Weigh-Ins are on FRIDAYS - Updated December 19, 2014

Surgery Date: October 20, 2009:

Hit my goal weight on December 17, 2010:

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Weigh-In Day & the Holidays are Here!

Can you believe that I have officially been at/below by goal weight of 145 lbs for FOUR years now?  I got to my goal weight on December 17, 2010.

That's about 120lbs lost. And I've kept it off.

This is a HUGE accomplishment for me.


For me, this weight loss journey is about KEEPING the weight off.

Not just losing the weight.

Here's today's weigh-in pic:

As you can see from today's weigh-in, the holidays are here. 

I am up a few pounds from last week, but still below my goal weight. 

I have been enjoying all of those cookies and treats that get passed around the office and parties this time of year.  I am not too worried about it. The 2-3 pounds up and down the scale don't phase me any more.  This process is all about what happens in "maintenance." 

Now how about a few updates on what I've been up to for the holidays:

I got my crafty-ness on with the kittehs and made Christmas paw print ornaments:
My Sweetie and I got busy making and decorating Ninja-Bread cookies. They're bad-ass.

We cruised around in our own backyard and went olive oil tasting in the Wine Country. Here's the official "let's-play-tourist-and-stand-in-the-vineyards" photo from that day:

As you can see, life goes on.

I still do all the things I need to do be healthy:

--I make correct food choices and portion sizes.
--I still EXERCISE most days of the week.

Lastly, I will leave you with this thought:

Merry Christmas!

Monday, October 20, 2014

I've Had My Lap-Band for Five Years!

Can you believe it?

It's been officially five years since my Lap-Band surgery: October 20, 2009.

Let's recap, shall we?

I began my journey at 260 lbs.

Jeans size 24W. Bra size 42DD.

I lost 120 lbs in 14 months and got to my goal weight of 145 lbs on December 17, 2010.

Now I'm a size 6.  Bra size 36D.

You may be wondering: does it seem like five years since my surgery?


Has all the hard work that I've done and continue to to been worth it?


Have you been here reading since the beginning?

Hope so.

If not, checkout all of my old posts that date back to October 2009:  The good, the bad, the ugly.

It's all here for your reading pleasure. Use the search box on the left of the page. It's great.

I will now share with you what I have learned these past five years. I will also now be very direct and to-the-point. It's how I roll.

The Lap-Band does ONE thing for me:

My Lap-Band turns down the volume on my hunger. I am almost NEVER hungry. This is AWESOME. Thank you Lap-Band.

I can eat all foods.

Bread? Yes.

Pasta? Yes.

Rice? Yes.

All foods? Yes.

I can also eat as much as I want. Give me some time (45+ mins) and watch me down an entire container of Ben & Jerry's or three slices of pizza, but these are rare moments for me.

Here's the difference: I choose not to eat these types of foods most of the time.

Now let's stroll down memory lane. What have the last five years been like?

Year 1: LOSING PHASE: All about learning the rules of my new weight loss surgery tool:
  • Learning that I need to count calories and proteins
  • Learning that I HAD to exercise.
  • Learning that the food that I brought into my kitchen could not be tempting or a trigger food.
  • Learning portion control, portion control, portion control.  My Lap-Band has never limited HOW MUCH or WHAT I can eat. I learned early that portion control was UP to ME.
  • Weekly weigh-ins - checkout my weight loss ticker at the top of the page.
Year 2: GOAL! Getting to my goal weight and learning a new thing called MAINTENANCE:
  • Learning that maintenance is pretty much the same as my losing phase (everything listed above), except with about an extra 200 calories a day to eat. Not that much.
  • Learning to still count calories and proteins
  • Learning that I HAD to exercise.  Still.
  • Weekly weigh-ins 
Year 3: Maintenance never ends - There is NO "DONE":
  • Learning how to handle a job change and a move from Oregon to California and still stay on track with my food choices and making exercise a priority.
  • AND: 
  • Learning that I STILL need to count calories and proteins
  • Learning that I STILL HAD to exercise.
  • Learning to keep an eye on the food that I brought into my kitchen could not be tempting or a trigger food.
  • Learning to keep on my portion control, portion control, portion control.  
  • Weekly weigh-ins 
Year 4: Maintenance never ends - There is NO "DONE": Do you see a theme here?
  • Same as above. Still.
  • Always keeping up with my weekly weigh-ins
Year 5: Maintenance never ends - There is NO "DONE": Do you see a theme here?
  •  Same as above. Still.
  • Always keeping up with my weekly weigh-ins
Honestly, this five year milestone is a somewhat of a non-event for me.

I didn't even realize that October 20th was coming up on the calendar until yesterday.  Surprise. There it was on the calendar.

I've been told that the longer that I stay at my goal weight, the longer that my long term success and weight loss will be.

We will see.

I hope so.

I think that the jury is still out.

I know that if I do the work that I need to do and Lap-Band helps me with hunger, then I can continue to be successful at maintaining my goal weight.

Do you have a Magic 8 ball that I could borrow? I would love to have a peek into my future.

PS: if you want to see what I'm up to on a daily basis, then checkout my Facebook page.  I post pics, updates, and the occasional TMI over-share for you.  You're welcome.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Can You Guess How Many Weigh-ins I've Shared With You?

I began my weight loss journey back in August 2009 with my very first weigh-in at 258lbs.

Today is my 260th Friday weekly weigh-in.

That's a lot of weeks.

Each and every Friday.

Yep, almost FIVE years of weigh-ins posted here on the interwebs for your viewing pleasure.

That's what I call accountability.

Today's weight: 141.8 lbs. 

Still below my goal weight of 145 lbs.

Accountability is one of the secrets to my success with the Lap-Band.

Maybe I should do a blog post with a list of my ultimate top five secrets to my success with my Lap-Band? 

I will totally share my success secrets with you...'cuz we're BFFs...right?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Have You Seen My Disguise?


You have.

I've been wearing my "skinny girl" disguise for almost 4 years now.

Here's a pic from last summer.  It's the same disguise that I still wear today.

There are people in my life (friends, coworkers, etc) who never knew me as the Fatty.

My fatty days: when I weighed 258+ lbs.

I was a fatty for my entire adult life up until I was 31 years old.

Especially since I moved to California over a year ago, I have been wearing my disguise of the skinny girl quite easily.

And today...

It happened.

I was reminded of how much people really do see me in my disguise.

I forget about my disguise.

I'm still a fatty in my brain.

"You're so lucky. You don't have to watch your weight. You're naturally thin."

Those exact words were said to me as I walked into the ladies bathroom at work today.

Two coworkers were standing at the sinks, talking about their dieting and exercise. Right as I had walked into the room.

Perfect timing.

I smiled.

A compliment indeed.

And of course, I had to set the record straight.

I said, "Thank you, but that's not true, I used to weigh 258 lbs. I count calories, exercise almost every day, and I have a Lap-Band. It's A LOT of work, but totally worth it."
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