I am an ATHLETE!

It is official!! I am now an ATHLETE! I lost my first toe nail Monday night. My son has swimming lessons on Thursday nights and Master swim is at the same time. So, Mom goes and swims and J is at his lessons. It is a win win situation!  I didn’t really pay much attention to my toe but knew it would be coming off at some point.  He was out of school on Monday, so after my chiropractors appointment we went swimming. I am working on a virtual Ironman challenge with a group on Facebook that I belong to and needed to get some swim time in to meet my 2.4 miles for the month. J did some practicing and he is getting more comfortable in the water. Now to just get him to keep his face in the water. But I am not complaining as of last year he wouldn’t even attempt to put his face in the water. I was able to get in 1600 yards. I should be at my goal on Thursday after Masters swim.

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Now the bike is a different story, I haven’t even started on the 112 miles that I need for the month and it is now the 11th. Going to need to set up the trainer and get started.

I just about have the running completed. I checked this afternoon and only needed 12 more miles. I knew that I couldn’t do that many miles today but I was able to get in a 10K before J got home from school.

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This was my view on my run today. This was a new route for me and I really liked it. It had several rolling hills that really made you work for it. If I would have followed this trail and made the loop it would have come out to be about 10 miles. So that is my next goal is to do the 10 mile loop when I have more time.

Since it is getting a little cooler and soon to be colder, I need to start looking for winter tights to wear when I run. Just looking for one pair as of right now and really don’t want to spend too much money on them.

I am also looking at what races I want to do next year and getting a wetsuit.

 

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I have not forgotten about you!

Oh my goodness! It has been over a year since I last wrote on this blog site. Time has gotten away from me and so much has happened in the past year.

I am now 2 years since my weight loss surgery and I have kept the weigh off. I am now between 155 to 160. I try to keep my weight around 155 or less. I have my good days and bad days on my eating.

My goal is to start writing again and this time really talk about my next goal in training and in life. I have gone back to school to finish up my RN to BSN program, with my goal in getting my MSN in Nursing Education. My goal for triathlon is to up my distance to the Olympic and then the half. With then end goal being a full iron distance by my 50th birthday.

I just got a new to me Tri bike that I am getting used to riding. It has been a challenge, but I have only been on it twice since I got it. I have ran my first half marathon in 3 hours and 9 minutes. Not be when my first 5K was over an hour to walk.  I will get there and will not quit until I do.

3 months since surgery

I am down 76.4 lbs. since surgery.  I am having a very hard time seeing my weight loss at times. I see it in my clothes and under my chin, but in other places I really can’t see it.

I need to do so many things, that maybe I will see it.  My hair is falling out, mostly in the shower. I am used to it with it being long, but it comes at times when I really hate having to wash it due to how much I will find in the shower or in my hands.

I have been having issues getting in all of my water and protein in each day. And any type of exercise has been put to the side. I have been so busy with Cub Scouts and trying to find time for myself.  Thank goodness that this is my last year with Scouts.

It is getting cold here in Southern Illinois and it is making me even colder. Getting used to this new body is not easy. I am tired all of the time and I just want to hide from the world. I don’t want to go back on any anti depressants.

I feel like I am disappointing my supporters. I am not training for my next race or doing any training at all.

My house is a mess and I feel like the walls are closing in on me at times. I want to tear down those walls, but I don’t have the money to repair what I am more than willing to tear down.

“All good things for those that wait.”    I am really starting to hate that saying.

Not giving up but putting on the back burner for now

I am trying to get used to my new body and the things that I can and can’t eat.

Right now I am not doing very well on the eating part.

I am down 65 lbs at this time. I still have a way to go. I have no energy to do anything. I am getting out once a week and cutting the grass. Work is about to do me in at times. All of the energy it takes to get through my 8 hours leaves nothing left to exercise or to even cook something to eat.

Cub Scouts started last week and thank goodness, I have help this year. We had a wonderful recruitment with a total of 25 boys and more are coming.

Had to take Joshua to get his eyes checked today. He needs new glasses and even with my insurance it will cost me over $250.00.  He also needs new shoes and with the size of his foot I have to get New Balance. So this weekend it is off to get new shoes and glasses.  Looks like I need to start working some overtime.

