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springblog

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.

This week I knew I’d be weighing in at my pre-op appointment today, and I wanted to make sure I not only met the goal weight, but that I was under it.  I was really strict with my eating, and enjoyed lots of fat flush water.

So, what did the scale say?

This morning I weighed in at 277.2, which is down 2.4 lbs from my last weigh in. So this morning when I get on the scale in the surgeon’s office, I’ll be 4 lbs lower than the goal weight, which is great.

This week I’m going to allow myself a week of planned indulgences.  A week of “last meals” if you will.  Not that I’m going to go crazy and eat everything in sight, but I am going to make sure that I enjoy many of the foods that I won’t be able to eat after surgery (or for a long time after surgery).

  • Today after weighing in, I’m heading to Noah’s Bagels for a bagel with lox and cream cheese.  Definitely a don’t on most healthy-eating plans, and a don’t for me post-op.
  • Tuesday evening my sister, niece and I are going to our local Cal-Mex place to enjoy Swirls (blended margarita + sangria) and some sort of salad.  My niece’s school is having a fundraiser night, so this fits in perfectly.
  • Wednesday my parents are taking me out to sushi.  This is going to be one of the foods that I’m really going to miss.  I’ll eventually be able to have sushi, but not for quite some time post op.  And I don’t think rice will be something I’ll be able to easily digest, so it may look more like a handroll with the sashimi and seaweed only.
  • Friday night one of my best friends and I are headed to a famously fattening Mexican restaurant called El Burro.  More margaritas along with some enchiladas.
  • Somewhere along the way, I’m going to have a grilled cheese sandwich with French fries.

In between these meals, I’m going to stick to my usual healthy eating, and I’ll definitely fit workouts in to counteract all these extra calories.  Then I’ll be back to strict the week before surgery.

What would your “last meal” be?  Choose a few, if you can’t decide on just one.

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

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springblog

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.

This week I worked really hard, cut my calories, worked out, and did everything I could to make it to my goal.

So, what did the scale say?

Yesterday morning I weighed in at 279.6, which is down 6.4 lbs from last week! Which also means that I not only made it to the ultimate weight loss requirement that my surgeon set for me, but I surpassed it by 1.4 lbs!!!

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I don’t think I can explain what this means to me!  But of  course I’m going to try.

  • It means that I’ve finally been able to do something that it’s taken me two years and eight months to accomplish.
  • It means that all of that perseverance paid off.
  • It means that all of those different food plans and diets were worth the money spent and struggle to follow. Although ironically, what ultimately got me to this point was following Kaiser’s pre-op plan consistently.
  • It means that all of those hours of sweat transformed me from a person who worked out because she *should* to a person who enjoys tackling the new challenges that workouts bring.
  • It means that all of those instances of doubt, fear of failing, and moments of self-sabotage were wrong.  I did it!
  • It means that all of those ups and downs and around the bends have led me to this new path on my journey.

I couldn’t wait to get to a Kaiser yesterday so that I could get this weight loss officially recorded.  The office that was open had an old-fashioned, non-digital scale, which worried me, but when I weighed in, it recorded my weight accurately, and the medical assistant entered it into the system and sent it to my surgeon, so all was well.

So now, I wait for Kaiser to tell me my surgery date.  All that I’m required to do is maintain this weight loss, but since it will be at least a few weeks until surgery (trying to think positive), I’d like to get to 275 (losing 4-5 more pounds).  I’m going to call in on Monday and speak with the surgery scheduler again, informing her that I’ve now had my weight officially recorded and letting her know that I’m available to fill in for a cancellation. As soon as I get a date, I’ll let you know.

You’ll notice the ticker on the side has a new weight loss goal – 75 lbs lost.  I think that’s a significant milestone to reach for, and when I do, I’ll definitely reward myself with something.  Probably something workout-related. Any ideas?

Here’s this week’s workout plan:

Sunday: treadmill (20 minutes); bike ride
Monday: treadmill (20 minutes); gym: elliptical + recumbent bike; walk with Sofi
Tuesday: treadmill (20 minutes); OnDemand; walk with Sofi
Wednesday: treadmill (20 minutes); gym: elliptical + recumbent bike
Thursday: treadmill (20 minutes); walk with Sofi
Friday: treadmill (30 minutes); gym: elliptical + recumbent bike; walk with Sofi
Saturday: Zumba; cleaning

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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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springblog

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.”

