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Month 9 in Maintenance - Loving life!

Cindy Lou Who

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Wow, can't believe this is my 9th month of maintenance. I've been reflecting today just how scared I was when I first entered the "maintenance cafe." I was so petrified of gaining it all back as fast as it had come off. The weight loss numbers seemed crazy, and I had ALWAYS gained right back before. I'm talking SINCE JUNIOR HIGH. I can honestly say for the first time in my life I feel like my weight loss efforts are working WITH my body instead of AGAINST it. I have officially been on maintenance longer than it took to lose the post-op weight.  A! nd I feel great. I am SO grateful!!!!! And thank you, my TTF heroes for being with me the WHOLE way. I look forward to being one of the "TTF old timers" like many of you. I'm not nearly there yet, but feeling stronger and more secure and less scared every day. This is doable! 

Okay, enough of that, now onto the specifics of the last month. More summer travels with family trips to a Wisconsin lake house and visiting my cousin in Canada. I was away from alot of my foods and the daily scale, but after last month to Samoa (see last blog), I'm feeling way more confident about seeing weight loss or gain in the clothes I'm wearing. I also managed to get to Weight Watcher meetings 3 out of the 4 weeks. I was proud of myself for making the 45 minute drive each week to meetings while on vacation. And the effort really kept my head in the game. 

I also joined a gym for a month so I could keep training for our huge hike in September. (DH and I are going for 14 days and 160+ kilometers through the Alps with 10 other friends!) Anyway, I ate "vacation food" like yummy Wisconsin cheese and beer, but the 15 mile hike and trips to the  gym evened it all out. I also had protein shakes many days for breakfast and my favorite sardines for lunch. (Weird I know, but post-op tastes are different, right? :P)

Two headgame things happened this month that I thought I would share:

1) When I returned and saw my neighbors and friends at home, ALL of them asked if I was still losing weight. I told them I know for a fact that I've been in the same 6 pound range for 7 months. It made me realize that they still remember me as heavy, so even though they've seen me healthy, they are still surprised when they see me after a break. THEIR minds haven't adjusted to my weight loss yet. It makes total sense, as I've been heavy for years, but it gave me some food for thought. Anyone else experience this? 

2) Even though this journey is terrific and so much healthier than where I was, there will still be some negative reactions. I spoke to my sister on the phone yesterday, and she asked how the weight loss was going. I told her I was thrilled, and so proud to say that I've been in a 6 pound range for 7 months now. My goal was a 10 pound range so I'm super happy with a 6 pound range. Her reaction distressed me. She said, "Oh, a 6 pound range? That's tight. That's a really tight range. You need to be careful." 

Careful of what? How can she turn a success into something bad? Even family members can react negatively, and that hurts. Oh well, one time when I was thin, she told me I had an "exercise disorder" because I was running 4 times a week. Trying not to let it get to me. :(

Anyway, there you have it. I go to my surgeon's nutritionist this month, so looking forward to that. Love to all, and signing out!! 

Here is a pic from visiting my cousin in Canada (Please overlook the cocktails! :lol:), and hiking in the woods of Northern Wisconsin.

 

Maintenance Diary -

1st month - Range 135.4 - 140 pounds

2nd month - Range 133.0 - 135.4 pounds

3rd month - Range 127.2 - 133.0

4th month - Range 125.0 - 128.0

5th month - Range 124.0 - 126.6 

6th month - Range 124.6 - 127.8

7th month - Range 126.4 - 130.4 

8th month - One weigh in 126.8

9th month - Range 127.0 - 130.0  

10th month - Here we go! 

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I've never in my life overlooked a cocktail! :lol:

Congrats on your 9 months of maintenance. You're doing great. You're actually getting to be an old-timer, you know that, right? It creeps up slowly. 

It sounds like you've got some great strategies for maintaining, and I'm seriously impressed at your dedication to getting to WW meetings. Good for you. A little beer and cheese will just be fuel for hiking if you play your cards right. 

I am SO EXCITED for your big hiking trip in the Alps. Keep us posted. 

As for your sister's concerns, I guess everyone has their own ideas about what's extreme, in terms of health maintenance. I don't have a sister, but I imagine I'd occasionally be a little bitchy to one if she had just lost a ton of weight and looked/felt like a million bucks now ;) 

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9 hours ago, Jen581791 said:

I've never in my life overlooked a cocktail! :lol:

Congrats on your 9 months of maintenance. You're doing great. You're actually getting to be an old-timer, you know that, right? It creeps up slowly. 

It sounds like you've got some great strategies for maintaining, and I'm seriously impressed at your dedication to getting to WW meetings. Good for you. A little beer and cheese will just be fuel for hiking if you play your cards right. 

I am SO EXCITED for your big hiking trip in the Alps. Keep us posted. 

As for your sister's concerns, I guess everyone has their own ideas about what's extreme, in terms of health maintenance. I don't have a sister, but I imagine I'd occasionally be a little bitchy to one if she had just lost a ton of weight and looked/felt like a million bucks now ;) 

Hahahaha! Love that you've never overlooked a cocktail! HA! Me either! :lol: (And sharing a Manhattan with my cousin is a family tradition! :D)

"I don't have a sister, but I imagine I'd occasionally be a little bitchy to one if she had just lost a ton of weight and looked/felt like a million bucks now ;)"  -  I laughed out loud at this comment too. Point well taken! Sibling rivalry never dies. 

