Monday, November 28, 2011

Childhood Obesity

I woke up this morning to this sad and distrubing article...

If you don't care to click on the link and read the (very short) article, here's the scoop. An 8 year old child was removed from his parents because he weighs more than 200 pounds, and the parents were allegedly not doing enough to try to control his weight.

How do you feel about that? I'm inclined to agree with the decision to remove the child. However, the article doesn't state what kind of intervention had been tried prior to the removal.
Were the parents given educational intervention? Nutrition counseling? An exercise program? We may  never know the whole story.

I'd say that 95% of people who read my blog are folks who also suffer from the disease of Obesity, most of whom have had surgical intervention. So, we know that obesity is a serious, life long issue. Therefore the story of the 200 pound child probably hits home to anyone reading this. You know what it's like to grow up fat. Do you want the same life for your kids?

I was not a 200 pound 8 year old, but I was a heavy kid who didn't exercise and watched way too much TV. I drank Kool Aid and ate mayonnaise sandwiches on white bread. I don't blame my parents. We were poor and they were doing the best they could with what they had.
However, I'm doing things differently with my own children.

Believe me, I'm no perfect Suzie Homemaker of a mother. I know my kids watch way more TV than they should. I feed my kids boxed macaroni and cheese for dinner about twice a month. During soccer season I make frozen pizza on game nights because it's fast and easy. I know I could do better.

BUT, I cook a real meal more often than not. We never (I mean NEVER) order take out. We rarely go to restaurants. The kids are both involved in a sport AND take swim lessons all year long. We spend a lot of time at the park, almost every day in spring and summer. We ride bikes, go for walks and occasionally play the Wii Fit or Wii Sports. . We have fruit and/or veggies with every meal.

And the three things that are most important to me as a mom trying to raise healthy kids:
We eat dinner at the kitchen table as a family. We call it 'no media time'.
My kids drink water or skim milk. Juice is an occasional treat.
My kids have NEVER tasted a fast food meal. Ever.

So after I read the above mentioned article, I read this blog entry over at Weighty Matters...

Dr. Freedhoff directs a medical weight management program, and offers some wonderful insight on the subject of childhood obesity. I'm not sure if he even saw the article about the 200 pound kid this morning, but I thought it was great timing that his article addressed the same issue.
It's such a simple message but makes so much sense.

I'll leave you with this.  As parents, it's up to US to lead our children down the right path. We are their first teachers. Let's lead by example.

Have a great and healthy day!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving, Full Liquids, and A New Low

We had a very nice Thanksgiving here, even though the turkey wasn't done at the same time as the rest of the food. We just drank more wine and laughed about it while we ate in stages.

I've been SUPER tight again and have no idea why. So I was able to eat some mashed potatoes and a teeny tiny piece of turkey (when it was finally done cooking!). Later I had some no sugar added ice cream for dessert. That's it. The funny thing is I really didn't care that I wasn't gorging myself on stuffing and rolls. I was happy to just be sitting around the table with my family, laughing and having a good time.

The day after Thanksgiving I started to have severe heartburn, like I've never had before. In fact, we all went out for pizza and I ordered soup. After dinner I came home and chewed a handful of Tums, and drank water for the rest of the night. Yesterday morning I still didn't feel back to normal, and although the heartburn had calmed down, I decided to spend the day doing full liquids.

Here's what I had yesterday...
8am.: Protein shake
12pm.: Oatmeal
7:30pm: no sugar added ice cream with a shot of Kahlua over the top

What? Ice cream and Kahlua are both liquid at room temperature, so they fit into the liquid diet, right?
OK, not the best choice, I know. I was so sick of not being able to eat food that I just needed something that tasted good to me, and it had been 7 1/2 hours since I'd eaten anything. Don't judge!

So here I am Sunday morning, writing this blog and sipping water. I still feel way too tight and I'm thinking this is going to be another day of liquids. I long for those days right after my last un-fill when I was able to eat chicken! I'm hoping nothing is wrong and this is just a fluke of some kind.

I forgot to do my weekly weigh in yesterday so I stepped on the scale today to a new all time low I'm at 162 today which brings me to a grand total loss of...

68 pounds

I have to say that I was stuck at 65 for so long that I thought that was where I would stay. I think I had forgotten what it felt like to lose weight, and I like it. I have a new found commitment and I can see 160. I can do it!

I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I Don't Qualify!

