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Surgery Date: October 20, 2009:

Thursday, December 31, 2009

I hate exercise!

So, I just power walked on the treadmill for a whole 20 minutes....that is quite the accomplishment for me...since I never exercise.
How do you guys motivate yourselves to keep exercising every day? Do you like to exercise?

I have signed up for a 'Zumba' class that starts on January 12th. Melissa from Rockin with the Band convinced me to sign up for the class with her...have you Zumba'd before?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas & Weigh-in Day!

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

I hope you are all enjoying your holidays with family and friends.

Today is weigh-in day and I lost 3.5 lbs this past week! yay!

So I have hit and passed by my 40 lbs by Christmas goal and have lost a total of 42.5 lbs total!!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

2 month Bandiversary!

Today is my 2 month bandiversary! To all you pre-ops and recent ops, every day does get easier! keep on keeping on!

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Mysterious Fill!

So, my fill finally kicked in...THANK GOODNESS. I cancelled my fill appt on Monday.

I have good restriction and I'm back on track with much better food choices today. My eating shenanigans of last night will show up on the scale soon enough...oh well...

So today was weigh in day and I'm down another 2.3lbs for a grand total of 39.3 lbs lost. yay!

My goal is to lose 40lbs by Christmas....I bet I can do it! :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009


I feel like my journey is little different than most of you bandsters....in regards to restriction that is....

I had GREAT restriction post op, I even passed up my first fill appt at 4 weeks as I just didn't need it. I had good restriction up until Tues AM. This is when my 2nd fill went wrong, VERY Wrong. I've been more HUNGRY than ever since, I wish I could go back in time and passed up that fill.

So I called the NP at my surgeons practice and she can fit me in on Monday 9AM for another fill. I am hoping for the best!

PS: eating has been bad today....1/2 a donut...8 saltines... *tsk* *tsk*

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Do you know BandedWendy?

BandedWendy over on youtube is a fellow bandster who's 9+ months post op.

I highly recommend you check out her vlogs. She has lots of great info for all us bandsters!

Go see Banded Wendy!
PS: this fill still sucks! Starving! WTF!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What fill?

Just a quick post between leaving work and heading off to lapband support group tonight...

I got my 2nd fill today. .7cc for a grand total of 5.7cc in my 10cc band. Onwards to 24hrs liquids!

For about an hour after the fill I could feel good restriction. Then out of nowhere....I was hungry. Not just a little hungry, but more hungry than I have been since before surgery! whoa! What's up with that?

Monday, December 14, 2009

33% of excess weight...GONE!

I just realized today that I have officially lost 33% (1/3!) of my excess body weight...! I'm not yet 2 months post-op.
According to the Lap Band/Allergan company folks: good results are considered to be losing approximately 50% of excess body weight by 1 year post op....

I guess I am on the right track...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

I Heart Taco Bell!

Have I ever told you how much I love Taco Bell?

It's cheap, tasty, and easy to find out the nutrition facts on their website HERE

Here's my usual order. I take it home or to work and mix it up in a bowl:

Chicken Soft Taco (minus tortilla)
Pintos n' cheese (minus red sauce)
Calories: 260
Fat: 13
Protein: 19

Price: $1.78

Open: 9am-4am

LOVE IT! I eat there about once or twice a week.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

How Much Weight Have You Lost?

It's all about perspective! (stole this idea from the lapband forum at obesityhelp.com)
Your weight loss =

