Saturday, December 28, 2013

S'ghetti Squash Bake

If you follow this blog's Facebook page, you will know I made dinner last night using spaghetti squash and y'all wanted to know the recipe. And if you're not following my Facebook blog page...for shame! Here it is, The 218 lb Elephant, now go "like" and spread the love!

Here is the recipe blog as promised!

This is totally hubby approved. Brent even went back and got a seconds! I asked if we need to work this into our dinner rotation. His responded with a hell yeah! LOL!

I've never written a recipe blog so this should be interesting!

Preheat the oven to 375.

Cut 1-2 whole spaghetti squashes lengthwise. (For a family of two I should've just used one because we still have enough for another dish.)
Scrap out the seeds and membrane. (It looks like a pumpkin inside.)

Line a cookie baking tray with aluminum foil.
Place the spaghetti squash halves on cookie sheet, with the insides facing up.
Salt, pepper, and olive oil to taste. (I used  just something like Pam.)

Place in oven for 45-60 minutes or until the squash is tender. (It took about an hour for 2 squashes.)

Once cooked completely.
Pull out the squash and let it cook for a few minutes. (I let it cool for about 20 minutes or so.)
Grab a fork a scrap the inside into a bowl or frying pan. (I prepped my "noodles" in the morning, so I put them in a bowl and covered them.)

S'ghetti Bake Prep:
Preheat or turn down oven to 350

Place "noodles" in a frying pan.
Sprinkle basil, oregano, garlic powder, and a tablespoon of olive oil over the "noodles".
Cook until consistency you like your regular noodles to be. (We like our regular noodles soft so I cooked them for maybe 10 minutes.)

In another pan brown up some ground beef, turkey breast, or chicken breast. Depending on your taste.

Back to the "noodle" pan.
Once the "noodles" are how you like them.
Add spaghetti sauce and other spaghetti ingredients you like. (I added just mushrooms)
Stir all the ingredients together, add your meat, and place in a glass pan to bake it. (I just used a Pyrex pie one.)

Top with favorite cheese. (We used parmesan and shredded cheddar.)
Place in oven and pull out when the cheese is all melty and gooey!

Serve it up and enjoy!
We paired ours with cheesy garlic bread from the store.

Bon Appetit!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Let me know what you think and if these types of blogs are something y'all are interested in, and if so I'll add them into the rotation?

Friday, December 27, 2013

Does Your Skin Hang Low, Does It Wobble to the Floor...

As we all know I've lost close to 200 pounds.
Not bragging...okay maybe a little! :)
But that gift comes with a curse.


I've wanted to touch on this subject because lately I've been finding clothes/bra shopping to be a big pain in my shrinking ass. But I wasn't quite sure on how to get it into words. So here goes.

Yes I have extra skin, wearing the right clothes, apparently I hide it well. Awesome! I don't mind that...but the clothes do come off and I'm reminded. Normally I let it roll off my backs, and go with it because I much rather has this issue than one foot in the grave.
I'm not regretting my decision to have surgery at all! This is the price I pay to have my healthy life and I would do it again every single time.

But when clothing/bra companies don't take extra skin into their clothing gets kind of frustrating. Such as trying to find a pretty, non granny, non sports bra. Because sometimes I want to wear normal clothes and pretty dresses and sports bras don't look that good under those types of clothes.

Case and point: I've gone to Victoria's Secret and Lane Bryant several months ago and recently to get properly fitted. Those 2 companies have fitted me buuuuuuuuut their bras don't fit right.
My skin runneth over.
Or my boobs don't fill the cup.
Or they do but they spill over on the side.
Or their just plain uncomfortable.
Or their just stupid.
Or their just not right.

I've been measured at several different times. I *think* I'm some where around 38 C/D...maybe? But when I try on those sizes, either the cup size is too big or too small. Hell the waist band size is too big but the 36 is too tight. And I want high sides...actually I need high sides so my side boob skin stays in place.

Is that to much to ask for? To have a bra where I don't have to tuck in my extra skin.

Shirts I'm fine with...I actually can fit in a Medium!! HOLLA!!!!

Pants/Shorts/Skirts are another blog all together. I have a couple stomachs. To give you a better picture, my belly button gets lost in all that extra skin. I have a fat apron! Where my lower stomach skin hangs over like an apron. I've heard women who have had C-sections have this same problem. 

My thighs, my strong strong thighs. That have held me at my highest and have grown stronger with each run...fall victim to this extra skin epidemic. I call them "thigh balls" but it's just extra skin from my thighs that just hang there like a set of balls. 

My "thigh balls" and the fat apron are the most painful. Because I get rashes and yeast infections in there. So medically I'm pretty sure those spots are covered with insurance. But my boobs and arms...those are just vanity surgeries.

Yes I'm looking into skin removal surgeries. But that is several years down the road. I rather have kids first then go through the surgeries and stretch it all out again. So until then I'm going to bitch, tuck, and camouflage my latest nemesis.

Again. Not regretting my decision for Gastric Bypass at all but if you're going to lose about 200're going to have to extra skin. It's just frustrating when you just want a bra that fits right!

Well off to go tuck in stomachs and join the human race today!

So Long 2013, It's Been Real and Fun!

Here is my annual end of the year recap.

For the Johnstons 2013 was all about continued wed bliss. We celebrated 2 years of marriage in June. We've had a relatively low key year. Nothing to exciting. Brent is still loving his job. He got a new route and has been prospering there. He's grown so much.
He really is the best.
We were able to pay ALL our bills off this year. We are debt free. Naturally, we're saving for a house now and new car for me...hopefully! :) Outside of our normal living expense we don't have to throw money away to those evil credit card companies! Lol! Just a student loan company...which is just as bad! But I've started to coupon! Santa got me a binder for Christmas, so I'm super OCD organized! I'm going to be taking that into full force in 2014...grow my stockpile!

Our families have hit a couple bumps in the road but everyone seems to recovering and 2014 should be an incredible year for them. We love seeing our nephew and niece grow up and be little hellions! It's been so much fun watching them become little people. Boy, do my sister and brother in law have their hands full!! HAHAHA! 

As for me 2013 has been such an incredible year. I've achieved so many things that I never thought I would achieve! From losing 100 pounds by January 2013 to quitting my job to training for a half marathon to celebrating being 1 year post op. This has been an incredible year health wise for me. I'm the healthiest I've been my adult life...hell my WHOLE life. My regular doctor is super impressed with all my progress, my surgeon and his team are all blown away, and I'm just plain proud of myself. If you told me a year ago all this would've happened...I wouldn't have believed you.

I've tried so many things I never thought I would do. I'm emerged from the fat cocoon. I'm training for my half marathon in March, I'm cooking and trying new foods, My style is completely different. Okay well not really, I'm mostly in work out clothes now but I'm actually using them for their purpose. I chopped my hair off, which I liked but I think I liked my long hair more. I'm taking care of a student loan, so I can go back to school in Fall 2014. And all this happened in ONE year...I can't imagine what 2014 is going to have in store. I don't know if it can top the past couple of years.
But we'll see...Let's go 2014!!

Lastly, I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions because I don't stick to them and honestly I've achieved the only one I use to set.
Losing weight.
This year, and from here I out, I'm setting goals.

My 2014 Goals:

1. Complete my first half.
2. Train and find a full marathon.
3. Lose 200 lbs total.
4. Try a new type of exercise each month. Such as, spinning, crossfit...etc.
5. Turn my blog into something big.
6. Continue to save, with couponing and savings.
7. And to just to have the best 2014 ever.

I hope you guys have a great and successful 2014. And may 2013 go out with a bang!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Let's Get Right to the Point

We all kind of knew the half training wasn't going to happen or my daily "what I'm eating" blogs. Clearly because it's Christmas week and I'm being slightly naughty!

The Johnstons have decided to participate in a new tradition HOLIDAY BAKING! And with baking comes test tasting. And test tasting leads to scarfing down a bajillion cookies and yummy sweet treats! And Frankentummy has been good but I haven't. I've been pumping myself up with all these delicious evil treats, that make me feel yucky,  and BLAH. SO by doing that I'm neglecting the proper nutrition I need. Like high and lean proteins, low carbs, healthy carbs...etc. A fine example of what I've been doing; yesterday all I ate was cookies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner was a combo of hamburger helper and sugar cookies! Yes. Dinner of champions!

But in the same breath, I can't be to pissed because it's the holidays and time for family and blah blah blah. And thankfully I've been in the same weight range, so it is REALLY that bad? Honestly for me...yes. I know me. I know what lurks under this new healthy life I've built. I know "Unhealthy Lydia" and habits are ready to come back at the drop of a hat. I know I have no self control. My self control, right now, is the fact Frankentummy can only hold so much. Thank God because my face would be stuffed with cookies and all sorts of holiday yumminess.

