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Three Months Post Op and All is Good

Monday, December 08, 2008

No weight change for me in the last few days. Today is the three month anniversary of my surgery. I am down a total of 52.5 pounds since the day of surgery. I am down 76 pounds since the end of July when I started the pre-op diet. Things are going well.

I did measurements and lost 4.75 inches off my waist since my last set. I also lost 1.5 inches from my hips. The other places I measure (bust, upper arm, thigh, neck) were minimal changes. My thigh measurement stayed the same. *sigh* In total since I started measuring I've lost 18 inches from my body over six of them from my waist and over four from my hips. Woo hoo!

Tim took new photos and they are now on my Sparkpage. I'm in a blue and white polka dot top (thanks Greyhounder!).

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GREYHOUNDER 12/18/2008 8:59PM

    You look GREAT!!!!! We now weigh the same. Keep up the great work.

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SYNCHRODAD 12/12/2008 5:25AM

    Hanging tough, and hanging out at the gym; your combo will drop weight or inches. It doesn't matter who leaves just as long as they vamoose! Your journey is so encouraging. Thanks for the lift! After I blogged I looked at your pictures. I just went back and forth comparing and saying "Wow, wow, wo-o-w..." Like I said, "ENCOURAGER."

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BLACKIE2 12/11/2008 5:21AM

    you go girl!

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MIECHT 12/9/2008 8:21PM

    Nice job wonder woman :-) My husband would call you thumbalina :-) When I take measurements that's what he always refers to me as, ha.
Keep up the good work and especially the gym! You've come so far!!!

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QUILTINGB52 12/9/2008 12:22AM

    Wow ~ you are doing an amazing job of getting the weight off!! Congrats!!!

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BLSANDERS1 12/8/2008 9:04PM

    Congratulations Karon! You are doing GREAT!! It is a wonderful feeling to know you are still losing inches even if the pounds are stagnant. Gives us that extra motivation we needs sometimes. It's also great to have a group like this to be accountable to. It helps overall.


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JARHEADSBABY 12/8/2008 7:29PM

    Great Job! You are an inspiration

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Another night of fitness

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

I had a good time at the gym last night. I didn't do as well as I did last week but I did the best I felt I could. The cold is playing havoc with the ole knees. I lasted only ten mins on the treadmill (vs 15 last week). I did 13 mins (two more than last week) on the NuStep at a pace of 88-100 steps per min and a workload of 2. And I did only five minutes (vs 15 last week) on the recumbent bike. My knees were screaming!

Then we moved to the second part of the class. She started us out with regular aerobic exercise. Step touch, chain, etc. We did about 15 mins of that and I thought I was gonna drop. We moved on to a 15 min workout with weights. We finished up class with a "buns of steel" type workout on mats on the floor. It was then that I realized just how weak my left leg is after having that tumor removed. Hopefully, in time, it will improve.

Lastly, we did stretching on the mat which went fine. I found very little flexibility in my left leg but my right is doggone strong.

All in all, it was a good class. We had four in the group; two men (both are in my water aerobics class), another women (also in my class) and myself. I was comfortable for most of it but got a little embarrassed when doing crunches and such on the mats. There were quite a few of those exercises that I couldn't do and Phyllis (trainer) told me how to modify when she realized I was just lounging. Rats! LOL It will come with time and I'll be able to keep up with the best of them. Exercise is definitely becoming a way of life for me. It's back to the cold water for water aerobics tonight. *sigh*

And we have a snowstorm headed in. Did I mention I'm tired of snow already?!

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QUILTINGB52 12/4/2008 1:15AM

    Congrats for making the effort ~ even if you had less this week than last!

I would choose water aerobics over laying on a mat ~ cuz I know I wouldn't be able to rise afterwards.

Keep up the great work!!!

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MIECHT 12/3/2008 9:01PM

    Nice job! You're almost at junkie level :-) You should be proud of what you've accomplished and continue to push yourself, without hurting yourself of course. I think you're going to find that the stretches will get easier and easier and your legs will limber right up.
Keep up the good work...

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DAWNINCASPER 12/3/2008 3:38PM

    Way to go, Karon!! I think it's awesome you are so committed!!! I'm impressed and inspired.



