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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.

Week 20 brought with it a bit of a break from the craziness of the week before.  I decided to take Monday off to catch up on errands and housework, and I even got a new ‘do. This week I also had some shopping NSVs.

So, how’s the scale looking?

I weighed in this morning at 220.0, which is a loss of 2 pounds and a loss of 57 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 95 pounds from my highest weight!!  I’m really pleased with this week’s weight loss, because I’d taken the week off from working out.  My body seemed to need it, especially after all I did last week, and besides that, I had my period, so it seemed like a good week to take a breather. I made really healthy meals for myself, and paid attention to my water and vitamin intake.  I’m also glad to see a loss with a “2” in front of it this week, because I’ve been losing around a pound for the past couple of weeks.  Since I have 5 pounds to go to be down 100 pounds, I’m going to push to make that milestone before the end of October.

butternut squash casserole One of the meals that I made this week was Eggface’s Butternut Squash Casserole.  I changed it a bit by adding sage in with the sauteed ground turkey, and it was a delicious touch.  I highly recommend this dish because it’s hearty and filling, yet so good for you.  I had it several times this past week for lunch and dinner.  Plus, I have half of it left in the freezer.

Monday I got a haircut, and I feel like a brand new person!  I’ve mentioned before how much hair I’ve been losing, which is normal after surgery, because of the hormonal changes caused by the rapid weight loss.  It lasts from month 3 – 6, and I just couldn’t take it anymore.  Not only was my hair getting thinner, but it was also completely changing texture.  My hair has always been dry, but now it’s super-dry and much frizzier.  I hated the way it felt.  So I decided that it was time for a major cut.

These were some of the inspiration photos that I brought into my stylist:

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And this is the great cut I walked out of the salon with…

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I love it! It’s sassy and short, and because so many inches were cut off (at least 4 or 5, I think), the hair is so much healthier.  Plus, because it’s shorter, when the hair does come out in the shower, it seems like less because it’s not as long. I got a ton of compliments at school, on FB, and in person. It was time to make a change.  In the past when I’ve had shorter hair, I was always really self-conscious because my face was so full and my body was so big, and I felt so exposed.  I don’t feel that way at all now.  My face has changed so much since the last time I had a short cut, and I don’t feel like I need to hide behind long hair to somehow balance out my body.  It’s very freeing.

The other major NSV this week came at Old Navy.  I’d gotten a coupon for 30% off, and since I’m in desperate need of some new clothes, especially tops, I figured it was a long overdue excursion.  The thing is, I’ve never been able to shop inside an Old Navy store for myself before.  Their plus sizes are online only, so this would be my first attempt to fit into normal sizes in the store. I really wanted get some sweaters, but I didn’t like the choices I saw.  So I ended up with a 49ers long-sleeved thermal and a fleece hoodie.  Both are in XXL, which I guess could be considered plus-sizes, but I’m just so happy that I didn’t have to be relegated to a plus-size store to get them.  The XL fit, too, but was a bit too tight for me to wear out, so I went with the larger size. As you can tell with the 49ers shirt, it fits well and I don’t have to worry about washing & drying it.  (If it shrank a bit, it would still be fine).  As I was in the dressing room trying on clothes, I was struck by just how far I’d come.  There were times in the past when nothing at Torrid fit, and when I was almost out of sizes at Lane Bryant.  I’m wearing a 14/16 top (highest weight = 26/28 that was tight) and 18/20 pants (highest weight = 28 tight).  I can’t wait to be solidly in the normal sizes in pants, too.
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Another shopping NSV hit when I realized that I’d donated all of my warm pjs, and literally had nothing to wear now that the weather was turning chilly.  So I went to Kohls and found two sets of pjs in XXL (18/20) that would have NEVER fit me last year at this time.

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I know they’re really similar, but I love having red pjs for the cold-weather months.  The first have cute little Scotty dogs and the other is a classic plaid.  I got each of the sets for $18.99, which is unheard of in the plus-sized clothing world.  That’s just another little perk of being able to wear clothes from the normal stores – I can find such great deals, and the clothes are more reasonably priced.

This coming week I want to get back to my workouts, up my water intake to 10 glasses a day, and keep enjoying the fun fall menus I’ve been making.  Life is so good right now, and I hope my weekly weigh-in posts don’t sound boring, because I feel like I write that all the time.  But those of you who have been with me for a while know just how far I’ve come.  Today’s quote couldn’t be more apropos.  THIS is the place I always knew I could get to, and it feels fabulous to finally be here and be able to enjoy each and every moment.

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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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.

