April and May 2011 Tri-the-Kenai Derailed — Whew The best App I have installed on my i-Phone is my Count Down Calendar. At the time of my gallbladder surgery I had exactly 6 weeks until the TRI. That was significant because after 2 days in the hospital the doctor said that I couldn’t exercise or lift anything over 15 lbs for 6 weeks. Well there goes the TRI. So something that I couldn’t picture was by no means going to come into vision. I was disappointed but also relieved at the same time. I had to halt everything. I remember texting Angie with a now infamous quote of ours, “I have a little story to tell you.” She hates those texts because it wouldn’t be the last one for the year. In this next year I’m bound and determined to picture what healthy and athletic looks like. Even just last week as I had my first training session in 5 months I still couldn’t picture me at a goal weight or even in a goal activity. It’s my homework for the New Year. Gallbladder surgery should be a relatively routine surgery or so I’ve been told. I should have known better when my discharge from the hospital was delayed by a day due to pain and at my first doctors appointment I gained 6 lbs. Who has surgery and gains 6 lbs? Well for a week after the surgery I had actually been leaking bile into my abdomen. I knew something was wrong because of the intense pain but I had also noticed that I was bloated. I was a 20 lb. deflated balloon because of the weight loss but I was now filling back up. T.M.I. I know. I believed that the pain I was experiencing was normal and that I should just take it, fortunately, my friend S~ took charge. I then began to witness a network of friends that came to my aide that just really showered me with love, care and time. By the time the doctor discovered the leak my mother was on her way from Ca so she too could also see my ROCKS in action. From ladies of KNL to coworkers and friends I was well cared for and prayed for. I had two more surgeries and even one required me to be medevac to Anchorage. Serious? Right? I missed 3 weeks of school and only showed up for the normal “hoop-la” at the end of quarter. My co-workers rallied around and provided lesson plans and sub guidance and my KNL ladies provided meals. I am truly blessed. Little did I know that 2 months later I’d be traveling down the same road again.
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It was time for some serious TRI training. Angimal had arranged for a group of athletes to train for the upcoming season. Though I had been on the TOPS Team for the year which had a variety of Swimmers at many different levels (I started in lane 1 and moved to lane 5) but this was going to be different because I’m not a great runner or cyclist. I was worried to be with these athletes. My schedule got crazier times 10.
Monday – 5:30-6:00 TRI Training
T & Thur – 3:00-3:30 Treadmill 3:30-4:30 Angimal 5:30-7:00 TOPS
Wednesday – Lead the Made to Crave Bible Study
Friday – 3:00-3:30 Treadmill 3:30-4:30 Angimal 5:30-6:30 TRI
Saturday – 9:00-10:00 TRI Training Swimming
OK good grief what a schedule but I was doing it. I was there and I was putting forth an effort that was exactly what I could handle. The best part of the training revealed once again how much of a swimmer I am. On the days that we were swimming I’d actually finish ahead of the pack. That was a nice feeling after having to modify some of the hill runs, BRICKS, and spinning sets.
As the month progressed even though i didn’t believe i could actually participate in the TRI I had Angimal encouraging me and now the whole team seeing in me something I couldn’t. I almost want to say that I was faking it until I made it but the aches and pains were not fake. The breathless sets were not fake. The painful seat on the spin bike was shirley not fake. So towards the end of the month I finally had to bite the bullet and buy my bike for the race. I’m doing it. The picture was becoming clearer and clearer until the night of Thursday, April 28th. I had a gallbladder attack, surgery and complications that sidelined me. It was the beginning of my medical rollercoaster.
In March a few 8th graders, chaperones and I headed to DC. I had waited my whole life for this trip. I’ve had a couple of near misses but it took me 44 years to get here. Miss #1 – instead of going with my Junior High Class my parents put on two weddings. Shucks. Miss #2 – A DC trip with my Grandma that got hijacked and transformed into a Country Jamboree Bus Tour by my Great Aunt Beulah. We had a great time but actually drove around the DC’s Beltway. Shucks! I truly had a wonderful time with these exceptional 8th graders. They were a pleasure to travel with. The tour guide, JD, actually made the trip extra special as we rode on his Rollercoaster of Love. His excellent playlist on his i-Pod, knowledge of the city and his unique stories made the trip extra special. My friends / fellow chaperones were a kick. I’ve never laughed so much than with these two ladies.
We really had a good laugh as we evacuated the hotel at 4 a.m. due to a fire alarm in the boiler room. Wet shoes became very stinky towards the end of the week.
What I really noticed on this trip is how far I still have to go on this journey. I had been working out 6 days a week since September but the simple endurance I needed to keep up with this tour group really kicked my butt. From the hills of Arlington National Cemetery or the stairs any museum I was exhausted. A few times I just needed to surrender and stay in the bus. It’s amazing how far I had thought i had come and yet there is still so much work to be done. Just what would have it been like if I hadn’t been working out. Scary!
Just for fun this is what I would weigh on Mars.
