Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My Health Goals

Everyone should have goals in life.  Whatever the category of life you set your goals in, you need to have goals.  Having goals gives you a sense of direction, a sense of purpose, a target to shoot for and I am no different.

I have set and am setting in this post my goals for weight loss and personal fitness. This is not your usual run of the mill goal setting mind you; nor is this the typical New Year's Day resolution type of goal setting.  No, these goals are ones that are now written down, set in (virtual) stone and are goals that I will attain.  Here are the goals I have set for myself.

Weight Loss Goals:
    • To lose enough weight to be at or under 300 pounds.
      • I have achieved this goal already!
    • To lose 100 pounds and become a member of the Century Club.
      • I have a few pounds to go on this one.
    • To lose enough weight to be at or under 250 pounds.
    • To lose enough weight to be at or under 200 pounds
    • To achieve my goal weight of 180 pounds.
Fitness Goals:
    • To start and finish the Couch to 5K program and run my first 5K race.
    • To run a 5K race with my family.
      • Turkey Trot is the first one I want to do.
    • To be able to jog a minimum of 3.5 miles 4 times a week.
    • To be able to bike a minimum of 10 miles 3 times a week.
    • To be able to swim a minimum of 1 mile 3 times a week.
      • After achieving this goal I want to start increasing that distance every month until I can swim 2 to 3 miles at a time.
    •  To be able to start training for my first Sprint Triathlon.
    • To compete in my first Triathlon.
      • Sprint first
      • Olympic second
      • Ironman eventually
Now I know that these are somewhat lofty goals, but I know they are achievable.  I'll start keeping progress on where I am with them here in my blog.  I hope you follow along.

I'll leave you with this:  What are Your goals?  I would love to hear them!

Have a great rest of the day!

Monday, July 09, 2012

Listening to Your Body After Being Sleeved

I have several things I "love" to do in life and fishing is one of those, so when I had the chance to go fishing July 4th and then again yesterday, I jumped at the chance.  Having my daughters and Father-in-Law going made the days even better.

Now normally I can fish all day long, in the heat or cold, in rain or sun, but that was when I had a complete stomach and not a sleeve.  I am learning that this is making a huge difference now and is a difference I need to pay attention to and quickly!

July 4th this year in Texas was hot, humid and for those not in the shade, downright miserable.  But for the four of us walking the mile from the truck to the creek bank, climbing down the rocky bank, wading an additional miles up and down the creek bank, it was heaven.  The water is crystal clear and you can see down to the bottom, and the fish are always eager to respond to a well placed lure or worm.  
My Daughters trying to catch a monster white Koi

My Father-in-Law readying a hook

We were all having a great time and then my body decided it was time to start speaking to me.

Speaking to me came in the form of occasionally becoming light headed, becoming very fatigued, and to be very honest I wasn't sure if I would make it back to the truck or not.

After we all got to our respective homes, I decided to weigh myself before I showered and found out I lost over two pounds since my weigh in that morning!

Now, fast forward to yesterday, which was Sunday, July 8th.  Once again, we were out in the heat and humidity, this time with very limited shade, but with a nice breeze and occasional cloudiness.  The other Godsend I had with me was my wife, who does recognize the signals coming from my body better than I do.

We fished out at Lake Texoma for a little over five hours yesterday and at several times I felt worse than drained.  I was to the point that several times I had to sit down as I was light headed, I was fatigued and simply drained.  My wife was the one who bought me the apple juice and Gatorade to help replace the sugars and electrolytes I was losing and then made me sit and eat.  It took a long while after we got home for me to recover.

Once again I weighed when I got home and once again, I had dropped weight.  This time I had dropped almost three pounds!  All of it, I believe, to be water weight.

So right now the moral of the story, and the lesson learned is that I cannot take in what my body is loosing during these times and I am going to have to plan more accordingly. 

My advice to you is to do the same.

Have a great rest of the day!


Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The Biggest Non Scale Victory So Far

Yesterday marked my first day back at the office since I left for my surgery back on June 18th and I have to say it was very pleasant.  Several co-workers said I looked great and couldn't believe the transformation that had occurred so far with me.  That in itself feels like a NSV (which stands for Non Sleeve Victory) for me, but what followed was the best NSV for me so far!

There were two people who actually did not recognize me!  One I can understand as I worked with her for a while before she moved to another department, but the other person is the CTO and I work with him or see him and speak with him on a daily basis.  He came up to me yesterday adn informed me that he had seen me speaking with a co-worker but didn't know who I was.  It took him three separate times as he looked at me that he finally realized who I was!  He had actually thought I was a new hire, or a consultant.

This very much made my day.

Hope everyone has a great remainder of the day!


Monday, July 02, 2012

Checking in: Day 10 Post Operation

Yesterday marked 10 days since my Gastric Sleeve Operation and it has been a pretty easy ride so far.
I was able to work from home the Friday after surgery and continued all last week working from home.  Being a software engineer with a very understanding company and manager helps. 

As far as weight loss, well, the pounds seem to be melting off the body.  I am currently down almost 58 pounds and have dropped a full pants size and almost two shirt sizes!  It has been an interesting ride so far and can't wait to see how things progress.

I leave you with my picture of before surgery and one week after surgery.   Have a great week!

Front View.  Before on the Left, After on the Right.  One week after surgery.

Side View. Before on the Left and After on the Right.  One Week after surgery.