Tuesday, January 25, 2011

About time for an update???

So I have to apologize that I have not done much blogging lately.  I have several things to blame namely the fact that my lap top is in for repair and the another huge one I have been pretty sick lately with a virus.  Hopefully my HP Mini notebook will be back from repair soon and I feel better today than I have in almost a week!  So in some ways I guess I have a lot of updating to do!  Total weight loss to date is 73 pounds!  I set a goal that by next Thursday my 35th birthday  I wanted to be 250 and I have 1 pound to go so I am feeling pretty confident that I will meet that goal.  I am not one to set very many weight loss goals but I decided what the heck.....wouldn't be awesome to hit 250 for your birthday so I feel like I will have something extra special to celebrate this birthday!  A HUGE thing today for me was I went to Good Will thinking I would try on some smaller jeans if they had some and luckily they did.  As I went into the fitting room I reminded myself that if I am not ready for the next size not to freak out......FREAK OUT yeah I did when I put on a size 22 Levi's and they fit.  Now I have to say.....I was wearing a 28 3 months ago and I don't know if ever in my adult life I have had a pair of Levi Jeans on.  So maybe today I felt like I had something to be excited about.  Since I have been sick I have not been to the gym much in the last week but I am hoping tomorrow I can go spend some time at the gym getting back in my routine now that I can almost breath again. 

The next couple of weeks are pretty exciting in our house.  Sat the 29th is Tony's birthday, Thur Feb 3rd is my birthday and I am thinking that Tony and I may go out of town for a night or two and then Sunday Feb 6th is one of the best days of the year, the Super Bowl.  Tony and I always have a party but this year will be even better since the Steeler's will be showing the Packers how real football is played.  The party planner in me is already planning on what I am going to make for the party but the new brain in me is saying.....can you eat that??  LOL  

This leads to an observation that I have made.  I have an old brain and a new brain thing going on.  The other day I told Tony that I knew what I wanted for lunch....a juicy Cheeseburger....be looked at me sort of perplexed and said okay but honey you usually can't eat burger.  lol.   Well I explained it is what my taste buds want not maybe what my band wants.  So I find this happening when we talk about certain restaurants.....right away I know what I want then I realize...yeah maybe not.  I have to say the last week or two I have done much better with tolerating foods.  Granted the last week has been alot of soup and sherbet but when I have tried to eat most of the time I have been successful.

So lots has been happening most of it is great.  Hopefully it will not be as long till my next post!  Hope all is well with you!  Take care friends!

Monday, January 10, 2011

I like working out!

Wow I never thought that I would say that!  So today was my third day at the local gym.  I have this huge fear of looking like some of the contestants from the Biggest Loser and flying off of the treadmill so I have been sort of avoiding using the treadmill.  I started my usual routine on the bike again today.  So I have been doing about 3 miles but today I decided that I was going to set the goal of doing 5 miles in 25 minuets.  At first I wondered if I had set to hefty of a goal?  Well I pedaled my bike at a nice moderate speed.  As I seen the miles tick off it hit me that I was enjoying my time on the bike, listening to my christian music on my ipod, just God and I peddling away.  Next thing I knew I was averaging a mile in less than 5 minuets.  Wow that feels great!  Ended up doing 5.3 miles in 25 minuets.  I don't think that is to shabby.  I enjoyed my time there on the bike doing something for me!  As many of you know this is a new concept for me and most moms.  I do believe that as I take care of me, I am becoming a better wife and mom....well at least one that is surely going to live a longer healthier life.  So 5 miles down.....hmm these abs.....I guess I should go work them a little!

So I go into the "weight room" as you can imagine I am the only woman in there but I head to the few ab machines that Tony had shown me how to use.  I have found 3 different machines that I seem to like and I did 3 sets of 15 reps on all three machines.  Hmm do I want to do some arms???  Not today.  I guess even though I have always felt like one of the guys, this is not an area I feel comfortable at especially now just starting out.  Tony will be able to go with me tomorrow so maybe he can work with me more in the "weight room" so I feel less awkward in there with all those guys. 

