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Month 5

delilas

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First up, the stats: I dropped 9 pounds this month, which brings me to 62 since surgery and 79 since my highest! My BMI has dropped to 39.8, finally and officially putting me under 40!  I'm noticing extra skin/flabbiness to my upper arms and upper thighs. They're smaller but so much more jiggly (never before would I have thought more jiggles was a good thing!). 

 
Where I feel like I should have hit a stride this month, I actually slumped pretty hard in meeting protein and water goals and struggled to have the motivation to do so. I didn't overeat by any means - stuck right between 700 and 900 calories still, but I neglected my protein shakes entirely, and didn't fill in the void with other protein. I just couldn't face them down, and without them, I can't yet really hit protein goals. I'm sure this doesn't at all help with hair loss, either. I started to dust myself off in the final week of this month, even when it meant eating chicken thighs four times in a day to hit protein goals. Going in to May, I need to push hard to make it my norm and keep that groove going, because it really does make all the difference!
 
I'm still working with physical therapy over that foot that I broke last year and reinjured this year. They don't want me doing any lower body strength right now or putting more pressure on it than my 10-hour shifts already do, which kinda sucks because a) lower body strength is by far my favorite and b) my butt is getting pretty flat with the weight loss, I could use some squats! My foot is doing loads better, though, and I'm hopeful to be hitting trails again soon. 
 
I went to Savannah with DH from Saturday until Tuesday this week and we had a blast. Traveling in the plane was far more comfortable than it was a year ago, and we walked all over the city and Tybee Island. It was so nice to have the energy! I also wore a dress out to dinner (which never happens!) and felt very comfortable - although my legs are still quite large, it doesn't bother me as much now to let them show a bit (especially with the gift of sunless tanners). I found a bathing suit I don't hate as well, and enjoyed some time in the pool and hot tub while we were down there visiting. Savannah is absolutely gorgeous and I look forward to going back some time! 
 
In truth, the walking, the vacation, the fitting-easier-into-a-plane-seat - it all helped get me refocused. I think I've just hit a slump. I didn't slip into old habits, but I wasn't upkeeping my new habits, either. I kind of passed the month in a haze of ambivalence that came from god knows where, but Im glad its passed. I'm picking up protein water tomorrow (to avoid any further issues with protein shakes), and picking up a bunch of shrimp and chicken to grill out this weekend in preparation for the week. I also have plans for a couple hikes this weekend and some gardening. 

I think month six is going to be great! :D 
 
(Us at Fort Pulaski and some other pics from vacation :) )
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oh, @delilas....you look STUNNING!!!  Vibrant and happy and GORGEOUS!!!  You need to make that your new profile pic....I love that you're loving life! YOU GO GIRL!!!  I am so proud of my fellow November Newbie!!!  

BTW, my month wasn't  stellar but I am thinking my month 6 will be....I hope to hit goal during my 6th month!  (I've been drinking lots more water bc at my new job I can go to the bathroom when I want and not have to worry about getting coverage for my kids, so that is great!) and i am walking a lot more (by default bc I have to walk to the train/building etc but also on purpose bc it is nice out now so my husband and I walk every night after dinner to catch up on the day)

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@delilas You look great!  What a smile! and outstanding weight loss progress!

A little gym work will help the bat wings. Some months are good, some are less good, just keep moving forward and all will be fine. Envy you the gardening, last week in Boston we still had snow showers, and the trees haven't even leafed out yet. 

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Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You look absolutely stunning in that picture! I did not realize that you are so young. I have been to Savannah many times. It truly is a very nice place to visit. Tybee Island is a great place as well. You should go sometime on St Patricks Day. It can get pretty wild there but is also a blast!

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Beautiful!!! So glad things are going well and that you're having FUN living your life. That's what it's all about. Great job!

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22 hours ago, CheeringCJ said:

oh, @delilas....you look STUNNING!!!  Vibrant and happy and GORGEOUS!!!  You need to make that your new profile pic....I love that you're loving life! YOU GO GIRL!!!  I am so proud of my fellow November Newbie!!!  

BTW, my month wasn't  stellar but I am thinking my month 6 will be....I hope to hit goal during my 6th month!  (I've been drinking lots more water bc at my new job I can go to the bathroom when I want and not have to worry about getting coverage for my kids, so that is great!) and i am walking a lot more (by default bc I have to walk to the train/building etc but also on purpose bc it is nice out now so my husband and I walk every night after dinner to catch up on the day)

You're too sweet :D Here's to a great month six for both of us (and all our NN comrades!)!

20 hours ago, BurgundyBoy said:

@delilas You look great!  What a smile! and outstanding weight loss progress!

A little gym work will help the bat wings. Some months are good, some are less good, just keep moving forward and all will be fine. Envy you the gardening, last week in Boston we still had snow showers, and the trees haven't even leafed out yet. 

I am really hoping so. I _hate_ upper body work with a passion, but I know it's going to help considerably. While the weather isn't as pretty here as it was in Savannah, my hostas and lilacs are already forging straight ahead, and the red maple out back is budding like crazy! Im going to baby my tomato plant inside for a week or so more yet, but then its all out :D 

19 hours ago, Readytobeme said:

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You look absolutely stunning in that picture! I did not realize that you are so young. I have been to Savannah many times. It truly is a very nice place to visit. Tybee Island is a great place as well. You should go sometime on St Patricks Day. It can get pretty wild there but is also a blast!

You're the sweetest! I'm 33 :D I loved Savannah and can totally see how someone would go back multiple times. I've heard that St. Patricks is crazy there, I'd love to visit then some time!

16 hours ago, Gretta said:

Beautiful!!! So glad things are going well and that you're having FUN living your life. That's what it's all about. Great job!

It's funny that it hit me so much after WLS - as much as I am a homebody, I really love traveling and hiking. I dont do it as often as I want because of work or other things, and this year I'm saying yes to all of it. Even this trip meant getting in at 10pm and getting up at 5 to go to work - I used to always "need" an extra day off work as a breather, but if it means I can do more, I suddenly dont mind at all - because you're darn right, thats what its all about! 

11 hours ago, Jen581791 said:

You're gorgeous!! :wub:

Glad you had a nice trip and that the benefits of your progress so far were really apparent. 

:wub: You're the best! Thank you :D 

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Ha! I bet you get or develop a visible biceps or triceps muscle, some upper neck definition, and you'll want to show it off. And carry a big stick to keep you DH away. ;)

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