Week 19 was busy and fun-filled! I had a blast dressing up for each day of homecoming week (see my Intagram), played in the powder puff football game, and participated in the SJ RocknRoll Mini Marathon.

So, how’s the scale looking?

I weighed in this morning at 222.0, which is a loss of 1.2 pounds and a loss of 55 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 93 pounds from my highest weight!! 

This week really showed me just how much more I am able to do with all of this weight gone!  Yes, I’m in smaller sizes, yes, I like the image I see when I look in the mirror, but this week I really FELT how much healthier I am now.  I’m doing things that I would have never even attempted a year ago.  It’s exciting to tap into this other side of myself that I didn’t realize I had.  I can’t wait to see all the new adventures in fitness I achieve in the coming months and years.

I also had a few non-fitness related NSVs this week, both of which make me smile when I think of them.

The first happened at race packet pickup on Friday.  The RocknRoll series is very strict about each individual picking up their own bib, and IDs are absolutely required.  I showed my ID, and the woman scrutinized it, looked up at me, went back to the ID, and looked back at me with a questionable look on her face.  Then she said, “well, all this walking is obviously working, because you look like a totally different person.”  How cool is that?  It’s so rare that I ever have to show my ID, and it had been months since I’d really looked at the photo, but there is a major difference, to be sure.  My license expires July 2014, and it will be neat to see how much more I change between now and then.

The next NSV happened Saturday morning before the SAT.  One of the other teachers, who is typically really cynical and snarky, told me, “you look fantastic! When I look at you, sitting across from me at the table like this, I see a thin person.  You inspire me to get back to a healthier life.”  I was blown away by her compliments!  The fact that I might inspire her to get a bit healthier really pleases me.

This coming week, I’m looking forward to the pace of life slowing down just a bit.  It means that I can get back to cooking some healthy dinners, workout on my hybrid, take care of the house and Sofi, and take a breath.

This quote really proved true for me this week, as I did a lot that took me out of my comfort zone, and it was all AWESOME!

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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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.

Week 18 was exciting! I got a wonderful surprise from a very generous friend, started practicing for our faculty powder puff football game, and I attempted to go stand-up paddle boarding.

So, how’s the scale looking?

I weighed in this morning at 223.2, which is a loss of 1.2 pounds and a loss of 53.8 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 91.8 pounds from my highest weight!! 

I’m really proud of my continued success on the scale, and when I stop to think how far I’ve come in such a short time, I really am amazed.  I am so thankful that I had the surgery, especially now that school is back in session and it’s shaping up to be such a hectic year for me.  I know my tool, and my success, has helped me incredibly.  Now that I’ve lost 92 pounds, moving through the world is so much easier.  I’m able to do so much more and it’s all so much more effortless.

Life is so good,and I feel so lucky to be able to truly live each moment taking all the small steps that reveal successes daily.

2013-09-28 09.17.04Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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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.

Week 17 was another busy one, which makes me all the more grateful that I have this new lifestyle in check.  I’ve come to realize that this school year is just going to be much busier for me for a number of reasons, but thanks to all the changes I’ve made personally, I’ll be able to handle the added pressure without derailing my progress on the scale. That fact makes me feel amazing!

So, how’s the scale looking?

I weighed in this morning at 224.4, which is a loss of 4 pounds this week, and a loss of 52.6 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 90.6 pounds from my highest weight!! Ninety pounds down!!!  Over 52+ pounds off in just a little over 4 months!! I am so proud of myself and stunned by these results.

When I see this sort of progress, I realize that my decision to get the VSG surgery was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself, just as I knew it would be.  I think back to myself 1 year ago, 3 years ago, 5 years ago and know that all of my perseverance through the terrible struggles with the scale was to get me to this moment.  Even as I was failing and had almost lost all hope, there was a small spark, a tiny voice in my head, telling me to keep going because I could do it.  Once I made the decision to get the WLS, I knew that the tool would be the missing piece of the puzzle, and it’s proven to be.

Now that living this post-VSG life has become second nature to me, I think it’s time to make some milestone goals for myself.

  1. I will hit 100 pounds off by November 1st.
  2. I will get to ONEDERLAND (199 or less) by the end of 2013.
  3. I will reach my ultimate goal of weighing 150 lbs before my surgiversary on May 20, 2014.

Given my average weekly weight loss (~3 lbs per week), these goals are completely reasonable and achievable.  The nicest part is, I’m not going to have to do anything extraordinary to reach them.  I’m just going to keep up with the food and exercise plan I’ve been following, and I know the weight will come off.

