Sunday, January 30, 2011

Weigh in and 7 more things

Weigh in this week was less than exciting.  Down .2 more which is a grand total of  
40.6

Whoopti Do.  Moving on.

Read 're-nominated' me for that Stylish blogger award, the stinker!  I'm not sure if I'm supposed to do this or not but I thought it would be fun to go ahead and try to come up with 7 more things about me.  Thanks Read!

1. The hubby and I got engaged while we were in Venice, Italy.  We were on a two week trip trekking around Italy and Germany (totally roughing it).  Even though we had talked about getting married, I was really shocked that he actually had a ring and brought it all the way to Europe with him!

2. I spent nearly 9 years as a Case Manager, working at a non-profit, serving adults with learning disabilities, before I decided to change careers.  I was burnt out and depressed after the 5th year and knew I couldn't do that work for the rest of my life.  I've never missed it or regretted my decision.

3. I am fluent in American Sign Language and am a nationally Certified interpreter.

4. I love to travel and am constantly thinking of where I'd like to go next.  We do a lot less of that now that we have little ones at home though.  Now our adventures are more 'family friendly' and tame.  We know that one day we'll get back to trekking around the planet, and hopefully the kids will want to go along.

5. I have a great appreciation, and thirst for knowledge for other cultures.  I have no patience for racism or ignorance.

6.  I hate to talk politics but believe that everyone should vote!

7.  I have to work today so I need to get my butt off this computer!  Bye for now.

Friday, January 28, 2011

What To Eat

I'm headed off to an all day conference tomorrow for work stuff.  This is the first time I've had to do that since being banded.  I'm thankful it's a 'bring your own' lunch, and food is not going to be provided.  I've been having some swelling issues (I think) the past couple days and I'm trying to take it easy in hopes of everything calming down and getting back to normal.  I've been on liquids all day today.  I don't want to be away at a conference and have a big ole puking slime fest!

Here's what I'm bringing.  I hope it's enough for 9 hours (including the 2 hours of commute time).


Protein content:
Cottage cheese-11
Almonds-4
String Cheese-7
Crackers-2
Pudding-2
Protein Bar-20

That's a total of 46 grams, not including the protein shake I always have for breakfast. 
If I'm still swollen tomorrow, I'm not sure how it'll go down.  The protein bars seem fine to me, even when I'm swollen.  The crackers are iffy but I will use them to scoop up the cottage cheese, so hopefully that will help them slide.
Here's hoping for the best.  What do you pack?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award



I'm pretty new at all this stuff so I was a bit surprised when Sam over at "Banded For Me" nominated me for the Stylish Blogger Award.  Thank you Sam!  I'm honored.
So here's what she says are the rules of accepting this award...

Thank the person who gave you the award, reveal seven things about yourself, and nominate 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered or love. Then leave a comment on their blog letting them know they've been nominated.

So, seven things about me.  Hmmm.

1. I truly believe that I was born to be a mother.  Even before I met my husband I knew that some day I would become a Mom.  I was ready to consider adoption when the hubby walked into my life.  Now we have 2 awesome kiddos and I couldn't be happier.  All that career woman stuff went right out the window when I laid eyes on those big blue eyes.  I'm hooked.

2.  I'm frugal to the core.  I can sniff out a clearance sign a mile away and I actually get a heart racing high when I hit a great deal.  I start my Christmas shopping in January, picking up stuff all year long when I see it on sale.  I have secret hiding places where I store things until it's time to do inventory and start wrapping!

3. Even before Lap Band surgery I was a healthy eater.  I haven't eaten red meat in almost 20 years.  I swore off fast food and fried foods 7 years ago.  I would never have considered going through a drive through or buying a candy bar in the grocery store check out.  My problem has always been portion control.  Example: I love hummus, and it's healthy.  However, eating the whole tub in one sitting, not so much.

4.  I am a very giving person.  I love making meals for new moms, handing down my kids clothes when they've outgrown them, sending cards and care packages, doing favors for friends, etc.  It's in my nature as much as being born female with brown  hair.  When my kids are both in school full time, I'd like to start volunteering again.  Giving back makes me happy.

5.  I was never a morning person until I had kids.  Now I can't stay up until 10pm. even if you paid me.  I rarely sleep past 6am., even when my kids do.  Mornings are my most productive time of day.

