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8 month check in.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I had to go to my doctor today. Had my blood work done last week, had to go and have my check up. I was supposed to go in October (for 6 months) but I had too much going on, I guess.

At the doctor's office I weighed 260. Frustrating. I know my weight will fluctuate during the week etc. But MAN. I just want to get below 250.

They said that everything is good. My blood work is awesome. I'm totally healthy and I don't need to change my supplement regiment.

They're happy with my weight loss and they seemed very happy that I've begun going to the gym. The nurse practitioner told me that I could probably work my way up to 5x/week at the gym. I wonder how long I can consistently do 3x before trying to work up to 5x. Also I wonder if I can like RENT a locker at the gym instead of lugging a gym bag back and forth on gym days.

My nutritionist also told me I should try to up my protein intake to 70g per day. I feel like that might be too much food. We'll see how that goes.

  


Amazing.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I'm still amazed a lot of the time when I look at photos of myself, or catch my reflection in a window/mirror. For a long time after surgery I didn't feel any different. I saw the number on the scale changing drastically - for the first few months I was losing an average of 8lbs per week. Insane. The number has slowed down. Although as of yesterday I'm at 256, so I'm 97lbs down from surgery. and about 170lbs down from my heaviest. That's so crazy to me.

I got a gift from a friend in the mail yesterday- it is a necklace (picture below) It's supposed to be one of the crystal dreams that Jareth offered Sarah (that she rejected) from the movie Labyrinth. My favorite movie ever. I'm a big fan. The necklace is great. The chain is 16". It fits my neck. It fits like a choker but according to the etsy shop, it's supposed to. I don't know how thick skinny people's necks are. But I'm overjoyed that I can wear this necklace. My neck was AT LEAST four inches thicker at my biggest. I've lost about 14 inches of my waist so far. It is mind boggling.

Weight loss is a funny thing.

I really hope to get below 240 by february. I'm hoping that going to the gym regularly will help with that.

I had every intention of going last night but then I was stuck with two hours of OT, so I'm going straight after work tonight. I'm eager to go.

Check out the necklace:



Enjoy your day, thanks for reading. emoticon

  
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SMILINGEYES2 12/17/2014 2:09AM

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You are doing awesome on your journey to better health. The surgery is a tool that is only as effective as the individual. It takes following healthy eating and increased activity.

The necklace is lovely. Glad you can sport this testament to what you have already accomplished. Best wishes on continued weight loss.

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FORZACHANDMATT 12/16/2014 9:38PM

    Beautiful

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Gyming it up!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I went to the gym yesterday.
Finally.

I've been saying for well over a month that I'm going to start going back to the gym. I finally went. And I have to tell you- I LOVE this gym. It was my first time at this location.

I joined planet fitness back when I lived in flushing last year- it's actually been just over a year actually.
And I started to go a lot then. Then winter. and drama and junk happened and I stopped.

When I moved to Astoria I went to the location on steinway. I really didn't like it. So much so that I thought "I'm going to cancel this membership because I'm never going to go to this gym" I didn't. Procrastination and throwing away money at it's best.

But I looked and found that there's a PF right by my office- so as I said it's taken me a little over a month to actually go.

The layout is awesome. It's very big. LOTS of cardio machines. It was full, but not crowded, and I didn't feel uncomfortable, despite probably being the fattest person in the room.

I did 30 minutes on the elliptical (2.25 miles thank you very much), then i did two weight machines (arms/back) and ended on a 15 minute inclined walk on the treadmill.

I wonder if/when/how I'll be able to jog/run. I did cardio so it was automatically raising the incline etc to get my target heart rate. Do I want to jog? I feel like maybe just using the elliptical for longer or something would be better? I don't know.

What are some gym exercises you would suggest?

I'm gonna try to start going 3x/week. I don't want to go overboard, but I LIKE it and it's a good location and I don't see why I shouldn't just bring my gym bag to work and just go. as if I have other things to do in the evening. suck it up and work out man. GOTTA DO IT!

