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It’s March! Which means that the weather is unpredictable – sunny one day, rainy the next – but that just makes life more exciting. This year March is going to be incredibly lucky for me – a time when I will absolutely achieve my pre-surgery weight loss requirement, my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. (Although luck will have nothing to do with it – it will be all about HARD work and motivation). Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. March means that spring is around the corner, and I’m going to use this season to refresh my outlook, because I’m embarking on more than just a diet plan, I’m going to establish a lifestyle. My Sunday progress updates will be called March Madness Weigh-Ins.

Today isn’t Sunday, but it was definitely a weigh-in day! Not only did I weigh in at home this morning, but I weighed in again at Kaiser for my official weigh in recording.

{Trumpets BLARING!!!!}

This morning I weighed in at 283.6, which is down 4.6 pounds from a week and a half ago. Which means…

I have made the mini goal!!!!!!!!!!!!

In fact, I’ve demolished it, and am on my way to meeting the final pre-op goal.  I have another 2.6 lbs to go to meet that final goal and I have the next several weeks to do it.

Now that everything is official, and my file is on the surgeon’s desk to review, I am so, so excited.  The only thing that would make me happier is finding out my surgery date.  As soon as I know, you’ll know, for sure.

Since the weather has been gorgeous lately, I’ve decided to make walking outside part of my regular workouts.  Yesterday Ani and I went on an hour-long, 3 mile walk.  I was thrilled because the entire time we were walking, I didn’t feel any numbness in my feet/legs at all.  I also didn’t get shin splints or cramps in my legs, and I wasn’t winded at all.  I definitely felt a difference in my overall fitness.  Plus, it was so beautiful outside:

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So…Ani and I are going to set up a regular walking date on as many “B” days as I can make it.  A great part of our walk is that we walk 1.5 miles to the dog park, the pups play if they feel like it, and then we walk the 1.5 miles back.  Yesterday we did it in 57 minutes (not counting our dog park time), so it will be fun to see how our time improves as we continue on. I’d love to get to 45 minutes or less.

Here’s this week’s workout plan:

Sunday: walk with Sofi
Monday: 5K with Ani & pups
Tuesday: rest day
Wednesday: 5K with Ani & pups
Thursday: gym: elliptical + recumbent bike
Friday: walk with Sofi
Saturday: Zumba + walk with Sofi

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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 six on Jenny was another amazing one. At last week’s JC meeting, my consultant asked me what my mini goal was, and I kept that goal in mind throughout the week as I got in a few good workouts, stuck to the plan, and started seeing the difference in the way my clothes were fitting.

That’s wonderful Bella, but what were the results on the scale?!!

This morning I weighed in at 299.4!!! This was the goal that I’d stated last week with my Jenny consultant – that I’d finally get under 300 lbs once and for all. This is a loss of 4.2 lbs this week!! So now I have 18 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement.

I completely believe this quote to be true, because it happened this week. I spoke my goal, believed I could do it, and made it happen. My next goal? To get to 289 lbs, which I want to achieve by Thanksgiving.

But let’s get back to this week – I got to 299.4!!! I am beyond thrilled that I had such a fantastic week, especially in week 6! I’m so proud of myself, especially because I resisted the temptations that presented themselves this week, and you know what? It was easy because I knew nothing was worth not reaching that goal this week. To celebrate, I’m going to get a long overdue pedicure tomorrow. I found a great place that’s really inexpensive, and I can’t wait to have pretty toes. I earned a bit of pampering.

Beyond the scale, I’ve been noticing that my stomach is getting smaller and my clothes are fitting better. Just yesterday my sister told me that she could see the weight loss in my face, especially my neck. I love it!

As much as I love Jenny Craig, I’ve been really worried about how I was going to continue on the program because of the cost. Just the Jenny food alone is $500/month, plus the veggies, fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, and string cheese that I need to supplement the menu,which is another $40 or so a week. I’ve been stressed about what to do because I can’t truly afford it, but it’s working so well. In the past two years, nothing else that I’ve tried (and you guys know that I’ve tried EVERYTHING!) has worked this well for me. But having money problems because of budget cuts and not being able to make ends meet is just upsetting beyond words. Thankfully, my parents are incredibly supportive of me, and they’ve agreed to loan me enough to cover the JC costs for the remainder of the year. That is a huge load off my mind!

