So let me take you back exactly six months in time with this little video…..
That my friends was early on the morning of Friday March the 13th 2015.
The day when the life of the Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet changed forever.
The six month Anniversary of my life changing Bariatric surgery is TODAY!!
Celebrate good times… Come On!!
And how shall I be spending it? Well Archie the dog and myself are planning a monster walk so a far cry from how I would have celebrated any kind of achievement in the past for sure 😉 But in this day and age and after my last weekends debacle well there is only one way forward and that is Fit, Fit, Fit!
Amazing when you consider that looking back to the start when at my heaviest I was 159Kg (25 stone/350lbs) when on the day of my operation I was about 145Kg (22 stone 11lbs/319lbs) and am now 111Kg (17 stone 6lbs/244lbs).
So a massive total loss of 48Kg (7 stone 7lbs/105lbs) or a loss of 34Kg (5 stone 5lbs/75lbs) since this big day’s anniversary.
Very happy man here.
Not it’s not all been plain sailing that’s for sure and certain. There has been a great deal of hard graft in there along the way as well. The gym routine doesn’t do itself and the power walks with the dog only happen if I am there.
I wil state at this point however, I think the reason for my success so far has been the support and help from all of my friends and family (you all know who you are 😉 ) who have offered words of encouragement whether by mouth or message and for that I cannot thank you enough 🙂
I would also have to say the support I receive from The TFD Gym in Grove, Wantage has been totally amazing so a huge thanks goes out to them as well.
What is also amazing is that from Friday next week I shall be adding running into my regime (as long as my new shoes come in time…!) and this was something I never thought I would ever see me doing again. Okay, so it will only be ten minutes of 30 second intervals at probably only 7.5kph, but it’s a start and everyone has to start somewhere. This will mean that by next spring I shall be well versed enough in the art of heavy breathing that I may be able to start to train with the novice runners and manage a 10k race……
Watch this space
Anyway, we were talking about my operation. I still remember it as though it were yesterday and all of the tiredness that came with it. I hadn’t slept for about three days prior to the big day because I was simply a mass of nerves and excitement. The first two days didn’t really matter because I could lay in bed for longer should I have needed to but on the night prior to the operation I recall not sleeping until very late and having to be up at 5.30am to shower in the special gunk once again so I didn’t take any super bugs or the like into the hospital with me. If you look at the video taken that morning you will see how tired I am but inside I felt like a coiled spring and so glad the day was finally here.
I think that possibly the worst bit was arriving in the hospital’s surgery department and having to wait for about 4 hours as the nerves and tension grew and grew inside and then feeling the total and utter sweet relief when they said it was time to go down for the anaesthesia to be readied for my procedure.
I recall speaking to the anaesthetist whilst being wired to the B.P and Pulse rate monitors and they remarked how incredibly calm I was about it all. I would have disagreed but for the fact my B.P was normal and my Pulse was as low as it had been in long many a year. About this time I also remember looking at a clock which read 11.30 and that was about it, good night Vienna….
I woke as most people do in the recovery ward a few hours later, confused and unable to focus or get myself out of my sedation. I remember asking what my liver had looked like (bizarre the thoughts that go through your head!) and to this day have no idea what the reply was! I recall being asked was I ready to go up to the ward and kept replying that I wasn’t I just wanted to stay where I was. Obviously in hindsight it was easy to see that the anaesthetic absolutely knocked me for six and was refusing to let me wake up properly so it wasn’t until a very “in-charge” nurse came down from the ward I was expected on at about 6.30pm and insisted that I finally go up to my ward because I had people waiting there for me. I told her she must be mistaken because I had categorically told my family not to bother but she was insistent and I finally relented.
Well you should have seen the smile on my face when I arrived up on the ward to see my mother and brother both waiting patiently for me. They allowed me to be settled then came to the ward and listened to me talk nonsense for a while before realising they wouldn’t get much sense out of me that night and left me too it.
After that, the rest is history really because in the past six months, I have written and built this blog whilst concentrating solely on getting myself back to fitness and a sensible life.
Looking at the pictures below, I think you could say the hard work is beginning to pay off…..
But for the answer to such a question, I will let you decide 😉
FOOD DIARY: Friday 11th September 2015
|Qty||Measure||Food||Calories (gr)||Protein (gr)||Carbs (gr)||Fat (gr)|
|Breakfast||1||400mls||Phd Recovery Drink||290||23.04||46.1||0.96|
Not a great choice for lunch but I was out on the road and became hungry when I didn’t think I would which led to me feeling nauseous and when I got in the shop, trust me when I say that the sausage roll looked like the lesser of all of the evils! Evening meal was still very small and the reason I went for the curry sauce was I wanted the flavours more than I wanted anything else so not the greatest choice but something my tastebuds needed for sure.
As I have already said, today Archie and I will be going for a walk and I will report on that in the morning but for now I offer my Jawbone Up2 reading of 14,407 steps for yesterdays activities….well, I need to give you something to be impressed with…!
Still no exercise on the menu but I have to be honest I am feeling more alive as each day progresses so by the middle of the week I am sure I shall be inundating you with my exercises and screenshots so watch this space… 😉
Stay out of the fridge.