Friday, January 29, 2010

TGIF

Well it is Friday but I can't let myself get too excited since I have to work tomorrow :(

~Nutrition~ My band/restriction seems to be better so far today. I mixed things up a bit, I will have to wait to see if it helps with my hunger. I did 2 protein drinks today, one in morning before breakfast and my workout and one after my workout. I am hoping maybe I was too low on protein yesterday which led to my being so hungry at midday. But I can definitely eat more than 1/2 cup of food now, its closer to a cup.

~Activity~I had some extra time during the gym today and really pushed myself. I did squats and lunges, then I did 3miles (one mile on each machine) 30 mins on the Arc, 15 min on the elliptical and 20 mins on the treadmill, burning 474 CALORIES! WOOT! WOOT!

~Family~ My daughter has a buyer for her house which has been for sale 22 months now. The housing market is just awful right now. This is a really big thing for her, her and my granddaughters have been living with my since her husband has killed in a car accident. I love them dearly and will miss them, but I know she needs to be back out on her own. She is dating a guy she really likes and is ready to begin a new life for herself and the girls.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Week 4, Day 6

My hunger is back with a vengeance today. I did feel some restriction around mid morning when I tried to eat my lunch for breakfast LOL. My band said NO WAY. I guess he is doing his job. I have done that many times in my prebanded days, brought my lunch to work and eaten it for breakfast, then when lunchtime rolled around, I'd eat another lunch, UGH. Have you ever done that? I am sitting at work, it's not even 2pm and I have eaten my breakfast, lunch and all my snacks for the day. I'm taking a tip from Amy and sipping water to see if it helps. This has got to be head hunger, right? It can't be real because I have eaten. This is really puzzling to me when the last two weeks my hunger stayed away 4 hours on 1/2 cup of food. I think maybe I got a little ahead of myself with that last fill, I was feeling so good that I pushed my fill appt back a week. Next fill won't be for two weeks.

~Exercise~I did good today, I did the 35 mins on the elliptical burning 300 calories and adding 2 miles to my January Miles. I also did my arms with the machines.

~family~I didn't get much sugar from the kiddies last night because I got home late from work. I am going to spend 30 extra minutes with them tonight.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

QUICKIE

My restriction is definitely fading this week. Tonight I got stuck at work and got home really late. I was sooo hungry and was able to eat 1 1/2 slices of pizza. Lunch today was 1 cup of food instead of the 1/2 cup that keep me full last week. My next fill appt in two weeks. I really am disappointed that my restriction didn't last longer.

~exercises~I did 35 minutes on the treadmill today, 1 walked one mile and ran one mile, add 2 miles to my january. I also did legs (floor & machines).

~family~ I HATE HOMEWORK lol

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Week 4, Day 4

I'm into week 4 of my 12-wk challenge to get halfway to my goal weight before my Hawaii cruise. I am still logging my food and exercise I find it is becoming more automatic, I don't have to think about it much.

~Healthy Eating~ My restriction doesn't feel as good lately. Today I did my 1/2 cup of food for lunch and was still hungry. That hasn't happened since my last fill. On the otherhand my 1/4 cup of oatmeal held me 3 hrs when it used to be 4. So yes, my restriction has faded somewhat since my fill.

~Activity~ I did 35 mins on the Arc today and 10 mins on the treadmill to clock 2 miles and burned 357 calories. I also did abs and arms with free weights.

~Family~ Last night I brought the kids to small family owned circus that came by their school. It was really cute and they had a great time. Homework and Science Fair projects will take up most of our evenings this week. Brooke is 10 and is really starting to show interest in her appearance and ....boys . It makes me sad to think she is growing up so fast, I miss the little girl who sat on my lap to read books at night :(

Monday, January 25, 2010

Who Dat Monday


Here's a picture from the streets outside the Superdome before the big game. So much excitement!


A picture of Drew Brees holding up the Championship Trophey to the crowd, He is such a hottie!

Not alot to blog about today. Spent last night watching history being made as our Saints won their first trip to the Superbowl. Tears still come to my eyes everytime I see a news report. I ran out 5am this morning to get extra copies of the front page of our Newspaper. I know, I'm a nut. The entire city of New Orleans is totally walking on air. I have been a Saint's fan since I was old enough to know what a football was. I wish I could get to Miami, it would be totally awesome.

Now back to reality ~
I did pretty good with my eating yesterday, ending the day @ 732 calories but was way below the protein goals. Today I am off work to start our income taxes. GAWD I hate tax time. I plan to add another protein shake to my day to try to increase my protein. I ate breakfast and still not hungry right now, 4 hrs later...AMAZING.

