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Back to normal...ish..um..maybe not but I feel like I am!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I am back on track and counting again since my surgery, and this morning I woke up feeling great considering that yesterday was my first day without taking anything for pain and one of my four lovely incision spots still feels a little dodgy this morning but otherwise feeling like awesomeness in a bag. My intake for Monday was 1835 calories which is slightly higher than my normal 1700 but I did decide to up the calories a bit right before my surgery because of all of the extra exercise that I have been doing at the gym so I figure I will get back into it now and when I hit the gym again I will be in the swing of the new calorie scale.



I did go out for a short 15 minute walk yesterday and felt fine as far as any pain is concerned so hopefully that means that I can get back in the gym sooner than later. I won't push it because the gym will always be there and something that I have learned in the past almost 2 years of living healthier is that quick fixes usually never work, so hitting the gym before I am ready or should I say my body is ready will end up being a counterproductive endeavor if something were to happen and I injure myself. Being mentally ready to concur the world and physically limited by some tenderness because of a missing organ is slightly frustrating and again I am reminded how I was just about 2 years ago when sitting stationary was welcome and the norm, I am amazed still that I was in that situation not so long ago and here I am only a week so far where I am limited and going stir crazy because I am limited in the very same way.

I miss my stationary bike, I miss my arc-trainer, I want to take a ride around the lake on my mountain bike, in time this will be back in my days but for now I feel like Margot stuck in a closet while the other children play out in the sun, but sometimes Nature can be fickle and well...yeah I am missing an organ so. This feeling of wanting to go do something over sit on my arse though is a bit bleh because I can't do anything about it is sort of refreshing all at the same time because once upon a time I would have been more than happy to tout that I was not moving off of my robust posterior because I had just been in the Hospital dammit! I need my rest! it would have been the uber excuse that I needed to justify why I was stationary for the next few weeks. Quite the opposite is whats happening, Sunday I did some light yard work which was mostly slow raking and some sweeping but even though I was still somewhat in pain I just had to move around and felt better afterward.

Over all this week is off to a good start and hopefully in a few days I will start going back to the gym daily and get right back into my groove. I was on a roll with the pounds coming off and then post surgery I am WAY up in weight, its nothing that I am worried about between the eating not so great the couple days right after and not being able to drink as much as I would have liked to and the fact that I am sure I am retaining fluids because of the physical trauma to my body that the surgery caused, I am positive that it will right itself once I recover fully and get back to my routine.

That's all I have for you today, Thank you all for following along with my trials, successes and bumps while I get myself into top physical shape, Here's to better health and don't forget that H2O because as you all know I do believe it a very critical part of losing weight and staying healthy.

That is all..

You may now return to your work, play or coffee.

As Ever
Me

  
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MARLA_S 11/12/2009 12:14PM

    Just had to say it...love the Bradbury reference!! :)

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CHIZILLA 11/11/2009 10:03AM

    I know difficult it can be to be motivated after surgery, but you are already leaps and bounds ahead of where I was when I was out of commission for surgery. You have an awesome attitude!

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SKYEFYR 11/11/2009 9:52AM

  So glad to hear that you're healing quickly and feeling good.

GO YOU!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 11/10/2009 11:14PM

    You'll get back where you want to be. I had surgery early in Oct. and gained 14 pounds of fluid within the first week! Freaked me out a little, and took the rest of Oct. just getting it off and getting back to 'normal'. So let yourself heal the way your body needs to heal. In this case time will wait for you. Take care.

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QUILTINGB52 11/10/2009 7:56PM

    Gallbladder surgery - thought I was having a heart attack! Mine was a two-part deal...the first surgery unplugged a blockage and the second removed the inflammed gallbladder.

Gradually get back to normal and you will be soon flying down the bike path!!

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LISAMG1220 11/10/2009 6:15PM

    Okay bub! Take your time and recoup. That is an order! I know I have quoted him before but you know a good Bruce Lee quote never goes out of style. I found this one and I think it is a good one.

A glass that is half empty is better than a fully broken glass. -Bruce Lee

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CPT.SPACEMONKEY 11/10/2009 4:29PM

    You are doing awesome! Take it easy and get your groove back when your body is ready! Glad to see you doing so well.

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CINCYDORA 11/10/2009 3:46PM

    Margot's story haunts me to this day! Don't worry, it'll only be a matter of days before you are out in the sun!

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DDOORN 11/10/2009 3:39PM

    Take your time bouncin' back...patience!

Yeah, I know...easier said than done...lol!