This seriously would be me...and honestly has been me!

Courtesy of GIFPAL

With all this being said, I don't want the holidays or my life to be about what I "can" and "can't" eat. But it has to be...that's the life I chose. That's the whole point of why I went through surgery to enjoy a long healthy life. And the price I paid for having to watch what I eat.

So to my new and faithful readers: I commit to doing better. Starting with my next meal. Because honestly my breakfast was a cupcake and cookies.
The struggle is real! So lunch will be something yummy and healthy! Dinner will be at my parents and mom said it's going to be delicious! Mom said we're having egg, cheese, sausage and hash browns for breakfast tomorrow. Brent's family is serving ham and a smorgasbord of other goodies! So my game plan is to be aware of my surrounding and eat accordingly. Then kick it to high gear, ass kicking mode on the 26th. Hitting the road and Pump Thursday morning. And good healthy high protein/low carb meals for the Hubster and I! Time to get back to my fighting weight and stop feeling like a BLAH machine!

Probably wondering what brought this on...trying on clothes this morning and getting pissed! Because I was bloated feeling and just BLAH feeling. But I'll write about that in another blog. Go and enjoy your holidays!

Have a safe and wonderful Christmas!!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Half Marathon Training 12/20/13 - 12/21/13

There was no training yesterday or today.

Yesterday was the bake-a-thon.

Today I'll be on the road to see my Grandma. And more than likely I'll be on the road every Friday or Saturday to see her. Until I don't need to be.

So I'll have to change my schedule around during the week to have my long run another day and make Saturday just my 40 min walk. That's an easy fix and family is way more important.

Please continue to pray and positive juju for her and the family. Thanks!

Next half training post will be Monday!!


Foods for 12/20/13

I started a new tradition in the Johnston household. HOLIDAY BAKING!

I baked homemade sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and haystacks. Of course they all were super yummy and of course I had to taste them all!

This was my day.

peanut butter blossoms
Pepperoni pizza

sugar cookie batter
Pepperoni pizza

chef salad!! oh yeah I had to get healthy in there some where!! :)

Sugar cookie sandwich

Needless to say it was a day lacking in protein, water, and way to much sugar. Actually at one point I did end up going into my sleeping dumping. But I chalked it up to still learning the ways of Frankentummy!

Half Marathon Training 12/19/13

Another training day in the books. I had Pump and a 3.5 mile run.

Melanie whooped my ass this morning! She came up to me afterwards to give me some pointers on how to maximize my squats and lunges! 

Apparently I've been doing squats and lunges wrong this whole time! She corrected my form and told me to try my squats without weights until I get a comfortable with the proper form. 

Alrighty then! 

Again let me say I HATE squats and lunges with ever fiber of my being!! :)

She teaches a spin class on friday mornings, so I think I'm going to venture into spinning! Still not 100% sure yet! I just don't want to over stress my legs/knees. We'll see! However since spin is on Fridays and that is usually my walking day. This may be a nice substitute for when it's yucky or when I don't want to deal with the this morning! 

As mentioned before I had a 3.5 miler. And boy I was protesting this run. It was cold, I was grumpy, driver's got to close to me, my shoes were to right, and did I mention it was cold?

I was just a grumpy runner today. My time was horrible, not that I'm concerned about that right now but still...

Public Service Annoucement:
When you are driving and you come across a runner...
MOVE OVER!!! Because sometimes there is not a sidewalk and I don't feel like falling into a ditch. Just saying!

But I finished my run after me bitching and complaining the whole time! LOL! But it's done and I survived! 

Until next time. On the books for tomorrow is a 40 minute or spin...who know what I'll feel like doing! 

Foods for 12/19/13

Overall not a bad day. Trained hard so got super hungry around lunchtime! And ate to much and Frankentummy was not a happy camper. He mellowed out and is good to go!

Syntrax cookie's n cream protein milkshake
Had it after Pump this morning. Not a good idea...kind of felt lightheaded. Didn't have milk and wasn't hungry before class. So I waited but I won't next time. 

1 egg
1/4 of spicy chicken patty
1 slice of havarti 

pepperoni pizza

Sugar free chocolate pudding
Peanut butter

overall not a bad day. kind of got super lazy and didn't feel like cooking dinner! sorry this one is late...I thought I posted it alright! lol blogger fail!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Foods for 12/18/13

This Wednesday went a lot smoother, than past ones. Only got really hungry...only because I waited so long to eat. In return I stuffed my face, ate to fast, and like clock work Franktummy reminded me about it! 
But over all relatively low carb and drank my water like a fish!

Mocha protein low carb "pancakes"

I used one of those low carb "pancake" recipes and just added Click mocha protein powder to the batter. They came out pretty good...not something I would do on a regular basis.

Greek yogurt
Honey bunches of oats
Sugar free chocolate pudding

1/2 spicy chick-fil-a patty
 Fruit cocktail

Sour cream and cheddar ruffles 

Thank goodness we ate all the haystacks! Lol Until I begin my real holiday baking for the guys are Brent's work! Lol 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Half Marathon Training 12/17/13

On today's schedule BodyPump and a 2 mile run.

HA! I love that little girl! And sadly that's probably how I look...especially when a dog comes out of no where and scares the crap out of me!

Today was my first cross training and run on the same day! And HOLY CRAP! I'm going to be feeling this shit tomorrow!! Thankfully it was *only* 2 miles today but the .4 extra was my cool down. Not a bad time considering I went to class first then ran. I wanted my 2 miles to stay under 30 minutes and it was.
As usual it was ridiculously cold. I've noticed that my nose runs when I'm out there? Do y'all have anything like that happening? Or when I'm breathing the cold air, it gets in my lungs and feels all prickly. It doesn't hurt...just annoying. Not sure if these come with the territory of running. But thankfully later in the week it'll be back to 60-70 degrees. LOL! Which I don't mind one bit! That's all I have to say about my run.

As mentioned before, the training schedule I'm following has me doing cross training of some sort. Hal Higdon suggest it could be a walk or a gym class. I just figured I would combine the running with Pump, Flow, and Combat.
And Pump was on the schedule for today. And I haven't done Pump in MONTHS...seriously since August and boy could I feel it!

Let me go on the record and say I hate squats! I hate squats with weights! Again I hate squats with every fiber of my being. Of course, this particular class had a slew of squats. *grumble...grumble...grumble!* I love my classes but it's a nice reminder of how uncoordinated I really am. It's so sad.

Melanie was the instructor this morning and she is AMAZING! She actually came up and introduced herself to me. And I thought that was pretty cool. She gave me some pointers. Of course, I told her about my half training, and she said Pump is a good class to go hand and hand with the running. I made it through the class and she came up to me afterwards to see how I did and if I had any questions. And told me I did a good job. HOLLA!
Naturally I bragged on myself, and showed her a before and during/after. Of course...she was blown away. ;) And I told her I would like to lose about another 5-10 pounds and she's like lets do this. I'll be more than happy to help. And if there is anything you need from me, please let me know.
I was so stoked! I'm finally going to stop dicking around and to the covented 200 plus poundage gone with Melanie's help! She's sooooo sweet! I really REALLY like her. She and Gina have been my favorite instructors!

So another day in the books! Rest day tomorrow. Thank GOODNESS! LOL!

Foods for 12/17/13

As usual my morning cup o' joe.

Syntrax Mint Cookie protein milkshake
Fat Free Milk

Because I had BodyPump at 5:45 in the AM...needed a quick punch of protein and really didn't feel like cooking anything.

Tri-Bean Soup with ham
Greek strawberry yogurt

1/2 Taco Bell steak quesadilla 
1/2 Bean and cheese burrito

Brent had to go back out for work so dinner was drive through. And I'm actually alright with it. It happens. :)

haystacks those delish yummyness! Lol

Monday, December 16, 2013

Half Marathon Training Recap 12/16/13

There was a 3.5 miler on today's schedule. A stupidly cold one at that.

As I mentioned I was going to repeat week 2 but I got out there and changed my mind! I felt good, my knee felt good...let's stay on track with training!

I was scheduled for 3.5 miles but I ended up doing 3.9 miles. The .4 was part of my cool down. Went home and stretched and put another run in the books. 

This one took about 57 mins...which is my 4 mile average. Sounds like I'm back on track from my No Run, November...due to my knee injury and me getting in my head. Read all about it on this Blog. But it feels great being back to where I was and following a training schedule. 

