My Weight Loss Journey, part I

I mentioned last month that I was approved for weight loss surgery. Up until today, I was waiting to get psychiatric clearance. I got that clearance today so I will officially be having the surgery!

I promise this is not taking the “easy way out.” Just because people have this surgery doesn’t mean that it’s easy, so if you believe that, please keep reading this series. I’m going to continue to blog my experience during my weight loss journey. I’ve tried for years to lose weight, and nothing has worked because I give up so easily after not losing weight as fast as I want. I also feel as if my stomach is simply too big so I continue to eat until I’m full or sometimes even past full if it’s something I love eating.

So for almost 4 months, I’ve been exercising almost everyday. I even took up hiking, which I’m loving by the way. I got an Apple Watch so I can keep up with my workouts. I’ve been eating right, but with cheat days here and there. I even bought a basketball to get more cardio by playing a game with my niece and nephew.

People, when I say all that, I’m doing all that I can until my back pain gets too unbearable. It’s still not working. Surgery was the last resort, and I’m there now. Every single professional I have talked to about having weight loss surgery has said it’s a great idea for me and that’ll help me so much.

With all that being said, I’m going to continue to keep everyone updated on my weight loss journey. This is going to be difficult, because I hate disclosing my weight, but I’m going to do it. I’m going to conquer a fear, because that’s what my year has been about. Conquering fears and being happy. It’s been a great six months and I can’t wait for the next six. Here’s to getting healthy and happy!

Starting weight: 252 lbs.

Current weight: 246 lbs.

Take A Hike!

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I took Finn hiking again the other day and for the first time, I could smell the woods through my nose. It made me sit down and really take in nature. I love the quote by Henry David Thoreau that says, “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”

The quote makes me think about how united we should be with nature. I say “should” because we’re more united with our phones, our televisions, our video game consoles, our laptops, our iPads… nobody goes outside anymore. How sad is that?

How sad is it that we would rather burn our eyes on stupid useless information than be in nature and smell the amazing smell of nature?

I’m guilty, too. I’m addicted to my phone, and I hate it. When I go hiking, I don’t even turn on music most of the time because I want to hear Finn’s barks, the birds singing, the leaves rustling in the wind, and water talking.

I need to go outside more. We need to go outside more. Turn off the technology and go outside and smell the fresh air. It smells amazing. Plus we all need more vitamin D.

Go outside and go hiking and then let me know it went!

P.S. don’t forget your mosquito repellent and sun block!

Wanderlust

img_6941I recently starting hiking with my dog and I can’t begin to tell you how much we love it. Nature is just so freeing and I have been beating myself up for not doing this sooner. I am planning trips to better nature trails and hiking areas close to me, as well as even starting to plan and save up for trips that are a little further from me.

There are times when I have to stop and see what I am around, taking in the sounds and even the smells. It’s unreal.

I have heard for a long time that going out in the sun helps depression. For the longest time, I thought that was extremely stupid. I tried even, and it seemed to make it worse sometimes. But hiking is something that is truly helping because I am exploring the stuff around me; I’m not just standing around.

I think I finally found something that works, and now I want to travel the state and beyond to hike and one day, it will happen. And I can’t wait.

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