You're sounding like your old self...be back in the thick of things soon enough I'm sure...! :-)

Don

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MSHOPPER63 11/10/2009 2:07PM

    Really glad to hear your surgery went well. I totally agree with you about the water. Drinking the water is the only thing that keeps my appetite in check. Have a great day and remember you have internal stitches so make sure you do not over do it.
JoAnn

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TRACYZABELLE 11/10/2009 12:50PM

    I hope with that nasty gallbladder gone you are feeling better! Hang in there

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SWEETZMIX 11/10/2009 11:58AM

    My friend - so relax.. I know you are going crazy, but maybe you can do more active stuff around the house if you are still going nuts. Just a thought! Now drink a ton of water emoticon

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NGCHILD 11/10/2009 11:11AM

    I am a slosher too .... can never have enough water!! Just don't rush things. You don't want to do too much and risk hurting yourself.

Take care!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 11/10/2009 11:01AM

    you are so ridiculous sometimes - Margot in a closet??! hahaha

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JBMT08 11/10/2009 10:47AM

    WATER forever!!! It is good to hear from you! I am glad that you are doing better every day! Soon you will be back to your routine, and this time will be a blip in your life!

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LAURIE5658 11/10/2009 10:36AM

    Botzzz, I love the x-ray of your gall bladder...that thing definitely needed the heave-ho! I believe you may be right on the weight gain and trauma of surgery. It makes sense, plus the fact that you are not getting your water in. I too am a firm believer of drinking water til you slosh.

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More random...

Monday, November 09, 2009


It's Monday so I figured it was time to try and write a post that was not written while drug induced, Let me start by saying that I have pretty much eaten what I wanted to eat since my surgery since I felt like crap and did not really feel up to being strict. I will do a play by play for those interested and for those not interested you can skim the post, After surgery I woke up groggy (obviously) and I was in the Hospital first thing in the am and out early afternoon. My doctor said to me "You will want to go out and eat a big dinner the night after your surgery" and though I would have to disagree with that statement I did eat before I left the Hospital, 2 very small blueberry muffins and 2 cups of apple juice which really seemed to help with the upset feeling that I had in my stomach. Me not wanting to mess with what works ended up eating blueberry muffins and apple juice for the next two days, that's not to say that I didn't eat a proper dinner the next day but the muffins seemed to settle the queezy feeling and the apple juice was preemptive planning for the constipation that I was warned would come with the pain meds that I was given.

By the time Friday came around I was starting to feel a bit better but still sore and starting to go a little crazy from being in the house and not being able to do too much in the way of..well anything without some pain for my efforts. Flash backs of late 2007 were coming into my head where being chained to a couch was the order of the day but for different reasons and I started thinking about how I was doing it back then for so long because a mere 3 days had me bouncing off of the walls, figuratively of course as I just told you I was chained to a couch..again figuratively but you get my point, I hope...of course you do. I was taking walks through my house and out into the driveway as well as around my house just to get moving because it did make things feel better to move a bit by Saturday but I was still very limited with what I could do. Sunday came and I had enough and joined Wify outside for some raking around the yard and I felt amazingly relaxed after we were done, I think just getting outside made a huge difference and I felt pretty good for the rest of the night.

This morning I woke up feeling decent enough that I didn't even take an Aleve for pain, thats not to say that I have none its just a pain level thats more of an uncomfort than anything else. I have also decided that today I will start counting my calories again and my ability to drink lots of fluid came back yesterday so I am going to resume that as well. I do have to admit that I really want to go to the gym because I miss the workouts but to go all the way there just to walk on a treadmill seems silly when I can just walk outside my house so I will hold off on the gym for a few more days at least.

I just haven't been feeling up to writing a post is why its been a while but I suppose its to be expected when finding a comfortable position is a challenge but I will try and get to posting regularly again starting with this post.

Thanks for reading along and thanks for the support, I lived through the surgery and and am getting back to normal again.

As Ever
Me

  
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JBMT08 11/10/2009 10:43AM

    YEAY!!! I am glad you are recovering well!!

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BIGGIRL2082010 11/10/2009 4:55AM

    Hey, surgery's done. Congratulations!

And now you're up and about and moving again. Cabin fever can really get old fast! :)

Keep rockin', man, keep rockin'!

Cheers,
Maya


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JLUVSHIKIN 11/9/2009 11:16PM

    Don't be surprised if your energy level isn't up to snuff for about two weeks or so but you will get back into the swing of things. Don't take it too hard... you did just have something remove OUT of your body. Did they tell you that your body will require an adjustment to certain foods?

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BILLALEX70 11/9/2009 8:58PM

    Glad that the surgery went well and you'll be back to normal in no time.

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VEEJAY3 11/9/2009 8:55PM

    Yesssssss!

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 11/9/2009 8:35PM

    So glad to hear everything went well with your surgery. Don't overdue but enjoy leisure activities. I hope you are back at the gym soon.
Kathy

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TELERIE 11/9/2009 5:49PM

    Glad you're on your feet again! Isn't it awesome how we change and what used to be our "normal" sitting around makes us crazy these days?

