Monday, December 27, 2010

Weekly Weigh-In...Holiday consequences?

Mr. Scale showed his disappointment today.  My weight is 161.5, +.5 increase.  I logged my food all week and even managed to exercise 3 days, but I am still lacking in the water dept.  I am always feeling dehydrated and I know it is not helping.  Also my exercise regiment is not what it was before my knee surgery.  I know where my need for improvement is and this week I need to turn my attention to staying hydrated.

Whew! I love the Christmas Holidays, even more so this year!  I loved the parties, the family gatherings and spoiling my Granddaughters.  But Sunday morning I was exhausted from it all.   The constant running, cleaning and cooking was so !

My band helped me resist over indulging by slamming shut like a vise.  There I was with a glass of my favorite wine in one hand and a plate of hor'dourves, two or three bites and BAM! I hurried to the restroom just in time....I was not in the mood for any further eating afterwards.

Christmas Day I was tempted with all the best of Cajun foods.  Gumbo, Jambalaya, Cajun Fried Turkey, even my favorite King Cake from Randazzo's.  I took two bites of Gumbo and Pb'd, ending any further temptation to eat.

Among the treasures Santa left me was the Zumba Wii.  I hope to get a chance to try it out this week, I will give you a critique soon.  It still amazes me that I now consider an exercise game as a treasure instead of another "weightloss gadget".  If someone would have told me last year, I would use my Santa wishes for exercise, I would have thought they grew an extra head. What a difference a year makes, now I love finding new ways to exercise and it makes it more incredible to be able to share the fun with my Granddaughters as well.

My next post will be New Years Day instead of Monday.  I want to be sure to record my beginning 2011 weight and set up some Maintenance goals as well as life improvement goals for the upcoming year.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Mtce weigh-In HoHo- UH OHHH!

Mr. Scale scolded me this morning with 161, +1lb gain.  I am not shocked, I was a naughty girl most of the week.  Too much wine, more eating out than we normally do and just really poor choices are the reasons.  I do see this coming week to be somewhat better.  Other than Christmas eve and Christmas Day, I have no obstacles to taking this pound back off.  This is exactly what living in maintenanceville is about, taking prompt action whenever a gain occurs.

The holidays have been so much fun this year compared to a year ago.  This year I dared to wear this fabulous red dress and was inundated with compliments, great NSV's.  I have just soaked it all in like a thirsty sponge. 

This week I continue with 3 rehab workouts for my knee and hope to walk a least 3 times.  I have been having some pb episodes so I am on liquids today and next couple of days, hoping to clear the swelling before Santa arrives.  Pssst, I asked Santa for the Zumba wii game.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night ;)

Mtce weigh-In HoHo- UH OHHH!

Mr. Scale scolded me this morning with 161, +1lb gain.  I am not shocked, I was a naughty girl most of the week.  Too much wine, more eating out than we normally do and just really poor choices are the reasons.  I do see this coming week to be somewhat better.  Other than Christmas eve and Christmas Day, I have no obstacles to taking this pound back off.  This is exactly what living in maintenanceville is about, taking prompt action whenever a gain occurs.

The holidays have been so much fun this year compared to a year ago.  This year I dared to wear this fabulous red dress and was inundated with compliments, great NSV's.  I have just soaked it all in like a thirsty sponge. 

This week I continue with 3 rehab workouts for my knee and hope to walk a least 3 times.  I have been having some pb episodes so I am on liquids today and next couple of days, hoping to clear the swelling before Santa arrives.  Pssst, I asked Santa for the Zumba wii game.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night ;)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Weekly Weigh-In Tis the Season

Mr. Scale showed 160.0 for -0.5 loss this week.  I logged everything that went into my mouth this week and managed to keep my calories below 1200 each day.  It was more difficult on some days than most.  I attended a retirement party and while I did not each much (steak), I did have a couple glasses of wine.  I still managed to drop a little weight!  My exercise was lacking this week (one 1 day).  I restart rehab on my knee this week and hopefully will get back more of the flexibility I have lost.  I still cannot kneel or raise from a squatting position.  So far I am pleased with my weekly maintenance posts, along with keeping a log of my foods.

In other news, I am just about done with all my Christmas shopping and have had some beautiful family moments.

My Grandaughters made their own ornaments to give as teacher gifts.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Weekly Weigh-in post

Mr. Scale screamed 160.5, 1.5lb increase for the week.  I am not surprised.  Thanksgiving, huge Christmas Party and too much snacking all contributed to this unpleasant result.  

We had our first Christmas Party of the Season Saturday night and I had far too much wine.  I received so many compliments that I lost count!  I wore a red dress **SIZE 8! I also made far too many poor choices this week, mostly due to lack of preparation.

There were some positives this week, especially in my fitness area.  I walked 3 days, Saturday I walked almost 4 miles, that longest I have been able to walk since my knee surgery.  I also did strength training 2x focusing mainly on my knee. 

Since living in maintenanceville is about taking prompt action whenever gains occur, here is my plan of action for the next coming week:
  1. strength training minimum 3x
  2. walking/cardio 5x
  3. 4 water bottles per day
  4. Stock up on healthy foods
I am almost complete in my Christmas shopping.  Santa is bringing me wii Zumba. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Post-Thanksgiving Weekly Weigh-in

Today Mr. Scale showed 159.0 for a 1lb loss. Thanksgiving was a wonderful celebration with our family. We love having all our children together in one place. God has blessed me with a wonderful family and I love them all very much.

My husband and I both walked for about an hour early Thanksgiving morning,. Exercise? On the biggest eating day of the year? No way I would have done such a thing in the past.! I allowed myself to eat anything I wanted and ended the day 95 calories under my daily calorie goal. I had one serving of cherry pie for dessert but was unable to eat more than half. I logged my foods on my phone app. In the end, I enjoyed the day without ever feeling like I was on a diet or deprived.

In other band news, two weeks after my tiny .1cc fill, I starting having terrible night coughs and acid reflux. Both are sure signs of being too tight. My NP did a .1cc unfill on Tuesday and last night there were no more night coughs, so now I am back where I started. It seems that I have as much fill as I can tolerate. I began a 9wk regiment on Prilosec OTC to hopefully get a handle on the terrible reflux before it can damage my esophagus. It is up to me now, no more fills. I currently have 7.1cc in my 10cc band which is a healthy fill amount. I am living in maintenanceville now and have to do the rest by making healthy food choices and increasing my exercise as my knee permits.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Weekly Weighin-Thanksgiving

Everything inside me wanted me NOT to post today.  I didn't want to admit that I had a bad weigh-in.  Alas, after several trips to the scale, I had to accept the sad truth, a 2.5lb gain.  I must accept my actions, (too much poor choices this week) and try to make better choices this week.  Maintenace is about being aware and correcting gains.  Combined with the Thanksgiving holiday, it will be a tough go.  I fully intend to enjoy my family and enjoy my meal.

There are positives this week.  I was able to do +2 mile walks this week, furthest since my knee surgery.  Being able to increase my exercise will help to make up for some calories.  Up to this week, I had to maintain strictly from my diet and it is more difficult.  I also received some wonderful NSV's at a family function which made me extremely grateful for being banded on this holiday.  Last Thanksgiving I had just started with fills and didn't have any help from my band.

I did have one confusing moment at the family function I mentioned.  Some family members gave me wonderful compliments on my weight loss.  Then, out of the blue, one of my more "outspoken" family members, walked up to me and loudly asked "How did you lose all that weight? It couldn't be just from walking!"  I was taken by surprise and was speechless for a few seconds.  I have only shared my WLS with a few select members and my wonderfully supportive husband.  Now that I have lost the weight, I fully intend to eventually share it with them, but this was not the time or the place.  At this point everyone in the room was looking and listening.  My wonderful husband saved me by talking about the protein shakes I drink and how I rarely eat carbs.  One-to-one I usually respond to this question by talking about my exercise and smaller portions, I was just not prepared to be called out like that in the middle of a room.  I don't blame the family member, I don't think she meant to make me the center of attention.  She just has one of those loud voices that can be heard over everyone else's.  She really was curious and interested in losing weight herself.

Since this is my Thanksgiving post, I want to give thanks to God:
  1. For this wonderfully healthy life that I now have.
  2. For my supportive husband who has been there for me since I was banded last Sept.
  3. For my beautiful daughter and granddaughters who complete my life.
  4. For making it possible for me to be banded, if not for insurance, I doubt it would have happened.
  5. For all the bloggers out there who give support and encouragement.
I am truly blessed and I hope you and your family have a wonderful week as well!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Weekly Mtce

I successfully lost the 1/2 lb gain from last week.  Maintenance is truly about awareness and corrective action.  If I continue to weigh myself once a week and take immediate action to correct any weight gains, Maintenanceville should continue to be a easy place to live.   Keeping to weekly weighins vs. daily has been very liberating.  It seems to be just enough to keep me aware without consuming too much of my thoughts. 