And as always, here is my running montage! :)

One of the reasons I run is because I'm preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse. You laugh but the way shit is going we'll have one. And I'll be prepared. I just need to work on my archery and katana skills! ;)


Foods for 12/16/13

The day started off with my usual cup of coffee. Because when I first get up Frankentummy doesn't like to eat right away. I guess he needs to wake up first, and since he's part of me...he's a grouch when he first wakes up. Kind of fitting...since I'm the same way! ;)

Leftover Breakfast Quesadilla
Egg, Cheese, Bacon, Sausage, and Sour Cream

Ha! I forgot to take a picture before I started to eat it! Lol

Egg Salad

Velveeta skillet meal

Homemade haystacks 
2 pieces of a World market wild berry chocolate bar...which was stupidly good!
1 cup of fat free milk with sugar free chocolate syrup
'Tis the season for holiday goodies. And it's the first year I can enjoy them. And I'll try to be on my best behavior! Lol

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Foods for 12/15/13

Well as always everyday starts off with the best intentions but I seem to hit a couple glitches. Mainly my lack planning...okay all it's my lack of planning. That is one of my goals for the new year...which I will write a blog about that in the next couple of weeks to close out 2013. But overall it was a usual good start and complete derail during the day and kind of rebounds some where. So here goes. As always tomorrow is another day.
I've noticed that Sundays and Wednesdays...days I help Brent work. So the days are early and I don't get up early enough to plan anything. That means I have to prepare the day/night before...maybe...LOL!

Snytrax Cookies 'n Cream Protein Milkshake
Fat free milk

Starbucks Pumpkin Scone

Starbucks Caramel Brulee Frappuccino

Breakfast Scramble Quesadilla

Until tomorrow! Remember no Half Marathon Training  post today!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Foods for 12/14/13

Today I'm on the road. Grant it, it's not a long drive but I always seem to fall off the deep end when I do a road trip. I don't prepare well. Today was no different! I went in with the best intentions but managed not to follow through. Honestly being on the road throws me off. I have to get better with that! I cannot let road trips derail me.

I did have a healthy breakfast. So 1 out of 3 meals isn't THAT bad...right?! ;)

Leftover breakfast scramble
Yoplait Light Vanilla

Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich 
WTF...seriously Lydia!? Do better!

Half a chili cheeseburger 
No wonder I feel like crap!

Ooooh Lawd!

Grilled cheese sandwich
A couple bites of a snicker blast

Ooooh Frankentummy is not happy! He's going to back me pay! And honestly I deserve it. But today was kind of a last day of "bad" foods. Tomorrow is a new week, a new day, and a new attitude! Time to get to 200 lbs gone!

Half Marathon Training Recap 12/13/13

Oooooh it's Friday the 13th!

Today training consisted of a cross training class for the half marathon training. So I opted for 2 gym classes...BodyFlow and Zumba.

I wasn't feeling Zumba today. I haven't been to Zumba or the gym in several months. So I was excited to get back to it but I didn't like this instructor or the ladies in the class. It was more of a social hour and the instructor wasn't that good. Oh well! Think I'll just stick with BodyFlow and BodyCombat on Fridays!

I was going to pick up my Run or Dye race packet today. But I didn't know I needed a waiver. Which is a good thing I didn't have because I'm not going to do be able to run it. Because I'm traveling to Columbia to see my Grandma. My Mom, Aunt, and Uncles had to make the difficult decision and put Grandma in hospice, after she fell last week. She's been battling Dementia, which is a bitch of a disease. And it's just gotten to the point that hospice needed to come into play. So if you could please prayer or send positive thoughts and vibes to my Grandma and my Mom, Aunt, and Uncles during this time. Along with the rest of the family. Thank you! My goal now is to find a run that proceeds go to helping find a cure for Dementia and Alzheimer's. And when I find one I'll run it in honor of my grandma, my grandma-in-law and my aunt's mom.

Well on that depressing note...have a fabulous day! :)

Half Marathon Training Recap 12/14/13

Today was suppose to be my long run but since I'll be in Columbia, seeing my Grandma.
That's clearly not going to happen.

So today is my rest day.

And I'll hit my training tomorrow with full force.
I have a long stretch day on the books for tomorrow because it's the beginning of my training week. I'm suppose to move to Week 3 but I don't feel comfortable moving ahead. So I'm going to do week 2 again.

For those that are running today...HAPPY RUNNING! And good luck in your races!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Foods for 12/13/13

My morning was a 2 cup kind of day.

Cup of Tuna Salad (tuna, relish, and duke's light mayo)
A splash of olive oil, lemon juice, and spices.

Lunch was a complete bust! I forgot my healthy snacks for after my gym classes and then I had some running around to do. So I wasn't going to home for lunch and of course I forgot my healthy snack. And in a moment of weakness I went Whole Foods. Good idea at the time because I had a game plan. Yogurt and berries was what I went in for...sadly I didn't leave with that! I was doing good until I walked by bakery...everything went down hill! I ended up putting the yogurt back and bought cookies! Gastric bypass fail!  

Breakfast for Dinner

Overall not a bad day and I have found out tracking my food like makes me more aware of my food choices! Grant it a couple of the choices have not been the greatest but I'm being honest. This isn't an easy process and I don't claim to be perfect. But it's my process and I'm forever learning what to eat and not eat. So it's a challenge everyday but well worth it! 

That's today's foods.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Half Marathon Training Recap 12/12/13

I just realized that today is 15 months since surgery! Holy crap! Where does the time go?! What a wild and crazy ride! And the best decision EVER...hands down!


Picture from someEcards.

I was scheduled to do 3 miles and 3.2 miles is what I did. It took me 45:46 minutes.

That shit was cold! I don't know how people up North do it. I barely survived with it being "only" 38 degrees...that's in Fahrenheit.

After what seemed like HOURS, I was finally ready to hit the pavement. Two jackets, two shirts, one vest, pants, two sets of socks and my fabulous shoes later. I put my heart rate monitor and filled up my I was FINALLY ready to go! I stepped outside and instantly thought "WHAT THE TOM FULLERY IS THIS MADNESS!!??"

I'm not a cold runner! I rather have heat and I can't believe I'm saying that.

I'm fine with my time. I'm not terribly focused on that right now. I'm just more focused on my distance and not injuring myself. I know the speed with come in time. Overall I'm pleased with this run. I did have to walk about half a mile after I got this sharp pain in my side. I just walked it out and took deep breaths. Trying to breathe with that damn cold madness is horrible. Probably why I got that pain in my side...I wasn't breathing enough. But once the pain subsided, I was back to running and finished strong.

So that's today's recap! On tomorrow's agenda is a 30 minute walk and a gym class. I'm thinking either Zumba or BodyCombat. I'll probably do Zumba...I feel like shaking my money maker!


Foods for 12/12/13

1.5 Eggs
Feta Cheese

93/7 Ground Beef
2% Shredded cheese
Reduced fat sour cream

Stuffed crust pepperoni pizza
I was a bad bariatric patient...I didn't feel like cooking! Lol lazy! But overall not a horrible day!!

Italian Ice

Coming Clean

I'm coming cleaning with EVERYTHING!

I'm owning up to my lack of training, my poor eating and everything else.

I'm washing my hands clean of my slackness and getting back to doing what I do...KICKING ASS!!!

I know I say this time and time again but I realized my Half Marathon is only 3 months away and the most I've ran has been 8 miles, which I injured myself doing. So I need to buckle down and get serious about this shit! Time to follow and stick to my training schedule. Which means if I have to write a blog about my runs/cross training to keep myself honest and on track. Then by golly I'll do it!

Oh darn! You lucky people you!

On today's schedule is a 2 miler. So once I get done with that I'll be back here with the stats and how I felt and all the crap.

Then I'm going to be posting my meals and foods because I want to lose these 7 pounds before the end of the year.



Picture is from

Also we've been watching "Mike and Molly". Which I absolutely LOVE!!! I have a girl crush on Melissa McCarthy. Just saying!

But Molly quit her job, as a teacher, and wants to become a writer. And I really want this blog and my experience with the surgery to make me money.

So I want to be a writer.

There I said it.

I've always thought I was pretty good at it, and my mom thinks I'm funny. So if MY mom thinks I'm funny then it must me true! ;) But in all seriousness, I've gotten A LOT of positive comments and feedback from my blog and I really want to turn it into something.
So that is my new adventure. Along with looking at schools in the spring to get a degree...FINALLY!!! There is a lot going on but I wouldn't have it any other way! HOLLA!!!


P.S - I'll be back in a couple hours to write about my run! :)

Weight Update

When did December get here?
I seriously can't believe it.
And I thought I have blogged in December but looking back...I have not! LOL!
So here is my first blog for December! :)

I'm sure y'all are wondering about things on the weight loss front. Well not much is going on there. I'm pretty much maintaining my weight around the 184-186. I'm completely okay with that. I would like to see 7 more pounds gone to make the total 200 pounds gone. I want that by the end of the year. So that just means I have to buckle down and follow the my plan. Which I clearly know how to do but I'm just enjoying all the work I've done so far. I'm really finally living and I'm looking at everything completely different.

