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Giving Thanks – 7 Weeks to the Tinker Bell Half Marathon

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It’s the end of November and as the first of December approaches this weekend, Dawn (The winner of the “How do YOU celebrate success” contest that I held on my blog back in June of this year) and I are just 7 short weeks away from accomplishing something that just three short years ago I never thought I would even consider doing.

I sat out with a goal this year to run a 5K, a 10K and a Half Marathon. I’ve done all three of those things, in fact, running my first half marathon was what inspired me to put together the contest on my site and find the sponsorship to take Dawn with me to the Tinker Bell Half Marathon that we are running at the beginning of 2014.

I’ve been on the bench a lot the last few weeks due to a couple of physical and emotional issues. But this week I’m coming back in, going to hit the training schedule just as it is set up which means that tomorrow is a 10 mile run for me. I am still splitting my runs up between the treadmill and the elliptical and that won’t be changing for me until next week, but I will get those 10 miles.  My goal is to do 7 miles on the treadmill and 3 miles on the elliptical.

Next week’s schedule is an easier one: we have two 5 mile days, two 4 mile days and one 2 mile day, and that will be the first week that I push to make sure I get all of my run time in on the treadmill or on the pavement.

I’m also hoping that next week’s runs get me outdoors a little bit and I plan to add a little extra walking in to make that happen if need be. I’ve been doing indoor runs since I hit the bench and truthfully, I never get the emotional charge or the freeing feeling that I usually get out of my runs when I run indoors.

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Running has been a missing part of my life for the last few weeks as I have been dealing with a bit of a scare in regards to one of my breast implants, and my fear of escalating a problem made me decide to stop jostling things around for a bit.  But I’m starting to find some ways to work around that by increasing the support my girls have when I exercise in the form of wearing three bras. Uncomfortable? A little, but if it gives me the confidence I need that I won’t be making the situation any worse until I can get back to Dallas and Dr. Yaker can address it AND still be able to adhere to my training schedule and complete this third half marathon, then I can deal with a little bit of discomfort.

Since I got home from my recent trip and had to spend some time on the bench I have realized once again how much my mood alters when I don’t get my exercise and my running time in and how much better I feel when I do. Just three days in the gym last week as opposed to the no gym time the two weeks before made me feel like I’d taken a round of anti-anxiety medication. Forget the Ativan, just get in the gym.

It’s a little strange, if you look at the archives of my blog you will see a little bit of a pattern. October and November always seem to be rather quiet months for me, it is a time of year that I tend to take a step back and reflect – I might just start making it a tradition, a month of reflection and self-awareness from the anniversary of my bariatric surgery on October 19th through Thanksgiving.

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As tomorrow wraps up week 13 of the #20Week2Tink Training Schedule that Dawn and I have been working on, I am thankful for the opportunity to do this. I’m thankful for the ability to run and I am thankful to the sponsors that made this all happen for Dawn. Kay’s Naturals, Celebrate Vitamins and Pace Setter Athletic – Thank you for empowering me to empower someone else to do something so amazing by sponsoring the “How do you Celebrate Success” contest – and thank you to Ameriwell Bariatrics, who came in and put up some of the sponsorship money I wasn’t able to get back in June to help fund my trip to Disneyland for this adventure and of course an extra special thanks to Pace Setter for always making sure there have been good shoes on my feet this year. Together this year these four companies have made Team Seeking Slender a possibility, and I am extremely grateful.

As I sit here tonight eating a plate of Thanksgiving leftovers I find myself smiling as I think of the things in life I am most grateful for. I am grateful that I can exercise and run. I am grateful that the people who love and care for me understand how important those two things are to my health and wellness. I’m grateful that I have so many friends who care so much about me, and I am grateful for where my life has gone over the course of the last three years.

And last but certainly not least, I am grateful to each and every one of you that read my blog, and follow my journey through social media networks. Each one of you represents the fact that my desire to inspire, motivate and encourage others in their weight loss journeys through fitness, nutrition and wellness is coming to fruition and for that, you each have my undying love and gratitude.

Happy Holidays Slender Seekers. I hope each and every one of you continues to find Desperately Seeking Slender to be a beacon of light on your path to a happy healthy lifestyle; it is what I wish for you all this holiday.

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Pandora Williams author of Desperately Seeking Slender is a  Cooper Approved Wellness Coach Trained in Weight Management Strategies and Motivational Speaker studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer.