I went in for a teeny tiny .1cc fill adjustment last week and it seems to be exactly what I needed.  I reviewed my food log on my iPhone app today and there is a noticeable difference in the amount of calories/food that I am consuming compared to before the fill.  So far I have seen no adverse reactions which had caused my previous unfill a few months ago.  No increase of reflux and no Pb.  I am still able to eat all foods including steak and small portions of bread.  I do not plan to have another fill unless it becomes absolutely necessary.  I still consciously try to keep carbs at a minimum because my system reacts negatively when I eat too much of them.  Logging my foods with my iPhone app seems to help in many ways.  I only track calories and protein (I do not get enough protein if I don't track).  It helps with awareness in a big way.  For instance, yesterday we made rice krispy treats for school, WTF!  Who knew one dayum square has 352 calories/68.5g carbs/7.7g Fat!! Tracking this on my iPhone made me painfully aware and it was enough to keep that piece at one and not to go back for more.

I am continuing to work on my water consumption and as my knee becomes more healthy, my exercise is steadily increasing which should help to keep my weight under control.  I am finding it difficult to take it slow as I rehabilitate my knee, patience is not big with me. I miss so many things, running, biking, kneeling.  Hopefully I regain complete use of my knee again soon.

My next weighin will be the day before Thanksgiving.  I plan to fully enjoy the holiday but I will log my choices and take corrective action if necessary.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Weekly Weigh-In

It's time for my weekly maintenance post. This week hasn't been too good in any aspect, water has not been optimum. I gained a half pound this week.

Yesterday I had a fill, tiny one (.1cc ). So far I don't feel any change. I'm going to give it a week or two to let it settle in. If I don't feel it by Thanksgiving, I'll make an appointment the followingweek to add a teeny bit more. I'm going to take this very slow, baby steps this time. Last July I had that same amount removed.

This week I'm going to concentrate on getting my daily water of 64oz.
I'm going to increase my walking to 1 mile each day, I can't do more
than that yet due to my knee injury. I will also be going to the gym at least three days a week to do strength training on my knee.

I don't have any challenges in the next coming week so hopefully next week I will be the post that I have successfully lost that one pound.
This is what maintenance is supposed to be like, awareness and taking
action to correct the scale when necessary. I weigh only once a week
on Wednesday.

Now it's time to catch up on all your blogs!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Maintenance Update

My weight this week remains unchanged.  I am still using my Loseit! app on my iphone to track my foods.  It even has a little reminder to keep me from forgetting to Log. It is convenient.  I was over my calorie goal on too many days but I am tracking to keep myself aware, not to beat myself up about it. I don't even look at the calories because frankly, after years of dieting, I have a pretty good idea what they are.
I am in maintenanceville now and that means continuing to be aware.  I only weigh once a week and tracking my foods on my phone gives a gentle reminder to think before I eat :)

Beginning this week, I began concentrating on hydration.  My water consumption is typically not optimum in the cooler months.  Keeping my water in check seems to help my system in many areas.

I am reading so many posts from champion banders who are debating fills.  Since my last unfill in July, my list of foods that I am unable to eat is practically gone.  I am enjoying being a little loose in fills.  I can eat salad, chicken,all  fruit and even steak.  When I was super tight in my weightloss phase it kept me from being able to eat so many healthy foods!  Of course we all know the junk goes down just fine.  I am considering a tiny tweek like Tina, but I will give it more thought, I don't want to be very tight any longer.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Warning: Scary pics

Here is my oldest granddaughter the Honey Bee 

And this was my youngest the "Avator"

The witching hour

Happy Halloween to all my wonderful friends in blogger world.  Sending strong vibes to everyone for strength and willpower to ward off all candy temptations!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Day 427-428

Yesterday was spent visiting my nephew for his 18th birthday had a good time at the party. Most importantly I made sure that the socializing was the most important thing not the food.

Today was football Sunday, I did well with both my eating & water. I managed to take a slow 15 minute walk with very little discomfort.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Day 426

Today was my 3rd post-op physical therapy appt. I was in so much knee pain, I had to take two painkillers when I returned home. The exercises seems so simple that I thought he was being too gentle on me. NOT! Calorie wise I have been successful at keeping @ or below 1200. I still get hungry & can eat far too much. I made an appt for a teeny tiny fill next week.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Day 424-425

Yesterday was my 2nd day of rehab this week. The exercises seemed somewhat easier, but they are still not pushing me yet. My therapist said they will start me on machines on Friday. Today I had my first post-op appt with my surgeon. He drained some fluid from my knee & injected cortisone. Dayum my knee is killing me now. They also removed the stitches.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Day 422-423

Day 4-5 post-op knee surgery. Yesterday was my first day @ rehab. I was given very simple exercises to accomplish. I was thinking that they were too easy and not helping until later last night. OMG my knee muscles hurt really badly, I didn't get to sleep until 3am, I just couldnt get comfortable.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Day 421

Day 3 post knee surgery. My band is still tight, I'm going to have to switch to shakes to assure that I get some nutrients. Right now I Pb everything I try.

I was able to remove the ace bandage & shower today. It felt soooo good. I am weening myself off the pain meds today. I'm only going to take them at night. My surgeon doesn't want to waste anytime getting me moving. I begin physical therapy tomorrow. I can't wait to get arround a little better.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Day 420

Day 2 post knee surgery. I think the anesthesia tightened my band. My hunger is gone. Maybe it's the pain meds either way I'm glad. The pain was awful earlier but tonight it seems better. Tomorrow I can shower, that alone should help me feel much better.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Days 412-419

I have been MIA for several days as I prepared for my knee surgery. My surgery was today & went well.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Day 407-411

Blogging keeps my head in the game by keeping myself aware. Blogging everyday prevents the "ostrich syndrome". I didn't get obese overnight, it slowly kept on me because I stopped Caring, stopped being aware. By sticking my head in the sand and not looking, that candy bar doesn't count, right? If I don't log the calories/fat in that fried chicken, it won't count right? I lied and cheated myself out of years of family activites & memories because I was too obese to take part and enjoy them.

The last several days I let myself fall. The first clue was that I stopped blogging so I wouldn't have to account for my actions. The second clue was that I hid from the scale. I know that many bloggers weigh once a week. I have to do it EVERY morning. It's not so I can beat myself up over fluctuations, it's so I am forced to look at the consequences (good or bad) for my triumphs or mistakes. Pounds will never creep up if I remain vigilant.

I slipped. I fell. I am back. I began tracking my food again yesterday. My surgery is only a week away. Physical activity will be absent while I recover, making healthy choices even more important.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Day 405 & 406

Well, Friday & today were both BUSY! Yesterday, I got everything laid out for my garage sale, we opened @ 6am this morning & I have not stopped until just now. It was a huge success, I got rid of so much stuff! Everything else will be boxed up & donated. It feels sooo good to to rid my home of all that clutter!

Breakfast today was Greek yogurt with some granola, lunch was a small salad, supper was 3 fish sticks, snack was a handfull of cashews & a DQ moolatte.
Water was poor today but I still have time to drink more.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Day 404

I worked all day clearing & organizing for my huge garage sale this Saturday. I am so proud that I have so much stuff to sell. All the de-cluttering and de-junking I have done for the last few weeks has really paid off. Absolutely everything will go, whatever I don't sell will be donated or trashed.

Tonight Hubby & I met friends at a nearby restaurant, they are always fun to spend time with. I ordered my fav, blackened redfish, it was perfect, I ate about 3oz. of fish, then got the rest to go. My food choices, fitness & water were all excellent today.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day 402-403

Nothing much to post about yesterday, I spent the day preparing for the garage sale. I do have to mention The Biggest Loser episode yesterday, my gosh! I was amazed at those guys losing 30-40 lbs in one week! I wish we can have more info on their diets.

Today Hubby & I met with our Financial Planner. I like the guy, but I gotta admit he comes across as a used car salesman sometimes. We have really been around the block interviewing Planners before we settled on this guy. It's all just so scary when you are trusting someone with your lifesavings, no matter who you choose.

Afterwards we had lunch with our son at our favorite Italian restaurant. I ordered the veal Parmesan, ate 1/2 piece of veal & requested the remainder to go. My healthy eating has been good today. I am having difficult getting the recommended amount of potassium. It's way too much food, I would not be able to get enough protein if I ate all that fruit. I guess I will have to rely on a combination of diet & supplements ::sigh

On another non diet related subject, we booked a 21 day European cruise for Fall 2011. It is going to be so awesome!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Day 401

Today, like every Monday morning, I volunteered @ our Elementary School library. I really enjoy helping the children experience the world of books. Restocking the shelves has an extra benefit, I always come home with a sore booty from all the bending & stretching to reach shelves. Afterwards, I had just enough time to eat lunch before running to a dentist appointment.

