Back on Track!

Hi everyone! :) Hope you had a fabulous Memorial Day!

I just got back into the swing of things last week with eating right (getting in my 60+g of protein a day, drinking 64+ oz of fluids a day) and exercising. This is the middle of week 2 and I’m doing pretty good so far! I’m going to weigh-in on the 1st and 15th of the month “officially” and post it here… though, you know me, I’ll be weighing in a lot more than that because I just can’t help myself. With all that jazz being said, I’ve started tracking my food again with MyFitnessPal. My goal is to track Monday-Friday every week and I can slack a little on the weekends if I don’t feel like logging. Hoping this method will keep me accountable most of the time. Come! Find me on MyFitnessPal and friend me! Then we can keep each other motivated! Here’s the link to my profile on MyFitnessPal: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/user/dana_0921/status.


OMG OMG OMG!!! Who’s doing a HALF MARATHON??? This girl right here!

OMG! Ok. I’m so stoked and so scared at the same time!!! My friend Christy and I just signed up for the Disney Avengers Half Marathon!!!

Here’s the deets…
Sunday, November 16, 2014 5:30 a.m. in Disneyland, California

Eeekkkk! I’ve never been to Disneyland or run that far in my life. I’m not sure what I’m more excited about right now! :)

Training plans are underway… My next race is the Arbutus 5k Spring Fling then my first 10k (Sole of the City in Baltimore). Looks like this girl needs to hit the pavement!

Who’s my fav Avenger, you ask… Why, it’s Captain America, of course!!! :)

Disney Avengers Half Marathon Image
Disney Avengers Half Marathon Image


Body Conscious

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I came across this post today. It was so beautifully written and I couldn’t of described it any better myself. We have to remember to love our bodies the way they are and not try to become those stick thin, commercialized robots posted all over today’s media sources.

Originally posted on Old Broads Run… A journey of faith and fitness after 50:

 I was in a never ending checkout line recently, and in a shopping cart a couple of people ahead of me was a young child, being entertained by his mother.  He was having none of it, though, so she lifted him out of the cart and he snuggled into her shoulder with a sigh of contentment.  I marveled, not at the beauty of the child (even though he was absolutely delicious), but at how wondrously designed our bodies are.  The curve of the mother’s neck was perfectly proportioned to accommodate the baby’s sleepy head, her shoulder nicely rounded to accept his fat little arm, her shoulder blade smooth and flat to feel the tap, tap, tap of the baby’s gentle pats.

The beauty of that moment made me forget the impatience of the checkout, my long list of errands, the pile of work waiting on my desk. I remembered with…

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Happy St. Patty’s Day! One year surgaversary!

Hey guys! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! :) I am the worst blogger in the whole world. Lol. I need to find to time to write more. I have been epic-ly busy: working two jobs, going to school, attempting to run, and having a social life. It’s great but exhausting! :) I wanted to give you a long post of what’s been going on since I last wrote a real post (like in July) but so much has happened… so I’ll just do a quick recap!

Weight loss

Weight loss has slowed/stalled drastically. This is a mixture of me not following the protein/water restrictions but it’s still going down… just very slowly. I’m working on getting my butt back into gear. Today’s weigh-in is slightly less than it should be because I’m extremely dehydrated… so really, it should be a little closer to 167ish. I did the 5 day pouch test 2 months ago and it was very helpful and hard at the same time. But then a lot of stressful things happened (just being overly busy) and I got back out of the protein counting and tracking. Going to attempt to do the pouch test again next week.

Highest Weight (Jan 3, 2013): 251.6 lbs

Day of Surgery (Mar 6, 2013): 231.5 lbs

One Year and 11 days Post-Op (Mar 17, 2014): 166.2 lbs

Total Loss: 85.4

Sometimes I don’t feel the difference… I still have pudgy tummy and all that jazz but comparing pics from the start until now, it gets me very emotional. I feel a million times better than this time last year. Overall, I’ve made many better choices than before. I’m healthy now and can do so many things that I couldn’t this time last year. I am grateful every day for Dr. Singh (my surgeon) and the second chance this surgery has given me at life. I still have about 17 lbs to go for my personal goal (150 lbs)… and about 37 lbs to goal for my “healthy range”/surgeon’s goal (130 lbs).

