Back on Track!

Hi everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.


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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Disney Avengers Half Marathon Image
Disney Avengers Half Marathon Image


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!

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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™‚


Long walk in DC

Went to DC yesterday with my friend Dan. Had a really good time even though it was extremely hot and muggy (heat index was 100+ degrees). And guess what??? We walked all day for a total of 16.31 miles. Yes, I said it! 16.31. Holy cow. Needless to say I’m a bit sore (but not as bad as I thought I was going to be). It was a great time.

Here are a few photos from our adventure. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Week 7: Weigh In Wednesday

Highest Weight (Jan 3, 2013): 251.6 lbs

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

Seven Weeks Post-Op (Apr 24, 2013): 206.4 lbs

Total loss of: 45.2 lbs

This week has been an exciting and great week for me. First off, my best friend Sarah K. had a beautiful baby girl on Saturday, April 20. She is just so beautiful and sweet and perfect. I am so happy for Sarah and her husband Rob. They deserve all the happiness in the world!

Second good thing is my amazing weight loss this week. I lost exactly 4 lbs which is HUGE for me. I was so shocked, especially since I have not had the time to walk as much. I’m thrilled with that number. I hope I can keep it up. I am the lowest I’ve been since right after high school. Probably around 2005 (I graduated in 2004). And I am so close to Onderland, I can smell victory! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m hoping by week 8 I reach it.

And the third thing… Tomorrow I go for my 7 week check up to see if I am cleared to do more exercises than just walk. I’m sure I’ll be ok. I ran a little the other day and was so proud of myself but this spring time allergy season is killing me. I may have to take my runs in doors until the pollen season has died down.

Oh yea! I went to target and bought a zip-up athletic jacket/shirt and it was in a size LARGE!!! Holy cow! Never did I think I’d see that size again in my adult life. Eeeek! I’m so excited.