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! :)