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It's been 6 months since I scrapped my last challenge in the second week, so I'm just going to pretend I'm starting fresh-like.

 

Hi!! I'm Absidey! I live near Denver in Colorado. I have 2 dogs, and husband, and a 5-year-old. I moved here not quite 2 years ago. Once upon a time I was obese and thought I had to lose weight in order to do things. After spending some time flailing about being bored at the gym, I decided that was stupid. Now I'm obese and I do things anyway, but I haven't had much success with the obesity thing. I decided the next step for my weight loss journey is surgery. It's scheduled for March 9th. Phase 1 = presurgery. Phase 2 = SUPER SAIYAN

 

 

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A) Hydrate!

Drink 64 oz of water a day (P1 & P2)

A = 100% = 42 days water goal reached - X days I have a medical exception

Water Goals

Weeks 1&2: 64 oz

Week 3: 32 oz (I think day 1 will be exempt, as I'll have IV fluids for part of it.)

Week 4-6: 48 oz

+2Con, +1Wis

88%
88%

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B) Nurish!

P1: Take multivitamin

P2: Take multivitamin once possible

A = 100% = 42 days vitamins taken - X days I cannot eat vitamins (X=12?)

+1Sta, +2Con

93%
93%

 

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C) Eat!

P1: Food log for protein monitoring

P2: work up to protein goals - then maintain

A = 100% = 42 daily logs + 28 days goal met - days working up to goal or before milestone is set

+1Sta, +2Con, +1Cha
Weeks 1&2: No specific goal

Week 3: 35g protein (will work up to that. Days 1 & 2, maybe 3, will not have goal)

Week 4: 50g protein

Weeks 5&6: 60g protein

90%
90%

 

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D) Exercise!

P1: Pick 8-Kickboxing, walk, bodyweight

P2: Go for a walk everyday - as much as possible until doing at least 30 minutes. Add in additional workouts when cleared for more activity. (Kickboxing is out for at least 6 weeks.) 

-body weight

-yoga

-weighted toe lifts

A = 100% = (8 active days [in first two weeks])x2 modifier + 28 daily activities - X days cannot leave bed

+1Str, +1Dex, +2Sta, +1Cha 

89%
89%

 

PVP - Walk 150 KM

9%
9%
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Absidey


LEVEL12


STR11 DEX13 STA20


CON29 WIS17 CHA11


Fear is the mind-killer.

 

 


Main Goal: Lose 20 Hip/Waist inches


95%
95%

Current Challenge

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Starting Stats

Waist: 36"

Hips: 45"

Weight: 192 lbs

 

Spreadsheets =D

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And, bonus, I joined a pvp group to walk 150km over the course of the challenge. I'm not enthusiastic about walking generally, and when it's cold particularly, but I'm less enthusiastic about blood clots. So walking wins! The dogs will be pleased.

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Absidey


LEVEL12


STR11 DEX13 STA20


CON29 WIS17 CHA11


Fear is the mind-killer.

 

 


Main Goal: Lose 20 Hip/Waist inches


95%
95%

Current Challenge

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Extra calories burnt walking in the cold, what a bonus :encouragement:

 

Oh and I updated the sheet location, sorry!!! New one has proper working last update function so we can make sure no one sneaks off :ph34r:  and keep each other going  ;)

         Endor, LVL 40 Half-Elf Ranger 

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I will try and join you walking if you'll have me. I need to more but lack motivation and energy have me immobilized.

Tell me how I can help- I've got your back sister!

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I will try and join you walking if you'll have me. I need to more but lack motivation and energy have me immobilized.

Tell me how I can help- I've got your back sister!

PVP going this challenge if you fancy it Hammi...link in my sig.

         Endor, LVL 40 Half-Elf Ranger 

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Pup one! (Not super stoked about posing.)

 

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Pup two gets sore if she gets too much exercise, so she probably won't come with me very often. Roux will take as much as we give him and still bounce off the walls, however, so we try to get him out as much as possible. 

 

I am pretty far short of my water goal today. I'm going to try to get in another 16 oz (at least) tonight, but I forgot how diligent I needed to be to get 64oz in a day. Which says a lot about how much water I haven't been drinking. Tomorrow that check mark is mine! Also, kickboxing! Yay! I haven't been to the Tuesday one since they changed the schedule all around - it looks like it's an extra long session, so I may need someone to come along with a spatula after and scoop me into bed.

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Absidey


LEVEL12


STR11 DEX13 STA20


CON29 WIS17 CHA11


Fear is the mind-killer.

 

 


Main Goal: Lose 20 Hip/Waist inches


95%
95%

Current Challenge

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D'awh! Love the dog! Vizsla? Ugh. I understand the cold/snow (because, Canada). The past two weeks have been pretty darn cold, but at least the days are starting to get longer. So, yay? 

