Let’s try again tomorrow

 
What a Monday! It all started when I woke up too late to C25k! Had to take the oldest to pediatrician this morning-which started my workday off late and hence- no break to hit the treadmill at lunch…

So nervous-but grand news-I finished and turned in my final paper for the worlds more horrific class tonight. Hopefully I passed this time (yes, I failed my first attempt by 1.23 points. No, I’m not kidding). Will be nail-biting until I get that final grade later this week.  And TWO-count ’em-TWO classes left before I’m done with formal education forever! Thank you Jesus! (I’ll be thankful until those student loan payments roll in- holy hell…) Now my qualifications match the job I have, so no specific raise to be expected as a result of finishing grad school. *sigh*

So, the moral of the story here is I did not get a workout in today. Boo! 

But I did make a 3-meal crockpot dish tonight and will throw another one on tomorrow so I am set for the week on food. I am determined to get better about logging in My Fitness Pal. I will do great for a couple of days and then stop, then do great, then… So that’s another goal for this week.

I am really looking forward to my 5k in two and three weeks.  I really feel like I’m going to kill it. Planning to run 2:1 intervals for the actual race-not run the C25k app on the phone. Plus- they’re going to be FUN! The one on the 7th is a glow-in-the-dark race and the one on the 14th is a race in Christmas Lights. How fun do those sound, right?  So training is mucho-importante right now for sure! 

So here’s to tomorrow- dust today off the shoulders and get back on the wagon bright and early! 

Have a kick-butt kind of Tuesday y’all! Xoxo

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Weekend Whirlwind

My what a weekend! I had planned to get in a C25K training session in either Saturday or Sunday (better yet both?) but that did NOT happen. To that end I planned to clean my house too, but only was able to get half of it done. 

Two lacrosse games right in the middle of both days, running the oldest to and from a drama competition over an hour away, a fundraiser last night and helping my son with a HUGE project- this gal is souped! And no training was squeezed into any of that!  (I probably could have woken up earlier this morning to train but snuggling under the covers seemed like a much more important endeavor…)

I’m looking forward to a very positive week. That scale is going to move, by George!  I have to say my attitude is in the right place!  Seeing those list inches really jazzed me up!  

  
I haven’t been able to plan my week menu yet. This really is a sticking point with me- I really have to figure out what I will be eating everyday or I just don’t eat and we all know that’s not a good plan! So I’m planned through lunch tomorrow and will be planning the rest of my week’s menu then. 

Looking forward to a great week! Hope you all are looking forward to the same! 

See y’all tomorrow! Xoxo

NSV Collection

Top of the morning to y’all! So in light of my down-trodden self about my current stall,  I’ve been collecting some NSV’s to be excited about. 

  • My 16 jeans – that have always been skin tight and I got to where I could not wear them because I was pushing a size 20 – fit perfectly and even have a little bag in the booty.
  • A pair of shorts I couldn’t wear two months ago are super baggy on me now. 
  • My husband and kids are really noticing and saying stuff about my weight loss to date. 
  • I bought a small Fitbit HR on accident early this year and could barely make the last prong to put it on. I am now comfortably on the 3rd from the bottom prong and can place the lip in the strap holder now!
  • I did my C25K training four times this week and killed it!
  • And drumroll please…22.25 inches lost since surgery!

  

I took my measurements the day before surgery. I was over the moon when I saw these numbers this morning! I know I was a bit surprised at the waist but I did it three times so, it’s right. 

Now… To clean this house and get some homework done…happy Sunday everyone! 

    Manic Monday 

    What a great day! Ok, so don’t judge by the name of this post-I’m not really manic right now (I don’t think) but I have had a very good and very productive day!

    • I ate my planned foods on time today and took all of my vitamins!
    • Threw dinner for the fam in the crockpot (barely) in time.
    • I did my C25K training-TWICE! Got up at 530a and did it, got a hair up my arse and did it again at 230. And I did 2 more running stretches than the plan called for the second round too.  
    • I ordered my Insanity Max 30 DVDs!
    • Also-got massive (public) kudos from the boss man on my kick-ass performance Q3.  Yay me! 
    • Got all my school work done by 7 so I had time to spend with the family before bed-time!
    • I’m on a mission to get out of debt as soon as possible, so I’m starting a Dave Ramsy book tonight to get me on my way.   

    I gained 2 lbs over the weekend, not sure how that happened. But I’m taking it in stride.

    So all in all- stellar freaking day!  

    How was your Monday?

    Coffee Break


    Ok, so anyone who knows me knows I am a coffee junkie. I used to be a pot a day girl-yes I know, boo. But over the last 2 years I had gotten myself down to two, satisfying cups a day. One in the morning and one in the afternoon after I ate lunch.

    Soooooo, post surgery and I hate the stuff. I’ve really tried-just one little cup?-but I just hate the taste now. Believe it or not, this was pretty depressing for me. There is just something about a hot mug of coffee first thing in the morning and I actually felt like something was just missing replacing it with a protein shake.

    So yesterday I discovered black tea pods for the Kuereg on clearance at the grocery store. I thought, hey what the hell I’ll try it. COLOR ME ONE HAPPY GIRL!! I am thrilled. I love them and I can once again warm my soul with a hot beverage in the mornings!!!

    Now I know I know, diuretic and all of that. But this is something that is more than routine for me, it’s soothing for me mentally for whatever reason and I’m really happy I don’t have to give that up too.  Now wine, on the other hand… I’ve given that up under doctor orders, but dont think I don’t miss the hell out of my nightly glass!