You've all heard the commercials for some weight loss drug or obesity research project where the pitch man says something along the lines of... "If you're at least 21 years old and 30 pounds over weight, call 1-888-IMOBESE". 
OK, I made up the phone number part, but you get the idea, right?

Well, the other day in the car I was listening to one of those commercials. For the first time EVER, and I do mean EVER, in my whole life, I didn't qualify.

How can that be?

15 months ago I was 80 pounds overweight.
Last week I was 16 pounds overweight.
Today I am 13 pounds overweight.

I no longer qualify for any weight loss drug or obesity study.

Today that is my victory. That's what this journey is all about.

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

House Hunting, bandiversary and a Weigh In

I did my weekly weigh in yesterday, but didn't have time to document it. So here I am, a day late.

OK, before I tell you about my loss, I have to preface this with letting you know that I am having my T.O.M. and when I have that, I really can't eat much of anything. I swear, my insides are inflamed during this time every month and I spend 3 days being uncomfortable, living on liquids.

That being said, I lost 2 first loss in about a month (I'd have to go back and check the records to be sure). That brings me to 163 pounds and a total loss of...

67 pounds

I know most women gain at least a little water weight during their monthly, but for me it's the opposite. I literally can't eat ANYTHING without pain and discomfort, which causes a loss on the scale. I'm holding out hope that I won't put it back on once things go back to 'normal'.

We went up to Wisconsin yesterday to check out some houses (more on that later) and ended up getting take out. We got Chinese food, a rare treat for us. I had 2 bites of an egg roll. Yup, just 2, and then I was DONE. Couldn't eat another bite of anything for the rest of the night.
This morning at breakfast I had one of those little 'especially for hotels' size yogurts and really had to struggle to get most of it down. I was stuffed and there was still some left in the container.
Funny how I can survive on such small amounts of food, but any other time of the month I want food all the time and feel like I just might die if I'm unable to eat!

In other news, when I wrote my last post on the 17th, I was for some reason unaware that it was actually my Bandiversary (15 months), otherwise I would have written about it and had the hubs take a picture! I'll have to get to that another time because right now I'm in my pajamas and exhausted.

So, about the house hunting. We're really not in a huge hurry to find a house right now because we won't be moving until the end of the school year. However, we did find some on line that we felt we really wanted to see now, one that hubby had already looked at last week and knew I'd love. So we set up some appointments with the Realtor to see four houses today. We were able to easily narrow it down to 2. The problem is that between those 2, we just can't come to a conclusive decision. They both have great things to offer, and what one house doesn't have the other does. It's so frustrating! 
We're going to talk to the Realtor again this week and try to make a decision but I'll tell you, it's nerve wracking! They're both great houses. We really can't go wrong with either.

Well, both kiddos went to bed super early tonight, and I'm not far behind them. It's been a crazy hectic weekend and we're all beat.

Have a great night all!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bullet Bonanza

I have a ton of stuff on my mind, but none of it worthy of an entire post, so here it is in bullet form...
  • Since coloring my hair a few weeks ago (for the first time ever), I've been disappointed with the texture It's been dry and unmanageable. It wasn't until this morning that I realized I forgot to do 'step #3', the conditioning treatment! Yeah, I'm smart like that.
  • I'm down a pound today only because I was so tight and uncomfortable all afternoon yesterday that I couldn't even attempt to eat dinner. I hate that the only time I lose a pound is when I skip a meal or am too sick to eat. Frustrating.
  • Hubby comes home today!
  • Thanksgiving is a week away and I'm hosting. We're having a non-traditional holiday this year, doing sight seeing in our favorite city all morning/afternoon, then headed back here for a late dinner, complete with instant mashed potatoes (gasp!). My mother, I'm sure, is shaking her head in shame.
  • We'll be looking at some houses this weekend. I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. We've decided that 'this is it' and this next house is the one we will live in for 20 years. Talk about pressure!
  • This is the first year that I've had to walk my kiddo to the bus stop, down the street, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to hate that all winter long. Do you know about Chicago winters? I do, and I'm telling ya', they're no joke!
  • My surgeons office is having their annual $1 clothing sale on Saturday and I'm hoping for some good finds. I sure could use some new stuff, since I've gotten rid of about 6 garbage bags of old clothes!
  • I've been doing a new Core exercise class at the gym for a few weeks now. It's super intense and hard, focusing solely on the core (who doesn't need help there?!) and I can say that my pants are all loose in the waist. Love it!
That's it for today. Have a great day and stay warm people!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Lifestyle Change?

