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Month 11 in Maintenance - Climb Accomplished!

Cindy Lou Who

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Okay, I'm finally going to post the pictures I promised!! :P I'm adding this blog a couple weeks late, but I'm back. Back from a trip I'll never forget. :DMy last blog was dated on the day we were leaving on our Alpine hike trip. It was everything I had hoped for, dreamed for, and more! Wow! What an incredible experience! I feel so lucky to have seen a part of the world not everyone gets to see, enjoy it with my fabulous friends and husband, and get to see it all through 14 days of hiking through France Switzerland, 11 mountain passes, 150 miles, 9 miles of elevation gain and 9 miles of elevation loss, fabulous huts and little villages, and lots of wine and great food. Wow! SOOOO grateful. 

I'll be honest. It was a big physical challenge every day. Every night when I'd look at the maps for the next day, my heart would lurch thinking that I may not be able to do it. It wasn't until after day 10 of 14 that I finally felt confident! Haha! But in the end, I not only did it, but loved it, and was sad on the last day. The figures below show our route and the elevations changes in meters. The route is called the Haute Route as is a walking route through the Alps as opposed to a mountaineering route. (No ropes required.) 

It's repetitive (and obvious) to say this, but I have to say that I still am in amazement of what WLS has given me. I would have NEVER been able to do this in a million years. My life is so full that my heart is overflowing!!! 

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 - Range 128.4 - 130.2

11th month - One weigh in after hike - 126.6   

 

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Woooooooooooow! What amazing photos! Well done, you! This makes me want to hike the Alps. 

Like you, I sometimes forget my own abilities and feel pretty scared that I'm not going to be able to do something I know I should be able to do. It's nice to prove ourselves wrong, isn't it? What a cool trip and fun adventure. Some serious street cred for a hiker, too! :D 

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@cindylouwhoWow, that is just breathtaking - congratulations on such a fantastic achievement!!! How long did you train to be in shape for the walk? It seems that the weather was gorgeous, with beautiful blue skies. Was that a glacier in one of the photos? You are a real inspiration, I hope I can follow your example some day. Thank you so much for sharing the photos of your trip with us. 

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On 10/19/2019 at 6:53 AM, Jen581791 said:

Woooooooooooow! What amazing photos! Well done, you! This makes me want to hike the Alps. 

Like you, I sometimes forget my own abilities and feel pretty scared that I'm not going to be able to do something I know I should be able to do. It's nice to prove ourselves wrong, isn't it? What a cool trip and fun adventure. Some serious street cred for a hiker, too! :D 

Thanks for the nice words. Yes, the views were incredible, and believe it or not, the photos don't do it justice!

And YES, it is great to prove ourselves wrong! My goal was to not only accomplish the hike, but have enough energy stored to actually enjoy it. I was shocked when that dream came true! I'm hoping to take that success to strengthen my resolve for other life challenges. 

How is your training going and what is up with you these days? 

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22 hours ago, BrightDay said:

@cindylouwhoWow, that is just breathtaking - congratulations on such a fantastic achievement!!! How long did you train to be in shape for the walk? It seems that the weather was gorgeous, with beautiful blue skies. Was that a glacier in one of the photos? You are a real inspiration, I hope I can follow your example some day. Thank you so much for sharing the photos of your trip with us. 

Thanks for the response! I trained about 9 months for it. I hit my weight goal in late 2018, and I immediately used the planned hike as my next goal. Now I'm at a loss what my next goal should be? I feel myself dipping a bit in resolve and eating worse. I need to come up with a new plan pronto! Do you have any ideas? 

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On 10/24/2019 at 2:31 PM, Res Ipsa said:

Wow, just wow.  This post is clear proof of how weight loss surgery can transform one's life for the better.  You are an inspiration to us all.

@Res Ipsa, thank you for your post. You hit the nail on the head. My only purpose for posting this was to show how a life can be transformed by WLS. Mine has truly taken a fantastically drastic turn, and I'm eternally grateful. I finally feel like I'm living life to the fullest. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody!!!! 

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On 10/22/2019 at 6:27 PM, Cindy Lou Who said:

How is your training going and what is up with you these days? 

I'm in full training mode for my ultramarathon trail race that's coming up in one month. That means I have run 75km this week! :o That's 46.6 miles. I'm exhausted but my knees are doing OK, my hip is doing OK, and I'm actually still having fun doing it. I've got about two more weeks of big running, and then I have to taper off for a couple weeks before the race to get my glycogen stores up and heal the micro-tears in my muscles (you can tell I've been doing some reading!). Two days ago, I ran 20 miles in the mountains, with 5300 feet of elevation gain. It was exhausting, but I did it. I can't believe I can run for 5+ hours! Fortunately, I'm training with a great friend, so we're good company for each other.

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