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Post-Op Week 36 Progress Report: Tweaking the Program

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This week’s progress was a surprise.  I lost what I’d gained last week due to water retention, and then a little extra.  I will note that I am still retaining water (stupid hormones; it’ll stop this week thank goodness), as my ankles are a little puffy and parts of me are still swollen.

As I move forward through my 8th month of post-op life into my 9th, I’ve decided it’s time to tweak things again to make this tool work to my advantage.  I have 73 pounds left to lose to get to my goal and 23 to get to my surgeon’s goal.

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Vacation, All I Ever Wanted…

Two more get-ups until Spring Break.  I have two more days until I get a week of well-deserved vacation.

But Spring Break can’t get here soon enough.  I need a break.

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Tonight I ran for 10 minutes on the treadmill.  Now, they weren’t 10 continuous minutes, but it was 10 minutes nonetheless.

10 months ago, I couldn’t have walked 10 minutes continuously without getting winded.

In 10 days, I turn 41.

When I turned 40, I couldn’t run at all.

In fact, there were a lot of things I couldn’t do when I turned 40 that I can do now. Running is one of them.

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Monday Musings: 3.5 mph, Sleep, Perchance to Dream

is how fast I ran on the treadmill tonight.

Mind you, I only ran for a little over 5 minutes of my 22 minutes on the damned thing, but I ran.  And they weren’t 5 continuous minutes of running–I walk really fast, and alternate a few minutes of walking really fast with a minute or so of running.   Tonight, I ran faster than I’ve been able to, which is an accomplishment for this running newbie.  I need to work on duration rather than speed, though.  It’s hard not to want to run fast when this comes on my playlist, though:

When I listen to it, my pace is slow and then builds up.  I’d eventually like to be able to run for the duration of the entire song.  I got halfway through my playlist, about a mile in, and then I quit.  I rode the bike for the next 30 minutes of my workout.

I would have run more had I not been exhausted.

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My Mindful Valentine

Valentine’s Day is a day that for most folks is filled with sweet treats, flowers, and declarations of love.  Some folks feel like the day is simply a conspiracy by the candy and greeting card companies to get people to buy stuff in an attempt to woo or keep a lover.  Today, Valentine’s Day for me was just another Friday–nothing out of the ordinary, really.  My Valentine’s Day went down a little like this:

  • Got to school this morning to discover my classroom door’s window covered in Valentines.
  • One of my students gave me a Valentine that said, “Yoda one for me” with a picture of Yoda on it.
  • Came home to a handmade book by my hubby detailing some of the reasons he loves me.  It made me cry.
  • Went to dinner and had a tasty fish dish that I am going to source the ingredients for this weekend so I can replicate it here at home.
  • Registered myself for the Firefly Run on March 29.  I don’t care if I walk the whole way; I am going to finish, no matter how long it takes me.
  • Spent some quality time on the treadmill and bike at the gym even though I wasn’t feelin’ it.

I don’t need a contrived holiday to tell my husband that I love him.  I do this every day, as it should be.  I couldn’t be more blessed to have him along for this adventure we call a life together.  I’m mindful every day of the fact that I am lucky to call him my husband, and that this life we share together is one of the most precious gifts I have.

So for me, today was really all about mindfulness in many ways.

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Competing Against Myself

Friday nights are gym nights in our household.  This has become a new normal for us post-op, and has actually become something my husband and I both enjoy together.  Tonight we had dinner with my family, and then went to the gym a couple of hours afterward.

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It’s Expensive Running To Stand Still

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Today in my part of the Lone Star State, it was a gorgeous day.  We decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather we had today and went for a walk in the park near our place.

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Runner Wannabe

My husband and I have begun a new weekend routine. Every Friday and Saturday night, we go to the gym and have a workout date and then go have dinner afterward. It’s been a great way to get in our exercise and spend time together.

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The Brink of 2014: Trying New Things

I know this is getting out late, but I wanted to write a quick post here about some goals I have for 2014.

First, I refuse to call them resolutions.  Resolutions are not binding, they’re often not resolved, and they are meaningless.  There are no consequences for not following through, and they are often hollow. Continue reading

Post-Op Week 21 Progress Report and Evaluating Goals

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Weight loss during a holiday week is always a victory to celebrate, whether you have had WLS or not.  Holidays are always challenging, even when you plan every bite and sip you take.  I’m glad that I was able to post a loss this week, because this week’s loss puts me within 4 pounds of my December 31 weight loss goal.  I am confident that I will reach that goal in the next week or two.  I am thinking that it might be time to set some new goals.  But what goals to aim for now?

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