I run, I strength train, I practice yoga, I cycle, I eat clean and I enjoy wine time. I underwent brachioplasty (upper arm lift) and upper, outer thigh liposuction on 22/09/15. Lover of humor; the good, the bad and the dirty kind. Loser of 140 pounds from my heaviest recorded weight. In my 3rd year of maintenance. First Nation Canadian. My son is my heart. This is my life...
My current situation. I'm tired, I'm sore, I'm cold. I'm just about to head into the gym. Ugh, ugh, ugh. I just want my bed for realz. I cannot wait for coffeetime. I was feeling defeated because I was going into a training session still sore from the previous one. I didn't think I'd have anything left in me and Tony would be disappointed. One of the worst feelings is disappointing your trainer...
It's finally #coffeetime and therefore I smile like a crazy woman. I may be delirious, but I'm actually thrilled to be done my hour of torture. Tony thought it would be a good idea to wear his 45 pound weighed vest and hold 2x10 pound dumbbells while doing 12 reps of 4 sets of split squats, step ups and box squats. Wearing that vest felt so restrictive. Even my breathing was labored.
To put things in perspective, when Tony saw me struggling at the end of my 4th set of box squats he said, "you used to carry around a lot more weight than this". That's true. I used to carry around about 100 pounds more. I'm not gonna lie. I felt pretty hard core. And just when I thought I had nothing left to give today, BOOM! I belted out another leg day. I'm not gonna be able to move tomorrow but I'm a bad ass.
Today I hope I can get into see Dr Patterson to get my sutures out. They've still not dissolved and the pulling is driving me nuts. Once they're out, I can do some light upper body next week...
It's #winetime. Canada love edition. Nerve wracking #BlueJays game is on right now. But it's only the first game so let's just stay calm people!
I was just asked via my blog comments about how my husband has responded to my journey. He has always been supportive which has made all the difference for me. And if I get chosen for the Fight to End Cancer team, he's supportive of that too.
Which is awesome because you think I train a lot now? Wait till January rolls around. It's all consuming for 6 months. But again, that's nothing compared to the pain and suffering those fighting cancer have to endure. And if I don't get chosen? I'm still going to get super fit.
Talked about this with Tony today. I'm still going to train with him 2x per week, crossfit 2x per week and boxing training with Tony's coach 2x per week. And if I am chosen to be on the FTEC team I'll train with Kingsway Boxing Club 3x pet week, Tony 2x per week, and Tony's boxing coach 1x per week. I'm gonna get ripped either way!
Today's last word has arrived and there's not a kitty to be seen anywhere. Looks like I did a decent job with my protein today. It was a 2 scoops of protein powder in my smoothie kinda morning, a 2 cans of tuna kinda lunch, and a 4x grilled chicken thighs kinda dinner. Mmmmmm. Chicken thighs, acorn squash and salad for dinner. I'm still under 900 calories because of what I burned at the gym today, but I'm done eating.
I'm getting into this trashy novel I bought at the Goodwill in Listowel yesterday. Only 50 cents. Great deal. And it's about a viscount and an Indian princess (first nation American). Nothing beats new porn to read. But I swear I've read this plot many times before. All historical romances basically have the same formula. He's a rake and she's a virgin and he's compromised her somehow so they've been forced into marriage and they secretly want each other and eventually fall in love and have hot sex. Dammit! I just ruined it for myself...
It's Tuesday morning, 5am, which means it's #smoothietime. I'm excited and nervous to see Tony this morning. I'm not gonna get a normal Tony workout, but I might be sore tomorrow. Two weeks ago today is when I had my upper arm lift and outer thigh lipo done. I'm just glad to be going back to the gym. Brings a touch of normalcy back into my crazy life.
I don't often get negative comments on my blog or on my social media in general. And when I get one, I normality ignore it. But last night someone commented quite rudely on a Facebook page that I post my blog to that I should stop posting my coffeetime photos because her son looks at her Facebook with her and it is inappropriate because I'm objectifying women by showing my (fully clothed) chest.
