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CurvyMermaid

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T - raining

H – appy Birthday!

R - evel

E - go

E – tra Large!!

 

This past month brought my birthday (see this blog entry) and a ramping up of activity at work, which involved some double takes that were good for my ego (see this other blog entry).  I volunteered at an Ironman and added more weight training to my workout routine.  This training also has involved consultations with the colleague I met at work who did my body fat analysis and supplied some additional guidance on focus areas.  I broke into TWO TOWN (woot woot!) and have lost over 28” and over 70 lbs.  Today I am wearing a size XL tshirt I got at the LanternFest and Men’s size XL athletic pants.  I was on the boat today and after extending the PFD band to its widest setting, found I had plenty of room to spare.  I removed the extension on the BCD cummerbund and retired more clothes.  Let me just stop and revel in the Scale and Non-Scale Victories for a second.  :D

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A BCD (scuba diving jacket)                                                    The finish area at the Swim with other volunteers                                                                       XL, say what??

Eating wise I have tried some cucumber-avocado sushi (meh), veggie burrito (meh) and a few more caprese salads (fresh!).  I have one more month of the Africa medication and the nausea is wearing on my soul.  I am now at Expert Level for finding and identifying all trash cans within each room I enter.  No matter where I am and what type of meeting or event I am attending, my first concern is, “If I’m going to spew, where is the least embarrassing place?”  But interestingly enough, I have yet to actually throw up.  That is probably from force of will rather than the true need – I HATE throwing up.  The other side effect is lack of sense of taste and appetite. This means that eating is a really big pain in the a**.  I NEVER thought I would ever say that about eating but I have become a slave to My Fitness Pal and the protein count.  My goal is to get to 100g every day and I find myself relying mostly on protein supplements (powders, prepared shakes, bars, my gummies).­­

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Thumbs up from the Doctor (note: not actually my Dr

I almost canceled my 3 month surgeon check-up appointment because of the disappointment of the last visit but the new me knew I should go no matter what.  That avoidance of doctors was a pre-surgery coping strategy and I am confident in how well I am doing to cope with what came my way.  Imagine my surprise with the nurse apologized for the incorrect weight previously and the surgeon gave me a Congrats! I asked about my frequent menstruation and he said he had never heard of that and to ask my gyno, which I had already done (she said she was not familiar with bariatric patients).  Yet another area where the literature is lacking.  Overall I’m not really worried about the frequent menstruation right now, just irritated.  What I did become worried about was my surgeon’s very excited statement when he entered the room that he had been talking about me.  I was disturbed to find out that he was talking about me to another patient that works at the same place I do.  I have to hope that he didn’t mention any defining characteristics about where specifically I work or what I do.  I was so shocked that he would say something, I didn’t reply but it is now an annoying thought in my head that my surgeon may have “outed” me.  Has anyone else had the experience of outing? I suppose this is another reason to be open about it but I want it on MY terms.

This next month brings a visit from a friend who lives in Seattle and some intense, cold outdoor work in the water at the end of the month.  Thank goodness that wetsuit that has been haunting me from my closet now fits!

My new obsession is running a marathon, triathlon, Ironman...  My fitness consultant doesn't advise me to run just yet because of my knee injury but some blogs I've found show I'm not alone:

Fat Girl Running

A Fat Girl's Ironman Journey

Slow Fat Triathlete

Ironfat

 

What's this vegetarian eating?  Decaf iced tea, pumpkin spice coffee, cottage cheese, protein gummy bears, protein powders, protein bars, Mull of Kintyre Extra Mature Cheese

What I'm not eating?  Vegan protein.  The never ending tub won and I pitched the whole d*mn thing.  Best. Day. Ever.

What foods I miss?  None.  I have zero appetite so no cravings.  Occasionally I will have the opportunity to eat some fresh fruit and veggies – which is LOVELY.  Most of the time, my sleeve will only allow me to get in enough protein so there is no space for zero protein foods.  If mangos or steamed broccoli had protein, I would be golden.


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Wow wow wow! So much to be happy about! Two town! Smaller sizes! Birthday! Exercise!

I'm impressed with your joy despite all the nausea and perpetual period.

I hear you on the doctor aversion. Hope this changes for us. So glad you went anyway. Sorry about the "outing". Not cool.

Way to pitch that yucky protein!

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Swoosh! The sound of vegan protein powder hitting the trash can. 

Very glad to hear all of your victories. I agree that simply going to the doctor is a victory for anyone who's been overweight. Oh, the dread and fear. I'm so glad that's in my past. 

I'm trying to come around to the idea of getting back running. I used to run. I have to be fairly light to do it, though, because I have crap knees (old ACL injuries from my sportier youth). In the meantime, I'm finding that very fast walking is doing great things for me cardiovascularly and in terms of muscle tone. I think it'll get me a long way toward in shape, and then when I hit some sort of magical weight threshold, below which my knee pain is less, I will be able to jump up and get going with minimal adjustment. I hope. 

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So @CurvyMermaid What exercise are you doing? Weight training and --- ?   

Like @Jen581791 I don't really have knee joints anymore, I just have bone-grinding-on-bone things in the middle of my legs - too many years of being heavy and of doing exercise anyhow wore 'em away. I still miss the endorphin rush I used to get about 2 miles into a good run. 

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6 hours ago, Jen581791 said:

I'm trying to come around to the idea of getting back running. I used to run. I have to be fairly light to do it, though, because I have crap knees .... I think it'll get me a long way toward in shape, and then when I hit some sort of magical weight threshold, below which my knee pain is less, I will be able to jump up and get going with minimal adjustment. I hope. 

I second all of that for the knee issue as well. She told me that I would risk reinjury and some intense pain so my focus is on walk, bike, swim, elliptical. With a smaller body (yikes!), I have to do more to keep the heart rate up.

BB - Just weight training obviously. I mean cardio is for losers and totally unnecessary, right? Lol

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On 9/29/2017 at 0:56 PM, CurvyMermaid said:

... BB - Just weight training obviously. I mean cardio is for losers and totally unnecessary, right? Lol

Hmm. Um, sure. Far be it from me to disagree with you...

(Egads, she's gone mad!)

Yes, I favor that weird kind of weight training... where you do a couple of thousand repetitive exercises a session with no weights... similar to cycling or running or swimming or cardio, but it's really not, it's just weight training with minimal weights.... :ph34r: interspersed with the heavy weight low repetition stuff... just to keep it all mixed up...

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