Awesome surprise at work today!

As part of a new tradition (or rather a revival of an older tradition from before I worked there), today at our monthly staff meeting, I was presented with this:

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I was apparently chosen as the first recipient of the year because of the work I’ve done on my health and weight loss.  The staff cheered and clapped.  I almost cried.

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Fitness changes as this journey progresses

Over the past few weeks I’ve been pushing my limits in the cardio I’ve been doing on non-Zumba days and it got me thinking.  When I first started this journey, it took many months (well over 6) before I could actually tell that my fitness level had changed.  This was no different than every other attempt at trying to include exercise in my life as an adult.  But in those attempts, I never lasted more than a few months at most.

At this point in my journey, I’m noticing changes all the time.  I started pushing myself to start jogging for the first time in my life and the first time I could barely manage 3 minutes (in separate 1 minute segments).  In only a few weeks, I’m up to 7 minutes and have also “broken” my previous time for 1 and 2 miles.  I’ve also noticed in just a few weeks of these jogging attempts that my heart rate (which shoots up during the jogging minutes) returns much quicker than the first time.

What’s my point?  Well, it makes me excited about where this journey is going to take me.  🙂

Fabulous news from the doctor today!

After 2 years away from seeing my own doctor, I had an appointment today.  Booked it to get my 8 year overdue pap smear and I had a list of questions for him.  Was glad to hear that my cervix looks “healthy” (LOL) but my other concerns were priority in my head.  One concern was something I’ve been dealing with for over 5 years but since the weight loss, seems to be worse.  After a knee injury about 5 years ago, that leg has been constantly swollen.  Back then, the doctor explained that the scar tissue in the injury site was making it hard for the blood to get out of my leg so it was more swollen than the other one.  Not much I could do.  Since the weight loss, I don’t think it’s REALLY worse, but just seems worse because the shape of my legs have changed.  Turns out after all this time, the edema is pretty much made a permanent home in that leg and the only way I’ll get rid of it is with compression stockings.  Not sure I want to do that, so I may be stuck with it.

But…the good news:  I’ve been struggling with the appearance of the loose skin because of the weight loss.  Most of the time when I see my unclothed body, I feel like I look WORSE than I did over 100 pounds heavier.  Knowing that it’s more of a psychological issue than medical, I was afraid to approach my doctor.  I’ve been secretly hoping that at the end of this journey I could look forward to getting the body that I believe I’ve earned through this.  But I can’t afford tens of thousands of dollars in surgery.  In Canada, though, there are times that even plastic surgery can be medically required and therefore, it would be covered by our medical plan.  So, I asked my doctor today about it.  He looked at my belly and right away, said I was a candidate for medically covered plastic surgery once my weight loss is done.  So a few months before I think I’ll be at goal, I’m to get a referral.  Then a plastic surgeon will look at me and if he also believes I’m a candidate, he’ll submit a request to have it covered.  So while it’s not a for sure thing yet, I have hope which is awesome.  Woot!

Fantastic day!

So it’s day 3 of the “Health Challenge” I’m participating in.  It’s 7 weeks of keeping track of things like water, food intake, no junk food, exercise, and more and at the end there’s the possibility to win some cash.  One of the suggestions for the 7 week challenge is to try some new things and you get points for interacting with people who are also doing the challenge.  So I invited anyone who wanted to try a new class to come with me to Zumba tonight.  One lady took me up on it and within the first few songs she appeared to be dying.  She told me afterwards that I was a “beast” in how I was keeping up and pushing myself.  It made me proud and reminded me to never forget where I’ve come from.  Just over a year ago, when I took my first Zumba class, I thought I was going to die and I had no idea how I was going to get up the stairs to the main floor of the facility once it was over.  I also probably did it at about  60% full out because that’s all I could do.  Now I LOVE pushing myself to do everything and feel SO good afterwards.  I am proud of me tonight.  🙂

I kicked butt in the gym tonight!

Very proud of myself.  Despite the difficulties with my food intake this week (which is now resolved, thank goodness), my workouts are still going strong.  Tonight, I added 5 minutes to my usual 25 minutes on the elliptical and also 5 minutes to my total treadmill time, bringing that to 30 minutes too.  But the best part was I increased my jogging time to 6 minutes, still in 1 minute sections and I increased the jogging speed from 4.3 mph to 5.0 mph.  My heart rate returned quicker after each minute of jogging too than in my first 2 times adding the jogs.  Hard to believe that was me jogging on the treadmill, honestly!  At one point at my highest non pregnant weight I was 338 pounds.  At 5’2″, that meant the simplest things, even turning over in bed at night was an ordeal.  I’m now about 210 and I’m JOGGING!  Woo hoo!  I am slowly making progress towards that 5K goal of mine.  🙂

*whew* Glad that’s over. And

Not sure what brought it on, but it could be a combination of PMS, back to work stresses (no matter how much I love my job, it can still be stressful) or my body trying to tell me something after recovering from food poisoning, but that was probably the hardest 3 or 4 days I’ve had since starting this journey.  I just couldn’t seem to get enough food into me and it scared me because it just felt like I was out of control.   Brought back the days of binging until I felt sick of years ago.  😦

But, the good news is that today has been a great day with my food intake on the slightly low side of my range (but that’s ok as I’ve had several in a row with too much) as well as kicking butt in tonight’s zumba class.  Couldn’t be happier to feel like myself again.  Now if only the blister from jogging in new shoes would hurry and heal so I can work on that again!

This week I’m also beginning a local challenge I ran into on Facebook called a “Health Challenge”.  It will hopefully add some “zip” to what I’ve been doing and the bonus?   Possibly win some cash.  🙂

Struggling a bit the past few days.

Not sure if it’s the impending start of the school year or some PMS’ing or what, but basically I’m feeling like I want to eat everything in sight.  Not going crazy like way over my daily allotment of calories but definitely not feeling as “in control” as I have been the past whole year.  Not that worried about it, as I think it’s just a “blip” but I do think I should be honest here.   🙂

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