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WEBINFOCHICK 12/3/2008 3:33PM

    You should be proud of your comittment to exercise. You are doing great.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

I had an AMAZING holiday! The hubby and I spent it with my sister and her family, for the most part. We enjoyed a fantastic "dinner" prepared by my sister who took into account that there are things I just cannot eat and also that the hubby is a diabetic. She made two pies (apple and cherry) and both were sugar free. How awesome is that? I confess I had a very small (about 3/4 inch) sliver of each and they were both GREAT! She gave me a huge plate which I put too much food onto and was wasteful. So when I heated up a left over plate late in the day, I used a smaller one and it was fine. No waste and none to my waist! LOL

We got to spend time with both of our daughters and their girls. It was nice to see them and play with the babies. I'll try to get time later in the week to post a couple photos of the grands. Everyone got along great and it was so pleasant, unlike a lot of times in the past. We also visited my older sister and my brother. It was just a family kind of weekend and one we enjoyed immensely.

We went shopping on Black Friday for the first time ever! My sister had us out and about at midnight on Friday and we didn't get home until after 10 AM. It was amazing. We avoided all the blitz sales but there were people everywhere. It was fun! My sister walked me all over and I ended the day with just over two miles on my pedometer that day. Woo hoo for me! We didn't spend much money. I got a new bathroom scale that calculates body fat and hydration percentages which also has a program for tracking weight lost and how much to get to goal which I thought was kind of neat.

Through it all, I ate what I wanted, cautiously. I was afraid a time or two that something might make me sick, but it didn't. I tracked the calories, fat, protein, and carbs. I must have done everything right because at the end of it all today I am down to 340.6 pounds! That means from Wednesday until this morning I lost just over two pounds. That feels amazing and unbelievable. In the past, I would have gorged myself, grazed through the day, and been miserable. It was nice to feel full and satisfied instead of bloated and in pain. I did come to realize that old habit die hard and a lot of my life has revolved around food. For instance, the cheese ball and crackers were calling me. I had a couple crackers with the cheese and then left the table and the kitchen (which is where everyone seems to sit when at my sister's for some reason). I told them I didn't want to be rude but I could not sit there with food in front of me and not eat it so they were good about it. They would either put stuff away or join me in the family room. Cool! I am very proud of how I handled this holiday and have no fears about getting through the next just as simply.

I got a lot of compliments on how great I look and the weight I've lost. It was nice to have others note my progress in such a positive way. Even someone who doesn't know me well saw me out and about and commented how great I look. That all made me feel so great! I'm doing this for me but it affects so many.

Now it's back to life. We'll head off to church in a little while where I will thank the Creator for all the many blessings bestowed upon me. It's back to work tonight where I know a huge pile will await me but I'm okay with it. I'll work on what I can and what I don't get done will wait for tomorrow. This week will be interesting. It will be my first week of moving the butt Monday thru Thursday. I may be a little tired but in the end, I know it's going to make a huge difference in how I look and feel.

God bless and have a wonderful week!

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SYNCHRODAD 12/3/2008 1:00PM

    This blog is my "upper" for the morning. Everything is right as in "just right" in this blog. Thanks for the encouragement. Did you ever imagine that just by just writing about your life, you would be an encourager? What a gift, not just for us, but for you.. See yah.

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QUILTINGB52 11/30/2008 7:58PM

    What an amazing support system you have with your family!! Half the battle is telling people what your needs are, and being able to back out of a room full of food & telling others about it is wonderful! I'm glad they are so understanding of your struggles.

And you lost 2 pounds to boot!!! WooooooHoooooooo

I was happy to not gain!!!

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GREYHOUNDER 11/30/2008 4:08PM

    I read the 23rd and 30th post on your blog today.

I understand every emotion you have. I think that is why I have not lost any weight in the last year. This journey is more mental than physical. I, too, have "the turkey neck". Gravity does work and it has done a job on my body. Everything has gone south. I know that however my body looks, I did it to it.

I have used food as my drug for as long as I can remember. Everyday, I am just like a drug addict. I have to fight food. It calls me. It makes me feel better for a short time and then I hate that I gave in. Now, at least the food doesn't taste as good as it once did. Unfortunately, I realize that after I have eaten it. Maybe one day I will understand it before I eat it.

You are doing so great and I know that you will continue to do so. You are looking great.

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How much of ME am I going to lose?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

First, thanks to all who commented on my blog entries yesterday. I am so inspired and encouraged by each of you. I love sharing with everyone and getting feedback. Thank you so much!