Small petty things that I use to worry about before I'm say "fuck it now". If it doesn't bring positive energy and happiness to me or my world...then I don't want/need it in my life. I've cut ties with my "old" life because those habits, I created, weren't good or healthy for me. So I feel as if I almost am rebooting myself. And honestly I'm really okay with that...I've created a niche of people who have gotten the surgeries or doing some form of weight loss or who have the running/walking/exercising bug. That's something I never thought I would be a part of...sort of wanted to but never thought or knew how to get there. And honestly I was so worried about what people thought of a 377 pound woman running or what she was doing in that gym class. But I learned that no one cares what I do and to just get out there and do it. Life really opens up and begins when you realize that.

And the surgery, my new found confidence, and the fact I'm older...I just don't give a rip! So kudos to me! Grant it there are times when that negative self talk, doubt, people pleaser comes back...but I've learned to keep all that at bay and use those skills in another way. Or get them out in another exercising.

Which brings me to something I'm been slacking on. Yes the Goddess/Queen of exercising...isn't exercising. Yes I called myself out and I need y'alls help to keep me honest. If you're following my Facebook page, and if not you should's pretty awesome! But if you are and you haven't noticed any running or exercising me out on it. I might be pissed but I'll realize I've been a slack ass and go do something! :)

Sooooo that's all I have to stay about that.

Thanks for continuing to read this insanity that is my life!! Xoxo

Friday, November 29, 2013

5Ks are Short Runs

Here I am sitting up in bed because Frankentummy is rebelling against me. I've decided to blog because I'm bored and I was thinking about past entries and I finally came up with an idea.

I know at the beginning of surgery, I wrote a bucket list I would've like to achieve after surgery. You can read it here...Bucket List.

So it gave me the idea of another bucket list...

My Runners Bucket List!

Races I would love to do one day or racing related stuff.

My first thing I would like to do is actually run a race every month for 2014. I already have 2 set up for February, March and April. More than likely I'll do the Turkey trot and Reindeer run next November and December. So I already have 5 races going can't be that hard to find 7 more! I have one for May in mind. To make things easier I'll make of list of my 2014 Challenge.

Lydia's 2014 Run a Race Once a Month Challenge:

January -
February - Cupid Undie's One Miler
March - Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon
April - Cooper River Bridge Run
May - Foam Fest 5K (Hopefully)
June -
July -
August -
September -
October -
November - Turkey Trot (Hopefully)
December - Reindeer Run (Hopefully)

Wow that challenge title is a mouth full! Maybe y'all can come up with a more creative one or shorter one! If you do no prizes just me being eternally grateful!  :)

On to

My Running Bucket List:

1. The Barkley Marathon

*cue creepy music*

Here is a article about the Marathon in the New York Times. THE BARKLEY
You ask: "Lydia, are you insane?"
My response: "DUH!!!"

I don't consider myself an ultrarunner by any means...right now or ever. But the fact this Marathon is set up for you to fail. Sign me up...not because I want to fail...because I'm the type of person you tell me I can't do something; by george I'm going to do just to prove you wrong. And I love that type of motivation, that type of pushing, and that type of pure CA-RAZINESS!!!!

If you to lazy to read the article...I say read it anyways! It's insane. But Cliffnote version; it's 100 miles you have to complete in 60 hours. But some who have down it say it's more like 120-130 miles. It's in the mountains of Tennesse. So you have elevation to worry about. I think they said it's anywhere from 16,000 to 18,000 elevation status! It's a trail run. It's a very selective race. The guy only picks 35 people to do it. You don't know when the actual race is or when you enter. And the only way you learn when the race is going to happen is, when he selects you. He picks a "sacrificial virgin" each race...someone he's pretty sure won't finish it. It's completely and utterly INSANE and I love it!!

2. Walt Disney World Marathon

Of course I want to do a Disney Marathon. :) I want to do them ALL! But I want to do this one because they have this challenge called the "Dopey Challenge". You run 48.6 miles over the span of 4 days. You run their 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon over the course of the weekend! Disney characters are along side of the race cheering you on. You get racing "bling" aka a medal for completing the challenge. Again it sounds so much fun and incredible awesome! Plus I'm in Disney and who wouldn't love to run around Disney! :)

3. Wine & Dine Half Marathon

This one is another one in Disney! It's a night run around 3 of the parks and then a big wine and dine party afterwards!! Sign me up! YES PLEASE!! Running, Wining, and Dining!! Oh yeah!! Then the morning of the half Marathon is Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K at Animal Kingdom! How cool would it be to run around all the parks! And I love how a 5K is a short run for me! LOL!

4. Disney Princess Half Marathon

Of course keeping with the Disney theme. This one is one I've always wanted to do since I found out about ruDisney and marathons! This is a Princess themed Disney run. And they have a "Glass Slipper Challenge". You run 19.3 miles over the course of 2 days. It's a 10K on Saturday and a Half on Sunday. And of course you get a special racing "bling" with that challenge also.

I've kind of come to the conclusion that my "bling" is different from other ladies bling. I don't want fancy diamonds...just give me a race with medals and a challenge. I'm one happy camper. Ha! Kind of funny.

5. The Twilight Zone Tower of  Terror 10 Miler

My last DisneyWORLD run I'm adding to my bucket list!

Because there are a couple DisneyLAND runs I want to do but those are in California and require a little more of an effort. ;)

But this 10 miler is a nighttime run around Hollywood Studios and the streets are littered with Disney Villains and Disney, of course, adds things to make it creepy and fun! Then the morning of that race is a 5K Trail run and I would enjoy that! But hell I just enjoy running.

Maybe my running friend, Jodi over at 13.1 Miles to Disney would like to venture out on a couple of these Disney ones with me! :) Maybe?! Yeah I called you out! ;)

So this is my list right now. There a couple other marathons I want to do like a Rock n Roll Marathon in GA, the Boston Marathon and the NYC Marathon. And then I got this crazy idea to maybe try to get racing "bling" from marathons or halfs in all 50 states. Talk about a Challenge but hey that's the life I chose now!

I hope you guys had a wonderful and thankful Thanksgiving. I am so grateful you guys take the time out of y'all's day to read my blog! So thank you!

Also don't forget to keep checking out the Facebook page for the blog! Keep liking and sharing it! :) Here's the link: The 218lb Elephant
Again shameless self promotion! Also trying to figure out how to put a add the Facebook link as a badge on here. That's seriously above my pay grade! LOL!


Thursday, November 21, 2013


Sooooo this is how I've been feeling for a couple weeks. Mainly since I injured my knee beginning of the month. I know I haven't written about it but I've posted on my Facebook page.

Oh? You aren't following my blog on Facebook...for shame! Here is the link, The 218lb Elephant on Facebook.
Shameless self promotion in 3...2...1...
Now go click the link and like my awesome page! :)

Anyways I did injury/overworked my knee and haven't ran since then. Why? I didn't know until earlier this week.


Straight up honest to goodness fear. Fear of hurting myself, fear of my half marathon, fear of actually following through with something, fear of NOT following through with something, fear of myself, fear of the unknown, fear of everything.

You may be wondering...Lydia you get scared?
My answer is...HELL YEAH!!! I'm a big chicken sometimes...lately most of the time.

Lately I've just been a bump on a log. Just staying inside and cleaning or finding something else that "NEEDS" to be done. Or at least I try to justify it needing to be done in my head.

But then when I was cleaning the house Tuesday...instead of going on my run as dawned on me I was scared.
How did I NOT see this one? That could explain why I've been stuffing my face, eating poor unhealthy foods, eating foods I KNOW will make me feel like crap just to get out of not training for my half. See it's a twisted road I was going down. Kind of dark and scary. But Tuesday...something clicked.

The FEAR monster struck. I scared myself down that dark scary road because it was easier to handle than actually taking care of myself. Twisted...yes. Logically...far from it. But that's what the mind does.

I've been full of excuses and fear. Well NO MAS!

I've regained control of my thinking. I'm still not out of the woods yet but I can see a light...hope...awesomeness...everything positive...everything I've been working so hard for. So I just have to turn around and start walking. And that is what I'm doing this morning. Once the sun greets us this morning...I'll be putting one foot in front of the other. Slow and steady wins this race.
Okay pun intend on that one.

For the record I wasn't depressed just not on my "A" game...more like my "C" game. Good enough to pass but not my best. But I'm back and going to get back to what I know works. Eating good home cooking meals, exercising/running again, and just plain focused...eye on the prize.

Part of the reason I think I injured myself was over working and not cross training. During my mental walk on the dark side, I some how managed to print off Hal Higdon half marathon schedule. I don't know who he is but I hear his schedule is really good and easy to follow. And if you know me, I'm all about easy peasy, lemon squeezey! Then I went to Wal-Mart and got a white board calendar and wrote my days in, along with out dinners. Because if I want us to be healthy...since I'm resident chef...I need to plan our dinners.
Nice protein and veggie fueled meals.
Tonight's menu is salads: a nice shrimp for the boy and tuna for me...on a bed of spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, and cheese.

