Tuesday, March 30, 2010

12 wk challenge met

In January 2010, I started working on my own challenge to lose at least 1/2 of my weightloss before my Hawaii trip which was 12 weeks away. I have exceeded that goal now. My ticker is now past the 1/2 way marker and I am 3 1/2 pounds away from a BMI of 29 which makes me officially NO LONGER OBESE. It would be great if I could achieve that major milestone before I leave on vacation on April 9th.

Friday, March 26, 2010

*** 12 *****

No, not 12 lbs lost, that would be written in much a much bigger title. But today an I am wearing size 12 jeans! They are very comfortable and I can remember trying them on about a month ago and not being able to come close to snapping or zipping them! I have to come to grips with my slow weightloss and I am really close to that size 10where I am to be. I will be on vacation in April and won't be expecting much of a loss, I will be happy with just not gaining on vacation. What a wonderful NSV!

Now for some sad events going on with me. As many of you know, We lost our home in Hurricane Katrina, We finally found a contractor at a price we could afford to rebuild it. We did all the necessary things before selecting him, we checked his license, references and past customers, the guy seemed reputable so we went with him. We agreed upon periodic payments based on various levels of completion. So far we have paid in $46,000 and in the weeks following our last payment to him, he has become increasingly difficult to contact. Not returning calls very quickly, and today we hear through a friend that his secretary was fired because he is filing bankruptcy! My husband went to his office today and found an eviction notice taped to his door. I have been crying for days now, what makes me so angry is that he knew this was coming even as he requested our last payment. He had no intention of doing any work. I filed a complaint with the Louisiana Attorney General and State Licensing Board, but I doubt either one will be able to get our money back. It took us 5 years to save enough money to rebuild after the Hurricane and now this...It's just so frustrating.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Not yet Sweet

Apparently the restriction I felt from my last fill was just swelling again. The temporary restriction I felt after my fill has faded once again. Am I the only one with the disappearing restriction? The first few days is glorious and then it is gone. I can eat well over a cup of food again. I am hungry between meals and snacking more than I should. I am just going to have to struggle with it like this until the end of April. I will be gone on my trip the whole month of April and after my last too-tight episode, I do not want to risk another fill so close to my leaving.

I now have 7.2cc in my 10cc, that seems like alot of fill compared to some of you and maybe I am not doing something right? I did good with my exercise this week, walked an hour with my husband 3x so far this week and 5 hours at the zoo on Sunday.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

30 Spring Activities with our kids....outdoors!

I just thought I would share these great ideas I found online to enjoy Springtime with Kids. I am going to try a few!

1. Grow something you can eat. We aren't just talking a little pot with grocery store basil. Pick out a fruit or vegetable that you and your grandchild can plant from seed and nurture together. Try tomatoes, beets, or any kind of beans. Ask a local gardening expert if you aren't sure what will grow.

2. Go to an Opening Day baseball game. The start of Major League Baseball is one of the annual markers that warm weather is just around the corner. Take your grandkids out to the park for all the pomp and circumstance — and Cracker Jack. If you don't want to shell out for the pricey pro tickets, look into local minor league, college, or even high school opening games. Take the kids to the ballpark.


3. Sleep outside. This is one of the great thrills of childhood. Oh, don't be a stick in the mud — join in! Pitch a tent together in the backyard, get out the sleeping bags and flashlights, and have a ball.

4. Pick flowers. We aren't suggesting you violate any laws or annoy any neighbors. A picked flower here and there won't destroy any prized landscaping. Walk through your neighborhood or a local park and see how many shapes and colors of flowers you can collect. Don't forget to stop and smell them, of course.

5. Make flower crafts. Drying or pressing the beautiful blooms you find opens up a world of elegant crafts you can make together. Make cards, candles, soaps, and more. See our ideas »

6. Take an evening stroll. Listen to the cicadas. Savor the light of dusk. Wave to the neighbors. Enjoy the little things.

7. See all the new baby animals at the petting zoo.

8. Tie-dye T-shirts. Celebrate the colors of the season with this timeless craft. Older grandkids will love making a cool new T-shirt of their own design.

9. Wash the car together. Talk about good clean fun! Too few kids these days get to enjoy this wet and wild chore. Spray each other with the hose (a must) and scrub along to your favorite songs. Don’t forget to towel dry the car — it keeps the water spots to a minimum.

10. Climb a tree.

11. Dig for worms. Remember the amazing, and sometimes startling, discoveries under a stone in spring? Who knows what you'll find lurking below the surface of your yard. Get your hands dirty together and see what you unearth.


12. Teach them how to play golf. If you love the game, give your grandchild the patient instruction it takes to impart its wisdom. She learns a game she can play her whole life and you gain a playing partner.

13. Make flower arrangements.

14. Make a birdfeeder. Kids love to spot blue jays, cardinals, and other feathered friends. Bring the birds to your backyard with this fun craft you can do together.

