- You have a "date" does not mean you're going out.
- The phrase "I'm a loser" is a good thing.
- All of your silverware says Gerber.
- "Welcome to the other side" doesn't include death.
- You get excited about hand me downs.
- Getting wrinkles is a good thing.
- Hitting the "Century Mark" is actually a good thing.
- When the word lap has nothing to do with a strip club.
- Other women are calling you "bitch" behind your back.
- When you are glared at in the plus size department because you "don't belong there".
- When you really don't have a thing to wear.
- You have to prove you are the person on the driver's license.
- You start being in the pictures not behind the camera.
- You are never far from your bottle of water
- When you order a doggy bag at the same time as your meal.
- You're too small for your britches.
- When you go to the mall a take the first available space instead of circling 20 minutes for one closer to the door.
- You truly are a "cheap date".
- When one drink makes you sloppy drunk
- You flip up your shirt to show complete strangers your scar and ask "wanna feel my port"?
- Vitamins feel like a meal.
- You can cross your legs... both of them
- Instead of a Wonder Bra you need a Wonder Where They Went Bra
- When your treadmill is no longer used for drying your fine washables
- You can wear corduroy pants without igniting a fire
- When you wave and your upper arms wave back
- You cancel your Lane Bryant Credit Card
Thursday, June 30, 2011
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I work HERE. Therefore, guess what kind of Outlook email meeting invitations I receive on a weekly basis? I get invited to tastings where we can give our opinions on current and potential products.
Today's Outlook meeting invite is for tastings of THESE and THESE. Last week it was THIS! Yeah, and wouldn't you know it, the tastings are "required"...whatever that means.
Don't tell anyone, but I have never EVER shown up to a sensory tasting....shhhh...it's our little secret...promise not to tell? So far, the tasting police haven't found me out yet.
Guess what I see in the break room/kitchen area daily? CHOCOLATE I usually try and walk past really fast like if I don't smell or look at it too long, then I won't eat it...this tactic works about 50% of the time. The other 50% of the time I eat me some chocolate.
So, my question to you, do you find food choices difficult when you are at work?
Do you sometimes want to bitch slap the coworker who brings donuts/bagels into work? What about those people who bring in cookies/cakes/etc that they baked at home the night before? Don't even get me started on those office potlucks! Sigh.
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I thought that I would put all of the questions in one place - a new tab at the top of the blog so they are all in one easy to find spot.
So, here's your chance. Ask away in the comments section below! Some recent questions include:
- What is Zumba?
- Was there a time when I hated exercise?
- Do I have any problems with excess skin?
- What is my favorite brand of protein shake?
- What vitamins do I take? Which brands?
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
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Sunday, June 26, 2011
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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Here I am at the top!
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you also know that I love personal finance and pinching those pennies. Suze Orman is my Deity. She tells it like it is in her no-nonsense style. I love one of her new sayings for those of us in the dating world..."Fico first, then sex." Yeah, no putting out until you've seen his FICO scores ladies!
New Study Finds That Gastric Banding Pays for Itself In Approximately Two Years for Patients With Diabetes and Four Years for Patients Without Diabetes
Wow! That's AWESOME!
I wonder if the study takes into account all those fabulous tiny outfits that I now spend my money on as a result of the weight loss? Probably not.
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Anyways, these ladies had amazingly beautiful yet GIANT salads with croutons on top of pasta salad on top of ranch dressing on top of shredded cheese on top of pretty much everything else that was on the salad bar that day. I tried to avert my stare as I looked longingly at their salad creations. I imagined how yummy those salads would taste. I tried not to drool. It reminded me of the good ol' days when I would belly up to the bar at Sweet Tomatoes or Fresh Choice. Those were the days. Sigh.
Since I had nothing better to do while I waited, I quietly (in my head) began to estimate and calculate how many calories I thought one of those HUMUNGO salads had in them...I settled on somewhere around 800-900 calories, at least.
