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

Hey guys! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚


Week 5: Post Op & Surgery Scars

Hi everyone! So I know I told you I’d have a video showing my scars before hand but it just didn’t work out. They didn’t show up so great in this one either. But still here they are. ๐Ÿ™‚

Highest Weight (Jan 3, 2013): 251.6 lbs

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

Five Weeks Post-Op (Apr 10, 2013): 214.3 lbs

Total loss of: 37.3 lbs

Getting so close to 40 lbs lost! I cannot wait.

On another note, I’m in such a great mood. Life has been good these days. Summer is coming, I’m the smallest I’ve been in like 4 years, school is almost over, work is settling down, and my personal life is just peachy! The only thing that would make it all better is if I had more vacation days at work. Lol. Anyways, I LOVE you all! ๐Ÿ™‚

One Month Surgaversary

Sorry everyone for the delay in posting the Month 1 Surgaversary Photos. Life gets in the way sometimes… good things though.

Here are the photos, as promised. The front picture I can tell a difference on but I still have a long way to go, especially on the nasty back fat photo.

Month 1 Surgaversary: Taken on 4/07/13
I couldn’t really tell the difference until I looked at my “BEFORE” pictures in this post.
Month 1, left side Month 1, front side
Month 1, right side Month 1, back side

Here’s what my scars look like 5 weeks post-op. There are 4 small ones and one bigger one. One of the smaller ones is on my left side (which is on the right side of the photo) and looks like a dark circle. But they are all healing pretty well. I have a lot more freckles on my tummy then I remember. Lol.

One Month Scars

 

2 Weeks Post-Op

Hi everyone! Today is my 2 week surgaversary! I wanted to do a weigh-in update and an overview video of what it’s been like since surgery and what was the surgery process/hospital stay like.

Let’s start with the weigh in!

Highest Weight (Jan 3, 2013): 251.6 lbs

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

Two Weeks Post-Op (Mar 20, 2013): 220.7 lbs

Eek! That means I’m down 10.8 since surgery and 30.9 lbs total. I was really hoping I’d be out of the 220’s before today but that’s ok. I know I will be for next week’s weigh-in. I’m hoping for a 5 lb loss this week. Cross your fingers for me! I need to stay on top of water, protein, and walking because that seems to be the 3 main triggers to moving the scale.

Day before surgery update & Weigh in

OMG OMG OMG! Today is the day before surgery!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Within 24 hours I will be starting my whole new life. I’m just so excited! ๐Ÿ™‚ I truly cannot believe how fast it came up.

Here’s a little update video with my weigh-in info too.

Today’s weight: 231.5

Down 13.3 lbs since starting the liquid diet and 20.1 lbs since Jan 3rd, 2013! Go me!