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.
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!