Friday, August 27, 2010
The Skinny Vibes team said today was the day to share our personal challenges with weight loss. Not going to be easy but here goes.
Five years ago I had an emergency hysterectomy and three weeks later I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am five foot five and I weighed 229 pounds. I looked like a beached whale to myself and yet most people had no idea that I was as heavy as I was. I am naturally very muscular, so I guess I carried the weight well.
My drinking, snuff chewing and lask of exercise had caught up to me and having two children had not been kind to me either.
Surgery and cancer were a tremendous wake up call for me. The day before I had surgery I took my last dip of snuff and I have not touched it since. All you tobacco users...I chewed for 35 years and went cold turkey and if you want something bad enough you can quit! My diet changed drastically because of a "chat" I had with my PA-C.
My PA-C became my biggest source of aid and support for the next two years after my surgery. You see, she is an iroman triathlon competitor and I had always thought that would be neat but I did not own a bike and I could not swim. This lady discussed her sport with me and I watched her train and run her marathons and I decided that I needed to start running to lose weight. I was a sprinter with world class speed in high school...but in high school I weighed a whopping 105.
I began with walking the track and not eating beef or drinking beer. For three months after surgery, I walked and average of 15 miles a day and slowly I started adding other activities such as weight lifting, jogging on a treadmill, and my mom bought me a bike which I started riding for 30 minutes a day. In 6 weeks time I lost 15 pounds and I was ecstatic!
I went for a check-up and my PA-C "suggested" that I train for a 1/2 marathon and join the local triathlon group. I repeated the fact that I did not swim and she smiled and said that was okay. I could ride a bike and keep jogging and we would all go to Arizona and run the 1/2 or full marathon. I trained and I did the run and I was hooked.
I lost 50 pounds the first year after surgery jogging and walking and limiting my diet. I suffered a blow when I sprained my ankle jogging and had to have it rebuilt as I tore ligaments and some tendons were damaged. I survived and once again returned to my PA-C for a yearly check-up. She smiled and congratulated me on my weight loss and asked my when I was going to learn to swim. I laughed and said not any time soon so she suggested that I start doing duathlons. I did and lost another 25 pounds in a year. 75 pounds lost in two years and I was not through yet.
I hit a plateau and quit losing weight. I decided I would start running more and then I tore up my knee. I had it rebuilt and I could not run for at least a year. Rehab was tough and when I talked to the physical therapist and my PA-C...they told me to try water aerobics. I did and met my current swim coach. I used the pool as a way to exercise and lose weight while I strengthened my knee. I kinda learned to swim but I could only use my upper body. I was told no kicking, so I used my upper body and I started losing a little weight again. Another year and I had lost 25 pounds. I still was not through. Three years and I had lost 100 pounds.
I went to the knee surgeon for a check-up and he was not happy with the way I was walking. An MRI revealed that my "good" knee was also severely damaged and so I found myself having surgery again just five months after my last knee surgery. Great friends have kept me glued together emotionally for three very difficult years.
I returned to my PA-C for another check-up. My cholesterol was great, I had lost 100 pounds, and I was sort of swimming. I was happy sort of. My PA-C asked when I was going to do my first triathlon and that is when I snapped and cried and blubbered for an extended period of time. I ended the sob session by again stating that I could not swim! My PA-C smiled as said..."You can Learn!" I did but I wasn't through yet!
I have completed four triathlons. I have learned to swim. I have had five surgeries in the last 4 years. I have lost 112 pounds and I have given up chewing tobacco and drinking. I have entered 2 more triathlons for this year and I have found SparkPeople. I have some of the greatest friends in the world! It has certainly been a struggle and I have not enjoyed all of the trip. I am not through yet! I AM A WORK IN PROGRESS!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Being a teacher...I found the following humorous. I hope you do as well. These were sent to me by a friend. Please remember I don't make up this stuff....I just pass it on.
1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationary.
6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The cops are looking into it.
10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: "you stay here; I'll go on a head."
13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: "Keep off the Grass."
15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
17. A backward poet writes inverse.
18. In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.
19. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine.
20. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, "I'm sorry sir, only one carrion is allowed per passenger."
21. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says, "Dam!"
22. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
23. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says. "I've lost my electron." The other says, "Are you sure?" The first replies, "Yes, I'm positive."
24. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: Transcend Dental Medication.
