Five Month Surgeversary!

I feel like I was just writing up my four month post yesterday. Somehow a whole month has gone by. It’s hard to believe that it’s been five months since surgery. I had a slow month for losing weight – only 8 pounds, but I still wouldn’t change my decision to have surgery.

This morning, I weighed in at 213 pounds, making my loss for this month only eight pounds, but 89 pounds total in the last five months. I still can’t get over that I really have lost all this weight.

I’ve been getting more comments from my co-workers who are noticing my weight loss. When they ask how much I’ve lost and I tell them, “almost 90 pounds” they are always super surprised. It makes me feel really good.

Exercise is back in my life

I have had a subscription to Beachbody.com for a few years now. However, I haven’t been consistent with any workout program for a while. Knowing that I needed to incorporate more exercise into my routine, I tried a few different workouts. I tried Country Heat and I tried Cize, but both of those only lasted a couple days.

8 lb weight on top of 12 lb weight with resistance band looped around

When I exercise, I feel like I’m just not doing it right if I’m not sweating with my heart rate spiking. And while I enjoyed Country Heat (I didn’t love Cize), I felt like I just wasn’t getting enough of a workout. Having completed 21 Day Fix in the past, I decided that I was try the 21 Day Fix, Real Time. While I don’t intend for this post to be purely a plug for Beachbody.com, I will say that I’m really enjoying the program.

My First Plateau in five months

Throughout my five month journey, I haven’t fit a plateau until about two weeks ago. It really frustrates me, because I feel like I’ve been better than ever. My plateau has coincided with starting my new exercise routine, so while I don’t want to attribute exercise to lack of weight loss, I kind of am anyway.

I have been completing a bunch of different workouts, Full Body, Cardio, Legs, Arms, and even some Pilates and Yoga. All in all, I really like it. I have always been naturally very muscular, so I figured maybe I was just gaining some muscle in the first week, hence the no loss. But when it happened a second week, I was just frustrated and disappointed. I guess we’ll have to see what week 3 brings me.

What else has changed?

I was looking through all of my tracked information in My Fitness Pal. It tried to see a correlation between my tracked data and my plateau – maybe my protein intake was too low? Or carbs was too high? But I don’t see anything that is trending toward that. So all in all, I’m frustrated.

I did lose some inches (3.9 inches since October, 55.4 since my journey began), so while I didn’t lose a lot of weight, my body is still definitely changing, so that’s a good thing!

Chart with Tracked measurements June through November
My progress chart, showing how I’ve changed in each area – there are a lot of changes here!

Food, Food, Glorious Food

I feel like I have a love/hate relationship with food. On the one hand, I love the idea of food. Cooking and baking is something that I have always loved, and I still love trying new recipes, but I hate eating it. I guess I just don’t have much of a desire to eat at the present time. There have been some pretty awesome dishes, and there have been some not so great dishes in my experimentation. I can’t wait to share the good recipes with you all.

I think that my system is still just a bit out of whack – it hasn’t adjusted yet. I’m used to my new schedule, my new regime, my calorie intake for the day is drastically lower now than it was a year ago. And I do enjoy food….Just not as much as I used to.

I think that I’m finally embracing the “Eat to Live” instead of “Live to Eat” philosophy. My mindset on food is totally different. But I hope that one day soon I will truly enjoy it again.

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2 thoughts on “Five Month Surgeversary!”

  • Congratulations! I am a 35 year old mom with two kids and a husband who had surgery in July so it’s refreshing to read your updates and feel like I have someone who’s going through it in real time! 89 lbs is amazing- I can’t wait for your 6 month update!

    • Thank you!! Having two young kids of my own, I know how tough it is. Especially how some of my recipes really go wrong and the rest of the family hates it! I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts!! 🙂

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