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Rediscovering my shoulders

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

So last night, as I was sitting on the couch watching the Biggest Loser (I am so addicted to that show now!) I reached inside the collar of my shirt to scratch my shoulder, and I was so surprised I stopped dead in my tracks. Was that my shoulder? It felt normal--I mean normal-sized--like all the fluffy padding was gone and I could actually feel definition of my bones and muscles there, the way it should be! I'm sure it didn't just happen overnight, but it was the first time I noticed it. I actually grabbed my husband's hand and said "You've gotta feel this! I have a shoulder!" He said, "Yeah, I know." I said, "No, I mean, I can really feel my shoulder - bones, muscles - I haven't felt that for years!" And again, he said, "Yeah, I know. I noticed that recently when I put my arm around your shoulders." Of course, he didn't say anything to me. Men!

Now I just have to keep working on rediscovering the rest of me!

  
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FOXIER 10/16/2009 5:27AM

  Its funny how men never say the things that we need to hear to keep us going, but congrats on rediscovering a bit of you.

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FELICE73 10/15/2009 11:19AM

    Awesome! I am so proud of your accomplishments so far! I haven't worn a size 16 in soooooo long - and ANY 16! Unfortunately since I have been heavy for a long time its not "rediscover" but "reinvent" LOL cuz I never had a "normal" one to begin with! Keep it up!!

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MORGANLAFEE 10/14/2009 9:55PM

    Good luck on Rediscovering the rest of yourself. Isn't it fun.

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FRENCHTOSD 10/14/2009 8:12PM

    Well, that is not something you would think of, but how encouraging!

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I hate "liquid" days and need some help!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

So, tomorrow afternoon I go in for my third band adjustment. I'm excited to think that I am progressing in my journey, so why is it all I can think about is dreading 2 days of liquids? I mean, if I could make it through 2 weeks of liquids after surgery, why now am I such a whimp that those two days of liquids after my fills just drive me crazy?! All I can think about those days is eating, and last time I actually cheated and went to Dairy Queen twice for a shake. OMG, the calories! What was I thinking??!! It's not like I'm starving or something!

I want to do better this time. I'm really sick of the protein powder I have been using, and I'm thinking that maybe changing that up and using a prepared shake for those two days might make it easier. Do you have any suggestions to make it easier, or maybe to just get my mind off of it?

  
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TONNIJ 10/23/2009 9:20PM

    I don't have to do all liquids after a fill. I usually do soft foods, but my dr. doesn't even require that....

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MISSYMEL79 9/30/2009 1:26PM

    HI there-I am new to all this and don't even know where to buy all those shakes you guys are talking about. Do you get them in the weight loss section or like at a GNC nutrition kind of store? That cookies and cream one sounds good. I am trying to get myself used to a shake every now and then for a meal. Yesterday I made my own version with now powder stuff. I am guessing it has similar fat/calorie amounts-maybe not? Anyway-here's what I did. In my magic bullet-I put: 1 large banana, 2 tbsp peanut butter, one 5.5 once plain skim greek yogurt (tons of protein!), 1/2 c skim, a little hersheys chocolate, and about 5 ice cubes. Of coure the chocolate is not needed but makes it taste oh so yummy! The peanutbutter and greek yogurt have lots of protein and I was full the rest of the afternoon until dinner. Now I am not bannded yet-so that is probably way more than you can eat when restricted-so cut it in half and try. It is not super thick but is good. Oh and blend without the ice cubes to mix up all the rest then throw the cubes in and blend again. Otherwise it won't all fit.

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MORGANLAFEE 9/30/2009 1:14PM

    This is weird. My surgeon has never said to go on liquids after a fill nor is it in my literature. I have one tomorrow. They do make sure I can drink a glass of water afterwards. I'm going to the Renaisance Festival on Saturday and while I will be careful I intend to eat. I always make excuses about getting so much exercise I can eat. My daughter Dawn is an inactive Herbalife owner and gives me a MOMMY discount. So I use their shakes, protein powder, etc and I prefer it with some fruit added. Good Luck.