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/9/2009 4:52PM

    That's great news. You are going to be back at it before you know it.

ttyl

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ZIRCADIA 11/9/2009 2:53PM

    Glad to hear from you and to know that everything is going well! :D

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THECOOLESTSARAH 11/9/2009 2:51PM

    I'm so happy to hear from you!! Glad you are alive and well - take your time getting going again so you continue to feel improvement.. Take care friend, I'm sending you my good juju :)

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ABAZOODAY727 11/9/2009 2:29PM

    I hope you are feeling better! Good luck on the Way Back! Have a drink (of water) on me! emoticon

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KNH771 11/9/2009 2:13PM

    Just take care of yourself and be patient! You'll be back to yourself in no time!

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SKYEFYR 11/9/2009 2:13PM

  I was so happy to see a post full of good news! Looks like you're healing great, the dr should be thrilled when he sees you for your follow-up. Glad to see you up and moving and trying to get back to the exercising as much as you can. Hope to hear you're back to your normal routine real soon!

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SHRNGRD 11/9/2009 12:54PM

    Get better soon!!! Just take it easy! Okie Dokie? :o)

Sharon

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LISAMG1220 11/9/2009 12:21PM

    You will be up to snuff in no time! Just don't overdo it and have a set back.! Hugs and it is good to hear you are doing so well!! Lees

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SWEETZMIX 11/9/2009 12:19PM

    The walks around your house sounds cool, just in case you go to the gym and start feeling some pain while you are there. Take it easy!!!!!!!!

Take Care!

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LAURIE5658 11/9/2009 12:01PM

    Welcome back to the living, Botzzz! Its great to have you with us again!!!

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DDOORN 11/9/2009 11:51AM

    Great to hear that you're coming along!

The outdoors is almost ALWAYS great medicine, if you ask me...! :-)

A week or so and you'll probably be close to 100% is my guess. Hang in there & take 'er slow & easy.

Thx for for updating us!

Don

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No bells No whistles, just an update post.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009


Halloween got me, and what I mean is that I ate my share of candy, cookies and I was just not watching what I ate this weekend and all of what I am saying happened Sunday and Monday so Halloween was gone and done with! but the chocolaty morsels were within range and I figured that I had been without a "treat" for long enough and I indulged in more than a few pieces of candy, I have not been a good boy. I believe, let me rephrase, I know that stress was getting the better of me because of the surgery this week and the fact that all day Saturday it felt as if a Klingon shivved me with his D'k Tahg and then hung off of it for more than six hours, so to say that my Halloween day/evening was spent in pain is stating it lightly and after holding off for an extra week I missed out on trick or treating anyways.

When I was setting up an appointment date for my gallbladder surgery with the surgeon I decided to do it after Halloween so that I could as the nurse put it "Be on Trick or treating duty" as the original date was going to be Oct 28th but I wanted to be able to go out with the kiddos and not having a way to know if after the surgery I would be able to go it was scheduled for this week instead. Around 3pm Saturday I felt a gallbladder attack starting but I was out so I had to deal with it the best I could, it lasted maybe 40 minutes and then faded away enough for me to grab a couple things at the grocery store before heading home and half way home is when the pain really kicked in and I literally spent the next four hours nauseous, vomiting and feeling like I was the victim of a knife attack laying in an alley puking. 9:45 pm after a hot shower and almost seven hours of discomfort ranging from a bad stomach ache level of pain up to how I would imagine Hari Kari feels the pain was gone and I went straight to bed as you could imagine I was very much ready for a rest at that point.

Sunday morning I woke up feeling like I had not eaten in days, I guess the fact that all I had eaten the day before was a bowl of cereal and a chicken wrap at lunch time could explain that not to mention all of the vomiting and lack of fluids. I started off slow with a small piece of baked sweet potato from the night before and it didn't start world war 3 in my gut so I ate a little more and when it was all clear I literally ate all day. No worries I thought, I had not eaten all day Saturday and I needed it so it was a pass, but then Monday I didn't count my calories at all and then skipped the gym (which was the plan because of the surgery, I was not going to go to the gym Monday or Tuesday) but there was no reason for the munching besides the fact that I wanted it, it is what it is and I can't take it back so I can't worry about it.

This morning I woke up feeling good ie: normal again and am on the counting calories again as well as put the candy off limits, I am torn on the gym because I did not want to go the 2 days before the big day but as I sit here writing this I want to go today, so I just might. After tomorrow I will no longer need to worry about random Klingon attacks and I will have about a week or two of recovery (at least that's what the doc said) before I will be able to get back to my normal exercise routine so I am not looking forward to that, He also said that a lot of people are able to get right back to regular things in only a few days so lets hope. I know that I won't be able to do my regular bike plus Arc trainer plus weights routine right away but the fact sheet that I got from the surgeon says that walking is one of the best ways to get moving and recover quickly after this so I may end up at the gym just to walk for an hour per day until I feel up to doing more, all to be found out I suppose but having a plan going in should help me focus when the time comes.

