Friday, April 29, 2011

Guess What?

Well, there are several answers to that question.  First of all, let me share this with you...

Yup, that's right!  The scale started moving after I changed up and boosted my work out routine and I'm officially down a total of...


Can you believe it?  I'm in all new territory now.    Which  brings me to my next point.  

Remember I was saying my goal was to get to my High School weight?  Well, I blew right by it and am BELOW my High School weight!  WOOOOO HOOOOOO!  I haven't been this weight since I was 17 years old.
Obviously things look a little different than they did all those years ago, especially after having 2 kids.  But that's OK because I work out WAY more now than I ever did then and I feel fantastic.

I was thinking about going into Home Depot to take a picture of a big 50 pound bag of something to show how much weight I used to carry around.  Then I remembered that my daughter weighs almost that much right now.  So, check this out...

Now imagine me carrying her around all the time, every day.  Seems impossible, right?  
Well, that's pretty much what I'd been doing for years, except it was distributed over my whole body.  Good God, no wonder I had back, knee and neck pain.

And guess what else?  According to Wikipedia I've surpassed the average weight loss for the first year of a Lap Band patient, and I'm 8 months post op.  So when I feel like things aren't happening fast enough, I can remind myself of that little fact.

My husband the math wizard tells me I have lost 62.5% of my excess body weight.  That my friends, is why I had this surgery!

Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

My Husband, The Show Off

Towards the end of my Body Pump class, when my our muscles have been over worked and we're just about spent, the instructor has us do a 'plank' position and hold it for about 3 minutes.  Some people call it a 'hover'.  It's a core strengthening exercise, and it's not easy to do when you're overweight.
I was telling the hubby how proud of myself I've been during class because I can do the plank position now with no problem, and I feel stronger.  I asked him if he wanted to do one with me since he used to do yoga and was familiar with the pose.
Well, the show off husband, who doesn't have a weight problem, did this...

He not only did the plank for at least 5 minutes (I got tired of counting), but he did it with our 50 pound daughter perched on his back.  Show off!
Really he wasn't trying to show me up, he's very supportive and my biggest cheer leader.  He's just incredibly strong, and this is definitely proof of that.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My New Favorite Meal

You know I tend to have trouble eating solid protein these days.  Usually I don't mind eating things like cottage cheese, yogurt, soup, etc.  It doesn't really bother me.  But, sometimes I just want to sit down to a hot meal and eat like a normal person.  So I made up this great dinner idea (all on my own!) and hubby and I both loved it.  Best of all, it's packed with protein, and it went down with  no problem!

Have you ever heard of Shepherd's Pie?  Well, this is sort of, but not really, a version of that.

Cook up a pound of 93% lean ground turkey with a packet of taco seasoning (follow the packet instructions).  When it's all cooked up put it in a baking dish.
Then I take my fake mashed potatoes (over cooked mashed cauliflower with a wedge of Laughing Cow), and pour that over the top.
Then sprinkle on some reduced fat shredded cheese.  I used sharp cheddar.
Bake in 350 degree oven until cheese is melted.

Here's what it looks like...

Holy Mother, it was YUMMY!  I got to have a hot meal that was tasty and healthy.  Total bonus!  Hubby wanted to know when we could have it again.  Double bonus!

Go ahead and give it a try and let me know what you think.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

What's On Your Mind Today?

It's Saturday, which means it's supposed to be weigh in day, but once again I have nothing to report.  I'm exactly where I was last week.  I'm going to skip over how much that really sucks, and just share with you some random things that are on my mind today...

~ You know you live too far from your job when you're only half way there and you lose all your radio stations.

~ Seasonal allergies are causing me to have severe blood shot eyes today, and I look like a pot head.

~ Our web browser (Mozilla) decided to stop working, so I lost all my book marks/favorites.  I think I have found all my favorite blogs and am now officially a "follower" of them so I won't lose them again.  That was no fun.

~ My butt muscles hurt from that Body Combat class I took on Thursday.  I'm thinking that's a good thing because I could always use a little help in the booty department!

~ Molly posted on her blog wondering if anyone else has experienced a shortened cycle since weight loss.  Well, yup, I'm here to tell you I'm down to a 21 day cycle as opposed to the regular 28 and I'm not liking it one bit!  I'm hoping things will level off eventually.  Maybe this is just a normal response to losing a great deal of weight.

~ The kids and I colord a dozen eggs for Easter.  I learned very quickly that Phil (the band) is not fond of hard boiled eggs.  He completely rejected egg salad, and protested a great deal about the chopped egg on top of salad.  Now what the heck am I going to do with the other 10 eggs I have left?  Damn you Phil!

~ I think my grey hairs multiply while I sleep.  Another reminder that my 40th birthday is fast approaching and I will have to start coloring my hair very soon.  Can you believe I've avoided it this long?

~  I'm hosting Easter brunch tomorrow at our home.  We have no family in the area so we've invited other folks who are also not from here.  It's like the Island of Misfit Toys!  My Mom started the tradition many years ago, and so it continues.

I wish you all a very happy Easter.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Little Decisions, Every Day

I've been thinking a lot about how we make decisions every day that affect our lives.  Usually little things like putting the fork down even when there's food left on the plate, or taking the stairs at work.  All those little things add up and affect our overall lives.

