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Friday, October 12, 2012

Pregnant!

With all the delayed surgery, life got in the way! I am 7 weeks 4 days pregnant. Wish me luck. :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Delayed

My surgery has been delayed again - by a minimum of 6 months. It makes me start to reconsider the entire process. It has been so long since I started this process. I'm not of the mind to go into details today, but maybe I'll update again soon.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Verdict: Planet Fitness is Awesome

I never thought I would be saying that about a gym. Never. Really, how could any gym possibly qualify as awesome? Hear me out.

First of all, I touched on this before, but it really is a "no critics" kind of place. There were people working out across a large age span - from college students to seniors. There was also a large size span present; I wasn't the only obese person there (which has happened before when I've tried out other gyms). There were a few people around my size and larger ranging to all the way down to a size 0.

There isn't a lack of machines either; there are rows and rows equipment. Even though I arrived at 5:30 on a weekday, I didn't have to wait for a single machine.

Furthermore, it isn't all about fitness. My black card membership (only $20 a month) gives me unlimited access to tanning and massage chairs as well. When I finished my workout I had planned to go tanning, but I had another 30 minute wait - so I decided to kill some time in the massage chair.  Ahhhh... back massage, how nice. Don't start yelling at me for tanning either. It's not like I get any sun this time of year, and my vitamin D levels are almost nil. The benefits of the nice, warm, cozy, relaxing tanning bed actually outweigh the risks for me. I will continue to bask in the glow.

The reason why I usually choose to exercise for short lengths of time is because my back gets sore quite quickly. After those few minutes in the massage chair, my back was ready for more! I ended up "killing" my remaining time by doing another 23 minutes on the treadmill - which ended up being .90 of a mile. That distance is already a big deal to me on its own, but it was after I had already done 25 minutes on the bikes (around 8.5 miles) and 8 minutes on the treadmill (around .40 of a mile). So ya, big deal to me.

This was only my third workout there. There is so much untapped potential at Planet Fitness, and I'm actually kind of excited for the future possibilities. Any other Planet Fitness patrons out there? What is your favorite part about going there? To all gym dwellers: what is your favorite exercise at the gym? I love the bikes because of the lack of stress to my back. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Schweddy Me - Update

I went back to the gym today (yay motivation) and did 20 minutes on the bike and 10 minutes on the treadmill. I've heard that for fat burn you should keep your heart rate around 65% of "max capacity" - which for me means around 125-130 BPM. This translates to the lowest bike level and about 2.7 MPH on the treadmill. Wow, it doesn't take much for me does it? Though it will be nice to see how that changes (slowly) as my body gets more fit.

My feet only went mildly numb today. Yesterday, I could barely feel my toes on the bike. On the treadmill, my knees did not go numb, but after 10 minutes my hips and back did start to get sore. I think the combo workout works best, rather than being on the same machine for the entire time. 

Something I want to get into, but don't know where to start, is weight training. At Planet Fitness members can set up a meeting with the personal trainer (no charge) and work together to find what is right for them. I think I'm going to do this, but not right at the moment. For now, I'm going to try to get used to the cardio machines before moving on. 

Altogether, I feel really good at the end of my workouts. I'm not pushing myself too hard like I used to do in the past. Instead of going too hard and being really sore the next day (and then not having the motivation to go): I'm taking it slowly and letting my body tell me  what's right and wrong. Sure, I feel weird being the "last one in and the first one out" in relation to the other patrons around, but its right for me. I need to stop judging myself at the gym.

Also, here's a shout out to the chicks at  3fc who helped me with my motivation. Thanks!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Schweddy Me

Schweddy, Schweddy, Schweddy - so much more fun than sweaty.

So, you'll find a new addition to the blog above: a weight loss ticker! I love tickers. I've always thought they were a nice way to display progress. So, now you can see that I had a nice whoosh of weight loss this week. I'm now at 24 lbs lost. Woot!

In other news, after having a membership for two months - I finally went to the gym. Schoolwork along with being ill has caused me stay at home in the past, but today I got off my rear and got out there. I'm sure my bestie was happy I finally showed up too (she works there, and I know she was checking up on me).

So, as any large person can usually attest to - going to the gym can produce a bit of anxiety. Does anyone else think it ironic that some people judge overweight people in a gym? Come on, its not like I'm sitting in Stone's Homemade Candy  (local sweet shop) ordering half the store! I'm there to work out!

However, rant aside, I didn't actually see any of that today. Planet Fitness' entire advertising campaign is all about "no judgment" - and whether by luck or on purpose, I can say that held pretty true.

I decided that I would shoot for a 30 minute workout; I thought that it would be a good length for a beginner. My exercise of choice today was mainly the exercise bikes (they have two different types). They worked out pretty well because I didn't have to put any stress on my back.  I "rode" 8 miles over the 25 minute period on the first level. I finished out the last 5 minutes walking on the treadmill. I, indeed, was pretty schweddy at the end.

The concerning thing was that while on the bikes, my feet went numb. I thought it may have been because of my new sneakers. However, when I was on the treadmill, my left knee went numb. This makes me think the feet issue wasn't because of the shoes. I'm not sure what it means, but if it happens the next time I work out I'll bring it up with my doctor.



There are some things that annoy me about Planet Fitness though. For example, you can't wear "head wear" other than baseball hats. Really? All those grannies out there have to leave the sweat band at home? Tsk, tsk, Planet Fitness. I wasn't happy leaving my crocheted hat at home. It meant that I actually had to do my hair to go to the gym. Blech.

