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Thursday, October 14, 2010


Yesterday I woke up and for the first time in a long time I felt nearly normal. I can't tell you how happy I was to feel pretty good. I still had soreness in my upper abdomen a little, but not bad.  Best of all I didn't feel weak. I didn't feel nauseated and I didn't feel sick.

I had a smile on my face all day long. I had a great day at work. I had a great food day and a great exercise day. What? You say. OH YES!  I exercised for the first time in nearly a month and OH BABY it felt good.  That muscle memory thing, yep some truth to it. My body was like...FINALLY...I can move.  What a lesson this was for me. What a lesson that I knew was true, but feeling it makes all the difference. YOUR MUSCLES NEED TO MOVE. You body is built for movement. We were designed or evolved or whatever, that way. It's a fact.

When lunch time came I headed home.  I wanted to get on my bike, but there was that little voice. "Maybe it's too soon. You don't want to hurt yourself."  And the other one, "The surgeon said you could do anything you wanted. He did not say you couldn't work out. You are just looking for a way out and you'd rather flop on the bed and watch TV with your fat lazy ass."  Yep.  Plus, I'd told you guys I was going to try. I decided to hop on the bike. If it hurt, I could stop.  But it didn't hurt. it felt great. And I was sweaty and pumped when I was done. 7miles.

After that I thought, well Hell. I might as well try for one of my Hot 100 goals, so you know what I did? I DID PUSH UPS. Boo YAH!  I restarted the 100 push ups program from scratch. I did the initial test. I could only do 12, where before I did 20. But, I did the first day also so I did a total of 50 push ups with the intervals. This morning My arms feel like they did some work, but they aren't overly sore and my belly is fine. Today another workout and back to the gym tomorrow. TKD next week and I'll call my trainer to set up a session. I'm BACK!

For breakfast I ate a Jimmy Dean Lite Sandwich. My first day back at kids plus work left me running late. I grabbed it from the freezer on the way out the door. It's 260 calories and is actually quite good. If you haven't tried them, you might want to. It's egg white and light sausage on a english muffin. We get them in a big box at Sam's so they are cheap.  At lunch I had 2/3 cup cottage cheese, fresh peach, green peas and green beans left over from dinner. It was 306 Calories.

At dinner, I had this awesome bean, lentil and farro soup my Nanny's been making lately. I just love that grain. We discovered it at Costco recently.  It's an Italian wheat grain and similar to Barley. OMG it's so good. It is calorie dense, but it is so high in fiber it fills you up with very little. In the soup it kinda has the texture of rice.  I love it. That and a salad. I ATE SALAD!! I haven't been able to eat more than a bite of lettuce due to my nausea. It tasted soooo good. Salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers and feta cheese.  I used my salad spritzer spray to save on calories and I figure the whole meal wasn't over 400. For dessert I had a juicy plum. All total I ate around 1000calories and I was satisfied.

The kids were wild last night. I don't know maybe it was Mom finally being normal and sitting at the table. Everyone was happy and giggling.  After we cleaned the kitchen together and the kids helped me pack lunches. My son took the rest of the soup today.  My husband got the salad with a little turkey pastrami I cut up on top.  If you haven't tried that stuff, do it. It's like 60 calories for 3 oz and it has a great flavor so it doesn't take much on a sandwich. I guess I love those boys,  'cause I got squat from the left overs.

The best part is....... I LOST 2 pounds of the stupid surgery weight I've been carrying around. I weighed 211.2 this am. The lowest I've been was 209.4 so I'm on the road back there and to my other Hot 100 goal, 199. Yippee!

I can't remember a time in my life where I was excited to eat a salad. I can't remember a time in my life where exercise meant so much to me. And now I know I'm never going back.  The way I feel both physically and emotionally when I'm living healthy inside and out is....... priceless.   Is this why thin people are so much happier? I always thought it was because they had better clothes and more friends and boy friends and social status. All that is probably great, but to FEEL GOOD everyday. To wake up and not ache. To wake up and have energy. To look forward to seeing what new things you can do.  WOW!

And the mind set of not IF I were thin, but WHEN I AM THIN. Never. Never before have I thought that way. I was lying in bed last night thinking that my ribs feel the mattress more now cause there's not as much padding. And I found my self thinking, "Huh, wonder what it'll feel like 50 pounds from now."  WHAT? My brain said. I never realized it before, but until now I never really BELIEVED I could lose ALL my weight. I never really thought I COULD do it. I thought I was meant to be fat. I thought It defined me. I thought I couldn't control it. BUT I WAS SOOOOOO WRONG.

And how did I get here? Was it a book? Was it a diet? Was it a pill? Was it because Jillian said? Was it for my family? Was it because I wanted clothes? NO! It's because I DECIDED TO JUST TRY.  TO START. TO DO IT. NO MATTER WHAT. NO MORE EXCUSES. NO MORE LYING TO MYSELF. JUST ONE CHOICE and another and another. And it worked. And the more it worked, the more I believed.