This morning hubby and I were lying in bed talking about a friend of ours who recently lost a ton of weight. Hubby asked "Well, do you think she's embraced the whole lifestyle change, or is she still just riding high on the weight loss part of it all?".

First, let me say how proud I am that he actually 'gets' it and knows it's not just about a diet.

This is how the conversation went:

Me: "I don't know if she has. You know for me the lifestyle change comes in the form of exercise, and not always the food part. It's hard".
Him: "Yeah, you do eat alot of crap sometimes"

Knowing FULL WELL he was absolutely right, I just had to ask...

Me: "Really? Like what?".
Him: "Like candy, and cookies!"
Me: "Yeah, I had my Halloween candy fix, and now I'm done with that. And, I do like a good cookie once in a while. That's why I can't even keep cookies in the house any more for the kids, because I can't be trusted".

We both laughed then I went on to say...

Me: "You know, if I deprived myself of those things all the time, I'd feel cheated and that's no way to live. I'd probably turn into a closet eater!".
Him: "Would you actually go sit in the closet to eat?".

Smart Ass

But this conversation made me stop and think about the whole idea of 'lifestyle change' and what it means to me. There are some things that I can say without a doubt I've changed for the rest of my life, and others that I'm not so sure about.

Here's what I know I've changed forever:

I gave up caffeine at least a year before surgery and will never go back. I don't miss it at all. Once I ordered a cup of decaf coffee and I'm pretty sure they brought me regular because I felt like my heart was going to pound out of my chest. My body doesn't need that anymore. Done.

I used to be a Diet Pepsi fanatic. Then when I gave up caffeine, I switched to Diet Sierra Mist. Then I decided to give it up completely about 6 months prior to surgery. Really, who needs all those chemicals in their body? Not me. And now that I know the carbonation could expand my pouch, I'm off pop forever.

Even before surgery, I was pretty hooked on exercise. Now if I can't make it, I crave it. Who would have thought that was possible! I never try to come up with excuses not to go. I love the release I get from the gym, and I know it is the #1 key to my success. I can't ever go back to being a couch potato. Ever!

Fast Food:
I can honestly say, band or no band, there's not a thing on any fast food menu that appeals to me at all any more. I think once since surgery I've gone to McD's and that was for their new oatmeal. It wasn't bad, but nothing I can't do better at home, with less fillers and junk in it. My kids have never eaten fast food, and that's the way I like it. It's just not a part of our lives at all.

So there you have my lifestyle changes so far. Maybe one day I'll be able to say "I can totally live without chocolate", but I doubt it. And really, who would want to live without chocolate!?

What has changed in your life?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Weighing, uh, I mean Measuring In!

Today is my weigh in day and I haven't weighed in yet. Hubby is asleep and I don't want to turn on the light and bother him, so that'll have to wait. I'm not too anxious though since I'm pretty sure it's going to be the exact same thing as last week, and the week before. I've been stuck at this weight for what seems like an eternity.

However, I know I've been kicking some major butt at the gym so I decided to finally break down and do something I haven't found the 'time' to do in 6 months. Take measurements! I had to go on a search of my house (and numerous junk drawers) to find the notebook where I keep such data. See how diligent I've been?

Well my little stubborn plateau...I have some news for you. I not only have lost TWO INCHES from my hips, but another TWO INCHES off my waist. Take that sucker!
In other, less dramatic news, I've also lost 1/2 inch from my thighs, calves and chest.

This my friends, is validation that exercise is key in this weight loss journey. AND when you're frustrated with the scale, get out your tape measure. I bet you'll be surprised at what you see.

And now, since I've been cleaning out all the closets and am headed to Good Will today, I thought I'd share this with you...

Inches Matter
Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ramblings of an Insomniac

Up at 5am., Why?

I have no idea so it must be that I need to catch up on some blog reading. Now that I've done that, I guess I'll share with you what's on my mind at this ungodly hour.

Ever since this weight loss surgery thing, I'm a little obsessed with the rule of "protein first", especially with my kids. We all know kids hardly ever get enough protein in their diets, so I'm trying to be creative in the kitchen.
My little one is still home with me most days and she LOVES to bake, which gives me plenty of opportunities to experiment.