Because she left this comment on a weight-loss support group, I'm going to assume she is on her own lifestyle journey. I would think that she would understand that being a formerly morbidly obese person for 35 years of my life where I hid my body means that I am done hiding. I'm certainly not objectifying myself. I am proud of all the work I've put into looking like I do now. My morning coffee photos are far from risque. I'm a pretty modest person. But when I feel beautiful or sexy, my photos may reflect that in a tasteful manner. I've never felt beautiful or sexy before. So I'm going to continue doing my thing.
I don't know how old her son is, but how does she take him out in public? Lots of fully clothed chests to see there too. I'm actually not offended at all. She thinks I have a bosom that's attention worthy. Thanks for the compliment:-)
Transformation Tuesday. A bride always remembers what she weighed on her wedding day. I actually lost weight during the last two weeks before my wedding. I weighed 283 pounds and my mom had to take my dress in at the last minute. So these pics are taken 13 autums apart. I was a November bride. My weight fluctuated between my wedding weight to over 300 pounds before I took control in the fall of 2011 and finally committed to a permanent lifestyle change. I've not looked back since. It took me 15 months of following Dr. Poon's Metabolic Diet before I reached goal. This December will be my 3rd year maintenance anniversary. And my body is still changing. New fitness goals will make me the fittest I've ever been in my life. Lots to look forward to and be excited about...
Let's talk training and eating now. The minute I saw Tony, he wanted to see my butt. He said there was definitely a difference. But even I can tell that. I mistakenly thought that perhaps Tony was going to take it easy on me today. No such luck. He said, and I quote:
"No body ever became a bad ass without working hard at it".
Ah Tony. That's why my work benefits pays you the big bucks. So today's workout was as follows:
20 mins elliptical✔
Walking lunges w 2x25# dumbbells x4 sets✔
Trap bar squats x 95# 10 rep x 3 sets✔
Heel taps w 2x25# dumbbells x 4 sets✔
Farmers walks w 2x35# kettlebells x4 sets✔
Back extensions 15 reps x 4 sets✔
I was dripping with sweat. No joke. Today was the first time I used the trap bar and Tony was super excited that I could do them. The trap bar is the top pic. Just to be clear, that's not me. He said that it will now be a regular part of my routine. Not sure if I liked using it or not. Not gonna lie. It made me feel a touch hardcore. I wanted to just drop the bar at the end like the big guys do but he made me squat down with it and said I'd have to do an extra one if I wanted to do that.
It was great being back at the gym today and I got a warm welcome from the fellas and the gal. Thursday is going to be mostly core and some legs. I can't wait:-( Today's eating? Not good. I did not eat nearly enough. I've over 1000 calories to consume yet and I'm heading to bed. I will eat better tomorrow. Night all. I'm beat and my bum aches...
Meanwhile, Wednesday on Instagram...
It's #coffeetime and not sure why I'm smiling. I'm so stiff this morning. My legs feel like lead. Thank you Tony. The best news is I'm driving to Toronto for a meeting, then heading to Listowel for a late afternoon meeting, then heading to Brantford to see my sister. So lots and lots of time in my car today:-( Full opportunity to get even more stiff. The bright side is I get to see my sister. I've not seen her for a long time due to surgery & family emergencies (her). Need to see her. Texting is not the same.
Today I rest, tomorrow I'm back to the gym. Gonna give myself a couple weeks of scaled back training days. I'll do the gym 2x per week and run 2x per week. Since I couldn't run right now even if a possum was within a foot of me, I will do nothing. And just for the record, possums are one of the scariest things in my life...
It's a #sunroofselfie kinda day because the sun is finally out! Beautiful day for a drive in Mennonite country. My bum is so sore and my legs stiff. Should be an interesting training day tomorrow. Not much going on today except work and driving. That's driving for work. By the time I get home tonight I would have been in my car for 8 hours. Something I've noticed this week since I've been wearing my jeans. They all fit differently in the bum after having the liposuction. My skinny jeans that I wore yesterday were loose in my hips and butt. But tight in my calves and quads. That's runner probs right there. Skinny jeans may be a pipe dream for me, especially since my legs just keep getting bigger...
