up and there's less room for junky stuff that slides right on through.  This week I need to focus on that and also on the "no drinking while eating" rule.  When I find myself straying from the sleeve rules I end up feeling hungrier, eating more, and while I haven't actually had a weight gain since my surgery, my goal is certainly not to lose fractions of a pound each week.  So I gotta get back to following the rules and remembering that this surgery is a tool, not a magic bullet.  I have to do my part.

On the exercise front, I am working out with a trainer at Fitness Together 3 times a week and I'm finally starting to feel the difference.  I can make it through my workouts easier now without having to stop and rest so much.  They've also started to up some of the weights I am lifting.  Very cool.  I am supposed to be adding cardio at home during my non-FT days which I have not done yet. 

More on the exercise front, just one week til I am at the Biggest Loser Resort in Utah.  Seriously, next week at this time I will be there.  I can't believe it!!!  I am simultaneouslly thrilled and terrified.  I bought a new digital camera to take plenty of photos and plan to blog daily about my experiences there.  I am super excited because Sione Fa from whatever season he was on is a trainer there now.  He is so freaking cute!  Pretty sure he's married though.  But still, a gal can look, can't she? 



Weigh-in: 1.4 down, 126.4 to go

2011-09-11T08:21:10.426-05:00

No picture this week.  My phone battery is dead and I left my charger at work.

I lost 1.4 pounds this week and broke the 75 pound mark.  Very happy with that.  I'm making it a personal goal to have lost 100 pounds by my birthday, which is on November 24.  That's approximately 12 weeks away so should be a doable goal. 

Changes I noticed this week:
  • Went out to eat at a Mexican restaurant I was at several months ago and fit in the chairs.  Last time I was there I was squeezed into my chair and felt like an elephant.
  • Shopping at Lane Bryant, I was able to fit easily into size 22's.  I was even able to fit in a fitted jacket sized 22.  Much better than when I was busting out of even their larger sizes.  I still remember the experience that prompted me to write this post.



Measurements - 9/1/11

2011-09-04T20:29:21.195-05:00

I'm down about 9 pounds since my last set of measurements.  Better results with the tape measure than I expected:


•neck - 0.5" (-2.375 total)
•bust -1.375" (-7.5 total)  Methinks the girls are starting to shrink too. 
•waist - -2.0" (-7 total)  WOOHOO!!!! 
•hips -1.25" (-5 total)


Not too shabby!