5 months out

hey there! ¬†worst blogger of the year award goes to me! oh well, just be happy you’re getting a post today, ok ūüôā so! i owe you all a update (if you even care)!

everything is going GREAT! ¬†i honestly have no complaints. ¬†my life has been crazy busy, filled with work, gym, events, weddings, new babies, planning for big thangz in my own life (!!!), so i haven’t had much free time to just hang out and type up a blog post.

so WEIGHT LOSS! ¬†this is a weight loss blog, so i guess i owe you an update on that! ¬†as of the 8th, i’m 5 months post-op from lap-band surgery. i’m currently down 66 lbs and feeling amazing! ¬†for some reason 66 lbs doesn’t feel like a huge loss for me, but i feel so much better physically that it’s crazy! ¬†i can move around so much better, clothes are actually comfortable to wear, and i can actually look at myself in the mirror without being disgusted.

i still want to lose 40-60 more pounds depending on how i look at those 2 stages, and i’ll re-asses my goals when i reach that point. ¬†as i’ve mentioned in the past, i’m not trying to be super skinny, just healthy. ¬†if i get somewhere between 170-200 i’ll be happy. ¬†i still have a stomach pooch, flabby arm skin, and some thigh fat that i’d like to go away, so 40-60 seems like a good number to me.

here is an updated before and after:beforeandafter

lets see, what else. ¬†i’m continuing to use a low carb diet as means of diet. ¬†i’ve incorporated more fats into my diet to help with satiety, and it really seems to be helping. ¬†i’ve done some research on the ketogenic diet and that is basically the plan i am following at this point. ¬†here is the diet explained better than anything i can give you, from this website:

A ketogenic diet is quite simply any diet that forces the body into a process called ketosis, whereby fats are burned instead of carbohydrates for use as energy. A proper ketogenic diet calls for the dieter to consume high amounts of fat, adequate amounts of protein, and very low amounts of carbohydrates. Our bodies are used to turning carbohydrates into glucose to send all over the body as energy. When we enter ketosis by sufficiently limiting our carbohydrate intake, our livers start breaking down fat cells into fatty acids and ketones, to be used as energy.

i enjoy the higher fat aspect, because i can still enjoy some things that i normally wouldn’t on your typical weight loss surgery diet which is low-carb, low fat. ¬†i get to eat avocados, bacon, butter, and all of the macadamia nuts i want (well, within reason) and still lose weight, which is awesome!

i did complete an advocare cleanse, and cut out higher fat foods and dairy for 10 days, which was torture to my cheese loving self, but i did well and lost quite a few inches! ¬†i’m continuing using the MNS products, but it has been a little hard getting the pills in since my last fill. i can take them all, i just have to take them one by one so they don’t get ‘stuck’. ¬†i do find a huge difference in energy when i take them and when i forget to take them, so i’m going to stick with those.

i’ve been really into seafood lately, so tilapia and shrimp have been on the menu quite a few times. ¬†i also found a sweet kale salad at costco that i’m obsessed with, but had to stop using the dressing, because it had too much sugar and kept kicking me out of ketosis.

pistachio crusted tilapia w. sweet kale salad:


bbq shrimp & cauliflower ‘grits’:


andddd i’ve also had my fair share of ‘treat’ meals. ¬†all along, i’ve mentioned i don’t want this experience to be just like every other attempt at weight loss. ¬†i’m trying to keep myself from binging on everything bad, so when i’m craving something, i’ll let myself have it. ¬†like chips and margaritas! ¬†& ice cream, obviously.


i’m still going to the gym regularly, which is great for me! ¬†i usually go 2-3 months, then get burned out and stop going. ¬†i had a little spout where i didn’t feel motivated, but i pushed through it and i average about 3-4 days in the gym, sometimes 5, but that’s definitely not always the case. ¬†i’m lifting heavy, incorporating a lot of superset/drop sets, and doing SOME cardio. not MUCH, but some! ¬†my workouts have been really intense with the new plan i’m doing, though, so i do keep my heart rate pretty high while lifting, so who needs cardio, right?

i can’t really think of anything else! ¬†fitness and eating, with work, take up a lot of my life right now! ¬†i’ll leave you with a picture of the baby, because i’m sure everyone would like to see his face versus mine any day.



life, lately.

hey guys! ¬†hopefully you remember me! ¬†i would say sorry for not posting so often, but i’m not. ¬†i’m living my life and enjoying every second of it. ¬†i’ll give you a quick recap of how life has been the last couple of weeks!


30 lbs down!

life with my LAP-BAND has been great, so far! ¬†i have no complaints and my doctor thinks i’m doing very well! ¬†at this point, i’ve lost 34 lbs, and i’m sure plenty of inches (i need to measure myself, soon!). ¬†clothes are getting looser and i don’t feel awful in my skin anymore. ¬†it’s hard to keep perspective, sometimes, since i still have about 95 lbs until my first ‘goal’ weight, but the other day, when i was using 2, 15 lb dumbbells, i realized that was how much i lost so far. i really need to appreciate every pound i lose, as i lose it!


