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!!