So back to the "cardio room" well the same old lady is still on the other bike that I like.  This one also works your arms.  So at this point I say to myself and God...."Well lets try the treadmill"  Surely I won't fall off??  I am not even on the Biggest Loser show!  LOL  Okay so I will admit these treadmills at the Forum Fitness center in Rantoul look really nice and everyone comments on how nice the new treadmills are so surely they are fool proof right?  So I get on and push the button to start like I have been watching people do.  So I start moving the treadmill and I feel like it is going sooooooo slow.  It is like a drudgery.  So I mess around with it then finally decide to swallow my pride and ask the senior citizen lady who I had seen on it earlier if she would help me.  I felt sort of dumb but she too agreed that she did not know what she was doing.  Both older ladies commented that they needed someone to walk around and help people.  Well leave it to the one lady to say, "well honey, I am going to go get someone to help you!"  So I thanked her and chatted with the one lady who is on my bike by the way, and then here comes this nice guy who gives me a crash course on how to work the treadmill! I seriously told him, "please do not let me end up like one of the contestants on the Biggest Loser and fly off of this thing!"  I assured me that I will not flu off!  Wow now I feel like an expert after his wonderful explanation!  I ended up just trying it out today.  I did a mile at 3mph with an incline of 1.5.  I know that does not sound very good but it was a start.  I have talked to friend who gave me some tips that her trainer has given her in regards to mph and incline so tomorrow I will try Shailo's advice. 
So overall I did a lot today for someone who has not exercised for what seems like forever.

 I am really enjoying this transformation that I am going through.  I have really learned that is it okay and important to do something for myself.  I feel like working out  makes me feel better about me, I feel less stressed and I feel like I am accomplishing something.  I may not be the fastest or stay on a machine the longest but I am there and that is more than I can say for myself in a long time.  After today's weigh in I am at 65 pounds lost.  I have 59 more to go to meet my goal.  I sort of thought it would take forever to meet by goal but I will admit I am less doubting now.  I know that each pound is going to be harder but I also know that I AM doing this!!!!  Thanks for all of your support!  I hear many times that my friends can not afford the gym but I encourage you to do something even if it is doing some old fashion jumping jacks during the commercials or if it EVER warms up we can go for a walk!  Well more to come in the next few day!  Take care!!  Jane

Thursday, January 6, 2011

No Fill today!!!!

So I have so much GREAT news to share!!!  So I will start out with the latest event.  I had what was suppose to be my second fill appointment today.  I was a little concerned since I did not feel like I had lost as much weight as I had hoped this last month.  Well the big scale time came and......"oh my gosh Jane you have lost another 16 pounds in the last month!"  I guess I did not think it was as good as that but never argue with nurse who is weighing you!  LOL  So yeah me!!  The nurse did her usual quick questions and blood pressure and said that they would be right with me.  Well here came my doctor!  I typically see the PA so it was nice that my doctor came in and was very excited with my progress.  We talked about a few of my problem foods and he pretty much felt that was very normal.  So then the question came up to fill or not to fill.  My suggestion was to maybe do a half cc rather than a whole one or maybe not do a fill.  I want to keep going full steam ahead I told him but I also told him I think I am getting the whole behavior modification thing figured out finally!  Also Tony and I joined the gym so I knew that exercise would help my weight loss so the decision was made......that I am in control.  No fill today and when the scale stops dropping or I feel that I need more restriction I am to give him a call.  Dr Rohrscheibe said that they are finding that many times the behavior modification is more important than the tightening of the band.  He felt that since I have had such wonderful success thus far that I should try to continue at the 4cc mark in my band and see how far that takes me and then when I need a little help we still have plenty of room to fill  if I need it.  I was so happy after this appointment.  Like I said, I was a little down since the holidays well were filled with lots of treats but yet I still was able to continue to lose weight even though it did not seem as much as I would have liked but overall, how can I complain since I have lost 64 pounds since Sept 28th???  I can't complain!!!

Another huge thing this week was that Tony and I both joined the gym in Rantoul and we both have gone and worked out.  I think I will really enjoy my time there once I get a routine set up.

Life overall is good.  The kids are back to school so that is always good to get them back in their routine.  Work is all right.  I have been a little stressed out overall but I think it is just the January blues.  There are so many changes in my life right now that sometimes it seems a little crazy. 

I challenged everyone to make some "new years resolutions" last post.  So have you been doing anything to help improve your life, healthy, or  relationships?  It is not to late to make a change!  Hope all is well with you and until next time, Take care!