I had this scone mix in my pantry for what seems like forever.

All natural (and on sale!)

I hadn't wanted to make it because the instructions call for a cup of heavy cream. No way! Since kiddo wanted to bake, I decided to try making it with a cup of  plain Greek yogurt. I warned her that it might not turn out OK, and that we would just try, and see what happens.

And here's what happened...

They turned out perfect. I wish I had a picture of the kiddo stuffing her face and asking for more! They were moist and yummy, I even got to have almost a whole piece without much protest from the band.

I find it amusing that I ate almost 1 piece, and both my kids at 2 and wanted a 3rd (I said no)! They are 4 and 6 years old and their stomachs are bigger than mine. Pretty cool, huh?

On a separate topic (because I'm awake, you have to care)...Water.

I've never really paid much attention to how much water I drink in a day because quite honestly, I'm always drinking. I get enough liquids in, it's never been an issue. However I recently started thinking about how much of what I drink is just pure water.

I have 8oz of milk with my shake in the am. I have about 16oz. of decaf coffee. I have one 20oz. Life Water each day. But how much plain water do I really drink?

I found this in the back of my cupboard the other day...

I have no idea where it came from, but it's mine now. It's conveniently labeled so I know how many ounces I'm having. I have committed to drinking one full 32oz. bottle of just plain, old fashioned water every day. I fill it up at the beginning of the day, and regardless of what else I'm drinking throughout the day, this thing has to be empty by bed time.

There's just one problem. Well, actually there's two. First, it's new and different so my kids are currently obsessed with it and try to take sips from it all day which is no help to me!
The second issue is that there's nothing preventing me from spilling it. Like say, on my lap top. I must be a toddler because I need a sippy top. I cannot be trusted! I'm waiting for some sign that there's permanent water damage on this thing. So far, so good.

At least my computer and end table are all nice and clean now, right?

OK, I better go make that protein shake before the kids are up begging for more scones.
Have a great day people!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Do You Whey?

OK, obviously nobody wants my clothes and I'll just assume it's because so many of the women who read my blog are already at or below my size. No hard feelings.

Moving on...

For over a year now I've been starting my day with a soy based protein shake. I started with Genisoy but have also tried Bob's Red Mill. They've both been fine for me so far.

Recently I decided to take the leap to Whey protein. I hear the trainers at the gym talk about how it's so good at building and repairing lean muscle mass. I could use some of that.

However, they say you should have the shake after a big work out. Hmmm. I have a problem with that because I have my shake first thing in the morning as my breakfast. 'Meal replacement' if you will. Actually, once a week when I work out at 5am. I do have the shake after the gym, but all the other days I have it before.

I've been using this for a few days now...

27g protein and only 1g of sugar!

I have to say it is pretty tasty. It's a bit too sweet but the one I had been using is unflavored, so I expected to feel that way at least in the beginning. So far I've noticed it does hold me longer. The protein content is very high, and I mix it with milk and a banana, so it's thick. I have it at 7am. and I can make it until about 11am. before I need to eat something. The soy only stayed with me until about 9:30. Bonus!

I was a little crampy during spin class yesterday but I don't know if it was from the protein, or because I was working super hard and sweating profusely.

So, what do you use? Do you whey? What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts on protein.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sisterhood Alert

Before I haul all my old clothes over to the local good will, I thought I'd pick out a few of the nicer things and see if any of my Banded Sisters would be interested.

Just leave me a comment letting me know what you'd like, and it's yours. I'll take care of the postage (unless you live out of the country!).

First is my favorite dressy top. You can't really tell from the picture but it's a black tank with a sheer overlay. The overlay has really sweet embroidery.
Dress Barn Woman 14/16

Next is a long formal black skirt. It too has a sheer overlay (I've worn it with above mentioned top).
I'm 5' 5" and it comes to my ankles with heels.
Dress Barn Woman 16W

And lastly is an eggplant colored skirt. Falls just below my knees. Flowy, slightly ruffly bottom.
JC Penney Worthington Collection 18W

If this goes well, I'll post more tomorrow.
Have a great day!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A New Favorite Thing

So it turns out I'm not so great at this 'posting every day' thing, huh? When the hubby is home on weekends, I don't want to be tied to my computer while I could be spending quality time with him.
Right now, he's actually catching up on work so I have a few moments.