By the time I returned home, it was homework then supper. Afterwards, Hubby and I went for a 2 mile walk enjoying the cooler temps.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Day 400 - Who Dat !

Today bad spent watching the Saints-Atlanta football game. Next it was time to buy weekly groceries. We planned ahead for some healthy additions to our Saints game foods. Besides BBQ steak, there was broccoli & salad.

Breakfast~ 2 scoops muscle milk lite blended with one small banana, Lunch~ 3oz BBQ steak, 1 small baked potato top with brocolli & lite cheese sauce. Supper~none, Snacks~ cashews

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Day 399

I attended a retirement party for a friend & former colleague today. I was sitting down when my Supervisor & his wife sat down next to me. I was somewhat confused when his wife was very distant towards me. Finally I realized she has not seen me in over a year. I finally told her who I am and the surprise and shock on her face was priceless, she said WoW, you lost a lot of weight! A great NSV

Friday, September 24, 2010

Day 398

Fitness~ none
Healthy Eating~horrible
Water~ fair

Nuff Said bout today :(

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day 397- 100 Day Countdown

As of today, there is exactly 100 days left to the end of 2010 as well as the beginning of Autumn. Time for setting a couple of Hot 100 day goals. It is difficult to know what goals to attempt since I am not sure what physical shape I will be in after my surgery. I know that I will be in physical therapy for a whole month afterwards, which means it won't be completed until Turkey day.

Also, my pre-op blood work for my knee operation shows that I am very low in Vitamin K/potassium, my doctor has ordered Potassium supplements which are horse pills. yuck!  I am including some goals to help increase my vitamin K naturally through my diet.

My HOT 100 day Goals:
  • lose the last 8 lbs to my goal weight
  • drink 1 cup of prune juice per day
  • 1 potassium rich fruit per day
  • 2 cups of cooked beans per week
Healthy Eating ~ Breakfast-1/4 c.oatmeal, alpine punch protein drink, 4 pcs turkey bacon, 1/2 veggie omelet, Lunch-none, Supper-3oz stuffed flounder, 1 pc catfish, 1/2 c green beans, 3 bites chicken salad, 1 Tbsp wild rice, Snacks -2 bites of bread pudding, 1 bite of peach cobbler, 1 bite of key lime pie
Water ~ Fair

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Day 396

Today I had to have another Mammogram performed. Seems there some some discrepency in the first one. It turned out fine, I think my new deflated boobs are more difficult to see due to extra skin. Later today I did some more organizing for my upcoming garage sale. My band is still tight today. Leaving me with very little room for food.

Healthy Eating~ Breakfast 1/2 veggie omelet with 1 egg, Lunch -protein drink, Supper 1/2 cup pasta salad w/veggies, Snack - med. DQ Moolatte

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Day 395

Feeling better today. I spent the day organizing for our upcoming garage sale. On the band front, I was considering scheduling a fill appointment this week, until today I was hungry with no restriction, but today I am tight as a drum & nothing is getting through. Weird!

Healthy Eating~none, pb'd everything

Monday, September 20, 2010

Day 394 - Inspiration

Some much needed Monday Inspiration!

No sleep last night, I have been out of it all day. Missed my school volunteering, slept the entire day, I hope I'm not coming down with a bug. Tonight is a Monday Night Football with my Saints ~ Who Dat!

fitness~ none
Breakfast - pb'd it all, Lunch ~ none, supper -a small salad
water~ poor

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Day 393

On this day last year, I was so excited because I had lost 10lbs since being banded and had just entered Onederland. As I reviewed that post this morning, I could feel the excitement. I was so motivated, reading over my posts from the beginning of my journey helps me taste a little of that & focus on the last 8 lbs to goal.

This morning was a pleasant Sunday morning with my girls. Aftr breakfast & completion of a school project, we took another trip to our local Arts & Crafts show. We walked around for about an hour visiting all the booths. The girls picked out a few really cute hair bows & we shared a snow cone.

Fitness ~ none
Health Eating ~ Breakfast-2eggs, 1 pk grits, 1 tsp smart balance spread, Lunch- none , Supper-turkey fettuccine Alfredo, snack-pinwheel, popcorn

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Day 392

Whew what a busy HOT Saturday! My day started with a couple hours @ a local arts & craft show. There was so much great stuff...I plan another trip tomorrow. After the craft show, I spent 2 hours watching my oldest cheerlead @ a football game. It was so hot @ both places.

Healthy Eating~breakfast 2 eggs, pk. grits,1 tsp smart balance spread,sprinkle of lowfat cheese, 1 sl whole wheat toast, Lunch- none, snack tortillas
water~ fair

Friday, September 17, 2010

Day 391-TGIF

Today is my friday cleanup-before-the-weekend day.  I give my house one final cleanup before the kids will be let loose over the weekend.  Tonight we are bringing the girl's to a charity bingo at a nearby Elks lodge.   I don't have much to blog about today, but I am making a special effort to blog something every day, even if it is just to log my diet & fitness info.

Fitness ~ none
Heralthy Eating ~ Breakfast-2 eggs, grits, 1 tsp smart balance spread, Lunch- 1c spaghetti, 2 alpine punch protein drinks, Supper 4 fish sticks w honey mustard sauce-  , Snacks - handful tostitos, bread pudding, nachos
Water ~ good

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Day 390

Today has been a nonevent day.  Today I spent some time dejunking/decluttering my linen closet in preparation for my upcoming fall garage sale. Otherwise , it was an awful day in all areas of my healthy lifestyle.

Fitness ~ none
Healthy Eating ~ Breakfast-2eggs, 1 pkt grits, 1 tsp smart choice spread, Lunch chips & Salsa, Greek Yogurt with special K granola, Supper- spaghetti w meat sauce, 2pcs garlic bread Snack-4 donut holes, Isopure Alpine Punch protein drink, candy corn
Water ~ poor

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day 380 - Bandiversary

Today is a very emotional day for me.  On this day, exactly one year ago, I took the extremely scary leap to have lap band surgery.  I remember the range of emotions I went through as I was driving to the hospital.  Among them, Am I being vain?  Should I have given traditional dieting yet another try? Is this just the most stupid thing I have ever done?  What if something horrible happens and I die over this?  What if the band doesn't work for me?  Today, I know that it was the most awesome thing I could have ever done.  Here I sit a beautiful healthy person, I mean geez, yesterday I chastised myself endlessly for eating ice cream, where was that person before I was banded?

Before ~.  Before I began this healthy journey, exercise was something other people did, not me.
Today ~  I feel guilt and remorse when I don't exercise. 

Before ~  I ate like junk almost every day.  Unless I was on one of my endless diets, I ate without considering the consequences.  I was in total denial about how many calories I ate in a day.
Today ~ Although I don't log it all the time, I work really hard to keep my calorie count below 1200.  Most days I fall well below that. 

Before ~ The closest thing to a vegetable I ate was the lettuce & tomato on my BK whopper
Today ~ I am eating veggies and enjoying them.  I consider healthy choices whenever I eat in a restaurant now,  as well as what sacrifices I will need to make if I make unwise choices.

Before ~ All my clothes were too tight and finding anything fashionable was all but impossible.  I remember shopping the women's section for hours trying to find something that didn't make me look 100 yrs old.
Today ~ I can walk into the trendy shops and buy beautiful clothing.

Where do I go from here?  I have more small changes I wish to make, most are easier.  Swapping white processed foods for whole wheat.  Eat more fruit, when I had tight restrictrion it was difficult.  Swap protein shakes for soy smoothies for a more natural protein.  I am fortunate to live near the water and  I want to minimize red meat in my diet, once a week or every other week, replacing it with seafood choices.

I don't wish to eliminate all processed food, I know that is just not practical for me.  I just want to eat less of them.

Fitness ~ 30 mins step aerobics, 100 sit ups,  75 leg lifts, 30 mins swimming
Healthy eating ~ Breakfast-2 eggs, 1 pkt grits, 1 sl whole wheat toast, 1 tsp smart balance spread, alpine punch isopure protein , Lunch 1/4 c potato salad, 2 oz pork chops,  Supper-ceasar salad, Snacks, 2 oreo cookes, 4 donut holes, 1/2 apple

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Day 379

I started today with a pleasant walk, the humidity has dropped and it was actually cool instead of  our usual stiffeling heat.   We don't really get seasons here, our winter lasts maybe 2 wks, if we are fortunate.  Hot & Humid is pretty much our whole year.   So when we get our brief taste of fall, I have to eat it up fast, because it is gone in a blink.  It is so nice to be talking with the kids about Halloween costumes, even if it is still in the 90's, it gets me into the fall mood.

