103 Pounds Later After Bariatric Surgery and I’m Registered for My First 5K!

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Diana Naanaa

It has been awhile since you have heard from me. Sorry! Life officially stepped in the way. Don’t get me wrong, life did not get in the way of my weight loss, I will not allow that to happen. I have officially lost 103 pounds! The weight loss has definitely slowed down but as long as that number continues to decrease I am happy!

I am the sole reason that my weight loss has not been greater. I hit a plateau and felt a little discouraged. All of that changed as I saw more and more bariatric patients coming in, losing weight and maintaining it. What was so different about my life and situation that created that plateau? It was EXERCISE! I have been exercising, but really needed to increase the intensity and duration.

Exercise has always been a chore for me. I have never liked it and I am not sure I ever will. I have learned to APPRECIATE the affects it has on my body. Brisk walking and slogging (slow jog) like my friend Bettina calls it, has made a tremendous impact on my life. I have noticed that on days I go for a slog I feel energized and actually proud of myself. My overall well-being and attitude are more positive.

Slogging - Lets talk about it. I have always wanted to jog. I would watch people jogging all the time and wish it were me. With the osteoarthritis in my right knee, there was NO way these legs and knees were going to allow me to do anything like that. So, guess what I did? I registered to run a 5K race with my friend and co-blogger, Bettina. It makes total sense right? I haven’t run since I was a kid, never ran a race and have osteoarthritis in my knee. It would be silly for me NOT to take this task head on. The race is called the Color Run and will be run on May 11th in downtown Baltimore. Bettina has named our group the "P-Nut Gallery."

I am experiencing emotions that are foreign to me. I am scared, nervous and have great anticipation for the unknown. My goal is to finish the race, not come in last and live to tell the story on the other end. Bettina and I are going to take a beginning and ending photo at the race. I have the normal anxieties. Because this is my first race, am I going to run too slowly and hold the team back? Have I prepared enough physically for this rigorous challenge?

Melissa, the bariatric dietician, directed me to a website called “Couch to 5K”. This site prepares people like me (former couch potato) into a 5K runner. I am not certain in one month if I will be able to run the entire race, rather I think the opposite. One thing I do know is that I will run part of the race. Just as Rome was not built in a day, neither is a runner with bad knees!

I am very pleased with this most recent photo. I physically feel good and then I looked at this photo and thought, WOW, I look pretty good too! I would not be where I am today without the help and encouragement of the Sinai bariatric team. Day in and out I have constant support. Most of all I would like to thank my husband and two sons. In my eyes, the sun and moon rise because of them. Their constant love and “you got this Mom” attitude carry me through each and every day.

The next time you hear from me, I will be next to my friend Bettina with my “I DID THIS” smile and attitude!

Follow Diana on her weight loss journey here.

-Written by Diana Naanaa, LPN, Division of Bariatrics, Sinai Hospital

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  1. Diana, I am so excited for us! You are going to do a great job and we will push through the whole thing together. The feeling of pride you will have once we're finished will motivate you to do even more. I can't wait for next Saturday!!

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