One Year Surgaversary

Exercise

Race  Bibs Start 2014Exercise, I’ve actually been doing really good at. I have signed up for a lot of races for 2014 to keep myself on track. I have also started a run-walk 10k program found on Coach Jenny Hadfield’s website. She has a bunch of different programs for varying race distances and for runners of all kinds (even people who never run before). It’s really great.

My goal this year is to fill my entire closet door up with race bibs! Do you think I can do it? I hope so. I have planned for about 18 or so races this year. Working my way up to a half marathon (which I’m super scared of)!!! But with lots of motivation and practice, I hope I will make it there.

I just did my first 5k of the year. The Kelly Shamrock 5k in Baltimore with my friends Christy and Brian. We had a lot of fun even though it was very cold (low 40′s). Thanks to the two of them for running at a slower pace with me and pushing me (they are both excellent runners), I was able to achieve a Personal Record (PR)! I finished in 35:59. Never in my life did I think I’d be able to do that. It’s very exciting!

ShamrockRun_01 ShamrockRun_02

I will post my race schedule when I have some more free time. Going to have dinner and hang out!! :) We got a snow day today which means both my jobs are closed. Woot! Gonna enjoy it.

Personal Life

Things have been going good. Started working a second job to pay off some of these stinking student loans and to save for a house. So, I’m working 60 hrs a week. Fun stuff. I also decided to take a class at school… not sure why. I must be crazy. I’ve been doing lots of fun things with my friends and family. This weekend coming up we are going to an 80′s cover band concert where everyone dresses up. It’s going to be lots of fun.

I can eat anything now… nothing holding me back from being a normal person in front of others and skipping out on certain places because of food or getting sick anymore. That was bad last year. Thank goodness it didn’t last forever.

Life is good! :)


Ten Month Surgaversary

Hey everyone! Sorry for the lapse in blogging. I promised I’d be back after my vacation with an update but then I went through a break-up and just needed some time. Don’t worry… I’m doing fantastic. I’m in a new relationship but I don’t want to jinx it by talking about it so soon. So, that will just have to remain a mystery for now. Lol.

Anyways…. Today is my TEN MONTH SURGAVERSARY!! Well, technically the 6th was but I couldn’t post in time. So, here’s an update photo.

10 Month Surgaversary

Highest Weight (Jan 3, 2013): 251.6 lbs

Day of Surgery (Mar 6, 2013): 231.5 lbs

44 Weeks Post-Op (Jan 6, 2014): 170.6 lbs

Total Loss: 81.0

What’s been going on?

I’ve been slacking with tracking and the holidays were no help with staying away from sweets. BUT overall I went down a few pounds but the scale has barely been moving the past few months. To get back on track, I’ve decided to partake in the 5 day pouch test. Which you can read all about here: http://www.5daypouchtest.com/. It’s used to get back on track and is supposed to help shrink the pouch. I’m not sure how well it works but figured I’d give it a try.

My main goals for the 5 Day Pouch Test are:

  • Start tracking my protein and water intake on MyFitnessPal again
  • Get a minimum of 70 grams of protein in per day this week
  • Drink a 64oz of fluid per day
  • Get the scale moving again

Here’s a side-by-side image of me from November… When I was at 75lbs down. I never really notice the difference as much as I do when I put these images side-by-side.
75 lbs down

Blogging plans

For the near future, I’d like to do a review of my time away and what’s been going on. I also want to let you know how the 5 Day Pouch Test turns out. Then I’d like to set up some kind of schedule… post maybe twice a month or so. It’s hard to find the time these days and I’m starting classes in a few weeks, so twice a month might be all I can do.

Talk to you all soon.

Xoxo

 

She’s ALIVE!!!

Oh my gosh! I’m so sorry I’ve been such a crappy blogger these last few months. I just want you all to know I’m alive and well. I’ve gotten a few emails and I want to respond to all of you guys shortly. I’m going on vacation for a week but when I get back, I promise to fill you in on my life the past three months and answer your emails.

I'm so sorry, please forgive me!

A few quick things (will elaborate more when I get back from vacay!)…

  • Life’s been great, nothing bad has happened at all.
  • My weight loss has slowed drastically, but I’ve been sucking at tracking
  • I have a new boyfriend. His name is Dan and he was in my last post.
  • I’ve been exercising more — mostly 5ks

Two days left in Maryland then Florida and Caribbean, here I come! :)

KISSES all around!

Minion Kisses