#Winetime sister's edition. Spending the evening in Brantford with my sister and step-niece. Planned a girls road trip to our nation's capital for the beginning of December. My step-niece wants to check out Carlton University for next September. It will be a fun time sight seeing and full of laughs and car singing. Bring it on! Haven't been to Ottawa in many, many years. Today I've not tracked anything that has gone into my mouth. And I'm letting it go. I've eaten salt and vinegar chips though:-( Haven't eaten chips in years. And I'm not gonna lie. It was meh. I'm such a bad girl. For realz. Tomorrow I train and eat all the protein...
The hardest thing about this week is going to be getting back into my morning routines. What happened to my 4:30 am wake-up? Ugh. Just crawled out of bed. It's #coffeetime. And even though I haven't been to the gym in over 2 weeks, I still have a nice shoulder pop! Before I can even hop in the shower, I've a mountain of laundry to fold and uniform pants to press. Clearly no run this morning.
I'm going to die when I see Tony tomorrow. Although he did promise we'd start slow. Just grinds me that 2 weeks ago I was going hard everyday. Yesterday I found a 2 hr hike challenging. Must remember what my body went through a couple weeks ago and be mindful that I'm still recovering. Having 10 inch incisions down each arm is no joke yo!
Since I was laundering my compression garment, I slept in my running tights. If nothing else, I am resourceful. I would be more so if I was actually going for a run this morning. But gotta get my ass in gear for my work day. Need to figure out what to wear that's not arm constructive and is not yoga pants and a tank top...
I just asked Magic 8 Ball if I would die during my personal training session tomorrow. This is the answer that I got. Awesome. Today has been unproductive thus far. My arms are not leaking, and haven't for several days, but they ache right down my back. Driving during rush hour, then using them at the computer has really done a number on them. I can really feel the incisions today. Could be the weather too. It's grey and damp out. Getting a few things off my "to do" list then heading back to Hamilton. Another 2 hours in the car. And I get to do it all again tomorrow. Bonus!!!
Tagged by a follower for #widn (what I'm doing now). I just purchased some Mederma from Shopper's Drug Mart because I'm supposed to start applying it tomorrow. I'm not gonna lie. The thought of rubbing anything into my incisions right now grosses me right out. Ugh, plastic surgery is a nasty business. My incisions are looking much better and the bruising is fading.
Today is the first day I didn't dress them. And nothing happened but some swelling while at work. My stitches are still not dissolved in several places I'm going to have to go see Dr Patterson this week. He said if they weren't dissolved by Tuesday, I'd have to go back.
I'm heading to bed shortly. I'm getting up at 4:30 am to meet Tony for 6. I'm going to do the elliptical first. It's low impact and should be gentle on my thighs. Not sure what his plan for tomorrow is but I shall report back. My 3rd day of not tracking my food. I think it's 3. I do know this. I didn't eat enough but I drank tons of water...
It's #coffeetime and I had a pretty shitty sleep last night. I felt exhausted, but then too much stuff swimming in my head meant that I didn't sleep well. Oh well. I'm sure to get fatigued today. I'm hiking with Tanya in an hour and I'm really looking forward to it. Not sure how long or far we're going, but it will be a new experience. Gotta get a protein smoothie into me and dress warmly. I've no idea how hikers dress. I'm going with layering my running gear. Figure I can't go wrong. It's cold and I don't think I'll be sweating as much as I do when I run. Afterwards it's a day of laundry and prep for the coming week. I'm back to the old grind tomorrow. I've a couple office days ahead of me. My favorite...