  
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DAVIS_6311 12/12/2014 7:55AM

    Yay! emoticon for sucking it up and GOING! Also that's a great workout! I spent a long time walking before my body just intuitively just told me one day to run. I did but not very fast or for very long but afterwards I felt AWESOME! And slightly invincible LOL! emoticon So if you feel like you could try running...DO IT! Even if it's only for 20 seconds! I'd suggest a very small incline for the first time emoticon

As far as gym routine, I was told that working all the muscle groups on the machines each time I went was best because I don't go daily. So typically I do my 5 mins on the stair master, 25-30 minutes running on the treadmill, hit all the machines I can (depending on how crowded it is) and then finish with another 5 mins on the seated row machine. Sometimes I switch things around or do the elliptical instead of the treadmill.

This month I'm not going to the gym at all. I'm focusing on a running goal (81 miles in 31 days) so I'm using my treadmill at home and running outside when I can.

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Things I can do now that I'm smaller

Friday, December 05, 2014

I just feel like making a list of things that I used to struggle with/was unable to do that I can do now. Feel free to comment with things YOU can do that you couldn't do before. It's exciting.

1) Buckle the seatbelt on planes.
2) FIT into theater seats (broadway shows are important! the LEG ROOM doesn't help but the seats are roomier now)
3) cross my legs
4) walk up the TON of stairs in subways (yesterday I felt like I was ascending from the center of the earth coming out of one (53rd and 7th on the E line) and it was a pain, but I did it and I really wasn't that winded.
5) bend down/over for a decent amount of time
6) balance on one foot
7) kneel (church!)
8) tie my shoes
9) shave
10) sit somewhat comfortably between two people on a subway train.
11) reach around myself, scratch my back/stretch etc.
12) go shopping in stores besides "women's plus" stores (avenue, lane bryant, etc).
13) run (in short sprints if I am in a hurry to catch a train/bus/cab etc, i'm not RUNNING...yet?)
14) not finish food. (lately i find myself throwing away most of the bread if I'm eating a sandwich...me, "wasting" bread. crazy!)
15) not having such a big stomach in the way makes it easier for me to do some things that might be TMI but sometimes I'm in awe when I remember how difficult it was previously.

I'm still self conscious about a lot of things, and I'm not "skinny" and don't know if I will ever be, but I'm SMALLER and I'm starting to really love certain things about myself.

Did I miss anything that you were inspired by when you started losing weight? tell me!

  
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SIMPLYEVA2 12/12/2014 9:51AM

    Crossing my legs was the biggest thing I noticed. I also like looking in the mirror and not seeing double chins. I can touch my toes when my belly isn't in the way.

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PHHHISC 12/5/2014 2:47PM

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TABH82 12/5/2014 2:17PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm just going through blogs because I'm bored at work...but that is an awesome list. Congrats! emoticon

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Goals.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

I always said when I was much heavier that I'd be happy at an 18. or a 16. I'd be happy at 220lbs, etc., etc., etc.

Now that I'm losing and my body is changing, I'm not so sure. I don't know what my ideal weight is or what I want my body to look like. Reality v. Expectations. In a perfect world, I'd look like Eliza Dushku or Mandy Moore or someone "perfect"... But THAT is never going to happen.

So where's my happy medium? I've lost SO much weight. And for the most part I'm grossly unhappy with what my body looks like. Granted I haven't been doing much to tone it or exercise- and I'm REALLY going to start doing that. My coworker and I have made a pact to go to the gym on Monday. I feel like that's 4 days away and we're already procrastinating, but whatever. Start somewhere. Maybe I'll use my Wii Fit tonight. It's been a while.

I just finished reading a book called Good In Bed (By Jennifer Weiner). It's about a plus sized gal near 30 who I guess ultimately gets her life together. It was a little too fairytale-esque for my liking, and my biggest issue was that she said really awful things about herself and she was 40lbs overweight. As I read this, it upset me because I'm bigger than that and I'm assuming the author is plus sized or was at one point. And because my whole life I've been like "pshh. I'd be happy at a size 16."

I'm beginning to realize I don't think that is true. Because I'm probably 20-30 pounds away from a size 16. and I don't think that I'll be happy with my body then.

That being said, I'm increasingly getting more and more comfortable with my naked body. When I look in the mirror before getting in the shower, and I take pictures on my phone (and then delete them) but I am curious. I find it interesting that I can see parts of my body that weren't so easy to see before. I'm flexible, and bones are starting to pop out.

But the point of this is that I think my ideal is changing - and am I going to ONLY be satisfied when I get to goal? Or will I be okay when I get below 250lbs? Below 230? etc. (I'm 5'8 in case you're wondering).

What is your goal? Are you comfortable in your skin now?

  


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