Today I had the BEST day, all thanks to one of my newer friends! Before I tell you what happened, let me give you some background.
BeautyJunkie824 and I “met” online through YouTube, and when we discovered that we only live about 40 minutes apart, we knew we had to meet. Originally we decided to meet up for the first time at a WLS support group through Kaiser, when we were both pre-op. We spent an hour at the meeting and then we headed to Starbucks and stayed for hours, just chatting, getting to know each other and realizing just how much we had in common. BeautyJunkie824 got VSG surgery about 8 weeks ago, and looks fantabulous! She’s lost over 66 lbs – 30 lbs since surgery and the rest from her pre-op diet. She’s one of my inspirations on this weight loss journey, and I’m so lucky to have met her. It really was kismet.
So today, BeautyJunkie824 and I met up at Starbucks again and talked for another 3 hours about losing weight, wls, life, and everything in between. As she let me ask her “20 questions” (probably more!!) about her experience with VSG, I got more and more excited. To think that that could be me in a matter of a few short months is incredible. She said that she felt like VSG was truly a miracle for her, but pointed out, as ScaleWarfare did in her post today, that it is all about the healthy choices she’s making. BeautyJunkie said that she could easily eat a ton of ice cream and never workout and she’d be putting on the pounds. Instead, she eats protein first, is up to running a 5K several times a week, and make sure to get in all her water.
I told BeautyJunkie824 that I knew I had to ramp up my exercise (calorie burn) if I was going to see the weight loss results that I wanted, and she reminded me that I don’t always have to hit the gym to get in that extra workout. Again, life’s not all black and white; an idea that keeps repeating itself to me, and will continue to do so until I start living it, I guess. Anyway, she mentioned that when she first started back with exercise this time around, she began with the Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds DVDs. Scale Warfare also mentioned those, and I just so happened to have bought this DVD from Amazon about a month ago. (I haven’t opened it yet, but I will, this week). And then I remembered that I have a few Biggest Loser DVDs (Boot Camp, Yoga, and 30-Day Jumpstart) that have been gathering dust in my garage for about a year.
As I was leaving, BeautyJunkie824 told me that she’d brought something for me. We headed to her car, and she took out 2 huge bags filled with clothes for me! All sizes 22-18! I’m not in those sizes just yet, so this is even more incentive for me to keep up my good work and get these pounds off! I have great clothes just waiting for me. (On a side note, Scale Warfare is also being wonderfully generous and sending me some of her too-big clothes!! Between these two ladies, I’m going to be all set until I get to my goal weight!) I am so touched by this generosity! It’s overwhelming, and definitely something that I will “pay forward” once I’m out of these sizes.
Between BeautyJunkie824 and Scale Warfare, I feel so loved, encouraged, and supported! It’s amazing to have these two women in my life. They’ve both been through the VSG surgery, so I can learn from them, but even more importantly, they are two people whom I met online and whom I felt an instant connection with. Like we’re meant to be friends and will always be in each others’ lives. This is the power of blogging and vlogging that you just can’t beat! Meeting up with BeautyJunkie824 makes me want to meet Scale Warfare even more, too! Someday soon, lady!!!!
I was so motivated that when I got home, that I took Sofi for a 30-minute, quick-paced walk and then came home and did Week 1, Day 1 and 2 of the Bigges Loser 30-Day Jumpstart DVD. Day 1 was 10 minutes of cardio and Day 1 was 10 minutes of upper body strength/core training. The plan for this week:
- Wednesday: Walk Sofi; 30-Day Jumpstart cardio (10 min.); Walk Away the Pounds (level 1 – 18 min)
- Thursday: gym day – 35 min. on elliptical; walk Sofi; 30-Day Jumpstart lower body (10 min)
- Friday: Walk Sofi; 30-Day Jumpstart cardio (10 min.) (We’ll see if I feel like doing more)
I’m rocking it with my food. So much so that I’m going to make a video tomorrow about my latest “haul” from Bariatric Choice. December 17th is totally within my reach, and I know I’m going to make my goal.
Who have you inspired today?