 

Good goals, and good job kickin' ass today! :livid: 

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The day started innocently enough. Most of our protective team was clustered in one sector working on some new innovations that were expected to increase our stations efficiency twofold. We had no reason to expect they would be needed elsewhere.

 

The attack, when it came, was stunningly swift. The life support systems were offline before we even knew there was anything amiss. From there, the invaders easily overwhelmed our meager defenses. The most sophisticated of our weapons had never been intended to target an internal threat, and with the human element gasping for breath on the floor and in the corridors, very little else could be done. And our computer recognized the invaders, welcomed them as friends. So did we, at first, though later no one could fathom why they had greeted a stranger as an old an welcome friend, and unexpected rescuer. It was oblivion that welcomed us in return.

 

Loss of life was minimal, less than 1% of our population. It proved how incredibly outclassed we were. We awoke in a cave, some distance from our home station. It had been outfitted with vents delivering oxygen to keep us breathing, but it was not our standard mix. We were lethargic and weak, and vigorous movement left us gasping. Still, some of us managed well enough to come together and make quiet plans, though I feared we were no more likely to succeed than the dirt beneath us to turn to marshmallow cream. We would fight anyway.

 

I'm sick, really sudden-like. I felt a murmur of it around 1pm, enough to curse and text my husband that his cold had finally gotten to me. By 4, I was feeling pretty miserable, like my head was full of hot concrete and my throat was tender and swollen. I stopped and got subway to feed the family and some zicam for me on the way home. Ate my sandwich, and toppled into bed. Hopefully between zicam and rest, I can knock this out quickly. This is not a good time to be sick.

 

I didn't kickbox or walk yesterday, but everything else got done. I have a 2 hour nutrition class tonight, so I'll miss all the classes at my club, but another quiet night probably can't hurt.

Absidey


LEVEL12


STR11 DEX13 STA20


CON29 WIS17 CHA11


Fear is the mind-killer.

 

 


Main Goal: Lose 20 Hip/Waist inches


95%
95%

Current Challenge

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D'awh! Love the dog! Vizsla? Ugh. I understand the cold/snow (because, Canada). The past two weeks have been pretty darn cold, but at least the days are starting to get longer. So, yay? 

 

Good goals, and good job kickin' ass today! :livid:

 

Yep, he's a vizsla. Longer days are good! It's hard to get the dogs out for a walk when it's dark 10 minutes after we get home. We broke down and drove them to the dog park a couple of times in December. Hopefully the warmer weather will follow soon. Though I can't complain - Colorado is neurotic. We went to the zoo a couple of weeks ago and it was well into the 60s. (Upper teens Celsius?) I like that I don't have to endure months of bitter cold.

 

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The zicam seems to be helping. I'm still congested, but I haven't felt as generally crappy as I did that first night.

 

The class last night was interesting - more information than I was expecting, and better quality after my last experience with a nutritionist. I have my goal milestones for protein and water intake post surgery. I need to go grocery shopping this weekend. Today I went for my preadmittance testing at the hospital. I had an EKG and blood drawn, and both look good. The blood draw was rough, and my hand is bruised and swollen, so that's a bit of a bummer. They told me to stop taking my multivitamin until after surgery, but said the zicam is fine. Also that if the cold gets worse, they may need to reschedule surgery. Which would mean April, because I have to have time to heal for a trip to San Diego in April.

 

Hit my water goal today, logged all my food. No kickboxing tonight, and not for a good reason. I got distracted when I got home and forgot. Maybe I'll do a double class Saturday as penance, depending on what my husband is up to.

 

Keep on!

Absidey


LEVEL12


STR11 DEX13 STA20


CON29 WIS17 CHA11


Fear is the mind-killer.

 

 


Main Goal: Lose 20 Hip/Waist inches


95%
95%

Current Challenge

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I feel like I should go walk while the sun is out, but it's still only 19 degrees, and I'm still fighting the cold. Am I being practical or making excuses? =/

 

I fell short of my water goal yesterday, but not as badly as I did Monday. Progress, right? But no point. I did some bodyweight last night, including giving my long neglected pull up bar some attention. (not that I did any pullups, but a did hang for as long as I could.) Tracked everything. I have easily hit the protein numbers that will be my goal in the coming weeks, so I hope it's not too hard. Everything food is going to be Strange New World for a while I think, no matter what.

 

I updated my goals with my post-surgery targets. There will still be some flex potentially, depending on recovery and stuff.

Absidey


LEVEL12


STR11 DEX13 STA20


CON29 WIS17 CHA11


Fear is the mind-killer.