I've been finding that I'm a little hungry/have the munchies at night lately. I know it's because of that un-fill I had but I'm not willing to go back in for a fill because I so clearly remember the pain and heart burn I was experiencing, so I'm good for now.
Anyway, I discovered something that helps me on those nights that I can't deal with the munchies. Here it is...

My hubby eats a big bag of popcorn all to himself almost every night. I obviously can't do that, and I don't even really like popcorn all that much. Then I found these teeny-tiny bags and I was sold! The added bonus is that it's Kettle corn, so there's just a hint of sweetness to it. I can eat the whole bag with no problem, and it's just enough to take the edge off.
The bag has no sugar, and 3 grams of protein, so it's a winner in my book.

Tonight we're going to measure how much it makes once popped because the box says 5 cups and I seriously doubt that (I'm telling you, it's SMALL!). I'll let you know tomorrow.

Surprised that I can tolerate popcorn? Don't be. I've talked to many Bandsters who say they eat it all the time and it goes down with no problemo.

Happy Snacking people!

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Long Overdue Weigh In, and Reflecting

I haven't posted a weigh in for several weeks.  It's not that I've had anything to hide, it's just that things have been remaining pretty much the same. Right after the un-fill and the Disney trip I had gone up about a pound and it stayed there for a long time. Now that pound is gone and I'm holding steady at 165 again.

I went from hitting the gym 6 days a week to now struggling to get there 4 days. It's tough with hubby out of town and the girls going to 2 different schools, so I'm going as often as I possibly can. Maybe that's why I'm sitting at this current weight, or maybe my body is just happy here for now. It is what it is, I guess.

Speaking of weight, I remember back when I met the hubby and started caring more about my appearance. I started at WW again, and hit the gym. Then we were planning our wedding so I had even more reason to focus my efforts.  Nobody wants to be a fat bride, right? Well, I dropped more than 60 pounds and got down to 183 (on our wedding day). The thing is, I was so happy with that. I was totally fine with my appearance and felt successful. I was back at my high school weight, which had been my goal. I don't remember for one minute thinking I needed to lose more or do more. Now I'm wondering why.
Did I think that was the best I could do?

The other thing I've been wondering is why now that I've lost even more than I did then, am I not really satisfied? I wonder when I'll stop being so critical of my body. I hate my thighs, butt, belly, etc. Will losing 15 more pounds remedy that? I'm not so sure. It's not that I don't see my success, because I do. I know I've done well. It's just that I always want more. I want to weigh 150. I want to be in a smaller size. Why? I don't know.
I'm constantly questioning if I can be happy staying here at 165 for the rest of my life. My doc seems to think I'm fine right where I am. He's happy. Am I?

I certainly don't know the answer yet and I'm not really expecting any of you readers to find it for me. I'm just wondering if you're going through something similar. I'd love to hear your story.

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Wrath of Phil

Yesterday Phil (the band) decided it was time for his revenge.  I imagine if Phil was a real person and could talk, it would go something like this...

"Bwahaaaa, you had your fun with that Halloween candy didn't you? You thought you were so cool stuffing chocolate into your pie hole and loving it. Well, the fun is over girlfriend and now it's time for ME to bitch slap you back into reality! Food?  You like food?  Too bad! You will no longer be able to eat real food because I'm gonna' slam shut on you.  How do you like that? You like oatmeal? Get used to it sweetheart because that's what you'll be eating for dinner for a couple of days, you stupid stupid girl?

Thanks Phil. I got the memo. I'm not exactly sure why I'm so darn tight now but I feel like this is Phil's revenge on me for being naughty.

The good news is that I very reluctantly stepped on the scale today (after my protein shake and a work out, dumb I know) and I wasn't up!  What the heck is that?! I was actually praying "Please don't say 170, PLEASE don't say 170!", and for some reason the scale God heard my prayer. In fact, remember that pound I had gained after the Disney trip that was sticking around? It's gone. Hmmmm.

Maybe I totally shocked my system and it let go of some weight.
Maybe I hadn't been eating enough calories before (doubtful).
Maybe I just need to eat more chocolate (Not!).

I don't know what happened but I'll take it and run with it. Moving on, nothing to see here.

In other news, Read over at My Trek Downward says it's National Blog Posting Month and we're supposed to try to post every day for the month of November. Now, I really don't think my life is interesting enough to have something to say every day, but I'm always up for a challenge, so I'll try.

Have a great day people!