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Time to get your sweat on

Lately I haven’t been pushing myself as hard as I could have been in my workouts. I was juggling quite a few things and when I had the time to workout I would chose to either watch tv or take a nap.

After going on a family vacation to Great Wolf Lodge and getting some rest I decided it was time to get back to working out. I never stopped completely working out I would still go for walks etc but I knew I could push myself more.

Today I signed into my BeachBody account and picked a workout. I have been hearing rave reviews of 80 day Obsession but knew that was a little too ambitious right out of the gate. I decided to try A little Obsessed instead. I was able to complete the whole first workout. To some this isn’t a big deal. But to me this is another achievement of what my body can do now that I am finally taking proper care of it. Did I get tired? Of course I did. Did I say a few choice words in my head? Yup. But the bottom line is I was able to complete a workout.

Some people often wonder why we post pictures of ourselves on social media after a workout. It’s not to show off, well at least not in my case…I don’t even know if it’s for the people that see the posts. I think it’s about showing myself that no matter how many times I have failed on this particular day I did it. I post to go back a week, two weeks or a few months later and look at the girl staring back at me in the picture saying you’ve got this. Your strong just dig deep. I suppose it’s somewhat of a photographic journal. They always say a picture is worth more then a thousand words and from experience of looking at old pictures there are some stories behind each and everyone. Some that are spoken and others that are kept just for me.

So if I can leave you with one thing today out of all of these ramblings. I would say love yourself, take the pictures that might be painful to look at later on they are telling your story.

We went on a trip

I haven’t blogged much lately. I’ve been busy trying to plan a surprise for the kids. The Surprise trip is now over and I can now get back to everyday life. We took the kids to Great Wolf Lodge. For anyone reading that has kids you have got to go there. Also for those thinking it’s really expensive well it can be if you participate in all the activities but we kept it pretty low key. We got a themed room and put the focus on the water park. We also saved some cash by planning ahead making a meal plan and hitting the grocery store before arriving at the lodge. With having had weight loss surgery it really doesn’t make sense for me to rely on places to have foods that my tummy can tolerate. It literally took me less then fifteen minutes to plan our menu. I knew it had to be something I could get to the kids quick that wasn’t too heavy as they would want to be back in the pool as soon as they could.

So how did I stay on track and eat healthy? What did we eat?

I bought:

cereal for the kids ( since we were in the States they wanted to pick a cereal we didn’t have available in Canada)

yogurts, apple sauce, cheese string, jerky, potato chips(for the kids and husband), lunchmeat, salads , individual ranch dressings, individual peanut butters, break, deli meat, a veggie platter and a fruit platter and  the kids also picked out some cupcakes and junk food

The first thing we ran out of was the fruits. I had got a platter and a medium size bowl of berries thinking it would be enough for the few days but the kids ate that up really quickly. They had lots of sammies and homemade type lunchables for meals. I had I guess lunchable type food.

We did indulge in some ice cream for a couple snacks but honestly we were using so much energy swimming I knew the tiny cup I was getting of ice cream wasn’t going to hurt anyone.

 

I use to think going on vacation meant an all out pig out with only eating junk food and restaurant food but I have to say I don’t feel like we missed out by eating in our room. It was actually less stressful to eat in our rooms. The kids could unwind and watch a cartoon or two and we got a break from all the noise. I think the kids will remember this trip for years to come. I know I will.

 

This Is My Blog

Lately I haven’t been blogging much. And to be honest it’s because I’ve got so caught up in reading blogs. Which then in turn turned into me not blogging at all. And you know what after thinking about it for a few weeks I’ve decided that as much as I want my content to be interesting to everyone I also want to be able to look back at this blog and see just how far I’ve come in my health and in my life as well. So hopefully with this new revelation I will be able to just let the words flow freely.