I wasn't too thrilled about having to get my picture taken either. Don't get me wrong - I'm not usually running away from the camera, but who really wants a picture taken at the gym? Well, at least they're not a gym that makes you have a membership card with the picture on it. The bestie says the picture was good, but she's a friend AND an employee so its not like she could say any different anyway. XD


Friday, November 4, 2011

5% Weight Loss!

Things are picking up right where I left off, as hoped! I am proud to announce I have lost 5% of my body weight. Why is this number so important, you wonder? This is the threshold that I am required to lose before surgery!

In fact, I've actually lost some extra weight beyond that 5%! I have lost 20 pounds in total.  Actually, I have technically "lost" around 30 pounds, but I had a minor setback where I gained some weight back, and had to re-lose it. Meh, it happens, but I didn't let it discourage me. I am super excited to have that hurdle behind me again. Of course, I will still be trying to lose more between now and the mysterious surgery date, but at the very least, I only have to maintain my loss.

I've been doing much better by completely eliminating fast food from my diet. You would be surprised (or not) how much that makes a difference. Normally, most people can live by the "moderation" rule when it comes to fast food. However, I find having even a small amount of it makes me crave more. Seriously, it's like I'm a fast food vampire - the craving builds unless I avoid it altogether.

Plus, since we've been financially struggling - its not like we could afford to buy junk food even if we wanted it! Positives in every situation, right?


Monday, October 31, 2011

Receiving a Halloween Treat!

Hey everyone! So, you may have been wondering why I have been gone for awhile. Well, the truth is, "the system" failed me for a few months. Resulting from faulty paperwork (on their end), mine and my husband's medical insurance was revoked. The Department of Social Services (DSS) claimed I made too much a month to qualify for medicaid. This was in fact horrifyingly false (I would love to make as much as they claimed I did).

After that notice I got pretty depressed for awhile. There was (and is) no way I could pay for the surgery out of pocket. After all the blood, sweat, and tears I put in this entire year - it now looked like I wouldn't be able to receive Bariatric Surgery. This blog, to me, was just a humongous glaring reminder me of that.
So I stopped blogging. 

However, being as stubborn as I am, how much I want this, and despite being depressed (and how much I need medical insurance in general) I knew I had to fight to get my insurance back. Little did I know how long it would take.

We submitted more paperwork to the DSS. We figured that way, we can doubly make sure they had all of the right information. We called frequently - only to get a voice mail box every - darn - time. We even received paperwork in the mail saying our food-stamp benefits were being increased! We knew they must have received that paperwork if those benefits had changed! Why then, did we still not get a notice about our medicaid?

We waited patiently. We saw a possibility that the medicaid paperwork simply takes longer, and it would be coming soon. Yet, after more than a week later, we received no notice by mail or otherwise.

One call, two calls, three calls, four... it went on and on, but we still only got to talk to her voice mail.

We were at our wits end, 
or so we thought.

A couple of weeks ago we finally got in touch with our case worker.

Yay! Woohoo! A Human Being! 

We informed her of the situation, and she said she would look for the paperwork and call us back. Okay, I understand she's a busy over-worked social worker, and might even have an appointment waiting. So, we hung up and waited patiently for a call. Two weeks go by, and - surprise, surprise - no call back.

So, today we called her again. To no one's surprise we could only contact her voice mail. We left a message, but as fed up as we had become (this has been going on for three months now) we decided to call her supervisor. Of course, we only got his voice mail as well (can you visualize the murder in my eyes at this point) but we left a not-so-nice sounding message on it.

Guess what? A half hour later we got a call from our social worker. It went a bit like this:
Her: "I would have called, but I was waiting for your paperwork"
Hubby: *gah, I'm about to go ape**** on you, but I must try not to sound like an ***hole* "We sent you the paperwork months ago, and we know it was received because our food stamps were already re-evaluated and our benefits increased."
Her: "Oh... well... let me look for them. I'll call you back."
Hubby: *having already played this game* "Will you please call us back today."
Her: "Um... ya... I guess I could do that. I'll call you back whether I find the paperwork or not."
Hubby: "Okay, thank you."

We had to put some trust in her (while also keeping in mind how much an angry boss motivates). Yet, we were left wondering if her words would be a Halloween trick or treat. Luckily,  she did indeed call back. She even found the paperwork we sent, and ran it through the system.

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!  
We are indeed eligible and have been this entire time!

So, on December 1st our coverage will begin again. Meaning, I can start back up right where I left off. I just need to call the Bariatric Surgery Center and the Psychologist to update my information and schedule appointments in December.

I am very thankful, even with all the problems, that I have health insurance and can buy groceries thanks to government assistance. Although my husband and I hold three jobs between us, it is very hard to make ends meet, especially while being full-time students. I recognize how lucky I am to be an American with health insurance, when so many suffer without it. I found out what its like to worry about paying health bills out of pocket: I developed a staph infection that needed to be tested and treated during the lapse in coverage, and a severe cold I couldn't afford to get treated. It was an eye opening experience to what so many people live with for too long.


*Political Statement Coming*
Too many people in our country live in poverty, without a job or with a job without a true living wage, and are forced to live without their basic needs. The middle class is disappearing and poverty is growing, while the richest 1% are getting richer in alarming rates. We are the 99%. I urge everyone to join an #occupy movement in their area. We, as one, can make a difference.