Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The post about Transformation Tuesday, loose skin and the big thaw

I do like the way my legs look in the skinny jeans bottom
right. Those jeans are too big for me now:(

  • Yesterday was Transformation Tuesday, like it is every Tuesday on the web. I have never partaken in this celebration before, so I thought I'd give it whirl this week. I got my collage shared on Jason 2.0's Facebook page and I got several new "likes" on my own Facebook page in the process. So, between that, encouraging some people on Dr. Poon's Facebook page and getting to see for myself how far I've come, I think it was a successful endeavour to undertake.
  • Yesterday I got a message from someone who suggested that I try to completely forget about the obese me. I know that she was just trying to be supportive and figured it would help me with my self esteem, but the truth is, I can ever forget who I was or where I started. Regardless of how I may have felt about myself then and still struggle with how I feel now, it's imperative that I remember what it was like to be morbidly obese. It's important that I remember how frustrating it was to shop for clothing, how unhealthy I felt, how slow and sluggish I was. And how much pain my body was in. It's true, I struggle with my self-esteem every single day. I always feel like I'm never good enough. I always feel like I can do better. But it's important to remember where I came from because I don't want to ever go back there. If I forget about the morbidly obese me, I may start to slip with my diet and my exercise. That can't happen because I refuse to regain any of the weight I've lost. 
  • On Monday I made some kick ass ribs in the slow cooker. I checked out Paleo rib recipes on-line and came across this one from George Bryant, The Civilized Caveman. It was not too shabby at all. Instead of the diced pineapple, I used 1/4 cup of 100% pure maple syrup. It was still good. I just threw the BBQ sauce in the crock pot with the ribs and 5 hours later, voila! The ribs were yummy and fall off the bone:) The recipe is here.
  • The three questions I get asked most are 1) how long it took me to lose the weight 2) do I have loose skin and 3) have I had surgery for the loose skin.  I have lost 153 pounds from my highest recorded weight of 310 pounds.  When I began my lifestyle change in August 2011, I weighed 297 pounds. It took me about 16.5 months to lose 132 pounds. I started Dr. Poon's diet in September 2011 at 286 pounds and lost 121 pounds in 15 months. That's a confusing bunch of numbers right? During the last year (while on maintenance), I have lost another 8 pounds bringing my current weight to 157 pounds. I am curvy and have pretty muscular legs. I'm never going to be "skinny", and I don't strive to be that way anyway. I want to be healthy.
  • I do have loose skin on my upper arms. I do not have issues with my abdominal area and I have not had surgery. Could I get a tummy tuck? Sure, it would smooth everything out and give me a perfectly flat and tight tummy. Perfection is over-rated and I can't afford that so I'm good. I'm not sure why I have been so lucky with my stomach. All I can think of is that running has contributed to this. When I first started losing weight, my abdomen was a hot mess. I never dreamed it would turn out as flat as it has. You use 4 abdominal muscles when you run. Maybe that really does have something to do with how well my stomach looks. I lost over 100 pounds 15 years ago. My stomach was not so flat then. I've had a baby since then and I'm much older (44 this year). My body is far from perfect and of course I notice all my flaws more than anyone else. I have not photographed my abdomen in a while. Since dropping 8 pounds, it has gotten a bit flabby. The skin takes some time to tighten up. I have noticed a difference in the past couple of months, and I will post new pictures after I join the gym in the spring. I'm looking forward to seeing how my body will change when I start strength training. You can see my old belly pictures here if you haven't already seen them.
  • I ran this morning and it was -3C! It felt strange to not have to wear double tights, double socks, and to only wear two layers on top. I ran 8K, and since the snow was in melt mode, there was a ton of slush to contend with. My feet were soaking wet, but I'll take it. The temps are getting warm which means spring is around the corner right? Wrong! Mild temps are only around for two more days (with a ton of rain), then we go back to the deep freeze. Everything will freeze up making running tricky once again. I'm sure we're only having a major thaw right now so that Mother Nature can dump more snow on us. I want to kick her right the crotch.
  • I sold my hubby's Around the Bay bib. Finally someone committed and gave me a down payment to hold it until I can transfer it after March 1st. I hate selling stuff on Kijiji. Just say'in...
  • On Monday I likely saw Tanya for the last time until she comes back from Stockholm this summer. My heart was heavy for sure and I feel a little empty right now. My only regular running partner is gone. Alone again naturally:(
  • I'm off to bed. I had an exhausting day and I have to run 9 hills tomorrow. I don't know what I'm gonna listen to. I finished the Wally Lamb book (and Elin, you were right, I hated the ending). So I suppose it's Classic Rock Q107! Till next time:)

My kick ass ribs:)


  1. Hi Leigh ..I tried to find the rib recipe but could not any way for you to post it for me love your blog read every one ..Thank you for all that you do to help all of us ..I am currently waiting for surgery on two large hernias and hoping once I have them repaired and fully recovered been thinking might just give running a go

  2. Your stomach looks great!! My goodness, you'd never guess you were so overweight with such a great stomach. I have a horrible stomach but hey, I'm 57 and not likely to wear a bikini so I can live with it :)

  3. Love George the Civilized Caveman's recipes! Meeting him in real life is on my bucket list.. he lives not too far away in So. Cal.. :)
    Remembering the old days is just a back pack or heavy grocery bags away... I can feel my knees and feet and the pain.

    Glad you did Transformation Tuesday. Remembering the past, living in the now is all part of transformation process- IMO. It takes a while for the mind/body thing to gel... Keep up the good work.

  4. Even if I tried to forget "fat Caron", it would not be possible. The first year of maintenance I carried my first night at WW picture everywhere and showed it off. I learned that was a huge mistake at work because it then became my co-workers mission to try to get me to eat junk along with them. I never understood that, but I stopped showing off. Ha ha

  5. Your belly looks amazing!!!

    I don't have belly flab, which, for losing almost 70 lbs. at the age of 62, I find amazing. Still won't wear a bikini though. I have some loose skin on my upper arms, but the worse area is the front thighs/upper knees and bottom of my ass. That said, I will still wear shorts all summer. I will not be one of those old ladies who refuses to wear shorts. Loose skin is a hellavu lot better looking than thunder thighs that chafe on the inside because of rubbing against each other!

    And yes, we MUST remember where we came from. It's a great incentive to prevent going back there!

  6. Leigh - great stuff, great post.

    The past is past, the present is good, the future simply amazing. Life is what WE make it and you've done great.

    Keep going onwards and upwards

    All the best Jan

  7. Hi Leigh, I don't want to forget my old weight either. There was a journey that got me to where I am now, and it was a wonderful thing. It's not all about losing the pounds, it was about learning to love myself and get nurturing friends and related things like that. And all of the old feelings help us relate to people who are struggling more than we do. I sure remember that! And our struggles create our empathy.

  8. I remember going to a weight loss place and being told that I was going to hate all the loose skin I am going to have if I lost weight. Really? That's the first thing you are going to say to me? They were also the place that told me NOT to exercise while I was losing weight. Needless to say, I did not go back. I know I will have loose skin but I would have that then the weight back!

    You, my dear, are amazing. Always remember that. It is important to remember where we were....but you also need to remember how far you have come!