Here is my calendar! :)

As far as cross training, I'm heading back to the gym a couple times a week. Tomorrow, Friday, I'm starting Combat back up and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday will be Pump. I enjoyed the strong feeling and good sweat those classes gave me!
Along with my cross country workout buddy, CB. Well not really cross country more like Texas! LOL! We're going to text each other and cyberly kick each other's ass...if needed. Or if need be travel to said location and do it psychically.

And the Johnston's are starting to COUPON!!! We figured after talking about the future, things could get a little expensive and we best start saving now. Plus Brent got 8 new stops on his route which is going to help us save...because we're wanting a house and mama wants a new car! LOL! So a saving we shall do!

But that is the update and I promise it won't take so long for another update...well I hope it won't! ;)


Thursday, October 31, 2013

One Year Checkup

On October 24, 2013 I went to MUSC for my one year follow up appointment.

I consider it to be a good appointment.

I weighed in at 192. Not bad considering I've been indulging. Brent was on vacay so that means road trips, eating out, not following my schedule, not worrying about the scale, and just plain enjoying where I am at.

Being on vacay was worth the 5 pounds. And honestly I would do it again. But now the fun and games are over with and time to refocus and get back to kicking ass. So I posted my goals in this blog. I got back to running this week after not running for a week and half. I did almost 6 miles on Monday. And my time wasn't bad for any of it.

But back to the appointment.

They weighed me. They checked my blood pressure...which clocked in at 96/64. I don't EVER remember my blood pressure being that good. Maybe when I was born. Although my blood pressure was decent before surgery, it is now me! :)
My oxygen and heart rate were also off the charts awesome. I think my heart rate was like 54 beats. Not bad.

And then Brent and I were taken back into the room to wait for Debbie or Nina and Dr. Pullat. First Danielle came in, she is one of the students studying under Dr. Pullat. She just asked me basic questions. How are things going? How has your eating been? How is this and that going? And I answered and bragged and had her in amazement. She wrapped up and left.

Next walks in Dr. Pullat! Best complaint he gave me. He first said who is this? I don't even recognize this person. Probably says that to everyone. But then he proceeds to say "Out of all my patients, I'm pretty sure you've lost the most."

"SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!?!" I said. I knew I lost a lot but I hear my surgeon say I've lost the most out of his patients. I was honored and that has pushed me to get back in check and get to my personal goal of at least losing 200 lbs.

So Dr. Pullat was mindblown and admired his handy work and my hard work.

Then Nina came in and I told her to yell at me because I've been indulging and enjoying myself to much. But also told her that I've busted my ass to get to this point and I want to enjoy things now. And she told me that's completely normal...she hears a lot of that from the one year out post op patients. I was okay so I'm not losing my mind. She then just asked what my game plan was and I told her to get back to basics. Protein and fruits and veggies. She said that was good and I knew what to do and just do it.

I asked if there was a certain weight I should be looking at. And she told me it was up to me. But I have lost 73% of my body fat and the average was 60-70%. So I exceeded the hospital's goal. But she told me to pick a number where I'm comfortable at. She said if your comfortable where you're at right now just maintain but if you want to lose some more, you still have about 6 months of losing time. I was like okay cool.

So I think my personal goal is going to be somewhere between 160-170 lbs. I'm going to get to 177 pounds and see how I like it there. Then if I feel like losing some more I go to 165 and probably just  maintain after that. I figure I have about 10-20 pounds of extra skin so I'm taking that in to consideration with reaching these goals. But right now I'm just focused on getting to 177 and see what that is like! :)

Well that was my one year check up in a nutshell and now on to hitting the pavement!


Weight Loss Updates - 9/16 - 10/30

Hi! Remember me?! The Elephant who is suppose to blog about her weight loss and her half marathon training!? Well this Elephant is a forgetful one! lol But nothing alittle update blog can't fix!

Weight loss front: I got to half my old body weight! I'm currently 189.6 lbs. Which is crazy to think a year ago I was over 300 lbs. Now I have a "1" in front of my weight. Crazy...still trying to process all that! But I've be playing around with the same 5 pounds. I lose it, it finds's a vicious game of hide and seek. But I think I'm finally winning! Well let's be honest, I've already won. I've taken control of my health and my life. So yeah I consider that winning!

I'm not worried about the hide and seek game with the 5 pounds. I know what I need to do to keep losing but I feel like I've busted my ass to get to this point and I'm enjoying, indulging a little bit, not sticking to my workout/running schedule. But now with November beginning and all this past month of fun and no structure. I actually want to eat healthy. I want my exercise and running schedule. I want to see what else is in store for me.


That means GOAL TIME!!!

November 2013 Goals:
1. To reach 200 pounds gone...if not in November then by the end of the year.

2. To continue training for my half marathon. Keeping up with that schedule.

3. Eating/cooking healthier meals for Brent and I.

4. Get my 5K (that's 3.1 miles) to 35 minutes.

5. Just continue to enjoy what I've accomplished and enjoying this new lease on life.

What are your goals for November or the rest of the year?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Former Deadly Obese Woman

to a Half Marathoner?

Why yes...yes I am!

I always wanted to do a marathon of some sort. But never thought that it was possible because I wasn't a "runner". But since surgery, my view of things have changed and everything that I once knew, about me and life, has been turned upside down and I love it!

So my dream of being a marathoner came to life yesterday. I got an email from, a website that has all the races that I sign up for, sent a list local races around the Low Country area. I scrolled through them and found the Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon. It's located in Bluffton, SC. It's a beautiful resort, kind of like Kiawah down here. It's a scenic half and I figure if I were going to die than I think there would be a beautiful place to go!

I plan on registering for this race later this week. But what made me finally jump. It was a combination of things. Such as Jodi, over at 13.1 Miles to Disney , training for her Disney half! My runner friend, Allison, signing up for her first half. The fact I feel like I need something focus on. I kind of feel all over the place with my thoughts and this would help focus my mind of something. Seeing how the ADD is in full effect...lately. And poor Brent asked what was on my mind yesterday and I just word vomited all over him. Oh he sure puts up with a lot! LOL! So those are just some of the factors that made me say "What the hell! Let's do this!".

As I begin to research for a training schedule, nutrition, gear, and how to begin. It became clear there was nothing out there for people like me. There was nothing for people who has gastric bypass surgery. There was one or two things but nothing concrete, nothing but vague "maybe you should try this" or "this might work". Because all the other marathon training stuff said for long distance runners eat carbs carbs and carbs will keep your fueled and going. My immediate thought was I can't do carbs, I'll fall asleep on the trail. Like pass out because of my food sleeping coma. So what am I going to do to stay fueled? Then the other was hydration! Well duh...that's a no brainer but again Franktummy can only hold so much of anything. So I'm going to have to invest in one of those water back pack things. Because I can't be carrying water bottles, I need my hands free to clinch together and wonder why I'm doing this.
Then all this brought on an idea!
The light bulb went off! I will put my process out there of training and eating for a half from the point of view of a gastric bypass person.
One thing I did get from the several of the sites were a list of good carbs, such a bananas, apples...etc. And then they said pair with a protein. So I came up with banana or apple with protein. We'll see how that works. Again this is all an experiment...some things will work and some won't. I hope y'all stay tune as I take on my first half marathon! Oh! I feel this should be an interesting ride! LOL!

Also another thing I found was it looks like most schedules have 2 rest days. So I'm going to make mine Sunday and Wednesday. And then the rest of the days look like 3-4 miles during the week and then a 6-8 mile on the last day of the week. Then gradually build up to 13.1 miles. Some are 12 weeks and some are longer. I've also looked into apps and I'm a little leery about those because I've tried so many 5K ones and have hated them all. So I think I'm just going to stick with my Nike app and go from there. My goal for the end of the year is to be running most of my miles and maybe be up to 13.1 miles...maybe not running all of them but I need to build my body up to walking/jogging/running all those miles. Then once I can do that beginning of the year I work on chipping time off of my miles and in March 9, 2014, I'll be kicking ass at my first marathon!

I'm going to TRY to do a daily blog about my runs to keep me honest and track of my miles and how I feel and what worked before the work out and after fuel wise. And then of course my weekly weigh in and whatever else comes in my head! So stay tuned!


Thursday, September 12, 2013

One Year

Today is 9/12/13.

This time last year, I was on the operating room table for 5 hours because of my ridiculously fatty liver. And now I'm going to be going out for a run...maybe a 4 mile run this morning. Who knows!

One year ago I had Gastric Bypass surgery and from there my life changed forever.