Don’t Look Back

A lot of people assume things when they hear you’ve had weight loss surgery. They assume you’ve taken the easy way out. They assume all of your weight loss issues magically disappear. Well guess what?  The weight issues don’t magically disappear. It takes work. Lots of work. It’s a mental, physical and emotional journey that I don’t think will ever really end. As a person that spent most of her life being obese and morbidly obese I still have struggles. Some days my struggles are mental, as in I wake up being thinking I am fat Rachelle that still looks and feels terrible. Sometimes I wake up and I am consumed by the thought of what I can and cannot eat, which is another pattern of the old Rachelle. And then there are days when everything in the world is right and I am just me. I’m not fat or skinny, I’m not thinking about food or what to eat and everything is just calm and peaceful.

 

However everyday I do have to work at being the best possible me. Weather it’s a mini pep talk of you’ve got this or making sure I have my meal plan in place so I don’t have to worry about calories, protein, fat and carbs that day. I have to actively work at my health, my surgery was not a cure all but rather a tool that I am grateful to have. I have to remind myself not to look back at how life use to be but to keep moving forward.

 

What We Found In The Kitchen Update

So I am still working on getting rid of supplies that I have kicking around the kitchen. Here’s the thing I think I’m going to change it up and instead of posting what I ate in a blog post I’ll be posting pictures of everything that I’ve cooked on my Facebook page and my instagram. That way I can actually spend time blogging about other things like new workouts and more about how life is after weight loss surgery…..

Two Year Post Op Bloodwork

On Tuesday I have my two year follow up with the Dr. I was sent a requisition to go get some blood work done before the appointment. I don’t think I will ever get use to how much blood they need to get all of the testing done. I think there was either 8-9 vials that they had to fill. I was able to check some of my results online and I am pretty sure I will be getting some more supplements added to my list of supplements to take. I seem to be suffering from low Iron, Vit D and B12. We will have to figure these issues out and I am pretty sure we will get it all sorted when I see the Dr.

So I had challenged myself not to buy any groceries till we depleted some of our stock that we accumulated in the cupboard and freezers. We have been doing good at that but I did have to go out and get some ingredients. My kids had a socials assignment to try foods from different places around the world. We made some sushi, some vegetable Couscous, greek pita pizza’s and a tropical fruit salad. It was fun for the kids and myself to try some new foods. We really liked making sushi and the fruit salad. The kids loved the pizza but the couscous was definitely not a hit in the house. Here’s some pictures of what we have been eating

What we found in the Kitchen and Sleep

Food was pretty simple yesterday as we had so many leftovers from the weekend.   Breakfast was banana bread bake, lunch was leftover pizza casserole and supper was leftover roast beef dinner. Today’s however I did cook again. Breakfast was a shake for me and the kids had cereal. Lunch was Sammies for the kids and leftover roast beef for me. Supper I am really excited about even thou I haven’t eaten it yet it’s cooked and packed for work. I made some meatloaf in my electric pressure cooked and mashed potatoes. My meatloaf usually takes over an hour to cook but it took about 30 minutes in the pressure cooker. That’s some major time savings for this mama. And the mashed potatoes took 10 minutes! I have to say the more I use my pressure cooker the more I love it!.  Now that that’s out of the way let’s talk about sleep.

 

So I have some off and on insomnia issues that come and go as they see fit. Sadly that means that I can become irritable and fall into some bad habits like watching tv till 3 am and having to be awake again at 7 am. On Sunday night I was exhausted but feared that I would get all comfortable in bed only to lie there wide awake. So I decided to take some melatonin. Now I talked to my doctor about it before taking it so I encourage you to talk to you Dr as well before taking any supplement or sleep aid.  I went to bed around 730 and by 8pm I was out cold and it was wonderful. It was the best sleep I’ve had in months! I woke up feeling rested and ready to take on the day. I was more productive yesterday then I have been in a long time. I was able to catch up on all the laundry including fold and put it away, homeschool the kids, play with the kids and go shopping all before work. And I didn’t even need a nap before going to work. It just goes to show how much our minds and bodies need sleep. Last night I didn’t take anything to help me sleep but I had another great night sleep and another productive day. Here’s to hoping I sleep well again tonight.