It has been awhile

Sorry everyone!

Things have been so busy around here with summer ending and school starting back up.

I have been keeping quite on how much weight I have lost for a reason.

I have sponsored a challenge for the Alton Bottle C.A.P ride for a food bank in Alton.

https://www.racesonline.com/events/bottlecapride

The challenge is to carry the about of pounds weight loss up on the hills along the ride. As of right now there are 2 riders that have accepted the challenge.

My training has been non existent. I am trying to get out a walk and have been doing pretty go until last week. I had some type of meeting or program to go to every night. I should have gotten up early in the morning and walked but my bed was so much nicer.

Time to refocus and get going once again.  My firs Tri of the new year will be in April.

Loss of Faith and drive

I have been thinking a lot about my faith not only in myself but with God also. I stepped away from the church that I joined last year. There were many reasons, but the biggest one was due to there being nothing for singles. I hadn’t gone to church for the whole summer and I knew it was time to find another church. Today, I started that journey. I grew up in the Methodist Church, but the churches in my area are slowly dying off. You don’t see the younger couples or more importantly the single men and women. In the newer churches, I just don’t really fit in and that is ok. Today I went out of my comfort zone and attended the Mormon Church in my hometown.

It wasn’t your typical service today at the church as they had a changing of the guard so to speak. The old Bishop stepped down and a new was installed or Called to serve. Next week, I will take my son with him to see how he likes it and we will go from there.

I have lost my drive to train or even go out for a walk. It has been so hot here that it completely wipes me out. Last week I had to cut the grass and I was so weak after, I had a hard time taking a shower. I need to eat more protein before going out.

I don’t know why I am holding myself back with my training. I must need to get back on my Prozac and beat down the depression once again. I was hoping that I would not need to get back on it once I had stopped due to surgery.

I have a phone call appointment on the 27th with my doctor. I really need to get my butt in gear and start working harder in my weight loss or this would have need for nothing.

From Surgery until now

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This was the morning of surgery on July 13, 2015. I was really excited that I didn’t get much sleep the night before.

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I needed to be at the hospital at 7AM, well we go there sooner, but not much of a wait to go back to pre-op.

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Got everything on and waiting to go back to the holding area. Getting a little nervous, but more excited.

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I made it to the losers bench!! I still can’t believe that I had the surgery and everything was going great. Once I was awake, I didn’t have much pain. Only had pain meds twice after surgery. I was able to get up and walk around 6pm that night and once I got the OK to walk on my own. I was up an moving all the time. Every time I woke up, I got up and walked the halls. Everyone was so impressed.

On July 14, 2015 the first day post-op, Dr. Houston came in and informed me that he just about didn’t do the surgery. I was shocked to say the least. He informed me that my hiatal hernia was bigger than what the Upper GI said and that I should of had the Gastric Bypass. But he went ahead and dissected the hernia and it slipped right back down. He was able to complete the Gastric Sleeve. I was so thankful as my wonderful Dad flew up from Florida to be with me and I had taken all of my PTO time to have the surgery.

I started drinking my fluids and I must be one lucky person as I have not had any issues with nausea or vomiting. I am only taking Tylenol for pain and of course my right side hurts the most as he said it would. This is the side where they take the dissected stomach out.
I am having a lot of itching to my belly and redness round the puncture sites, but I think the redness is from the instruments used and no infection.

I am getting my water and protein in each day and that is about it. I have gone through a case a bottled water since being home. Good thing I have a $25.00 gift card from Target. Dad was able to get 6 cases of water for me. We don’t have a Target that is close, so I waited to use it when we got down to Nashville.

Dr. Houston had stated that he may keep me for a total of 3 days due to the distance. We drove 4 hours one way to get there, but I only needed 2 days.

My pre surgical weight in was 296.4 lbs. I gained about 4 lbs. due to IV fluids, so my weight coming home was around 300. As of today I was 289.4lbs.

HW 321.6 SW 296.4 CW 289.4 Total to date: 32.2lbs from June 1, 2015.

I go back to work on Monday and then back down to Nashville for my post op appointment on Thursday.

If you are near the Nashville, TN area I would highly recommend checking out:

The Center for the Treatment of Obesity at Centennial Medical Center
http://www.cmcwls.com