Happy Monday to everyone!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Life is good in Who Dat Nation!


First, I want to thank everyone for all your nice comments while I was sick, I am all better now. Most Importantly....(drum roll) I lost 2 lbs this week WOOT! WOOT! Changing to weekly weigh-ins is working for me. Not just because I am showing a loss. When I was doing daily weigh-ins, I was letting that scale number define the rest of my day. If no loss, I would begin my day in a less than enthusiastic mood which is not the way to begin a brand new day. On the other hand, if my weekly weigh-ins show no loss it fills me with new resolve to work harder!

I missed 3 days of workouts due to my illness and I can honestly say I missed going! I actually missed my daily dose of endorphins. My food is staying down, my stomach has settled and I still feel full about 4 hours after I eat 1/2 cup of food. I am one pound away from 30lb loss and my Valentines Day goal. I am into my 4th week of my 12 week Challenge to lose 1/2 my weight before my Hawaii trip.

Today is a huge challenge for me. I am full of excitement over our Saints Championship Game tonight.


WHO DAT!


P.S. take a look at this article about a fellow bander "kamala", notice he points out that it wasn't a magic fix. Read the comments below the article, he did get alot of bad ones regarding the band. Most people are very clueless about the band.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Binge Triggers

As a food addict, I have many "triggers" that will send me into a binge. One of those is being sick. While skinny people say that being congested/having a cold makes everything taste blah and they lose their appetite, it is the opposite for me. When I am not feeling well, I WANT FOOD. Not soup or broth, I usually will turn to fast food double cheeseburgers, pizza, you get the picture. Being banded did not turn off that trigger, but he did stop me! Last night the family had a wonderful smelling pizza and even though I PB'd my lunch, my addict brain told me I needed that pizza because I was sick. Well, I ate half a slice and guess what? I pb'd it all. I don't know if it is mucus or the cold meds, but my band is tight as a drum right now, nothing but liquids "soup/broth" is getting through. My band is taking care of me while I am sick, making me eat the right things, even when I didn't want to do it. I am able to eat the things sick people should turn to and my band is not letting me cheat. This cold could have been disastrous to my healthy lifestyle, if not for my band!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Not much to write about today. I have been having a cold since yesterday. Last night I Pb'd my salmon which normally goes down easily. I am wondering if cold meds effected my band. I took some nyquil last night which drugged me enough to sleep all night. Today, I find myself wanting to graze. Why is it that when we are feeling under the weather, we want to eat? I guess it's the whole comfort food syndrome. No gym today because I am congested and difficulty breathing.

Happy Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Week 3, day 5

My restriction is the strangest thing. Since my fill, I have been unable to eat anything for breakfast until around 10am, too tight. This morning I woke up truly hungry and was able to get down two pieces of cinnamon toast. I am still surprised at how restriction can change overnight. Right now my restriction is back again.

Healthy eating~ My hunger has increased a little more yesterday and today. I guess my new found restriction is not going to stay. I finished yesterday @ 936 calories which is pretty much where I was before my 4th fill (1000 cal/day). I just called yesterday to move my fill appt back a week, I want to let this one settle before I go again. I am really scared of overfills.

Fitness~I increased my time on Mr. Treddy from 30 to 35 minutes, I walked one mile/ran 1 mile then did leg work with the machines. Burned 200 calories and clocked 2 miles toward my January Miles goal.

This topic may seem strange to some of you since it is still Winter and snowing in some places. We are leaving for Hawaii in 9 short weeks and I am white as snow right now. I am considering getting spray on tan for just my legs. Has anyone done this? How long did it last? Was it worth the expense?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Banders tips & shortcuts

I love reading blogs and finding new foods, recipes and tips from all of you. My Dr. doesn't offer any type of support or nutritional counseling. If he did, I doubt I would find time to make it since his office is 90 minutes away. Fitting in my appointments is already a challenge.

~My two biggest helpers right now are :

1)Isopure Alpine Punch Plus 0 carb, I keep them always in my fridge icy cold. They taste just like the punch Gatorade and I love them! I drink one in the morning and one after my workout. 60 cals/15g protein in little 6oz bottles. I buy mine from Amazon, I order 2 cases (24) at a time, get free shipping, no tax and I get extra 15%discount for scheduling auto shipments. I get 30g of protein from these two tiny bottles and they taste great to me.