6.  After retirement, the hubby and I plan to sell or give away most of our possessions, buy a small condo in the city, and live a very simple (junk free) life, while we travel the world.  I can't wait!

7.  I'm not into technology.  I don't own an Ipod, Iphone or an Ipad.  I don't text, ever.  I have only basic cable (because I'm cheap!) and we don't have a big fancy TV or Blu Ray player.  I wouldn't know 'high def' if  it smacked me in the face, and we're not wired for surround sound.  Sure, technology is great but much of it I can live without (except my GPS, because I couldn't find my way to the corner store without it!).

Now for 15 bloggers to nominate for this award.  I'm not sure I even follow 15 blogs!  Let's see who we have.

Rach at Urban Wasteland is one I've been following the longest.  Where have you been lately Rach?
Reed at My Trek Downward makes me laugh until I can't breathe!
Shelley at Eggface offers the most awesome recipes.  I love to try her stuff.
Lead Singer and I were banded around the same time so I love to read her as a motivational benchmark for myself.
Sarah over at Simple, Sassy is so honest and a great example of living with the band in the real world.
Violinist with a Band is great at taking favorite recipes and making them healthy.  I love that!
Angela at Lap Band Experience is down more than 90 pounds.  What an inspiration!
I love Former Fat Chick for her candidness and truth.
Kristen at Lap Band Journey is so young and vibrant, and FUN.  Love her pics.

OK, so there are a few more that I follow but this is taking forever and I need to get off this computer.  I hope nobody is offended if I didn't mention them.  I've found so much information on all the blogs I read, as well as motivation and inspiration.  It's been a great learning process.  Thanks everyone, and of course thank you again Sam for nominating me!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Weighing in and Moving On

Once again I'm a day late at posting my weekly weigh in.  Partially because I've been busy, and partially because I pretty much have nothing to report.  I managed to lose nothing this week.  It amazes me that I have managed to give up bread, cereal, pasta, and rice and still can go a week without losing an ounce!  How is that even possible?  I did miss the gym twice last week, which probably has something to do with it.  Hubby was out of town, then he was sick so I didn't get to do 2 of my regular classes.  However, even though I didn't go to a class, I still ran/walked on the treadmill at home on those days.  Oh well, I guess I'll stop trying to figure it out and move on.
On a happier note, I just realized that by losing 40 pounds, I've lost 50% of my excess body weight.  According to the 'healthy BMI' calculator and the American Medical Association, I was 80 pounds overweight when I signed up for surgery.  I didn't realize I was half way there until after I posted my 40 pound loss.  I think 50% is definitely something to be proud of, so I'll focus on that!  When I spoke to my doc about his goal for me, he said he'd like to see me lost 60 pounds and he'd be satisfied.  Wow, that's only 20 pounds from here.  I like his math better than the AMA!
So this week I will focus on only having 20 pounds to lose to be at my doctors goal.  I can do this!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Five Months and Forgetful

Well, it was my "Bandiversary" on the 17th, and I forgot!  Actually, I remembered on the morning of the 18th but my hubby was out of town, and he's my photographer.  We finally got our act together this morning and took the monthly pictures.  Here I am, day 1 and now.


8/18/10 Day one
1/19/11 Month 5







These monthly comparisons help me to keep going and think positive, especially when I think things are going too slow.  I know I never want to go back to that person on the left.  Since next month marks 6 months, I'm planning to post all the pics together.  I think it'll be fun to see the progress all along.
Right now looking at these two I notice a few things.  I now have shoulders and a neck!  The back fat is gone, as well as that little flap of fat just over my elbow.  The shrinking bubble butt goes without mentioning!  When I looked at the new picture this morning I said to my husband "Hey, I look like a normal human being now".  I know I said it as a joke, but it's true.  I don't see myself as the fat girl anymore, and that is priceless.

Until Saturday, be well!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The BIG 4-OH!


It's weigh in day, and I'm down 40 pounds!
Actually, I'm down a total of  40.4 if we want to get technical.  This last fill has proven to be the one I needed to put me on the right track.  I'm pleasantly surprised with the result.

