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Project 250: Enough Lollygagging, Time To Get Back To Work

Mar 14, 2016 02:51PM ● By Bill Gilman
Ok, so my trainer, Kait Taylor, isn't really a drill sergeant.
Most of the time.
It just seems like she is.
No, not really.
Kait is a terrific lady. She has a vast amount of knowledge in the areas of health, fitness and physiology and most importantly, she cares about my success.
Our twice-weekly sessions at Tewksbury Sports Club have been crucial to my ability to get from 426 pounds (July) to 343 pounds (last week).
But following my gastric bypass surgery on Jan. 14, I was told my physical activities would have to be limited to walking for the next six weeks. That stretched to eight weeks after I was hospitalized on Jan. 24 with internal bleeding.
It's been difficult to be away from the gym for two months. I'd gotten used to the endorphins generated by a good workout. Weight training was having a noticeable impact on my metabolism and Kait's workouts were increasing both my strength and flexibility.
But my time on the shelf is over.
This week, with my doctor's approval, I can return to the gym with no physical restrictions.
I'm looking forward to getting back into a workout routine but I confess to also being a bit nervous.Over the course of five months, I'd made a great deal of progress, with Kait guiding the way. I was stronger, more flexible and my cardio had improved tremendously. I know, when I return to the gym on Wednesday, I will be taking a few steps backward. Not that all of the progress I made will be gone but some of it definitely will.
Not only have I been away from weight training for two months but my low calorie intake in the weeks following my surgery has likely forced my body to feed off existing muscle mass. This is why it is so important to focus on protein intake following gastric surgery. Yes, veggies are great but the rule is "protein first." Your appetite is much less and you need to make sure you are taking in the protein you need before you feel full and stop eating.
And since you often aren't taking in the vegetables you require, keeping up on your daily regimine of vitamins is also crucial.
So here were are, ironically, on Pi Day, March 14. I'm back to 100 percent health, I'm eating real food and I've been cleared for all physical activity.
We are moving into the longest and most important phase of Project 250.
Let's get to work.

As you know, Project 250 is a fundraiser for the Tewksbury Community Food Pantry. You can help the food pantry by clicking here and making a pledge for every pound I lose, starting with the date of my surgery (388 pounds on Jan. 14) through Oct. 1, up to a maximum of 120 pounds.
In other words, by pledging 50 cents a pound, you will be pledging $60 if I hit my 120-pound goal! The money raised helps provide nutritious food for more than 200 needy families right here in Tewksbury. 

As of March 14, a total of $7.05 per pound has been pledged. But I know we can do a lot better.
Please pledge today! My loss is their gain!!


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