Post-Op Week 62 Progress Report: Swimming Without Floaties

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Completely surprised by this week’s progress.  I don’t know what could have been the cause, because there were so many things I was changing at once (bad scientist, changing more than one variable at a time!).  Whatever the reason, I hope this means I’m finally off the plateau I seem to have been on for the past 3 months.

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Post-Op Week 61 Progress Report: Haters Gonna Hate

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This week can suck it.  If ever there has been a time during this whole weight loss process that I have felt like my wheels are spinning, it’s now.  Continue reading

Achievement Unlocked: Sitting in an Airplane Seat

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Achievement unlocked:  fitting into an airplane seat and not needing a seatbelt extender. 

This is a big deal.

The last time I flew on a plane (American Airlines from SEA to DFW, BTW), I had to buy an extra seat, use a seatbelt extender, AND the seatbelt extender was just barely long enough to buckle me in.  It made for a very, very uncomfortable flight in more ways than one.  It was pretty much the worst travel experience of my whole life, which I’ll write about another time.

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Post-Op Week 60 Progress Report: Penny Days and Kettlebells

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Progress this week is slow but I’ll take slow progress over no progress.  A pound lost is better than a pound gained.  Unfortunately, at this point, every pound is a fight to get off.  It’s like my body is trying to settle at this weight, which is really irritating.

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An Early #transformationtuesday: First Day of School Edition

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Today was the first day of school around these parts.  So naturally I dressed up–I find that I do that a hell of a lot more these days, but even more so for work than I ever did before.

The photo above is the difference a year makes.  On the left is my first day of school outfit from last year.  On the right is what I wore today, five sizes smaller.

I’m hopeful that as I begin this second year of life with my sleeve that each meal and each workout gets me closer to my goal.

It also dawned on me that my students will never know the me from the left photo.  They won’t see the gradual change in my appearance that my last year’s bunch got to see.  I’m hoping that with the addition of new workouts, they see a refinement of what I’ve gotten myself down to.

This is my New Year, and it’s on, bitches.  I will get to my goal.

Post-Op Week 59 Progress Report: Back to School Edition

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Not surprised by this week’s gain for a couple of reasons.  One, I am retaining water (thanks, nature, you suck); two, I rested from gym workouts this week.  I was so sore from the leg workout I did last Saturday that I was in pain for most of the week, so I decided to give my body a break.  I literally could not move for the first 3 days post-workout without yelping in pain.  What was the source of this pain, you ask?  Squats up against the wall with a balance ball.  Because the leg press machine at my gym is hard on my back (it pushes very, very uncomfortably on the small of my back), I have resorted to doing balance ball squats instead to work my quads.  It’s a better workout anyway, since I’m basically leg pressing my body weight with every repetition, and this is heavier than any plates I could put on the leg press machine and move anyway.

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Post-Op Week 58 Progress Report: Back to Work, or Why I Keep Busy

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Really pleased with this week’s progress.  I am hopeful this will continue, given that I head back to school this week and won’t be around my fridge all day.  As someone who eats out of boredom, this is a big deal.  It’s also one of the main reasons I’ve kept myself so busy this summer–if I am not constantly occupied, I will eat because it’s something to do. 

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