Then I looked down at my salad sitting in the small to-go container: 1 hard boiled egg and 2-3 ounces of chicken breast sitting on top of 7-8 pieces of baby spinach (yeah, I counted) and the little dressing cup on the side. Approximately 260 calories and 29 proteins.
I ate that salad about 4 hours ago...and I'm still not hungry. I heart my Lap Band.
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Here are my current favorite workout songs (in no particular order):
- Don't Let Me Down (Swing) by Zumba Fitness
- Brass Monkey by The Beastie Boys
- Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce
- The Sound of Sunshine by Michael Franti & Spearhead
- It's in His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song) by Vonda Shepard
- Girls on the Dance Floor by Far East Movement
- Sweat (A La La La La Long) by Inner Circle
- We Speak No Americano by Yoland Be Cool & DCup
- Evacuate the Dance Floor by Cascada
- Gimmie Gimmie by Beanie Man
- Boom Boom by Kumbia Kings
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
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Monday, June 20, 2011
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Sunday, June 19, 2011
#6 - Long sleeve pink sweater from Anne Taylor, Size L (runs big): TAKEN by Melissa F
#7 - Ruffled T-Shirts/Tanks, Size X-Large: TAKEN by Melissa F
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
* What would you say is the most important lesson or lessons you've learned about eating since you've been banded, and how has this contributed to your weight loss?
The most important lesson for me was learning that I can always eat more than the recommended 1 cup of food at a time. But just because I CAN eat more than 1 cup, doesn't mean that I should. That's why I depend on EXTERNAL tools to help me: small serving plates/bowls and my trusty food scale. These tools keep my portions in check and I know that when I am done eating my portion/serving, then I am done. No more food.
* How are you sustaining your motivation to continue forward?
I get a lot of motivation from my daily blogging and keeping my Lap Band Gal Facebook page updated with my latest food choices or exercise. It keeps me accountable and motivated. I also have that thought of the $16K that I paid for my band. I guess that I am financially motivated to make this weightloss stick.
* If you've experienced any discouraging set back moments, how did you deal with them, how long did they take to pass-- and what sort of specific strategies might you suggest that could work?
I haven't really had any set back moments, however I still struggle with the idea that there is no "done" in this journey. I often wish that there was a "done" or "finish line" and I hope that this doesn't lead me down a path of poor food choices and lack of exercise one day.
* Have you ever worried about being a complete failure at the band, and then gotten over that worry-- if so: did you tell yourself certain things that helped or do certain activities that reassured you?
This was never something that EVER entered my mind. I guess I have had the mindset from the beginning, even the pre-op days, that the only option was to be a success with my band...no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
* What is the proudest accomplishment you've made relative to your band journey thus far?
Getting off of my high blood pressure medications and resolving my borderline high cholesterol. I have always said from the beginning that I lost the weight for improved health.
* What are you looking forward to doing next in your journey?
MAINTENANCE. I will continue the daily struggle and successes that come with maintaining my weight below 145 lbs. I look forward to also reducing my body fat percent.
* Where do you see yourself 1 year from now and how are you planning to get yourself there?
I see myself at GOAL. I will keep doing what I've been doing ever since surgery: measuring my portions, drinking tons of water, taking my vitamins, EXERCISE, and attending my surgeon's support groups.
* What sort of goal setting do you do in general, and how do you motivate yourself to keep going towards those goals?
When I was losing I set 10 lb goals for myself. I celebrated every 10 lb loss. Now I just focus on being under 145 lbs.
* What is the most difficult thing about having the band and what makes it worth it anyway?
The most difficult thing for me is that I totally know that the band is not the quick fix or "easy button". I still have to do the work to reap the rewards. I could eat thousands and thousands of calories each day...my band doesn't stop me from eating those calories, I DO.
* Given the choice, would you be too tight or too loose and why? How would you handle either situation if you couldn't get in to your doctor for 4 weeks?
It's no secret that I keep my band on the looser side...I have never vomited or "PBd" since before surgery (Oct '09). I have about 7.4 ccs in a 10 cc band. That's what I like about the band, we can each use the tool as we want to. I also have read up on some various online medical sources that sometimes a too tight band leads to erosion and slips. Food for thought. I also like to be able to eat anything I want to (bread, etc). I don't like to be limited. For me, the band is ONLY about being satisfied/full for a longer period of time.