25. There was he person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.
Life is too short not to laugh. Laughing burns calories and relaxes you. It will make you feel better, even if you are laughing at something inane! I hope if you read this, you were able to laugh. I also hope I have not offended anyone, which was not my intention at all.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Monday: Went to gym, taught 2 classes at WNMU, bathed and walked dogs, ate well and read and started studying for officiating test after officials meeting. I got home at nine after having left at four thirty in the morning. Note to self: Need more sleep
Tuesday: Went to gym, taught 1 class at WNMU, really enjoyed students at Opportunity School, started prioritizing, realized by evening that I was very sore, ate okay...short on carbs. Note to self: need more stretching time
Wednesday: repeat of Monday minus officiating meeting. Internet buddy, a person I met at my last Triathlon..stayed at same place, sent really neat pictures of the moon and a waterfall. Lifted my mood immediately. Note to self: Don't have to know a person extremely well to be affected by what they have to offer, just have to be willing to be affected!
Thursday: still very sore, enjoying classes. Got books ordered for college classes. Bought books for daughter's college classes...OMG!...four books and over 500.00 dollars. Forced myself to go for a walk with a friend that is rehabing a leg issue. Fantastic conversation! Note to self: Do not have to exercise hard every day. Guilt should not define actions regarding exercise when nutrition is balanced.
Friday; pool party with the school was a blast. Many students did not participate, but they don't regardless what is planned! Parents, if you are sending your finest...I am scared....spend time with your kids, QUALITY TIME! I had ladies night out with my buddy and we went golfing. It was superb and relaxing. Note to self: Patience...be happy with the moment and realize you can't immediately change things but can work towards bliss in all things. Smiling makes life easier. I am attempting to learn to smile!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
My husband is moving for his job, four hours away from Silver. I think he is going to enjoy the job and it will be cheaper for me to do some triathlons in the northern part of the state. He has been in Albuquerque for a couple of days and he is on his way home today so he can start packing.
My son was working at a car dealership selling cars. He has been selling ten or fifteen cars a month. The end of last month and the first pay check of this month, he was not paid for the cars he sold! He quit his job yesterday, enrolled in college and is going to go live with his dad in Albuquerque. He has three dogs that reside with him. He is only able to take one with him.
My daughter is a freshman in college here in Silver at WNMU. She stays in my mom's house, she was with my son. She is going to help me remodel my mother's house and then she can have a room mate. She is not much into construction but she is a quick learner and I think she will enjoy helping me.
I myself am somewhat undecided as to where I need to start. I am teaching highschool full time as well as three classes (helping with one) at WNMU. I exercise somewhere between 5 or 6 hours a day and I am beginning to wonder when I am supposed to find time to do remodeling projects. I am in training again for a triathlon the end of September and I start officiating this next week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for the next 2 months. I need this money to pay for my triathlon endeavers.
I have not started pulling my hair out just yet, but I am beginning to feel the panic starting to creep in around the edges. If I quit blogging everyday or I don't respond as much....I am just way busy! Two houses, three jobs, three dogs and now three extras. My head is spinning!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I Sparked on the computer for two hours this morning. I knew it was relaxation day and I sent personal messages to the largest majority of my friends (takes 2 days by the way). I stepped outside with the pups and I just started itching and could stand sitting no more.
I grabbed my "chariot" and I was off to greener pastures. A glorious 3 hours later I arrived at the house dripping wet and very hot! It was 96 and the humidity was in the nineties as well! So, I took the pups outside for another potty break, ate a snack and grabbed my swim stuff.
I should have been finishing my syllabus for my college class tomorrow but I was unable to download a roster. I decided that if the college was not all that serious, then I didn't have to be either! So I swam a little over two miles and spent 3 hours swimming at the pool with Tina. I am a little bit toasty---did not use too much sunscreen---it makes me itch (so does everything else) but a good time was had by all.
I finished my day of relaxation with an hour of pilates and an hour of yoga. Properly warmed up, I lifted lower body and did core exercises, ate a great dinner and now I am seriously thinking about copying my new grandson....
(Cysco...a new Yorkie puppy! He is my daughter's baby),,,and pounding my head on a pillow and checking my eyelids for holes! After 510 minutes of counted exercise today i have decided that I can only take so much relaxation. LOL
Have a good Monday s!
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