Hmmm, those things don’t sound to promising. What did the scale say?

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.

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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.

20130414-131356.jpg 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.

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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!

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springblog

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 RefreshedI’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.

What a whirlwind this past week was!  I made it to my mini goal with the official Kaiser weigh-in; I walked two 5Ks without pain, numbness, or cramping; and I realized that my life is about to change very, very soon.

  So what did the scale say?

To be honest, I didn’t weigh in today.  I’ve peeked at the scale throughout the week, and it hovered right around last Tuesday’s weight.  One day I was slightly up (+0.4), another day I was back to the same weight.  I didn’t expect to lose anything this week, since I had such a huge weight loss last week.

One of the things I’m really proud of this week (besides the weight goal!!) is that I have been able to walk 5k (3 miles) without any of the annoyances (numbness, cramps, shin splints) that used to make it impossible.  I think losing weight is part of it, but I also think getting the proper shoes is a HUGE part of it.  I’m wearing ASCICS Gel-Blur 33 2.0

1888939-p-MULTIVIEWI love their bold colors, but even more important is their incredible arch support eliminate any pain I might have from plantar fasciitis.  I definitely want to get a second pair in black & white.

While I did walk two 5Ks this past week, those were the only real workouts I got in, which isn’t great.  I was just so busy grading, running back and forth to Kaiser (weigh in, EKG, etc), and getting ready for Easter that I ran out of time.  But this week, it’s back to it, full force.

Here’s this week’s workout plan:

Sunday: walk with Sofi
Monday: gym: elliptical + recumbent bike
Tuesday: 5K with Ani & pups
Wednesday: gym: elliptical + recumbent bike
Thursday: 5K with Ani & pups
Friday: Hot Hula
Saturday: cleaning + OnDemand workout

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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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marchmadnesswi

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.

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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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marchmadnesswi

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.

Week 12 left me energized after a long, tiring week.  I think the time change really threw me, coupled with the fact that some sunny weather made the pollen explode (allergies!).  My workouts were confined to walking because most days my body was just too tired to get in a real workout.  I stayed on plan with my food, and overall, I felt good about the week.

Was the Luck o’ the Irish with you on the scale?

This morning I weighed in at 288.2, which is down 2.6 pounds from last week. Which means I have 2.2 pounds to go before I can call in to Kaiser and meet the next big weight loss requirement. 2.2 POUNDS!!!!  That’s sooooooo close.  I’m going to hit that this week, guaranteed.

I think taking the week off from strenuous workouts was what my body needed.  Even though I’ve been pushing myself to move past tiredness, sometimes I need to listen to my body and give it the rest that it obviously needed.  And I think Sofi enjoyed our long walks this past week.  Now that there’s so much more daylight left after work, I’ll definitely have the time to workout and fit in a good daily walk with Sofi.  More steps = more calories burned.

Here’s this week’s workout plan:

Sunday: Hot Hula Fitness + walk with Sofi
Monday: Wii Tennis & Just Dance 4 + walk with Sofi
Tuesday: gym: elliptical + recumbent bike + walk with Sofi
Wednesday: OnDemand kickboxing + walk with Sofi
Thursday: gym: elliptical + recumbent bike + walk with Sofi
Friday: rest day/ long walk with Sofi
Saturday: Zumba + walk with Sofi

I cannot wait to come back to you next week with the announcement that I’ve made it to my first mini goal.  I know that if I put it out there, it WILL happen.

Happy St. Patty’s Day!!!

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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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marchmadnesswi

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.

Week 11 was mixed – I stayed on plan, got in some fantastic workouts, but was lacking in water and movement on the scale.

Hmmmm…. So, what did the scale show?!

This morning I weighed in at 290.8, which is up 1.4 pounds from last week. Which means I have just less than 5 pounds to go before I can call in to Kaiser and meet the next big weight loss requirement. I’m not too worried about this gain because I’m confident that it’s going to come off quickly. I know it’s water weight – I struggled to get enough water in this week, for some reason, and I’m also experiencing some constipation (sorry if that’s TMI). I’m also really sore from my workouts the last couple of days. All of which adds up to the fact that I’ll be back to losing in no time.

