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I am slowly winning the battle

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I just spent time reading my blogs from June of last year when this journey started for me. I had the gastric bypass done on Dec 14 2011, that was just another tool to help me along the way. Since last June, I have lost 59 lbs. I don't really have a goal of where I want to be, but I know I need to lose at least another 50 lbs. Since the surgery, I have started an exercise routine at the local YMCA. While I am still participating in the arthritis water aerobics class, I have also added the treadmill, recumbent bike, and some weight equipment to the routine. I try to exercise from 3-5 days a week.

I meet with the nutritionist tomorrow and look forward to hearing how she thinks I am doing on my meals and any suggestions she can add. Heavier foods I can only eat about 1/4 to 1/3 cup, while soups and lighter meals I can eat about 1/2 cup. Wow, what a change from the amount I was eating preoperative.

The hardest part I have found is just cooking so little for just one person. Sometimes I actually think "why bother"? At the rate I am filling up my freezer with left overs, I may not have to cook again for months! Hhmmm, wonder what I will do with all that extra time?

I've come a long way since those early days last June and I feel I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel! I know I already feel better, my knee pain is gone! I can walk 30 mins on the treadmill now at 2.8 mph. I haven't walked steady for 30 mins in years! I ride the bike 30 mins. I've dropped from a size 26 jeans to a size 20 ( and they are getting loose). I've gone from a size 3X top to an XL.

Yes, I think I have made some smart decisions this past year. The gastric bypass has really helped and I have had no complications post op. I think I am finally ready to finish off this battle!
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BSYWOMAN 2/2/2012 10:57PM

    Love to see the pictures you post on Facebook...you definitely ARE losing the weight and it is showing up in the pictures...keep up the good work, I know you can do it.

I've started once again doing some of the exercises for those of us who have arthritis and I'm trying to incorporate a few from "Yoga for Arthritis" by Loren Fishman, MD and Ellen Saltonstall. I think it's helped a little...they tell you how to know when you are trying to do too much and how to correct that.

Time will tell if it's going to help a lot or a little...I'm only exercising a couple of days a week but since I live on the second floor, I take the stairs when I go down to check the mail and of course, we always do a lot of walking when we go grocery shopping with Avery, that's a trip! But I love every minute.

Glad to hear that you feel you have made the right decisions for you...keep it up! emoticon

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