Thursday, January 31, 2008

Fighting hairloss with haircut

Seeing too much hair coming out in the shower I decided to fight fire with fire and cut my hair, 7 inches of it ! I think it looks pretty cool

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I am in GA, about to drive to Villa Rica to do a massage. I slept without the CPAP last night for the 1st time, I feel fine. Not much to say but I feel good!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

CPAP pain...

Woke up full of air, my stomach hurt. My CPAP I think is forcing air into my stomach. I felt better after about 6 huge burps. I need to make an appointment at the sleep doctor...

Monday, January 28, 2008 Rocks!

I told my Dad for the first time

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Today i woke up and was down 2 pounds!!! I can smell the 220's from here! I am feeling so strong and fit. I did the stationary bike for the first time today, the gym has this new one that actually has a screen and you steer and see lanscape. It also has a log-in and you can see your progress from home on their website! ! Very cool. I need to dig out my padded shorts though Ouch! the saddle was killin my crotch. I also did 30 mins of walking in the pool and lifted weights! I wonder if i will be in the 220's tommorrow. I am so getting close to Onederland! When I get to 199 i will be Overweight, not obese. I was Morbidly obese, i am now obese and Overweight is my next stop! So funny to think I am excited to be overweight LOL. Anyways hope everyone is doing well. I uploaded a pic from today of me at 230 pounds.

Saturday, January 26, 2008


I am 232.3 pounds today (same as yesterday) and it occurs to me that 232 seems like such a small number. Last time I weighed this I was 21. For all intents and purposes it might as well be 132 as far as I am concerned. So weird. I just added a pic to my album I made of my full body pre-op and today. So different, but in a way seems not different enough. I know it is huge, and I feel so different, maybe it is jusy my perception. Anyways I am glad I am 232 and I appreciate that. I am so grateful that I had the surgery.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

12 weeks post-op Update!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Hit and Run driver

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Nikki gives me my B-12 shot!!!!!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Silly muscle flexing video...

Bed Head Makeup Video

This is my gratuitous attempt to get in with the makeup girlies on Youtube

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Weight is just Data....

Ok, I have had time to process, I get it. This was (or is) just a plateau. (Thank you Maria) I know, I know. I have told myself to not be emotionally attached to the weight on the scale. I do weigh everyday. I will continue to because I use it to gauge how things are going. I have been telling myself over and over that I am eating healthy, working out and doing everything right. SO.... when the scale says whatever it says in the morning, I should just consider it data.
What matters is how I feel, and I feel wonderful. I am full of energy, I am strong physically. I am happy in my heart and soul. I feel like I am glowing, I know that this is in sharp contrast to how I felt before when I was 300 pounds. I felt so stuck, I felt helpless and ugly. I worried that I could not keep my husband's love and attention. NOW....I don't feel like the fattest person in the room. Now I walk with my shoulders back, chest up and feel pride when I am at the gym. I get looks of respect from fellow gym members who see me there everyday, I am in the click of people who workout with absolute regularity. Staff at the gym know me by name and ask me how my journey is going.
SO... the freedom to be myself, have joy and peace makes the numbers on the scale pale in comparison. This is not a race, it is a journey. I am going to be a normal weight. My goal is to weigh 140. I may get there, I may not. I will be healthy, slim and not overweight. I will be comfortable in my ever increasingly loose skin. Weight no longer controls my emotions. I AM FREE !

Week 11 Post-op

Today is exactly 11 weeks!!! I am at exactly 62 pounds down. I was this weight 4 days ago, gained a pound back and it has taken 3 days to get back to this weight. Kinda frusterating because I am eating right and exercising a lot.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Terrible drive...

I just got in from the worst drive ever. It was snowing so hard. I drove from west GA across Atlanta all the way to greenville SC. Normally a 3 hour drive it took 5 hours. I white knuckled the steering wheel all the way home. I am exhausted. So weird to be snowing that hard in Georgia!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Activate Upstate fun

Was so excited that today was the beginning of "Activate Upstate" every year Greenville SC has a community effort to lose weight. Normally it is a 8-9 week thing, but this year they extended it to a full year! just in time for me after having Gastric Bypass surgery! I am excited because they weight you every week for 6 weeks then 1 time a month after. I am not gonna miss a single weigh-in. I bet I freak them out. I got a free t-shirt, I had Sm- 3xl to pick from. Last year would have needed a 3 xl but I took a large thinking I would shrink into it, went home and put it on it fit!!! So excited about that. Went to the gym and did 35 minutes on the elliptical. I can now get to 3.84 miles in 35 minutes!! Today was just cardio so I went home after that. Great Day!

Youtube video telling people about this blog

Here is my Youtube video, telling people about this blog...

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Long night....