Now, this entry is a strange one for me. I started this process so long ago (four years ago come January) and so much has changed for me. Those who have known me for so long know that my life was pretty much hell back then. I weighed 530 pounds or more. I didn't do anything that required exerting myself except to walk from the living room to the bathroom and back. I had to sit on a step stool to shower. I walked to the car and drove my hubby and daughter to the store, but never went in, sending them in to do the shopping. I couldn't put on my own socks or shoes and I'm ashamed to say for a time I couldn't even wipe my own bottom. Sorry if it's TMI but it's true. And it sucked and that's what got me started on this odyssey in the beginning. It fueled my anger that I had let myself get to that point. It fueled my determination to make a difference and take back my life; and I've done that! But something happened yesterday. I want to share that experience with you all and see what you think?

I got my hair cut yesterday. It looked pretty good and was one of the best cuts I've had in quite a while. The stylist took her time and made sure she understood exactly what I wanted. She was GREAT and next time I go back I'll be sure she's working and will wait however long it takes to have her cut my hair again. I'll probably post a picture later today so you can see the end result. I'm kind of tired of my current profile picture anyway. I will also post updated weight loss photos early in December so you'll see the whole body then.

Anyway, since I was flying high and feeling so darn good about myself and my day in the gym I decided to have Tim color my hair for me. He is my sytlist, you know? He's done this many times for me and usually does a good job. I had a bottle of color I got many months ago but never used so we got it and he went to work. He missed a few grey hairs at my temples. Then again, he almost always does. He is visually impaired and does the best he can. If I thought it was a real issue, I'd double check it before letting it sit but I don't mind a few stray greys. They'll grow back in grey anyway! It looks good but then I started to study myself in the mirror. I really shouldn't have done that.

I burst into tears and poor Tim was at a loss. He thought he had really messed up my hair or something. It wasn't that at all. I realized that I don't look like ME anymore! Isn't that crazy? My face is thin. My neck is wrinkled and I often refer to my neck as a "turkey neck". A plastic surgeon assured me that my body would do it's own liposuction and the skin will shrink back. He wouldn't give me a written guarantee, though! LOL I feel like I look like that guy in the movie "Beetlejuice" where his head shrinks down to being tiny and his body remains huge. That's me! With the new cut and the new color job, I just don't look like me anymore. I don't feel like me anymore either with my new found energy and liking exercise. What is going on? Is this normal? Am I losing my mind? And most importantly, how much more of me is going to be gone than just the fat? I think I'm now scared about this whole process and the end product. Maybe I need a shrink! HA, no pun intended.

So those of you who have been here and done this ... What do you think? Do you feel this way sometimes? Don't get me wrong. I love that I'm losing the weight. I love that I'm exercising and enjoying it. I'm glad to have had surgery to keep me going in the right direction but I guess I didn't expect the emotions to go so haywire.

As my mom would say, God rest her soul, "Chin up and eyes forward." I will focus on moving forward and see what happens. In the end, it's going to be okay but boy did I have some rough moments last night. I think I may avoid peering into the mirror today.

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    This is my first visit to your site. You have an amazing and inspiring story. You have motivated me! I want you to embrace the changes of your body because I know that your beautiful spirit will remain the same. Think of it as the catepillar and the butterfly. Same but different. Isn't our creator magnificent! Good luck to you and thank you again for your story. emoticon

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NENATO2 11/24/2008 9:38AM

    Oh Sweetie, I know how you are feeling!

I'm 54 and I don't like my neck either. But if I smile, my neck looks great!! Sometimes what we worry so much about - no one even notices.

So smile, smile, smile, honey, It is your world!

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QUILTINGB52 11/24/2008 3:46AM

    I have a friend that had gastric bypass surgery in April 2005. Her transformation was much as what you describe....little head, wrinkly skin, larger body.....but she kept transforming.

At one point she looked older than her own mother (not to scare you) ~ but today, you would never have known that her face & neck was wrinkly. It just takes time for all that elasticity to be will happen!!

You are doing GREAT!!!

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CAREWREN 11/23/2008 6:44PM

    You are doing so great! I think it's natural to freak out now and then over how you have changed. You might not have liked how you were but it was familiar to you--more familiar to you than how you look now.

I never was 530 but I have to tell you, TMI or not, that one of the great motivators for me to lose weight was the trouble I was having wiping myself. I wanted to believe my arms had shrunk but, of course, I knew the problem. I hated it.

You can take your time to get to know you and you will keep changing and it is all good but we all resist change--even change that we have been longing for with all our heart. emoticon

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My First Visit to the Gym

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Okay ... So I walk into the gym and there were quite a few people there. Lynda told me they are never busy but today they were. I put my things in the locker room and came out. Lynda was on a treadmill so I figured what the heck! > emoticon She came over to help me get started cuz she knew it was my first time. I started and the pace was way too slow. I ended up walking about twelve minutes and the majority of it was at a pace of 1.6 miles per hour. Total distance walked was a quarter of a mile. Then I had to get off or risk falling off. My knees were starting to ache a bit.

