Friday, May 30, 2014

So Long, May 2014!

Ummm, where did May go?
I just wanted to touch bases with y'all to let you know I'm still alive.
I didn't live up to my fitness goals for the month. But I'm alright with that because life happens.
It's been a great month.
Nothing too exciting.
We are about to embark on Brent's new work adventure. So that is where most of my time is being used at. Getting the new business up and running.  Which will launch in about a month.
He's going to essentially have his own bread business, through the his current company. The Big Company gave the guys option to buy their own route. And this is something Brent has been wanting to do for some time. Be his own Boss. He enjoys what he does. He is buying a good area and is super excited about this new chapter. And, of course, I'm very excited for him.
We're both nervous but it's good a nervous.
We're now in the process of getting all his/our ducks in a row.
There is a lot that goes into doing your own business. From the LLC to insurance mumbo jumbo to all the fine little details in between.
So I'll, heck WE'LL, both be relieved when all this starting up stuff is behind us.  But the company is really great and helping the guys get ready also. That takes a huge load off!
That has been May. Most likely will be June, as well.
Ahhhhh, let the summer time madness begin!!
Between my Grandmother's memorail service in beginning of June to all the birthdays over the summer to the new business beginning. The Johnstons are going to be out of control! :)

But I have to fit blogging in there some how! I can't leave y'all high and dry for weeks or months on end. More blogging, more randomness, and more shenanigans!
Can't wait to see what June brings!
Thanks for bearing with me during this time!  

18 Month Check Up

Don't tell your Dietitian that you have a candy bowl.
Just sayin.
I learned that lesson. Debbie looked at me sideways. And asked why I had a candy bowl.
I told her the candy was on sale and I had a moment of weakness. She said I know why you bought the candy but why do you have a candy bowl still in your house? I was fumbling for a decent answer and couldn't come up with one because there wasn't a good answer.

She then told me we can't control the grocery store or being out in public. But we can control our home and our personal space. We have to set up our house/personal space for success.

*Light bulb went off*

Say wha?


You're telling me if it's not in my house. Then I won't be tempted to eat it.
Mind Blown!
I did tell her I had grapes and apples in the house. And she told me if she had tootsie rolls versus grapes and apples. She would go for the tootsie rolls.
Needless to say when I got home the tootsie rolls went in a bag for the guys at Brent's work.
Yay me!

The rest of the appointment we talked about maintenance. She told me now I'm at the point where I still have to work just as hard to maintain but not get the gratification of the weight failing off super fast. She was proud of me for not being so focused on what the scale says. I told her I kind of play around the same 3-5 pounds.
Then she transitioned to talking about having a cap weight. A number on the scale, that I start creeping towards. I implement a plan of action.
Which is simple and I do it 80% of the time. I take it back to basics.
K.I.S.S.

Keep It Simple, Stupid.


*drum roll*
And that number is 185. Right now. Ultimately I want that number to be 177. Ideally I want to stay around 170-175. I think that is a good healthy weight for me. I know according to that BMI bullshit, I should be 140 something! HA! No thank you. I think with my build, which is athletic. I won't feel comfortable trying to maintain that weight. Plus all the skin I have hanging out, I figure maybe I have 10-20 pounds of just skin. But that is another blog altogether!

Then the rest of the appointment was everyone "Oohing" and "Aahing" at my success. Dr. Pullat actually took pictures and I found out he shows them to people. Which makes me feel all warm in fuzzy inside. And I bragged about becoming a half marathoner, getting in the paper for the Bridge Run, and all the other running things I have set up for the year.
And sadly, this was my last appointment with Debbie. She moved on to another position within the hospital. Yes, she'll still be around but not in the same aspect. Which saddens me, because I adore her! She is great at what she does and I wish her nothing but mucho success in her new department! And Nina is still here whipping us all into shape. Along with the new nutritionist coming in July. Can't wait to meet her!

It was a great appointment and it has been a GREAT adventure.
Now I just go once a year, for a check up. But I'll still be going to the support groups and side things with the hospital. But it won't be the same.

But it's time to close that chapter on being a newbie post-op and now time to see where this maintenance shenanigans is taking me!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Shameful Saturday 4/26/2014 and 5/3/2014

Health Goals for Week 4/26/14:
Sunday: Rest
Monday: Run 2-3 Miles
Tuesday: Run 2 Miles
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Spin
                 BodyFlow
Friday: Bike 10 Miles
             Combat
Saturday: Run 2 Miles
                 WERQ Class

Nice goals! Too bad I didn't complete any of them! Obviously, since there was no Shameless Saturday post last week. Which means no goals to write about for this week. So I just combined both weeks to get back on track.

And all I have to say is THANK GOD APRIL IS OVER!!!! April turned out to be a hellish month for me. It started out amazing with the Bridge Run but after that shit hit the fan! Between the death of an old friend and my great Grandmother.

If you follow my Facebook page you know that she passed away April 27, 2014. She was 99 years young. She would've been 100 this August. Her death took all of us by surprise. She has a small stroke Friday, was admitted and released that night. My parents talked to her Saturday and said she sounded the same and nothing out of the ordinary. Then Sunday morning someone found her on the floor in her room, at her assisted living home. She was then transported to the hospital, my parents got a call saying things were not looking good. My parents packed up the car and headed towards North Carolina. Before they even left the house, the hospital called saying she had passed away.

Needless to say, April 2014 can kiss my ass.

But during my grieving, I came to the conclusion eating my feelings wasn't going to bring either one of them back. It was just going to hurt me in the long.
And not exercising wasn't going to bring either one of them back. Again it was going to hurt me in the long run.

At that moment, I slowly picked myself up and got the crazy idea to do another half marathon this year.
Yup, I doing it again! I'm going to be completing the Georgetown Bridge to Bridge Half in October. I decided it was time to unleash the beast and not fall victim to Unhealthy Lydia.
So that means half marathon training is among us once again. Nourishing my body better than I have been. Lacing up my shoes and hitting the pavement. I have to say it feels good to have something to focus on again. Something to focus my time and energy in. So yeah.
I've already gotten 2 days of training in and eating better. And boy can I tell a difference. I forgot what it was like to feel full! I forgot how one's legs hurt after not running for a month. And although my time is super sketchy, I know it won't stay like that for long.

April showed me that I can handle death. Not to saying I'm going to handle it 100% perfect every time but I'm learning to cope differently versus Unhealthy Lydia.

Well this a quick installment of Shameless Saturday. Time to lace up my shoes and hit the pavement.

Health Goals for Week 5/10/14:
Sunday: Rest
Monday: 3 Miler
Tuesday: 2 Miler
                Spin
                BodyFlow
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 2 Miler
Friday: Andy's in Town
Saturday: 4 Mile Run