Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hanging in There!

This blog update will be fairly short, as there is not much different to report from last week. 

The temptations at work are now free-flowing...and I have decided to just give in to it.  This by no means, means that I am giving up and it's a free for all...just that I will not continue to berrate myself whenever I put a chocolate or anything bad into my mouth.  I did that on Wednesday, and paid for it.  What's done is done and time to move on.

Wanna know something though?  I still managed to lose 0.3 lbs!  Yes I maintained - and I will take it!

On Wednesday, we had our montly lap-band support group meeting and our Christmas potluck.  It was great to get together with everyone and the food was awesome.

It's been a bit of a crazy and emotional time for me as of late.  Christmas time always brings out the emotional side of me.  It's the time of year when I REALLY miss my Mom.  I think what I am missing the most is the times when I was younger.  I miss the times sitting by the fireplace, listening to Christmas Carols or whatever she decided to play...I miss her cabbage rolls...I miss her laugh.

I miss her.

I hope everyone has a really great Christmas filled with family, laughter and love.



Sunday, December 11, 2011


It's that time of year...

Christmas Season is well underway and I thought this year I would be prepared for all of the office luncheons, potlucks, and such.  I thought that with my new lap-band, that I wouldn't be tempted to eat the yummy sugary goodness and that I would get full way quicker. 

Yup... I was wrong...

My problem is, is that I keep picking those nice "Slider" foods.  My fellow lap-banders know what I am talking about and can relate!  Chocolate, unfortunately doesn't get stuck and slides right on down.  My only saving grace, is that I cannot tolerate bread pretty much of any kind - so the yummy slices of banana bread and pastries and such I just don't touch anymore.  I did however, and much to my dismay, eat a couple of doughnuts at work - yes they still go down nicely - but I have to work at of doughnut, then sip of coffee...bite of doughnut...

You get my drift??

I did manage to lose .1 of a pound this week.  I basically stayed the same, and I will take it.  I also missed a couple of workouts due to being sick.  I've spent most of my nights coughing until I throw up - which isn't good for my lungs and throat, AND my lap-band.  Today, I managed to get a spin class in and felt pretty good after.  I've still been coughing quite a bit, but I think the worst is over. 

My focus this week, will be to keep my nibbling of the Christmas treats to a minimum... the good thing about where I work, is that we are all trying to look out for one another - and so we've been putting the treats away in the supply cupboard.  Out of sight...out of mind... :-)  I only have one Christmas Luncheon and one evening potluck - so I shouldn't have too much of a hard time going off-track. 

I hope everyone is doing well with their Christmas Temptations...I know they can be really hard to resist but with some determination and common sense on my part, I can do it!

Just say NO to those temptations!

Happy Week everyone!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

I HAVE Figured It Out!

It's been a pretty good week to say the least.  As I  said in my post last week, I was having issues with eating enough calories.  I ended up upping them to 2,000 calories a day on the days where my workouts were strenuous.  The result at the end of the week??  A LOSS of 4.6 lbs!  I am totally back on track and feeling positive and upbeat. 

I'm also pretty happy about my new fitness routine.  I have found my "Niche" at the YMCA.  I attend classes there almost every day but Wednesdays...those days I save for my strength training.  I am making some new social connections and really enjoying it.

I've had a couple of people approach me this week and ask me how I stay motivated?  Well, I can sum it up in about three answers:

1.  I don't EVER want to go back to the way I was 2.5 years ago.  I am terrified of being over 300 lbs again. 

2.  My mother.  Even though she is gone, she is a HUGE driving force inside me.  In her own way, she let's me know when I need to step it up or smarten up or whatever. 

3.  I hired a personal trainer and a damn good one.  Ben taught and showed me so much about exercise and what I was truly capable of achieving.  I went from hardly being able to bench-press the bar, to pressing upwards of 120 lbs.  After I started seeing results, I wanted to keep going.  While I don't train with Ben anymore, my love of exercise continues.  Every time I get frustrated with something in my fitness routine, I think to myself "What would Ben do?"  A personal trainer can push you beyond what you never thought you could do.  I have made exercise a part of my life.  I no longer think of it as a chore.  It's what I am.

So those of you out there that need movitation - Believe in yourself, push yourself and most of all, just be yourself...and NEVER GIVE UP! 

Wish me luck for my weigh in on Friday!

Hugs to everyone!