Thanks for the nice comments on maintenance. And  I will keep you posted on the hiking trip. The main reason I'm sharing it with the group is that there is NO WAY I could have ever dreamed about doing this pre-WLS. What a gift!! How is your training going?  

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8 hours ago, Cindy Lou Who said:

The main reason I'm sharing it with the group is that there is NO WAY I could have ever dreamed about doing this pre-WLS. What a gift!! How is your training going?  

I totally get it. I had just about given up on hiking at my highest weight - it is so fantastic to not only be able to do it now, but to enjoy it a lot more now that I'm not carrying around a 130 pound "backpack" with me.

My training has been totally derailed by a knee injury. It's an old injury that started acting up when I was in France in early July - I was totally overdoing it with so much hiking plus running. I had to cut way back and couldn't do the marathon this summer. I can go about 6 miles with no pain, but certainly not 26. This just about broke my heart, as I was so close to the end and had even done all my longest runs in the run-up to the big day, but I just couldn't do it :( So I have been giving it some rest and taking it easier, plus doing all the icing/stretching/elevating I can. I'll run a marathon someday, but it didn't happen for me this summer. 

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On 8/14/2019 at 9:28 PM, Jen581791 said:

I totally get it. I had just about given up on hiking at my highest weight - it is so fantastic to not only be able to do it now, but to enjoy it a lot more now that I'm not carrying around a 130 pound "backpack" with me.

I've thought about that too. In training a couple weeks ago, I practiced by hiking 15 miles with my husband and one son, and I carried a 30# pack. They kept asking me if I was tired and if they should carry the pack. I finally said, "This 30 pound pack is NOTHING compared to the extra 115 pounds I used to carry!!"

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On 8/14/2019 at 9:28 PM, Jen581791 said:

My training has been totally derailed by a knee injury. It's an old injury that started acting up when I was in France in early July - I was totally overdoing it with so much hiking plus running. I had to cut way back and couldn't do the marathon this summer. I can go about 6 miles with no pain, but certainly not 26. This just about broke my heart, as I was so close to the end and had even done all my longest runs in the run-up to the big day, but I just couldn't do it :( So I have been giving it some rest and taking it easier, plus doing all the icing/stretching/elevating I can. I'll run a marathon someday, but it didn't happen for me this summer. 

OH no! I'm so sorry as I know you were enjoying the training and were excited. I SO feel for you.  Giant hugs!! :wub:

A few years ago I trained for a 1/2 marathon, even ran 14 miles, and then got a stress fracture in my foot before the race. SO DISAPPOINTED! The doctor told me it was a repetitive action injury, so that I will NEVER get to run even a 1/2 marathon. I was devastated. I've finally come to terms with it, and know that my particular body wasn't made for that. I've found recently that I can run up to 4 1/2 miles, but 5 makes that foot sore. So I've backed down to 4 and have to be happy with that. I also realize that I'm 57 years old, and my running days may be numbered. Whatever happens, at least I know I can maintain my weight without running if I need to. That's the huge difference between then and now. 

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You’re doing AWESOME as always! Love that you are loving your maintenance. And youre rocking it for sure.

Your hiking trip sounds like a fantastic journey!  Can’t wait to hear about it (and see pics).  

 

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On 8/17/2019 at 2:30 AM, Cindy Lou Who said:

So I've backed down to 4 and have to be happy with that.

You gotta do what you gotta do. The important part is finding your limit and staying firmly within it! I'm tempting fate by planning to run a 50k (30 mile) ultra trail run in November. I should know by then whether a marathon distance is in the cards for me or not. I'm definitely planning on taking it a bit easier on the training that I was this summer. At the moment, my knee is feeling good with up to 10k (6 mi), so I'll start ramping up again soon... 

Gentle running is probably in the cards for you for a long time yet, Cindy. Especially at a low weight, you're not impacting your bones/joints in the way you used to - it does take time to build up all the necessary supporting connective tissues, though, so easy does it :) 

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Thank you for the wonderful post - you truly are an inspiration to us all.  You may have begun here as a newbie, but now you are a "TTF hero."

My two sons went for many years to a wonderful boys summer camp in Sayner, WI - is that close to where you go to in Northern WI?

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14 hours ago, Jen581791 said:

You gotta do what you gotta do. The important part is finding your limit and staying firmly within it! I'm tempting fate by planning to run a 50k (30 mile) ultra trail run in November. I should know by then whether a marathon distance is in the cards for me or not. I'm definitely planning on taking it a bit easier on the training that I was this summer. At the moment, my knee is feeling good with up to 10k (6 mi), so I'll start ramping up again soon... 

Gentle running is probably in the cards for you for a long time yet, Cindy. Especially at a low weight, you're not impacting your bones/joints in the way you used to - it does take time to build up all the necessary supporting connective tissues, though, so easy does it :) 

You inspire me! Please let me know how your training goes! 

Thanks for the encouragement on my training. I hope I have years of running ahead of me. I do really enjoy it and even more enjoy being able to do it! 

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10 hours ago, Res Ipsa said:

Thank you for the wonderful post - you truly are an inspiration to us all.  You may have begun here as a newbie, but now you are a "TTF hero."

My two sons went for many years to a wonderful boys summer camp in Sayner, WI - is that close to where you go to in Northern WI?

Aw shucks, I feel like I am NO WHERE NEAR being a hero, but thanks. It helps SO MUCH people like you are so successful! And for so long. The successful history is SO inspiring. 

And yes, I do to Eagle River which is only 20 minutes from Sayner! Beautiful part of the country! My three sons went to camp in that area for years too! Good for the soul!

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