I moseyed over to the recumbent bikes. They had other bikes there but I've been told the recumbent ones would be better for me to use right now. I attempted to climb onto one. I almost fell on my butt! I rearranged myself and finally managed to climb aboard. Next task was to get my feet into the stirrups. Oh my, but I must have been a sight and I'm sure I provided some amusement for someone! It took several tries and another readjustment before I finally hooked my feet into the pedals. Yes! I figure I can do this. emoticon I start to pedal and oh my. My poor knees were aching and within minutes they were screaming at me to stop. I told myself to push through the pain and keep going. I was determined I was going to ride at least a quarter mile. It took me ten minutes, but I finally managed to do it. I was quite proud of myself.

I climbed off the bike and wondered what in the world I should tackle next. I knew to avoid the elliptical for now. I tried one a while ago and lasted all of about one minute and the entire time the machine was telling me to "stride faster". I wasn't ready to try the stair climber and figure it will be quite a long while before I'm up to that one.

Lynda came over and offered to help me learn a few of the weight machines. I worked my triceps first but there was an issue with that machine. My hips and legs made it impossible for me to do the full range of motion. I did what I could as Lynda told me. I did three sets of eight and waited a couple minutes between sets. Then we moved to a machine that worked my biceps. At first it felt too light so I ended up doing 30 lb weights. Oh my goodness. After one set of those I moved it back to 15 lbs. Seemed awfully light but I was doing it.

We ended up by doing some basic stretching and parted ways. I lasted a full 40 minutes at the gym! I am so proud of myself for pushing through my fears, forgetting about everyone else, and just going for it. I came home excited and energized. I've been proud of myself all day. I may even go back and work out with Lynda again. I can't believe I'm admitting this, but I had FUN!

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JEANNE0724 11/23/2008 8:54PM

    Your story is so inspiring, I can see myself in this, I love the water so at my weight water aerobics are the best for me, but yes, you have to conquer the fear and ignore the looks at being 400 pounds in a swimsuit, but once I have put my mind to just not paying attention to what other people are doing, I have found that really not many people are interested in how I look, most are friendly and just happy to have you in their class, most of the looks I worried about were in my own head, but congrats and hope you can keep going!

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SYNCHRODAD 11/23/2008 12:12AM

    You are providing amusement to your Spark Friends! Your stories are so good! My knees hurt also, on the bike, on the elliptical. I just take them a little at a time and work up. Your knees have been carrying a bunch for a while so a little at a time will get them feeling good eventually. If they hurt only a little, then go a little more, if they hurt a lot, stop! We are on a long journey, not a sprint. If you want to rent a great video that the whole family can watch, rent "49." It is Bill Cosby at his finest at Carnegie hall when he turned 49. In it he talks about taking up running. You will definitely identify with his running. Thanks for the super encouraging day at the gym story.

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DAWNINCASPER 11/22/2008 11:28PM

    Karon, that is so awesome! What a feeling of accomplishment you must have! YOU GO GIRL!!!! You are such an inspiration!

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MIECHT 11/22/2008 10:06PM

    Oh Karon, I'm so proud of you. You could have given up so many times today but you didn't. You pushed the feelings aside and worked right through your fears. What a hero you are! I hope you do go back. While there are a lot of snobs at the gyms around the country there are also a lot of really great people. You never know, someone sitting right next to you could be someone who was just like you a year or two ago :-)
You enjoy your victory day and do it again!

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QUILTINGB52 11/22/2008 6:44PM

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Every time you go back ~ it will become easier & easier! And soon people will notice how quickly you are melting away!!


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TXSANDY 11/22/2008 6:31PM

    That is fantastic I give you 10 thumbs up for just going in there at all. I feel self concious when I go into a gym and all those skinny minis look at me funny. You did it all. Bravo Karon. I bet you were are sore the next day. Now just keep it up and you will be wilting away.
Hugs to you

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CAREWREN 11/22/2008 6:02PM

    emoticon I am so proud of you. I have been to gyms and I have had the experience of lasting two minutes on a machine. I appreciate your being willing to tell us what all happened during that 40 minutes. Please give yourself a big, big pat on the back and I hope there is something nice you can do for yourself as a reward. Hey, I forgot you are "Karon"--I am "Karen"!

As MIECHT said, you went WAY out of your comfort zone and that, my friend, is a wonderful thing!

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