Had a great time hiking to Borer's Falls with this girl this morning. I think I'm gonna get me some proper hiking shoes. Definitely more challenging than I thought it would be. Lots of hilly and rough terrain in the trails. We ended up on the escarpment trail so lots of climbing was had. It was a decent workout because my heart rate was raised several times and I did get a sweat on. I believe I earned a second coffeetime. Time to eat, then shower, then laundry. Gotta figure out dinner too. Maybe salmon cakes with sauted cabbage and roasted beets are on the menu for tonight...
Another day where I didn't log my food. Bad, bad My Fitness Pal user! But I'm pretty sure I ate enough. My eats today are as follows:
2 glasses of wine
Cabbage w onion, bacon, tomato & celery
I was asked for my salmon cake recipe. I've not really got one. I use 3 cans of salmon drained and rinsed. Two eggs, coconut flour (about 1/3 of a cup) and a bunch of spices. I think I used garlic and onion powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning. I basically use what I have on hand. I mix everything by hand and form into patties. Nothing elaborate. And I use coconut oil to fry them up. That is all.
I almost forgot I had 10 pounds of beets in my pantry. I roasted them with olive oil, let them cool, then added sliced red onions, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and pepper. Simple but good.
And the cabbage sauté is just all those ingredients thrown together with garlic powder and lots of pepper. I cook it on medium heat for about 45 minutes till everything's soft and yummy. The bacon gives it a nice flavor. Huh. Didn't think I'd be so long winded talking about my food today.
Off to bed. I've work in the morning and if I sleep well tonight, I may run early. I must remember that I ate beets. My pee will be red in the morning...
#Coffeetime always brings a smile to my face. But so does my almost 8 yr old boy telling me the most insufferable knock knock jokes known to mankind.
Don't know what the wind is like where you are, but here in the Hammer it is very windy. The wind woke me up last night. It must have been the giant crack that made a tree limb fall on my next door neighbour's shed. Missed my shed by about ten feet. The worst part about that is it's my tree limb that fell. No damage but a broken wire. But I'm responsible for disposing of that branch.
The wind is supposed to pick up during the day and then finally calm over night. Thank goodness because tomorrow morning I'm meeting Tanya for a hike in the Dundas Valley. She's going to lay off running and become a kick ass hiker. Great choice for Hamilton. We've tons of awesome trails along the escarpment. They go on forever. It will be fun to explore with her. Right now the wind is gusting 75km per hour. Not thinking that I can do much outside right now. It's all good. One more day of rest is awesome for my healing arms. Have a great Saturday everyone:-)
Today so far. That's my poor neighbour's shed. My son's friend's father is going to help my husband dismantle the branch tomorrow. He owns a chainsaw. Score!
Today we went to Wacky Wings for my son's birthday celebration with his 2 best friends. I had to take a #WackyWingsBathroomSelfie. Not sure what I was thinking, but I only ordered a garden salad with grilled chicken and no dressing and was starving. Had to eat cold chicken breast out of my fridge upon return home.
They had a blast and are still running a muck in my house. Hence my very early #winetime. Eight year old boys are noisy yo! Sadly, my sister had a family emergency so I'm not going to see her today. Hopefully I'll see her this week. Miss her terribly.
Very important news flash. My arms have not leaked today. I feel like I've finally gotten over a rough patch and I'm truly healing. Was touch and go because I wondered if I'd be able to drive on Monday. I think I'm going to be okay...
My current situation: Cat on my lap, my tree limb did not magically disappear from my neighbour's shed like I willed it to all day, and my rec room is truly a wreck because you know, 8 year old boys.
I did not track my food today but I'm positive I ate enough. After my meager lunch, and the cold chicken breast that followed, I ate a dinner of roasted butternut squash, Greek salad and hot Italian sausage. Everything I could make without having to go to the store. Definitely enough calories and plenty of fat:-(
Sounds like the wind has finally died down. Tomorrow morning I meet Tanya for a hike in the Dundas Valley. Looking forward to it. I haven't hiked in years.
Included in my picture collage are a couple things I nabbed off Facebook that gave me the chuckles and a tattoo I found and liked. But I'm not thinking the inside of my upper arm to cover my scar, I'm thinking oblique. When I get obliques...