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NEEDSTHEBEACH 9/30/2009 12:54PM

    Syntrax Matrix Cookies & Cream is really good (so is the Chocolate). I make with 1 cup of 1% milk, 1/2 of a banana and 5 or 6 ice cubes. Blend and it's just like a milk shake. Seriously, this stuff is good tasting. Sometimes I add some cinnamon to give it a little extra kick. Really good.

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TEXASGIRL48 9/30/2009 12:50PM

    If you want to try the premade shakes I like the EAS AdvantEdge at WalMart. They have a better taste than Adkins or SlimFast Lo Carb. You can also have broth or jello or anything like that. My doctor only requires a day of liquid and a day of mushy. If your fill gives you any restriction you probably won't be too hungry anyhow.

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FELICE73 9/30/2009 10:17AM

    Good luck on your fill! I am having my 2nd on the 13th of October. My dr only required 24 hours of liquids and usually I get by on the slim fast shakes. Smoothies with protein powder actually sound yummy to me (I must be twisted now!).

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HOFFARD 9/29/2009 11:36PM

    Yes, fruit smoothies with protein powder. They are healthy, a lot like a milkshake, and the coolness always soothes my recently clamped on stomach.

Good luck!

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My favorite veggie burger

Friday, September 18, 2009

I have found a veggie burger which is truly blogworthy...Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean burger. I've always enjoyed eating this variety of veggie burger, but today instead of the usual "on a bun with some American cheese and ketchup" routine, I kicked it up a notch. I added some grilled onions, avocado and tomato slices, and a little cheddar cheese and put it on a lightly toasted Arnold sandwich thin. It was absolutely delicious! I will definitely be making this again. What a satisfying lunch!

  
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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/22/2009 3:57PM

    I love veggie burgers but was wondering how spicy it is? I sometimes get heartburn from the veggie burgers! but am looking for a hamburger alternate!

linda

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102633 9/19/2009 9:24PM

    Never had these but it may be worth a try. Thanks for the post.

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FITWITHIN 9/18/2009 5:45PM

    I love Morning Star veggie burger, but I haven't tried the Spicy Black Bean. My son and I are the only ones in the house that eat them. I cut it up and put it into my salad sometimes.

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ANG2002 9/18/2009 5:40PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE these too! Usually, i'll wrap it in a low carb tortilla. Add a little diced tomato, lettuce, sour cream, and low fat cheese. These truly are FANTASTIC!

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LOSETHEWTIN08 9/18/2009 3:30PM

    thanks for the info

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Biggest Loser season premier

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

So, did you catch the season premier of The Biggest Loser? I never used to watch this show--it made me angry that people got eliminated when they were working so hard and clearly needed the resources and support of the show to support their efforts. I was really against the fact that the new "healthy lifestyle" they were developing was so extreme that it would be impossible for most people to maintain that intensity after the show. But, mid season last year, for some reason, I started watching BL, and even though I still don't agree with all of the extreme tactics that are used, I found it inspirational to see how the contestants were changing their lives, and I found my own motivation increasing. I was really excited for the new season to start.

So, I had dinner plans with a friend who is on Weight Watchers, and we decided to watch the show together afterward. Dinner was good--grilled salmon and veggies. A respectable choice. But we took dessert to go (I got a slice of raspberry pie) and went back to her house and sat on the couch eating our pie while we watched the show. Can you even believe it!? I half expected Bob and Jillian to jump through the TV and slap us up!

I was really worried when the first challenge resulted in two contestants going to the hospital. How can it be good to push people that hard? Where do you draw the line between pushing someone outside of their comfort zone to show them they can overcome, and actually pushing them to their breaking point? It was like watching drill sergeants in a military boot camp. One comment Jillian made particularly irritated me, about how it pisses her off when contestants don't work up to their potential. How can she know what each contestant's potential is? Isn't making someone vomit and/or have to go to the hospital crossing the line? Yikes!