2) I bought plastic 1/2 cup containers to put my lunch in, sometimes I bring two (depending on the food). I eat the first one and then wait about 15 minutes, if I am still hungry I have the 2nd one. Keeps me from the overfill feeling.

What are your favorite tips/shortcuts for breakfast/lunch during the week?

Healthy eating ~Today I had a small container of cottage cheese and one Isopure for breakfast and it kept me full 4 hours, UNBELIEVABLE! I had 1/2 cup of tuna for lunch and I am really full, I probably should have left the last two bites. That is why I do the 1/2 cups, my mind kept telling me I needed to eat all that was there even though I was full. If it had been 1 whole cup, I could have had icky consequences from eating too much. Why am I having such a difficult time learning that I do not have to eat all that is on my plate?

Fitness~I increased my time on Joan of Arc from 30 to 35 minutes, did arm work with the free weights and stretches. Burned 316 calories and clocked 2 miles toward my January Miles goal. At this point in time (following lunch), I have burned more calories at the gym than I have eaten. I am a little concerned about how healthy that is :(

I decided to add two more goals for my weekends,
(1) to do at least one child's play activity with the kids that is physical
(2) to do at least one cardio (preferably with my husband)

Now that I have all this awesome energy, I want to share it with my family!

Monday, January 18, 2010

week 3, day 3

Healthy Eating:

~Yesterday, My new found restriction is still holding. I ate some baked chicken (skinless Thigh) for lunch. I could barely eat half of it and I was full, awesome! Here's the thing, later I tried to reheat a piece for supper and couldn't eat any of it. It wasn't dry, it was still very moist, I barely heated it. That was just the strangest thing to me. I ended up having a Praline & Cream protein shake which was yummy.

~Today I am still feeling tight. I was full again this morning on some almonds, which lasted me through 90 minutes at the gym. I had my 1/2 cup of oatmeal as a snack since Gen pointed out it is a slider food. I am not exactly understanding which foods are sliders and which are not. Oatmeal keeps me full for a few hours, so why is it a slider? I have so much to learn!

Fitness:

~Yesterday I played Wii with the kids and then after they grew tired of it I did my step aerobics. Here is a tip for anyone who does Wii Fit and finds it getting less challenging ~ I placed the balance board on top of an aerobics step I had and geez did it make a difference! My booty was still burning when I went to sleep last night.

~Today, the gym was extremely crowded. I find that Monday will be extra crowded and then each day afterwards gets less and less. I began with 30 mins on the elliptical and then did 15 minutes on Mr. Treddy. I burned off 320 calories and completed 2.25 miles. I also did Abs, Inner/Outer thighs, back and shoulders. I have to divide my body into parts for the strength training so I don't run short of time. This is my weekly strength training schedule I try to stick with:

Mon- Abs, Inner/Outer thighs, back and shoulders
Tue- Arms
Wed- Legs
Thu- Arms
Fri-Legs, Squats, Lunges

I always begin with stretches and floor work, then do my cardio machine of the day, then I do the strength training and last I go back and to a mile on the Treadmill.

My gym does offer circuit training, but I have never tried it. If I am ever really short on workout time, I may give it a try. This is only my weekday mornings, I am tring to think of active things to do with the kids on weekend and evenings.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Victories in Who Dat Nation


My beloved Saints won their playoff game yesterday. As die hard Saints fans, my whole household is ecstatic.

Just as important, I had my husband to give Mr. Scale leave today so I could weigh in and THERE WAS SCALE MOVEMENT! I am so glad to see Mr. Scale finally showing me some respect for all my hard work. I am down to 182, a 3 1/2 lb loss in one week! I am loving the magic from my last fill. This weight loss is giving me incentive to keep on keeping on! Mr. Scale is now safely hidden again until next Sunday's weigh in.

I am now 3lbs from my Valentines Day Challenge goal, WOOT WOOT

Saturday, January 16, 2010

breakfast smoothie

I found this recipe on LBT a while back, I don't remember where or who posted it....but it has 1/2 MY PROTEIN for the ENTIRE DAY! This way I have more room to add veggies to my other meals.


Breakfast Smoothie

3 oz pineapple juice
3 oz skim milk
1 Activia vanilla or strawberry yogurt
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 frozen banana (thawed for about 30 min)
3 frozen strawberries (ditto)
handful of fresh blueberries

(Add more milk if you want thinner)

280 calories, 7 mg cholesterol, 151 mg sodium, 41 grams carbs, 31 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, 29 grams of protein

Friday, January 15, 2010

Legally High

Remember in Legally Blonde when she says "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don't shoot their husbands. They just don't!" ?? Ok, I am admitting publicly that I actually like that movie. I am now an endorphin euphoria believer! After the gym today, The somber mood I was in this morning along with all my stress has melted from my body.

