I have been a bit down over the last couple of days, I think some of it has to do with the change in clocks and that we are now darker in the evenings. Have settled into the house okay and things are looking good.
Here is a pic of the new house and also one of Porsche who is not the best again at the moment. She has hurt her back paw and has been licking.chewing at it, so she has a cone on her head to stop her from aggravating it.
Now, as for my weightloss. I have been feeling a bit blah about everything recently and I have not been having great losses at all. Not really since my surgery. I think osme of that is just the way it is, as in my weight loss is slowing down, but I think the biggest part of it is that I have allowed some naughty things to creep into my diet again (ie chippies)and I have not really focussed on any exercise. This all came to a head on Monday for me, when I got an email from the support group I am in and it pretty much switched a lightbulb on in my head. (Well, on Tuesday night it finally came on). I have included an exerpt of the email here.
Are you interested or committed?
"There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." -Ken Blanchard, co-author of more than 30 books, including the classic bestseller The One Minute Manager
When you chose to have weight loss surgery, you made a choice to establish firm physical boundaries about what you will eat. You weren't just interested in losing weight, you were committed to losing weight, no matter what it took. And, while you may not have been able to establish those boundaries out of sheer willpower, you were 100% committed to your weight loss journey, even if it meant having surgery to rearrange your digestive plumbing.
Now, you have the opportunity to see your commitment through. For many people, surgery alone is not enough. In the short-term, having a gastric bypass or lap band procedure will restrict your food intake and cause rapid weight loss. But, over time, you can "stretch" your stomach again and gain the weight back. You need to be 100% committed to your weight loss goal if you want to maintain your healthy new body for the long term.
How do you know if you're committed? Ask yourself...
- Will I exercise for 30 minutes a day, no matter what? Even if it's raining. Even if the kids are sick. Even if I'm on vacation. Even if I don't feel like it.
- Will I set boundaries around certain foods? For example, I will only have cake on the 1st of the month. I will therefore never, ever, ever eat cake any other day of the month. No matter the occasion. No matter the peer pressure. No matter if I'm at a fancy restaurant. No excuses.
- Will I attend a regular support group meeting once a week?
- Will I journal every day about my weight loss journey?
You may not want or need to do all of these things. But, you should pick at least one commitment that will help you maintain your healthy weight, and be 100% dedicated to that decision for the long term. To be successful, use the "no exceptions" rule. Choose to uphold your commitment, without exception, no matter what the circumstance.
You have come this far, and you are worth the long-term investment!
So the upshot of all of this was that on Tuesday after a slightly crappy day at work and also being inspired by my two surgery buddies (waves at Shell and Annie) I came home and told Si we were off to check out the gym, so we did and we signed up and I had my assessment this morning at 6AM!!!! I am going to be doing min 3 classes per week, 2 of those days will be cardio and circuit training and one day will be focussed mainly on cardio. All 3 days I will be working on my abs!!!
So after we signed up at the gym, we headed home and instead of going inside and blobbing down, I dropped Si off and went to aqua aerobics instead. 45 mins of bouncing and splashing in the water using resistance, great fun and really hard work. That is currently on twice a week, but i am not sure about the Thursday night class, as we have cards and it might be good to give my body a day off.
Oh, the other big news on my front, is that I weighed on Monday and had no change, and this morning with all that effort made at the pool and gym , I weighed this morning and I am now 126.4kgs, so it means I have lost 50.6 kgs since my heaviest.
I am really stoked that I have managed to do that before I see my surgeon for a check up on Friday. I think I will organise Si to take some more comparison shots on the 19th as that will be 5 months since my op.