Then came the weigh in, and I could hardly believe my eyes. People losing 20 pounds in a week???? How is that even possible? It took me over a month to lose that at first. (and no, I wasn't eating pie!) I know that calories can only be cut so far, so the answer has to be all that exercise. Maybe Bob and Jillian are doing the right thing after all? I know this is a TV show and that the extreme limits these people are pushed to are not realistic for most people. Maybe they make it look worse on TV than it really is? I don't know, but whatever the case, I found myself feeling motivated to pump up my workouts and push past my own self-imposed boundaries, and that's a good thing. I jokingly suggested to a friend I should ask my husband to yell in my face and swear at me while I'm on my treadmill to get me going faster or something, but she reminded me that could be dangerous for him if he does that at the wrong time of the month. LOL!

Anyway, I'm looking forward to following the contestants this season and stepping up my own game in the process.

By the way, does anyone have experience using those Bodybugg arm band monitors that the contestants are using to track calories burned? I'm wondering if those things are really accurate and a good tool to use or if it's all hype.

  
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KATHLEEN320 9/16/2009 6:56PM

    Darn, I missed it -- didn't realize it was on. Will try to catch it next week.

About weight loss, the bigger you are, the more you can lose quickly (although some of it is water). I happen to be on the small side, so I lose weight very slowly -- it will take me about 2 months or more to lose 10 pounds. (I do Weight Watchers.)

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KTROS1 9/16/2009 4:23PM

    I was a drill sgt for 3 yrs. It is important to know how far you can push someone. Remember that we only saw a tiny bit of what was going on. How many times did they quit during that week that they didn't show? I wouldn't curse someone out because it just reinforces negative behavior but I can see that the first week they will have to find out who is weak minded and be able to push them harder not only to lose weight but to believe in themselves. I, personally, would not respond well to someone cursing at me. I am so inspired and motivated by these individuals on the BL. I tape it so that when I work out I can watch it. I wish that none of them would have to go home during those 3 mths. Why can't they stay but just not be able to compete for the money? All in all, I have to say that Biggest Loser has helped alot of people and not just people on the show!

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DTRMNEDME 9/16/2009 2:34PM

    I also watched the show and to be honest with you I felt making them do a mile the minute they got there was a wee bit too much.. I felt they needed a day to get use to it and no wonder two had to go to the hosp?

I'm sorry but if I had of been some of them I would have slapped Jillian in the face when she kept belitting them with the f words and calling one of them a b.

I know people have to understand that is a part of what the show is and that they have to be pushed but she is a monster when it comes to no compassion....no I didn't say they should get excused for not working out and they shouldn't boohoo or why would they be there but hey there is a limit as to what a 479 person can do until they have worked out a little while isn't there?

I wonder what will happen when someone keels over and dies?

I guess the answer would be that they signed a paper....

With all that said I do love the show as I feel so close to those people that need help so bad..

I just think they need to set miss Jillian down and have a chat with her as to how rude she really is...not everyone wants to look manly like she does...we just want to look better and have better health....

Of course this is my opinion only...

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THEQUEENBEE333 9/16/2009 12:17PM

    I am sorry I missed it, people have made mixed comments on it. I will have to see if I can catch a re-run ! :-) Have a good Wed.

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Me...running?

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I can hardly believe it, but I just RAN on my treadmill!

I have always been intrigued with running. I remember trying to take up jogging as a teenager (I was overweight then, too) and it just never worked out for me. I admired people who were runners--to me, that was the ultimate sign of fitness. I was embarassed that I couldn't do it--always the last one across the finish line in gym class, limping the last leg of the track with legs and lungs burning and a stitch in my side. I had pretty much given up on the idea a long time ago.

