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26 Weeks Post Op

Sunday, March 01, 2009

This week I am officially 26 weeks post op. That means six months and down 83 lbs since surgery. I'm averaging just over three pounds per week so all is well. If I continue with that average, I should be at or near my goal weight come September.

I still feel great, though I have been sick this past week. Caught a cold bug from somewhere and have been struggling with it all week. On Benadryl now to at least keep the eyes from watering and the nose from dripping. I feel slightly better but have a ways to go before I'm back at 100% again.

Work has been interesting. I changed from being the Overnight Coordinator (campus wide supervisor for that shift) to being a Program Manager of one individual home. It's been an interesting week. First day I had to deal with figuring out how to get a client downtown Chicago when I had no staff to transport. Second day went fairly smoothly. Third day there was a big fight between two girls and one ended up with a broken finger! Third day wasn't too bad. By Thursday, the girls are starting to come to me for help in problem solving. Friday was long and there were home visits to get approved and a long meeting to get through. I did survive the first week though. Have to head back in there for a few hours this evening and then I'm off tomorrow. Looking forward to that. Hopefully, week two will settle down a bit more but I doubt it. It's going to get worse before it gets better. That's the law of working in group homes, changing rules, enforcing rules, and making things work!

Two new photos posted in my Gallery. I can see a slight change from last month to this month. Not sure it's really there. Measurements didn't really reflect much change other than weight on the scale. Enjoy the week!

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SHANTODD420 3/3/2009 11:21AM

You look amazing you seem so much happier. Take care and have a healthy active week. Good luck with the second week of the new job.


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/3/2009 9:08AM

    You are doing an absolutely wonderful job. KEEP IT UP!!! What an inspiration you are!!
Blessings and hugs,

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KITT52 3/1/2009 5:02PM

    Karon you look great.

Your doing fantastic.



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I am free to run ...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

I absolutely love a Christian song called "I am Free". It ran through my head this past week when I hit what for me was a major accomplishment. To the average person, this will not even be worth mentioning but for me it was HUGE!

The hubby and I had gone to the fitness center here at our apartment complex so I could walk on the treadmill and work out with weights. I didn't really feel like going but the hubby encouraged me as only he can. He knows that I'll be mad at myself if I don't go so ... At any rate, I went and got on and started my routine. I take a couple minutes at a pretty slow pace to warm up and then usually do the majority of the walk at about 2.8 mph. I've been working on building up to 3 mph and have gotten there but only maintain it for about five minutes right now before I start back down until I am barely walking for a cool down.

So I'm about ten minutes into my walk and I'm at 3.0 mph. I maintained that pace for five minutes and started to wonder how fast I would have to be going to run. I don't know what possessed me to think about running. I've never liked running; it's way too much like exercise! *chuckling* Anyway, before I know what I'm doing my finger is hovering over the increase speed button and then I push it. Up goes the speed ... 3.1, 3.2 Okay this is pretty fast, but it's more like I'm powerwalking now. (Remember when that was a big thing in the 80s?) The finger continues to hover and then I'm going 3.3, 3.4, and woo hoo! At 3.5 mph I was off and running. Oh my, I thought I was going to fall or die. My heart was pounding. The sweat was pouring off of me. My feet were pounding on the treadmill. My hands were sweating and I was holding on for dear life feeling like I was going to collapse. My knees and ankles were screaming. Fifteen seconds into it, I wanted to pull the emergency stop cord. But I could hear the trainers on Biggest Loser pushing the contestants to just do it. I remember Bob yelling at a girl named Joelle a few weeks back because she couldn't do a simple 30 seconds. So that became my goal. I ran like I don't think I've ever ran and I did it for 30 seconds. Instead of pulling the emergency stop cord, I then backed off to 3 mph. Wow, that didn't seem quite so quick anymore. I then backed off every few minutes a few more tenths of a mile and did my usual cool down routine.

I was amazed. But as I ran, that song just kept running through my head. "I am free to run! I am free to dance! I am free to live for You! I am free! Yes, I am free!" What a liberating experience it was! I'm so proud of myself. It may be a while before I try that again, but I know that I can and I will.

So, after a pretty crappy week of minimal loss showing on the scale, early on I even gained three pounds overnight and got a little freaked out (which isn't my normal reaction to a gain but three pounds; come on), I managed to push through it all. I am now down to 308.8 this morning. I started last week at 315 something. It was a good week, after all. The crap was just something to help me focus and push on through. I feel GREAT! Another two weeks, I'm hoping, and I will leave the 300s behind, tackling the 200s and heading further downward toward my goal. I'm no longer the "little engine who thinks she can". I'm the steam engine who KNOWS she can!

