What’s Up Pt 1

30 01 2013

I have so much to update you on, I could never do it in a single post. Here is pt 1 of however many it takes. 🙂

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From the picture I posted you may notice that I have lost a little weight. I’ve lost approximately 110 lbs to be exact! My weight kept creeping up and creeping up and I was feeling like a complete failure. Eating clean is NOT easy. Working out is NOT easy. My PCOS was out of control, but more importantly, I was out of control. I knew I needed to do something and fast.

In the fall of 2011 I began to have some “female” issues. My options were to either lose weight, or have a hysterectomy. Since I want to have children I knew that a hysterectomy just wasn’t an option for me. I had to lose the weight. For real this time. My gynecologist suggested weight loss surgery and I kind of poo-poo’d him off. Then one night, as I was crying to John about unhappy I was with my weight and fearful we’d never have a baby, John said, why not just do it? If the surgery will help to get me healthy, what did I have to lose?

That same night I began researching my options. I found out which local doctors performed the surgery and signed up for a seminar at the one I felt was the best fit for me. I went to the seminar and learned a TON of information. I submitted all my info that night to begin the process of pre-approval with my insurance company.

A few days later I got the call that while my insurance does cover that surgeon, they do not cover the hospital in which he operates. I was so disappointed! I really liked this surgeon and the new technology they used at that hospital. But obviously I can’t afford to pay out-of-pocket, so I went with my second choice (which was covered, as was the hospital).

With that snafu I decided that I needed to have as much info from my insurance company as possible. I learned that there were several criteria that had to be met in order to be approved for surgery: I had to have 6 monthly visits with my primary doctor to monitor my weight and diet, I had to see a nutritionist, get a psychological evaluation, and also meet several health criteria (a certain BMI or above, co-morbities, etc).

I jumped through all their hoops, and finally, in March of 2012 I was approved to have Gastric Bypass Surgery (Roux en-Y) and had my surgery on April 5th. Two weeks prior to surgery I had to go on a modified liquid diet. I had a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch and a high protein/low carb dinner. The goal was to lose about 20 lbs during this time. I lost 12, bringing my day of surgery weight to 355 (yes, my weight had crept right back up to 367 lbs).

Since then I am down to about 257 lbs for a total weight loss of 110 pounds in 9 months. I have so much more to share, but I’m out of time for today. Don’t worry, I’ll write again soon. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have and I’ll try to answer them in my upcoming blog posts.

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Inspiration Thursday

15 09 2011

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday again! This week has flown by but I’m SOOOOO ready for this weekend! 🙂 Since it is Thursday it’s time once again to link up with Gussy Sews’ Inspiration Workshop! This weeks inspiration – Favorite Shop.

I don’t do as much shopping as I would like to be able to do. 🙂 But, there are few stores that are my fav other than the obvious (Target, Macy’s, Ulta…)

 

 

 

One of my favorite and most inspiring stores is IKEA. They have some of the most practical solutions for small spaces and organization without sacrificing style. I mean, who else offers chic styling while providing everything you would need for your home or a specific room without breaking your budget? And, even when I don’t purchase anything, I always walk away with a new idea or inspiration for my home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another favorite and inspiring shop is Barnes & Noble. From the moment I walk in the door I can sense the creative possibilities from the myriad genres, authors, styles etc. My first stop is (of course) the Starbucks counter where I order my venti soy no water chai tea latte (zen in a cup).

 

With latte in hand I begin to walk around until I end up in one section or another perusing whatever selections I feel led to. You see, inside of me is an author waiting to get out. 🙂 One day I just know I will write a book of sometime (until then, this blog is my writing outlet 🙂 ) I get so inspired by the DIY section, the Language section, the Self-help, etc etc etc. I could spend hours looking at recipe books, or fiction, or history… Reading is my passion, and B&N helps me get my fix. 🙂

 

 

What inspires you? What shops have you been to that fill you with inspiration to the point that you want to go and do something about it? Personally, I have to be careful not to replace food addiction with a shopping addiction. 🙂 BUT I do like to use “inspiration” trips to stores like I mentioned above to fill my time with something productive and useful rather than destructive and self-harming (i.e. over-eating, negative thoughts, etc). This journey I’m on is about self-discovery NOT just losing weight and getting skinny. So, where does your inspiration come from?