Fall weather also makes me want to get outside and walk, run , play.  It energizes me for some unknown reason. It makes fitness much more appealing.  I was in the grocery today and there on the shelves are all the packages of yummy Halloween Candy.  I have been working on a strategy for handling all that candy that will be around until Pumpkin day.  I hope to wait until the last possible day to buy the candy and pick out candy that I don't like.  How do you plan to handle the Halloween parties and treats?  I must plan ahead for these things.  Of course, on days like today, I wonder if all the planning in the world will help me with my food addiction.

I went to physical therapy today in preparation for my upcoming knee surgery.  Today he spent a few minutes showing me how to use crutches and how to navigate around objects and up and down steps.  I am getting very nervous now as we started talking about my rehab work.  After the surgery, I will lose the strenght in one of my quad muscles above my knee.  It is going to take alot of work to get that muscle back.  It will be painful and very unpleasant.  If I don't do it, I will not regain full use of my leg/knee.  I wonder how it will effect my weightloss?  I think my portion control will be even more important since I won't be able to do much physical training for a few months. 

It is only Noon and I have blown my healthy eating today.  Why do I still buy crap thinking I have willpower and self control?  I don't have willpower, that's why I had this dayum surgery.  Here is how it went;  I was in the grocery store and purposely sought out the ice cream section. I took out the pint of ice cream, even went so far as to read how many calories, (880 for the whole container) , I put it back and walked to the no sugar added selections.  Decided they did not look good to me, walked back to the pint and put it in my basket.  WTF??? What kind of self destruct behavior is that?  I KNEW I would eat the whole thing, I KNEW exactly how many calories/damage I was doing, I KNEW I had other ice cream alternatives that would be better and still I bought it.  Then to make matters worse, I ate it in my NO EATING ZONE,  (my desk).  How am I ever going to conquer my food addiction if I continue to buy foods knowing full well that they are going to blow my whole diet to hell?  What good does it do to identify bad habits, it I am going to break my own rules?  I am so mad at myself right now, I am banging the keyboard as I blog this.  I had breakfast, I wasn't hungry.  This was clearly a head issue, no fill can fix this type of problem.

Fitness ~ walked 3 miles in the a.m, walked 3.1 in the evening
Healthy eating ~ Breakfast- inst grits, 1tsp smart balance spread, 1 egg, 1 egg white. Lunch - potato salad and one entire pint of bananas foster ice cream, Supper - 3 oz roast beef, 2 tsp corn, 2 Tbs rice...
Water ~ Good

Update:  Since I cannot change the fact that I did not follow my healthy eating plan today like I should have, I decided the best thing to do would be a TWO-FER, I went on a 2nd walk this evening with my Hubby, walked for an hour.  Blogging my poor choices definitely has helped me to become more alert & also take action to minimize its effects.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Day 378

Monday's I volunteer at my granddaughter's school restocking library books. What a workout bending up & down to reach shelves whew! My booty hurts now :). Afterwards I had an appt with my PCP. He is waiting for test results before clearing me for knee surgery

After the Doctor I swung by the casino to play some credits they sent me. I received a great NSV when I cashed out a comp at the casino. The cashier actually asked for my drivers license twice to verify it was me, I do not look anything like my license picture any longer. She raised her eye brows then congratulated me on my weightloss. I won a little money then headed home.

I didn't sleep well last night, it's only 3:30 pm & I'm already yawning.

Fitness~ none
Health Eating ~ breakfast- inst grits, 1tsp smart balance spread, 1 egg, 1 eggwhite. Lunch - a couple spoons potato salad, 1/2 pork chop, 1/4 roasted potato, snack-2 Oreos , Supper- cooked Lima beans

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Day 377

No kids this morning because they slept at my daughter's house.  I took advantage of the morning to scrub all the floors, scrubbed the bathrooms and did the laundry.  For our family Sunday lunch, I prepared baked pork chops with roasted potatoes and salad.  I also made Mac - n - cheese for the kids.

Fitness ~ Housework
Healthy Eating - Breakfast - Alpine Punch Protein Drink, Lunch- 4 oz pork chop, salad with 1/2 c. roasted potatoes, Dinner - none -    Snack - 4 Oreo cookies

Day 376- 9/11

Like most American citizens, I can remember exactly where I was and who I was with on this sad day in our Country's history.  I was on vacation with husband & two of our grandchildren.  Enjoying the pool, soaking up the sun and truly enjoying life.  When the news of what had happened was relayed to me by another Mother, our moods changed from one of disbelief to sadness.  My eyes searched out my family, watching our grandchildren splash around without a care in the world and my mood changed again, I just wanted to hug them and hold them as tightly as possible. God Bless America.

Today I brought our two granddaughters to see Curious George.  Afterwards we had a family dinner at Copeland's Cheesecake Factory to celebrate our Son's 31st birthday.  It was very nice.  I ordered crawfish ravioli topped with crab meat.  I had two ravioli and a couple bites of crawfish and one glass of wine.  The rest was brought home for later.  After dinner, we visited with our youngest daughter and granddaughter.  It was a perfect family day.

Fitness ~ None
Healthy Eating ~ breakfast - one doughnut hole, veggie omelet.  Lunch - see above, Supper - NONE

Friday, September 10, 2010

Day 375 TGIF

The inventor of the Mammography machines had to be a man, while I appreciate the importance of my annual Mammogram, OMG it hurts. I have bruises for 2 days afterwards, there is no way a woman would conceive the thought of torturing another woman breasts in such a contraption. I can now check off this important and painful preventive medical test until next year.

After my mammography I joined my Hubby for breakfast. It was a nice outing for a Friday.

Fitness ~ none
Healthy eating ~ Breakfast 1 egg, 1/2 svg corn beef hash,1 sausage patty, coffee, Lunch 5 tortilla chips w/guacamole, dinner 4 pcs. fried catfish nuggets, dessert - 60 cal choc pudding

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Day 374

This morning was spent at the Doctor's office and then my monthly grocery shopping.  I do one huge trip and then I do small trips for produce, milk & bread.  Today is a very exciting game day in the Who Dat Nation.  Our beloved Saints want to show everyone that they are still the Champs.  At the same time, we are also Brett Farve fans, if he weren't playing against our Saints home team, we would be cheering for him :)  Jackson Square is full of Who Dat fans and every household in Louisiana and Mississippi will be glued to the tube tonight :)

I didn't get any fitness in today, that makes tomorrow a TWO-FER!

Fitness ~ none
Healthy eating ~Breakfast - 2 eggs, 3pcs turkey bacon, lunch - 2 snack bags of cashews,   dinner - one small bbq burger w/cheese, 1/2 bun.   snack-bowl cocoa puffs

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day 373

Today was spent on the phone with my insurance company & Doctor's offices in preparation for my knee surgery. It was exhausting! I think I have now jump all their required hoops. I will be required to attend physical therapy 3X a week for a month.

Fitness~Swimming 40 mins
Healthy Eating~ Breakfast 2eggs, 3 pcs turkey bacon, lunch none, Supper 1/2 c kidney beans, dessert rum cake

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day 372

This morning the "old fat Dee" inside me tried many excuses not to exercise. In the end, the "new thin Dee" won and I went for a long, very hot walk. As usual, once I did it, I felt so much better the rest of the day.

Next, I completed de-junking and de-cluttering my closet. Now I have so much space! Tomorrow I plan to tackle our linen closet, I expect that closet to take much more time to complete.

We have tentatively scheduled our annual fall garage sale in 2 weeks. I would like to complete de-junking and de-cluttering all areas of our home by then so I can sell unwanted items.

Fitness~ walking 4.25 miles
Healthy Eating ~ Breakfast-grits,Greek yogurt w/granola, Lunch-Salad, Supper-Spaghetti

Monday, September 6, 2010

Day 371 - Labor Day

Today marks the end of my kid-less weekend::sigh Three glorious stress free days, now that is my idea of a wonderful holiday. Hubby and I have begun de-junking our home. We lost absolutely everything 5 years ago in Hurricane Katrina. Everything I owned fit into an overnight bag. Here we are getting rid of junk, how does it accumulate so quickly? Grrrr We have devided the house in sections. Yesterday we started with the closets in the master bath. I must admit most of that junk was mine. Half filled jars of lotions & cosmetics or unused beauty products. Today I am tackling my closet.....

