Monday, November 30, 2009

Fill #2 & restriction

It has been 3 weeks since my first fill. I felt absolutely nothing from the first one. My doctor says it takes most patients up to 4 fills before the band actually starts to work for them. With my first fill, I didn't feel any differently than before my banding. I could eat anything and as much as wanted. My appetite was as strong as before too.

Hopefully Fill #2 will give me something to work with. I now have 5cc in my 10cc band. I felt this one right away. I felt the tightening immediately. When I drank the little cup of water I belched the whole time. I was a little worried at first because this feeling was so completely different from the first when there was nothing. I have 3 days of liquids now before I can start slowly adding foods back into my diet. My next fill appt is December 28th. I am happy with that since it will right before the start of the New Year!

p.s. During my fill yesterday, my doc suggested I try either yogurt or protein shakes for breakfast. He says eating cold things help with a tighter band, while eating hot/warm will loosen it up. Hence, more restriction for longer period of time during the day. I am really not much for such sweet things for breakfast, but I am going to give it a try. Eating cold foods for breakfast would be easier if it weren't so darn cold outside.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

just trying to hang on

I called to move my 2nd fill appt up to Monday after Thanksgiving. There is absolutely nothing that I can't eat and to be perfectly honest, after having my first fill there was no difference. I know that I have a band in my tummy because I paid for it, but I do not feel any difference today than the day I went in to have surgery.

One of my favorite banders on here is Sally. She gives great advice on what has been successful for her and I am trying to incorporate some of the things she did. Journaling my food was never good for me, I tried it with WW and always failed. My job is very mobile and carrying a notebook is not practical. What I realized today is that I have a great tool for logging my foods, my Smart phone! I don't have a diet program on it but I don't really need one. Just a word program to write down my foods that I eat to make me accountable for goes into my mouth. Happy Turkey Day to everyone!

Friday, November 20, 2009

How does that fat leave anyway?

I was very curious exactly how the fat leaves our bodies. Today I did a little digging and this what happens to the FAT

Some of the fuel you use for maintaining normal body functions and for exercise comes from two ready sources: glucose and triglycerides. Both circulate in the blood, so they are easily available as fuel sources, even though they are in relatively short supply. More abundant supplies are found in the liver and stored fat cells.

If the demands of your activity are greater than what circulating fat and glucose can supply, your body will need to dip into the stored energy in the liver and fat cells. Hormones in the body activate an enzyme called lipase that tells the fat cells to release triglycerides. The triglycerides are broken down into glycerol and free fatty acids and enter the bloodstream. The liver recycles the glycerol, and the muscles use the free fatty acids for energy. When the free fatty acids are consumed by working muscles and other tissues, they are converted to heat, water, carbon dioxide and adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. Your body releases heat through your skin, water as you sweat and ; carbon dioxide as you breathe it converts the energy in the bonds of ATP into energy your body can use.

BOTTOM LINE: The fat leaves our bodies by SWEATING and BREATHING, both of which we have to workout to accomplish!


I have done cardio everyday, even changed it up from doing run/walking on treadmill to elliptical machine. Last week I added a little strength training to the mix. I walk with my husband for an hour in the evenings.

I don't weigh/measure my portions because I HATE IT. I did that with WW and I just don't like it. But I have started using a small plate and try to eat more protein than anything.

Mr. Scale has not budged. No Gain, No loss. Just basically stuck on the same 20 lbs.

My last fill did nothing at all and my next fill is not until Dec.8th. I am soooo frustrated and just plain disgusted with my lack of progress :(((

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Bandster Quiz

How long have you been banded? 2 months 3 days!

What was your highest pre-band weight? / Current weight now? / Total lost to date? 209 is my highest/ I am currently 189 / Total lost since surgery 20 pounds!

What is your best "go-to" food to get in your protein? I have started to really like the honey flavor greek yogurt in the little 4 pks. When I was on vacation, I took a box of Prescript fit cinnamon protein bars and it worked great for keeping my energy level up so I wouldn't be too hungry at meals, they were yummy!

What is your favorite protein brand/shake? PrescriptFit Choclate with Peanut Butter flavoring, it takes like a liquid reese cup

What food do you miss the most now being post-band? Pizza definately, although I have eaten the toppings of pizza, I am afraid to try to crust.

What was your favorite "mushy" food? cottage cheese

What was your worst PB experience? I have not had one yet, thank Gawd!

What has been the hardest part of this journey so far for you? I have no restriction and am having to survive on regular dieting and exercise until I get more fills, so far that is my hardest.

What is your best NSV to date? I don't really have one, snif,snif

What is your top non-weight goal for your band? Just to be healthy.

What is your goal weight or size? My goal weight is 140-150?...I'm sure that will change up/down

What band "rule" do you live by (i.e. don't cheat on)? I have cheated on all of the lol

What band "rule" do you not follow as much or aren't so good at? not drinking water when i eat

What is your goal "reward"? adding some years to my life will be award enough for me.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving being right around the corner, what are you most thankful for, post-band? My family

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

YAY! For a good Day!

