Extending Our Happily Ever After

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Feeling ready…

Had a great mother’s day and ready for my surgery…
Today I met with the surgeon… my surgery is a week from tomorrow. He asked if I was still decided on getting the new hip… I mean “really?” I am almost unable to walk up stairs after a month of physical therapy… if he doesn’t give me a new hip after all this trouble, I’ll scream! LOL I’m in worse shape now than I was a month ago, actually. A month ago, I was able to walk up stairs with no problem (a limp, yes, but my muscles weren’t this fatigued) and I am just so READY for this… I’m really looking forward to getting past this pain. I’m MORE than ready for this surgery.
I’m in my last five days of work before I’m out for about 6’ish weeks and then the real work of getting on the road to recovery begins. I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life.
I got myself out of the house yesterday with my family. We went to a local amusement park and enjoyed the day. Hubby was off work, son didn’t have a show, I figured it’d be a great day to get out, walk around and just enjoy the day… it was fantastic! Plus, I was finally able to fit into some rides! So, I rode a few… first time in about 20 yrs! I had a blast!
Also, wore a shirt that I bought from Old Navy and gave myself at Christmas… size Large… when I opened it up, it was so tiny that it was laughable at the time… never thought I’d fit into it… and now it fit! I’m almost smaller than my man now!
and even got a great pic of my son and I… just a fantastic day all around! I had the best Mother’s Day! I hope you all did, too!
So, I’m in the final stages of prep for next week… this last weekend will be the cleaning the house, as therapists will be coming to my home after the surgery for a week or two. I should be in the hospital for a few days, maybe four… I have a few magazines to keep me busy and I hope to get back to work on my book… hoping I can “focus” with the time I’ll have to myself. I may even blog more often, too!
I also bought a Richard Simmons Sweatin’ to the Oldies 4 DVD and figure that it’ll be my cardio workout (moving my arms, as that little guy is SUPER full of energy and just does NOT stop) for when I’m in bed! I hope to lose some weight while in recovery… I still have more to go to get to my goal!
Do any of you have any recommendations for in bed exercises?


Tips that have worked for me while losing the first 122 lbs


Basically, I’ve kept to a few of the basic principles of the 17 Day Diet plan.  I do have warm lemon water every morning.  Not only do I feel this has helped with the weight loss, but I feel that  it’s helped my skin tremendously!  I have a problem area just under my right jawline.  Used to break out ALL THE TIME.  It’s still got a bit of scarring, actually, but a bit of makeup takes care of it, however, I just do not have the problems with it that I used to have.  I’m so very grateful that it’s cleared up nearly 100%!  

I’m the first to admit that I’m a bit vain.  There are certain things we are happy with when it comes to our appearance.  My hair, I have to admit, I kinda love it.  My fingers, they are long and I love that.  I don’t mind my face.  I’m happy with it.  I love that I’m tall.  I’m 5’10”  I always wanted to be 6′, but I’ll take 5’10”.  Now, there are things I’m not happy with, as are all us women, but I’m ok with these things… Anyway, lemon water, check.  Good with that.

Water.  I LOVE WATER!  I think I carry a bottle with me just about everywhere I go.  Water and Iced Tea.  I once gave up Soda for lent when I was in my early teens.  It was probably the best thing I ever did… Since then… Water and Iced Tea have pretty much been my staple.  I’ve also been pretty blessed that I’m just not that much of a drinker.  The occasional drink I’ll do, but I’ve just never really been a drinker.  I don’t crave it, I sometimes forget I even have it in the room downstairs.  We do buy a few bottles on occasion when we take a drive up to the finger lakes up in New York, but when I say blessed, I’m strictly talking about caloric content here… just it’s so much easier to never have to count liquid calories if you don’t intake them… EVER.  Anyway, back to water… I drink alot of COLD water, which I read that the body takes energy to warm up, and that burns calories to get that energy going… so that’s cool!

Probiotics, two a day.  Love yogurt, so I love getting this in.  I’ve always enjoyed getting some sort of dairy type of food in, so this is a no-brainer for me.  

I do try to get some raw vegetables in.  I read that the body takes more energy to process them and more energy usually means burns more calories, which is always good…. raw carrots is usually my choice.

I eat lots of meals throughout the day… sometimes even more than the 5 or 6 you read about… I sort of just graze… like a cow.  Not necessarily on the weekends… sometimes those get away from me.  Too busy.  It’s so much easier at work when I’m not as actively running around everywhere.

I like to get use of MUFA’s… (MonoUnsaturated Fatty Acid) which I am almost convinced help me lose weight better.  My favorites are:  Olive Oil, Avocado and Dark Chocolate.  I don’t have tons of these (Except the Olive Oil, which is basically in my daily diet), but I do have them from time to time and do feel they help.  

Protein:  I like to have this several times a day… maybe 3, 4 at the most (not in huge quantities) but again, read that your body burns more energy processing it… so therefore burns more calories… 

Plus, I obviously exercise… I try to minimally do 30 minutes at minimum of 5 days a week of cardio and I add toning and firming exercises to that at least 4 days a week.  

From time to time, not all the time, maybe once every couple of months?  I may have a crazy, no holds barred meal.  This has usually been followed by a HUGE, INSANE loss!