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™‚


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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 19 Weigh In

Happy 19 weeks to me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just a quick update so you know my stats.

Highest Weight (Jan 3, 2013): 251.6 lbs

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

19 Weeks Post-Op (Jul 17, 2013): 186.1 lbs

Total Loss: 65.5

Will update more later.

Here’s a photo from the run on 7/13/13. It was a lot of fun. Even though my eyes are closed, I think it’s a cute pic.
People from left to right: Me, Becka, Kristin, and Sarah B. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love these girls!
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Week 14: Weigh In

Highest Weight (Jan 3, 2013): 251.6 lbs

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

14 Weeks Post-Op (Jun 12, 2013): 192.9 lbs

Total Loss: 58.7

Ugh… Frustration!

First off, I wanted to say sorry for not posting last week. I was so busy with work, working out, and trying to clean for the house warming party, I was just too tired to do so.

Secondly… I hit a stall last week! Eek! Which made me sad and not super motivated to post. I hope it’s muscle weight but who knows. I’ve been going to the gym a lot more and doing weights on top of it. So I’m going to keep my fingers crossed and hope it picks up again soon. I want to get out of the 190’s. I’ve been here far too long!

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Update Photos && Graduation

Here are some of my graduation pictures and a new one taken today (very bottom). ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m much more photogenic now that I feel comfortable in front of the camera. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also added pictures to the Week 11 post about the river tubes.

Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Ceremony

Right after the ceremony.

Right after the ceremony.

All cute in my cap and gown!

All cute in my cap and gown!

Graduation #4.  Oh yea! 1.  High School 2.  Associates Degree (though I have 2 of these, I only walked once). 3.  Bachelor's Degree 4.  Master's Degree

Graduation #4. Oh yea!
1. High School
2. Associates Degree (though I have 2 of these, I only walked once).
3. Bachelor’s Degree
4. Master’s Degree
Will there be a #5?? Who knows.

Finally finished my Master's degree!  Woot woot!

Finally finished my Master’s degree! Woot woot!

My pretty new graduation dress.  :)

My pretty new graduation dress. ๐Ÿ™‚

My other new dress.  I love that I can wear stripes now without looking like a fat cow.  Lol.

My other new dress. I love that I can wear stripes now without looking like a fat cow. Lol.