It has been an amazing month. I am almost 12 weeks post-op, and as of this morning have lost 60 pounds! I weigh 181, started at 241. My BMI is now UNDER 30 (started at 40), and I am wearing size 12 jeans (started at 20-22)!!! I am shopping in normal stores, I feel amazing, and I look better than I have in over 20 years. One of the things that is really mind-blowing to me is that the last time I wore size 12s, I was in the high 160s….so all of the training that I am doing for my races is clearly paying off in inches off my body!
So the training – I am so blessed to be a part of the Overweight to Endurance Athletes group that Richard Kalasky put together to give back to the community that helped him lose so much, and he is now a triathlete! We are running the Colfax Marathon Relay on May 20th with 2 teams, and I am also running in a few other 5Ks. I run 3-4 days per week – about a 5K each run (3.2. miles, never less, sometimes more), and weight train 2 days a week as well. I do not currently have a huge desire to run a marathon, but I am eyeing doing a half marathon by the end of the year.
I seem to have FINALLY gotten my nutrition under control. I was not keeping anything down, and Dr. Snyder assessed it as Tequila Syndrome – meaning that because everything made me nauseous, everything made me nauseous. So I went back to liquid only for a week, and then started adding foods back in. I am now down to just one protein shake per day and am chewing the rest of my food. My stomach pouch is still quite tiny – maybe 1.5 ozs, so I am working on getting it a bit larger. We also had to add carbs to my diet because of the training and that has really helped, along with an electrolyte drink when I train and energy gels that are full of carbs. I was just so weak prior to getting this all worked out when I was training that it became a huge issue.
And – I can now brush my teeth without getting sick…you have no idea how awesome that is!
Some of you know that I am a VP with Arbonne – an amazing Swiss-based health & wellness network marketing company. Our annual conference is at the end of April in Las Vegas, and this will be my 7th event. I have always been the fat girl in the room….and I am SO excited to go with my new cute clothes, cocktails dresses and new attitude! I am also getting a new haircut today as well. And of course right before the trip, I am doing an organic spray tan, lots of waxing and mani/pedi….things I mostly did not bother with in years past because I just wanted to blend into the woodwork. I will look and feel AWESOME!!
I LOVE the new sassy, confident and strong woman who is emerging from underneath the weight of the shedding pounds, the evaporating medical co-morbidities and my emotional health!!! I intend to keep her around for the rest of my LONGER and BETTER life!