What did we find in the kitchen and Harry Potter

Well I’ve been busy living life and I haven’t updated you all in a few days. So here’s what’s been going on.

 

I previously mentioned that I signed up for Beach Body On Demand. I am making good use of this program this time around. My son loves martial arts but they are expensive and with three kids it just wasn’t going to fit in the budget. But thanks to Beach Body me and the littles are doing the Core De Force program and loving it. I love that we can do this workout in our pj’s and all of us together.

 

The other really cool thing I did with the family this weekend was have a Harry Potter day. We are currently reading thru the books with the kids and watching the movies as we got. But this weekend we took it to a whole new level. We decide to to watch the third movie but also make our own wands and theme all our food after magic/ Harry Potter. For breakfast the kids had Cheri Owl( Cheerios) Pixie Puffs ( corn pops) and oatmeal. I had a banana bread breakfast bake since sugary cereal doesn’t agree with me and I wasn’t feeling in the mood for oatmeal. Lunch we had deconstructed pizza casserole. Then supper was suppose to be roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, roasted veggies and gravy but we ran out of time. So instead the kids had ham crackers and cheese and I had some donair chicken meat. We also made some Butter Beer and Rock Cakes!

On the other days here’s a list of foods we ate

yogurt

berries

double chocolate breakfast bakes

chicken parmesan wrap

chicken cordon blue wraps

chicken nuggets

home made pizza bagels and pigs in a blanket

roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and roasted potatoes and carrots and Gravy ( this is a small side plate by the way and I made the Yorkshire puddings mini)

and lots more that I can’t remember at the moment.

We are working our way slowly but surely thru the food that we have in our freezers. But I can tell you for sure that you can eat healthy and have fun themed days without worrying about it. I tried a sip of the butter beer on Saturday which wasn’t good for me since it had carbonation and I did have a rock cake.

 

Working Out Doesn’t Have To Be A Chore

Working out to me isn’t a chore but I know to a lot of people it can be. But guess what it doesn’t have to be. There are people like me that like working out in the gym, but it can be quite expensive. I actually gave up my gym membership a few months ago not because of the cost but because I never seemed to be able to get to the gym.

So what do I do you ask? Well I recently signed up for BeachBody On Demand since I can do the workouts at home. But honestly you don’t have to sign up for any programs to get your workouts. You can go for a walk, a jog or a run if that’s your thing. You can dance your way to a healthier you.  You can play tag with your kids. Or you can do what I did today which was go skating.

Over the years of yo yo dieting I would always try to stick to workout regiments that I hated but thought I had to do to lose weight. It wasn’t until I looked into all my options and really thought about what I liked that I no longer dreaded working out.

I also want to update you on what we ate today

Breakfast: everyone did their own thing I had a graham cracker since my stomach was queasy.

Lunch: Genoa salami and provolone cheese

Supper: I made home made sushi

I’m Only Human

Yesterday seemed for whatever reason to be a challenging day for me. I was hungry but didn’t want to cook. I didn’t want anything cold as I was cold and wanted a warm meal. Protein shakes and bars didn’t seem appealing at all. So what did I do? Well first I reached out to a few groups I’m on and got some great ideas. But when push came to shove last night I caved and got fast food. The kids wanted to eat Whopper Wednesday and since I was so not in the mood to cook anything.

Why am I telling you this? Well because I want you to know that I too am human. There are days when I make bad choices, there are days when I don’t feel like cooking. There are days when I am exhausted. I ate the whopper and it didn’t really do anything for me. It didn’t satisfy my hunger and it didn’t make the tiredness go away. But I can’t spend weeks thinking about this poor food choice, which is what I would have done in the past. What I took away from this is I need to be prepared. I need to have a few freezer meals ready to go for myself and the family. For some reason yesterday I was craving warmth and comfort. So I’m going to start having a few meals in the freezer that my fellow bariatric friends suggested and move on.

Don’t tear yourself down for one bad choice but also don’t keep repeating that same choice over and over again.