It's hard to believe it's only been a year. And what a year it has been! A year I will never forget. A year that improved my life without a doubt. A year of nothing but growing. A year of smashing goals. A year that I'm so thankful for.

I remember this time I was a bundle of nerves, will not really because I this point I had the feel good drugs in my system. But the moments leading up to that point I was a basket case. Little did I know what was in store for me. Little did I know how this decision would change everything that I knew about myself, food, and life. But boy am I so thankfully I took the plunge and decided to leap.

Because I year later, I am 181.8 pounds lighter. I'm stronger both mentally and physically. I can cross my legs. I'm not plus size. I can run. I can workout for 2 hours, 5 times a week. I weigh less than Brent. I can shave my legs with no problem. My relationshit with food is getting better, I still fight but it's worth it. My blood pressure is off the chain...112/76! Thank you very much! My regular doctor calls me healthy! I'm all around a much happier person. I have energy for days. And best of all, my favorite one, is I truly love myself and who I've become. Along with that I have accepted/loved who I once was.

I was lucky that I didn't have any issues with the actual surgery but my battle has been a mental one, which at times, is a stupid pain in the ass. But it's one I'm going to continue to fight for because I'm worth it. I've built this new life for myself and I refuse to let anyone...myself included take it away. I am stronger than I ever thought I could be. I still fight the good fight with food. This week is a prime example. I struggled with not getting to my 1 year surgery goal, of losing 188 lbs. So I ate in attempt to make myself feel better. Which we all know...that doesn't work. I also realized lately, I've been eating at boredom from being at home and not working. So I'm going to be focusing on nipping that shit in the bud. Because I've worked to hard to go back to 377 lbs. Screw that shit! And this week was dashed with PMS. The joys of having my ovaries working right! :)

I don't want this post to be a negative one. This is a celebration post. Because I deserve it. And the best part is I still have 6 month left in the "honeymoon" phase. So I can still lose for the next 6 months. I'm taking it back to basics. I'm finishing what I started a year ago. I'm getting to my goal weight, whatever that may be. I'm going to continue my healthy, new, fabulous, and fun life!

I'm soooo excited to see what this next year has in store for me.

And of course all this wouldn't be possible without my incredible, strong, amazing, and wonderful support system. Losing weight by itself is hard but when you have an amazing support system in makes those hard days seem manageable! So I just want to give them a shout out!

Thank yous -
Brent: Thank you baby for being so supportive of this crazy idea from day one! Thank for going on a limb and tasting some of the random healthy crap I cook. Thank you for encouraging and picking me up when I feel like this process isn't working. Thank you for giving me the opportunity not to work and to focus my time and energy into this process. Thank you for just being there! I love you so much!

Mom and Dad: Thank you so much for understanding and supporting this process. I know it had to be scary to see your little girl go under the knife. And I think y'all for being there and cheering me on. It means the world. And mom thanks for being there for my first dumping! But peanut butter stays in Frankentummy just fine now! :) Thank you for catering to me food needs when I come over! I love y'all!

Charles and Ellen: Thank you guys so rooting and cheering me on this whole time also! It means a lot that y'all on my side! And thank y'all for catering to my food needs also! :) Thank you for asking about my progress! Y'all are the greatest set of in-laws a girl could ask for! I love y'all!

Andy: Thank you for making me be a better runner! I push myself harder because I want to beat you! :) I love you and I'm so proud of you for your work!! And thanks for your support!!

Lindsay and Stephen: *Of course Alex and Maddie* Thank you guys for being on my side and rooting for me. It really means a lot and I cherish it!

Dr. Pullat and his team, Nina and Debbie: Thank y'all for working your magic and encouraging me to do better! I really am so thankfully to have such a great team behind me!

Desha, Lori, Amanda, Mary, Rachel, Charity, Nicole, Lori, D and D, Helean, Shanita, Shanita, Ana, Anna, Coral, and all my other WLS friends on Instragram, Facebook, and MyFitnessPal: Thanks y'all for "getting it". Losing weight is hard but having people who actually know what's you went through makes this process that much sweeter. And y'all progress makes me work all that much harder because y'all encourage me more than y'all know!! :) I heart y'all!! 

And lastly thank you to all my family and friends who "like", comment, ask, encourage, read, and cheer me on! Y'all seriously have made this transition that much easier. It really has been a life changer and to know that I have people who cheer and will kick my ass when I need it!! Y'all have all been a blessing and I'm truly truly thankfully for all the positivity y'all have sent my way!

So it's been a year...let's see where this next year goes!! Xoxo

Friday, September 6, 2013

Weekly Weigh In - 9/4/2013

Last Week 8/28/2013 - 196
This Week 9/4/2013 - 194

Yup. I lost 2 pounds again. This seems to be a trend but I'm not complaining...I'm still losing.
All during the week the scale didn't move...Brent forgot to hide it from me. We got busy and just plain forgot. Of course I was getting aggregated, but that scale issue is going get fixed here shortly. I'm participating in a "eff the scale" challenge, that my WLS friend, Sammy, is putting on. There is no prize just the idea of not being controlled by the scale.
Which is a fine line to walk. It's a love/hate relationship but I want to focus on the other aspects that this surgery and losing all this weight has done for my life. Because those are far better than seeing the number on the scale. Although seeing the number on the scale going down is a great feeling, it's not everything. This process has many, many, many other aspects to judge one's progress by.
Like for me, I notice my endurance is so much better. I go harder in my classes and on runs. I'm getting stronger, I can lift a little bit more weigh in Bodypump. I'm getting more flexibility in Bodyflow (the yoga class), and in Bodystep and Bodycombat, I can make it through the whole class without the feeling I'm going to die. Don't get me wrong...I'm sore as hell and can't move but I'm not crawling out of the gym. I'm more like baby walking out. :)
Speaking of Pump, I'm seeing muscles come out of no where. My shoulders are looking incredible if I may say so myself.

I'm really enjoying this lifestyle I've chosen for myself. I'm so much happier, I'm finally feeling like I'm who really suppose to be, I'm becoming the person, psychically, who I see in my head, and I'm just all around a better person because I'm so much happier with myself. Which makes life all that sweeter.

I mean a year ago I didn't know what I was getting myself into and I liked myself but a year later...I can honestly I LOVE myself. I love where I'm going and I love life. And I really love "unhealthy Lydia" also and to be able to say that means more than anything in the world. Because she is me and I am her...just upgraded! :)

And I have my 1 year from surgery coming up next Thursday!! I can't believe it's been a year! And you know there will be a blog next week along with my last weigh in blog until the end of September...because of the "eff the scale" challenge!
See you next week! :)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September...Already?!?!'s September 1st...already! I can't believe it's September...where the hell did August go?

Anyways I'm taking a cue from my girl Jodi, over at The 13.1 Miles to Disney, and doing a recap of August and setting goals for September.

August 2013 was a good month, nothing to exciting. Just reached a personal goal of mine, which was reaching/staying under 200 pounds. And I've been successful at that.

It was my first real month of actually not doing anything but being a housewifey and gym unicorn. Yeah...I said Gym Unicorn! Gym rat just sounds dirty and gross to me!! And let's be honest, I'm more of a unicorn. :)
I've been attended all these AWESOME gym classes. And I've loved every single one. I actually think I prefer them to Zumba...which again we all know I LOVE Zumba!
But my new favorite one is BodyCombat, created by Les Mills. It's just a good ole sweaty, down and dirty, ass kick boxing class. And I feel sooooo good when I leave. I feel like I should start looking for things or people to fight just to try some of the moves! LOL! This class has me closing all the doors in the house by kicking them to gain strength and stability.
Which is another thing these classes are teaching me, because I notice my right side of my body is extremely coordinated (for me at least) and it's my dominating side. But my left side, yeah...not. so. much.
It's the redneck, backwards hick, not really sure it's related to the right side. It's strong, only if I need to use it. But normally it's just doing whatever it wants.
I'm tripping over myself when moves involve my left side. I'm stumbling. I'm half a step behind in BodyStep. I'm having to really focus on getting it to lift the weights in BodyPump. And we're not even talking about BodyFlow (which is a yoga class) because I'm just a hot, uncooranated, ADHD mess in there anyways. But we have to do the poses that focus on the left side, I seriously should just stay on the floor or leave. But I love it soooo much because I feel really calm, centered and free afterwards!

Here Are My Favorite Classes:
1. BodyCombat
2. BodyStep
3. Zumba
4. BodyFlow
5. Water Zumba
6. BodyPump
7. Barre 

That's August in a nutshell.

Goals for September 2013:
1. Get to 188 pounds weight wise by September 12, 2013. I'm FINALLY ready to get there. At that point, I will literally weigh half of what I use to. I'm really striving for that. So fingers crossed!