Way back when, I’d set up some rewards for myself for losing weight, and I think they still hold true:

1.  When I hit 100 pounds off – buy a new, red beach cruiser.  I love my beach cruiser, but I hate the color.  When I went to buy it, I wanted a red one, but they were going to have to order it for me.  Being as impatient as I am, I didn’t want to wait, so I settled for the one they had in stock.  Now it’ time to get the bike I really want.

2.  When I hit Onederland – buy an outfit from a non-plus size store.  I know I’ll be able to buy a top from a non-plus size store (I could fit one now), but I’m not sure of the bottoms.  I’m wearing 20s or 18s, depending on the pants, but with another 24 lbs off, maybe I’ll be able to fit into 14s?  I’m thinking that maybe a store like New York & Company will have something that will work.  Any other suggestions for stores with generous sizing?

3. I’ve always said that when I hit my ultimate goal of weighing 150 lbs, I’m going to buy an entire outfit from Anthropologie.  I love so many of the silhouettes I see at the store, and have always longed to be able to buy more than just their housewares. This is going to be a huge reward!

It’s so fun to think about reaching these milestones and knowing that they’ll happen in the very near future, not a faraway and nebulous “someday.”  I saw this quote on Instagram this morning, and it really does encapsulate how I’m feeling:

20130922-141041.jpgUntil next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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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.

Week 16 – 4 months since surgery! In some ways it seems that these months since May 20th have flown by, but at the same time, I’ve enjoyed each moment of the journey post-op. This week was a testament that even though I’m really busy now that the school year is in full swing, I can easily make time for fitness because it’s something I really enjoy. It really is about priorities, and staying active and making it fun is definitely one of mine.

So, how’s the scale looking?

I weighed in this morning at 228.4, which is a loss of 2.6 pounds this week, and a loss of 48.6 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 86.6 pounds from my highest weight!! I am so proud of myself and all that I’ve accomplished on the scale. Huge milestones are just around the corner, and I can’t wait to reach each of them. It’s so exciting!

Almost more exciting than the numbers that I’m seeing on the scale is the image that I’m seeing reflected back at me from the mirror.  Earlier this week, I donned a pair of size 20 Se7en jeans from LB and I really liked the way I looked in them (you can see the photo in my Instagram files). I’m also almost too small (!!!) to fit into two great pair of work/dress pants that Meghann gave me.

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So, of course I need to hem both pair, because I’m a shorty at only 5’3″, but I’m also wondering if it’s even worth it, because both pair are pretty loose in the thighs, too.  The pair on the left are Michael Kors (black with tiny white pinstripes), the right are Anne Klein (black with a tiny checkerboard pattern).  Both are size 20s!  I can’t believe that size 20s are almost too big!!!  I think the Anne Kleins fit a bit better, so I may just hem those, since they aren’t quite as big in the waist on me.  What do you think? Is it worth the effort, or should these go in the donate pile?

2013-09-14 11.04.42When people are taking photos of me, I don’t worry about the angle or how it’s going to turn out .  I see the photo and am pleased with the way I’m looking.  I don’t mean it to sound narcissistic, but if it does, so be it.  I’m really proud of getting to this point in my life.

After WLS, many people say they can’t get used the the image in the mirror of their new body.  They can’t equate the person looking back at them with the person they are.  For me, it’s the not like that at all.

This person you see in the photo is the person I always knew I was.  In fact, she’s still a work in progress, because the person I know I am has yet to emerge.  It’s why I was always shocked when I’d see photos of myself when I weighed 315 – I never saw myself that big in my mind’s eye.  I saw this girl.  Or an even smaller version of her.

People compliment me and tell me that I’m glowing and that I seem so happy now.  I do feel completely happy with the direction I’m moving in my life.  And maybe I’m glowing because this is who I knew I could be all along.

This week was a great one for fitness, too.  While I may not have done the exact workouts I’d planned last Sunday (best laid plans, right?), I did workout each day I’d planned.  And when I realized that the plank challenge was going to be too much, I made a better choice.  I’m loving the kettlebells, and I think it’s going to be a workout I incorporate several days a week into my normal fitness plan moving forward.  It’s such a great full-body, cardio/resistance combination.  And of course, I had an amazing time at yesterday’s Color Me Rad 5K. I wrote it in the post, but it bears repeating – I absolutely love walking in 5Ks! Before, when I was at my heaviest and tried to participate in 5Ks, the idea of the 5K was always better than the actual experience itself.  Yesterday the experience was even better than the idea.  And I adored the fact that I could have pushed myself to walk even faster.  I think 5Ks are going to be my new thing! I’ve already signed up for several:

And while it’s not a standard 5K, I’m also really interested in signing up for the SF Dirty Girl Mud Run (Feb 1st) with a group of friends.  I’m a bit daunted by the obstacle course, but if I keep up my workouts, I’ll be ready for it.

