I am pleased with this week’s progress. It seems that taking the week off from the gym didn’t have as ill an effect as I thought it might. I did try to eat under 1200 calories every day to make up for the fact that I simply wasn’t as active as usual. I was in a knee brace until Friday, so I kept my activity to a minimum this week to let my knee recover from the sprain I sustained while running on Monday. Continue reading →
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.
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?
This week’s loss was a small one, but a loss is a loss, right?
My ankles are a bit puffy in this picture because we took the picture after we got home from our road trip. I’d been in the car for a little over 4 hours, and you know being stationary + salty food = cankles.
I’m not thrilled that I’m developing a turkey wattle under my chin–how apropos since it’s November and all. But I’m starting to see a LOT of loose skin all over (arms, legs) that needs tightening. Time to start lifting weights I suppose. Now how to fit it into my schedule is the question. I also need a haircut in a bad way, but I’m terrified of getting it cut because I’m losing hair by the handful and have been for the past month now. I hope this hair loss slows down and stops soon because I already had thinning hair to start with and this is NOT HELPING. Continue reading →
I was approached to run for secretary of my Rotary Club, as we have elections soon. I said yes.
I ran briefly, albeit slowly and in the wrong kind of shoes. But I ran. And my knees didn’t cry out for mercy when I did it.
The possibility that lies in both of these things is exciting to me. I won’t lie, I am more excited about the second than the first. I enjoy being a leader, don’t get me wrong, but the time commitment is a concern.
I am nearly two weeks out from surgery and I’m starting to get antsy.
Daily, I fight the urge to step on the scale to see if it will move in the downward direction. Before surgery, I promised myself I’d only weigh every Sunday. I’ve already broken that promise to myself but I need to renew it. There is simply too much fluctuation in your weight on a day to day basis to weigh and not drive yourself mad when the scale doesn’t look as you want it to. But I know the scale has to be moving downward because when I look at my My Fitness Pal journal, I’m taking in just shy of 400 calories daily and expending way more than that. And yes, I’m really trying to get in at least 600 right now, but when you are simply NOT hungry, it is hard to force yourself to drink ONE MORE PROTEIN DRINK, especially if you’ve hit your protein goal for the day. Once I move to mushy foods, I’m setting my calorie goal slightly higher to account for the fact that I’ll be getting my calories and protein from food and not primarily protein drinks.
The Dermabond on my incisions is starting to peel off a little bit. I need to call my doctor’s office tomorrow to see if this is normal. I haven’t scratched at them or anything, but I noticed today after I got out of the shower that the Dermabond on a couple of the incisions is peeling up a little bit and I want to make sure this is supposed to happen, because some of the incisions are not quite fully closed up. They’re itchy though, so this is good. I just want the damn things to heal so I can go about the real business of exercising to accelerate this weight loss process a little bit. That, and I want to build a routine before school starts so that it will already be in place.
I am neither a medical professional nor am I a mental health professional. I am a bariatric surgery patient sharing what I have learned through my personal experience with the vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG). I am also a biology educator with a keen interest in obesity research. If you have medical questions or a medical emergency, please contact your doctor or other qualified health professional.