Thursday, August 16, 2012

Adding another element to the team

Well, last week, I decided to start adding a little strength training to my regime.  I started with a week of P90X.  For those of you who do 90 days of this program, I tip my hat.  After 4 days of this program, my body was toast.  I could hardly move and doing my cardio was next to impossible.

So...with the realization that I am not as young as I use to be, I searched for help... and I think I found it right down the street in the heart of College Park.

Ben, who is the Owner of My House Fitness has become my personal trainer.  Two days a week, I am doing strength training with him and I am already very excited about the future.  His focus on safe movement and form is something I haven't had with a lot of other trainers in my life and he pushes just enough to make those muscles burn but not too much so I can't run the next day. This first week has been great...but I know the following weeks will only continue to get harder.

As far as my eating is concerned, I feel like I might need to have my band tightened just a little more. I feel like I am eating a bit more than I should.  The scale IS going in the right direction with 3 pounds lost since the band was installed.  A great sign.  Let's hope it continues.

This weekend, I plan to run my first competitive 5k since surgery.  In two weeks, I will be running/MOSTLY walking my first half marathon since my gastric band was installed. The Virginia Beach Rock n Roll Half Marathon has been a tradition for me for years as it is near my birthday.  This will be my 5th time running the coastal town's 13.1 miles.  Watch for many photos!!!

As always...Ill keep you posted

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Let's get this party started....


It's been 6 weeks since my surgery and today was a big day. Today, Dr. Robyn Ache..my incredible surgeon who fixed my bypass, fixed my hernia and installed my new gastric band, tightened the band down around my stomach.  Let the games begin.

When Gastric Band surgery is done, you have to wait about 4 to 6 weeks for the surgical site to heal.  For me, I had to wait a little longer for my hernia to heal....but the wait is over...

The fill takes just a few minutes...but I gotta tell ya..I was terrified.  I don't do needles well but Dr. Ache calmed my fears...just like she did in the operating room prior to surgery.  What an incredible person Dr. A is  in my life. I have a port under the skin below the left side of my ribcage.  The needle is inserted into the port and saline is injected into a tube that is connected to the band and it tightens the band around my stomach.  This band is adjustable so if I feel like its not tight enough, no problem, she can inject some more saline.....too tight? She can remove some saline.

So the waiting is over and the fun part begins.  Now...its up to me. No excuses.  I have yet another tool in the arsenal to help me achieve my goal weight.  I already started this week with working towards those goals but Ill update you on those in the next post.

Thanks Dr. Ache....you are a blessing in my life.