Have a great week, everyone.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/3/2009 9:13AM

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Just keep on keepin' on. What an inspiration you are!!
Blessings and hugs,

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GOMEZLITTLE 2/22/2009 7:59AM

    Hi, I really liked your story and I agree you are free. Free from the physical weight that kept you from being able to physically able not to do this and mentally having the strength to know you can! Its great and for someone who personally has been there I know what you mean. Next time I go to the gym I will try and kick it up and remember your story. emoticon

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BLACKROSE_222 2/20/2009 8:49PM

    I have just read your page and Blogs, and you are truly a great inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story. I feel proud just to have heard it. Thanks again, and have a Happy Weekend!

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JUDYSPOSITIVE 2/19/2009 9:17PM

You are doing an amazing job, I'm so proud of you. I've been off track for a couple of weeks and decided today was the day to get back at it and I came to your page for inspiration and again you have given me the strength to get back on track. You will be catching up to me in know time. Great job and what a woman you are!

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TBRAX98 2/19/2009 5:36AM

    AWESOME KARON!!!!!!!!! You inspire us all. Thank You for always being you.!!!!!! You have made a big difference in so many lives. I can't wait to see you again and give you that big hug you deserve!!!

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RACHELTEEHEE 2/17/2009 2:13PM


Thank you so much for updating us. We appreciate it more than you know!!

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CAREWREN 2/16/2009 10:23PM

    emoticon It sounds like you pushed through a wall. Good going! This is huge!

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KITT52 2/15/2009 5:35PM

    Karon great were running, it doesn't matter how long just that you can do it and that you did do it...
Hoping your in 200 land soon.

Like I always say celebrate every victory, no matter how small....Your victory was huge....good luck on more and more victories.


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POPTART44 2/15/2009 4:42PM

    Wow Karon! I'm so impressed! Because of my knees I will never be able to run again, and for that I have to admit I am a little envious of you! I use to love to run when I was in my 20's. You are such an inspiration to all of us! I also use scenes from the Biggest Loser to challenge myself to do one more push up or 5 minutes longer on the elliptical etc. What we think will kills us, really won't! Keep challenging yourself!!


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KISSAMBER 2/15/2009 1:54PM

    Oh I loved this blog hon. I have been going on the treadmill since August and have never gone over 3.1 After reading your blog and seeing how good it made you feel I promise next time I go to the gym I am going to try running. Even before I gained weight I was never able to run so this would be a huge milestone for me. Wish me luck!

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SYNCHRODAD 2/15/2009 1:02PM

    I clicked "I liked this blog." The truth is I loved it. Who'd have thought 30 seconds of running could be so alive and so precious an event. Way to go! The 300's are about to become history!

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DAWNINCASPER 2/15/2009 12:43PM

    Karon, you are awesome! I have never had the courage to run on a treadmill! I'm so proud of you! It IS HUGE!!!! I love reading your blogs - they are so inspiring, every time. Great song, too! :)



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Five Months Post-Op and Progress is Being Made

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Next week will be five months since my surgery. I decided to change my dates for weight, measurements, photos, and progress updates to the first of the month for simplicity sake. Here is how things are today.

Start Weight in Jan. 2005: 530 lbs. (Started dieting on my own.)
Start Weight in Feb. 2008: 425 lbs. (Started testing for weight loss surgery.)
Surgery Day Weight in Sept. 2008: 387 lbs.
Current Weight today: 315 lbs.

As you can see I've come a LONG way! I've lost 72 lbs. since surgery and 215 lbs. since embarking upon this journey. I am proud of my accomplishments and progress.

Inches gone since surgery are as follows:
Bust -6 inches
Waist -6.5 inches
Hips -8.25 inches
Bicep -3.25 inches
Thigh -1.5 inches
Neck -1.5 inches

Total inches gone are 23.75! I think is quite an accomplishment.

The hubby took new pictures of me today. They are in my SP Photo Gallery. I am wearing a white top with turquoise stripes. They are the last photos on the end of the top and second rows. I am literally melting away and there is a considerable difference in the photos. I lost a total of 15 pounds during the month of January. My average weight loss since surgery has been about 3.4 lbs. per week. Now I've had weeks, like this one just past, where I lost nothing. I've had at least one week recently where I lost five pounds. But it's the average that is important to me. Yes, it's slow going but I feel GREAT and am getting healthy and that's what it's all about for me!

I'm not be in Onderland, YET. I'm not even out of what I've fondly called the Tri-Cities. I haven't entered Twoterville, but I'm getting doggone close. Yes, I've come a LONG way. I still have a ways to go but I know that I'm going to get there. One day, one step, one meal at a time ... I am going to do this!

What you do not see is that I am stronger and more physically fit than I've been in over 20 years. I'm smaller than I've been in over 20 years. Every day I feel better and better physically and mentally. I am going to be here to leave my mark on the world. My life has not been in vain. I thank my Father in Heaven for each and every day. I have been so blessed and hope to pass those blessings on to all who surround me. God bless!

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SHANTODD420 2/10/2009 12:53PM

    Congrats Karon,
You look amazing keep up the hardwork and dedication. Take it one day at time and one step at a time.


