This weekend was one of those weekends that you need to recover from! Somehow I managed to squeeze in 2 CrossFit workouts, a black tie wedding, a Mother’s Day celebration at the Grounds for Sculpture, and several episodes of Lie to Me thanks to Amazon Prime & my new Apple TV. To say I’m exhausted is an understatement, but I had an amazing time!
Friday started off with a major milestone… I officially am in the 170’s!! When I met with my nutritionist pre-surgery, she did a body composition analysis, which was probably my favorite part of the pre-surgery process. I learned that I was walking around with approximately 150 lbs of muscle. While other medical professionals had promised that surgery would help me lose 100 pounds, she very honestly told me that would never happen. Doing so would mean that I would have to lose muscle in addition to the fat, which isn’t healthy. She was able to give me a more realistic figure for a goal weight, and it was her estimate that I would get down to 170 or 180 after the surgery. So, 170 has been the number in my head. On Friday morning when I stepped on the scale, I was 179.6, which means I am only 9.6 lbs from my goal weight and I have not even hit my 6 month post-surgery mark yet!!
This was also one of the rare weekends that my husband was able to accompany me to CrossFit both days, so I was not going to pass up the opportunity even though fitting it in was a challenge. Saturday was a leg heavy day that included weighted squats and skipping with a 35 lb sandbag on my shoulders. (Skipping sounds easy, but after the first round it felt like I was sprinting with weights!!) Afterward I got in another quick arm workout since I knew they would be showing at the wedding. Sunday was one of the those days that you just don’t have it for me. I struggled through the entire workout but it was inspiring to have my husband with me each step of the way. He helped me power through, and I was more than happy when it was finally over!
My husband was Best Man at his best friend’s wedding, so of course the pressure was on to look perfect as his date. I felt like this was a “coming out” of sorts, in that it was my first big dress up event since losing the weight. Shopping for a dress was a harrowing experience this time for much different reasons than it used to be. Previously, when shopping for a prom or formal dress, I would only have a few options that fit my body and didn’t look terrible. Mediocre was sometimes the best I could hope for. However, this time, when going into the stores, everything fit! I just had to learn to dress for my new body, and not pick dresses that I would have worn 70 pounds ago, which took me about 4 stores worth of shopping to realize. In the end, I think I nailed the dress choice, and felt both sexy and sophisticated.
I recently posted about my friend who had WLS several years before me. She had told me that you can’t actually eat AND drink at a wedding after surgery without getting sick. I’d also like to add to this advice that you have to be incredibly careful what food options you choose at a wedding or you will wind up being sick anyway. The cocktail hour was very limited in terms of stations and food, so I just stuck with hummus and vegetables which was a safe option. However, dinner was a choice of salmon or steak, and since I don’t eat red meat anymore there really was only one option for me. I ate my normal size portion – 1/3 of a small filet of salmon and a few bites of vegetables – but immediately became sick. (I assume they used butter or some other rich ingredient in the sauce, which I tried to avoid but clearly must have eaten some of.) This was followed by about 10 minutes of dry heaving in the bathroom, and a rather shaky walk outside with my husband for some fresh air. This really reinforced for me the benefits of cooking all of my own meals so that I know exactly what goes into them. Overall, I bounced back pretty quickly, but hanging out on the bathroom floor in a long gown was not what I thought I’d be doing at my first black tie wedding!
As I mentioned above, Sunday was a Mother’s Day celebration at the Grounds for Sculpture, which was a great way to spend the day outdoors and racking up my steps on my Jawbone! My family loves tequila so my gift to my Mom was a jeweled encrusted Patron bottle! I got the idea from Pinterest and just knew I had to steal it!
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!
xo – SavvySleever