Post Op Week 9

12.03.2013


Even though the post is a day late, the pic is from Monday morning :)


Another week and technically a little shy of another 4 pounds, but weight-wise milestones were passed this past week. 351 pounds marked 50 pounds lost since surgery, with 90 pounds lost total. 350 pounds means I can (theoretically) be weighed on the average doctor scales. Granted, I'd have to be butt naked and their scales would have to be calibrated to my scales at home, but it's a milestone!

The next milestone occurs at 347 pounds, which was my low weight in 2006 as well as the only other "low" weight I remember since 238 at my high school graduation.

A combination of actual work to do along with weather has been messing with my exercise schedule. Plus, I've been feeling tired more. I think part of the tired may be from cutting back on my Iron supplement, so I'm going to go back to the double-dose I was inadvertently taking for 2 weeks - those were a good 2 weeks.

Last night I had the closest thing to a salad as I've had in 2 months. I had gotten some shredded Iceburg lettuce for pseudo-taco filler. Last night I mixed some of the lettuce with a little chicken and cheese, along with some sour cream and salsa to give it a Mexican feel instead of going for salad dressing. The majority of the dish was lettuce so I wanted to count it as a salad. It filled up more of the bowl than I originally intended, but I didn't have any problem eating it or keeping it down. I managed to take a little longer eating it (like I'm supposed to).

Monday was supposed to be a walking + weight workout day, but a 9-hour workday along with 90 minutes of going to and from work (with all the holiday wrecks that have been unleashed) took a big enough chunk out of the day that I only got in my walk. I went 2 laps around the school, which is ~3.2 miles. Today, my legs, feet, and knees are telling me I walked a long way yesterday.

I've stopped tracking my walking/number of steps for a while. The Fitbit I've been wearing was starting to leave either a rash or a small whelp on my wrist. I'm not sure why everything was fine the first month I wore it, but lately it became an irritant. When I can remember, I stick the Fitbit in my pocket (it's just a fancy pedometer after all) but that's also how I washed and then lost my first Fitbit. I can still track my weight and blood pressure on the Fitbit website, so I've been keeping that up to track my progress from day to day.

Enough focusing on my weight for this week. Now to psyche myself up for a walk in drizzly, overcast weather.


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2013 Widgey Season Update

12.01.2013

After mine and Keith's afternoon of gaming last Sunday, I finally updated this years Widgey rankings. Before Sunday, Jerry was in the lead for the championship (as he had been for most of the year). Keith and I played 3 games Sunday, which thanks to the quantity (Widgeying rewards laying often) and winningness (Widgeying rewards winning twice as much as losing) of Keith, he managed to surge from 3rd place to 1st place.


Wins & Losses

Win %

Points Rank + Win % Rank - # of Wins

Wins Losses Points Ranking   Win % Ranking   Combined Points Combined Ranking
Russ 6
6
36
1
50.0% 6
1
3
Jer 7
1
30
3
87.5% 4
0
2
Keith 7
4
36
1
63.6% 5
-1
1
Joe 3
0
12
4
100.0% 1
2
4
Steve 1 0
4
5
100.0% 1
5
5
Richard 1 0
4
5
100.0% 1
5
5


Oddly enough, if Jer beats me in 1 additional game, the rankings would change as:

Wins & Losses

Win %

Points Rank + Win % Rank - # of Wins

Wins Losses Points Ranking   Win % Ranking   Combined Points Combined Ranking
Russ 6
7
38
1
46.2% 6
1
3
Jer 8
1
34
3
88.9% 4
-1
1
Keith 7
4
36
2
63.6% 5
0
2
Joe 3
0
12
4
100.0% 1
2
4
Steve 1 0
4
5
100.0% 1
5
5
Richard 1 0
4
5
100.0% 1
5
5


... giving the Jer the overal win for the year.

It's an odd points system I've constructed. I should have constructed it to where I could win.


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Post Op Week 8

11.25.2013

Keeping the 4 pounds per week dream alive!

After being downright chatty with 3 posts last week, there's not much to add on right now. I've got some actual work that I'm behind on for a demo due in a week, so I'm going to go back to working on it.


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Almost 15,000 Steps, and Britches.

11.21.2013

After a week of taking it easy (thanks to being stupid while working out), tonight saw Gina and I back on the track at the high school. My focus was to cover some distance opposed to Gina's normal lightning quick pace.

Well, maybe not exactly lightning quick, but the girl walks a lot faster than I do. I can make up lots of reasons, but mainly I'm stuck in "mosey".

Gina's arm was a little sore from what sounds to be an interesting future story once everything isn't hurting. This bode well for me as it slowed her down. I got in some extra walking today during a trip to the mall to unsuccessfully get some smaller britches (more later). Thanks to our slower pace, Gina and I walked most of 2 laps around the school instead of the lap + meander that we often do.

Most of 2 laps because there's this 1 section on the back side of the school that neither one of us like. It's hard to explain, but it just seems boring and long 0 and it's maybe ¼ mile long. Tonight when we reached this section we cut around to the front of the school. A full 2 laps is roughly 3.2 miles, and our circuit measured just over 3 miles on Gina's phone app.

