Same pose, new me :) anything is possible if you work hard enough.
SW 303 lbs
CW 135 lbs


It’s 100 DAY!

Today marks both 100 lbs lost since surgery and 100 miles ran in 2017!

My focus for now is getting ready for my upcoming 5k and 10k races and on losing 20 more lbs which will put me at lowest weight in at least 10 years. I have also decided to double my running goal from 500 to 1,000 miles. 

It’s been a heck of a ride so far, and I can’t wait to see what’s next :)  

100/1000 miles for 2017! 

100 Days Ago

I took the plunge and started my Pre-op diet. I spent the previous 8 months fulfilling insurance requirements and preparing, but 100 days ago is when it started getting real.

This seems like a great place to take stock of where I am and where I am going on the journey so rather than a normal weekly report, here is a 100 day review.

Results so far

  • Down 96 lbs from Pre Op diet and 128 from Highest weight
  • 13.4 drop in BMI
  • Down 2 shirt and 4 pant sizes
  • Heart Rate, Blood pressure, Cholesterol, Vitamin / Mineral and hormone levels have all improved.
  • Activity up from sedentary to running 75 miles / month. I have also started swimming and kickboxing. 

Unexpected Struggles

It hasn’t been all rainbows and unicorns. I have had some struggles as well. Most of these a read about in advance but didn’t really “get it” until I was living with my new reality. 

  • I find I am spending a lot more time thinking about food. I have to be constantly focused on what to eat and when to eat it to ensure I get in the required protein while avoiding carbs. 
  • Staying hydrated is much more diffacult than expected. I can only drink a few oz at a time and plain water no longer tastes good to me. It is very easy to fall behind and not get enough water in.
  • Taking 6 vitamins a day, at exact times, is a bit of a pain. 
  • It is hard for me to eat anything solid before 10 am without feeling sick. 
  • I struggle to eat dense protein, like chicken without getting sick. 
  • If I eat too fast, too much or the wrong kinds of food, I will get sick. 
  • There are some days where I just feel queasy all day. 

What’s up next? 

  • This spring and summer are going to be very active for me. I currently have 2 5k, 5 10k and a ½ marathon scheduled. 
  • I have some cool WL milestones coming including 100 lbs lost and my lowest adult weight. I also hope to break into the 200s some time this spring!
  • I am starting to eat more volume and different, healthy foods. This will help me ease into my for life eating plan. 

So, 100 days in - I am very very happy with my decision to get WLS. I feel like I have been given a new lease on life and I won’t take it for granted. 

I’m due for real update...

I’ve been in and out the last few days, reblogging, shared a few pics, but have been a little reserved… dealt with a teeny bout of depression, but I think I’m on the other end now- quite a relief to be here. 

This was the first real bout that I’ve had since my surgery and I think it was months of change and anxiety and pressure all smashed into a big bubble of stress that finally popped… what brought it on you ask? I blame THIS IS US! Omg that show, guys. I. just. can’t. 

So as I fought through a few demons revisiting this past week I jacked up my digestive process a bit but things are getting better today. I’ll spare you the details :) 

Now that I can clearly reflect… I have to say I am more proud of how I have handled the last week than I am of the 120 pounds I’ve shed in the last year, the 5Ks that I’ve run, and the many NSVs that I’ve stumbled upon since my journey began. I met my demons head on and didn’t let them take me off track. They were there, for sure. They will always be there. But I have confidence on my side now and that is winning me battles left and right. 

I collected a few “before” pictures and made myself a few more side-by-sides. These comparisons are less about the weight loss and more about the emotions expressed. Now I can see the success in both my body and my mind.

Weekly Report


It was a pretty good week overall. Not perfect, but it was 80/20 and something I know I can maintain for life. 


I was down 3 lbs this week for a total 103 since surgery and 135 off my highest weight. I am currently 5 lbs ahead of the pace my Dr. set for me. 

I have a couple of cool milestones coming up soon. In 5.5 lbs, I will be ½ to my goal weight and in 15 lbs, I will be at my lowest adult weight!


I was 96% on schedule with my supplements this week.  As long as I don’t fall behind early in the day I do fine. I did miss my last multivitamin twice. I will do better this week. 


I have been fighting a minor cold this week which impacted my effort / distance.

  • Weekly  16.4 / 15
  • Monthly 39.5 / 60 Goal
  • Annual 116 / 1,000

I decided to start my formal ½ marathon training plan next week. This is actually going to result in a little less exercise for me for the next month or two, though the effort will be higher. Here is my plan for next week. 

  • Saturday - 4 mile run
  • Sunday - Rest
  • Monday - 3 mile run
  • Tuesday -  River walk / Swim 
  • Wednesday -  3 mile run
  • Thursday - Rest
  • Friday - Kickboxing

I also am going to shoot for 56,000 steps for the week. With 2 rest days and 2 cross training days and a sedentary job, the only way I will meet this is if I do some walking over and beyond my normal scheduled exercise. 

Food / Hydration

I met my hydration goals 7 out of 7 days. 

My food was OK. I did not log my food like I should I will work on improving this, this week. 


I hit my sleep goals 5 out of 7 days. I need to keep going to bed by 9:30 this week .


I’m so tired from working all day, but training is going well and I’ve been happy the last couple days.

So today I came home after working 10 hours, took a shower, then made dinner and it was absolutely the best steak I’ve ever eaten!!!

I’ve been trying to eat really well lately and to eat correct portions.

Now wishing I had ice cream, watching hockey, and going to bed soon!

Hope everyone is having a good day/evening!