Here's an example from my life. 
On Tuesday evening we had a big rain storm and lost power for a brief moment.  I had to re-set a bunch of the clocks in the house. Although I did set my bed side clock, I totally forgot to turn on the alarm.  You know I do a weight lifting class at 5:15am. on Wednedays.  Well, I rolled over and looked at the clock and it said 5:03!  Holy Crap.  I flew out of bed, brushed m teeth, grabbed my water bottle and sped to class.  I got there about 2 minutes into the warm up.  The old me would have looked at the clock and said "oh well, looks like I missed it" and went back to sleep.  The new me didn't even consider skipping it.  What a breakthrough that is!  And, it's one of the many decisions I make every day that adds up.  Sure, I make some poor decisions too.  We all do.  But think about all the little things that we do every day that are good and are benefiting us in the long run.

While I'm on the positive kick, here's a "non-scale victory" for me.  One of my gym buddies told me I shold take the new Thursday am. class (ugh, another 5:15am. class!).  She thought I might like it.  I really didn't know anything about the class except that it is cardio (no weights) and supposedly fun.  I got my butt out of bed again today and met her there.  It was awesome!  I can't believe how much I sweat.  I didn't know until we got started that it's kick boxing.  Good Lord, what a killer.  But, it was so much fun and the hour really flew by.  I was thinking that the 'old' me wouldn't have ventured out of my comfort zone and walked into a class without knowing what to expect.  Also, the old me wouldn't have been able to get through the whole class.  That is a victory in my book!

Enjoy the little victories in your life today!

Monday, April 18, 2011

8 Month Bandiversary already!

I can't believe how fast the months have flown by.  It's already been 8 months since my surgery.  Phew!
I didn't do a weekly weigh in last week because, well, I had nothing to report.  I've been sitting at a stand still for a few weeks.  I'm now at a grand total of...


Not too bad, but I have to admit I wish it was more.  I'd love to see 50.  I knew the weight loss would slow down, I just didn't think it would be this s...l....o.....w!

I've been committed to going to the gym 3 times a week for some time now.  I usually do 30 minutes of cardio at home on my non-gym days.  I decided I have to kick that up a notch.  So, my new routine is hitting the gym 4 days a week, and cardio at home the other 2.  One day of rest of course.  I'm hoping that will get things moving again.

One good thing that has happened is that people are now asking a new question.  Most people look at me and ask "have you been working out?".  The question used to be "have you lost weight?".  I take that to mean that I'm looking more toned.  I have to say I owe that to my 'body pump' (weight lifting) class I've been doing 3 times a week.  It's working!

So, in keeping with my monthly tradition, here's the picture update.

I don't know why I can't get these to go side by side, but here is day 1 after surgery compared to today.  So, there you have it.  Eight months of hard work, dedication, and a little help from my friend Phil the Band.  Happy Monday everybody!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Just Checking In...

I'm still around.  I've just been majorly busy this week.  The in laws have been in town and we took the whole family to one of those indoor water parks to celebrate my baby's 4th birthday.  A little victory for me:  I wore the same bathing suit I wore on my honeymoon more than 6 years ago!  That felt pretty darn good.

Tonight I've got a hot date with the hubby.  We're going to a Bulls game.  I mentioned to him that I'd never been to a game, and he got right on it and ordered the tickets.  It's the one Chicago thing I have not done since living here (I've been to Oprah and to a Cubs game!).  After tonight I think I can officially call myself a Chicago girl.

I'm still holding steady at my pre-wedding/pre-baby weight.  I'm about 1.4 pounds from my High School weight.  When I get there you'll know because I'll be screaming it from my roof top!

Until then, enjoy the rest of your week and be well.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Some News You Can Use

I don't have time to compose my own post today as I'm getting ready for the kiddo's birthday party.  However, I just read Amy's WONDERFULLY written post about the Band.  Some great information about the basics, not just for new people considering weight loss surgery, but for those of us who need a little reminder of what this is all about.  I couldn't have said it any better.  Thanks Amy!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Hanging IN...Holding TIGHT

I've been super busy with my new work schedule and haven't had time for much of anything.  I'm hanging in there with the weight loss, holding steady.  No gain, no loss.  It varies daily by about half a pound, give or take.  I figure I'll take that as long as it's not a gain. 

My motto is "I'm never going back".  If I stay at my current weight for a while, I can deal wtih that.  What I can't deal with is gaining.  That's no longer an option for me.  I didn't go through surgery, recover, and the PAIN of paying my astronomical co-pay, for nothing.  I have to make this work even with the new stresses in my life.  That's just the reality of life, isn't it?

I still don't fully understand this band.  I feel a great deal of restriction on most days.  I still have to be crazy careful about what and how fast I eat.  I get stuck way too easy.  I focus on protein and have cut out almost all junk.  And by junk, I don't mean what most people think of as junk.  I'm talking about the occasional graham cracker or a handful of Veggie Straws (God, I love those!).  I drink water and green tea all day long.  With all that, I can't understand why I'm not actually losing weight.

This brings me back to when I lost a lot of weight before our wedding.  I got to this point, and never lost another ounce.  Currently I'm at my lowest adult weight ever.  I have to wonder if I'll ever get lower than I am right now.  I know it's sort of ridiculous to think that way since I actually had Weight Loss Surgery!  It's just difficult for me to imagine a place that I've never been before.  I'm almost at my high school weight and after that, this is all new territory for me.  I guess I'll just wait and see, and be excited about what's around the corner for me.