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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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