Thursday, August 04, 2011
Just wanted to let everyone know I made it through surgery okay. I ended up needing a blood transfusion, but felt much better after that. Will post more once I'm felling more normal.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
I made it to Mexico without any problems. All settled in at the recovery house. My surgeons Patient Coordinator will be picking me up to take me to the clinic for my surgery in about a half hour. Will try to post tomorrow, once I'm back at the recovery house, but if I don't post, don't panic!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
My surgery is a week from today! I can't believe it. I think I'm kind of in denial about it now. I'm on auto-pilot, just plugging away doing the things I know I need to do, but not really thinking about it.
I did horribly with my eating last week and gained 4 pounds (mostly water weight from the high sodium). I think I was rebelling against the clean eating I was trying to stick to. It got really tough to stick to after a while. I felt like, if I had to eat another salad for lunch, I would just kill myself. I found some alternative lunch options at the grocery store this weekend, so hopefully I can make it through this last week eating better.
One bright spot of my week last week was that I bought my first bathing suit in about 10 years. But not just any bathing suit, a BIKINI! Can you believe it? I bought it primarily for taking PG-13 rated before/after photos for my surgery, but I might actually wear it to actually go swimming in at some point. Shockingly, it doesn't look horrible on me even pre-surgery. I was pretty surprised by that. I'm not saying I'm about to run out to the beach in it right this minute, but if it looks half-decent pre-surgery, then I think I might actually look presentable in it post-surgery. I'm taking all my before photos this coming Sunday, so watch for those. Also, I am going to take my final "after" photo for SparkPeople. I know I haven't posted an updated side-by-side before/after pic of myself since I got to Onederland, so I want to have my final pre-surgery after weight loss pic posted for all of you. I didn't quite make it down to my goal of 155, but I think the changes are amazing and I'm pretty proud and happy with where I ended up. I will likely drop a few more pounds from the surgery, but I really consider the weight LOSS part of my journey to be over. On to the maintenance phase!
Saturday was my last 5k of the season and it was horrible. It was 84 degrees already by the time the race started at 8:30 am. The heat just killed me. I felt sick nearly the whole race. Some guy threw up right in front of me. It was awful. I had to walk most of the second mile. Any time I was exposed in the sun was just brutal. And, unlike usual, I actually stopped at the water stops and drank all my water before resuming running. I ended up finishing about 3 minutes slower than my usual time and I was actually pretty proud of that. I was proud I finished at all!
I really can't wait until next year's running season. I think it will feel amazing to race in my new body. Hell, I might even wear some shorts!
Look for my pics on Sunday and I will definitely try to post something next Wednesday to let you all know that I made it through my surgery okay.
Monday, July 11, 2011
In preparation for my surgery I'm trying to eat clean for a full month. I'll have to continue to eat clean for another month or two after my surgery to minimize swelling. I'm not going to lie, it's been a real challenge so far and I'm only one week into it. Dinners really haven't been too bad, but I'm already getting sick of salads for lunch and only fruits and string cheese for snacks. I miss my Oreos and I REALLY miss my ice cream. I had spoiled myself with ice cream almost every single day. I used to buy the Skinny Cow ice cream cups and even though they were small and only 150 calories, they satisfied my constant ice cream cravings. But, they are definitely NOT clean eating and I've had to cut them out. It's been really really hard.
The good news is that in only one week of clean eating, I've lost 3.8 pounds. I know it's probably all water weight from the low sodium, but it still feels good. My surgeon had told me not to lose more than about 10 more pounds before surgery and I don't think I'm at any real risk of losing seven more pounds in three weeks, but I might be able to get fairly close to that, which would be great! We'll see how it pans out. I'm not focusing on losing weight right now. I'm just focusing on eating clean and keeping up my exercise so I'm in the best shape possible for my surgery.
Friday, July 01, 2011
It's been almost a month since I last posted. I'd love to have some great excuse, but I don't. I haven't been tracking my food at all, but I have been trying to eat well. I also didn't do any strength training for a few weeks, because I hurt my shoulder trying a new workout. It's feeling better now and I started back up with my ST yesterday. I've been doing pretty well with cardio. I've been keeping up with my running almost every other day to stay in shape for my 5k races, the next of which is on July 23rd.
I did two races in June. I improved my time in both. The first one I only improved my time by a whopping 1 second, but the second one I improved my time by 20 seconds. I still need to post all the pictures. Don't let me forget!
But my BIG news is, I'm having surgery on August 2nd!!!!! Remember way back in February or so when I was talking about the possibility of having cosmetic surgery in December as my reward for all my weight loss? Well, it worked out for me to do it in August instead! I will be traveling to Mexico for the surgery and staying in a "recovery house" there for two full weeks. The recovery house is affiliated with my surgeon and they will coordinate all of my trips to her clinic and whatnot. She will also come and visit me there every day. And they will transport me to/from the airport. Plus they have 24/7 nursing staff to look after me and they provide all my meals.
I am going to be having a Tummy Tuck to remove the excess skin around my lower abdomen, breast lift with implants (might as well get the implants if I'm having the lift, right?!?), and extensive liposuction for body contouring. It's a lot to have done all at once, but I've had my blood work done and it all came back perfect, so I've been cleared for surgery.
I can't believe this is actually happening!!!! I've wanted it for so long and now it's real! I booked my flights today, so I'm past the point of no return now that money's been spent.
I'm going to be off work for four weeks. Two I will spend in Mexico and then the last two I'll just spend recovering at home. I know the recovery process will be grueling. I won't be able to exercise for at least 4 weeks and then it will only be very light cardio, like walking on the treadmill. Eventually I should be able to get back to running, but it will likely be a very long time before I can do any upper body or core ST. With the breast work, I'm not even supposed to lift my arms past my shoulders for a couple weeks! The whole recovery process will likely take a full year, but I should be able to be back to daily exercise in a couple months. I'll just have to follow my surgeon's orders and listen to my body.
Obviously, I'm really scared about what a lack of exercise might do for my weight loss. I don't plan on losing much more weight after the surgery, but I definitely don't want to be gaining weight! So I will have to be pretty strict with my food. As soon as I found out the surgery would be in August, I started focusing on "eating clean". I want to make sure my body is getting all the nutrients it needs for me to heal. Hopefully I can stick with that pretty well through July and then in the first few months following my surgery.
I probably won't get back to tracking my food. Especially now that I'm doing this eating clean thing and Dan is having to prepare some pretty elaborate recipes, it would be a pain to have to input everything. I do plan to keep tracking my exercise right up until the bitter end. It was weird while I was on my treadmill yesterday thinking that I only have 14 or 15 more runs before the surgery. I know how fast I get out of running shape from the few times I've taken breaks in the past, so I think that is going to be one of the hardest parts. I will definitely have to ramp myself up slowly to get ready for next summer's running season. It'll probably be almost like starting C25K all over again!
I will try to keep you updated over the next month and definitely let you all know how I'm doing once the surgery is over.
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