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Stalled, but.....

Cardamom77

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I've been stalled for a while. I'm still deciding if I even care, though. I'm a couple of pounds below the low end of my surgeon's goal (he gave me a range), so any more weight loss is honestly just sugar-free icing on the sugar-free cake. Haha! The fact is that I feel awesome! I am healthy. I am active. I eat a normal amount of food - maybe a little less than others, but pretty normal. I'm out of plus size clothes. I feel really, really good. So I'm not sure if I want to mess with continuing to try to lose weight. If I lose more, that's fine. But I just don't know if I really care to keep trying.

Anyway, I'm trying to shift focus into what my body can do now and improving on that. I can't really afford a gym, nor do I have time to travel to a gym to work out, so I'm really trying to figure out how to work in some body weight exercises (and some dumbbell stuff) to my day. It's really tough. I just do not have a lot of time! But I'm going to figure it out. With all this cycling, I need to work on my core and my upper body strength. My legs are getting a hell of a workout, but I also want to build my core strength and upper body strength for improved balance and agility on the bike - not just to get toned! 

And here's a pic of the stats from my ride today. There was a bunch of NONSENSE with headwinds today that I could have done without. Also, I had never been on the north part of the Greenway before, so I got confused about where I was supposed to go and had to backtrack, so there's some weirdness on the first little bit of the map. But it was a really fun ride! I'm tired, though! 

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That looks awesome!!!

Back when I was regularly commuting to work by bike in Chicago, I used to decide whether or not to take the bus based on which way the wind was blowing :D!  Headwinds SUCK. 

I know what you mean about being content where you are - and since you are at goal, I think you should just do you!  I'm well beyond my surgeon's goal now, and almost at my own initial goal (before I revised it downward).  I'd like to see how far I can go, but honestly if I never lost another pound I'd still be deliriously happy with my results. 

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Strong work @Cardamom77. How much of your ride is on a protected path, and how much on public roads?

Totally support your attitude towards further weight loss. I reached my current weight (196.5) for the first time back in late April, with a BMI 25.3, was really not clear to me that more weight loss needed or strongly desired anymore. But recently I've really enjoyed the physicality of my exercises, and maybe I'll get lower. My surgeon keeps reminding me that we carry on average something like 6 lbs of loose skin. The focus shifts from necessary weight loss when we are obese to include other considerations. 

You might look into some alternative weights ... gallon milk or water jugs filled with water for repetitive lifts, for example...

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A two hour ride with headwinds sounds pretty grueling! Good for you that you can do this now!! :) 

If you’re happy with where you are, I think taking a “wait and see” attitude is great. The sense of immediacy is gone now that you’re at a healthy weight, so anything further isn’t really necessary but may make you feel better (or may not). It’s a question of balance and goals, I think. Each person is so different. 

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3 hours ago, BurgundyBoy said:

Strong work @Cardamom77. How much of your ride is on a protected path, and how much on public roads?

The Razorback Greenway is mostly protected trail separate from roads (with some crossings with signals, etc.), though there are also portions that are essentially just sharrows on streets. I did ride to a taqueria for a buche taco and mangonada (frozen mango purée with chili and lime and salt), so that was some street riding. I also ride about a mile of streets to one office space and about 2 miles to another. But mainly I ride trails. :) 

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1 minute ago, Cardamom77 said:

The Razorback Greenway is mostly protected trail separate from roads (with some crossings with signals, etc.), though there are also portions that are essentially just sharrows on streets. I did ride to a taqueria for a buche taco and mangonada (frozen mango purée with chili and lime and salt), so that was some street riding. I also ride about a mile of streets to one office space and about 2 miles to another. But mainly I ride trails. :) 

The great thing about an app like that is that over time you can see how you are doing. I use the same one. 

And I can see that getting down to goal, and getting exercise, allows you to have mangonadas without being too very very much off Path. :cool: Another advantage to getting exercise!

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@BurgundyBoy - I was actually really surprised with the mangonada! It only had 9 grams of sugar and 14 carbs, which I didn't think was bad for what was essentially a cup of fruit. It was kind of a small one, though. Definitely hit the spot - I wanted salt and spice and calories after that ride. Haha! I do try to be careful not to overdo the calories after a ride, though. I know there's a bit of a deficit after a long ride, but I don't want to just eat all the calories I burned, either. During the ride, I snacked on beef jerky. I tend to relax a bit on not freaking out about carbs, but when I say that, I mean that I might let myself get over 100 carbs. 

@Kio - that's kind of how I feel, too. Even if I didn't lose any more weight, I'd be good. I would like to get stronger, though. And I like that my focus has shifted to that. :)


@Jen581791 - Before WLS, I wasn't super concerned about the number on the scale. Then the pre-op process and post-op process focused so completely on weight that it became a big deal to me. I think I've maybe come full circle to not really wanting to be concerned much about the number anymore. I guess I've gotten to the point where I know the number is fine. I'm still in the "overweight" category, but I also know that BMI is a poor individual health measure. I don't want to do myself a disservice and give up earlier than I need to, but I also don't want to obsess over losing more and more weight. As you said, it really is a question of balance. 

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