I continue to learn about this band.  I've been so good and not having any major 'stuck' episodes.  Then tonight all of a sudden I couldn't eat more than 2 bites of dinner.  It was very moist salmon, not a trigger food.  I pushed the plate away and patiently waited for it to go down.  Half an hour later, it came up.  Not exactly the result I was looking for.  However, I think I know what happened.  I took a nap this afternoon, woke up to make dinner, and then sat down to eat.  I think I have what bandsters call "morning band", which is swelling after waking.  The funny thing is I JUST talked to my hubby about that this morning.  He was making egg whites and asked me if I wanted some.  I explained that I'd rather have my shake in the mornings to avoid any issues with morning inflammation.  I guess that goes for afternoon naps as well.  Dammit!
Right after my 2 bites of food came back up I got the worst case of hiccups I've ever experienced in my life.  They were so painful and violent.  I have to admit I'm still terrified of band slippage and this did nothing to ease those fears.  I seem fine now after a really hot cup of tea and a dose of Pepcid.  Let's hope that's the last of it.
In an attempt to focus on the positive and stop thinking about what could go wrong, I'll mention the things that have happened as a result of 40 pounds lost.

*A belt is no longer just an accessory, it's a requirement!  I have to wear a belt with everything these days.
* I'm now wearing the size I wore when I was in high school (you know back when we all thought we were so fat, but now we'd do anything to get back there!).
* I sleep better at night.
* I'm pretty sure I don't snore any more.  I didn't snore a lot before but it was becoming more frequent just before surgery.
* I have collar bones now.  I'm pretty sure I had them before, but nobody ever saw them!
* Strange men are flirting with me now.  Is that a positive?  Well ,I got the manager at Walgreen's to give me a free humidifier, so I guess there are benefits!  The hubby and I get some laughs about it too.

That's all for now peeps.  Have a good night and be well!

Friday, January 14, 2011

My Word of The Year

For a few weeks now, other banded bloggers have been talking about their word for the year.  I've been giving it some thought.  I came up with some, then decided they weren't really for me.  I think I have finally come up with my word for 2011.  Here it is...

Endurance

en·dur·ance 

–noun
1.  the fact or power of enduring or bearing pain, hardships, etc.
2.  the ability or strength to continue or last, esp. despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse    conditions; stamina:   He has amazing physical endurance.
3.  lasting quality; duration: His friendships have little endurance.
#2 is my favorite part of the definition.  I don't like the part about pain and hardship.  Well, I guess there was some initial pain with the surgery itself, but at this point I'm not suffering a hardship.
I've said many times that this is a process.  I am in it for the long haul.  This word makes me think back to when I was in training for my first 5K.  I didn't care how fast I finished the race, I just wanted to finish it!  My goal was to be able to run the entire thing without stopping for a walk break.  In fact, I was endurance training.
So here I am with the  band, doing the work, and not paying much attention to how long it takes me.  This is my life, and I have the rest of it to live, and work on my goals.  There may be bumps in the road along the way, and it's going to take a while, but I will continue the journey because I'm training in endurance.


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Weekly Weigh In, Strangers, and a Fashion Show For Me!

I think that last fill is doing something right.  I really felt like I was full all day yesterday.  It seems that the 'band rule' of eating several small meals a day is coming into play now.  So, I got on the scale this morning and was pleasantly surprised with a loss of 2.6 pounds!  That means a total loss to date of...

38.8

Come on 40!  So close, I can smell it.

A woman who I don't really know came up to me at the gym yesterday and said "OK, so Nancy and I want to know what's your secret!".  I looked at her sort of puzzled, and she said "Well, you're looking so good and we want to know what you're doing".  Wow, perfect strangers are now making comments.  It feels good, but also a little deceiving.  As you know I only told a tiny handful of people about the surgery (and nobody locally).  That means when people ask me what I'm doing, I sort of have to lie. Sure, I give them the whole "working out more, watching what I eat, lots of water, etc...", but I don't tell them the whole story.  I still feel that people who aren't in my inner circle don't need to know.  I just feel a little guilty because I am typically honest to a fault.  I'm the person who will strike up a conversation with someone in the produce aisle at the grocery store and tell them my whole life story!  Just ask my husband.  He says we can't go anywhere without me knowing at least 3 people there.  So, I guess it bothers me a little that I'm not being totally honest.  It doesn't bother me enough to start spreading the word though.  I will live by the words of my sister who says "You work hard at this every day, shouldn't you be the one to get the credit?".  I think I can live with that.