Healthy Eating ~ Breakfast-veggie omelete w/chopped shrimp added, isopure protein, Lunch & dinner were salads, snack today was a couple pieces of chocolate.
Fitness ~ 30 mins step aerobics, 100 situps, 10 mins general stretching

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Day 370

My hubby and I decided to move our morning walks around our neighborhood to walk a 10k @ the beach.  I must say today is beautiful here on the Gulf Coast.  Although the temps were in the 80's, there was just the right amount of breeze off the water to keep the sweat away as we walked. One of the perks of living near the beach.   I feel badly about complaining about him invading my space yesterday.  My hubby normally walks a 17-18 min mile, while I struggle to stay 19-20 mins.  He definitely challenged me today to pick up my speed, at the same time, I am sure I was slowing his pace.  But he never complained.

I skipped breakfast today, drinking my isopure alpine punch instead.  For lunch my wonderful husband is grilling T-bones (of which I only eat a bite or two) and the last of our summer corn.  We also boiled some shrimp to go in our salad.  Sounds good huh?

I finished the day with another wonderful green salad for dinner with a few boiled shrimp.  My husband can boil the most delicious seafood.  The shrimp was perfectly seasoned.  His best is crawfish, but it is hardly dietary with the amount I eat so I am very glad our peak crawfish season only lasts a few months a year.

Had to take a pain pill for my knee, it really hurts.  I expected it after such a tough workout this morning.  Tomorrow will be the end of my peaceful weekend without the kids.  I am thinking about swimming laps tomorrow instead of walking, my knee will need the change.

Fitness - walking 6.2 miles
Healthy eating - breakfast was a protein drink, lunch was 2 oz of tbone steak, beautiful green salad with shrimp, supper was another salad w/shrimp, my snack today was a small bowl of cheerios putting me well below 1200 today.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Day 369

Another stress free day without kids.  I walked 4 miles this morning with my Hubby.  It was so nice to walk with him, talking things out.  It's good marriage time.  I must admit that retirement life has it's own way of straining a marriage.  When I was working, my time at work was "me" time but it also served as "apart" time.  By the time I came home from work and we ate supper, did homework & baths with the kids, we would end up with maybe an hour together time alone.  Since I retired a month ago, for whatever the reason, he feels he needs to stay around the house with me, NOT!  I need him to resume his normal daytime activities and leave me alone at home - housework and all.  I would think he would be glad to run away from housework, but he loves me and wants to spend time with his wife even if its doing housework.  I get that, I really do.  But I can't help feeling  like he is invading my space.  It doesn't matter if I am spending my alone time doing housework, I am alone with my own thoughts.  Hopefully this a temporary bonding thing and he will grow bored with it before I have to give the "Let's talk" speech.

So far today, I have cleaned the kitchen, repaired our yard swing and started a load of laundry.  Next is the floors.  It is such a beautiful day here today, I am considering sitting outside on my newly repaired yard swing with a book.

Later tonight we are having dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.  I have checked out their online menu to plan some choices.  I am thinking of a seafood dish instead of steak, 2nd  is one of their salads with an appetizer.  Their steaks are wonderful,, but with the very small portions I eat, it seems a waste.  They don't quite taste the same reheated the next day :)

Update:  At Ruth's Chris I choose the crab cakes, not much bread in them as I expected, just plenty of delish lump crabmeat. They served me 3 cakes, I shared one with my hubby.  I tasted two bites of his filet which was very tender as well.  My cakes came with a huge mound of garlic mashed potato of which I had two small bites.  I also had corn & crab soup, I ate half and two small pieces of hot buttered bread.  I still think I could have made it even less calories by choosing a salad but their salad were enormous and we only go to this restaurant once in 10 years so I am happy with my choices.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Day 368

This morning I declined my Hubby's invitation to go for a walk, deciding on Step Aerobics on my Wii instead. I remember getting the Wii Fit last Christmas and thinking how hard it was. Now I place the balance board on an old step aerobic bench to make it as challenging as possible, I guess this counts as an NSV of sorts.

I was scheduled for my annual doc appt this morning, but he cancelled.  Instead, I joined my husband and a couple of his retiree buddies for breakfast. He has asked me to join them on their weekly get together several times but I prefer not to go for two reasons. First, breakfast is my weakness, I love those carbs and greasy bacon/sausage...I know it will test my I rarely eat breakfast out. Secondly, this is his time with the guys, and I hate intruding on that. After all, he lives with 4 females!  My choices were not the best, one egg, 1/2 serving of corn beef hash and a sausage patty. Still it was a far cry from my breakfasts a year ago.

Lunch was the mother of all screw-ups for me. I was working at my desk and grabbed a can of cashews. First off, I have two foods that spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E for me..One is pizza, I can eat pizza until I am miserable. The other is nuts, I love them, and I have been known to eat entire cans in one sitting. I avoid both of those foods as much as possible. When I do eat it, I try to keep it very controlled. I buy nuts in small snack sized bags and pizza is only eaten AT THE TABLE, and only when there are OTHERS I MUST SHARE with. I broke two major rules involving the nuts. I bought the can to begin with and secondly, I ate it at the desk which is a big NO-NO. I ended up eating the equivalent of 5 servings according to the label.

While I cannot change what happened, I need to set myself some steadfast rules to prevent it from happening again.


I already have the no eating on sofa rule, so now my desk is also a NO EATING ZONE.

Supper was very light because I was still full from the huge amount of nuts I ate for lunch. I had a palm sized piece of baked catfish, two bites of broccoli and a cup of salad.

Now I am prepared for a very relaxed, stress-free long holiday weekend with NO KIDS :)

Fitness~ Wii Fit Step Aerobics - 30 mins, 60 crunches, 3 sets of leg kicks
Healthy eatings ~ See the above rant LOL


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day 367

So many of my fellow blogger have post each and every day since they began their weight loss journey.  My goal is make more of an effort to do the same, even if it is to just type hello :)

Today was good.  Hubby and I went for a long walk this morning.  The temps have felt really nice in the early mornings lately, during the hottest months the days started out already in the 80's before 7am.  My husband is so much more consistent with his fitness.  He retired 2 years ago and he walks 7 days a week and does the gym 4 days.  He keeps behind me when I begin to waver in my own fitness. 

After our walk, I went to the hospital to have my pre-op testing completed  They took blood and did a EKG.  I guess I will get the results from my surgeons office before the actual surgery.  After the hospital I did a little shopping.  I caught a great deal on some new cushions for my outdoors swing.  I love to sit on the swing and watch the world roll by in the fall. 

After the mall, I met my husband for lunch at a local casino.  My hubby is a poker man.  He has a few buddies that he meets at the casino and plays Texas Hold em for a couple hours each day.  One thing I have to mention regarding having my lapband.  It takes away much of the fear of overeating at the buffets.  Today, I ate two shrimp, about 3 oz flounder and was nicely full.  The Dee from a year ago would have eaten that much before I took a breath.  I do not fool myself when it comes to buffets, they are my enemy.  I can count on one hand the times I have gone to them, they have lost their appeal to me now.

After lunch we stopped @ Michael's (craft store).  I had a 55% off coupon for framing and brought a beautiful painting I purchased from a street painter in Samana to be framed.  I really wish I knew how to frame on my own, I was absent when the crafty gene was given out in my family.

Food & Beverages~ Breakfast , grits with a scrambled egg. Lunch, see above.  Dinner, one soft taco with low fat cheese & some salsa. Snack, 3 small pieces of rum cake.3 cups coffee, 48 oz water.  Not the best eating day for me. Tomorrow my goal is to increase my water by at least 8 oz.

Fitness~ walked 4.68 miles

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hump Day

September 1st a year ago was the beginning of this journey, my first day on the pre-op diet.  I was filled with determination and hope for a new life.  Today, one year later, I am still on this wonderful journey.  This is by far the longest I have ever managed to stay the course.  Whenever my commitment is lacking, my blogging helps keep me focus and puts me back on the right path.  Yesterday was not a good fitness or clean eating day.  It was my own fault for not having healthy choices readily available to me.  Things are looking much better today.

My other secret weapon for staying focused in my new healthy life style is MyWonderful Husband.  He keeps gently guiding me on the right path as well.  He tries to wake me up each morning before his gym workout.  I am not a morning person and more often than not, I decline for a later workout.  He keeps trying each morning and I miss it when we don't do our walking together, it's so much more fun to have company.  
Foods & Beverages ~ Breakfast was cornflakes w/soy milk, lunch was some pulled chicken in bbq sauce to keep it from gettin stuck, snack was a fatfree choc pudding and I had 2 Isopures, dinner will be salad.

