Back to the boring stuff... the stuff exercise food journals are made of. Had a good workout last night. Did upper body and abs.

I love this machine -- the cable cross. We did nearly the entire upper body workout on it. Both the negative and positive resistance is a true (and productive) workout.

Cable Shoulder Press
Cable Biceps Curl
Cable Triceps Press
Cable High Row
Lat Pull down
Barbell Bench Press
Knee ups on barbell bench
Crunches on Disk

My body is retaliating, big time, for creating such a calorie deficit over the course of the MS150. No worries though... things will be back to normal by the end of the week. My body just needs some reassurance that is is going to receive some routine nutrition -- unlike over the weekend. LOL

Here we are again... this weeks installment (40 - 49) of 100 Ways my life has been changed. Join SignGurl and company and list-away!

In as many ways as my life has changed, it is really challenging to actually think, recall and list them.

41) I eat better; therefore my family eats better.
42) It takes far less luggage to pack clothes; I can really use a weekender for a weekend!
43) Belts, are actually used for function AND fashion
44) Hubs can almost "double-wrap" me on hugs
45) My Daughter is already learning the importance of not just eating healthy, but exercise too!
46) Regular sized (and smaller) portions really do fill me up; I feel so "normal"
47) Losing all this body fat is slowly revealing some killer calves!
48) As I feel better about me I find my spirit to be more resilient
49) Nothing to hinder me from having great fun and trying new things.

1) I am no longer Diabetic.
2) I no longer suffer from High Cholesterol.
3) I no longer need a C-PAP Machine.
4) I identify myself less with being the fat-girl-who-can't-lose-weight and more with just living in a healthy, fit body.
5) I no longer worry about food in the same way I did before; I'm not consumed with it.
6) I have better cholesterol, at 128, than my doctor.
7) My Husband's constant reminders of how he supports my efforts in everything I do.
8) Being able to really "play" with my Daughter... Cart Wheel anyone?
9) Watching who I have always been (or wanted to be) on the inside come out.
10) Prioritizing my needs; investigating and strengthening my spirituality.
11) Not having to buy just shoes and handbags (because you know they always fit!).
12) Never taking for granted the fact that I can be physically challenged.
13) While I aways enjoyed exercise, I love it even more now -- because I can do more.
14) Seeing glimpses of a person who is occasionally more confident and at times even more social in unusual settings.
15) Not avoiding eye contact with strangers.
16) Not overflowing the air plane seat; being able to cross my legs.
17) Nights of sound, restful, sleep; feeling good in the morning!
18) Slowly gaining the courage to deal with emotional challenges and move past them for good.
19) Going from a size 26W to a 16 Misses ain't so bad either.
20) Living life, not just watching it. Roller blades anyone?
21) Receiving the occasional note from a stranger who tells you, "You inspire me". It always inspires me to be an even better me.
22) Having a great job and receiving appropriate recognition; being taken for the value I bring rather taken on the perception of being fat, lazy and less than smart.
23) Every time I see someone's look of shock, surprise and awe at what I've had the courage to do reminds me how life-changing getting healthy really is.
24) I always took vitamins; but now, EVERY DAY.
25) I've been changed by the stories of others on the same journey and am thankful these "online friends" were/are a part of mine. Strangers sometimes bring the best support.
26) Everything just feels good. Feels better. :) "Nookie" included.
27) Now being confident that I am, in deed, a good role-model for my Daughter.
28) Losing the weight and gaining my health has taken some clutter out of my life. Things seem a tad more simple... well, outside the acceptable levels of insanity.
29) Not totally dreading the Summer and swimsuits anymore.
30) Accepting wholly and practicing the realization that the number on the scale is just a number... it cannot dictate my disposition or who I am.
31) People see "me" more often, not just my size.
32) Have I mentioned I just feel "good?" No, I mean I feel "great!"
33) I absolutely
cannot wear "Women's" sized tops anymore - that freaks me out!
34) Actually enjoying making choices that will improve my health and make for better nutrition.
35) The confidence I feel when other trainers at my gym say to my trainer, "she can bench what?" (135 lbs., FYI)
36) I no longer feel like I live under a veil of hopelessness.

37) Because I feel more confident, I am finding the courage to make some life-changing career decisions.

38) The indescribable feeling of just wanting to do more, More, MORE!
39) Just being happy and having others notice my happiness.
40) Not really WLS related, but my new implants and teeth -- having the freedom to smile about the 39 other things I've listed -- and I can chew my food on top of it! :)


  1. I think your list is great!! I can't wait to see what you come up with next Wed!

  2. I love the healthy eating part. I hate to think about how unhealthy we ate before surgery.

    I need to work on my upper body some more. You amaze me!


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