2. Stay away from starchy carbs and some slider foods. Holly, over at 300 Pounds Down, describes slider foods super simple! Plus she's fabulous and has lost an amazing 240 lbs, so far! She had VSG! Check her out! 

3. Continue my 5 day a week, 2 hour each gym sessions! 

4. Continue to detach myself from the scale. That one is getting easier and easier but there are still days when I FEEL like I need to weigh in before Wednesday. But the scale is going to be fickle because of the BodyPump I've added in. But I figure as long as I keep seeing inches go and muscle building than I'll be okay with it. I say that now but I am a female and I'm allowed to change my mind! 

And I think that's all I have for Spetmeber so let's see what this month brings!! 


Friday, August 30, 2013

Weekly Weigh In - 8/28/2013

Last Week 8/21/2013 - 195.4
This Week 8/28/2013- 196

Yup I gained .6 ounces. I was a lot a bit irked yesterday and turned to food for comfort because old habits die hard and it was comfort and instinct. Which means I didn't go to the gym which means I haven't been to the gym or done some form of psychical activity for 3 days. Tuesday was because I could barely move for BodyPump and Wednesday because I was out helping Brent work, so he could get off early and we could spend time together. And yesterday, Thursday, I was having a self loathing pity party and I recently came to a conclusion about life and people.

But needless to I've shaken those gain feeling and got to the real source of why I was feeling BLAH and turned to food to soothe my soul...or numb my soul.

I'm back in full force today. I'm doing my usually 2 hours, I'm doing BodyCombat which will have me literally fighting the feelings out and taking some of the aggression out. Then I'm going to do BodyFlow, which is the Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates concoction Les Mills created. He's an evil genius and I love him. He has created work outs that challenge me and don't make me hate them. YAY!!! So yeah that's my week scale wise.

See you next week! Xoxo! :)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Weekly Weigh In - 8/21/2013

8-14-2013 - 197.4
Today 8-21-2013 - 195.4

Another 2 lbs so I'm pleased, of course. It was a relatively low key week.

I decided to try this meal prepping thing and I must say it made my day super easy. I was nice to come home and just throw the meal in the oven. So it was an awesome feeling not fretting about what to prepare for dinner. So bonus...I think that's something that'll be a regular thing.
And I've found this awesome blogger, Eggface!! She's awesome! She had surgery back in 2006 and has done incredible and looks amazing!! So I'm coming up with a menu to use some of her meals and a lot of them look hubby approved as well!! For instance, she has a recipe for Egg Foo Young Bites, and hubby looooves egg foo young! So I can't wait to try her recipes. And she's funny!

Sunday, 8-18-13, Frankentummy made me so sick! I've felt that horrible...EVER! However looking back I think it was my always. LOL! For some reason when I turned 30 all of a sudden I really started to enjoy some coffee. But that day I became a little TOO gluttonous and over did the coffee. To the point I had a headache all. day. long! My stomach was so screwed up and gargling all. day. long and just in so much pain. Oh it was bad! So bad. But usually the next day I feel better...but not this time. Monday came around and I felt better but not 100% and I really didn't feel 100% until Tuesday afternoon! It was crazy! So I realized that I need to relax on the caffeine. I have and I have felt mucho mucho better!! Think I'm going to try Syntrax protein coffee stuff...basically to kill two birds with one stone. I get my protein and get the coffee fix! Consider that a win in my book! :)

But other than Frankentummy's revolt the week was pretty slow. Welp I'll see y'all next week!! :)


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Au Revoir, Arrivederci, and Adios

Dear Lane Bryant,
Don't make this harder than it needs to be. You have clothed me for many, many, many years. And honestly this is harder than I thought it would be. Since you made me feel super sexy and fashionable, at my highest!! Which I really liked because well I felt like I was a fashionable gal! You've taken care of all my clothing needs, even at my highest by telling me I was a "26/28", which we both know I really was a 30.
But as you know I've gone through a major life change this past year. I've lost an incredible amount of weight and seeing how you're a "plus size" clothing store and I'm no longer "plus size" anymore...I think it's time we end this beautiful relationship with class and style. I'm to small for the clothes you offer. Although you a still quite fashionable and will always hold a special place in my's time.
Don't worry I'll still walk by and wave but I can no longer justify spending a bajillion dollars on clothes when I can get a bajillion clothes for the price of ONE thing from your store. I'm not mad with you by any means, you've taken care of me and that's all a girl wants.
But I'll being shopping at your sister company, New York and Co, Target, Belk's, and hell Goodwill.
And don't take offense to this but I don't want our paths to ever cross again.
So go on and spread you sexiness, fashionableness, and sweetness on someone who can benefit from it.
I heart you and always will!

Weekly Weigh In - 8/14/2013

Well another week has come and gone. So it's time to see what the magical scale has to say.

8/7/13 - 199.4
8/14/13 - 197.4

All you math wizards out there that's 2 pounds. I'm so not mad because I look at my grand total which is 179.6! Almost to 180 pounds gone!! I wanted to hit that by my 11 months surgery anniversary but I'll take being .4 ounces away from it. Plus I think I'm going to the part of the program where my body is becoming use to losing weight, so my losses aren't going to be huge but I'm thinking the inches will be huge. Because I FINALLY took my measurements. Since 7/11/13 I've lost a total of 9 inches!! I lost a total of 7 just from my waist and hips! So I'm super stoked!!

But for the week nothing crazy went on. Just doing my gym thing and my housewifey duties.
Food got a little to snacky and carb happy but I just need to go grocery shopping. We've been eating in a lot which really does help. And it's cheaper...considering I put us on a spending restriction... OH! The joys of being responsible! LOL!

Nothing really to report about...I'm not being a hormonal bitch anymore...thank goodness! But I did eat like a hungry hungry hippo Tuesday, and I usually do the day before my body starts punishing me for not getting pregnant. So I knew that was coming.

One thing I have noticed since losing an ass load of weight, pertaining to a certain of the month. My periods aren't long at all...I'm done in about 3 days and they aren't heavy either. So bonus! And they're a regular feature every month verses maybe 3 or 4 times a YEAR and they would be sooooooo heavy! So YAY!! I guess that means everything working right! :)

Brent has hidden the scale now, so I shall not be weighing myself everyday. Which is a good thing because as mentioned before I think I was getting to obsessed! So now I just focus on the work because I know it'll come off. And I have other ways of measuring! Like my endurance and strength which both have changed in just a month! I feel myself getting stronger and lasting longer at the gym. I do certain exercises in my Barre class and I don't have to stop as much.

And during Zumba and Body Step I'm going harder. Body step still confuses the hell out of me and I honestly wanted to leave class early Monday. Only because I was getting frustrated and I wanted to jump and fly all around the board like everyone else but I couldn't!! :(  Because I was tripping over my feet and the board! I swear this class is going to kill me but I love it so much! It's the just the right amount of challenge I need. Gina will do some basic stuff and I'll get it down and start feeling confident; then all of a sudden she'll throw some crazy shit out and I'm tripping over my feet or the board. LOL! But it's honestly a great time and if you have the chance check them both out.

Friday I'm going to try Body Flow...which is a combo Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi. It's by that same crazy bastard who came up with Body Step. Les Mills. Along with Body Flow, I'm adding Body Combat this week because I missed it last week. So I'm excited for another 2 hour work out session! Because it's what I do!

Since I've been doing all this cardio and muscle work out things, I've noticed some muscle definition popping out of my arms. I have the out line of abs going on, and my thighs have some sexy sleekness going on! So I'm quite pleased! And I would post a picture but you need tickets to THIS gun show! ;) HA!

That's all I have about the week and weighing in! See y'all next week! Xoxo

Friday, August 9, 2013

Weekly Weigh In - 8/7/2013

WHAT?! Lydia it's not Wednesday. You might be thinking.
I know but hey you're getting a blog...isn't that good enough! Better than what it has been! hehehe!

As we know last week I went up to 201..again.
This morning I was just like whatever, I'm PMSing, I'm tired, I'm not feeling this today, I'll probably be a 250 again. Whatever.
But I stepped on the stupid scale and waited and waited and waited. Started to get mad...see I'm being a hormonal bitch! Why so angry Lydia. LYDIA SMASH!

Then the number popped up with 199.4! Booyah! I'm in "onderland" again! And this time I'm ready to stay here and get to crushing some goals...well more like killing some goals.

Here some quick stats:
Day of Surgery/Highest weight - 377
8/7/2013 - 199.4
Total lost - 177.6

Wow! It still just blows my mind!
So if it blows my mind...of course it blows everyone else's mind, when I talk about the surgery and my weight loss thus far.
And I'm getting to a point where I think on average the loss slows down for people but mine's not. I'm still averaging about 5-6 lbs a week. But I know the first 18 months is the strongest losing who knows. But as this past almost 11 months has shown my body is not average. So I'm just going to go with it.
But once people find out how much I've lost, the next popular question is "What is your goal weight?"
My response is "I don't know. Just where ever my body feels comfortable at stopping." And then I get a look of confusion. Then comes the explanation that I was almost 400 lbs. Then the comment of "You were? You didn't look that big." Well I was. It's just funny how our bodies are shaped but I know from what Dr. Pullat has said, that all my weight was in my stomach...well still is.

