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Monday, October 29, 2007

Well, the countdown for the "40 and Fab" tour is T-4 days. I leave at 7:15 am on Friday morning for Vegas. Should be tons of fun, a weekend with the girls.

Things were pretty hectic these last few weeks. Darren has been traveling, and when he's not been traveling I've been getting things... if it's not one thing, it's another. After Vegas though that's it! Just the regular holiday bustle, which is more than enough. .

This past weekend I co-hosted a baby shower for one of my best friends. Melissa is due early December. She's a diva, in the so-much-of-a-girly-girl sense, and we expect that she'll teach Sophia Danielle to be the same. The shower's theme was a leopard/animal print and Hello Kitty Mix.

I tried my hand at making a diaper cake. Yes, you read it right. A cake made of Diapers. I actually came out great!

Here is a pic of me and the Mommy-to-Be... She's glowing! I told you I'd get a picture in there somewhere!


That's it for now. :)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Thoughts/Quotes

"You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection." ~ Buddha ~

"There is a voice inside which speaks and says: “This is the real me!”
~ William James ~ (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist

Friday, October 19, 2007

What a Difference a Year Makes

It's been 1 year since I started with my trainer -- and next month will be my 1 year anniversary of my surgery. Admittedly I am a little embarassed to post this progress update because I, well, just havent lost as much as others! That being said, I haven't gone one month without losing inches somewhere; I've gone from a size 26 to a 16 -- and can even wear 18's in the Misses Department! I no longer take Diabetes Meds and no longer need to use a C-Pap machine!

My high weight was 347 lbs. My Pre-op weight was 307. This brings my total weight loss to 123 lbs., 84 of it from surgery.

I work extremely hard and do the right thing. Inevitably someone will think, "she's slackin'", which is the farthest from the truth. The thought of that makes me sick, probably because I've spent my entire life proving that I'm a hard worker, in spite of others' perceptions, that sometimes I feel like I just continue that behavior. It needs to change. I know. This is just on area I know I need some help in, and plan to seek out some help.

That being said, I am proud I have lost what I have. The fact that I've been able to maintain so much muscle mass in the last year is an achievement in itself, even with a 3% margin for human error on measurements.

It should also be noted that I was too large for calipers to begin with, so fat mass was calculated from measurements. The most recent fat mass numbers are measured with calipers.

Oh, and as far the battle of me vs. the Candy Corn? I'm totally winning this battle. :)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

SignGurl and I Will Conquer Candy Corn!

I haven't had one niblet... and won't!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Oiy!

My abs are killing me today. Jimmy took and pounded my tranverse abdominal muscle to death! He said if I have 1 weak muscle, it's this one... and not to worry, "because after today it will never hurt as much again."

"The transverse abdominal muscle is the deepest of the 6 abdominal muscles. It extends between the ribs and the hips. The transverse abdominal muscle wraps around the center of the trunk from front to back; therefore, it contains and supports the organs located there. The fibers of this muscle run horizontally, just like a back support belt would be worn.The transverse abdominal muscle is a breathing muscle, assisting the exhalation by bringing the bottom of the ribcage closer to the spine, which forces air out of the lungs.The transverse abdominal muscle provides stability to the trunk and the organs located there. It also provides stability to the trunk during lateral flexion.

In the front the transverse abdominal muscle attaches to the linea alba. The linea alba tends to lose its strength during pregnancy. Strengthening the transverse abdominal muscle after the baby is born may be a good way to restore integrity to the linea alba. Also, when the linea alba is weak, lordosis is increased."

So there... Abdominals 101. :)


Breakfast
1/2 whole Wheat Bagel
1 T. Whipped Cream Cheese
2 oz. Smoked Sockeye Salmon
1/4 c. FF 1/2-n-1/2 for Coffee

AM Snack
Mini Egg Beater Quiches

Lunch
2 Slices Double Fiber Bread
3 oz. Turkey Breast
1 slice Colby Jack

PM Snack
4 oz. 2% Cottage Cheese
1/2 C. Light Peaches
Fiber 1 Bar

Dinner
1 C. Chicken, Artichokes, Tomatoes & Asparagus (Recipe)
1/2 c. Broccoli


Thursday, October 11, 2007

I am feeling bummed -- I am having my last training session with Jimmy today, but excited at the opportunity to train with one of the master trainers. :) I don't know what my training session will entail today, but I do know I'll be running afterwards.

One of my associates is serves in the Air Force reserves. She's 55 and has to take her annual PT test. She shared with me the components and scoring for the test along with the goals. So, my new goal is to run 1.5 miles in less than 12 minutes, 30 seconds. I can do 1 mile in under 15 minutes now, but adding another half mile with less time will be a challenge. Something to shoot for, I guess.

The smarty pants that she is, she printed out the 34 - 39 age chart... 30 seconds later she said, "this is only good for a few more weeks *laugh*." "Here's what you'll need next" as she handed me the 40+ chart! :) I chuckled.

I didn't feel this good back in my twentie -- so the whole turning 40 thing isn't phasing me. OMG 23 days until Vegas. :) Can't freakin' wait!!

Journaling my food has really given me more confidence in my choices this week. I was getting a little worried that I was either a) eating too much, or b) not making the right choices. I promise this won't become a daily food blog, but I wanted to share for a while, just to see where I stand against other post-op friends who are at around the same point as me.

