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Month 8

delilas

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This months stats: 

Well. I'm not sure. 

See, I was having a mental battle with the scale as it dropped weight even more slowly this month. I so wanted to hit 100. I was jumping on it every morning and night and stressing the actual hell out of myself. So I handed my scale to my husband about 10 days ago and told him I didn't want it back until after my next medical appointment (August 21st). On the one hand, I wanted to go grab a ladder and get the scale from where he hid it so I could have numbers today. On the other hand, I'd only lost 3 pounds up to 10 days ago, so chances are, the numbers would not have made me happy.  

Ever since having my toenail pulled off (sorry, such a gross visual), I have felt worlds better. I was able to get out and go hiking several times again this month, which does wonders for my mental health and physical! I got DH to go camping with me - albeit at an REI hosted campout where they had all the fixing for smores and made pancakes for us the next morning - but still, it was something (actually, thats the way to camp, man. someone else cooking for you?). It was fun to meet people and hang out by a fire all evening. The next morning, as we gathered around the fire again for breakfast, a boat on the lake started blasting music - smooth jazz, of all things. It was amusing and also made for a fun atmosphere.
 
I have a longterm goal to be able to do an overnight solo backpacking at a trail nearby sometime next spring. So by next spring, I need to be able to carry some heavy stuff and have the stamina to do 10ish miles in a day, so getting to pick the brains of REI staff and some guests who were thru-hikers on many big trails was great. 
 
I also did my first ever organized 5k this month! A group of us from work got together and went. The weather threatened repeatedly to rain us out, but thankfully held off. It was a color run, so we got doused in powdered paint at different run-through stations, and after the finish line, everyone is given a packet of color to go join in a "color party" at the main stage. Next, we're planning on doing a "Muddy Miler" obstacle course as a group next month. 
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I also went on a good number of hikes this month, including one to the Mill Creek area, which is just gorgeous. I'm trying to build up to 5 miles of hiking by fall. I can do 3 pretty comfortably, although the last half mile or so starts to bother my repeatedly-reinjured foot. Slow and steady progress, though!
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In actual WLS news, my EGD with pH monitoring is scheduled for August 21st. In the meantime, they have me on protonix twice a day and sucralfate four times a day, plus tums whenever I need it. The meds have helped some, thank goodness, but aren't a long term solution. If my body could go back to whatever it was doing from February to May and just stay there, that would be great. It's a bit of a head trip to fight acid feels all day, as sometimes it feels like hunger - and feels better after I eat a bit - so I'm sure that's not real helpful on the weight loss front. 
 
August is sure to have a good few events in it, and hopefully plenty of time for honing my hiking skills and making progress on different goals. Onward :)


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My goodness, you are a pretty lady! :wub:

It sounds like you are making some serious progress on your fitness and lifestyle goals! Hiking, 5ks... good for you. I’ve never done a color run, but they do look fun. I hope your foot keeps healing and stops being a problem - you’ve sure had a tough time of it! I’m glad to see you’re able to be active anyway, though :) 

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Great for you. I love your outdoor life that is fun and adventurous and much easier to do at your smaller self!  Keep it up. I wish I could hike there with you. What fun we’d have!  It’s also great you’re doing the runs with coworkers. Do they know you were heavier and had WLS? 

Hope your acid gets resolved soon. Keep us posted. 

Also that was smart to hide the scale!  It’s such power that it holds over us and our minds!

And lastly, I know I’ve said it before and I hesitate to say it bc ppl have said millions of times about heavy ppl “it’s a shame because she has such a pretty face” as if to translate “we’d accept her in society with all that beauty if she just didn’t have all that fat”...but you ARE so pretty!!!  THe best part is we’ve “known” you both big and little and think you’re beautiful inside and out!

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@delilas - you are awesome!  Reading about your hiking and camping adventures makes me want to go out and do those things myself.  I'm such a creature of the 'burbs, I'm kind of afraid of even the most beaten of paths - but I may just try it anyway, because you've inspired me.  And when you can do that for someone, who cares what the scale happens to say this week!?  Your life says you are happy and healthy, and that is the most important metric in the world.

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On 8/3/2018 at 9:27 AM, CheeringCJ said:

Great for you. I love your outdoor life that is fun and adventurous and much easier to do at your smaller self!  Keep it up. I wish I could hike there with you. What fun we’d have!  It’s also great you’re doing the runs with coworkers. Do they know you were heavier and had WLS? 

Hope your acid gets resolved soon. Keep us posted. 

Also that was smart to hide the scale!  It’s such power that it holds over us and our minds!

And lastly, I know I’ve said it before and I hesitate to say it bc ppl have said millions of times about heavy ppl “it’s a shame because she has such a pretty face” as if to translate “we’d accept her in society with all that beauty if she just didn’t have all that fat”...but you ARE so pretty!!!  THe best part is we’ve “known” you both big and little and think you’re beautiful inside and out!

They know I was heavier - not quite how heavy, because I joined them after losing about 35-40 pounds, so they've seen me change in the last 40 pounds or so. They don't know I had WLS, but I've talked at length with a lot of them about going to the health and fitness classes our employer holds (which nudges a lot of people towards WLS). I'd like to be clean with them, but a couple of them have already had some serious opinions about WLS, and I'm not quite ready to be the office poster girl for it!

Hiding the scale has been a pain in the butt, but it has helped. I did fit into a pair of 14 jeans today quite easily, so I know I'm heading in the right direction :D And thank you so much for your kind words! <3 

On 8/3/2018 at 6:55 PM, Kio said:

@delilas - you are awesome!  Reading about your hiking and camping adventures makes me want to go out and do those things myself.  I'm such a creature of the 'burbs, I'm kind of afraid of even the most beaten of paths - but I may just try it anyway, because you've inspired me.  And when you can do that for someone, who cares what the scale happens to say this week!?  Your life says you are happy and healthy, and that is the most important metric in the world.

You know, I lived in this city for 8 years before knowing we had a massive and involved metropark system, much less many other hidden natural wonders around the state! I started hiking last fall while going through all my classes prior to surgery, because I hated the gym - and its done wonderful things for me! I hope you try it and enjoy it :) 

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