All of these changes are so incredible and I just can’t describe how happy I am that I’m finally achieving all of the things that I had tried for so long to reach.

20130915-071015.jpgUntil next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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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.

Week 15 was jammed packed with activities, including Back to School Night. The week was tiring and busy, and didn’t leave me with much energy when I got home from work.

So, how’s the scale looking?

I weighed in this morning at 231.0, which is a loss of 2 pounds this week, and a loss of 46 lbs since surgery!!! I’ve lost a total of 84 pounds from my highest weight. I’m actually really happy with this loss this week, because I didn’t do too much to deserve it. I didn’t really workout, I was very “snacky” many days, and I didn’t remember to take my vitamins most days. But I kept my calories around the 850 mark and did my best to get in lots of protein, so it goes to show that food alone can carry me once in a while.

Not that I want to make a habit of not getting my workouts in. In fact, yesterday I burned tons of cals with a marathon house-cleaning session and this morning I got on the bike first thing in the morning. Now that we’re getting into week 4 of school, I think it’s time to start planning more workouts more closely:

Sunday: recumbent bike, walk Sofi
Monday: walk Sofi; Zumba DVD
Tuesday: rest day
Wednesday: walk Sofi; elliptical/recumbent bike
Thursday: Body Pump
Friday: rest day
Saturday: Color Me Rad 5K
Sunday: Lululemon #yogaontherow

I’m really excited about both of those fitness events coming up next weekend, and I’ll be sure to blog about them after I’ve participated.

Which brings me to the September 30-Day Plank Challenge. It has definitely been a CHALLENGE. These planks are no joke, and are really difficult. Now that the time is up around 45 seconds, I’ve been holding side, bent knee planks, which some might consider cheating, but I’m okay with it because I still feel them in my core every time I do them.

The other big thing that I want to tackle this week is getting all my vitamins in. I’ve still been bad about taking them – some days I’m on it and taking everything, other days I only get half or none in. This hit and miss thing is no way to make sure that I get all of my nutrients in. I don’t want to go to my 6-month post op appt and find that I’m deficient in something. The problem is that most of the vitamins require me to wait 2 hours in between taking them, which means that I may remember to take my mulitvitamin but then forget my calcium two hours later. I know how important these vitamins are, and I just have to set up reminders so that I take them at the right time and don’t forget anything.

I love the quote I found this week because it’s what I’m doing each and every day that passes. I love being active, moving my body, and living this healthy life I’m creating.

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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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.

Week 14 flew by, and before I knew it, was over.  I’m still finding my way into this new school groove, and I think this long weekend will help me get a bit ahead so that I can really settle into it.

So, how’s the scale looking?

I weighed in this morning at 233.0, which is a loss of 1.6 pounds this week, and a loss of 44 lbs since surgery!!! I’ve lost a total of 82 pounds from my highest weight This loss is fine – not great, but not terrible either.  I’m happy that it’s a loss, but of  course I’d love to see 2 lbs or more a week.  But I’m not complaining one bit, because my overall loss is really fantastic!

My food has been going really well, and I’ve been really proud of myself for getting workouts in even though I come home tired after work.  Buying that hybrid elliptical/recumbent bike was the best decision, because it eliminates my excuses.  Some evenings I “trick” myself into working out by putting the laptop on and watching some shows I need to catch up on while I’m doing the bike or on the elliptical.  I tell myself that I can’t watch TV unless I do my workout.  It’s been working really well, which is great because those late afternoons after long days at school are the hardest for me.

Today begins the September 30-Day Plank Challenge, and I’m excited to see how it goes.  Planks have always been tough for me, so this will definitely be a true challenge. If you’d like to work on your planks, join in on the #plankaday.

I did a few fun things this week, all due to my weight loss. One of them was shopping for smaller sizes and fitting in a size 18!!! On Friday I also went to a scrapbooking crop with a friend, which was really fun and creative.  I’m making a progress photo scrapbook about my weight loss.  I’m going to include journals in the scrapbook, which I’m going to take from this blog.  It’s such a great way for me to me to celebrate my success and let my artistic side flourish.  I have a feeling that this scrapbook is going to be the first of many that I create. Yesterday Ani and I went to David’s Tea to pick up some of their fall teas. I’ve been really getting into having a cup of tea at night when I might normally start craving sweets.