It appears that my Gallbladder was not going out without a fight and gave me the worse attack since this whole thing started as a going away present. I will not have time in the am to write a post for tomorrow but perhaps I will feel like writing when I get home from the prom but perhaps not, either way wish me luck because after tomorrow I will be less one organ and that random getting shanked feeling will not belong to me any more. Not really a weight loss related post but then that happens from time to time, Thanks for following along and all that.

As Ever
Me

  
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BIBLIOMANE40 11/8/2009 10:13PM

    I see a lot of people have had the gallbladder killer pain! I still remember mine - it's a pain you never forget! I pray you had a safe surgery and will be up and around, blogging again soon!

Sherry

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 11/8/2009 6:31PM

    I use to get horrible pain like you described so I bet I was having Gallbladder attacks myself.....I will have to do some research on them to see. I had another bad night of horrible stomach pain about 1 month ago so maybe I need to investigate to see if I may be having Gallbladder issues.

Thanks for sharing in your blog! Praying you are having a speedy recovery!

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/7/2009 7:00PM

    get well soon and good luck with the surgery. you will be back stronger then ever sooner then you think. emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 11/7/2009 1:20AM

    I had my Gallbladder removed this past June and I have never been so relieved in my entire life! I never vomitted from the attacks but I did have hours(sometimes lasting 8 hours) of terrible pains in my stomach; at one point I almost drove to the ER(not knowing what was wrong w/ me) b/c it hurt so bad...and I hateeee doctors/hospitals!!

I had my surgery on a Wed. morning, I was forced to stay the night, came home Thurs, and I stopped taking my pain meds Fri. night. I recovered VERY quickly-like back at work that Monday! And the pain subsided almost immediately.

I still get mild(VERY mild) attacks that last no longer than 5 minutes so it is sooo good to have it removed!

Good luck w/ your surgery- you will be back on your feet doing your every day routines in no time...I promise!!

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WILDFLOWERR_ 11/5/2009 11:38PM

    Best of Luck to you and God Bless! emoticon
P.S.- I hope the candy is gone when you get home.
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CRAFTYPATCH 11/5/2009 8:51PM

    Reading this blog gave me flashbacks of lying on my bathroom floor in so much pain that all I could do was lay there, puke, moan and sweat....ugggh! I can tell you from experience that you will never feel that pain again after the little bugger is gone!

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KARYN8SONS 11/5/2009 3:49PM

    By now the worst is probably over. It's a cakewalk these days. I had it 23 years ago and they cut me "neck to knee" or at least it seemed that way. My scar is a diagonal 14 inches from my sternum across my right side. I was in a hospital bed for 5 days with a catheter. My husband had his 2 years ago. He walked out of the hospital the same day. His scars are two teeny little holes and he was up and walking around with little or no pain the following day.

My oldest son had to have his removed less than a month after his 12th birthday. He was up to go to a school band party the next night.

With the gall bladder gone, you may need to make a few dietary adjustments. Since my surgery in 1986 I cannot eat peanut butter or sour pickles (the big ones like they have at sporting events) without dire consequences. Cest la Vie ~

Godspeed in Healing!

Karen

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JLUVSHIKIN 11/5/2009 3:11PM

    Blessings for a quick recovery from your surgery!

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SUNNYWBL 11/5/2009 2:11PM

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I'm sending prayers and bowls of chicken soup to aid in your recovery. I pray that everything about your surgery and recovery is going well!

Sunny



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JEANNE0724 11/5/2009 1:24PM

    You have been inspiring us, now take care of yourself and give yourself some time to recover, then back to work inspiring us! lol

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LFLFLPLP 11/5/2009 12:13PM

    Hope you recover very quickly and get back in the game. My sister went through that many years ago and I know how bad it got for her. I'm glad that will be over for you soon.

LOVED the Klingon references! My husband and I recently introduced the boys to the world of Star Trek (don't tell anyone....I'm a closet Star Trek fan...not the dress up as characters and go to conventions type but just REALLY enjoy the show) and they are loving it.

Speedy recovery thoughts coming your way!!!



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MARGIEMS78 11/5/2009 10:45AM

    Be well! Your progress is very inspirational! emoticon

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MUSICMINOR 11/5/2009 10:15AM

    get well soon emoticon

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LISAJFA 11/5/2009 9:51AM

    I had my gallbladder out last year, and it has made a world of difference! The recovery is usually pretty quick, it's hard to get in and out of bved for a few days because anything that pulls on your stomach muschles hurts, but I bounced back really fast. And I have felt sooooo much better ever since!

Here's hopes for a speedy recovery!

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MDELINE 11/5/2009 7:43AM

    I understand gallbladder issues. Soon it will be over! Good luck and thank the Lord Halloween is over, right?

Keep on inspiring people!!!

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TRAINER_T 11/4/2009 3:45PM

    emoticonget well soon!

