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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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snack: 1/4 cup of mixed nuts

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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.

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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 🙂



Q: what have you been up to lately?

 

 

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late dinner

hey there! yesterday was day 2 down in the books, 22 to go.  okay, i might not keep doing that, cause it sounds a little discouraging.  but i feel great and don’t have many complaints right now.  this advocare 24 day challenge doesn’t seem like it’ll be too rough to stick with.

i switched yesterday up a little, moving the 2 hour portion of the workout to the afternoon, which meant ~45 mins of morning cardio.  i did Just Dance – Just Sweat and felt like i got a really good workout. my HRM told me i burned 380 calories, so i’m going to stick with that.  i seriously love this kind of cardio; i don’t feel like i’m working out at all, and the whole thing goes by really fast!

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you see that squiggly line up top?  the game incorporates different moves to lower/raise your heart rate.  i think that’s a really cool feature.

after cardio, i got ready for work and off i went!  my day was pretty much the same as day 1, with a few changes here and there.  here’s what it looked liked:

6:15 a.m. – catalyst + spark pre-workout

7:00 a.m. – fiber drink + protein shake (GNC Pro Performance chocolate) post-workout

10:00 a.m. – 1/3 cup of raw almonds + hardboiled egg w. mustard/hot sauce

1:00 p.m. – catalyst

1:30 p.m. – leftover stuffed peppers topped with frank’s hot sauce.

3:00 p.m. – edamame (already kind of bored with this)

insert 2 hours of weight training (chest) and cardio here.

8:45 p.m. – omegaplex + 4 oz. seared tuna steaks w. bragg’s liquid aminos* & wasabi and some roasted broccoli with nutritional yeast sprinkled on top.  (i’m really trying to keep dinner creative.  i know 24 days is a long time to be bored with bland, tasteless food.  so even if my snacks were lacking, this definitely made up for all of it!)

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9:30 p.m. – herbal cleanse tablets + protein shake which consisted of GNC Pro Performance chocolate protein, almond milk, and ice cubes.

daily water intake: 150 oz.

*can i please talk about these liquid aminos for a second?  i’ve never tried them before and i’m IN LOVE.  i’ve tried other products from this company with no complaints, but for some reason, i had never picked up this product.  i had pretty much stopped using soy sauce altogether because the taste was so salty i couldn’t stand it.  this is the perfect balance and still tastes like soy sauce.  i added some wasabi in there for an extra heat factor, and the combo was nothing short of amazing.

thoughts on the products?  same as day one.. the plan is easy to follow, the fiber drink isn’t the greatest, the cleanse wasn’t too harsh.

thoughts on my day? did you happen to notice the time dinner occurred? that’s SUPER late for me. here’s why it happened: i don’t get off work until about 5:15, so by the time i was changed and ready at the gym, it was around 5:45 and then i didn’t finish until 7:30.  then, i had to run to the grocery store and buy some stuff to make dinner for a co-worker (she’s undergoing chemotherapy right now, so we set up a ‘meal train’ and my food was due today).  by the time i got home and put everything away, it was 8:15.. my dinner was simple, throw it on the pan to roast or sear, but i also had to make BBQ chicken and pasta salad.  so, needless to say, i didn’t eat until 8:45. not only was i STARVING after that workout, i really hate eating so late; i’m old and like to get into bed by 10pm and i like to let my food digest before i lay horizontally for several hours.  i think from here on out, i’ll be getting my long workout done in the morning, so all i have is quick cardio in the afternoons.

even though i wasn’t happy with how late dinner happened, the rest of the day was pretty good.  i’m starting to get a lot more energy, i turned down a piece of Costco cake after lunch (progress), and i would still rather lift instead of cardio.  i need to find something to replace my edamame snack, because i’m already super bored with it.  any suggestions will be appreciated.

myfitnesspal daily summary:

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sorry if this is all repetitive, and i wont get offended if you stop reading.  this really helps me document everything so i can look back at what’s working and what’s not.

i also realize this is about documenting weight-loss and you haven’t heard anything about that.  i’ll write something up at the end of the cleanse, then at the end of the burn phase.  it’s going to take all i have to make those numbers public.  the only person that knows that number right now is myself and my doctor.  it’s actually giving me anxiety just thinking about it now, so i’ll leave it at that.

Q:  Do you have a set dinner schedule or does it vary from hour to hour?  i am a much happier person if i can get dinner in around 6:30 or 7p.m. anything after that, i start getting cranky and anxious.