* What are your 3 to 5 'desert island band foods'-- things you WOULD NOT/ could not/ don't want to live without? What do you eat virtually every day and why?
I don't really understand this question...maybe because I still can eat all foods.
My usual foods:
-Taco Bell beans/cheese/chicken
-Subway kids turkey/egg white sandwiches (i eat the bread)
-Pretty much what other people that I'm with are eating, just smaller portions.
* How many meals do you generally eat per day and at what times?
3 per day. 9am, 12pm, 5pm
* Do you exercise, and if so, about how much? Do you think exercise has been pivotal to your weight loss?
My favorite question! Exercise has BEEN SO PIVOTAL to my weightloss and key to maintaining my goal weight. I had to find something that I loved, luckily I found Zumba and Jazzercise. I hate gyms. I call the treadmill the 'dread'mill...i want to poke out my eyes and run away from those things. I need a group class environment to make me exercise. I Zumba/Jazzercise 5 times a week for 1 hour each time. That's 300 minutes of exercise for the week. The recommended weight loss surgery rules say at least 210 minutes per week (30 minutes/day). I figure I'm ahead of the game on the exercise.
YOUR TURN! Please go answer these questions on your blog. THANKS!
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Today's Weight: 143.4 lbs
I have now maintained my goal weight for 6 months. WOO HOO!
Thank you so much for your comments on yesterday's post. I love, love, love this online community where we can all express our opinions and thoughts on issues. :-)
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
This has involved visiting two different labs and three different blood taker people (ummm....I think that these folks are called phlebotomists?)
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
She going through a tough time with a port flip/twisted issue and made a VLOG all about it. She's asking for advice...and even weighing the options of band removal and revision. Yikes.
Please go visit her blog and share some of that BOOBs support and love.
PS: When are you going to make your VLOG? I'm patiently waiting. :-)
PSS: Are you ready for Workout Wednesday? I know I am...it's time to sweat!
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
It's time for a reminder.
Time to remember and realize that what you eat and your food choices are never, ever going to fix your problems.
Food is not going to make you blissfully happy.
Food is not your friend.
Food is not going to make you feel less stressed about the busyness that is life.
Food is not going to give you the courage to change things in your life.
Food is not meant to be an escape from reality.
All that the bad food choices do is make you a big unhealthy fatty. NOT happy, not better and improved you, just FAT.
It is just food and it can only delay and hide the problems by stealing your time.
Now, go ahead and clean up your greasy potato chip fingertips, put down that bag of chips, and move on.
Lap Band Gal
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
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Ten Things About Me:
- I have secretly been wanting to mix a packet of crystal light into my Greek yogurt to see what it tastes like. Then I saw that LeAnn just tried it with great results! I'm going to give it a try.
- I have another blog that I don't update very often called "Adventures With Pemberley". It's just photos of my spoiled rotten cat. Yeah, I'm a card-carrying member of the crazy cat lady society...all I need is the bath robe covered in cat hair.
- I have a youtube channel. I think videos show a lot more than the written word can show here on blogspot. Give it a try. Make a video and post it...pretty please?
- I still wake up every morning thinking the Fat Fairy waved her magic wand over me while I slept and I'm back to my pre-op weight of 256 lbs.
- I am counting down the days until Big Brother debuts on CBS in early July. It is my annual guilty pleasure of the summer. Oh the drama! By the way, anybody watching the Bachelorette? That's a hot mess.
- I am starting to rediscover my self-confidence and come to terms with my invisibility cloak being gone. Someone said to me yesterday "you are someone who is not afraid to be who you are." Yep, that's the old me that I remember...hopefully she's back for good.
- I am confused by the fact that the spell check feature on blogspot does not recognize the word "blogger" or "blogspot." Go figure. I highly recommend that spell check option by the way.