Fitness~ walked 2 miles and 15 mins swimming laps.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Past and Present

Writing about fears, feelings and worries on my blog has helped  to relieve some of the stress from my life.  To be quite honest, it still surprises me to find people who are interested in reading about  my very ordinary life.  I don't blog for money or give away free crap to make people read, because it honestly doesn't matter if people read it or not.  Although I have certainly appreciated all the tips and ideas that we exchange in blog land, as long as it continues to be a source of comfort to me, all is good.  I appreciate all my followers and the help you have given me along my journey. THANKS!

Today is the last day of August, this day last year I was shopping for supplies,  like I had done dozens of times in the past.  You know the drill, pick out the newest fad diet out there, go to the store and buy all that special foods it requires and get ready to D.I.E.T.  This time it was different, although the pre-opt liquid diet was temporary, the road beyond that was etched in stone.  I remember going to buy all the liquids, jello, Popsicles, soups and protein powders with my mind full of determination. 

I did not decide on WLS quickly.  It took more than a year from the time I first started researching the different types of surgeries out there until finally attending a seminar.  After that it was another 8 months before I decided on my band and received a surgery day.  IT WAS NOT AN EASY DECISION.

Surgeries scare the hell out of me.  I have had others in past and never do well with anesthesia.  I have experienced difficult times with breathing and heart rate.  Having Lap-Band surgery was a true risk for my life.   I weighed the chance of death from anesthesia against my life as an obese person and my future life as a diabetic with heart disease.  I have never regretted my decision to be banded.  My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.

Today I have another surgery in my near future on my knee and I am scared out of my wits.  My husband knows I have these feelings before every surgery and he keeps telling me I am worried about nothing.  I certainly do not think of any surgery involving anesthesia or its complications, to be nothing.   All surgeries have risks of making the problem worse and that scares me alot.  I would hate to lose any of my mobility.  What will I do if I recover from this surgery in more pain than I am already in?  What will I do if I lose even more of my mobility and find myself unable to do the things I can do now?  I can walk now, but usually in great pain afterwards, I cannot go up hill or use a bike without pain.  I have talked with my surgeon about this surgery and of course he cannot make guarantees, no surgeon can.  But he does recommend that I have this surgery because without it, my pain will never diminish.

I am very near my goal weight right now and my future is brighter than it has been in a long time.  Maintenance will be the big challenge.  I have lost this weight before only to gain it back with friends.  I have made some positive changes in my lifestyle and my diet that I hope will keep that weight from coming back this time.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Remembering why

Patrick's comment on my post yesterday made me think back to a year ago when I was so excited & full of hope for my new healthier lifestyle goals. He advised me to consider what gave me my Mojo. The reasons for my determination & drive? Mainly,  my grandchildren.  I picture my oldest sister who is suffering from complication of diabetes & heart disease. She is 8 years older, do I want her quality of life? She can barely walk, seldom leaves her home & is missing out on so many important moments in her family's lives. Of course my answer is OH HELL NO!

Therein lies my drive, my reasons. I need to keep reminding myself of those reasons. Tracking my foods & exercise is slowly getting my majo back & my head in the game. Today, my husband took me to lunch, although my head was screaming at me "eat more" I ate 3 shrimp , a taste of yummy potato salad & a small piece of catfish. I could have easily eaten much more. The key was being aware & not letting emotional eating take control.

The Go-Chica-Go Challenge - Walking - 3.8 miles

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Where did it go?

I have been struggling this week to get my mojo back.  I started logging my foods and find that I am back up to 1200 calories, I haven't been above 1000 in a very long time.  It is amazing the a .1cc unfill can increase my hunger this much.  It is what it is, however.  I have to learn to make this fill amount work since it has eliminated my reflux problems.  I need to make smarter choices.  After my knee surgery it will be even more important to keep my food choices healthy.  I am forcing myself to weigh each day and log my foods until my Mojo returns :)

The Go-Chica-Go Challenge - Wii Step Aerobics - 30 mins

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Today has been one of the worst days I have had since being banded. My eating was totally out of control. I am shocked at how easily I can allow myself to slip back into old habits after nearly a year of staying on the course of a healthy lifestyle. How easy it has been to convince myself that I have kicked my food addiction. It is still there, hidden... Waiting to take control. I understand now that being banded is a necessary part of my life both now & for the rest of my life.

I definitely logged everything today but tracking did nothing to stop me from grazing. I am amazed at how more I can eat following that tiny unfill I had (.1cc). How can such a tiny adjustment make such a difference ?

In the spirit of full disclosure & accountability here is my food intake today .

1/2 of a omelet, incl. 1-egg, mushrooms, 1-turkey link, onions, sprinkle of low fat shredded cheese. (saved other 1/2 in fridge)
1-slice toast w 1-tsp smart balance spread
1/2 plum
2 cup chicken ceasar salad
toppings from one pepperoni pizza
4 bites of a brownie
3 bite sized butterfingers

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Just Do it!

When I was in my 30's, I would vision life after retirement.  I could see myself traveling to all those parts of the world I always wanted.  I saw myself fit and vibrant, no limits due to physical inabilities.  Every time I thought about being a 30 yr old obese couch potato, I would tell myself there was plenty of time for me to lose it.  I would lose the weight after my daughter married, I didn't.  Then it was after my grandchildren were born, I didn't.  Finally it was after retirement, while I am not exactly where I am want to be there, I'm very close. 

The problem?  I waited too long.  Years of unhealthy eating and a sedentary lifestyle has taken it's toll on my body.  While I may have avoided Diabetes (time will tell), I still have hypertension and really bad knees.  I realize I started this journey at a lower BMI than some, but my journey has been tough.  I also realize this is most likely my last chance to beat obesity.  I must make the band work for me.

My surgeon says it is very important that I build my muscles and make them as strong as possible before my knee surgery.  I am going to have to begin tracking my food and water intake again to assure I am getting enough protein.  While I don't intend or want to track, for the next couple of months, I must.  Strength training on my legs 3x weekly will also be a must.

Those of you who took that big step to be banded younger, I applaud you for making your future retirement years healthier!

The Go-Chica-Go Challenge - Walking 3.7 miles

Friday, August 20, 2010

Day 1

My healthy eating needs some attention. I am more aware of my hunger increasing since my unfill a few days ago. I found myself munching on Doritos today and promptly threw the entire bag into the garbage to keep from letting it get out hand. It wasn't real hunger, it was head hunger and I still need alot of work on my grazing.

My fitness got off to a great first day for the The Go-Chica-Go Challenge. I began with a 3.5 mile walk earlier in the day. After the grazing incident, I went to the gym to keep my mind off the snacking. I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and worked out my legs. My doc says I must make my leg muscles as strong as possible before my surgery, it will help with recovery.

I have made wonderful use of my iPhone in my journey. I added the Loseit! app to track my foods. I don't track very often any longer, now and then I will use it to monitor my intake. The second app I added is Runkeeper, it measures my distance/speed/calories of my walks. Today I added a third app called Gym Buddy for tracking my gym workouts, weights and reps. Try them if you have an iPhone!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Consequences of Obesity

I have alot to blog about today. First, I want to thank everyone for the kind words of encouragement on my last post. It was the first time I truly enjoyed shopping for clothing in many, many years. I am still not at my goal weight so I am still being very frugal about new clothing purchases. I want my weight to stablize before I start refilling my closet, only buying as necessary for now.

Yesterday I had an appt with my NP. I am still having a slight heartburn problem so after talking it over with her we decided to try a tiny unfill (.1cc) putting me @ 7.1cc in my 10cc band. If this dosen't give me some relief I will go back for more.

I received other news that is not as pleasant. I have been having knee pain for quite sometime. Combination of aging & having to carry all that extra fat all this time has caused irreversible damage to my right knee. I am finally agreeing to do this surgery. It is going to require a very long recouperation & rehab. I scheduled it after BOOBS. I also plan to use this time to strengthen my leg muscles as much as possible till then because doc says it will make rehab quicker.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Little tiny News!

OMG Who Knew? I found out something very exciting today, I have a waist! A Cute tiny waist, Who knew! Covered under all that flab and fat was an honest goodness waist hiding and even hip bones :)

Today I went shopping for a LBD. All of my clothes are just way too baggy now and I could not hold off on shopping much longer. As soon as I entered the women department I was hit with a back flash from last year. I had just been banded and was shopping for a cruise I going on within a month. I was almost in tears as I tried on clothes trying to find something that fit and didn't make me look like a sausage. All the cute clothes were all too small and what did fit seemed very outdated, not fashionable at all.

Fast Forward to today, I was trying on 8's and 10's! I absolutely loved shopping this time. I have been putting off doing any shopping, settling instead for forgotten clothes in the back of my closet I had gotten too fat to wear. This was the first real shopping I have done since being banded. Here is a quick pic I took of me, my waist and my LBD.

I think I may even wear it in Chicago.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Are you talkin to me?

