Well if you were given a grade for blogging, I would get an F. Wow, I’ve really neglected my blog lately. It’s time to get back on track!
Things have been going really well. I feel great. There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not grateful I decided to have the surgery. I’m down 52 pounds in total and the majority of the clothes I own currently are either already too big or on the verge of being too big. I have to keep a close eye on my pants throughout the day to make sure they are still up around my waist! I’m wearing mostly XL in shirts, although I’m closer to wearing a L. In pants, I’m in an 18. So officially, no more plus sizes for me! In the weight loss world, we call that an NSV (non-scale victory). I knew the day would come when I would leave the plus size department behind. I just didn’t think it would come so soon. Seriously, I’m genuinely surprised by how fast I’m dropping sizes. I went through my clothes right before my surgery (I had a bunch at the time that were too small for me) and grouped them by what I wanted to keep and what season I thought I they would fit me in. All the clothes I kept that I thought I would be wearing this fall are already too big. I guess it’s time to go shopping!
The surgery (at least in the first 9 months – 1 year) mostly takes care of the eating part of this process. I’m averaging about 600 calories a day and I’m just following the plan my dietician outlined for me. The hardest part is just finding variety in meals. I’ve recently found some recipes that I really like and I’ll be sharing those on the blog in the coming days.
The exercise part is a little more difficult. This is all me. And even though I feel better and have more energy, I still have to make myself exercise. I feel like I’m about half way there. I joined a walking group that some ladies in my neighborhood started and we walk 3 nights a week anywhere from 45 minutes to and hour. We walk at a pretty brisk pace so it pushes me to walk faster than I would if I were walking on my own. Plus this has helped me take the first step in reconnecting socially. I’m really grateful I decided to walk with them. It has been a blessing for me in so many ways.
Now I just need to work on the other days of the week. I get a little bit of exercise in the mornings walking my dog but it’s a slower and shorter walk. But I still count it! I started doing the Tracy Anderson arm series a while back but I have to admit that I haven’t been very consistent with that. That’s on my priority list to start back up. It’s only 9 minutes long. Who doesn’t have 9 minutes during the day? I certainly do. The other thing I want to add in is strength training. I have some hand weights and several stretchy bands so I will be working on finding some exercise routines using those.
My ultimate goal is brush the dust off my P90X DVD’s and complete the program. Maybe I should set my start date as October 1st? Sure, why not! October 1st it is. I would love to have you join me. I’ll post updates on my blog and Facebook fan page. Let’s keep each other motivated and updated on our progress.
Have a great week!