This week I’m going to hit the pool again, and now that I have the swim cap and goggles, I’ll be able to avoid the bloodshot eyes and blurred vision I had last week at the over-chlorinated gym pool. I’m also planning to ride my bike and do the Zumba DVD at home. 225 minutes is the goal again this week.

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

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You know the Polar Bear Club?

No, not the American post-hardcore band from upstate NY that formed in 2005. (Although I do kinda like that song).
I’m talking about the other Polar Bear Club.  Those crazy people who jump into ice cold water to show how badass they are? They emerge from the freezing cold water looking something like this…

Well, today I joined their ranks without meaning to.  But let me back up.

I’m on a mission to make my mini goal by December 19th.  With this plantar fasciitis that I’m dealing with, most workouts are really painful, especially walking.  Since the weather warmed up today into the mid-to-high 70s, I felt like swimming was the perfect activity to burn some serious calories, yet still baby my heel.

I was so happy to get to the pool and find it completely empty.  I quickly kicked off my flip flops, threw off my coverup, and dove headfirst into the pool.

(I’m not sure I looked this graceful, by the way).

As I hit the water my heart stopped for a second, and my brain froze as surely as if I’d had a Slurpee.

The. Water. Was. Ice. Cold!!!!

My sentiments exactly.  Actually, I think this guy looks a lot better than I must’ve as I came up for air. (Don’t you just love the look on his face?).

It quickly became apparent that they’d turned off the pool’s heater. I mean, I know it’s October 16th, but we’ve been having warm weather, up until last week. Well, this was a fine predicament I’d gotten myself into!

As I saw it, I now had two choices:

  1. Get out of the pool and figure out another workout that would baby my heel.
  2. Summon my inner rockstar/badass/superhero and deal with it.

I knew my body would eventually get used to the temperature, so I just had to hang in there and do my best to get my body acclimated.  My swimming was very labored for the first ten minutes.  I could barely catch my breath and couldn’t quite find my rhythm between strokes and taking breaths.  I felt like my lungs couldn’t get enough air and each breath was a struggle.

Instead of getting frustrated, I turned over and started the backstroke, which is much easier on the breathing than freestyle swimming. Every so often I stopped swimming and did some “swim running” in the deep end of the pool.  This is a term I made up myself, but just imagine the motion of running your fastest, fist pumping race, all the while suspended in the deep end of a swimming pool.  That’s swim running.  I made sure to use high knees, for added calorie burn benefit.

After about 10 minutes, which passed by quickly thanks to my AquaBeat, I felt my body get accustomed to the temps. (Amber, I cannot thank you enough for telling me about that amazing underwater mP3 player. I couldn’t have made it through the polar ice caps today without my tunes to keep me going).  My swimming became smoother, and I actually enjoyed my workout.

Beyond my usual happiness that comes from feeling weightless in a swimming pool, I have to admit that I adored the feeling of being a rockstar for sticking it out and pushing myself past normal limits (and maybe even sanity!) and continuing to swim in the unheated pool.

Now that I know I can do it, I’m planning on going back for more on Thursday.  At least I’ll be prepared for that initial rush next time.  It’s all in a day’s work in pursuit of my dreams.

Oh yeah, I’m a BADASS!!

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Tonight as I was writing an email to ScaleWarfare, I mentioned the fact that there are about 9 weeks left before I am on Winter Break.

9 weeks. 23 pounds to go to my mini goal.  2.5555 lbs per week.

Totally doable. Very realistic.  Completely achievable.

It doesn’t matter that I’ve been on this journey for years.  This is one of the greatest accomplishments I will ever achieve in my life, and now is the time to do it.

I am committing to put in the work – 100% Jenny Craig, 10 glasses of water/day, 5 workouts a week, totally at least 45 minutes each.

I am worth it.  I can do it.  I WILL do it. I believe it.  I will make my dreams come true.

Do you hear me universe?!!  I AM GOING TO REACH MY MINI GOAL WEIGHT BY DECEMBER 19TH.

Mark my words.

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