Autumn has arrived! Which means that life is back to normal – school’s in, my schedule is busy, and obligations abound. But I won’t use those as excuses to slack on my goals. The great thing about fall is that the weather is cooler, which means that those wonderful fall fashions will keep me motivated. Plus, crisp temperatures mean that it’s never “too hot” to workout. I’m going to relish my nightly cup of steaming hot tea as another way to keep my water intake up. I look forward to all those hearty, satisfying and wls-friendly soups, stews, and crockpot meals that I’ll create for myself. This year, the changing season will mark new milestones that I haven’t seen in 5, 7, 10+ years! Bring on fall 2013 – it’s time to reach new heights! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.
(I realize that “officially” it’s still summer, but for my intents and purposes, the beginning of the new school year (which starts tomorrow!) marks a change of season, so I’m taking over the calendar and designating this week the beginning of fall).
Week 12 was wonderful! I have to admit, I was a bit worried about how this week would go, considering that I was back to school in teacher meetings, which meant my schedule was greatly impacted. It also meant that I had to be really organized with food prep, planned workouts, and all the rest of my work and life responsibilities. I’m proud to say that I handled it all well, and things really couldn’t have gone better!
I weighed in this morning at 236.4, which is a loss of 4.6 pounds this week, and a loss of 40.6 lbs since surgery!!! I’ve lost a total of 78.6 pounds from my highest weight. Can you tell how thrilled I am with this week’s results?! Not only is this the biggest weight loss in a single week since my first week post op, but it also means that I’ve now lost more weight post-op than I did pre-op. I hit my -75 pound milestone midweek, which was exciting.
That “stall” last week (which Aimee pointed out was not a stall, but a loss, because I did see the numbers go down on the scale, even if they were only decimals) gave way to a HUGE loss this week, and I think I know why. I’ve been following Less_of_Sarah on YouTube, MFP, and FB for a long while now. Her story is incredibly inspiring: She had VSG in November 2012, and since has lost 197 pounds. The thing that’s so striking about Sarah’s weight loss to me is that although she’s lost this tremendous amount of weight, she still drops 3 or 4 pounds (or more) each week. So I started really looking at what she was eating (the beauty of MFP), and noticed that her calories are just like mine: 800-900/day, but her protein was through the roof at 90g+ per day.
So I figured I could try to replicate that in my own food diary, and this week my daily totals were all around 80-90g+ of protein. While I did watch my carbs, I didn’t go completely carb-free, either. I had overnight oats for breakfasts a few times, I had quinoa for dinner several evenings, and I had Quest bars for snacks. I still ate veggies and fruit, and had a great variety of delicious proteins for lunches and dinners. The key seems to be in a delicious, little smoothie that Less_of_Sarah clued me in on. I mix 1 scoop of Mocha Fit Frappe with 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder, add in 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze (Sarah uses a lowcal coconut milk) and the result is a thick, delicious smoothie that has 200 calories, 35g protein, and is a fabulous breakfast/snack. It keeps me satisfied in the morning or fills in that afternoon “gap” well between lunch and dinner. I love the coffee flavor, and can add plenty of variety using sugar free Torani syrups and/or spices like cinnamon (can you say Mexican mocha?!).
This week my workouts went well, even with my busier schedule, which I’m really proud of. I did take 2 rest days on weekdays, which I plan to continue throughout the fall. As Carina pointed out some time ago, it makes much more sense to workout on the weekends when I have a lot more time, and take my rest days during the week when I’m exhausted from the work schedule. I’m also looking forward to adding in some workouts with my colleagues. My principal and I were discussing the fact that it would be great to create some fun events where the staff and faculty could get together to go on small hikes in the hills that are right near our school. Or to a bocci ball or bowling outing. Or just walking/running around the track after school. Another teacher really wants to create a 5K fundraiser, which I think would be fabulous. The point is that working out has become something I look forward to and find ways to fit into a more social setting.
The other really cool thing I want to share about this week is that it was the first time in three months since I’d seen most of my colleagues, and their reactions to my weight loss were amazing. So many of them told me how great I looked, even the men, who are often the last to notice things like that. Our bookroom clerk got tears in her eyes as she said how proud she was of all I’d accomplished, which of course made me get teary-eyed, too. Lots of people have commented about how truly happy I seem. I’ve always considered myself a happy person, but I think they’re seeing that inner person that I’ve always known I was on the inside. As Ani told me yesterday, now they can see past my weight and see the real me. I also think this happiness stems from FINALLY achieving the success I knew I was capable of, but had previously not been able to accomplish.
Tomorrow is the first day of my 10th year teaching at my current school, and my 14th year of teaching overall. I have a fun, challenging, exciting schedule of classes, and I’m really looking forward to all that will come with this school year. My district is in much better shape financially, thanks to the passage of Prop 30 and increased property values (property taxes), which translates into a 7% raise for me this year. (Quite a turnaround from the furloughs and budget cuts of last year). I’ve challenged myself to get my students’ essays graded faster so that they can get the feedback sooner, making it more meaningful. I’m also determined to be more social with my colleagues during lunch, and not hole up in my classroom. Lots of goals and plans, which is where I thrive.
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!