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A Lesson in Distracted Eating for WLS Fitness Contest Winner

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By Dawn Brell 
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Dawn Brell rocking her vampiress for Halloween 2013

After a week with a few set backs Pandora asked me to write a blog about my experiences.  I have to say that anyone who has been through this have my sympathies and respect and for those who haven’t I hope that you never have to.  So we are going to talk about distracted eating and the consequences of that.  Star Date OCT 17 2013 (lol star trek humor) I was having a wonderful rib eye steak for supper. Normally when I eat I don’t do other things.  I focus on my food and eat slowly.  But this was the first time that I was going to miss my hockey team on TV. So I was trying to find it on the internet so I could listen and I was Facebook-ing and messing with paperwork.  So I was not watching how I cut my food. I was not thinking about my chewing.  You may guess where this is headed.  After a little bit of eating I knew that I had a problem.  I could tell that I had a piece of steak caught in my pouch.  It was a pain that I have never experienced.  I finally pushed my plate away and sat for probably an hour with my head on the table and rocking back and forth in my chair.  It didn’t do anything.  I finally decided that I was going to sip on some Powerade and hope that it would move.  No luck at all.  It did not move. I finally decided that I was going to put my hockey game on my phone and go to bed.  I laid in bed and just had pain, pain, pain. I decided that if I could get sick I would feel better. But no matter what I tried it was not going to move.  I couldn’t even force myself to get sick. It was stuck and it was REALLY stuck.  I couldn’t lay on my back at all because I couldn’t breathe and it felt like I was being ripped in half.  All I could do was roll side to side and cry.  It was awful.  It took about 14 hours for it to move.

My advice is to not partake in distracted eating.

I did try to do the right thing and the next day for lunch I had soup. This was the right thing to do but I didn’t stick with it long enough. For dinner I had a small grilled chicken sandwich.  I ate light all weekend but I was eating solids. I was not having pain so I thought I was ok to do that.  Fast forward to star date Oct 22. I had a half a cheeseburger for lunch and then dinner rolled around.  We were going to grill pork steak for supper.  I had a strange “don’t eat it” feeling but I had been feeling well so I thought it was going to be ok. I cut all the fat off and get rid of it.  I ate a little of the meat. I made sure that I was cutting it very small and chewing and chewing and chewing.  I thought it was going well.  I ate until I felt full.  But about 30 minutes later. I had that same horrible pain as last week.  It was horrible.  I decided that something might really be wrong and was going to go to the hospital.

 No food is worth dying for. No food is worth being in pain for. No food is worth a permanent problem. – Dawn Brell

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Dawn pausing for a moment for one of those epic “Selfies” that remind us how far we have come.

As I was heading outside to go, the cold hit me and I got very very sick.  But after all of that I felt so much better.  So I went back inside and tried to relax.  But every 20-30 minutes I was still getting sick. I was so sick and finally got empty and was just bringing up foam.  I could not even hold down a sip of water.  After about 5 hours the pain was unbearable and I had no choice but to go to the hospital.  I was not excited about that at all. I have small fragile veins so for me the hospital is basically cruel torture.  But given that I may have been having a huge complication I was going to have to endure that torture.  They had a hard time getting an IV started and blew a few veins.  They finally got the IV going and I was given anti nausea and vomiting medicine.  I was given a lot of pain medicine.  I finally started to feel a little better and was able to get a little sleep.  I am now covered in horrible bruises but a small price to pay.  I did email my surgeon to tell them what happened. I was still worried that I had something stuck.  They didn’t do any x-rays at my local hospital. They basically said I hurt my pouch and it needed to rest.  My surgeon called me to get all of the details.  I told them everything and what had been happening.  Basically they told me that I need to go liquids for 3 days and then mushy for 3 days. I am also back to taking antacids everyday to aid in the healing also. I did have the right idea in doing soup after the first episode but I gave up on it fast. I enjoy eating now.  I used to inhale my food and never tasted it.  Now I have a new appreciation for it however I still have rules to follow. I am blessed that I can eat almost anything and everything post surgery I have very limited problem foods.  But I know that I have to do this because I can do permanent damage to pouch.  I didn’t let it rest and just kept irritating and irritating it until I had another problem.  A blockage or obstruction is a common complication for us and people do get sick and sadly some of them do pass away. I have experienced that in my life actually.

I couldn't help but throw in these photos of our "How do you celebrate success" Contest Winner Dawn Brell, showing off where she has been as she swims in her old jeans. Congratulations Dawn, I can't wait to run with you in January!

I couldn’t help but throw in these photos of our “How do you celebrate success” Contest Winner Dawn Brell, showing off where she has been as she swims in her old jeans. Congratulations Dawn, I can’t wait to run with you in January!

My advice is to not partake in distracted eating.  You never want to experience this pain.  You don’t want to have to worry about having a serious complication. You don’t want to have to give up eating.  I will tell you it is hard.  Its only day 2 and I hate it about as much as I did a year ago pre-op.  So be mindful of your eating, be mindful of the size of your pieces, be mindful that you are chewing. It sounds simple and I can say I took it for granted until this happened. But I don’t want to repeat this. I don’t want to do permanent damage after the gift I was given in my surgery. I hate pain and don’t want to go through that again. I know that I need to always stick to the rules because no matter how well things are going a bump in the road can and will happen.  But acting and treating it properly can be the difference in healthy and sick and sometimes life and death.  No food is worth dying for. No food is worth being in pain for. No food is worth a permanent problem.

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Pandora Williams author of Desperately Seeking Slender is a  Cooper Approved Wellness Coach Trained in Weight Management Strategies and Motivational Speaker studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer.

Slender Seekers Gold Team Sponsors:

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Kay’s Naturals
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Celebrate Vitamins
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Slender Seekers Silver Team Sponsors:

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The “How Do YOU Celebrate Success” contest sponsors:

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