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Saturday, November 24, 2007

December issue of Self and looking forward

On page 70 of Self's magazine's December issue you will find the pictures and story of the woman that won the Gold's Gym Challenge. She lost 5 pounds but also 9% body fat. So that means she must have lost about 15 pounds of fat and gained 10 pounds of muscle. She looks very healthy. Megan was much more tone. I wasn't even near that tone but lost more weight and as much body fat. Jody and Patti didn't have as many votes but both either lost more weight or body fat and Jody was really tone!!! So who knows what they considered in their final decision.

My next goal is to show them that I deserve to win the next challenge and be in the calendar again next year. The local gym has a contest every January for 12 weeks and I plan on signing up so I can continue to reach my goal. I am not even half way to where I want to be!!!! I am planning my exchange surgery in January but it shouldn't throw me off for more than about 10 days and I can still work my legs etc.

I have decided to cancel my surgery in Seattle in February. It is much more invasive then just implants so I figure I will at least test drive the implants and see. If I later decide I don't like them or I have problems with them then I can look into Seattle again. There is also the money part of it. My insurance will pay for all of it since I have surpassed my annual out of pocket but it won't cover travel expenses. I will have to be there for 2 weeks and my mom or hubby would want to take turns being close by as well. That is a big expense for hotel, flight, rental car, food etc. The other is that I don't have much time left on the books at work. I have used as little as I could but the Seattle surgery would have me off work for at least 6 weeks and my disability doesn't kick in for at least 30 days after running out of sick leave. So not only would I have the added expenses of travel, but I would also be out at least one paycheck. Not an easy thing to do right after the holidays and with one child needing braces etc. I think part of it is that I just want get some closure. If I can get implants and lose the weight with the gym etc then I don't need the "tummy tissue" breast reconstruction. But that door will always be open a bit if I need to go through it.

2 comments:

kannie said...

That is so awesome that you're shooting for next year already! :-) You're a real inspiration!!!

Just let us know when we can start voting, since that seems to be the - ahem - most important factor ;-).

Lily Rose said...

Hi. I found your blog through the Pink-Link e-newsletter and I've been enjoying reading it. I was diagnosed with breast cancer a year and a half ago,at 37. I have two small children, now 3 and 4 years old. I went through chemo, radiation, many surgeries (I'm still not done!) I am now struggling with trying to lose the weight I gained during chemo. I found it therapeutic to write my story and created a website. I'd love to exchange links with you. My website is: http://myjourneythroughbreastcancertreatment.com

Best wishes!