I beat myself up often enough when I screw up and have bad days. Today I thought it would be nice to pat myself on the back for a good day. I made good choices in my meals yesterday and walked an hour in the cool air with my husband. What a wonderful walk we had. We talked about this and that, I mean really talked. So often we get caught up in television, work or housecleaning that we do not really talk and LISTEN to each other's concerns and experiences. My husband is my soul mate, I love him dearly and thoroughly enjoyed our time together. Plus the added benefit of having someone to talk to during my walk, I looked at my watch and we had walked an hour, it seems so much less. It was a GOOD DAY!

Monday, November 16, 2009

living to eat

Everyone knows that the city of New Orleans is known for its food. As long as I can remember our holidays have centered around food. As a child, I can still remember Christmas morning after the gifts, everyone heading for dining room for a huge breakfast, followed by my Mom's unbelievable spread of food for lunch and dinner. She cooked a pot of gumbo for Christmas that could literally feed a whole block! That same spread is offered at every family member's house we visit that day.

Then after the holidays when everyone else is concentrating on losing weight for their New Years resolutions, we have MARDI GRAS. Starting on the Twelfth Night or Three Kings Day, the King CAKES start to circulate. We only have them between Jan.6-Mardi Gras day. Also during that time, the pre-Mardi Gras Parade season begins. My family does the BBQ, Hot dogs, Corn Dogs, Fried Chicken and Jambalaya at the parades which begin 2 wks before Mardi Gras day or Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday of course is the famous day of stuffing yourself as much as possible before Lent.

Lent is an easy time for us dieters here in the Big Easy because that is when every one here starts their "NEW YEARS DIETING".

After Lent, our seafood seasons begin. Crawfish boils with piles of crawfish and buttered corn, shrimp boils with more of the same. This goes on all the way till the summer when we begin the summer BBQ's.

This year, I have to find away to incorporate these century old family traditions into my new healthier lifestyle. In my world pigging out and eating unhealthy has become expected at our get-togethers. My willpower will be tested and tested again each weekend. My challenge this New Years, will be to find ways to get my brain to understand that I can enjoy them but only in moderation.

That is easier said then done when the arouma of King Cake will soon be everywhere I go. I realize that my weight problem is a product of our culture as it is my own failure to control my poor food choices and portions.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Well, I had to work today. Hate working Saturdays, but I get a day off during the week in return and those are so nice too! I forced myself to the gym today. I gotta tell you, I can lie to myself sooo bad talking myself out of going, I can't go cause of this..or I'll wait till later...or after that. I finally said, well I will just pop in for a light workout. Just walk 30 mins on the treadmill. Well as usual, once I am there and start working out...I am good. I ended up doing a 5K, this time took me 55mins, but i walked most of it and I am proud of myself for showing up there on a saturday. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be super. I hope to do some walking outside and then bring my granddaughters shopping for some dresses for their Holiday pictures. I treat them to a new outfit every year for their pictures.

Eating was another trouble spot for me today. Breakfast I did great. But Lunch< I just could not get full! First I did a small blueberry greek yogurt, it was delicious. I sat there awhile afterwards and still did not feel full. So I ate 6oz of tuna and finally ended up with a bowl of cereal. It was awful! I drank water also, just could not get full :(

Friday, November 13, 2009


I almost hate writing TGIF today. I have to work tomorrow and that kind of takes the air out of the Friday party balloon. I did well again today, my eating is finally under control again. I normally do 45 mins with the treadmill set to manual. Starting today, I am using the 5k circuit program. I did some light jogging/walking and it took me about 50 mins to complete a 5k. That seems very long to me, but now I have a starting point. The problem with spending so much time on cardio is that I really don't have the time to do any strength training. I guess I will have to increase my gym time to allow it, but that would mean staying over an hour each day and I really wanted to keep it to an hour. Anyway, the weekend is here and Sunday I hope to get the family and head out for a long walk on the beach if its not too windy.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

One Day at a time

Today, I finally made an extreme effort to get back on track. I made me a veggie omelet with a little chicken for breakfast, had yogurt for lunch and will have a small soup for dinner. I went to the gym today and walked/ran for 45 mins and then did 15 mins on the dreaded stairmaster. I hate that stairmaster, I don't know why. But I do think its important to mix up different cardio types. I don't want to get bored doing the same things everyday. I miss my walks around my neighborhood in the evenings, but it is too dark and unsafe without any street lights.

Anyway, I am feeling better about my eating today. Hopefully tomorrow I can keep it up. ONE DAY AT A TIME

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I am really having trouble getting back into my healthy lifestyle since returning from vacation. I did exercise a few times each week while on my cruise, which is way different than my old life. I gained 4lbs during the 3 wks of my vacation. Now I am just trying to get back into that routine that I started before I left. Walking after work is more difficult now because it is so dark when I get home and there are not many street lights in my neighborhood. That means going to the gym, I have never been able to make the gym thing stick. I hate way too much today. I need my willpower back. I had my first fill Monday and I cannot even tell. I need to keep trying until I find a way to fit my workouts back into my life.