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JBMT08 11/4/2009 1:25PM

    Good Luck!!! we are all thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery! emoticon

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SKYEFYR 11/4/2009 11:46AM

  Thinking of you today and sending wishes for a quick and pain free recovery! Will look forward to an update in the next day or so!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 11/4/2009 10:05AM

    I'll be sending you my good juju, friend. Hope you recover quickly and quietly! xoxo

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 11/3/2009 8:09PM

    I will be thinkinh about you tomorrow and praying everything goes well. I hope you have a speedy recovery and I am glad you will be easing back into things.
Kathy

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BIGGIRL2082010 11/3/2009 7:47PM

    Be well. Be happy. Be free from suffering.

Cheers,
Maya


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ANGELBLEU 11/3/2009 7:39PM

    Good luck :) you will be fine :))

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HARDCANDY1 11/3/2009 7:31PM

    good look hope all goes well

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VEEJAY3 11/3/2009 6:51PM

    I've had several gall bladder attacks, and I have to say: it's worse than the pain of childbirth. It's incredibly painful, and each time, I've thought, honestly, that I was dying. DYING.

So I'm sorry when anyone has that kind of pain.

Have a safe easy surgery and quick recovery!!!

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PUMPKINFACE73 11/3/2009 5:52PM

    Bea is praying for ya....let me know if I can help out at all :)

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LISAMG1220 11/3/2009 5:38PM

    Thankfully you will be rid of the horrible little klingon soon! And then you will be super Botzzz!!!! Sending well wishes your way....let us know how the prom goes.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/3/2009 4:54PM

    You will be in my prayers, my friend.

ttyl

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MSHOPPER63 11/3/2009 2:56PM

    I wish you all the best with the surgery. I'm sure it will go just fine. My girlfriend did exactly what you did with the Halloween treats, cookies, snowballs, etc. It's funny as I read your blog it sounded so similar to her story only 2 days ago.
I'll be keeping you in my prayers.
JoAnn
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CINCYDORA 11/3/2009 11:32AM

    Good luck! Here's wishing you a fast recovery as well.

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AROCHFORD 11/3/2009 11:28AM

    Good luck! I am sure it will all go well :) Maybe do some light exercise to get the blood pumping.

Keep SParking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SWEETZMIX 11/3/2009 11:28AM

    Feel better friend. Soon it will be over. No worries once it's gone, after a week you are going to have no choice but to start moving. (I know b/c my moms had hers removed.) The longer you lay there, the worse pain you will be in. Even worse from when you start getting around again.

OHHH and that darn Halloween Candy! I am DONE with that!! lol Thought I was doing good eating ALL the raisnets. lol

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WALKWITME 11/3/2009 10:58AM

    Botzzz, I had that same surgery

and I thought I was Having a heart Attack All the time went to the Emergency Room twice thinking I was a gonner...lol

It will get better and YOU will get back to your normal routine.

I wish you well

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DDOORN 11/3/2009 10:58AM

    Hoping all goes as smoothly with your GB removal as it did for mine! :-)

Don

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LAURIE5658 11/3/2009 10:54AM

    Hey Botzzz, I wonder how much a gallbladder weighs. Hmmmm.... I wish you well tomorrow and look forward to hearing from you after the Prom!!! LOL

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SGRONOW1 11/3/2009 10:53AM

    Halloween kicked a lot of our butts.... good luck with tomorrow... hoping for a speedy recovery for you

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GLOBALKEEWEE 11/3/2009 10:44AM

    I'm no doctor, but I would think that exercising before your surgery would actually be a good thing. Keep your systems balanced, your immunity up, etc. Not to mention that it will keep you mentally up!

Take care-
C



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SHRNGRD 11/3/2009 10:37AM

    Eh, one less organ. you'll be fine. hehehehe! I'm sorry to hear you haven't felt well though. :o( It will all be gone soon! just remember that!

as for the eating and eating....oh my gosh do I know what you're talking about. I was sick last week with the good 'ol H1N1 crap...and i was sitting around my house for two and a half days...boredum hit and i ate, and ate and ate. And only worked out one day last week. then so far ONE day this week. :o( I have officially hit a rough spot. :o( I am supposed to weigh in this weekend, but I almost want to just skip it and wait till the next two weeks just to save my aggrivation. Grrr....
Well, good luck with your surgery. I hope you are able to recover fast! Just don't give up though!!! You're doing an AWESOME job! :o)

Sharon

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KNH771 11/3/2009 10:34AM

    I feel for you. My sister has gallbladder problems and it is no picnic. Best of luck with your surgery this week. You and your medical team are in my prayers! Take care of yourself.

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PHEBESS 11/3/2009 10:32AM

    Good luck with the surgery! You'll have a week or so of light and bland foods, then you can slowly go back to normal - so stock up on soup, crackers, juice, etc. And remember to not lift anything heavy for a while.

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TALKSCHMALK 11/3/2009 10:30AM

    Good luck with the surgery!

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Oh no Not A Gain, indeed it is fat man.