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GREYHOUNDER 2/3/2009 8:37PM

    Whistle, whistle, whistle. You look great !!!!!! I am so proud of you. And yes, you are melting away.


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LARAINE 2/2/2009 6:03PM

    Congratulations!!!! You have come so very far and you just keep on losing. Your looking great!!!!!!!!

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You look wonderful, you have done a wonderful job. Even though you had the surgery you still had to make a comittment to do it and to exercise. WAY TO GO! I am so proud of you. Have you been giving yourself any rewards for your accomplishments? I hope so, you deserve them.
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SYNCHRODAD 2/1/2009 3:52PM

    So glad to see and read about your progress. I particularly like the "feel Great" and your long term perspective of your fitness road. I love your "20 years" paragraph. Me too, I am in much better shape than my last 20 years. Thanks for the encouraging blog.

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SHERRY528 2/1/2009 3:04PM

    Karon, we just LOVE YA SO MUCH, Dear Friend! INDEED YOU "HAVE" come a LONG WAY, BABY!;-)
These pictures SURE DO tell the story and it's sooo inpirational and uplifting to see them! THANK YOU for sharing them and your story as you have sooo well within this blog-your whole blog is amazing. You're BEAUTIFUL, Sweetheart and I'm so glad you are my Friend. HUGS! Sherry

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317.2 Woo Hoo!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I'm having a blessed day. Down in weight to 317.2 lbs. today. I cannot remember exactly when I was this thin. I know it's been over 20 years for sure. I'll likely post updated photos on my Sparkpage shortly after February 8th which will be the five month mark of my surgery.

I have my nutrition support group tonight. I went to exercise class last night. I went to the fitness center here at the apartment complex first. Walked on the treadmill a total of 30 minutes yesterday with 27 of those minutes being aerobic steps. It felt good but I think I may have pushed a little too much. I also did 20 minutes on the NuStep machine which was a new goal for me. After the equipment class, we did a weight workout on the fitness ball. We did a band routine. We tossed some medicine balls around. Then we stretched. I got a little dizzy on the ball and thought I was going to pass out. From then on, I was a little spooked so took things easy until class ended. I did alert the trainer just in case.

On a final note, I got the results from my bloodwork back. All was good except my protein levels were down slightly. Only direction was to increase my protein so I have to find a protein drink I can tolerate. Got a couple samples at a seminar last week I'll give a shot and we'll see how it goes. It's tough to eat 80-100 mg of protein and stay under 100 calories. At least it is for me.

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SUSANB-THENEWME 1/25/2009 11:10AM

    Your blog made me get tears in my eyes. I hope you feel proud of yourself every minute of every day!! It is such a struggle yet you are clearly winning. You're hard work is admirable...I'm glad that you are sharing your story with's inspirational! I truly DO find strength in hearing other people's please don't stop sharing your thoughts, feelings, struggles and triumphs!


emoticon CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!!

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GEORGIA_KAY 1/25/2009 12:23AM

    Karon, your progress, outlook and energy are all amazing!


many hugs,


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CAREWREN 1/24/2009 2:33AM

    Congratulations on reaching a weight you have not been in over 20 years! emoticon

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GREYHOUNDER 1/23/2009 1:16PM

    I have to admit that I am very jealous. I am happy for you. Am looking forward to your new pictures.

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NENATO2 1/22/2009 9:27AM

    Congratulations!!!! You have come so very far and you just keep on losing.

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LARAINE 1/21/2009 7:08PM

    Nature's best Zero Carb ISOPURE is 200 cal and 50mg protein is the closest protein shake I have ever found you find something better let me know

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Monday, January 19, 2009

I am progressing in the exercise arena, obviously. Today the hubby and I went to the fitness center here at our apartment complex. I managed to walk on the treadmill for 18 minutes. I was shooting for 20 but then decided at the last minute to increase from 2.6 to 3.0 mph near the end of the walk. Oh my! My heart was pounding. My breathing got very labored. The sweat was pouring. I did the 3.0 for a total of one minute but it was a HUGE accomplishment for me. Now I know I can do it. The entire minute I was chanting "I can do this. Yes, I CAN!" I was very happy to make it to the one minute mark and slow back down to 2.6 mph. After the 3.0 mph, the slower pace almost felt too slow. Imagine that!

Another plus about those minutes on the treadmill is the fact that my pedometer registered 17 out of the 18 minutes as aerobic steps. I set a new personal record for number of aerobic steps during my walk. I have to admit that I'm pretty doggone proud of myself.

I also did a ten minute strength training workout with weights. It felt great and I'm finding that I can actually inspire myself to move my body lately. That's a BIG deal for me, a former couch potato who weighed over 530 pounds. As of today, I'm down to 320.4 lbs. I feel so great ... about my progress, my courage, my inspiration, my motivation, and just about life in general. Thanks for reading!

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NORAHESS6 1/19/2009 4:27PM

    Great job and wonderful progress! It is exciting to read about all the positive changes you have made. Wonderful. emoticon

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