Fitness-I did 30 minutes on Joan of Arc today, another 20 minutes on Treddy, followed by a great booty workout including squats, lunges and abs. I burned 360 calories and clock 2 more miles toward my January challenge goal. I was a maniac in the gym today. BTW, if you have access to a fitness ball, you MUST TRY THIS EXERCISE! At first, I thought it too easy to accomplish anything, but my bottom is still burning from it :)

Health-My new restriction is definitely helping today as well. For breakfast I had a handful of almonds and I was full for about 3 hours, and that's including my workout. For lunch I had 3 oz of leftover Salmon I cooked last night and now I have a nice full feeling. From 3 freaking ounces!! I cannot believe that!

Family-I bought tickets to Walking with Dinosaurs for this weekend. I have heard really good things about this show and the kids are very excited about going.

Happy TGIF everyone!
Week 2, day 7 of my 12 week challenge to loose 1/2 my weight for our Hawaiian cruise!

Ahhhh no hunger

I believe my tiny fill on Wednesday may be giving me some relief. I hate to get too excited, this happened at the last fill and disappeared in two days. My next appointment is in three weeks. Hopefully I will get some help from this fill until then, it would be absolutely wonderful if I had to postpone my next fill because I didn't need it!

Now here is my question for those of you who have some restriction. Do you worry that you are not getting enough calories? I have always believed that our bodies need around 1000 calories just to function. What happens when we can only eat 1 cup of food 3x a day and its only in 800 calorie range? Isn't that unhealthy? I am loving being full with so little food! I am full right now on a handful of almonds :)

For today, I am just so happy to get a break from hunger. I am just going to wallow in relief while it lasts.

P.S. I am dealing with alot of flashbacks in the last couple days over the Haiti tragedy. Those days of not knowing if your friends or loved ones are dead or alive was positively horrible during Katrina. I remember standing in lines for hours waiting on fresh water. In those lines were women with babies without formula, children separated from their parents and being cared for by neighbors and church's. But by far the most heart wrenching were the elderly who were barely scraping by and now everything they had known was gone. My family is very comfortable financially, but when Katrina hit, we were suddenly the same as everyone else. We were no longer young, wealthy, poor or handicapped we were all just survivors. I was in Walgreens weeks later trying to get my BP medication, (pharmacies had no stock so prescriptions literally took weeks) an elderly couple was in front of me and the wife was trying to get some medications they needed to live, the pharmacy had no internet/atm machiness and could only dispense on a cash basis and the lines were extremely long. Of course the couple did not have the money, (they relied on Medicare), I offered them the cash. How could I not? I needed my BP meds but I was not going die if I didn't get them. I pray for the people in Haiti and that help will come more swiftly for them. I know what they are living through right now!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Wisdom from Sally & 4th Fill

My favorite NP is out on maternity leave so my fill appointment was with my Surgeon yesterday. He is not very personable and while he was an outstanding Surgeon, I prefer the NP's for fills. He told me just what I suspected, from here on out, my fills will be no more than .5cc's. The fill yesterday still only brings me up to 6.7cc, but I am going to let this one settle in to see if it helps with my hunger. I ate 1/2 c of oatmeal this morning, this is half what I usually have. It took me 30 minutes to eat it. I was being extra careful. It lasted me about 3 hours, is that good? How long do you stay satisfied after a meal? I lost 1 1/2 lbs in the last 3 weeks bringing my total to 25 lbs. At least there is movement, even if it is slow.

Fitness-I doubt I will be able to get to the gym today due to work issues, that means it will be me and the Wii tonight. But that's kewl, because I really want to keep my exercise varied.

Family-It is science fair project time at my house. My oldest (Brooke) has done a great job so far. This year we have backed away, letting her do much more on her own. She will be in middle school next year so we need to allow her to gain some independence with her projects. Now the youngest is in Kindergarten and wants to do a project, so we are letting her do a simple one, even though she will not be allowed to enter it.

Sally, THANK YOU! Your post was so comforting to me! Your insight and experience with the band is invaluable. Another friend of mine on Sparkpeople wrote a post yesterday and part of it said;

"You are facing a tough challenge - but tough is very different than impossible. You will face difficulties, uncooperative family members, time issues, self doubt, years of bad habits - but look to those here who are winning the battle - they faced down those difficulties and often use them as motivation."

