Many Many Posts Ago, I let you know that I had surgeon approved go-ahead to start working out again.

Thanks to my insomnia, my schedule and other things- It took me awhile to get going.

It wasn’t until my clothes stopped fitting- (Jeans were too tight, cutting into me, wouldn’t fasten…..suddenly my favorite shirts were rolling up my stomach……) that I really received the wake up call that I need to stop slacking and start doing.

I needed to commit to this health goal on a daily basis.

The fact I had to pack a lot of clothes away was extremely upsetting. I had to go out and buy new items to get me through the summer. It was really hard buying clothes that were up a size. It doesn’t feel good. My self esteem has severely taken a direct hit.

When I first declared I was going to get back in shape and lose weight- I started with making simple adjustments to my diet- which has been hard- I am both anemic and suffer from insomnia- so on my exhausted days it is really hard not to eat or drink something sugary to help me wake up. It doesn’t help I actually don’t even like sugar on a normal day. To crave it drives me nuts.

Yeah- Yeah- I know- drinking water does help wake a person up- I used to preach that all the time, but when in a sleepy fogyou don’t care. Trust me. I actually at one point considered putting signs on my pantry so ‘sane me’ could remind ‘exhausted me’ to step away from the White Chocolate Coconut Bar.

I finally switched the chocolate and odd mouthful (**cough** handfuls) of cotton candy out for strawberries and raspberries. Now the chocolate is a weekly treat and I just discovered Cotton Candy Tea from Davids Tea….. IMG_5008That cotton candy flavor with a hell of a lot less calories! (It’s an amazingly refreshing iced tea!) It certainly curbs that cotton candy craving. Instead of Pop/Soda for a recharge- I turn to flavored sparkling water (mmmm Green Apple Perrier!) – bubbles, fresh flavor and no calories! Of course lots and lost of regular water too.

Workouts: I started with cardio because I love cardio. I have a home gym- so I make good use out of my elliptical and treadmill. I hate running- I am not a runner….yet I have been alternating running and walking on the treadmill. I am starting slow- yet pushing myself every time I get on the machines to go a bit farther, sweat a bit more and add a few extra minutes.

As I am currently away from home this weekend, I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I brought my yoga mat and PiYo and Pilates DVDs with me and yesterday- I started adding my PiYo (by Beachbody) into my routine. When I arrive home- I will continue my cardio AND my PiYo! I also have future plans to try Beachbody’s Yoga Retreat!

Just in the past two weeks of focusing and dedication I have lost a total of five pounds and one inch off my waist. Since some of this recent weight gain happened after my surgery- I was hoping that it would come off quick and so far I am not disappointed. I know it will be a while and a lot of hard work before I reach my goals but I WILL get there.

My determination knows no bounds.

I want to at least lose the weight I had gained post surgery before I go under the knife again in a couple of months. I won’t lie- these Seton’s in my tush do bother me still- for the most part I am completely used to living with them now- but there are days when I am in pain- so I listen to my body. I don’t push myself on those days. Luckily those days only happen about once a week.

Some people think I am crazy- Why would I focus on working out when I have these Seton’s in my body?

Do you know that my surgeon ENCOURAGES the working out? This all comes with his blessing provided I know when to stop if it becomes too much.

So far so good.

With the addition of PiYo- my muscles have been awakened and they are certainly announcing their presence today.

(I hurt….oh how I hurt….but it is a good hurt… It is an ‘I am doing something good for me’ hurt) 

My abs may not look like a six pack- but deep down they are burning like they want to become one. (Hell- I will settle for a four pack….) 

My arms may not be defined as of yet- but my muscles are throbbing because they know that yesterday was just the beginning of the latest attack.

Dear Body,

You’ve been put on notice! Shape up or…..or…..or….

….else. 

Okay, so I can’t ‘get rid of you’ but I can whip you into shape. 

I am doing this for your own good! I will be triumphant-

Got it? 

Xo

Me


Post Inspired by Today’s Daily Prompt: Triumph 

Featured Image©TheyOnceCalledHerPumpkin (was taken Summer 2016 while I was doing Yoga at the Cottage)

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