    I made a chicken dish in my mini-crockpot last night that was to die for.  It felt so good to be cooking again too. I’m struggling with what to eat everyday, so I will be planning my weekly menu come Sunday’s from now on, inspired by Amanda Turner.

    On a fitness update- I’ve managed to get 2 days on the treadmill this week, not counting this Sunday coming when I plan to hit the outdoors for my workout. Next week I’m shooting for 4 days and back to C25k training. I have two 5Ks in November I’m hoping to run part of. I’ve joined Amanda’s October Fitness Frenzy to get motivated again.  Really enjoying the community!

    Gotta get control of my schedule and food or I’m going to get very down, very soon.

    On the weight loss I’m at 5 weeks post-op (-24 lbs). Not mad at that number at all. I’ve stalled out these past few days, we’ll see. I would be thrilled to see the 200 marker by Nov 1!

    Now, back to work! Xoxo

    5K Saturday

      
    So my good friend and I did a 5k this morning. She’s a runner but wore a weighted vest and power walked with me the whole race. Longest I’ve power walked since before surgery. I did not run an iota of this race but was not unhappy with our time at all which was 55 minutes.  I did this same course 2 years ago and jog/walked it at 46 minutes- so really not too far off. So yeah there’s a NSV!

    Gotta tell you about a WLS cookbook I bought off amazon this week. It’s awesome! All of the recipes are WLS sized and have nutrient stats! It’s Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook for Dummies.  I was a little hesitant about a for Dummies book but read so many reviews on lots of WLS cookbooks and this one had by far the best ones. Just flipping through it this evening there’s several recipes I’ll be trying out soon! I definitely recommend it for your cookbook library.  

    I made the ricotta bake for lunch today. I loved it- my pouch did NOT.    First meal where I have actually felt sick after eating it. And I only ate 2oz.  My son will be happy he will be getting those leftovers. 

    Go up to the north Georgia mountains tomorrow for the apple festival with my folks and kiddos.  I love this time of year when everything starts changing to red and gold and everything in between. It’s just gorgeous!  I don’t happen to have a lot of spare cash right now to really enjoy it like normal, which I’m bummed about for the kids. I’m sure they’ll want lots of stuff – the local Apple eats-and I just have to limit and say no a lot. But I hope they still have fun anyway hanging with me. (Of course they will, I’m mom) lol. 

    I’ve had a few NSVs today.

    • Some shorts I usually wear around the house were comfortable but skin tight. I put them on today for pjs and they are baggy! 
    • The XL t-shirt I got from the race is very baggy on me too – I could have gotten away with a large I think. 
    • My small Fitbit HR notch went down too- I can now latch the 3rd wrung. 
    • One of my closest friends text me and said she could really see my weight loss so far in my face from the picture above. 
    • My husband told me I looked extra hot tonight as we got ready to go out for the evening. (Although it’s been a week since I put make up on and did my hair up, lol)

    Not too shabby!

    I’ll post a pic from the mountains tomorrow.

    Wore out and hitting the sheets. Night my favorite peeps! Do something nice for yourself tomorrow-you deserve it!

    -Xoxo

    Crazy week!

    Sorry I have been MIA this week – it’s been hella-nuts! Between work and kids stuff I have been going like the energizer bunny!

    So my goal was to get in a routine this week. Fail. See above hella-crazy week. It has been so crazy I haven’t even had time to think about how I’m feeling about things. 

    I was supposed to have my post-op appointment with my doctor Thursday. After 2 hours of sitting in the waiting room without being called, I told the receptionist I was out. I had a meeting to run and could not wait any longer. (Then the power went out in my whole town so I had to reschedule the damn thing anyway-was not my afternoon Thursday).  To say I’m unimpressed with my doctor’s staff and lack of respect for my time is an understatement.  The last appointment was 4.5 hours long. For what we covered, there should have been no reason for a 4.5 hour appointment. I sat in the waiting room 4 hours of that-not kidding. There’s also the huge inconsistancies with post-op instruction and care! I am writing one hell of a letter, and I may even post it on review sites. Ok, enough of my rant….

    So that being said, I must rely on my own stats for now and really not know if I’m on target or not (dammit):

    • Aug 1: HW 240
    • Sept 4: pre-op diet start 232.2 (-7.8)
    • Sept 16: SW 230 (-2.2)
    • Current weight 211.6 (-18.4)
    • Total loss (-28.4)

    I think I’m doing ok. 

    Still struggling with getting enough fluids. I’m trying to sip sip sip as much as possible, but am being more conscience of the -30/+30 no drinking with eating rule.

    I have to say being able to eat foods as tolerated since Wednesday has been such a relief. I can’t seem to eat more than 2oz at a time but that’s ok, I’m getting full and making good choices. 

    Preparing food has been therapeutic too. I’m cooking for me and it’s not just protein shakes, eggs or soup. It’s doing a lot for the psyche.  Trying to put up a page on the blog with recipes I make and like. I made a protein bar that’s yum and super nutritious.  I bought a mini-crockpot for me and plan to break it in with an oatmeal next week – found an awesome looking recipe on Pinterest I must try.  I want to use it now but kind of prepared too much food that I need to just eat on the rest of this week before I make anything else. Still adjusting to cooking for much smaller portions…

    I did manage to get on the treadmill once this week. I was beat red and dripping sweat after power walking 2.5 miles, so color me a little nervous about my 5k in the morning… I’m sure I will post about that tomorrow! 🙂

    So here’s to getting myself into a routine as of next week. It’s not supposed to be as crazy!

    See you tomorrow!