For me, that is all of you experienced banders! You are winning the battle, faced the same demons and you have all been a tremendous motivation for me! Thank you for sharing!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Eating habits

I have never been very good at food journals. Flashback to my years of failed diets and I can see that it didn't work for me. I can remember one time while doing Weight Watchers, I started off really good with the log and then went to a meeting to be weighed. I would sit there baffled as to why I didn't loose anything that week. I would look through my little book and at face value everything looked right, but was it really? NO! What happened? Along the way, I started not being honest. My mind would start believing that if I didn't write that cookie down in my log, then I could stay below XX amount of points/calories. I would write down all the good choices and "forget" to write the bad ones. So when my poor counselor would try to help me figure out why I wasn't losing, she would be dumbfounded. Who was I cheating really? Not the counselor, she had lost her weight. Not Mr. Scale, he sure as hell wasn't fooled. I was cheating myself. I was playing mind games with myself. Trying to stay below their silly point allotment.

In December, with no movement on Mr. Scale, I decided to try journaling my foods again. It worked so well for many banders and I figured why not? I figured at the very least I would see right there in print, what I did wrong. I gotta tell you, I feel guilty as all hell when I log foods that are not band friendly. I make myself log it, but that is not preventing me from eating that cookie. What it does is make me feel like a loser because I caved in to my craving. Let's be honest, the cookie was grazing. I wasn't hungry, I just wanted something sweet. Afterwards all those negative thoughts, (wrong, guilty, not band friendly) pounded in my head all night and I was still thinking about it this morning.

After reading one of Gen's post, I felt so happy for her. Those feelings of guilt, self loathing and being a failure are gone for her. So now I have to figure out how to find those same feelings of peace within myself. I am very early in this lifelong journey and I have plenty time to sort through what works and what doesn't. I know that journals will not work for me in the end. It brings back too many memories of failure. At the same time, how can I stay on the right path without something to guide me along the way? Reviewing my food journal over the past weeks, I see which days I made poor choices.

An article in Sparkpeople today talked about our Battle Scars from dieting. This small part is giving much to think about: "Food is not the enemy. We are. Break the cycle of dieting and replace it with loving yourself enough to make good choices about your diet. Examine your eating habits this week. Are you honoring your body with your food choices? ........Take steps towards defeating the natural compulsion or craving that might take you down a path of regretful eating. "

Am I making bad food choices because I don't love myself enough to make good ones? I will be the first to agree that I have self-esteem issues. How do I fix a self-esteem deficit anyway? One thing I do know, degrading myself because I made poor food choices in the past, will not fix my self-esteem issues. I find it amazing how I can be such a success in my professional and family life and yet find it so difficult to solve my eating issues. The real answer that I need to look for, is what to do with this knowledge I get from my journal? Those poor choices are in the past, I cannot undo them. We all agree we cannot go through life looking in our rear view mirrors. The path to healthy is in front of me. I have to use the information from my food journal to help me in the future. Learning is power and I am going to find some books to enlighten me on this subject!

P.S. I am off to my fill appointment today. Hopefully I will get some relief from not being hungry all the time!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Am I any Healthier?

Among the reasons for deciding on Lapand was to hopefully getting off my blood pressure meds. When I was talking to my PCP about getting LapBand, he gave me his blessings, but he said to me that losing weight is not a guarantee that my blood pressure would become normal. He told me he had alot of thin patients with high blood pressure and sometimes it is inherited. My Grandmother, my Mom, my Dad, both of my sisters, we all have it. My band doc took me off of it awhile after surgery because my pressure was actually too low afterwards. After about 3 months, my PCP advised me to restart it because my pressure had begun to climb back up again. What got me thinking about all of this was a visit to my drugstore today. My work changed drug plans and I had to go in to update my insurance information. The pharmacist informed me that my new insurance company requires that my PCP sign a form that is forwarded to my insurance company to approve the use of the medicine before they would pay for it. They are actually going to police my doctor I guess. Now I am all worried, what if some yo-yo behind a desk at the insurance company decides that I need a different/cheaper drug than my doctor prescribed? Geeez all this stuff is so overwhelming. Has Lapband allowed you to discontinue any meds?

Healthy eating- I did really well on my choices so far. So far I have been able to eat a normal meal with my family in the evening, just less of it. I am just like My Bandita in that I can eat two pieces of pizza, hamburgers and still have hunger. I sure hope my fill tomorrow will help with this!

