Sunday, September 18, 2011

My week in a nutshell

I can't believe September is more than half over!  In just a few weeks, we will be digging out the parkas, mitts and boots...where did the summer go?  I can't believe how quickly it has flown by.

I checked out my first spin class ever on Monday.  The class itself is called Turn and Burn.  About 70 percent of the class is on the bike and the other percent is spent doing strength/resistance exercises.  I was worried that the biking would be hard on my knees...boy was I wrong!  It was a great overall workout - great cardio!  I enjoyed the strength training exercises too - even if planks were involved! lol...The instructor was awesome too - she went around to each participant and made sure they had their bike set up properly - this made me feel secure knowing that she knew what she was doing.  She was also really enthusiastic and was also great that my buddy Lorraine joined me - I can't wait until my next class - tomorrow!

My Tuesday/Thursday bootcamps with Kendra were the usual crazy brutalness - Tuesday we did TRX and Thursday we did kickboxing with heavy weights.  It was the last two classes until the next round that starts this Tuesday - so she kicked it up a notch.

On Wednesday, I went to my Lap-Band Support Group Meeting.  We spent most of the class talking to each other about our experiences - it was neat to see all of the support we show for each other.  Wendy, one of the dietitians, brought a few receipes that were on the Lap-Band Connect Website - she actually cooked them and brought them in.  I think I enjoyed the Pumpkin, almond oatmeal the best!  I was also happy to see that the Health Region is putting more funding into the Calgary Weight Management Program.  Not only are they funding 50 surgeries for this upcoming year instead of 25, they are also in the planning stage of looking for an exercise specialist or personal trainer for the program.  I think that would be awesome and a great resource!

Friday, I was supposed to have my fifth fill.  After waiting for almost three hours, it was decided that there was a clerical/scheduling/communication glitch and the surgeon was in fact, not coming.  I was pretty annoyed to say the least, as I had taken time off of work to go there.  They are supposed to be rebooking me for this upcoming week.  I think I am finally getting close to my "sweet spot" - which would be great as the weight is not coming off as quickly as I woud like.  Last month, for instance, I only lost two pounds...I was a bit upset and frustrated when I was talking to the dietitian about it.  She told me that at least it wasn't going up and was going in the right direction - that I am doing what I am advised to do that that's all I can do.  Then she told me I need to be more gentle with myself.  Uhhh...she obviously doesn't know who she is talking to lol...I can't believe the amount of people in the last 6-8 months that have told me that - including my surgeon.  I'm not expecting rapid weight loss - in fact, I don't want that at all.  But two pounds in a month???  Give me a break!!

Friday evening I headed to the YMCA...all by myself!  I started out on the eliptical and rocked it.  I was surprised how great on my knees it was.  I then proceeded to do three rounds on the strength training machines.  I did it by myself and I am proud.  I have come a heck of a long way since the beginning of this year.  I am no longer nervous about doing it on my own - I can't wait to get hooked up with the FitLinxx System...then I will REALLY rock it!

Saturday I went to my early kickboxing class and loved it.  After that, I went and got my knees x-rayed.  They have been giving me a lot of problems lately.  They are now scraping - bone on bone.  I see my doctor in three weeks to go over the results and figure out what the next step is.  I just want some progress made - I want to be able to run up and down the stairs and not be in pain.  Time will tell...

Saturday evening, my friend Shane and I went to the Stamps game.  It was great to people-watch and have a great time and relax...unfortunately tho, they lost - they can't seem to win at home and nobody seems to be able to figure it out. 

This week I am looking forward to pushing myself more - I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to.  I can do it and I AM doing it.

Have a great week everyone!


  1. Thanks Andrea! I think I am finally getting my routine back!