When we first moved here I was still pregnant with baby #2.  I had stumbled on a bunch of awesome clothing sales and couldn't resist buying some things in my pre-pregnancy size.  I was certain I would get right back to where I started and then I'd have all these new clothes waiting for me.  Ha, right!  Those clothes have been taking up space in the guest closet for almost 4 years.  I just went in there this morning and had a mini fashion show by myself.  I am pleased to announce that I have 3 new pair of pants that fit me NOW.  Well, I'm short so they all need to be hemmed, but that's the least of my worries.  I don't need to go shopping, and that feels good!  Who really wants to spend money when you're still in transition?  I know I don't.

So that's all the news worth reporting today.
Until next time, stay warm!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fill #3; Re-do!

Well, I decided it was time to go back and get that .25 put back in that the doc had to take out before.  I learned a lot from that last fill, the one that had me puking for a week straight!  I learned that even though my doc says to stick to liquids for one day after a fill, maybe I need to do that for 2 days just to be safe.  Looking back, I now know I was inflamed from the fill, tried to eat, got sick which caused more inflammation, then worked out vigorously which caused a LOT of inflammation.  It was a big vicious cycle.  So, I had the fill yesterday morning.  Later I had a protein shake for lunch, and really runny oatmeal for dinner.  No problems, phew!  This morning I had another protein shake.  No mid-morning snack, then cottage cheese for lunch.  So far, so good.  I was a bit afraid to have a repeat of that last fill and horrible experience, but now I'm glad I went back in.  I've been losing, slowly and steadily, but I feel ready to kick this thing into gear.  Bathing suit season is coming, ya' know!
Hubby and I are going out for dinner tonight since our favorite babysitter is heading back to college this weekend.  I'll probably get soup.  I don't want to tempt fate and cause problems.  At this point it's more about just going out together, it's not about the food.  Gee, who would have thought I'd ever say that!

A quick tidbit on hair loss:
I talked to the dietitian about my hair loss.  I was wondering how someone like me who is losing barely a pound a week, would be losing hair.  She said some hair loss is typical with any amount of weight loss.  She also said if it's bad (my hairdresser noticed mine!) that protein shakes are a must.  Even people who have been off the shakes and on regular food should go back on them once a day until the hair loss levels off.  She did a quick calculation...something about how many grams of protein per pound of body weight.  For my current weight I am supposed to be getting at least 70 grams of protein per day.  I think I'm getting about that much, sometimes more.  However, without my daily shake I wouldn't even be close.
The reason I'm posting this here is for those of you out there who are still struggling with the hair issue.  It might be a good idea to start logging your daily protein intake just to make sure you're getting enough.  The dietitian recommended keeping track 2-3 days a week.  I hope that's helpful.

Enjoy the rest of the week.  See you Saturday!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Making changes for a lifetime, not just a diet

I've been following this blog, (click on the blue link) by a Bariatric doctor in Canada.  I like him because he keeps things simple, and he's usually pretty darn funny.  I like his thoughts on being realistic and living life.  Could we really live a life devoid of any and all sugar?  Forever?  I think not.  I figure, and he seems to agree, if you gotta' have that darn Christmas cookie, have it, and be done with it.
I hope you like the article, and his blog as much as I did.
Enjoy!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

1/1/11...How cool is that?

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  I know I did.  We just got back from our annual holiday trip back 'home' to celebrate with the extended family and dear friends.  The days were action packed and we're all exhausted!  So happy to be in our pajmas and laying low today.

I very hesitantly got on the scale this morning.  Ooh, I was so scared.  I really tried to be good the whole week we were away, but you know how it is when you're not in your own home and off the regular schedule.  Since I didn't have my gym, I got on the treadmill twice, and walked the mall twice.  Also, I didn't weigh myself once the whole week, which scared the heck out of me!  Believe it or not, with the holidays and all the temptation, and being out of my regular routine, I was actually able to LOSE weight.  I can't believe it but it feels great.  Here's my total loss to date...


36.2

Holy cow!  I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of this thing.  I was conscious of all the band rules and they are becoming a way of life for me.  The other thing that helped in a big way was my mother in law and her amazing cooking.  She knows about the band and did her best to make sure I had the right foods available.  She also cooked the most wonderful soups that were totally healthy and full of veggies.  What a great way to get the veggies in without over stuffing myself!  Who knew I could get so excited about cauliflower soup?  I think I'll be making it myself this week, and I'm certain it won't be as good as hers.

So overall we had a wonderful holiday and food was not the focal point.  I hope that's a good sign for the year to come!