The Weight Is Over

A blog about my gastric bypass surgery experience and recovery.

Reflection

One of Robin Williams Quotes that touches my heart!

"I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel alone."

I came in for a night cap. Gotta love Canada!

I came in for a night cap. Gotta love Canada!

The Journey Continues…

It has been three months since I have been on tumblr. Lots of things have happened since my last post. I got a clean bill of health on my new knee so I started back at the gym with my trainer. He kicked my butt yesterday and I am very sore today, but I was also extremely excited that I was able to do all the exercises he gave me with no pain in my knee! I also weighed in at 190 pounds. This is just beyond my wildest dreams. I have lost 152 pounds and life has changed dramatically. I had my one year follow up with the gastric bypass doctor last month and he was very happy with my progress and considered my case a success. I told him that they are very good at informing people about certain aspects of this life changing surgery, but they are sorely lacking in information dissemination on other areas and I plan to use my tumblr space to address them. Things such as clothes shopping after losing 150 pounds, sex and physical body changes after losing this much weight, food cravings I never had before surgery that are driving me crazy now, etc., etc.  You get the idea. I am going to talk about the stuff no one else wants to talk about. I will start posting next week. First weeks topic…Shopping!

Hello Sub 200 pounds!

It’s been about a month since my last post. I have focused this last month on rehab of my right knee since my total knee replacement surgery at the beginning of December. I am getting ready to return home next week from this adventure. I am really ready to be back home, but I had to post this today…I weighed in at 199.5 pounds. I haven’t weighed under 200 pounds since I was 16 years old (36 years ago). It was an amazing feeling to see those numbers on the scale (and a nice birthday present). I have lost a total of 142 pounds. I am only 8 pounds away from my ultimate goal.  Stay focused people! Every little thing you do everyday pays big dividends in the long run! 2013 is going to kick ass!

Struggles and Triumphs!

It has been a couple of months since I have gotten on tumblr to check in. My last check in was shortly after the death of my best friend. Since then I have honored Sam by taking ever day as it comes and celebrating the moment. Since the end of September I have traveled quite extensively throughout Canada and the US and have seen many wonderful places. I crewed my wife as she conquered the Javalina 100 rode race. She completed the run in 23 hours and 24 minutes. Just an awesome feeling watching her master this feat. I also did a Cha cha dance routine at my studio in front of 100 people, rode Harleys with a friend to Key West Florida and right now am recovering from a total knee replacement surgery. No the surgery wasn’t because of the dance routine or the Harley ride. It has been scheduled for quite sometime. So as I am relearning how to walk again, I am still focused on my weight loss. As of this morning, I am 210 pounds. I have lost 132 pounds since March. I have 20 more to go to get to my goal weight. So today I celebrate my weight loss, even though I struggle with each step. However, I am determined to be better than before and will compete in more bicycle races, and do more dance competitions. 2013 will be an awesome year!

Life changes in an instant! Live every day to it’s fullest potential!

I haven’t posted on Tumblr in two weeks. My last post saw me celebrating the completion of my first triathlon relay, meeting my weight goals, and recording a personal best time. Life was euphoric! Three days later I lost my best friend unexpectedly and the last two weeks have been a mixture of emotions ranging from anger to sadness to constant grief. The memorial service this weekend was an amazing celebration of his life and it made me realize I have let too many days go by without joy and happiness in them. Sam’s final gift to me was to celebrate life everyday with the people around me. I have made new friends because of him and I will honor him by being in the moment everyday!

So as I chug towards my ultimate weight loss goal, I will appreciate what I have done so far and celebrate each day for what it brings. I am happy to report to all my weight loss surgery peeps that I have lost 115 pounds in the six months since my surgery. I am only 37 pounds away from mu ultimate weight loss goal. I will continue to do the work each day to make this goal a reality, but in Sam’s honor I will not lose my focus and I will celebrate life each and every day I am given. Thanks Sammy for everything!

Life has changed so much is such a short period of time!

Today I celebrate completing my first triathlon relay with my good friend John Stewart and my wonderful wife Lisa Murphy.  John did the swim, I did the bike, and Lisa did the run. I set a personal best time for the 40K ride at 1:45:30. Lisa rocked the run of 10K at 48:00 flat. Unfortunately John completely destroyed is right shoulder and had to be taken out of the water. He was still a trooper and stayed with us to cheer us on all the way to the finish. Overall, a winning experience for us. John vows to be back to beat this thing!

Additionally, I am 5 1/2 months after surgery and celebrated this morning at 110 pounds down. I was trying to reach the 110 pounds lost prior to the triathlon and I made it.

Since the surgery, I have helped crew my wife on a 50 mile run in April, started training for the triathlon in May (had a hard time finishing 3 miles back then), walked on fire in June with me good friend Claudia, went to France in July, started grand jury service (I am the foreman) in August, and completed my relay triathlon in September.

Looking forward to more adventures in the future. Thanks to all my fabulous family and friends for the constant encouragement. Now it’s time for wine!!!

Rode the Finger Lakes Triathlon Race Route!

Today I completed the Finger Lakes Triathlon Race route (23.5 miles). This is my longest ride yet and did it in record time for me. I have 10 days until race day. Looking forward to setting a personal best record that day. The race route includes a killer hill at mile 14 that is .75 miles long uphill. I kicked it and still had enough juice to ride the last 8.5 miles to the finish. I’m sore tonight, but very satisfied. Additionally, I have lost 106 pounds in five months and still rocking! Life has changed so much and so little. I am able to do so many more things physically than I used to, but I still struggle with food cravings and wanting to eat all the wrong things. This will be my life long struggle I guess. However, life is really good right now and I am looking forward to the future with my extraordinary wife!