Leave it to Drazil to come up with the perfect countdown to Chicago B.O.O.B.S!   The Go-Chica-Go Challenge is the perfect answer to keep me pumped and focused over next 5 weeks.  If you have not already joined th chaollenge, please do!  20 minutes of exercise per day is nothing for us, I am also going to sign up with the mile challenge.  Even if you are not going to Chicago or don't have a clue what B.O.O.B.S. is about, it is still an awesome focus challenge for everyone. Thank you Drazil!

Friday, August 13, 2010

B.O.O.B.S. I am so there!

I am booked for the Chicago.  I have the "Ding" app for Southwest Airlines on my iphone and I got a great rate of only $83 from New Orleans. I am very excited about meeting every one!


I received the best TGIF gift I could have asked for, from Mr. Scale!  He blessed me with 159# this morning.   This was really unexpected because this week has not been my best in the fitness area.  My healthy eating was good this week, even with my Granddaughter's birthday party.  I was able to indulge in my piece of birthday cake and still lose weight! 

My Bandiversary is a little over a month a way.  I am still 9 pounds from my goal weight, but this does meet another giant goal for me....50 POUNDS!

Goodbye 160's, Hello 150's!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Who are we anyway?

I feel that since my lap band surgery, I am different when it comes to my approach to weight loss from those who are not banded. Once I passed through bandster hell and my band began to do its job, I separated from the normal everyday dieter. No longer is it necessary to eat "diet foods", count calories, portions, and there are no forbidden foods. As long as I am properly restricted, my band will not allow me to eat huge portions without consequences. As long as I get in the protein recommended by my diet, I don't worry about the rest. Normally by the time I finish eating my protein, I have very little room left for anything else.

It is difficult for other people in my life to understand when I refuse to eat "diet" food but allow myself cake at a birthday party. To them being on a diet means eating salads, 100 calorie snack packs and never eating normal meals. I can have what everyone else is eating, just less. I have a few blogs that I read that are wonderful success stories about losing weight on their own. I applaud them for doing whatever it is that works. For me dieting, counting calories, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, exercising until I faint just did not work. I am quite content with my progress.

If we knew  all the answers, never made mistakes and had our head issues conquered, we wouldn't have needed the band.

Have a blessed Tuesday everyone!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Family Affairs

Yesterday was my youngest Granddaughter's 6th birthday party. She wanted it to have it at Chuck E Cheese and she had a wonderful time. I was somewhat disappointed in our family (both sides). Katrina has scattered our family further apart than we used to be. Still, I expect those family members, especially the ones with children to attend these birthday events. I am a Grandmother, but I have always gone out of my way to attend the birthday parties, showers & weddings of members of my family. If I have not been able to attend, my husband or daughter would attend in my place. Only two family members made it to the party out of approximately 15. We gave 3 phone number, email address and my facebook to RSVP and not one of bothered to do so. I was sad for my granddaughter, she is a sweet child. We have always been proud of our tight knit family but now I wonder if this will also be a casualty of Katrina. A couple of her good friends came from school and she had a great time playing with them so she hardly noticed the others did not attend. That is what was important in the end.
I didn't walk yesterday and while I did not make perfect choices yesterday, I did OK considering I was at a birthday party. I had no breakfast, a small amount of salad @ the party, a slice of pizza and couple bites of ice cream w/cake. I had nothing for supper, I was honestly not hungry. I was busy co hosting the party with my daughter and was on my feet moving constantly so I feel good about getting my exercise in. I was exhausted when we returned home.

This morning we are meeting for a financial planner, who knew retiring would require so much work! lol

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Crazy Saturday

Today was a normal busy Saturday with errands, kid activities and of course housework.  I did start the day off right with a nice long walk.  I brought the girls to our local Children's Museum and they had a great time, at least it was out of the scorching heat wave.  For lunch the girls wanted to eat Mexican so off we went.  I ordered a really poor choice (beef burrito with beans and rice).  When it got there, I ate the small amount of beans that were on the plate, tried to chew a piece of the beef and it was obvious to me that if I swallowed it, I would be in for some pain.  I discretely spit it into my dinner napkin and asked for a go container for the rest.  So far so good right?  Well by the time I got home with it, my "fat chick brain" decided one bite wouldn't hurt.  Later I pB'd the bite.  I should have just left the stuff on my plate at the restaurant.  When will I ever get my grazing under control? I definitely need to work on this area of my brain.  Mexican just never works out well for my new healthier eating.

Fitness~walked 3.5 miles bringing my total miles for August to 16.8 miles
Healthy eating ~ see above :(

Friday, August 6, 2010

Pity party is over

I let myself sit around the house for two days using my "bug" as a reason not to exercise. I have been around the diet/exercise world long enough to know that workouts do actually lessen recovery time when we are sick. The "fat chick" inside me is very good at finding an excuse not to exercise , I was weak for letting her have her way. This morning, I drank my cup of coffee and found myself sitting on the sofa. I had a stern talk with the fat chick, told her this was not going to turn into a week of no exercise! I put on my workout clothes and walked. Guess what? I honestly do feel better. The fresh (hot,humid) air helped get my head back into the game. I also doubled my vitamins yesterday and today.

I am still having some knee pain towards the end of my walks, its mostly felt when I encounter hills. I decided to add elations to my diet. I bought enough to drink one a day for a month to see if I feel any difference. I used to take osteo bi flex pills before being banded, but I can not longer tolerate those horse pills now

Now I am onto some much needed housework and de-cluttering. Wishing you all a wonderful TGIF!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Back to the future

Today I am officially back to my normal weight, before my cruise.  It took 4 days to lose it so I am sure it was water weight.  I did not do any walking yesterday or today because I picked up a bug.  I have been coughing and sneezing like crazy from it. Mucous always causes my band to be very very tight.  The good news is the loss of appetite from being sick.  I am feeling somewhat better today so I will try to complete a long walk tomorrow. 

My girls began their new school year today leaving me with some much needed peace and quiet.  They were both very excited to move up to Middle School and First Grade.  They certainly do not get as long a summer as we did.  I am only a month away from my bandiversary and I doubt I will reach my goal by then.  I am OK with it because I know the rest will come now that I am able to get more exercise in.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Bahamas & cruise tips

My cruise to the Bahamas was absolutely breathtaking! I have never seen water such a beautiful shade of blue.

The girls got a chance to interact with dolphins and they were thrilled.

For those of you who have not tried cruising with the band, here is how I handled it:  I avoided the buffet and ate all our meals in the Main Dining Room to avoid the temptation of piling or seconds. Portions are fairly small in the Dining Room and they usually offer a seafood option as well as chicken and steak. I ordered mostly seafood dishes and allowed myself a bite or two of dessert. I also had a glass of wine each night with my meal. The scale shows a gain of 3-4 lbs, but I am going to give me myself a week to lose the water weight before recording any gains. I think it is water weight due to salt water and more salt in food than I use at home.

August is a new month!

Fitness ~ I walked 2.4 miles yesterday, the heat was grueling.
Healthy Eating ~ Breakfast was an icy cold alpine punch protein drink, Lunch was a small chicken ceasar salad, supper was a little roast beef and a cup of Blue bunny ice cream.  I find the individual sized cups easier for me to control portions.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Bahamas or bust!

I had a really good day yesterday.  I made fairly good food choices and worked out.  Spent the day packing for my cruise, leaving tomorrow...WOOT! WOOT!

Fitness ~   I walked 3.45 mi and burned 324 calories

Healthy Eating ~ Breakfast was a punch Isopure, Lunch was tuna fish with lite mayo and egg, Supper my husband and I went out, I had a few bites of steak, a couple of string beans and a couple bites of mashed potatoes, snack was a 90 caloie ice cream.  I didn't do as well with water as I did yesterday.  My goal is to do better today.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Thanks & WL Winners

First, I want to thank all of your for your prayers on behalf of my sister. She is holding her own today.

Sometimes I tend to think that losing weight using our band as a tool is just so wonderful that every overweight person should get it. Everyone on this journey from obese to normal weight is looking for what works for them. The band was the answer for me, but as we all know it still requires healthy eating and exercise. Two of my favorite blogs I like to read are success stories but without the aid of the band.

The first one is Sean who went from 505# to 230#, his blog is lighthearted but packed with tips. Today he talks about the challenge of the buffet and how we need to remind ourselves to enjoy the socializing aspect of dining out, rather than making it all about the food.

The second one is 266 She has lost 115#, again without the aid of the band. What initially caught my attention about her journey, was the consistency of her weightloss, she has had very few plateaus. All of us fight the dreaded plateau during our weightloss journey. After reading her blog, one thing I liked was she does some type of exercise each day. Somedays it is just squats or crunches, teaching us that exercise doesn't have to be an exercise class, 5k or take an hour each and every time. When life gets in the way of exercise, take a few minutes and do squats, situps or stretches.