I felt a little guilty for not walking, or at least not walking enough to really count, over the past week. Luckily today made up for it by being the farthest I've walked in a day since I started tracking it. So I don't feel as guilty now. Plus, my feet are sore so that quells some guilt as I'm sure I'll still feel it in the morning.

My trip to the mall was to buy some new jeans as the ones I've been wearing (52 waist) are big enough on me I have to keep pulling them up to my gut when I stand up so they'll be tight enough to stay on. I thought I had smaller pants in the storage building, but when I checked yesterday I found 7 pair of size 54 waisted pants. To all of you normal sized folks out there, these 54's and 52's probably sounds huge, but 2 months ago I was testing the constraints of a size 58. Hoping to find some better fitting, not gut requiring jeans I went to Madison Square Mall on the way home.

Madison Square Mall is a sad place compared to the last time I bought clothes there, which must have been years ago. Although I'm shrinking, I'm still steadfast in the big section of the Big & Tall's. Dillards, my normal Big & Tall go-to place, is no longer Dillards but instead some type of clearance specialty store that's got crap everywhere, but nothing I want. I walked down to Belk and they have a Big & Tall section, but only if you don't blink while walking by. In the 6 racks of Big & Tall clothes I found, I'm between pant sizes of the brands they had in stock. The brand I've been wearing comes from Casual Male (i.e. Over-Priced But It Fits), so I'll end up back there sometime next week for jean shopping.

I could go now, or tomorrow, but I'm too frustrated with my shopping experience, and cinching up my pants around my gut will just give me the "I'll show them/I don't need their stupid pants attitude" that will make me feel even.


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Raw 11.18.2013

11.20.2013

This past Monday was my first post-surgical road trip of note, at least the first trip that I stayed overnight. Seeing has how road trip meals were one of my favorite past times, it was a little weird not to stop and pick up some fast food when hitting the interstate.

The main purpose of this trip was to see Jason as WWE Raw hit Nashville. A little over a year ago (or maybe a year and a half), I cut back on my wrestling-watching when I got rid of cable. I catch the abbreviated version of the Monday night show about 90% of the time, but that's more to stay up to date in case anything important happens. Usually, nothing important happens. When I saw that Raw was coming to Nashville, I saw my chance to see Jason and catch up a little not because I was the wrestling fan that's known worldwide as the keeper of Russellmania, but because I knew where he was going to be and it was within easy driving distance!

Gina was tagging along, so this added the previously mentioned overnight aspect as we would stay in Nashville and get a little shopping in (which I owed her from taking care of my butt after last years surgery). Since Jason was going to be busy "working", we didn't try real hard to get to the show when it started at 6:00. In fact, I picked Gina up around 6:00. And then we were off to Nashville!

... for about 10 minutes, when Gina remembered she had forgotten the candied/chocolate apples she was supposed to take Jason. We were already on the interstate, so we had to trek 8 miles before we could turn around and pick up the apples. So around 6:30, we were off to Nashville! Again. Which was all fine since Jason was "working".

We made it to the arena in Nashville around 8:00, at which point security wouldn't let Gina in with the apples. We could leave the apples, or someone from inside could come get them. Thanks to Jason's high ranking stature in the company and some liberal text messaging, he was able to send a lackey to fetch the apples, and us along with them. Sometime around 8:30 we made it all the way inside to our seats.

For the next hour and a half we watched some wrestling and Jason would come talk when "work" slowed down. Once everything was wrapped up for the night, I think we stood around talking for another 30-45 minutes. This was the best part of the night, as Jason is one of those guys I wish I could just hang out with and talk to because he's so interesting. Of course, that would run the risk of him finding out what a nerdy dork I really am behind the cool and studly facade I'm able to fake during the moments I'm around him.

After all of our hugs goodbye Gina and I made it back to the hotel and I got to hear about what a cutie pie Jason is. It was similar to how I heard about what a cutie pie he was 2½ years ago at Wrestlemania in Atlanta. He is a cutie pie, so I'm pretty sure I was just adding on to everything she was saying (Jason is lovable, I can't help it!).

The next day brought on shopping at Opry Mills and REI. Unfortunately, I started the day with some new Dr Scholls inserts that I shouldn't have been using (they were poking my feet in the wrong places). Halfway through the day I trashed the inserts and hobbled through the rest of the day. Gina racked up on her post-butt-care prizes as she scored some shoes and another purse from the outlet stores.

When we got back home, I was worn out. I thought I was worn out from my feet hurting from those damn inserts, but this morning on the scales I saw what may have been a better reason. While gone, I didn't have any protein shakes and my eating schedule was off kilter, plus I wasn't drinking enough water. On average, I lose ½ pound per day, so weighing in at 357 on Monday should have me at 356 Wednesday morning. Instead I weighed 352 this morning, losing 5 pounds instead 1. While this is good for those weight loss numbers, it's 500% of my normal over the past 4 weeks. Today I've been focusing on drinking more, and fully expect to wake up tomorrow with a scale hovering in the 355 range.

Or maybe cutie pies make me lose more weight?


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