Of ocurse, I'm super humble and nice when people give me that response but sometimes they get under my skin. Hell I'm only human...well super human but none the less still human! LOL!

I'm not sure how this entry took this turn but apparently it's something that's been on my mind.

Now I'm going to talk about my goals since I've achieved one of the biggest ones I wanted to!

My next goal will be weighing in a 188. And I want to hit that one before 9/12/13...which as we know is my 1 year mark.
And that means my total lost will be 189. At that point, I'll be half of what I use to weigh. Which is mind fuck in itself. That one I don't know if I'm ready to process yet. But looks like I'm going to have to's coming.

Oh and I'm having Brent hide the scale from me. Because I do weigh myself everyday which I know isn't healthy...especially because I feel sometimes...a lot of dictates my mood for the day which isn't good.
And also because I feel as if I'm coming into the stage of my process where I'm working on toning and doing all these yoga and barre classes, along with my cardio...and I'm sure the scale will be up and down and I don't want that to discourage my progress or mess with my head. So I figure a way to combat that is hide and just pull it out on Wednesday morning.

Let's see how that works! Xoxo

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Body Step and Body Combat

Now I don't know who or what Les Mills is but I can tell you that he is part genius and part fat murder. However, I do know he is the creator of Body Step, Body Combat, Body Pump, and Body something else I think. And I haven't tried the other 3 but I can already tell you I LOVE Body Step and I'm going to try Body Combat on Friday.
I added a video of Body Step just to show y'all what I did! Thank you Youtube for the video.
That's just a minute or so but imagine 55 minutes of it! It's intense and I love it!! Gina, the instructor, is amazing! She saw I was struggling and all over the place. So she showed the "room"...i.e. me...the modified version! LOL! Even with the modified steps I was still all over the place! And I thought I had some sort of coordination but that was a different kind of coordination! And then the whole time I was wondering how they stay on the boards. And thankfully I was in the back on the room in the corner because I sure as hell was all over the place. I was tripping over my feet, my arms were flailing around like I was having some sort of seizure. It was the greatest, funniest, and quite the most entertaining thing! And I'm doing it again and again because it's so much fun!  Yeah I looked like a hot mess but this hot mess was sweating like a mad woman! So I can't wait to do it again! 
And Gina again is just amazing! I went up after class to thank her for modifying the moves and she said no problem. And she asked if this was my first time. And I told her yes and I really enjoyed it. She then said are you serious? This was your first time. You're above the average for beginners, normally I give people 5-6 weeks to catch on but you'll get there much sooner! You did great. And she went on to tell me about her first time taking step and she said he was all over the place and had fallen several times. While we were talking she told me about a Body Combat class she teaches. It sounds like a great class. It seems like a kickboxing class on steroids!

Here is the a video from Youtube.
Again that's just a minute of it and I'm sure I'll be dead after an 55 minutes but I'll report back and let you know what I think!
So that's my latest fitness excursion! And don't forget to tune into tomorrow for the weekly weigh in! Well it'll be weekly now that I have a routine! lol!

I'm The Greatest!

I am the greatest! I should have written this blog last week but it was such a crazy week, with it being my birthday and being out of town!

But I am proud to say I reached my birthday goal of being under 200 lbs! I reached it on July 27, 2013!!! It was kind of a surreal moment. I'm honestly still in shock. I'm sure I did what everyone does, that has been super overweight, I stepped on and off the scale 5 or 6 times. I texted Brent, my mom, his family, and my BFFs. And asked does that says what I think it says! And of course everyone was super excited! I was super excited but I couldn't/still can't process my mind around that number. For so long it just seemed like a something I really, really, really wanted and yearned for but didn't think I would actually achieve it. Well I did and baby I'm proud to say I weighed in at 199.7! Considering a year ago I was tipping the scales at 377, I am FREAKING proud of what I'm accomplished and what I have left to accomplish!

Well unfortuneately with my niece's birthday, my week long celebration of my birthday and just being plain out of my routine...I gained a couple pounds and went up to 201! Seriously?!?! Scale Gods you are cruel, cruel beings. And SERIOUSLY to me! Because I looked back at my journal of my foods; that I keep on myfitnesspal, the name is lydiajohnston611 add me! I don't really do any deep thinking over there it's more for keeping me honest and straight with my food!

As I was saying my food choices got OOC...out of control...and I didn't exercise...nothing. And then over the weekend and even once on Monday, I apparently forgot I had surgery and I slipped back into a gastric bypass no no! I ate and drank with at least one meal or snack. Which is a bad, bad, bad thing! From what I've read and have been told eventually it'll stretch your stomach back out...slowly of course. And yeah I nipped that in the bud real quick. It wasn't anything real crazy...I just didn't wait my full 30 minutes before I ate/drank something. So needless that problem along with food and gym issue have been corrected.

I cooked for the first time yesterday, in a long time. We have fish and it was yummy. And I went to the gym and took 2 classes. I did my Barre class...which I love but I don't LOVE!! If you know what I mean. I really like it and can feel everything moving and burning and I like that but if I miss a class I won't be upset...kind of thing. But I tried a new class called Body Step. It's a step class on steroids and speed! It's soooo much fun and I LOVE that one! I think it could compete with Zumba as my favorite and y'all know I LOOOOOOVE Zumba!! But I'll write a blog about that experience next. So I got my sweat on and loved it. Began the day with a light gray shirt and left with a dark grey shirt...everything was drenched!!! And I know for a fact I would not have made it through 10 minutes of Body Step or Barre last year, let alone 2 hours of an ass kicking!! LOL!

So that is that! Xoxo

Friday, August 2, 2013

Damn! I'm old!

This is my "Holy Shit! I'm old" blog!

For those are new to my birthday was yesterday, August 1st. And every year I do a reflective blog about the past year and what I'm excited about for the next year and beyond.

I turned 30 this year. I don't feel different but I kind of do. I know it's just another birthday, another year older but something about 30 just hit me weird. Not a bad weird but like WOW! I'm not longer a 20something. I'm a "grown up"...maybe...kind of...sort of...not really. I don't know it just feels weird. Like the plan I had in my head didn't pan out...not that I'm complaining because I definitely LOVE the route my life has taken but I'm still like "Whoa, I kind of figured I would have a kid, a job, a house, and all that crap."
But instead I have my health, a wonderful and supportive husband, and a direction towards my dream. So I honestly rather have what I have. All that other stuff will come in time and I'm just enjoying what I've been given now. And I don't know if anyone else went through a similar form of thinking. I thought my life would be this but instead it's this. Maybe I'm just trying to wrap my mind around not being a 20something.

However! I celebrated my birthday by doing really nothing, which is what I wanted. I didn't want a whole shebang...I just wanted a quiet evening with my husband. And I got that. We ordered take out, watched TV and caught up with each other...because I've been out gallivanting all over God's creation. So it was nice to be home and celebrate with Brent, the dog and the kitty. I did go out to Water Zumba but other than that I did nothing and it was wonderful. Apparently Brent is setting something up for Saturday. Not really sure what's going but I'm just going to go with the flow. I find it sweet, he's putting thought into a shindig. He did get me 2 Tervis Tumbler cups...a Clemson one and a moustache one! So I'm one happy girl...since I have this cup obsession. I think it's because I don't want to buy clothes because I know I'll be shrinking out of them here I rather have something that's last and I can get use out of it! Or atleast that's what I'm telling myself. :)

But this past year I've had a lot of milestone happen. It was a great year. Between the surgery, getting to my goal of 199 before my birthday, losing an ass load of weight, quitting my job, focusing/rediscovering my dream of being in the fitness/health field, and just growing as a person. I learned a lot this past year about myself. I've learned to love myself...and loving myself more and more everyday. I'm learned so much about fitness and food. My relationship with Brent has grown deeper. Just the sheer fact I've gone from 377 last birthday to 199 this one. That one blows my mind. I ended my 20s at a kick ass concert...seeing one of my favorite bands and enjoying it with some even better friends! Thank again y'all!
So over all I'm at peace with being 30...the world still is it must not be that bad! LOL! And I'm super excited to see what happens this year and see what unfolds this next decade. If it's any indication of how that last 30 years have's guaranteed to be awesome and a whole hell of a lot of fun!

So I leave with 30 years of awesomeness and cuteness!! Man it was hard to decide on the pictures! But here is a montage of ME! :)