Friday, October 30, 2009


As expected from my mid week sneak preview at the scale I am up this week, the scale said 331.0 which is up 3 pounds from last Friday and I have a couple theory's as to why because I am doing what I have always done. I eat 1700 calories per day and I do 50 minutes of cardio 4 times per week along with weight lifting 3 times per week which according to the calculator on the sidebar of this blog is between 975 and 1140 calories burned per workout depending on the day and that is much higher than what I had been doing so I do believe that I will have to look at my intake vs burned calories a bit closer, that's theory number one. Another possibility is that since the Arc trainer is a total body workout and I do use my core, shoulders, chest and arms along with my legs that I am retaining water a bit more because of the extra muscle movement, I am not sore but that does not mean that my muscles are not stressed to the point where retention is taking place, so there is theory number two. Lastly I am under some stress this week because I am having my gallbladder removed next week along with some other non health related stress and I don't think that alone it would be a problem but maybe a combination of the stress, the extra exercise and the possible retention of fluids all together is enough to cause a gain which may just be retention and not an actual gain.



Those are my initial thoughts on the gain this week because other than having pizza on Saturday and not being hydrated over the weekend I have done nothing differently this week besides adding the arc trainer in place of the treadmill and it is much different of a workout between the two. I have in fact gone to the gym every day this week besides Wednesday which is an off day for me, I have eaten within my calorie range of 1700 and I have stayed hydrated every day other than Saturday and part of Sunday so I have done my part, but enough about the weigh in.

Thursday at the gym something interesting happened to me, as I was walking to the towel rack to get a paper towel to wipe down the bike I had been riding I have to walk past a mirrored wall and I caught an image of a fella and thought "if I could get to that point I would feel good" and then I quickly averted my eyes because I did not want to get caught taking a peek at some guy and then as fast as that all happened I took a double take and it was my own reflection in the mirror that i was looking at! so i quickly think about how they just might have a fun house mirror in that corner just to mess with people and I walk to a different mirror and woah, it really was me that I was looking at and for the first time in this whole weight loss ordeal I saw myself as just a big fella instead of a fat guy. I honestly did not recognize myself in the reflection and when I realized that my initial thought was "if I could only get to that point I would feel good" I know that I had to have smiled because it was one of those gotcha moments for me.

Over all I feel that I have done week this week in spite of the gain, I am going to keep the intensity of my workouts where they are because I believe that there should be a natural progression in what I am doing physically as I lose more weight and get stronger so the intake is where the change will have to be. My plan is to up my calories by one whey protein shake which is 240 calories and will bring me to 1940 calories per day, so basically stick to what I have been doing with the added shake after my workout at no cost to my 1700 base calories and see how that works for a couple weeks and go from there.

Thats all I got for now, thanks for following along and I am off to the gym to look at myself in the mirrors for a while, I guess I will work out while I am there too but hey I am a multi tasker what can I say!

Keep on keepin on and all that.

As Ever
Me

  
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JULISABROCAR 11/6/2009 8:47PM

    I second the calorie cycling theory - I have never followed any plan, but when my counts vary, I seem to lose consistently.

I found your realization that the fella you were "checking" out was yourself very heartwarming. We all deserve to have those moments AND more frequently!!

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SKYEFYR 11/4/2009 11:40AM

  I am so happy for you! That look in the mirror and seeing yourself is such a great feeling, and I'm so happy that you got it!

Don't stress the gain. I really think it's from using new muscles. Give yourself a chance to adjust and you'll see the scale going in the right direction again in no time!

You ROCK!

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JBMT08 11/3/2009 9:29AM

    That is so awesome that you were looking at YOU!!!!!!!!!!! good luck with surgery! You are in our thoughts! emoticon

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PINKYPOOS 11/3/2009 3:51AM

    Haha, you're jealous of your own reflection!! It's nice when it sneaks up on you and you realise that hey you're not actually that fat guy anymore, but becoming somebody that you want to be!! As for the 3lbs, I'm up 3 from Sunday, go figure!! You know you're doing good and I agree it's probably a combination of water, workout changes and maybe stress. Keep us posted if upping your calories over the next couple of weeks works for you!! Good luck with your surgery next week, xx

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THECOOLESTSARAH 11/3/2009 12:59AM

    Cute cute cute - I love that!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/2/2009 12:46AM

    If a person is consistently eating the same number of calories every day the body 'gets used to it' and adjusts the metabolism for that number of calories. After a while then the body does not easily remove fat. A way to keep this from happening is 'calorie cycling'; Since I'm a woman I only know the suggested calories for calorie cycling for a woman, but I'm sure you can figure out what calories to set for a man.

For me I might do

Monday 1200 calories
Tuesday 1200 calories
Wednesday 1200 calories
Thursday 1500 calories
Friday 1400 calories
Saterday 1200 calories
Sunday 1700 calories

Doing calorie cycling keeps the body guessing and does not allow the metabolism to slow to adjust for a set calorie amount.

