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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

2007 Tour de France

The tour is over, and my D-boys did the job. Where they'll be next year, who knows? I still find it hard to believe that Discovery is rumored to be dropping out of the TdF after just a few years of sponsorship. What's the problem though? It only costs $15 mill to staff a team of Discovery's stature. :) The rumors so far have the best team members re-forming under a new team, so all won't be lost.

Contador did awesome and Leipheimer had the best ride of his career. I'm tired of folks saying, the only reason Contador won was because Rasmussen was allegedly doping. Regardless, doping creates a synthetic performance; Contador's performance was natural, thereby warranting him the true winner in every way. Enough said.

My boy George Hincapie, as usual, pulled his weight for the team this year, but I really would have like to see him have a stage win. Hopefully he'll get to experience that again one day.

It still baffles me that some of these guys think they can get past the testing. I mean seriously, coming off one of the most controversial years, with Floyd Landis being (the last TdF Winner) accused of doping, you'd think the offenders would lay low for a year -- but no. They're selfishness obviously supersedes their respect for the sport and those they ride with.

The tour is over... now back to my regularly scheduled TiVo programming.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Spin!

Okay, last night I made my return to spin class. *applause*

I'm not sure I have mentioned just how great it feels to be able to do everything... but it does. It's simply amazing! Of course I have; silly me. Well, you'll have to hear it over, and over, and over again for a while!

I know I worked hard pre-op, but heck, any 300+ lb. person taking spin class does! This just feels different. It's like I can actually feel my body getting stronger. I did damn near every jump, hover run and sprint. For the first time back, that's pretty good.

I will say though, that after class I felt extremely weak, like I never had before. Luckily I was armed with a banana (a good glycemic replenishment), and I felt much better.

Tour de Pink, here I come! By the way, my new boss made a $100 donation! I was floored!!

I have been so fortunate in that I was able to seize the opportunity to have my life back. God, I'm so thankful for having the surgery.

Tonight I have a strength training session. Ever since we changed the way we're training, with higher weight and 4 sets of 6 to 8 reps (to failure) the weight has been coming off. I went almost 2 months without any change in pounds, but still lost inches.

The focus is now on building strength/muscle and cardio, just for the sake of cardio. Before I was doing more of a circuit training with the weight, monitoring my heart rate and recovery, so it was kind of like a cardio combo weight session. In any case, it's working!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A Couple Things!

Thanks to all my sassy sisters who helped make a contribution to my Tour de Pink efforts. You gals have character; you walk the walk AND talk the talk. I thankfully accept your donations in celebration of those who have lost the battle to Breast Cancer, and on behalf of all the folks who will benefit from this fundraising effort.

So, to change the subject, guess what I'm wearing today? I'm wearing a size 16! Not just a 16, but a 16 in white. White?!?! Yes, white. :) It's a nice black and white outfit, if I do say so myself. :) The point is, I haven't worn white since my wedding, and before than since my 8th grade graduation! Actually, I think I might be smaller now than I was at my 8th grade graduation!

Oh... and I have my consultation for my implants. Whoopie!

"Implants?" you say.

Yes, but not those kind. I'm talking about DENTAL implants. I started the process right before I got my RNY approval. I thought I'd have a year to finish up, but never even got it started because my approval came through sooner than expected. I have a consultation this week, and I can't wait to get it started.

We'll just call a spade a spade: I have awful teeth. Growing up we didn't have money for regular dental visits, and really only went when there was a problem. Coupled with the fact that I have really soft teeth, my best efforts to take care of them and be pro-active hasn't prevented the loss of some important ones as an adult. The tooth loss has has made it challenging (not impossible) to chew, and you know how important that is post-op. Now that I'm far enough out from my surgery, I can head back down this path. I'll be glad when it's over with! I go on Thursday -- I can't wait.

I have so much to be happy about; I can't wait to be able to smile freely!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Steppin' Out

This past weekend extremely busy, but fun too. :)

On Saturday morning I returned to my former gym and took Step Class. I really missed my old class and decided that if I really like it that much, and it helps to vary my cardio, it's worth the $47 a month. I absolutely adore the teacher. She's challenging, motivating and fun -- and yes, she's the reason I re-joined. The GroupX teachers at my 24 are pansies compared to her.

I just have to say, I HAD SO MUCH FUN! I hopped my way through step like I never did before. Don't get me wrong, my heart rate was hovering between 172 and 178 the whole time, but I felt so accomplished afterwards!

Funny story: a lot of the people at my local "Y" are teachers in CCISD. They all know one another. If you live the the Bay Area and aren't a teacher, then most likely you work for one of the DOD sub-contractors or at NASA. I work at neither so it took some time to make friends and penetrate what I lovingly call the "fitness clique." The clique is just a really commited group of us regulars who work-out together. For a while there, we were even going to dinner once in a while for fun.

Well, when I left the "Y" to go to 24, I didn't really keep in touch with anyone but my step teacher. I e-mailed her a couple times, but she never wrote back. I thought I was blacklisted for leaving to go to another facility. When I came in Saturday morning, none of the regulars said a word to me. No "Hello", not even a poking, "long time no see!" I Really and truly thought I was blacklisted.

It wasn't until my teacher was excited to see me, that I knew it wasn't the case (evidently she changed home e-mail addresses and I didn't have her work address). To the whole class she said, "Donna is back and we're glad to see what's left of her!" After that the regulars recognized me, and the few I was friendly with said hello. I wasn't blacklisted after all; they just really didn't recognize me, which I find odd since we all "stepped" together for 3 years. LOL

Since I've retured to the "Y" I'm also going to take spin class as well! I start on Wednesday. That will really help with my tri training.