Breakfast:
Egg Beater Mini Quiches
FF 1/2 n 1/2
4 oz 2% Cottage Cheese

AM Snack:
2 oz. turkey breast
Fiber One Bar

Lunch:
1 C. Chicken w/Aspargus, Artichokes & Tomatoes (Leftovers)

PM Snack:
Apple (honeycrisp apples rock!)
2 T. Skippy Natural

Dinner:
4 oz Canned Tuna in Water
1 C. Raw Spinach
2 T. Newman's Own Light Balsamic



Just came across this quote in a e-newsletter I receive and it hit me on a personal level...

"It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it… and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied… and it is all one."
~ M.F.K. Fisher, from The Art of Eating

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Yesterday's workout was great. I modified it slightly, replacing prisoner squats with bent-over 17.5 dumbbell rows, eliminated the ball crunches, but increased my hanging knee raises to 12 per set.

Today will be strictly cardio in the form of running. My goal is to run 1.5 miles in under 12:30 -- if it's good enough goal for our military, it's good enough for me! :)

Today's meal breakdown -- Ireally need to work harder on getting more fiber in. I think the recommended requirement is 35 grams a day!...


Overall, I'm pleased that I manage to get my protein from food, and rarely rely on protein shakes and protein bars. Some of my favorite proteins are lowfat cheeses, 2% cottage cheese, turkey breast, smoked salmon and tuna. Of course when I want some protein and good fat, I opt for some natural peanut butter.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Today's Plan

So today is a day unsupervised training. Here's the plan, taking into account I will not try to do as much weight as I do when my trainer is with me.

I have one more session with Jimmy on Thursday, then he is gone. *sniff* He promised to write down a couple of routines I can follow until I am training regularly with Freddy or Brandon.

Cardio Warm-up -
Treadmill 10 mins.
Lat Pull-down - 3 sets of 12 @ 70lbs.
1 Legged Single Lat Cable Row - 3 sets of 12 @ 40 lbs.
Prisoner Squats - 3 sets of 12
Leg Press- 3 sets of 12 @ 540 lbs.
Walking Lunges - 3 sets of 24
barbell Chest Press - 3 sets of 12 @ 75 lbs.
Dumbbell Chest Press - 3 sets of 12 with 17.5 weights
Hanging Knee Raises - 3 sets of 12
Ball Crunches - 3 sets of 12
Plank - 3 times @ 45 - 60 Seconds (to failure)
Spin Class OR Running Intervals
-- Depends on energy level


I heard a great quote -- it's not like I didn't know this, but it's easy to remember when I feel tempted by something...

"The moment you eat sugar, you are no longer burning fat."


Monday, October 08, 2007

"So, what CAN you eat?"

I get asked that all the time. I still journal my food, albeit on an off, because it helps to control grazing. It also helps to see I am doing whats right -- even if I have to enter the *bad* stuff, which thankfully isn't very often. Although I do have a problem trying to figure out how to journal a couple bites of birthday cake, no icing. :)

So here's a typical day for me. I can actually get as high a 1500 calories, but that's reserved only for days where I know I'm training for something specific. While I do eat within the guidelines my surgeon provides, I do feel like I eat a ton of food, so I'd be curious to see what other post-ops are eating a year out.

Vitamins (2x a Day):
Flinstone's Complete Chewable Multi-vitamin w/Iron (Surgeon Recommended!)
2 - 3 Hours later: Calcium Citrate with Vitamin D & Magnesium
CLA
Fish Oil
Sublingual B-12
Biotin

Morning (About 5:30 - 6:00 am):
2 - 3 Cups of Coffee w/FF Half-and-Half
3/4 C. Fage FF Yogurt
1/2 C. Frozen Cherries

AM Snack (9:00)
1 Svg. Kashi TLC Whole Grain Crackers
4 oz. 2% Cottage Cheese

Lunch (12:30 0 1:00)
4 oz. Turkey Breast
1/2 C. Raw Spinach
1/2 T. Mayo
2 Slices 100% Whole Wheat Bread

PM Snack (3:00 - 4:00)
1 C. Grapes
1 oz. Cheddar Cheese

Dinner (6:30 - 7:00)
1 C. Diced, skinless Chicken (Seasoned From Recipe)
1/2 c. Broccoli

Here's what it looks like in nutritional content:

Friday, October 05, 2007

It's been extremely busy the last few weeks. Between my Daughter's birthday, Mom's visit, my nearly forgotten anniversary, the countless birthday parties for my Daughter's classmates, coupled with my husband traveling and overall craziness at work, everything seems to be getting away from me these days and I can't keep up... I just keep swimming, swimming, swimming and hope it will all pass.

I have been sick the last week with a sinus infection. Went to my doc, he gave me some meds, and finally I feel some relief. Ahhh!

I guess what prompted me to write is that yesterday I found out my trainer is leaving the gym. In fact, he's leaving personal training altogether (he says it, but I don't really beleive it.).

In any case, he's doing right by me (as I thought he would), and has been working with two awesome Trainers to get me into their schedules. It might take a few weeks, but I would rather wait and end-up with one of these guys than a Rookie trainer. I'm sure the Rookies are bright, but I want a seasoned trainer; someone who will take my effort seriously and not treat me like a soccer Mom who is only trying spot reduce.

Next week I should have some progress pictures and measurements to share. We've really been blasting my abs this past month. With that, I've finally conquered the hanging knee raises! It took me some time, but I can finally do 3 sets of 10.


Uhh, that' s NOT me. :)


Tonight we're off to Jumpin' Jungle for the last birthday party on my Daughter's social calendar and then tomorrow we're off to Dewberry Farm for some family Fall season fun. Hopefully we'll get some good pictures.


Speaking of which, I took my Daughter for her 3 year old Birthday photos! The resolution stinks on them... sorry!