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Summer’s here! Which means that fun in the sun is a daily way of life. Getting outside and getting active is easy, and it’s on my agenda for each and every day this summer. Being on summer vacation means I don’t have any of the workaday responsibilities that can get in the way of my plans. Now that I’ve had the VSG surgery, achieving my weight loss goals is only a matter of time, and this summer is going to be HOT. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. I’m not on a diet, I’m establishing a lifestyle – my new life. My Sunday progress updates will be called Sizzlin’ Summer Weigh-Ins.

Week 9 is in the books, and I’ve got to say, it was like a week of Wednesdays: not as bad as a Monday, but not as exciting as a Friday or Saturday.  Just kinda meh.  But all weeks can’t be birthday weeks + the 4th of July, right?  It was just that nothing was particularly thrilling about the week, but it wasn’t a bad week, either.  Just so so.  Then again, it was a week that I was on vacation, got to decide what I wanted to do, and didn’t have a lot of responsibilities, so I really can’t complain.

bilbl_scale.jpgSo, how’s the scale looking?

I weighed in this morning at 243.4, which is a loss of 2.6 pounds this week, and a loss of 33.6 lbs since surgery!!! I’ve lost a total of 71.6 pounds from my highest weight.  The loss this week is fine, but I know I could’ve done better.  I didn’t really push myself in my workouts this week, and there were a couple of days that I didn’t get all my water and/or vitamins in.  I didn’t have any missteps per se, but as I said before, it was just sort of a blah week.

But the week ahead is sure to be anything but blah.  I’ve got some fun activities planned, including today’s walk with FaveCousin at Shoreline Lake Park.  The park has a 5-mile loop, so I’ll definitely hit my 10,000 steps today, not to mention taking in the gorgeous views and catching up with FC.  I have quite a few other fun things going on this week, but I’ll save those for future posts.

Even though I didn’t do anything to make this week more than ordinary, something pretty extraordinary happened – I’ve lost over 70 pounds.  I’m really proud of myself! I feel so far from that frustrated woman who didn’t know how she could get herself out of the cycle of losing and gaining the same 3 pounds. The desperation and frustration I felt then was quelled only by my own determination.  No matter how hard it was for me, I never lost hope, I never doubted my ability to get here.  Here. In a quiet week where nothing significant was marked on the calendar.  Here, where progress photos are showing major changes.  Here, in the present where all that past perseverance paid off.

What I’m learning in this journey is that there will be weeks that are just ok when nothing particularly terrible happens, but nothing fantastic either. I guess weeks like this past one are sort of like resting weeks that help me appreciate the truly amazing weeks by comparison. Fair is fine sometimes, but if I want to achieve my goals, I have to do more to make them happen.  I don’t want to get comfortable in complacency, because that’s not the type of life I want to lead.  I know that once school begins, I may have more weeks that are just so-so, but it will be up to me to make them better. The way I approach this weight loss is the way I want to live the rest of my life – to the fullest whenever 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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Summer’s here! Which means that fun in the sun is a daily way of life. Getting outside and getting active is easy, and it’s on my agenda for each and every day this summer. Being on summer vacation means I don’t have any of the workaday responsibilities that can get in the way of my plans. Now that I’ve had the VSG surgery, achieving my weight loss goals is only a matter of time, and this summer is going to be HOT. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. I’m not on a diet, I’m establishing a lifestyle – my new life. My Sunday progress updates will be called Sizzlin’ Summer Weigh-Ins.

Week 8:  I can’t believe that it’s been two months since my surgery.  In some ways it feels like I’ve been living this new life forever, but then in other ways time is flying by.  This week I made good progress on my Summer Bucket List.  I took a 5-mile walk with my cousin around the Presidio of San Francisco on Thursday and then on Friday, Ani and I went to Vasona with the pups for a nice, long walk.  This week my schedule is very open, so I’d like to cross at least one other place off my list.

bilbl_scale.jpgSo, how’s the scale looking?

I weighed in this morning at 246.0, which is a loss of 2.2 pounds this week, and a loss of 31 lbs since surgery!!! I’ve lost a total of 69 pounds from my highest weight. I’m really satisfied with this weight loss because last week I had an almost 4-lb loss and last night I went to Tinkerbell’s house for her birthday party.  I watched my food, but let’s just say I had more than my fair share of Skinnygirl margaritas.  It never fails to amaze me that I can go to a party and indulge the night before a weigh-in and still see great results on the scale.  I know a lot of it has to do with the hard work I’ve put in all week, but I can guarantee that pre-surgery I wouldn’t have seen a loss like this.  (Mostly because pre-surgery I would’ve eaten a lot more than I did).

Last week I set an end-of-summer goal of getting to 235 by August 11th.  I’m still going to aim for that number, but I’m not sure if I can pull off 4 lbs per week for these remaining 3 weeks.  So I think I’m going to amend the date and try to get to the goal by August 18th.  That date is actually closer to my 3-month post op date, and a heck of a lot more realistic.  And you know what, that’s just fine.  I like having a goal to shoot for, and if it takes me an extra week to get there, that’s still amazing progress in my book.

My plan for the week is to continue to enjoy each day of this week.  It’s been an amazing summer so far, and I just want to continue to appreciate the joy I’m finding in everyday.

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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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Summer’s here! Which means that fun in the sun is a daily way of life. Getting outside and getting active is easy, and it’s on my agenda for each and every day this summer. Being on summer vacation means I don’t have any of the workaday responsibilities that can get in the way of my plans. Now that I’ve had the VSG surgery, achieving my weight loss goals is only a matter of time, and this summer is going to be HOT. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. I’m not on a diet, I’m establishing a lifestyle – my new life. My Sunday progress updates will be called Sizzlin’ Summer Weigh-Ins.

Week 7 is ending a really high note.  Including this week, I have four full weeks left of summer before my school responsibilities (registration, professional development days, teacher welcome day) kick in and then school begins.  I really want to fit in as much “summer” as I can, and there are a few local places in the Bay Area that I’d love to visit before reality strikes.  Things like walking the Golden Gate Bridge, visiting Muir Woods again to see how I’ve progressed, and riding my bike around Vasona, just to name a few spots. I guess it’s my Summer Bucket List. If you have any other ideas, please leave them in the comments.  I’m looking for ideas where I can see the beauty of the Bay Area and do something active at the same time.

bilbl_scale.jpgSo, how’s the scale looking?

I weighed in this morning at 248.2, which is a loss of 3.8 pounds this week, and a loss of 28.8 lbs since surgery!!! I’ve lost a total of 66.8 pounds from my highest weight. The thing that’s so great about this week’s loss is that it’s coming directly after a 4.2-lb loss last week AND after a week in which I ate almost all of my meals out.  I was in an unfamiliar environment, totally shook up my routine, and still made it work.  I’m really proud of myself! I did exactly what I set out to do last week, and to be honest I’m really amazed at it all.

Specifically for this week, I’m going to get in great workouts, keep the protein high and carbs low, and go to at least one Summer Bucket List spot.

Since I have 4 weeks left before my schedule isn’t my own anymore, I think it’s time to set an end-of-summer goal.  By August 11th I’d like to be at 235 lbs or less.  That would be 13 lbs in 4 weeks, which seems completely on par with my weekly average.  It would also mean that I’ll have lost 42 pounds over the summer and 80 pounds overall.  Now THAT would be fantastic!

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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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