Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wow! 50 followers! And I took the cutest picture of my life (so far)....and got a fill

I can't believe I have 50 followers! That is amazing to me! Thank you all so much for following my wee bitty little blog :)

So this weekend I took the cutest picture of my entire adult life...at least in MY eyes it is (I had to say "adult" cuz my dad pointed out that I had some adorable kid pic's...he so doesn't get it). My friend snapped the first picture BEFORE hair and makeup were done for the party I was hosting, and it turned out so good I thought it was a fluke...so I asked him to take another picture AFTER the hair and makeup were done and I couldn't believe it! Two pictures of my body that I thought looked AMAZING! Look at my legs! By all means, these are not skinny legs, but to me they actually look GOOD. I was on cloud nine the rest of the evening!

Before hair and makeup
After hair and makeup
And by the way, this was a total "re-purposing" of the SHIRT worn in THIS photo:

I yanked this out of the closet out of sheer desperation cuz I had nothing "cute" to wear to this party. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, my booty has shrunk so much that I can now wear this as a DRESS...albeit a SHORT dress, but it totally worked.

The last couple of weeks have been a struggle with the band in that I have been very hungry and able to eat way more than one should, so today I received my 5th or 6th fill..I've lost track. As usual, they are extremely pleased with my progress. We did just a smidge of a fill (only .25cc's) which of course I won't know for a couple of weeks if it's enough...but I know for sure I needed it. Did I mention I ate about 10  oz's of steak AND 2 pieces of pound cake at a BBQ on friday? Yeah....it was time for a fill.

This weekend I am going to see my family for the first time in months. I was hoping to be under 200 lbs for this, but it's not going to happen. But I'm extremely content with my progress to date and can't wait to see everyone!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

So close to my biggest mini-goal...but so far away...

Well...my lowest point for some time is going to be 203.2. I won't be seeing that number again for a while I'm afraid.

This morning I stopped taking my hydrocholorthiazide again. I had to...I'm pretty sure that after losing 90 pounds and exercising 5-6 days a week...and then a little of this summer heat, my body just can't keep up with the electrolytes anymore. In a way this is good...I mean to be at a point (hopefully) where I no longer need a water pill would be fabulous...but I know there is going to be an immediate uptick in water weight for a while till things balance out. I didn't take my water pill this morning and already I'm up 3 pounds. *sigh* I'm afraid that is going to be just the beginning. :(

This discontinuation is happening because of SEVERAL very scary instances of me very nearly falling asleep while driving and seriously struggling to stay awake through my commute, even while singing loudly to favorite songs (my best weapon against sleepy driving). I have likened it to a "drug-like" state, where no matter what I did I could not keep my eyes open. I tried eating before my workout, after my workout, adding more magnesium, adding more potassium...it just seemed nothing I did was working. I spent 5 of the last 8 nights with horrible leg cramps, I fell asleep at my desk every day last week and yesterday I fell asleep WHILE talking during a meeting with six other people. WHILE TALKING! That's not normal!

I've also had serious dry-mouth recently...a side effect of this med that I have never had in the 9 years that I've been on it.

So this is what I'm trying...I hope it works.

In other news, I have scheduled a fill for Tuesday of next week. I've had multiple days this month (while NOT on my cycle) where I felt like I could eat a house. I think my last fill was May 23rd and it has served me well, but I think the time has come.

Incidentally, while I did not take my water pill today, I had more energy than I have had in WEEKS...and I was also more hungry. I'm WELL over my calorie allotment for the day. But...I did work out...so that's something. I would have THOUGHT that retaining water would happen around my stomach as well, perhaps making me tighter....so far this hypothesis has not proven to be true. I hope I make it through the weekend without causing too much damage!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

205....almost there!

I'm so close to onederland I can TASTE it! This is damn exciting stuff!!!

I'm 1 pound away from my lowest adult weight. I'm 6 pounds away from onederland and I am 31 lbs from just being "overweight" and 60 lbs away from goal! Ok...those last two aren't really that exciting cuz there is still a long way to go, but OMG! 205!!!!

To celebrate, I had my coworker take this picture...and I almost didn't recognize myself. It looks sorta "top heavy"...but only because the bottom half is so strangely SMALL. Also...this is a size XL dress! :)

Please ignore my super messy office. :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Hey...there's some muscle under all that fat

So the fun thing about working out is watching your shape change. Last night I was looking at my loosening skin in the mirror and I noticed something. If I tilt just right so that all my "fat" falls to the center, you can ACTUALLY see abdominal muscles forming. I used to joke that I had rock-hard abs under my protective layer of fat. I honestly don't think this is a joke anymore....they are really in there!

Same with my batwings....if you ignore the dangling fat UNDER my arms, I have some pretty nice guns forming. Those I can share with you :)  Please pardon my post-workout sweaty mess.