Fitness- I am constantly changing my routines and equipment to keep it interesting. I did 1 mile/15 minutes on Eppi and 1 mi/15 minutes on the Treddy. I did some booty exercise equipment and attempted to do the exercise of the day from sparkle. I swear I looked felt like a sealion trying to stay on the dayum ball, I finally gave up. Oh well at least I tried. I will be glad when the weather warms and the time changes to allow me to do some outdoors activities when I get home.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Day 3 of Week 2

Well, I resuscitated Mr. Scale, bought a new battery for him. I then promptly handed him over to my husband with strict instructions to hide him somewhere. I don't want anything to do with Mr. Scale except once a week on Sunday. My new fill is Wednesday and I am so ready for it! I am so hungry ALL the time. To tell the truth, Ms. Willpower and I are not friends either. If we were I would not be banded.

One thing that I miss being banded is my Cranberry Juice. I used to drink a glass each morning. It's so healthy and I just love the taste. I never noticed before just how many calories it has (84 calories/6oz). Food Journal is really working for me. Having to look up how many calories and protein are in the foods before I eat them is definitely making me question whether or not I really want to eat that cookie, or have that juice. I do not intend to keep counting calories, but with no restriction yet, it's the only way I am going to get Mr. Scale moving.

Fitness ~ I cut back a little on my crazy workouts today. I didn't have the extra time today anyway. I did 30 minutes/1.25 mi on Joan of Arc and then 15 minutes/.75 miles on the treadmill burning 338 calories. I also did 75 situps and a new shoulder workout that Sparkpeople emailed me. Do you get those emails? I don't normally like to fill up my inbox with junk mail but I put up with these. Each day they give the a new workout to try, then they give some nutritional education and some recipes.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Oh no, I Killed Mr.Scale!

Two days ago, I got so angry with Mr.Scale for his non-movement that I banished him out the the garage. Well it has dipped into the teens every night since. He is dead this morning. I will have to try to find a battery today. Now, as yawl may or may not realize, I live 5 minutes from the beach, frigid temps is not something I know about. Eeek! My flip-flops are frozen!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

She's Smoookin!

I went the gym on a Saturday! Now that all by itself is a miracle. Pre-banded days, there was no way I would have even considered visiting a gym. I was too busy eating junk food and watching the world pass me by. But not the NEW AND IMPROVED Dee! I did the treadmill today for 45 mins, completed 2.5 and smoked 300 calories from my body. Making a grand total of......(drum roll)....20 miles toward my January Miles Challenge!

What an awesome way to begin week 2 of my 12 week Challenge!

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Maniac on the loose

Today ends week 1 of my 12 week challenge to be half my goal weight before my cruise to Hawaii. I ended my week with a 2 hour workout at the gym. I did some stretches, lunges, squats and some light arms. I jogged one mile and walked one mile on the treadmill burning 200 calories then I did another miles/20 minutes on the Arc burning another 184 calories. And guess what? I could have kept on going, I honestly still had tons of energy left! I started doing 3/4 of cup of oatmeal with a little cinnamon and equal and it holds me till lunch. I know it's not band friendly so I may not be able to keep eating once I get a few more fills, but right now, I am able to eat everything and its healthy.

No change on the scale yet. This morning I picked up Mr. Scale and banished him outside in the back garage. My husband wanted to know why and I told him I was mad at the scale. He just shook his head, rolled his eyes and laughed. He thinks I am a maniac, maybe I am! LOL

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I'm slowing down my relationship......

...with Mr. Scale. At the beginning of my banding it was so exciting to step on Mr. Scale each day and see my weight dropping. It kept me pumped. Now that I have started with the plateaus it is more discouraging to me than anything. I have decided to put Mr. Scale away for a while, only weighing once a week on Friday's and at my doctor appointments. Hopefully, after getting more fills, I will begin to see some losses again. Right now, I am doing ALL the work. The only changes that are going on are the result of my own exercising and eating choices. If I wanted, I can eat everything I could before my banding and just as much of it! I am working strictly on my own willpower here. Hell, if I had much willpower, I wouldn't have needed to get banded in the first place! My poor doctor is going to catch hell from me at my appointment next Wednesday! LOL.

