July 31, 2011
Slept awesome last night, Patrick was home from work. Went to the gym for my first workout at 11am, did a mile and a half on the treadmill in 28.55 mins, this is down from Friday’s time of 30.05. After that I lifted weights. The treadmill is getting much easier though it did hurt my right foot a bit because I discovered a popped blister on the bottom of it. I managed to get in all my snacks today, though I did skip lunch today. I noticed now that I am working out more I am not as hungry. My parents came over this evening and we walked at the local park for an hour for workout number 2. When we were done they came to our house and we had green tea. So far this challenge is going okay, tomorrow is my first workout with my trainer since starting the challenge, I am sure she is going to kick my ass. I will report in tomorrow. Going to try to eat oatmeal for breakfast before my workout, hopefully it isn’t too runny.
Today’s inspirational quote: Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.— Ralph Waldo Emerson
July 30, 2011
Yesterday I went to the gym to have a personal training appointment with my personal trainer who I hadn’t been to in a few weeks, she had a challenge for me. To lose a “magic number” of pounds by the beginning of September. Her plan involves working out twice a day, 6 to 7 times a week. One of those times a day has to be at the gym. I must also make sure I eat my 6 small meals a day, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 3 snacks. I am also required to drink 3 to 5 cups of Green Tea a day. I personally think that is going to be the hard part since I am not a huge fan of green tea. I have no clue what the “magic number” is, only my parents and two trainers at the gym know. Not even my husband has a clue yet, I’m sure someone might clue him in. Everyone who knows the number seems to think I can reach it in a month. She made me a sign a contract even, maybe that is what I need to stay on track.
A little over a year ago I had my weight loss surgery done excepting to lose well over 100 pounds in the first year. I found this extremely difficult to accomplish. I easily fell of the bandwagon after I was back on solid food. Over the course of the first year I lose and gained. The most I had lost at one point was 54 pounds. But I gained it back and on my one year follow up appointment I was only down 42 pounds. As of today, I am down 49 pounds and that is where I am beginning my journey.
The past year has been very difficult, not only weight loss wise, but mentally. I suffer from severe depression and anxiety, I have for most of my adult life. At the time of my surgery I was on 7 different depression and anxiety medications. I am proud to report I am now only on 3. I see a psychologist a few times a month at the bariatric center I had my surgery at. I also see a psychiatrist once a month. Since surgery I was hospitalized twice for wanting to kill myself and severe anxiety. I could barely function at work and at home. I also underwent a 12 session intensive outpatient program. These things slowly got me better mentally.
Today was the first day of the “challenge.” I went to the gym with my father for an hour workout in the morning. My husband was still at work when I left. I started off with the treadmill and then lifted my weights. I worked intensely for an hour. My second workout consisted of a walk outside in the 90 degree heat at the local metro park by our house. I have had 2 cups of green tea so far and will finish the rest this evening. Right now, I am waiting for my best friend and her husband to come over to our new apartment which has helped my mental health greatly, along with being able to sleep the night finally.
Today’s inspirational quote: The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.- Horace Bushnell