So here's the deal. All of us out here who seem to have it figured out. People like Sean and Jack and  Shelley and Allan.  We don't have magic will power. WE ARE NOT SPECIAL.  We're not better than you. We're not smarter than you. We don't have better genetics. We don't have more time. We don't have anything you don't have.  We are faced with choices. Millions each day. And one choice at a time, we choose to LIVE.

WHAT are you choosing today?


  1. It's interesting what your body misses isn't it? the exercise, the healthy food... it KNOWS.

  2. Welcome back, Doc. Grab a rice cake, a glass of water and pull up a chair.

    BTW, you made me realize that I need a nanny.

  3. So glad you're back, because you are such an inspiration, but lots of fun too. You're right, Dr. F., being thin is better, even when life has its rough spots. In fact, it's especially better during those times. I once heard this old cliche: "Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels." Based on my distant memories, that is quite true. You will make it to your goal, and so will I. I will record another good loss tomorrow for my Hot 100 Challenge."

  4. You're sounding great!!! So glad you're back :D

    What am I choosing today? I'm choosing to again stay within my calorie range, to exercise, and to not whine when I have to help my elder son work on his science fair project.

    I hate science fair with the fire of 1000 suns. Yuck.

  5. Hey girl, I'm so happy for ya and so proud of you. You're definitely back on the wagon and I think you're driving the durn thing. I'm trying to hang on tight back here so I don't get jounced off! Smiling here.

  6. I am so glad that you are feeling better. Also excited that you are excited to get back on your weight loss routine. Awesome!

  7. I am super glad you are doing better and back in the game!! Hooray!

  8. Glad you are feeling fantastic. I did too after losing close to 100lbs 2 years ago and thought there is no way I would ever feel any different-but life had a way of testing me out BIG time, and it did with the sudden passing of my mother. With that event I was engulfed in grief and lost all sense of self or balance, and ended up putting myself last-which of course led to gain all the weight back, but I finally awoken after 22 months of intense grieving, and just like you I am baccck! But this time I know not to take this or life for granted, and I know I have to learn to stay conscious and on top of my priorities no matter what.

  9. I can feel your happiness and zest for life all the way down here in CS!!! There is nothing like feeling normal, right? Glad you are back at it - I love your enthusiasm. And you are so correct - it's just about choosing to do it. Today, and tomorrow...no waiting, no stopping, just GO.

    Thanks for the shout out! :)

  10. I love this! No more lying to myself! Great words!

    So pleased to hear you are feeling better

  11. Love it!! I am glad that you are feeling better and 7 miles on a bike.... Congrats!

    - The Heavy Man

  12. She's back....any slackers out there best look out, the Doc is back!

    I'm actually thrilled for you mate - a set back like an illness can so easily turn into the thing that sends us back into the obesity pit, but it seems to have had exactly the opposite effect here. Nice one.

    Looking forward to seeing you kicking the ass of your Hot 100 goals.

  13. Awesome to be back, huh?!

    Oh and p.s. thank you so much for your encouraging words on my blog! I really appreciate it!

  14. Welcome back Doc! Even in post-surgery haze you were a force to be reckoned with; can't imagine the energy you'll put forth when you're fully 100 percent. Sounds like you are pretty close to it now!

  15. Yes!!!!! I been waiting on this one!!!

  16. Great news for you and good advice for us!

  17. Yay! Great advice and I'm choosing to live too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. That’s what I was afraid of, you would get back and you would whip are fat asses. Look at you!! Wow, your determination and inspiration is contagious. I feel exactly the same. I am not gong back. No way, Jose. I have never felt so strong. It is just like you wrote: one choice leads to another good one. And yes, I, too, am thinking about 30 pounds from now and I KNOW I will get there. Wahoo! You are amazing! Yes, we can do this. We got it licked!

  19. Yay on the 2 pounds gone!

    I CHOSE ME! That means taking care of myself...my health...my weight.

    And your post is eerily similar to mine in one respect. I talked a lot about just "doing it" Stoping the whining, stopping the bellyaching and just doing it. There are NO obstacles other than ME. So it was time to just do it. Your entry nailed that home (literally less than 5 minutes after I wrote my entry) Thanks!

    Thanks also for the shout out the other day. Your readers have been awesome and very encouraging!!!

  20. So good to hear you are feeling good again. And exercising, well if that wont put a smile on your face then no way a Cowboys win this weekend will. You summary point is brilliant; "...one choice at a time, we choose to LIVE"

    Put that on a sweatshirt and work out in that!

  21. Welcome back! I love your enthusiasm Ann! I felt good just reading your post and sharing in your joy!


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