On my healthy lifestyle goals, I did really good on my food choices again today. I have logged everything thing that passes my lips and all my activities. I actually did excellent the whole week so far. I changed up gym again today and did the elliptical for 20 mins and clocked 1.5 miles toward my January Challenge miles. I also did 100 sit ups and a little booty work. Tomorrow is Friday and I'd like to try so lunges and squats if I get time. Happy Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Day 5 of week 4

I had a slow day at work today. I ended up with an extra long lunch today. Normally I would take that opportunity to skip over to the mall or run errands. Today I made the effort to workout instead.

I am taking a different approach in my fitness this time. I making every effort to spice it, keep it fun so hopefully it will be something that I will look forward to each day. Since it's winter right now and it is usually dark when I return from work, my choices are somewhat limited. I will continue to do the gym at lunch whenever time allows and I try to change up the equipment and my workouts. At home I can change it up. I am going to mix it up with different DVD's, maybe some with dancing, zumba or maybe even Hula dancing in preparation of my upcoming trip to Hawaii. Of course, I love doing the Wii Fit as well. On the weekends, I want to include the family activities, find fun things to do maybe skating or bike riding :)

Today I did the Arc for the first time, I really liked it. I also did some leg work using low weight levels to start. I burned 230 calories, 100 calories on treadmill. I logged 2 more miles for a total of 11 toward my January Challenge goals as well! Cha-Ching!

I had good workout, even if Mr. Scale did not show it!

Day 5 of week 4

I had a slow day at work today. I ended up with an extra long lunch today. Normally I would take that opportunity to skip over to the mall or run errands. Today I made the effort to workout instead.

I am taking a different approach in my fitness this time. I making every effort to spice it, keep it fun so hopefully it will be something that I will look forward to each day. Since it's winter right now and it is usually dark when I return from work, my choices are somewhat limited. I will continue to do the gym at lunch whenever time allows and I try to change up the equipment and my workouts. At home I can change it up. I am going to mix it up with different DVD's, maybe some with dancing, zumba or maybe even Hula dancing in preparation of my upcoming trip to Hawaii. Of course, I love doing the Wii Fit as well. On the weekends, I want to include the family activities, find fun things to do maybe skating or bike riding :)

Today I did the Arc for the first time, I really liked it. I also did some leg work using low weight levels to start. I burned 230 calories, 100 calories on treadmill. I logged 2 more miles for a total of 11 toward my January Challenge goals as well! Cha-Ching!

I had good workout, even if Mr. Scale did not show it!

Fittest Obese Cajun Gal on the Planet

I have been trying to move Mr. Scale with a vengence. I am eating the right things, moving my booty so much it hurts! No movement on the scale still. I was grumbling to myself about this today at the gym and the person next to me said the famous "Your gaining muscles and it weighs more than fat". Well I am sick of hearing that sh*t. During the holidays I was doing very good with my food choices and only did light workouts and the scale didn't move then either. I know that staying active is going to be a permanent part of my new Healthy Lifestyle. So, I have decided that if that dayum scale don't start some downward movement, I am determined that I will be the Fittest Obese Cajun Gal on this planet!

Three King's Day!

Today our city begins it's annual Mardi Gras celebration! Mardi Gras is on February 16th. For those who are not Catholic, today is the 12th day of Christmas and we believe that January 6th is the day the Three Kings's arrived to honor the birth of Jesus. Starting today and ending on Mardi Gras day will be King Cake parties, Magnificent Balls and of course Parades!

Here is a really good recipe for making your own King Cake:
http://www.wwltv.com/home/Traditional-Frosted-King-Cake-Recipe-80475537.html

Here you can have one delivered from my favorite bakery: http://www.kingcakes.com/kingcakes.php

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day 4 week 1

There are many threads on LBT dealing with Tell/or not Tell. I told only one very close friend, my sister and my wonderful sweet husband. I didn't share my banding with co-workers, I just felt it was a private part of my life. Today was the first time I had lunch with a large group of them. I was nervous that I would PB right at the table or something. We went to Applebee's and I ordered one of their weight watcher meals (550 calories). I cut it into tiny pieces and paid attention to my chewing. I had no problems at all. I felt like a normal person. No one even noticed anything different and that was a relief to me.

I packed my workout clothes ahead of time and took them to work this morning. I don't know about you guys, but I have to stop on the way home or I won't do it! Once I sit down, it's all over. I burned 238 calories at the gym, did 100 situps (25reg crunches, 25 obliques both right & left, then 25 leg lift crunches). I also burned 20 minutes on Wii Step which burned another 100 calories. That brings my total miles for January to 11! CHA-CHING!

