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!
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?
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!
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.
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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