 

 


Main Goal: Lose 20 Hip/Waist inches


95%
95%

Current Challenge

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I feel like I should go walk while the sun is out, but it's still only 19 degrees, and I'm still fighting the cold. Am I being practical or making excuses? =/

Put the lead on the dog and let him decide ;)

 

Could you manage 800m out and 800m back? That's 1 mile. Try for that once a day and it will soon add up :)

         Endor, LVL 40 Half-Elf Ranger 

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Put the lead on the dog and let him decide ;)

 

Could you manage 800m out and 800m back? That's 1 mile. Try for that once a day and it will soon add up :)

 

The dog can always go, lol. Common joke about vizslas - I'm not so much wearing him out as building up his endurance. He's supposed to be on limited activity right now, though, as he has just gotten fixed. =D

 

We've got a high of 25 tomorrow though, and I'm layering up and getting out there. We got a bunch of stuff done today, but I'm still going stir crazy.

Absidey


LEVEL12


STR11 DEX13 STA20


CON29 WIS17 CHA11


Fear is the mind-killer.

 

 


Main Goal: Lose 20 Hip/Waist inches


95%
95%

Current Challenge

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Week one wrap up... and one week to go. I think I've got everything I need for my 2 day liquid fast, and I hope I have everything I need for what comes after. I've tracked everything all week, and come within my typical target range all but one day. I've been active ish, but perhaps overambitious with my kickboxing goal. It's a bit hard to make class when I am working later nearly every night trying to prepare for a week off. 

 

We got a space heater for the basement today, so I'll be able to work out down there again without chattering teeth, but I learned last week: no resistance, bodyweight, or yoga for 4 weeks. Just walking. Yuck. Also, no baths, which is a bummer.

 

Less bummer - I can walk to the beach from my hotel in San Diego. Also, there is a rooftop pool. (Going for work in April.) Yay!

Absidey


LEVEL12


STR11 DEX13 STA20


CON29 WIS17 CHA11


Fear is the mind-killer.

 

 


Main Goal: Lose 20 Hip/Waist inches


95%
95%

Current Challenge

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I love baths.

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"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke

"Love does not throw the book at you because love doesn't have a book to throw." -CS Lewis

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Semi intentional break broken!

 

I'm super uncomfortable talking about weight loss surgery. I'm ashamed and embarrassed by it, and I know I'm going to have to confront that in the coming months. I know it was the right decision for me. (Though I will admit to some pretty serious doubts my first week home.) So here's the first step in my facing this issue of mine. 

 

I chose weight loss surgery because of my lack of success while committed to weightloss. For 6 months, I did a program with a small group and a personal trainer that mixed cardio and resistance training and took a 12 week nutrition course. I tracked my food, focusing on whole food sources and a higher ratio of protein to carbs. For a while I lost, and then I didn't. I started changing things up - more lifting, more overall activity, cutting grains entirely, cutting carbs down to less than 50g a day. The harder I tried while my body seemed to ignore my efforts, the harder it was to keep on track. My weight yoyo'ed, but mostly I gained in small increments. About 18 months ago, I learned I had crazy high triglycerides, almost 3 times where they are considered high. I worked at bringing them down, and succeeded in cutting them in half, but they were still in the risky category. At the same time, my blood pressure climbed. My doctor told me I was likely prediabetic. And I despaired, because I thought to myself, "This is me trying, and I'm failing." My doctor told me polycystic ovary syndrome, which I'd been diagnosed with at 21, makes it very difficult to lose weight, because it causes insulin resistance. The more weight gained, the worse the symptoms of PCOS, and the harder it is to lose.

 

I had looked at surgical options before. I've been trying for 3.5 years, so there have been a lot of low points over that time. The options available seemed like too much risk and too many side effects for the benefit, so I but it aside. The prediabetic thing prompted me to look again, and I learned about sleeve gastrectomy. Fewer side effects, no long term malnutrition issues, and no malfunctioning hardware to be removed later. After about 4 months of research and talking about it with my husband, I made the decision and chose a surgeon.

 

My surgery was March 9. I'm under supervision of a nutritionist specializing in bariatric patients in addition to my surgeon. Not quite 2 weeks out, I'm starting to feel mostly normal, though I'm still on a limited diet while my stomach heals. My incisions no longer hurt, and though the deeper parts are sometimes uncomfortable, they don't really hurt either. I haven't had any problems with the solid foods I've tried, and I was thrilled this morning to eat an entire egg. My husband has been great, and mostly seems amused by the quirks in my eating now. I went back to work on Monday, had to leave early. I stayed home Tuesday, and have been fine working a full day since then.