Monday, January 4, 2010

day 3 of week 1

I cannot believe my two weeks off from work has flown by so fast! All my holiday decorations are gone except for the tree, can't do that one until King's Day. Now we are getting ready for our Mardi Gras celebration which will be starting next week. OMG those dayum King Cakes are going to start. Maybe it's because we only eat them a few weeks a year, but I just cannot say no to them. I am going to have to work out a plan, maybe figure out how many calories are in a piece so I can make it up with working out? Or maybe just say to heck with it and allow myself one piece each weekend. I dunno, I'll figure out something. Planning ahead, that is going to be my salvation :)

Today got off to a beautiful start, I jogged one mile and walked one mile bringing my monthly total to 9 miles for January. I have set a goal of 50, I would love to surpass that goal! I also burned another 211 calories on wii fit. So far my food choices have been excellent as well.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Day 2 of week 1

I started my day walking our pup with my youngest following along on her bike (10-15 mins) then I kicked butt on wii fit, burning off 125 calories...WOOT! WOOT! I think it is great to do activities with my family, my husband stays active, usually walking 90 mins or more a day. In the summer the kids stay active but with the tremendous amount of rain we have been having, they haven't had much opportunity for playing outside. Hope everyone has a fantastic Sunday, I have to prepare for returning to work tomorrow after being off for the last two weeks!

p.s. What kind of maniac exercises twice in the same day? Me! I know, I know, you can exercise too much and get burned out, but I enjoyed it. I spent time with my hubby at the same time so it was a win-win for me...so that makes me 7 of 50 miles for January!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

12 week challenge!

My husband and I will be leaving on our two week cruise to Hawaii in exactly 12 weeks. I am kicking my exercising and into high gear. I would LOVE to be at half my goal weight by then. I have mapped out a few steps help me get there.

1) one hour some type exercise 6 days of week
2) 3 days of toning each (legs,arms,sit ups)
3) keep going with my food journal (I am actually enjoying this with my new iPhone)


Did you notice the absence of the D word? I don't have to make any changes in my healthy eating. I am just going to "keep on,keeping on" with my new band friend! There is no place in my new lifestyle for fad diets/yo-yo dieting/Jenny Craig/weight watchers or any other D word programs. I will never turn down those roads again! I do need to keep active because that is part of a healthy lifestyle. But it doesn't necessarily mean the gym. There are plenty of fun things I want to do, like skating with the kids, swimming, biking/hiking. I would love to take a Rumba class to see if I like it. It is not offered at my gym, but if I like it there are always DVD.


P.S. Today I burned 450 calories at the gym and I actually enjoyed it!

Friday, January 1, 2010

2010

My first blog entry of 2010! I don't usually give a tremendous amount of thought to what I write on my blog, I usually just type what is on my mind. I like it to be spontaneous and represent the real me. With twelve brand new months to fill with exciting days, events and challenges, I thought I would take a little time to reflect on some of them.

In 2005 we lost our home and everything we owned in Hurricane Katrina. My entire family were left with only a few pieces of clothing packed into overnight bags. After losing all our material possessions, I still felt so blessed to have all my family safe. Many of our friends were not that lucky. It was a humbling experience to have everything we worked our whole lives to build, destroyed overnight. It was my faith in God and the love for my family that gave me the strength to start over at a time when we were planning our retirement.

We bought our current home and furnishings a year later. It was so strange to live in a house where every single thing from towels, forks, my panties, coffee cup, appliances were all brand new. We lost all our family photographs, had no evidence of our children's childhood, no trophies, no awards, no favorite toys, no christening gowns that held so many memories. It took almost a year before I would call this house or any of the contents as my home. I felt like I was living in a corporate apartment and everything in it came from one of those rental stores.

This year (5 years later) we will begin rebuilding our home on our property that has since been sitting vacant.

I have so much to look forward to in 2010. My new Healthy lifestyle, rebuilding our home and retirement. It is my plan to finally retire from my job this year and become a fulltime grandmother. Also, we have two wonderful cruises planned this year.

~~My husband and I will be leaving on a two week vacation from Los Angeles to Hawaii in April. I would love to be at half my goal weight by then.

~~In July, we are leaving on a seven day cruise with my children and grandchildren to the Bahamas. (I hope to be at my goal weight by this cruise)


On the diet front. I did fair with my choices today as far as the meal. Portions seem so huge to me now. I felt full and had every intention of cleaning off my plate until my band told me NOOOO! I love how the band stops me when I cannot stop myself. Later I had two pieces of king cake and now wish that I had more willpower so that I could have turned it down. All I can do now is try to make better choices in the future!