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: I have not been solicited by or received anything in exchange for mentioning these stores on this blog. I’m just sharing my opinion as a consumer.





Another week begins…

12 09 2011

Last week I had every intention of posting another blog, but it just didn’t happen. I also didn’t get in any more cardio or any yoga/meditation. Grrrr!! I’m a bit disappointed in myself, but I’m going to focus on the positive and try again this week. I DID track everything that went into my mouth Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and most of Friday. This is a HUGE improvement for me! This week, I’m aiming for all 7 days.

This week is going to be a challenge because I’m going to be attending a conference for work. The days will be long, leaving little to no time for exercise, and the food will be plentiful I’m sure. I’m going to do my best to make wise choices, get in as much water as possible and try to be creative in getting in my workouts.

The best part of my weekend was beginning a huge project of refinishing an old desk. I bought this desk and hutch about 10 years ago. It was a beautiful cherry finished wood, but it had definitely seen better days. I wanted a crisp, clean look and decided to sand it down and paint it white. I figured it would be a big job, but I really had NO idea what I was getting myself into. I got two full coats of paint on it after sanding it down Saturday. Yesterday I was able to another 2 coats on the hutch and legs, and 3 on the desk top. The desk top is done (I think :)) and the hutch and legs need at least one more if not two… But it was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to the finished product.

I used to do a lot DIY stuff around the home, and I’m really enjoying getting back into it. It is a great distraction from the fridge as well as from thoughts of food, etc. I’ll post more pics of my projects soon. 🙂





Inspiration Thursdays

8 09 2011

I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more intentional with this blog. I want it to encompass all of me, not just my weight loss and health efforts. Some of you may know that I have a crafty side, and love a good DIY project, scrapping session, making bows, etc etc etc. One of the crafty blogs I follow is Gussy Sews. I recently discovered her Inspiration Workshop! and want to dedicate each Thursday to a blog about the prompt of the week. I think it will be fun to take the prompt, and show a little more of myself on this blog, as well as tie it to my health and wellness journey. 🙂

This weeks prompt is Inspiring Books. I am an avid reader, mostly for pleasure. I enjoy all kinds of books, and usually read before bed, or to relax during the day. My favorite place to read is at the beach. It is so nice to lay out with an enthralling book with the sounds of the ocean in the background…

One of the most inspiring books I have read is Rules of the Red Rubber Ball by Kevin Carroll.

About two years ago I heard Kevin speak, and he is one of the most engaging, dynamic speakers I’ve been honored to hear. His book is easy to read, and very inspiring. My favorite quote from the book is “Commit to your passion and adversity won’t derail you” (Carroll, Kevin. Rules of the Red Rubber Ball: Find and Sustain Your Life’s Work. [New York]: ESPN, 2004. Print.)

You often hear the question, “If money wasn’t an issue, what would your dream job be?” And I bet each of us could answer that question in a heartbeat. We get so wrapped up in our day to day lives that we often lose site of what we are most passionate about. We get stuck in a rut, go about our routines, and all too often resist change, even changes we want.

I know for me, the changes I am trying to make in my life revolve around health and wellness. Am I passionate about it? Not so much… But the results and the things I’ll be able to do when I reach my goals ARE what I’m passionate about, so in turn, I need to re-direct my passion, so to speak in order to achieve those goals.

What are you passionate about? What’s keeping you from it? What can you do to change that?





Yoga App? Really?