I had such good intentions for 2011. New Years day I had my first Diet Coke in a year. What an accomplishment. I used to drink 6 Diet Cokes a day. The most difficult part of this task was when I went to restaurants. I substituted Green Tea and lots of water. For 2011 I planned to give up all Fast Foods (FF). I knew this would be difficult but a necessity. See even while I was dieting I’d still go to McD’s for breakfast. Yep a great start to your day. So no Fast Food for 2011 except for maybe Subway, Eat Fresh right? I figured that if I didn’t have a plan then I’d eat FF so this year I needed to have a plan for each meal. I remember one time in January I walked out of a Subway (legal food) because it wasn’t part of the plan for the day. There is a lot of power in walking out realizing that you have set a boundary for yourself that you were not going to cross. In January I began reading Lysa TerKeurst‘s book Made to Crave. This book led to a change in my “Want To.” I’ll review the book another time but it certainly started my year off right with the Lord as my guide. I spent New Years with J~ setting goals for the year but not just goals but prayers. J~ is a friend that knows how I tick and when she said that my cheating on my diet weren’t cheats but sneaks it really touched a place in my mind and heart. To sneak was so much worse than cheating. This idea kept me going for a time. When I returned to the gym Angimal really recognized that want to. She even said that if “NO November” continued that it was going to be difficult to train me but she noticed a change in me. We were ready for a New Year.
With this new dedication Angimal encouraged me to sign up for the June triathlon. She believed in me but good grief I couldn’t see it. I couldn’t picture me doing such a thing. How could a 300 lb person Swim-Bike-Run at that weight? I’ve always wanted to be this type of athlete so I just needed to borrow Angimal’s belief for a while. I continued my workouts now with an end in mind. I wanted this! I was going to go through the motions and get there when I get there. If you don’t shoot at anything you miss it every time.
My first glimmer that I could do this was the February Master’s Swim Meet. I always think of a Dave Ramsey quote: “If you want to be rich you have to do what rich people do.” So if you want to be skinny you have to do what skinny people do.” Skinny people SWIM. In the 50 yard Freestyle, 100 I.M., and 50 yard Breaststroke I earn Third place ribbons. I earned Second place ribbons in the 100 yard Freestyle and 50 yard Backstroke. Age group wins are a wonderful thing. I was there baby! I looked the part and made a good showing. I had FUN! So maybe the TRI could happen.
February also brought me back to So Cal for my nieces wedding. “The Dress” made another showing. Its a lot different wearing an outfit when you don’t know anybody and could care less what people think but when people know ya and there’s a history its a different feeling. Well so I thought. Once again I felt confident and pretty.
What a new feeling.
During this trip I also noticed that my clothes from the summer were extra-large. I was making progress and still couldn’t see it or believe it. You see I knew the truth even though I was an exercising machine my food was still not spot on. Grandma Rose really noticed a difference and couldn’t keep her hands off my extra-large pants.
My FF goal was going fine but I was still not eating right and February was the real beginning of that. Its something that I’m really going to have to face. If it was just exercise in this life change I’d really be doing great. ARG FOOD!
And the winner of the 9/9 – 10/10 Challenge is …..
Deb with Deb Will Be Free
What a fantastic month. Way to go Steve, Loretta, Deb, Vicki and Tracy!!! I have been so encouraged by each of your postings. I think this Challenge came around at the perfect time. We needed a short time of focus that would solidify some new habits. Let’s keep it going.
2x Workout with Angie my trainer
Monday & Friday workouts are great but there is a lot that can happen in-between. On Monday each lift was in reaction to one of my classes. “Period 8 — Grr Period 7 Grrr” and then by Friday I just had to pound the treadmill to find a little peace.
7x Log my food – 1800-2000 cal. Yep I predicted it last week an “all at once” mentality is a sure-fire way to sabotage success. The carb thing really tripped me out and I had to make concerted efforts to eat correctly. Not a good place to be because I was eating according to the plan but I was too critical with each decision. I’ll need to keep this carb thing on the back burner but I know it is an area for improvement.
5x I will be in bed by 10.
Hee Haaww 100%!!!!!
64 oz of water a day.
This goal is coming along nicely. I need to budget more in the morning hours. It’ll make for better sleep.
7x Prayer and study
As stated in the Hot 100 update I was really at a point of white knuckling it on Friday and the thought of the gym just aggravated me. Fortunately, I paused prayed and pounded it out on the treadmill.
Proud — Whew! We made it!
Thanks for taking this challenge with me. From your postings I know it challenged us to refocus and grow.
I’ll announce the winner of the Challenge on Monday. 🙂
How was your week?
(I know it’s a little redundant for all us Hot 100’s. The benefit of any Challenge is the support and being accountable for a period of time.
Whatever it takes it’s what we do).
Here are our fellow Challenger Winners:
- Steve with Log My Loss
- Loretta with Loretta’s Journey
- Deb with Deb Will Be Free
- Vicki with Reading at the Beach
- Tracy with Tracy Lenz.com
Have a great week!
Day 30 – “That’s my girl”