Thursday, June 18, 2009
I went to see my surgeon on Tuesday for my nine month follow-up. I can't believe it's been that long since I had my surgery! As I said in my last blog post here, progress is being made and I'm happy with that.
He said I'm doing GREAT and obviously doing the right things. He said I look good and so far he sees no problems. He always checks me for a hernia. I don't want one, but he did say should I develop one, the insurance company would then pay for my stomach skin removal at the same time as the hernia repair. Otherwise, there is 14 pages of rules and hoops to get through (for my insurance company) and it isn't even a guarantee that they will pay then. You'd think if they approve gastric bypass, they would allow skin removal. I mean, how do they expect a person to go from 530 lbs to 200 lbs and not have hanging sagging skin? It's beyond conceivable to me!
He also said that I should set my goal at 220-240 lbs. Then when I do have skin removal surgery I would end up weighing about 185-195 lbs which is right about where I would like to be. So ... if that's the case, I'm about 40-60 lbs from my goal instead of 90 like I had thought. Woo hoo! I'm pretty sure I can live with that.
Exercise this week has kicked me in the butt. Since water aerobics on Monday I've had the muscle burn going on. Tuesday added to it with squats on the wall using our fitness balls. Egads! And then water aerobics again last night where she really worked our abs and we actually did circuit conditioning. It was fun but gosh I'm feeling it this morning.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot ... Tuesday night at class I decided to give it a go to run on the treadmill. This time, I didn't startle anyone. Some of you may remember the last time I tried to run and scared my hubby as he thought I had fallen off the treadmill there was such a pounding noise. LOL I warmed up with a slow walk and then cranked it up to 4.0 mph and was off and running. I only managed to run for 30 seconds before I thought I was going to crumble but it was running. I slowed back down and then about five minutes later, I did it again. It felt kind of good to run. Surprise, surprise, surprise! (said Gomer Pyle style) My fitness instructor said that was progress and next time to try to run three times. She said 30 secs was a good start and in no time at all I'll be up to 45 secs, then a minute, then building on that. I don't know that I'll ever like to run but knowing I can is doggone exhilarating! Gotta watch the knees, though, which is why I'm taking it slow.
Okay, enough rambling ...
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
I had another milestone happen yesterday. At the end of the day I had walked 8349 steps. That is the most steps I've ever had recorded on my pedometer. According to the pedometer, that was the same as walking 2.37 miles. Of those steps, 1885 of them were aerobic steps over 20 minutes which means for at least 20 minutes yesterday, I was burning fat. I did 20 minutes on the treadmill at an average rate of 2.5 mph but did bursts of 3 mph when the instructor had others running. My knees were screaming but I made myself do it anyway. I can run but I choose not to right now. With my knees the way they are right now running just isn't smart for me. In time, I know I will be running with everyone else, but just not right now. I also did 20 minutes on the NuStep machine. After that, we did the 'Cupid Shuffle' and the 'Electric Slide' in our strength training class. It was fun and nice way to get us doing aerobics without it feeling like exercise. Do a Youtube search on that and you'll find out what it looks like. We first did a slower version and then one that was pretty fast later on. It was quite the workout. The song is catchy and I had a blast. Then we slowed it down doing a workout with a long band and then weights, ending with stretching on the fitness balls. I felt so good after that class but boy was I feeling it. Today I have sore muscles and am probably retaining some water but that's okay. I'll drink extra today so the muscles can repair themselves.
I also met another milestone that is even bigger, in my opinion. I am now down to under 300 pounds today! Yep, that's right. I no longer weigh over 300 pounds. Today's weight is 298.6 Woo hoo for me! I've left what I have fondly called the Tri Cities for what I call Twoterville. I've now lost 232 pounds since starting this process four years ago. Another ten pounds or so and I will have literally "lost my husband". Wow! I've lost 125 pounds over the last year. Gosh but I'm feeling so doggone proud of myself!
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