Later on Saturday I finished my classwork and got some "Mommy" time to run errands, get a pedi/mani and pickup a birthday gift for a party later that night.

Seems like the scale as been at or around 227 forever now. I think that changing up my resistance training has got things moving again. We'll see next month. But, for the record, size 14/16 tops are fitting now, as well as 95% of 16 pants/jeans. F.U. scale, if you don't want to be a part of my success -- I'll take the inches, thank you. :)

On a real crappy note: I have placement exams this week - bluh.

On a crappier note: Team Discovery is barely present at the Tour de France. There's still some time for them to prove that the "Lance Factor" won't make a difference to their team, but I just don't see the cohesion they once had. Even "Bobke" is far less entertaining this year! Double-bluh.

Monday, July 16, 2007

2007 Tour de France

With all that's going on, I forgot to mention that the Tour de France started last week. They're already in Stage 9 today I believe. Thank goodness for Tivo, or I would never get caught up.

I'm all about rooting for team Discovery, but I am disheartened already. It's a long tour and I know anything is possible -- I'm just waiting for their attack. George Hincapie is my guy to root for. Probably won't win the Yellow, but I'd like to see him win a stage and see the team do well overall without the "Lance" factor.

I know they're focusing on the team time trials (which I always love to watch because that's where you really see the teamwork) and the stages in the Pyrenees.

Go Discovery!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Need Your Help!

Okay, I don't normally solicit anything, but I'm about to do so. I'm currently registered for the Tour de Pink. It's a cycling ride benefiting Breast Cancer. Without going into heart-wrenching stories, I have been touched by 3 women in my life who either died, beat or survived Breast Cancer. What I really need is your help in the form of a contribution to the cure. Please visit my contribution website sponsored by P3=Pedal Pink Power and Compass Bank.

Remember your donations are tax deductible. Your donation doesn't have to be huge -- every couple dollars helps! If you already contribute to another Breast Cancer organization, then thanks a million times over.

Feel free to pass the link to my contribution center on, if you know anyone who is open to the cause: http://www.tourdepink.org/site/TR?px=1078101&pg=personal&fr_id=1060

Please note, if you're using a browser other than IE, you may find that end of the URL may be cut-off -- simply go to the link and copy the URL for my page to pass on. Thanks!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

There is a woman in my office who in the past struggled to have approval for the surgery -- ironically enough her name is Donna. She didn't know I had the surgery when she started telling me about her experience. I could soooo feel her disappointment. The whole conversation started because during some lunchtime chat I said, "I am no longer Diabetic." She wanted to know how, and my first response was, "I lost weight; I exercise and eat right." Which, of course, is true.

However I felt compelled to tell her the whole truth, but I had no doubt it would be kept in confidence. Sharing my story prompted some questions on her behalf and I could tell she feels some bit of hope... even if she has to self-pay.

It felt good to give her even just a little hope.

Yesterday I had my 6 month (late) post-op follow-up. All labs were fantastic and my weight loss is fine. I had brought with me my charts from my training session that track everything, and of course they explained how while my weight loss is slower now, what I'm doing is helping me for the long-term, and that I will probably continue to lose weight beyondof the so-called "window". It's all good. Not comparing myself to my peers is key. I will say the doctor was surprised to see how many inches I had lost in such a short time. :)

So I had to tell my boss I needed some time to go have the blood work done and then to the doctor for follow-up. She wasn't wanting to pry, but I could tell she was genuinely concerned. When I came back from the appointment yesterday she came right to me and asked if all was okay. Since I know I'm going to have to go back, I decided to tell her. I did, and the sun still set today. Amazing.

I guess, finally, I'm embracing this tool and feel more proud than feel like a failure.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Progress and Stuff

First thanks goes to JenO for her recommendation of PB2! I love this stuff, and have shared the good news with other fellow peanut butter lovers. :) Seriously, my trainer is diggin' on it, as well as members of my surgeon's support group! They're even giving it away as door prizes!

I've been watching Big Medicine, mostly because I know a couple of people profiled, since they film it here in Houston. Tesha was my roomie for the Austin event and I've met Ramon via the OH Texas Message Board gatherings. Both are most excellent people, and I'm so proud of them for sharing their stories. Incidentally, while at the conference someone asked me if I was Tesha's MOTHER! Holy sh*t! Do I look old enough to have a 25 year old daughter? Never mind, don't answer that!

Also on the Big Medicine link is a question and answer section by Dr. Mary Jo Rapini -- she has some great books listed for self-help issues with food addiction. I love her attitude towards accountability and taking responsibility.

The "40 and Fab" tour is still on for my birthday weekend. Looks like we're going to do the Venetian in Vegas! I just have this personal goal of losing 100 lbs by birthday -- I'm about 20 lbs away, depending on the day (grrrrr!). If my weight loss would wake-the-hell-up, maybe I have a chance!

My trainer is helping me to that end though, and has decided to start training me for strength; perhaps the change will tweak things for me. Right now, we do more circuit type training, but that's all about to change! It's kind of cool because now Hubs and I are in friendly competition -- I'm beating his butt on the leg press (I can press 500 lbs. 3 sets of 12 reps), but he gets me on dead lifts -- it makes it fun. My trainer also showed me the only other woman I am in competition with the be the strongest woman in training, at the gym. She's muscular, but not overly so; nice and toned. A nice balance of athletic and feminine.

I haven't posted progress pictures in a while, so here we go. First my most recent measurements:


Now for the pics... The first pic is the morning of my surgery, the second, well, its from yesterday! One day I'll have some normal, not-before-the-gym, pics to post!







I'm not sure what's going on with the back of my arms and that flap o' skin

That's it for now; being summoned by Cass-a-frass!