The other big thing that I need to be more vigilant about is letting junky carbs creep into my diet. I’ve been having PopChips or ChipIns at lunch and/or in the afternoons for a snack, and I need to cut them out. They don’t add any nutritional value, and I know they’re not helping my weight loss. But they taste so damn good! It’s back to bell peppers and cucumbers with Bolthouse yogurt dressing for me: they add the perfect combo of savory and crunch that any snack needs.

On the plus side, my clothes are all fitting me looser and I’ve been able to get into more of my smaller clothes, so I know I’m losing inches. All my workouts are adding up, and I’m so proud of how I’ve made them part of my daily life.

Here’s this week’s workout plan:

Sunday: Wii Tennis & Just Dance 4 + long walk with Sofi
Monday: rest day
Tuesday: Wii Tennis & Just Dance 4 + walk with Sofi
Wednesday: elliptical + recumbent bike + walk with Sofi
Thursday: U-Jam Fitness
Friday: elliptical + recumbent bike + walk with Sofi
Saturday: Zumba + walk with Sofi

In short, it’s time to get serious. I have less than 5 lbs to go, and I want to get there as soon as possible.

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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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marchmadnesswi

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.

Week 10 was another great one:  I stayed on plan with eating, got in lots of strong workouts, and felt completely motivated.

Sounds great! So, what did the scale show?!

This morning I weighed in at 289.4, which is down 2 pounds from last week. Which means I have 3 pounds to go before I can call in to Kaiser and meet the next big weight loss requirement! I’m thrilled with this week’s result because I’ve been really enjoying the lifestyle I’m creating for myself.  I’ve been loving my food plan, trying a bunch of new recipes, but still staying within my calories.  I’ve been pushing myself a bit more in my workouts by increasing the time and/or the intensity.

Here’s this week’s workout plan:

Sunday: cleaning + bike ride + long walk with Sofi
Monday: Aqua
Tuesday: elliptical + recumbent bike
Wednesday: rest day
Thursday: elliptical + recumbent bike
Friday: bowling + Hot Hula*
Saturday: Just Dance 4

*I was so excited to find a Groupon for the Hot Hula Fitness class I love taking – $39 for 10 classes.  Normally the classes are $10 each, so this was an excellent deal. I don’t want to use them up all at once, so I’m planning on going about once a week or so.

I have a few new recipes in mind this week, but I’ll post about them as I make them and/or in my WIAW post.  I’m feeling so positive, so motivated, so UNSTOPPABLE, and I want to thank everyone for their support.  Your words of encouragement over the years have gotten me through the tough times, and now that things are completely in sync, I want you to know that they continue to lift me up and spur me on towards success.

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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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wintercollage

It’s Winter! Which means that the weather turns chilly and a new year is just beginning. This year the period from January through March is going to be a Winter Wonderland for me – a time to focus on my weight loss and to finally, once-and-for-all achieve my pre-surgery weight loss requirement. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. This is the time of year resolutions are made and then quickly forgotten, but not with me. 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 Winter Wonderland Weigh-Ins.

Week 9 brought a change in eating plan, lots of fun with friends, lighter workouts, and a positive outlook.

Sounds good. So, what did the scale show?!

This morning I weighed in at 291.4, which is down 1.6 pounds from last week. Which means I have 5 pounds to go before I can call in to Kaiser and meet the next big weight loss requirement! This loss is especially significant in a week when I changed the way I’ve been eating, battled PMS, and went lighter on my workouts than I’d planned.

Still, the workouts I did get in were really fun. I did a couple of my usual elliptical/recumbent bike workouts, but then I also went biking in Half Moon Bay, which was amazing. And then yesterday I discovered that Just Dance 4 has this whole selection that offers longer dance workouts: 80s, Latin, and a few others. Fun!