Take a few minutes to browse their blogs, they offer some wonderful inspiration!

The unwanted family genes

Yesterday my oldest sister suffered a heart attack and is currently in the ICU at a local hospital. As of last night, she was still having some chest pains and attempting to get her fever down so they can find out the extent of the damage to her heart, please keep her in your prayers.

One of the main reasons I decided to lose this weight was for health reasons. We have a very strong history of diabetes in the women on my side of the family, consequently, so is obesity. My mother died at 67 from complications caused by it, that was after two amputations of her leg. My oldest sister is headed down the same path. Yesterday I found out two of her four girls has it. They are so young, but they are also obese.

Living through this experience has me even more determined to keep my weight under control and do everything in my power to keep me from going down that road. I have taken a different road in life, the healthy road. I am hoping I will be able to get off my blood pressure meds soon and that would be a huge step down the path of healthy living. The exercise is also going to play a huge part in this lifestyle. My doctor did warn me however, that he was many thin patients who are on blood pressure meds and this is not a guarantee that my blood pressure will return to normal. But it will definitely help stave off diabetes.

I also have my own daughter and granddaughters to consider. They are all at risk for diabetes.  My daughter is thin but she smokes which is not good.  I can already see the affects my new lifestyle is having on my grandchildren, their food choices are improving and they are more aware of what is a good choice.
Fitness ~ no exercise :(
Healthy eating ~ breakfast was french toast made with whole wheat bread and lite syrup, lunch was roasted chicken, wild rice & broccoli, dinner was roasted beef, rice,corn. Not the best day, but I made the best choices available to me.

The unwanted family genes

Yesterday my oldest sister suffered a heart attack and is currently in the ICU at a local hospital. As of last night, she was still having some chest pains and attempting to get her fever down so they can find out the extent of the damage to her heart, please keep her in your prayers.

One of the main reasons I decided to lose this weight was for health reasons. We have a very strong history of diabetes in the women on my side of the family, consequently, so is obesity. My mother died at 67 from complications caused by it, that was after two amputations of her leg. My oldest sister is headed down the same path. Yesterday I found out two of her four girls has it. They are so young, but they are also obese.

Living through this experience has me even more determined to keep my weight under control and do everything in my power to keep me from going down that road. I have taken a different road in life, the healthy road. I am hoping I will be able to get off my blood pressure meds soon and that would be a huge step down the path of healthy living. The exercise is also going to play a huge part in this lifestyle. My doctor did warn me however, that he was many thin patients who are on blood pressure meds and this is not a guarantee that my blood pressure will return to normal. But it will definitely help stave off diabetes.

I also have my own daughter and granddaughters to consider. They are all at risk for diabetes.  My daughter is thin but she smokes which is not good.  I can already see the affects my new lifestyle is having on my grandchildren, their food choices are improving and they are more aware of what is a good choice.
Fitness ~ no exercise :(
Healthy eating ~ breakfast was french toast made with whole wheat bread and lite syrup, lunch was roasted chicken, wild rice & broccoli, dinner was roasted beef, rice,corn. Not the best day, but I made the best choices available to me.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Better today

Today was a hectic, but productive day.  We are leaving on our family cruise on Saturday and I began the chore of packing.  We decided to start with the little ones and geez those girls are developing their own personalities, their list of likes/dislikes changes more each day.  I managed to get their suitcases packed and  I will do my own later in the week.  This will be their third family cruise and they are very excited.  They begin the new school year five days after we return.

Fitness ~ I walked 3.45 miles today.  It was overcast and not nearly as hot as it was during my last two walks.

Healthy eating ~ My food choices were somewhat better than yesterday.  I had Greek yogurt with granola for breakfast, about 2 cups chicken caesar salad  and supper was 1/2 c. bean soup.  I did not do well on my water, will try to do better tomorrow.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Less is definately NOT more

Not when it comes to restriction.  My last fill was .2 and it had to all be removed because I was having awful reflux and night cough.  Now my restriction is not what it needs to be.  I normally have to wait till around 10am or later to eat anything for breakfast because I am tight in the mornings, now I'm hungry when I wake up.  I'm talking REAL hunger.  Then when I do eat breakfast, it's not lasting.  I have been snacking between meals.....definately not good.  I am going on my cruise next week and I do not want to risk another too tight fill.  At the same time,  it terrifies me to go on this cruise with as little restriction as I currently have.  I think I will call my favorite NP early Monday and see what she thinks, maybe just a teen tiny .1cc fill.

Nutrition ~ today was really bad.  So far today, I have had one small container of greek yogurt with 1/2 cup granola, 1/2 cup of a dairy queen blizzard, 1 punch isopure, 2 whole slices of pizza.  Really bad eating day.

Fitness ~ I walked about 90 minutes today, the heat was a killer!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Is it real?

I have had two days of being retired, so far it feels like I am just on vacation.  Maybe it is because one week from today, I will be sailing off on our family cruise to the Bahamas!  Nassau...Freeport and then Key West.  I am trying desperately to find enough clothes that fit well enough.  I would really like to hold off buying any further summer clothes until next year.  Some clothes fit more loose than others, my real problem is with my shorts. Some are 14's which are baggy and some are 12's which are now loose. 

Next week will be chaotic here at the homestead.  No summer camp for the girls, entertaining them while trying to pack and not to forget anything will be a challenge.

Healthy eating:  Yesterday was so-so.  breakfast was Greek yogurt with a little low fat granola, lunch was bean soup, supper was about 3 fish sticks with the kids (bad).  I was hungry in between meals yesterday.
Fitness:  I walked an hour in our 99 degree heat, scrubbed and cleaned my kitchen until it shined the rest of the day, I didn't really stop except for lunch.  My energy was very high.

Friday, July 16, 2010

The new Chapter

My first day in my new chapter was good and productive. I walked for about an hour, cleaned my car, scrubbed my kitchen till it sparkled, did laundry. Exchanged news with family on facebook. It was a good day. I expected the first couple of weeks to be busy just getting the house the way I want it. While I was working, there were so many things I put off doing because I simply didn't have the time, now I do :)

I made a huge mistake reheating some leftover steak at lunch. I added BBQ sauce and cut it into tiny pieces, chewed each piece carefully. No go, I Pb'd it all. I don't know why I insist on trying reheated meats, whether is is red meat or chicken, the result is always the same. Guess I need pay the consequences enough before it sinks into my brain! Supper was a tiny bit of chicken Caesar salad and I was pleasantly full.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

to the future!

Today opens up a whole new and exciting chapter in my life.  Yesterday was my last day in the workforce.  It was exhilarating  and surreal to walk out of the door of a career that lasted 32 years.  I can honestly say I had a great career.  It was constantly changing and very rewarding. 

Now is a new dawn.  No more structure.  No more racing to meet deadlines.  I have a clean fresh canvas in front of me and I get to decide how I want each day to be painted.  I am going to try to fill up several hours of just me time including yoga, reading and spiritual growth. 

I do have to stay vigilant to stay on the path of my new healthier lifestyle.  Incorporating exercise into this new chapter is going to be even more important!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Crabby Patties

Last night was my second attempt at eating crab cakes.  They were really delicious, but for the second time, my band said no go.  I guess the crabby patty is going on my list of unfriendly band foods.  Speaking of lists of foods  I cannot eat right now, it is getting longer than I would like.  With only a few pounds left before I hit goal, I think it will be ok, temporarily.  What bothers me most about my list of foods my band doesn't allow, is most of them are very healthy.  Once I am comfortable at my goal weight, I am thinking that I will get teeny tiny unfills at monthly intervals until I can eat some of these foods again.  The sad part is that my band does absolutely nothing to prevent me from eating junk like, chips, chocolate, ice cream, etc.

Here is my current list of foods my band will no longer tolerate:

  • 1.   Bread ( sometimes toasted is ok)
  • 2.   salad ( now and then my band will be loose enough, but rarely.
  • 3.   fresh pineapple, kiwi, oranges
  • 4.   steak (rarely, I can eat it cut very thinly and with alot of sauce, but steak is one of those foods usually eaten at a gathering or restaurant and I usually try to avoid it if there is another alternative)
  • 5.   Salmon ( still don't understand why the band doesn't like it )
  • 6.  Bananas
  • 7.  cereals, even bran
  • 8.  broccoli ( i have to be very aware bite size and really chew well but he stems are a big NO NO)
  • 10..  leftover chicken ( i can only eat it one meal after cooking, none reheated)
  • 11.  Now crab cakes :(
As you can see, many of these foods are considered a healthy addition to our diets.  I will definately have to find a way to add them back in during my maintenance phase.