But this week, I decided to try again. Two days ago, I nudged the speed up on my treadmill when I was walking, just a little faster than I could walk comfortably. I walked/jogged for just a couple minutes at first and fell in love with how it felt. Tonight, with my teadmill at a level 2 incline, I jogged at almost 4 miles per hour for nearly 10 minutes. I actually felt like I could do more, but I was short on time. This probably seems like baby stuff to the hard core runners out there, but I feel so good I am positively beaming. I am so excited to continue increasing my fitness. I hope someday to build up to be able to run a 5K. I know for sure I could have never done this before losing weight--in fact, I wouldn't have even tried, for fear of killing myself in the process. Even though I am still at 211 pounds, I am continuing to reclaim my life one pound at a time. It amazes me how much I was missing out on and didn't even realize it!

If there's something you were afraid to do when you were heavier, maybe it's time to challenge yourself to at least try. You might find out that you've come farther than you realize and you might just succeed!

  
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KTROS1 9/16/2009 4:28PM

    You are doing great! I used to be a competitive runner and I am just getting back into it now that I am losing weight. Don't kill yourself, you are doing it right! You just add a minute onto your time each time you get on your treadmill, or each week if it is too much and build up. You'll be running all the way in no time! emoticon emoticon

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BUBBLES1541 9/13/2009 9:42AM

    Way to go on running!!!! I'm also fascinating with those who run & would love to join down the line. You rock!!

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BUBBLES1541 9/13/2009 9:39AM

    Way to go on running!!!! I'm also fascinating with those who run & would love to join down the line. You rock!!

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DEBSZOO74 8/9/2009 1:04AM

    You are doing great!!! Good job for pushing yourself and giving it a try! I've never been athletic or interested in running, but do a lot of walking on my treadmill. Lately, I've been starting to think about trying to do some running on the treadmill. After reading your blog, I may just give it a try! Thanks for being an inspiration, and I wish you continued success on your journey!
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DDOORN 8/6/2009 9:15AM

    Love it! Remember bumping up the speed and being able to jog along at increasing speeds. I don't do it often enough, but I am still amazed after all these years that I can do it at ALL...lol!

I recently blogged about running not only on my 'mill, but out at the park too...surprised myself over how far / how long I could go...woo to YOU and ALL of us here at SparkPeople! :-)

Don

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JAZZYJUDE 8/6/2009 1:41AM

    That is just awesome! I am so there with you! I've always wanted to just run, run, run! I am not there just yet. I am trying to get started on running, per se. So, I jot Leslie's job in place you do in front of your tv and then I will start a walk/jog and then progress from there. I like the feel of the wind against my face, so I am going to try it outside.

Job well done!! Woo Hoo!! Jazzy!!

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ALANOFLINY 8/6/2009 12:27AM

    WooHoo!!! I know the feeling. I was always athletic, up until I tore up my knee at the age of 17. Along the yo-yo path to health-hell, I did reach a point I lost enough I was able to run again. But that was 1989 or so.

So here I am, amazed, that I'm out on the boardwalk, or the local road, and actually running. (Okay, real runners would call it a jog, but it's still more than walking). Amazing the things we can do as we get more and more in shape, huh?

Congrats again!! (and another Woohoo)

Alan

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JULZLEE28 8/5/2009 11:57PM

    Hoooooray!!! May you be a proud member of the turtle club!!! We run slow, but we get the job done!!
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JULZLEE28 8/5/2009 11:55PM

    Hoooooray!!! May you be a proud member of the turtle club!!! We run slow, but we get the job done!!
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MNNICE 8/5/2009 11:14PM

    Good for you!!!! It's not about keeping up with anyone else, it's about reaching YOUR goals and no one else's. I think you'll find that once you run more, the weight will come off quicker. I personally really don't like running but I set a goal of running a 5K with my daughter and I AM going to do it - in 2 1/2 weeks! Good luck to you. Don't give up -- you'll get there!

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