Was unhappy yesterday when I woke up because I was 241, and the day before I was 239. I went to water aerobics and took it easy, I needed a day off from working out. I was feeling kinda backed up (sorry for the TMI) so I took some MOM (milk of Magnesia) before I went to bed. Spent the whole night getting up and down... Woke up this morning an weighted 237.6 Definately a strategy that is not worth it.
I am working on a project that was requested by many of my Youtube people, I am copying my food journal so anyone can see what I ate and get some ideas. It will take forever, but I hope it helps someone.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Gastric Bypass Cooking (Black beans)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Spent day de-cluttering and cleaning house. I have been so obsessed with exercise and diet that I let stuff get away from me. I promised myself that if I cleaned and got stuff done I could go to the gym tonite. I will go and do the elliptical for 35 minutes and swim a little.

10 weeks Post-op

Just got in from the gym... Met with the trainer for update on my weight and measurments
Since December 15th 2007..
1. Lost 3 inches from my waist
2. Lost 2.5 inches from my hips
3. Lost 3 inches from EACH thigh
4. Lost 1.25 inches from each arm
5. lost 22 pounds
6. Increased flexibility (reaching towards my toes) by 7 cm
I am so proud!!! I have lost 60 pounds so far!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Walking in Cleveland Park

OMG!! I did 35 minutes on the elliptical and went almost 4 miles!!!! I am now going 6.5 to 7 MPH on the elliptical for 35 minutes. I then went and did a 6 mile walk at Cleveland park like I used to do before it was cold. We are experiencing really warm weather right now. Felt good to be in the great outdoors. I took a pic to share how pretty it is.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

5 Random Facts about me... (Youtube tag)

Exercise!!! I love it !!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Kickin butt

My BMI is 36.9 on day of surgery I was at 46.9 I have lost 10 BMI points!!!!!

Just got in from the gym, did 30 minutes on the elliptical, and lifted weights. I increased my weight on the leg press from 120 to 130 and on the lat pull down from 45 to 50. I also went from doing 15 reps 2 times to now doing the 15 reps 3 times!! I feel great!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

I'm Freezing!! Life without insulation....

Recovery and other things

My blog entries have been pretty boring lately. I guess now that I am pre-op my whole world is just focused on the day to day activity of doing all I can to be healthy. I feel like posting when I go to the gym that I did it, because it is an important part of my recovery, but I guess after a while I sound like a broken record. I have been hitting the gym a lot, it is almost compulsion now. I feel like my life has hit a really good rythym. I get up, I drink my 4 oz of milk, make a protein shake, put it in the fridge, get dressed either for the gym or just for warmth because the house is so cold to me now. I am really starting to feel the effect of not having fleshy insulation. I am so used to wearing tank tops and I am wearig them still, but freezing. i sit in my bed on an electric blanket while my top half freezes. I have been wearing long sleeve shirts in layers, so weird. I love fall and winter clothes I used to buy long sleeve stuff, but then be too hot to wear it. Now I haven't worn a t-shirt in over a week because I am so cold natured now.

I have a workout routine, and the days I have to lift weights I make sure I get there, and the days off I still go and do cardio or the elliptical. My arms are really starting to show the payoff and I am pleased. I did water aerobics this morning, and man, my belly is loose and floppy. Losing the weight has really made my abdominal area reall loose. I am excited that I will have the plastics after I lose the weight.

I keep a food journal, I have written everything I have eaten down since the 6th day after surgery. I feel that it has really helped me remember to take my supplements, and has really kept me from going over or under my protein goal of 60 grams a day.

So basically I am just doing everything I know to do, and I am being rewarded in my weight loss and health. I feel stronger, more energetic and just all around better than I ever remember. This surgery has saved my life, and given me a better one

Friday, January 4, 2008

Gotta get to the gym...

It is 8:22am and I am fighting going to the gym. BUT.... I am going, I am going. I have water aerobics from 9-10 and another one after that from 10:15-11 I can do this. Gotta run!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

9 Weeks Post-op Update

Week 9 Post-op

**********Week 9 Post-Op !!!! I have lost exactly 54 pounds. ***********
I drove to Ga Tuesday (after cardio and weight lifting), did 5 massages wednesday and saw my surgeon today. He asked me a bunch of questions, my answers seemed to really impress him. He said I was doing perfect and to keep it up. I was so proud. Then I came home, changed and went to the gym. Did I mention the surgeon is in Atlanta and I live in Greenville SC? I still came home changed went to the gym did my cardio and my weight lifting. I can really see the difference in my arms and thighs. I am about to make my week 9 video and post it. Hope everyone is doing ok!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Still exercising

Just got in from the gym. Did the elliptical for 30 minutes and lifted weights. I also did 30 min on the elliptical yesterday too. I am starting to really get some muscle in my arms and my thighs seem to be getting smaller too.

I am loving my new car. i am driving it to GA today to do massage tommorow.

Today is exactly 2 months since surgery. I have lost 52.8 pounds!