- I wish I was in Orlando, FL this week...I could visit family and also attend the Annual American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) conference - the big shindig get-together for alll the bariatric surgeons. Think of all the questions that I could ask!? Talk about a target rich environment!
- I am going to save so much money $$ on air conditioning this summer. With my "fat blanket" gone, I'm always cold so I haven't had to turn on the AC once yet...and it's been in the low 80s here.
- I love the color pink. My iphone has a pink rhinestones cover..bling! My Macbook has a bright pink cover. My fingernails are fuchsia pink. It's time for a 12-step program intervention.
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
- The sugar free syrups are for my coffee, occasional protein shakes, but mainly to stir into my plain yogurt.
- Did you see any bread or crackers? nope. I don't bring them in the house.
- Almost all of my poor food choices happen when I am out of the house, therefore, if I can keep my food environment at home healthy, then I can more easily keep myself on track.
- Here's that flan/custard recipe. RECIPE LINK
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Sunday, June 12, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Did you know that people keep telling me that I've lost weight, even though I've been at my goal weight for almost 6 months? My body shape is still changing...due to exercise!
Do you know that I would probably be a size 10 and not a size 4/6 if I didn't exercise?
I make exercise my bitch...that's right...my bitch.
I have done two Zumba classes in the last 24 hours. Lots of sweat and toning.
When I exercise, I get to eat things like this:
I was very resistant to exercise when I first started my weight loss journey. I hated exercise in the beginning. Now, I know that I must do it, no excuses.
PS: I also know that I would never have fit into a size 6 super-inappropriately-short jean mini skirt today at Old Navy with all of that EXERCISE...and yeah...I bought it. :-)
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I never wore skirts to work as a fatty because I always thought that no one at work wanted to see the pale fatness that were my legs.
The legs are no longer fat, but they sure are pale. Shows off my bruises from pole dance fitness nicely. *note sarcasm*
A comment from a male coworker this morning: "oh my god, you're wearing a dress!" Thank you captain obvious.
Hahahaha...silly boys don't know their skirts from their dresses...but close enough.
- Posted from my iPhone
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
A 10 year old boy in India who originally weighed 280 lbs, now weighs 154 lbs, after having gastric banding surgery. It appears from the article that the parent made the choice to get the band, not the child.
As I've said many times before, weight loss with the band is very much a mental game.
I don't think that I had the mental capacities and determination at 10 years old to follow the rules of the band. At 10 years old, I was focused on playing with my Cabbage Patch Dolls and watching "Jem & the Holograms".
article for your perusal. Keep in mind that teenagers can currently get a gastric band with parental signature/approval.
What do you think?
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
I like that name..so creative!
She is 18 days post op and still on the post-op liquid diet...remember those days? sigh.
Please go give her some BOOBs support and love. Thanks!
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Monday, June 06, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
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Friday, June 3, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Whew! This took some bravery on my part. But here's a quick video showing my loose skin on my arms and belly.
The inner thighs are not shown because that is a whole other discussion in itself that will never be seen on the interwebs.
Please do not let the loose skin issue deter you from loosing weight and getting healthy. There are so many options (Spanx, exercise, and even plastics) that can help with the loose skin.
The MANY benefits of weight loss out weigh any negatives that come from the loose skin.
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Thursday, June 02, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
People are whipping out their cell phones to take a new "contact" pic for me for their address/contact list. Because, as they say, "this old photo just doesn't look like you."
People are asking if I want them to put away photos that they have of me when I was fat. I always say "no, I like that photo of us" or something like that.
Are fat photos really that shameful for people? Perhaps, I'm not with the majority on this topic of fat photos since I was always heavy most of my life. I guess I could understand if someone was always thin and then became heavy.
I have no problems or issues with my fat photos. I do not hide the fat photos. That fat girl is me. I'm just in disguise now.
I was watching "How Do I Look?" on the Style channel this weekend with my Mom. A woman named Jessica went through their makeover process and she looked completely different.
My Mom said that my appearance change since my weight loss is just as drastic.
Posted by Lap Band Gal on Wednesday, June 01, 2011