4 09 2011

At this point in my life I just don’t have the extra funds to join a “real” gym. I am so fortunate that my job has very nice gym with weight machines, cardio machines, free weights, etc; but I also love classes like yoga, zumba, etc, so not really having a way to do that right now I was trying to find ways to do them at home.

I found this app, My Yoga Routine, for my Android phone. I was very quite skeptical about using my phone to do yoga. I mean, could it really be as good as a video or class? Really? The answer is, yes! I did the 15 minute sun salutation routine and it was really good!

It’s even good for those who have never taken yoga or are very new to yoga. It has explanations for each pose and they are very detailed and easy to follow. When you’re ready to go through the routine, it has a seamless video that takes you through each pose. It was easy to follow (yes, even on my phone screen) and it felt great. 🙂

So, this week I achieved two goals: (1) Write 3 blogs, and (2) Yoga/Meditation. Yay!

Since I was sick this week, I did not get any cardio in – boo! But tomorrow starts a new week and I’m going for a minimum of 3 cardio sessions this week (maybe more?). I also did not consistently track my points – ugh! But, again, it’s a new week. 🙂

Despite once again not meeting all of my goals, I’m feeling really good about things. Here’s to a new week with even more accomplishments! 🙂





Whirlwind of Change

1 09 2011

It never fails… Just when I think things are calming down, and I’m getting into a routine, something comes along to prove me wrong. I get that becoming comfortable often means becoming complacent. But seriously? Being the planner control freak that I am, I like to know what’s going on, when it’s happening, and what my role is to the letter. Unfortunately, life likes to throw 90 mile an hour curveballs at me on what feels like a daily basis.

I have several big HUGE unknowns in my life right now. I also have several “knowns” that are just out of my control at the moment and are driving me BONKERS! Just when I think I’m going to be able to tackle one of them, something else pops up and smacks me in the face and says, uh uh uh…

To top all of it off, I’m sick, again. I have a horrible flu like cold thing going on and I’m achy, congested and have a massive headache… Fun times!

This week I’m trying to focus all of my energy and control freakish-ness on making good choices, staying positive, and drinking LOTS of water. 🙂





Here we go…

29 08 2011

Last week was a turning point of sorts for me. My attitude and outlook have significantly improved – not just about food and exercise, but life in general. I had to deal with some heavy emotional and mental challenges, and I had to come up with a game plan of sorts. Certainly not an easy task, and I’m far from having all of it settled, but my outlook is better and that’s what is important, in my mind anyway.

So, let’s recap last weeks successes and where there is some room for improvement:

  • I did not track my points consistently each day, however, I am about 98% sure I stayed within my range based on what I did eat and my activity. This week the goal is to TRACK all meals so that I am 100% sure 🙂
  • I worked out for 30 minutes on two different days… almost there! My plan was to do some sort of activity over the weekend and that did not happen… so, this week I’m aiming for M/W/F and if I’m up for it I’m going to try going back to Bickram Yoga on Saturday since they have a $5 community class the 1st Saturday of the month (also, how is it September already?!?)
  • I blogged twice last week and while I had the best intentions of sneaking in that third blog, it just didn’t happen. This week, I’m starting out early with a Monday post and am hoping to crank out AT LEAST two more this week 🙂
  • Yoga/Meditation just didn’t happen… but I did get in an AMAZING nap yesterday. I know, I know… that doesn’t quite count, but it sure felt good!

Of course, as I was typing all of that out, I had the usual negative thought track begin to play in my head. BUT, I stopped it dead in it’s tracks. Did I accomplish each goal 100%. Nope. Am I ok with that? Absolutely! Last week was a better week than I’ve had in a while, and to top it off I’m looking forward to what I’ll be able to accomplish this week. What I am having a hard time with is I have a ton of ideas and things I want to do, but I want to remain consistent  with these goals before adding new ones. I think I’ll just start a list and sprinkle them in here and there as I feel appropriate.

Here’s to a great week!