Spring has sprung! Which means that the weather is turning warmer, the days are getting longer, and fitting in outdoor activities is a whole lot easier. Spring is a time of renewal, and the spring of 2013 is going to be one where my life is Refreshed. I’m living my life in full bloom! Now that I’ve made my pre-op weight loss requirement, all the pounds I lose this spring are just like extra petals on a flower, making my life just a bit more beautiful. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. I’m embarking on more than just a diet plan, I’m establishing a lifestyle – my new beginning. My Sunday progress updates will be called Super Spring Weigh-Ins.
I haven’t done a weigh-in post in a couple of weeks, because I was kind of stalled out for a while there after making my 5 lbs to go goal. Then we had Easter, I got a bad cold, TMI arrived, and I had a pasta dinner “last meal.”
This morning I weighed in at 286.0, which is up 2.4 from the last time I weighed in. I’m disappointed that I’m up a bit, but with all the things I mentioned above, I’m actually not surprised. I wasn’t working out much when I was sick, because I just felt miserable. I indulged on Easter and then again with that pasta dinner, and eating more carbs than normal will absolutely make the scale go up. But, this is where I go from here. I have 5 pounds to go to get to my last pre-op requirement, and I’m committing to get there by next week’s weigh in.
I know 5 lbs in a week sounds like a lot to lose, but time is of the essence. When I called Kaiser about a week ago to check the status of my surgery date, the scheduler told me that my file is on the surgeon’s desk with about 20 people ahead of me. She told me that I need to have my final goal weight on record as soon as possible so that when he approves my chart, they can schedule my surgery. If my weight loss hasn’t been recorded by then, they’ll pass me up and go on to the next person on the list. I definitely don’t want anything to prolong my surgery date, so it’s up to me to get it in gear and get this weight loss on record.
My plan is to do a pre-op plan – all protein shakes and Quest bars until I hit the goal and get it recorded. I’m thinking 4-5 shakes and 1 bar per day. I love the Quest bars because they are so low in net carbs (really high in protein and fiber). Plus, they’re really tasty. They have lots of flavors, but my favorites are banana nut muffin and cinnamon roll. So good! I have the Premier Protein pre-made shakes, as well as BSN, SunWarrior, and Premier Protein protein powders, to which I can add PB2, cocoa, and the flavored liquid stevia I have to add some variety. I may hit Cost Plus to buy some sugar free Torani syrups to make things even more interesting. It’s not going to be easy, but I can do anything for 7 days. Plus, I know I’ll drink lots more water (I usually get in 8-10 glasses a day), just to stave off the hunger pangs.
Besides that, I’m really excited because I’m going to add something new to my workout routine.
One of my friends is letting me borrow/have her treadmill! Even though I have a gym membership, I’ve always envied people who had treadmills at home because they can literally roll out of bed and onto the treadmill and then right into the shower. Considering how early I get up, waking up any earlier is difficult, especially trying to coordinate an early-morning gym session. Now I can get up at 5am, which is reasonable, do 30-45 minutes on the treadmill, and then get on with the rest of my morning routine. That way, my after work and evening workouts will be like “double days” – a bonus! I feel so grateful to my friend because I know adding this extra bit into my daily routine is really going to help me get to my goals sooner.
I don’t have much in the spare room that the treadmill is in, but luckily there’s a large window, and I have a bit of a view of the busy street outside. (Hey, it’s better than looking at the wall). Sofi’s not too sure about the whole thing, but I’m sure in time she’ll get used to it.
Here’s this week’s workout plan:
Sunday: treadmill (30 minutes); walk with Sofi
Monday: treadmill (30 minutes); walk with Sofi; OnDemand workout
Tuesday: treadmill (30 minutes); gym: elliptical + recumbent bike
Wednesday: treadmill (30 minutes)
Thursday: treadmill (30 minutes); gym: elliptical + recumbent bike
Friday: treadmill (30 minutes); walk with Sofi
Saturday: Zumba; cleaning
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!