 

As far as challenge goes - I am starting to hit my protein goal, but the nutritionist emphasized paying attention to my body's signals, so I'm not stressing about it as long as I am following the plan and only falling short when I couldn't fit the full serving. (Like on the first day of solids, I only managed 2 bites of the egg I was supposed to eat.) I am mostly hitting the water goals, but it does require near constant vigilance. I am having a hard time with the vitamins - mostly they make me feel like I'm going to throw up. For the most part, I expected this and made allowances to work up to the goals I need to hit. If I expected to be able to work up to it in a couple days, and it's actually taking a bit longer than that, oh well. 

 

Where it gets interesting - my surgeon discovered a hiatal hernia during surgery. He repaired it, and said he thinks it is probably why I started throwing up when I get a cold or other sinus ailment after my pregnancy 5 years ago. If so, that would be fantastic to have that go away. Repairing the hernia complicated my recovery somewhat, though I truthfully don't know exactly what I could have expected without the hernia. Regardless, to start off with, a jaunt to the bathroom left me breathless, and the hospital was concerned about my oxygen levels when I walked further than 20 feet or slept. They sent me home with an oxygen tank to use at night and when I'm "exercising" (pacing around my office and bedroom). I had to sit down and turn it on every time I came up the stairs for the first week, because I'd get light headed and dizzy. It's getting better, but I still have to take it slow, and I'm not doing any sort of distance. This week I'm going to try adding in some actual exercise. I'm a little concerned - I'm going to a trade show in San Diego in three weeks, so I need to start working up my endurance. Needless to say - the PVP mileage goal is scrapped. =)

Absidey


LEVEL12


STR11 DEX13 STA20


CON29 WIS17 CHA11


Fear is the mind-killer.

 

 


Main Goal: Lose 20 Hip/Waist inches


95%
95%

Current Challenge

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Great write up friend!

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Race: Wood Elf | Class: Footpath Ranger Leader

Level18 (STR):44.25 (DEX):37.25 (STA):30 (CON):31.25 (WIS):31.5 (CHA):25.25

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke

"Love does not throw the book at you because love doesn't have a book to throw." -CS Lewis

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Just got home from San Diego, so it's challenge wrap up time! Woohoo! I tried to post from my hotel, but the internet was being a jerk. 

 

Starting Stats

Waist: 36"

Hips: 45"

Weight: 192 lbs

 

Finishing Stats

Waist: 33.5

Hips: 43

Weight: 173.8

 

5.5" and over 18 lbs? I'll take it. My wedding ring fits again, my dress pants fit better than they have in two years, and I'm starting to feel a little more normal. I still have to watch my activity really closely, because I get tired fast, and sore if I overdo things. I had a few minutes at the airport Tuesday when I thought I might pass out in line and/or need a wheeled escort to my gate. But I made it. I think I did more walking on Tuesday alone than the entire preceeding month. We walked everywhere we went (except Coronado Island - we took a ferry) and I could feel myself getting stronger, though I got worn out. I need to start pushing myself a little more at home, keep building my endurance and strength back up.


I know this first month has been easy-mode weight loss. And I know I'll keep losing weight regardless of what I do for a little while longer. My efforts will be rewarded in the type of weight I lose. If I eat junk, I'm going to lose muscle, and I'll stall out before reaching my goals. Same if I sit around on my ass. My goals next challenge will carry on with what I've started - mostly protein, and building up activity. Hopefully I'll be able to go back to kickboxing this month. 

 

Grading!

A) Hydrate!

This was the hardest goal for me, and my score reflects that. It will continue to be challenging and something I need to monitor and strive to improve. 88% B

+1.5Con, +.75Wis

 

B) Nurish!

This is about to become much easier because I can take multivitamin tablets now instead of the nasty chewables. Yay! Still, I managed a respectable 93% A!

+1Sta, +2Con

 

C) Eat!

This isn't as hard as it was, and now is just a matter of making the right food choices and eating mindfully: slowly and with great attention to how my stomach reacts. Both things that would have been good presurgery, but now absolutely vital to keeping my body fueled and not feeling like shit for 2 hours after eating. Need to maintain tracking! I hate tracking, so that will be my struggle to keep going. 90% A

+1Sta, +2Con, +1Cha

 

D) Exercise!

I did well post surgery - all of my missed points were in the first two weeks. This will need to scale a little harder next challenge, but for this one, I think I did well pushing myself when I needed to, and giving my body rest when it asked. My incisions are mostly closed over, but the inside bits still complain at too much movement. 89% B

+.75Str, +.75Dex, +1.5Sta, +.75Cha 

 

Challenge Average - 90% A

90%
90%

Absidey


LEVEL12


STR11 DEX13 STA20


CON29 WIS17 CHA11


Fear is the mind-killer.

 

 


Main Goal: Lose 20 Hip/Waist inches


95%
95%

Current Challenge

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