Showing posts from May, 2011

Because YOU Can

One of my weight loss surgery community friends is taking on a challenge.  Rob, of Former Fat Dudes , is going to be doing what he calls, " The Dash from Obesity ", via the Warrior Challenge .  This is no small feat.  It will take not only physical agility, but mental strength.  The same mental strength it takes to stay the course and consistently make the right choices to live in a healthy way every day. I'm always happy to support my WLS friends who are leading by example making routine exercise as part of their new lifestyle.  All too often I see post-ops who treat the surgical procedure as the total solution, and it's not.  Post-op life requires exercise to be healthy and fit.  Not just skinny. And it doesn't have to be grand-scale triathlons either -- just walking... anything that makes you move and challenges you is great! Rob is on a fundraising drive for 3 very worthy organizations who's only focus is eradicate obesity: The Obesity Action Coalit


Last week was a decent week of training.  I'm growing more accustomed to the early-morning weekday workouts.  Not sure my GI system is yet, but I'm working around that.  :)  It's also helping to balance things better with my family.  With Hubs starting to train for triathlon as well, balance is important. Just 2 more days of Kindergarten and day camp starts for Cass-a-frass.  She's excited to start camp, if only for the chance to swim everyday.  She still wants to be a swim coach when she grows up, but apparently now wants to also paint nails.  LOL My best friend came to visit this past holiday weekend and it was great!  She's so stinkin' awesome and every time she leaves I just wish I could either convince her to leave her family behind and move here or talk my Husband into leaving his job and relocating.  Cassie just adores her "Aunt Beth" and misses her just as much as Mommy does. *sniff* My head still isn't quite in the Redman game y

That's What Happens...

What happens when you watch the IMTX Awards video far too many times?  You get a surge of desire to race; to sign up for something.  Anything!   I'm not completely crazy assed -- I didn't sign up for IMTX 2012, but I did contact the volunteer guy and pimped myself out and blocked out that weekend on the calendar.  I can't not be there! Oh, and I did add another sprint to my schedule too. Hahaha! This morning I received a link to the IMTX Volunteer recognition video.  I didn't make an appearance in this one, but my friend, Courtney, appears at 1:14.  She's a star!

Ironman Texas 2011 Awards Video

May favorite answers to "Why do you do Ironman?" "I'm probably a little crazy." "I want to fulfill my potential." "I do Ironman because I can and others can't." This video is one hell of a motivating promo for the race! Makes me lose all sense and run out and sign up! I can see the side of my head  for a half second, and several other club members made the video.  The guy who says, "I design space ships." was my triathlon club's President last year. :)

Fab Food Find: Athletes Honey Milk

I'll preface this review by first sharing that I did not receive any free product in exchange for a favorable review.  I really just like this product.  Basically when I review something, if I don't like it, I just don't write about it.  Keeps everything nice and friendly :) The last several races I've been to have had Athletes Honey Milk available at the finish.  What I like best about AHM is that it's lactose-free.  Ever since my surgery some (only some) Dairy products, especially whey protein just kill my stomach and really cause, ummm, flatulence.  *blush* Embarrassing?  Yes.  But as we say in our house, "Everybody "toots".  However, on whey protein, I couldn't stand myself! I've had to be creative with meeting my protein guidelines being a post-op of gastric bypass.  A high protein diet is critical to maintain muscle because of the mal-absorption properties the surgical procedure creates.  I've been doing well finding foods hi

What's Shakin'???

I've been MIA from the blog for a couple weeks.  I've been enjoying my "lighter" training load, although it's still been around 12 hours a week.  Hmmm. In any case, I'm trying to work it all so that I get the majority of my training in the early morning.  It's been working for the most part and I'm kind of liking being home after work.  The change came when on Mother's Day Cassie left me a note telling me how great a Mom I am, but that she misses me (when I'm training).  I miss Cassie and Darren too when things get crazy, so my schedule needed some balancing.  So I went back to my Endo and the Armour is doing well for me.  I'm down a few pounds, but still at the low-end of the TSH range.  We're upping my dosage by about 30% and hopefully that will help alleviate some of the classic symptoms I started to experience again going from Levoxyl to Armour.  The Armour just makes me NOT feel like I'm taking meds. It's wonderful! A

Hump Day Training Progress

I just didn't have my run in me last night, so I promised myself I'd wake up extra early, and run through the neighborhood to my spin class down the road at the Y.  I left the house at 4am and got to the Y by 4:45.  Stretched a little and hopped on a spin bike. I missed a transition run on Tuesday, so I decided after spin I'd do that today as well and ran home after Spin.  This worked out pretty well!  I'll probably run there and back from now on. So I had myself a mini duathlon this morning... competing with just me, myself and I. Of course this is like the 3 weeks out of the year where the weather is perfect here in Houston.  This morning I left for my run and could see my breath in the headlamp -- that was kind of wild. What was wilder, is my legs felt pretty darned good.  In fact I felt good all the way around.   I felt good.  Running. What?  :) Okay, maybe I'm jogging to real runners.  I see it as not having reached my full potential yet, but I will.

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