284 vs 272

i’ve been working out 5 days a week! ¬†i really don’t know who i am anymore! ¬†i had zero motivation to go to the gym for the last year and half or so, but i really have this spark right now and i’m pushing it as far as it will go! ¬†my workouts consist of lifting 5x/week ¬†(arms+shoulders, chest+back, and legs alternating throughout the week) and cardio 3x/week. ¬†i like to keep cardio short and sweet, so i’ve been trying my best to incorporate Body-for-Life HIIT routines in there. ¬†i can feel gains in my strength AND endurance, so it’s a nice feeling.


my go-to pre-workout

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barbell chest press

i’ve also been trying to get my 10,000 steps in a day, with my FitBit, but it’s HARD! ¬†i walk a mile at 10am with a co-worker, but even with those steps, on days where i don’t do cardio, i’m only getting 6-7,000 steps. ¬†i need to get better at walking around the office. ¬†i get so busy, sometimes, i’ll only get up twice to use the bathroom and fill up my water!

food intake has been good, as well! ¬†i’m getting my proteins in first, then veggies. ¬†i haven’t been consuming many carbs because 1. ¬†i don’t really have room and 2. ¬†they seem to be a problem with most banders, so i’m holding off on them for awhile. ¬†i’d like to get closer to goal before i start introducing them back into my diet.


chipotle bowl (just barbacoa, sour cream, cheese & lettuce)

the hardest part of this journey so far, is LISTENING TO MY BODY. ¬†some days i feel SO HUNGRY, and after 4 bites, i feel full. ¬†i want to continue to eat, because i convince myself that there is NO WAY those little bites of food have made me full, but they do! ¬†if i feel hungry at work, i’ll pop in a piece of gum, and if i’m still hungry after 20 minutes, i’ll let myself eat a snack, if i’m not, i’ll continue chewing my gum and drinking my water. ¬†i had my first fill wednesday and know that now it’s more important than ever that i start measuring my food to 1/2 cup portions. ¬†i don’t want to risk stretching my pouch and ruining everything i’ve gone through over the last year because i was being mindless.


snack: 1/4 cup of mixed nuts


tuna salad + pork rinds

and yes, i had my first fill! ¬†and it wasn’t that bad! so, i’m a really big baby when it comes to needles. ¬†why i decided to get the weight loss surgery that included needles is beyond me, but i did good! ¬†i went into the hospital and checked-in. ¬†about an hour of waiting later, they were ready for my fill. ¬†my doctor does all fills under fluoroscopy, which is basically just a real-time x-ray. ¬†they insert the needle into the port, remove all the fluid, then insert however many CCs of saline they decide on, depending on how much restriction you need. ¬†this is followed by a barium solution (to show contrast) to see how much restriction there really is. ¬†well, while this was going on, they realized the needle they had inserted had a crack in it, so they had to insert another needle. ¬†after that, everything went fine, and i now have 4.4cc’s in my band.

after a fill, your stomach can swell where the band is attached, so my doctor put me on 2 days of full liquids, 2 days of soft foods, then back to solid food again, being careful to not get anything stuck! ¬†today was day 1 of soft foods and my 1 egg + 1 egg white, which i could only eat 4 bites of, has already kept me full for 2 hours at this point, so i’d like to think i can feel the restriction from the fill.

photo16post fill, liquid phase:  cream of chicken soup mixed + broth + unjury chicken soup protein


post fill, soft food phase:  scrambled egg w. cheese & ketchup

so, i’m sure i’ve bored you enough by now! ¬†this has been my life, lately. ¬†wake-up, work, workout, cook dinner (& lunch for tomorrow), watch a show or two on tv, then pass out. ¬†i don’t hate it. ¬†i feel great and my attitude has been amazing, so no complaints here ūüôā

Q: what have you been up to lately?



advocare 24 day challenge update

hey there!¬† after a four day weekend away from just about everything other than the gym, i’m feeling.. awful. i know part of the reason for my feeling like this is cramps + bloating; but, there’s nothing i can do to control that so i’m not going to let it get in my way.

this morning, i fell got out of bed,¬† got all my things together, then headed down the road to my gym.¬† (sidenote: my gym is 30 minutes away, along with most civilization, but it’s only 5 minutes from my work; so, i shower at the gym and the distance doesn’t phase me, since i would be driving that far to work a couple hours later anyway).¬† 15 minutes down the road, i realize something: i forgot my work clothes. ugh. i drive home, scoop them up, then head back to the gym.¬† i started out a little early this morning, so my mishap made me on-time to the gym around 5:15ish a.m.

once i got to the gym, i jumped right into squats and kettlebell swings for leg day, but something just felt off.¬† my legs felt exhausted and my right quad/hamstring kept feeling like it was about to pull.¬† so, i backed off and did as much as i could and followed-up with 15 minutes in the sauna.¬† i’ve been going into the sauna for about 5-10 minutes after every workout and i haven’t felt that¬†sore compared to how i think i should feel.¬† i’m really pushing myself in the gym and the sauna seems to help keep the DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) away.

here’s the thing, i’m not happy with my day in the gym this morning, but i’m also not upset.¬† i could have easily pushed sleep on my alarm clock and slept for two more hours, but i didn’t.¬† i’m not saying i’m new and improved and will never skip a workout, but, after 3 weeks of this, i can feel a change in my attitude.¬† something i’ve never felt before.¬† i want this change to stick and become permanent.

i know it wont be easy and i know its going to be a long road, but i know it will be worth it if i just keep sticking to what i’m doing.


i’m currently down 12 pounds since the start of my Advocare 24 day challenge, and before i became a bloated mess, i seriously just felt ‘slimmer’.¬† i wont say these are magic pills that are going to make you skinny overnight, but i do think this challenge gives you the right tools to get on track with a healthy push along the way.

can’t wait to complete my final weigh-in next wednesday and share the results with you all! sorry for being whiney this afternoon.

have a great day!