Here’s this week’s workout plan:

Sunday: Just Dance 4 + long walk with Sofi
Monday: rest day
Tuesday: elliptical + recumbent bike + walk with Sofi
Wednesday: TBD
Thursday: elliptical + recumbent bike + walk with Sofi
Friday: TBD
Saturday: Zumba

I absolutely loved the food I’ve been eating all week.

  • Breakfasts: protein shake
  • Lunches: Flat Out wraps spread with Laughing Cow, clover sprouts, and 4 oz of low sodium deli meat (ham and turkey) + popcorn or ChipIns.
  • Snacks: bell pepper with Babybel light cheese
  • Dinners: this is where I’ve gotten creative – cauliflower crust pizza, grilled tofu sriracha, and lowfat curry chicken with roasted cauliflower.

The thing is, I’m eating real, whole food, staying low carb, and I’m keeping my calories under 1200. The irony isn’t lost on me that this is basically the plan that Kaiser Bariatric laid out for me from the beginning. I realize, too, that in the 2 1/2 years since I’ve been on this WLS quest, I’ve tried LOTS of food plans: Kaiser, Medifast, Bariatric Choice, Kaiser, Jenny Craig, super low calorie pre-op, and back to Kaiser (I’m sure I missed a few in between there somewhere). But I’m fine with all of the changing – I always did what felt right at the time, gave it my all, and was open to making changes when it seemed right. Plus, I think going through all of the different plans helped to teach me so much about my eating habits, patterns, and problems. I’m finally mentally ready for this healthy Kaiser plan, and so it’s full steam ahead towards those next 5 lbs, and beyond.

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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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wintercollage

It’s Winter! Which means that the weather turns chilly and a new year is just beginning. This year the period from January through March is going to be a Winter Wonderland for me – a time to focus on my weight loss and to finally, once-and-for-all achieve my pre-surgery weight loss requirement. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week.  This is the time of year resolutions are made and then quickly forgotten, but not with me.  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 Winter Wonderland Weigh-Ins.

Week 8 was great in practice, but not so thrilling on the scale.

Confusing. So, what did the scale show?!

This morning I weighed in at 293.0, which is exactly what I weighed last week. After last week’s big weight loss, I probably shouldn’t have expected a huge loss on the scale. And at one point in the week I was actually up 3 lbs because of making a poor food choice (note to self: no matter how hungry you are after a workout, do not give in to buying turkey jerky because you see it on an endcap at Target).  I’m still feeling really strong and confident about what I’m doing, and I know that as long as I keep it up, I will get those 7 measly pounds off.

The thing is, there’s more to my journey than just the scale.  I’m noticing lots of NSVs:

  • my work pants are fitting so much looser
  • two of my workout pants are way too loose in the waist
  • most of my bras are too big for me (luckily I had a couple of smaller sized bras to move down to)
  • tshirts that I couldn’t wear for so long are fitting well
  • people at work are noticing my weight loss
  • friends whom I haven’t seen in several weeks-months are complimenting me on how “skinny” I’m looking

I also really gave it my all with my workouts this week.  Six days of solid, sweaty workouts. I don’t make excuses to miss workouts, no matter how I’m feeling, I just get to the gym or turn on the OnDemand and get it done.  It’s a huge turning point for me that fitness is a daily part of my life, without question.

This week I’m off for Presidents’ Week Break, and I know that the extra down time is going to make my food plan more challenging.  Eating only shakes/soup until my late afternoon snack isn’t as easy, especially if I don’t have anything to take my mind off of it.  So, I’m planning on drinking tons of water to fill in the gaps and keep as busy as possible. I’ve made tons of plans with friends for movies, pedicures, and coffee dates.  I’m also planning on working out like it’s my job!

Here’s this week’s workout plan:

Sunday: rest day/long walk with Sofi
Monday:  aqua aerobics + recumbent bike
Tuesday: elliptical + recumbent bike
Wednesday: aqua aerobics + recumbent bike
Thursday: bike riding in Half Moon Bay
Friday: aqua aerobics + recumbent bike
Saturday: Zumba

Looking at my post from last week, it was unrealistic of me to think that I could lose 7 lbs two weeks in a row.  But that doesn’t mean I’m giving myself a pass.  I still want to do my best to take these 7 lbs off as soon as I can.  I’m looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish this week.

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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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