Amber

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DDOORN 11/1/2009 11:27PM

    Had a similar experience using the recumbent bike at the hotel where we stayed this weekend...full-length mirror on the wall...surprised myself watching as I biked...didn't look too shabby! All this work pays off BIGTIME, eh? :-)

Don

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MARLA_S 11/1/2009 10:21AM

    Thank you for sharing your moment in the gym!! THAT is the moment, I think, that so many of us are here for! One of mine came a week or so ago when I caught sight of my bare arms in the mirror. I was so impressed with the change I had to take a double take! Those moments are perhaps even more priceless than the moments when we see the scale going down. :)

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BILLALEX70 10/31/2009 2:58PM

    Hey brother,

My numbers have been creeping up since the convention at the end of September. I've been at a loss (not literally) of what is going on. I've lowered my calories, but have trouble sticking to them without feeling hungry. I'm not talking 'oh, I think I need something'; it's stomach grumbling hungry. With the weather change my biking has been very little and that is partly to blame. My other exercise has been lacking as well, but I'm trying to pick up the running as I've committed to several races by years end.

I'm sure that this will pass and you'll be moving along in the right direction once again.

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FLAWLESSCUBE 10/31/2009 11:05AM

    WTG on your gotcha moment , that is totally amazing how perceptions change as the journey progresses. YOu deserve all the gotcha moments life has to offer and you have worked hard for them. Sounds like water in the muscles but who knows maybe with the increased activity you are gaining muscle in the process also. Have a great workout and Happy Halloween emoticon

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TELERIE 10/30/2009 7:48PM

    Don't ya just LOVE those gotcha moments? I sometimes have them too, especially walking along catching a glimpe in a window. I don't trust my eyes anymore! LOL! as for the scale: we both know that weight loss isn't an exact science. I think it's wise to keep on keeping on and change some stuff around in a few weeks if you continue to stall/slightly gain. You're doing fabulously well in my book!

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BIGGIRL2082010 10/30/2009 7:01PM

    I *love* that you had that "woohoo, it's ME!" moment! How awesome that you're finally recognising in the mirror that you HAVE changed, a LOT! Congratulations - all that hard work is paying off!

Cheers,
Maya


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B-FLAT 10/30/2009 2:50PM

    Great "mirror moment"!! keep working hard it IS paying off! I just went to your home page and saw that you have lost over 200 lbs. Wow!! What an inspiration.

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RODISWYF 10/30/2009 1:42PM

    That is so great that you had that "who is that man in the mirror" moment!!! I can't wait for that magic mirror to play tricks on me too!

Keep up the great work and continue to pay close attention to your body. Somehow it always knows what it needs to be sucessful :)

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JEANNE0724 10/30/2009 1:41PM

    Great "gotcha" moment, just remember all the times that you avoided looking at the mirror and celebrate! emoticon

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LADYROSE 10/30/2009 1:36PM

    Doode! That is amazing! I love those moments of "Wow that person looks good! And great taste in clothes since that's what *I* am wearing!" LOL!

It also means you're moving slightly beyond the number and getting more involved in the process.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/30/2009 1:22PM

    I think that the theories are sound on the gain this week. I think that the change that you made is reasonable and nothing drastic is necessary. Let that go for a couple weeks and then make another adjustment if it is warranted.

Have a great weekend.

ttyl

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JUSTAGURL2335 10/30/2009 1:12PM

    Aww that's a pretty awesome aha moment!! Yay!

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KNH771 10/30/2009 12:56PM

    Go on and stare at that handsome guy! emoticon Isn't it amazing how sometimes our minds don't keep pace with our bodies? That's one of the reasons I like photos so much. I might not see my weight loss, but when I put two photos side by side, I can't deny the change. Congrats! Don't worry so much about the scale. It's only one gauge on the dashboard. The others are looking awesome!

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LAURIE5658 10/30/2009 12:26PM

    Botzzz, I will lay odds that with all of your fitness this week that some of the 3 lbs. is water in the old muscles. lets go with it.

The big guy you saw in the mirror...that is a HUGE Woo Hoo moment for sure!! THAT is awesome and you have reached this milestone through literally blood, sweat and tears. I also feel that adding another protein shake is a wise move as you are burning more calories burned.

Have a great weekend, Botzzz and drink that water and watch the sodium!!!! Oh and stay out of the Halloween candy!!!

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ELFITZPA 10/30/2009 12:11PM

    I LOVE the gotcha moment - it says so much about how far you've come. Isn't it funny how long it takes for your brain to catch up with your body though?

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MYCUTEGIZMO 10/30/2009 12:11PM

  Keep up the great great work..we will always be here to support you..!!

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CINCYDORA 10/30/2009 12:09PM

    Congrats on the 'gotcha' moment! I'm so proud of you! Hope that's not condescending but it's honest. I want to be there too. I want a gotcha moment and I'm going to keep working hard until I get it!