I haven’t really been going to the gym much since I bought the elliptical/bike hybrid, but this week I want to get in at least two times.  I’m thinking I’ll get on the rowing machine once and go to Zumba another time.  This week is my sister’s birthday, so we’ll have a couple of fun family dinners to celebrate.  I’m looking forward to another great week chasing my dreams!

20130901-215056.jpgUntil next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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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.

Week 13 was busy, but really good.  It was my first week of school, and I am so excited by all of my classes.  I have amazing students, and I just know this year is going to be the best one yet.  I’m really proud that even with busy, busy days I was able to stick to my healthy eating and exercise routine.

All good news, so how’s the scale looking?

I weighed in this morning at 234.6, which is a loss of 1.8 pounds this week, and a loss of 42.4 lbs since surgery!!! I’ve lost a total of 80.4 pounds from my highest weight. I’m really happy with this week’s loss, especially since I had such a huge loss last week.  I also had my period for the 3rd time this month (crazy hormones), so that makes this loss even sweeter.  I am so excited that I’m now down 80 pounds!!

Getting up so that I can get ready, make my breakfast, gather my stuff, and hit the road by 7am actually wasn’t as difficult this past week as it has been in the past.  I can definitely see the difference in my energy levels.  As one of my colleagues put it, “you were a spitfire before, but now, you’re on a whole nother level.” I’m having fun picking out my clothes in the morning, and of course I love the compliments that I’ve been getting.  Even fitting in workouts wasn’t too tough – I’ve made sure to workout on the weekends when I have more time so that I can take my two rest days during the week, which has been working perfectly.  The one area that was kind of boring for me was in my food, especially my lunches.  I’ve been buying TJ’s salads and eating them over a couple of days, but I needed to shake things up a bit, so look for a “What’s in my Lunchbag?” post later this week.  (I picked up some fun foods today).

Since I’m now down 80 pounds, I thought I’d share my latest progress photos:

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The “before” was taken in September 2012, and I remember thinking that my face looked thin in the photo.
The “now” was taken on Tuesday (August 19, 2013).

Now for the rare, full-body shots.  The “befores” were taken in February 2013, the “nows” were taken 6 months later (yesterday, August 24, 2013). The top is the same in both, but the pants are much different.  The befores were 26/28 and the nows are 22/24. I’m down about 60 lbs between the two sets of photos.

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I’m not sure if you can see that much difference in the shots, but I can tell you that I FEEL the difference.  Both sets of photos were taken by my sister, after yoga class.  Yesterday’s class was tough, but much easier for me to complete than it would’ve been back in February.  I’m proud of all that I’ve accomplished so far on and off the scale! It hasn’t been an easy road, but it’s been worth every single step I’ve taken.

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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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!

Fantastic, so how’s the scale looking?

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.

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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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 and there are no holidays or other social commitments to derail me from strictly adhering to my food and workout plan. I’m determined that fall 2012 will be when I achieve my pre-surgery weight loss goal. Since weekday mornings are hectic, I’m moving my weigh-in day to Sunday. Sundays are the perfect day to weigh in because I don’t have any other morning obligations and can focus on my weight loss. Plus, Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.

Week 9 on JC flew by – I was busy with work and spent quite a bit of time after work helping friends.  Once again, it was nice to have the Jenny Craig plan, because I was able to just live life and not have to be overly concerned about what I was going to eat.  I’ve been really appreciating that JC takes the guesswork out of it.

So Bella,what were the results on the scale?!!

This morning I weighed in at 294.8. This is a loss of 2.4 lbs this week, and a total loss of 20.2. Which means I have 13.8 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. The end is totally in sight!!  Finally hitting a milestone weight loss (20 lbs!!!) gave me an incredible boost this morning.  It’s fantastic to be able to string a bunch of losses together and see something significant like this.

A tire weighs 20 lbs – this really puts things in perspective.

This next week brings the dieting challenge of Thanksgiving.  I’ve decided that I’m going to enjoy the day – I’m going to eat all the foods my family and I prepare and enjoy a couple of glasses of wine.  It’s only one day, which is why the day before and the day after Thanksgiving (when I’m lucky enough to be off of work), I’ll be putting in big workouts to mitigate Thursday’s feast.  I’m going to do my own version of a sprint triathlon – 10 minutes on the elliptical, 20 minutes on the bike, and 30 minutes of swimming.  (A true sprint tri has a 5K run, a 20K bike, and 750 meters of swimming, but I need to work up to those numbers). I’m actually looking forward pushing myself to do a workout like that on Wednesday and Friday.

Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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