Wednesday, September 30, 2009


My husband and I love to travel. One our most favorite are cruises. We have come to a time in our life when we are lucky enough the have the funds, time & health to do them. October 17th we set off on our next adventure for 3 weeks, 1 week will be spent exploring the northeast. Vermont, Maine, Cape Cod, Salem, Plymouth Rock and Boston. Then we leave on a fabulous 2 wk cruise from Boston. We will enjoy ports at each of the Virgin Isles, Guatemala and Mexico. I can't wait.

I have always taken for granted that a cruise had to mean overeating and gaining weight, in the past I have gone on cruises fully intending to eat and drink as much as i could. This time I will cruising during my new HEALTHY lifestyle. I have given alot of thought and planning on how to accomplish this. First of all, I have got to stop thinking that a vacation must include over-indulging to be fun. I have to stop associating events in my life with food.

Here are some of my ideas. Right now my husband and I walk together 90 minutes each morning and 60 minutes in the evening. So my thoughts are to include a walk on the ships walking track at sunrise and after dinner whenever possible. I also plan to visit their spa/gym each day for some bodysculpting and maybe even take a few new classes that I may like to try. That will take care of my exercises for the trip.

The big thing with me on cruises is that there is food everywhere and of course the alcohol. I will simply have to stay away from the alcohol because I only like those fruity drinks that are loaded with sugar. Food? My thoughts are to try to stick with seafood dishes and veggies. I have to be careful with their soups since most of them are fatty cream type soups.

Incorporating my new HEALTHY lifestyle during travel has to be accomplished if I am to make this journey work for new life!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

2 weeks & I weigh 15 1/2 less!

Today is two weeks since I have started my journey towards a new, healthier life. I have been thinking lately about what exactly I would like from this journey. I definately do not want to look like an anorexic model nor am I trying to look like some beautiful porn star (like that is possible without lots of ps haha)

I want to lose enough weight to be considered 'HEALTHY". Enough to slow or stop the threat of diabetes and its complications. Perhaps maybe drop my blood pressure meds,?? I don't know if the last one is possible because my doctors says weight is not the only contribution to high BP, hereditary is also.

I am going to mark this journey at one week/10 pound intervals. I need to come up with some sort of reward system at each 10 lbs. Something NON-food. Maybe a fish bowl with little treats, clothing, shoes, etc.

I have been walking 2x a day now for the last week, I don't think it will be possible to keep that up when I go back to work so I will have to work out another schedule.

I am soooo happy with my life today. THANK YOU GOD!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

one week later

My one week checkup at the doctor shows I lost 12 1/2 lbs. Now I am sure alot of that is water weight, I assume that as I add sold foods to my diet, that my weight loss will slow. But I now think that my Turkey Day Challenge goal of 20 lbs is doable....I am definately excited.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


For a bandster that is when your weight gets down from the 200's to the 100;s. My scale screamed 199.5 today! I am sooo excited. Of course I realize thats only 1/2 lbs...but I will take it! thats 10 lbs so far and I am even more motivated. I have joined a weightloss challenge, where you set your own goal and try to reached it, in this goal its turkey day. My goal is try to lost 20 lbs by thanksgiving. At this point it seems a reasonable goal since my cruise is included in that time.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

omg the gas!

n walking two or three times a day trying to get rid of the gas, it hurts much more the incisions. but i have lost a couple pounds, I'm sure its more than what is on the scale now because I have gotten rid of IV fluids yet..but scale says....202 now, im hoping to drop it 3 more so I will be in onederland before the hunger starts coming back.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I did it!

I'm actually banded now. When i went into surgery today, I was 202 lbs. Lost 7 lbs. I am going to try to fight the urge to weigh again until I go back the doct appt in one week, Sept 22nd. I dont want the fluid from the surgery to disappoint mel. The pain is not too bad, I have been taking gasX since i left teh hospital and liquid pain stuff. It tastes awful yuck. The surgeon also fixed a hernia that I never knew I had. Last xmas I thought that I might, but It never really bothered me that often.

I am on all water an clear liquids for 2 days.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

liquid diets

OMG, trying to drink nothing but liquids is soooo hard. I drink one and say wow I'm full and then others start cooking/eating and my willpower does what it always did before, dwindles to -10. I hope I can at get through the next 3 days so my surgery will be easier.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

shake it baby!

My doctor introduced me to protein shakes by Prescript. They taste pretty good, so far I have only tried the chocolate and crunch protein bars. I have doing the protein shakes a week now and lost 4 lbs. I realize most of it will probably be water-weight, but I expected to lose more. I also walked 5 of 7 days for an hour. Well my surgery is Tuesday (5 more days), so there is still time to lose more before then.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Day 4 pre-op diet

Friday! 4 whole days on my liquid protein diet before my lapband surgery. Oh, I haven't been perfect for four days. I ate a 1/2 of a taco and some trail mix yesterday. Monday I ate 3 pieces of really cheap pizza, i still can't believe I through my diet out the window for that cheap pizza. But, I still feel like I made progress since I used to eat that pizza along with popeyes, huge breakfast all in one day!

I think I have lost 2 lbs. That's what my scale says. I think I will go by the scale on Monday since that will be a whole week.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My new life journey

On July 26, 2009, i turned 50! OMG, I hate thinking it, I hate saying it and I'm damn sure that I don't want to look it!

I have fought weight loss battles all my life. I have ridden the rollercoaster of losing weight.....gaining it back.....losing it again...and each time I promised myself that I would NOT gain it back because it was soooo difficult to lose it. I have had a tummy tuck and now I'm taking one more drastic step to avoid hereditary diabetes...............LAP-BAND

I have started a liquid protein diet Sept 1st in preparation for surgery Sept.l5th.