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Thursday, October 29, 2009


Something is a miss, I got on the scale this morning and I am up in weight from last Friday and if I am being honest it confuses me, let me splain Lucy. Last week I was diligent with my eating and exercise and hit an all time low weight and then Saturday I went to a friends place that I had not seen in a while and had pizza for lunch and nothing for dinner besides some snacking and then Sunday I was over by a bowl of popcorn and I know that I had not drank right all weekend. Ok so you had a bad weekend? you recover from that all of the time right? Usually yes, and especially when I work out regularly on top of all of that, this week so far I went to the gym Monday and Tuesady and will go again this afternoon. My intake has been great post weekend, Monday 1530 cals, Tuesday 1640 cals and Wednesday 1760 cals and as far as fluid intake I have had at least 1.5 galoons per day since Monday so why am I up in weight? its just one of those weeks I suppose because there is no way that one day of eating off kilter and one weekend worth of not drinking nearly enough should throw me off this much.

Tomorrow I weigh in and will see where the wheel lands as far as my weight goes, From what I saw this morning I do think there will be a gain from last week on the scale, I just cannot believe that it is more than water weight or something though because to be up as much as I am and looking at my calories for the week it just doesn't add up. My stress levels are up a bit this week because I did schedule my gallbladder extravaganza and am not looking forward to it but that doesn't exactly explain a gain. It is what it is and as each week does Friday morning will tell the tale, this afternoon I will head off to the gym and get in a workout and the calories will be on target for the day as I am already off to a good start there.

Short and sweet is the post today and that's all she wrote, make sure to drink enough fluids and exercise as much as possible, Thanks for following along and don't forget to check in tomorrow to see what the damage is, whether I get back to the low or am up a bit.

You can now return to your regularly scheduled programs.

As Ever
Me

  
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WALKWITME 10/30/2009 11:57AM

    ((( BIG HUG )))

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THECOOLESTSARAH 10/30/2009 11:49AM

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you - just keep your consistency and it will fall into place. I'm so proud of you!

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WENDYSPARKS 10/30/2009 6:30AM

    You will get back to normal soon I am sure. Keep on keeping on! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 10/29/2009 11:32PM

    I've no doubt you'll be bouncing back in no time...you've got some great momentum going which will pay off!

Don

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LIFEFTER45 10/29/2009 1:23PM

    They say stress can make you fat. Also eating too little can make you gain as well. Are you getting enough calories? I know ... that sounds stupid. That's what I read. I wouldn't worry too much about it. See what tomorrow brings and take it from there.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/29/2009 1:05PM

    Maybe the change to the arc-trainer is causing some soreness and water retention.

Yea, just grabbing at straws. I wouldn't worry about it too much. Next week, if you get the same results, then I would worry.

ttyl

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ALIZA77 10/29/2009 12:07PM

    good luck

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ADAMUNDERHILL 10/29/2009 10:51AM

    Don't forget what you told us about your wife. She went to work out and ate well and then she gained. The muscle retains water to help repair itself. Also, how has your sodium been? The has been the silent killer for my diet some weeks. It is low in cals but certainly retains the H2O.



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SKYEFYR 10/29/2009 10:32AM

  Perhaps changing up your exercise with the arctrainer has you using different muscles than you usually do and they are holding a little extra water to help them heal? Or maybe you should look at your intake and see if your sodium intake is up. That could explain it too.

You are doing fantastic, and I'm sure whatever is causing an increase is a glitch. You're going in the right direction, and here's raising a glass of water to your accomplishments in hopes that the scale shows your hard work tomorrow!

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SWEETZMIX 10/29/2009 10:04AM

    Hope all is well my friend. I was thinking about you today looking for a blog :D Thanks for the reminder I need something to drink. All I had was some OJ.

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BIGGIRL2082010 10/29/2009 9:34AM

    I'm seriously hoping you also do the measurements thing, Botzzz. Just because the scale is a damned liar sometimes. :)

Stick with the plan. Even if you *have* gained for no apparent reason (it *could* happen!), you will work it off again and keep heading downward. We know ya - you just keep working! :)

Cheers,
Maya


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SGRONOW1 10/29/2009 9:15AM

    Today should help. If your only a little over today can put you to a no gain no lose week.... plus if its only like .2 of a lb. i dont think that even counts as a gain since scales can be tricky

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CINCYDORA 10/29/2009 9:10AM

    It's probably just water weight. I'm convinced that some people's bodies, including my own, will retain water at the slightest stress. So any increase in physical activity or emotional stress will trigger retention. I suspect a psychological link. After all, it was emotional stress that helped me add on extra calories. Maybe my body just likes to retain whatever I give it until the last desperate minute when it has to let some of it go to return to balance. That certainly explains what I'VE been seeing on the scale lately. Maybe that's what happened to you this week.

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