Earlier this year the State of Oklahoma teacher's insurance program started a pilot program to greatly reduce the cost of Weight Loss surgery. I immediately contacted the doctor and got an appointment to talk. While going through the preliminary appointments with the Exercise Guy and the Food Girl and the Mind Lady a have lost almost 40 lbs in six months. I have a new sense of self. I am a teacher. I am happy being a teacher. I am good at being a teacher. I have spent the last seven years trying to be something else for someone else. From the Exercise Guy I learned I know what to do. I just need to do it. From the Food Girl I learned how to eat better and less and still enjoy food and that the post surgery diet and possible complications scare me, and from the Mind Lady I learned to not let doctors and staff bully me into a decision and I have got to make decision that work for me. I truly believe my weight gain was a lack of direction and self awareness. I don't know if surgery is the answer for me. I greatly respect individuals who have made this decision, but I may lose the ability to check off one of my bucket list items if I do weight loss surgery. I believe surgery would make it too difficult to train for this goal, but I think this goal will require a similar lifestyle change with less of a chance for the scary complications.
I have said several times, I will train for the Willow Creek Triathlon in Enid. I have never done it. So my first Intermediate goal is to complete this Triathlon in 2014. I have set so many goals and not finished them. So in an attempt to avoid surgery. I am making a very large long term goal. This blog will be the story of my journey to reach this goal. I hope you will help and encourage me along the way. It started with reflecting in the pool today and reaching a small goal I randomly set for myself. I will be setting lots of goals a hopefully celebrating a lot of small victories within these post so please join me on my journey to the:
By the time I am 50 years old I will complete a full Ironman Triathlon!