1 pound = a Guinea Pig
1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs
3 pounds = an average human brain
4 pounds = an ostrich egg
5 pounds = a Chihuahua
6 pounds = a human skin
7.5 pounds = an average newborn
8 pounds = a human head
10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year
11 pounds = an average housecat
12 pounds = a Bald Eagle
15 pounds = 10 dozen large eggs
16 pounds = a sperm whale’s brain
20 pounds = an automobile tire
23 pounds = amount of pizza an average American eats in a year
24 pounds = a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream
25 pounds = an average 2 year old
30 pounds = amount of cheese an average American eats in a year
33 pounds = a cinder block
36 pounds = a mid-size microwave
40 pounds = a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg
44 pounds = an elephant’s heart
50 pounds = a small bale of hay
55 pounds = a 5000 BTU air conditioner
60 pounds = an elephant’s penis
66 pounds = fats and oils an average American eats in a year
70 pounds = an Irish Setter
77 pounds = a gold brick
80 pounds = the World’s Largest Ball of Tape
90 pounds = a newborn calf
100 pounds = a 2 month old horse
111 pounds = red meat an average American eats in a year
117 pounds = an average fashion model (and she’s 5’11½!)
118 pounds = the complete Encyclopedia Britannica
120 pounds = amount of trash you throw away in a month
130 pounds = a newborn giraffe
138 pounds = potatoes an average American eats in a year
140 pounds = refined sugar an average American eats in a year
144 pounds = an average adult woman (and she’s 5’ 4½!)
150 pounds = the complete Oxford English Dictionary
187 pounds = an average adult man
200 pounds = 2 Bloodhounds
235 pounds = Arnold Schwarzenegger
300 pounds = an average football lineman
400 pounds = a Welsh pony

For example, a loss of 128 pounds means you’ve lost almost a newborn giraffe, or:
(10) dozen large eggs
(4) dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
(2) Chihuahuas
(2) Guinea pigs
(1) elephant penis
(1) average 2-year-old
(1) human head
(1) rack baby back ribs

My weigh-in is tomorrow....here's hoping for a a mid-size microwave! LOL

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hello Restriction!

So I had my first 1 cc fill last Thursday and honestly I didn't feel any different...I could still eat 1.5 cups of food at each meal no problem and snacks too.

Fast forward to Sunday mid day when the restriction began....whoa...I feel like I did about 2 weeks post op. VERY restricted....and loving it.

Could it be due to this head cold? or maybe due to "Aunt Flo" visiting? or maybe the fill finally kicked in? hmmmmm....very mysterious.

Any ideas???

PS: I love this post/video, way to go Amy! Check it out :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

NSV from the trip to Disney World

I forgot to tell you guys....

Since I live in a small town, every time I fly my trip begins in a small commuter airplane...usually the CRJ700. It looks like this:
Anyways, when I flew in mid September, I noticed that the seat belt JUST fit around me at the biggest it would get (no extra bit of seat belt to pull tight). What a reality check!

So when I flew last week, I had about 4-5 inches of extra inches of seat belt to pull tight! wow!
Who knows...if I hadn't had lapband surgery in October...would I require a seat belt extender on my next trip?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Weigh in Day!

Today's weigh in: I am down 2.8lbs since last weigh in 2 weeks ago. Total of 33.9lbs lost! Yay!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

First Fill and a Confession!

I got my first fill today. It turns out that I had 4 cc from surgery and I got 1cc today, for a total of 5cc. At about 7 weeks out from surgery, that sounds about right.

I was surprised that:
-- it didn't hurt
-- the NP hit my port on the first try
-- my next fill is scheduled for Dec 15....just 12 days away!

Ok, now my confession...I am having a tough time getting into the exercise routine....I have a brand new treadmill that I should be using but I just can't seem to get in gear. I get home from work in the evenings and just want to sit on the couch and watch TV. I admitted this to the NP today at my fill appt. So she gave me this prescription:
Enough Said.....

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


A BIG Hello to all my faithful followers!

Today I have 50 official followers! You guys are great, always commenting and giving me support. Let's see if I can get up to 100 followers....think it will happen? hope so!

Here's a funny for you guys:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Back from Thanksgiving travels...and a face comparison

I've just returned from a 5-day trip to visit family and Disney World. The good news is that I made (mostly) wise food choices in airports, on the plane, at restaurants, in the theme parks, etc. I weigh in on Friday, so we will have to see how I've been doing. Luckily there was lots of walking around at the parks which helped burn those calories!

So, here's a photo comparison for you....can you see a difference?
July '09

November '09