15. Go to a farmer's market. Take advantage of the comfortable morning temperatures and see what local farmers are offering. The markets provide countless opportunities to teach, and you might just get the kids to try a new vegetable for once. Kids love samples!

16. Show them how to get the honey from a honeysuckle flower.

17. Dust off the sports gear. Kick a ball, throw a Frisbee, shoot hoops, whatever sports activity that you and your family do.

18. Make your own stained glass. Your local crafts store is full of all kinds of fun projects that you can hang in windows for a dazzling effect. Take advantage of all that wonderful natural light.

19. Make pasta primavera. This simple dish is the perfect recipe to showcase the tastes of the season. Together, pick out a selection of your favorite vegetables. Saute them in olive oil and seasoning and pair with your favorite pasta.

20. Take their picture in a bed of flowers. Beautiful babies and beautiful blossoms, a match made in heaven.

21. Get dirty in the yard. Mow the grass. Pull weeds. Till flower beds. Replant. Cut back. Find the fun in getting sweaty, and teach your grandkids how to manage the landscaping while you do it.

22. Make a fruity dessert. Skip the heavy desserts and opt for something fresh. Make a compote, pie, or crisp. Pair fresh fruit with whipped cream, ice cream, or yogurt. Try caramelizing fruits on a clean grill — it really brings out the natural sweetness!

23. Take your binoculars and go bird-watching.

24. Make a game out of spring cleaning. You'll be surprised at how much help you can get with this annual ritual by turning chores into games. Race to see who can fold and stow the most sweaters; send the kids on a scavenger hunt for the beach chairs and jumbo towels, or find another fun way to spin the tasks that lie ahead of you.


25. Have a garage sale and give the kids jobs.

26. Build a tree house. Not everything worth doing in life is easy. If you think you can handle this job, the house you build together will be a creation you will remember forever.

27. Hang prisms in windows to make rainbows.

28. Play in the rain. We spend so much time running to get out of the rain that we forget how nice a warm shower can feel as it soaks you to the bone. Put on your swimsuits and get out in the yard.

29. Find a local set of swings. Show them how to pump their legs to go higher all on their own.

30. Eat outside together.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

double digits

Ok, so I was reading this article today about the amount of exercise contestants are doing on the biggest loser to lose those double digit pounds in one week. geeez, it gave me a headache. According to their calculator my BMR is 1460.7, now 175% of my BMR would be approx 2556 calories that I would have to burn working out to lose the huge amounts on Biggest Loser! Maybe I will try that one week ;)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

6 months bandiversary

Yesterday was my 6 month bandiversary and I swear it does not seem that long! I thought I would reflect on changes I have noticed since then and maybe some hopes before my 1 year bandiversary.

1. I have lost 35 lbs. WOOT! WOOT!
2. I am just now getting some restriction, which means I pretty much lost that 35lbs on my own since I didn't feel anything from my band until this last fill. This thought fills me with hope that I can lose more since I have my band helping me now.
3. I have said this before, without the band, this would have been just another failed diet because I had all but given up before I got this last fill which gave me my first real restriction. (I had restriction before, but it would disappear in a day or two, I think it was just swelling.) Without my band, I would have been on my way to gaining weight back already, I was so frustrated with my progress.
4. I am eating normal foods in smaller portions and still lost weight, that is awesome to me!
5. I just started going through my closet for my trip next month and everything is too big, time for S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G :)
6. My husband called me his skinny wife the other night...the best NSV ever. My husband has been my number one supporter through all of this. He never once made me feel unwanted when I was overweight. He just wants me to be happy.
7. I have come to stage where dieting and the band are only a small part of my life and I feel so normal again.
8. People at work are noticing and commenting all the time, another NSV.
9. I am looking forward to wearing shorts this summer, last summer I was so miserable about my weight.
10. I have made some wonderful blogger friends and it is so great to have all of you to share with!


The next 6 months plan:

1. Become more active outdoors.
a) ride my bike at least once a week
b) 1 hour walks with my husband after work
c) tennis lessons

2. Keep using my pre-measured 1/2 cup containers for lunch.
3. Add more veggies to my meals
4. Plan physical activities with the family on weekends.
5. Make exercise and healthy eating a normal part of my life, but NO FORBIDDEN FOODS!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Hope @ 6 months

Just when I just about decided the band was not going to work for me......Restriction! OMG, what a difference. One thing is definate, without my band this would have been just another failed diet, I had pretty much given up until my last fill. Today, I have renewed optimism to go with my Spring Fever.

My husband and I walked 3.4 miles and it felt so good to be outside again. Today I reached 6 months since I was banded and Life is Good!

Wonderful Sunday

We had a fabulous time with the kiddies at the zoo. The weather was absolutely perfect! Beautiful clear blue skies with a nice breeze the whole day.

I found that my two tween granddaughters are losing their excitement over our annual trip to the zoo. But the 5-year old was just in awe of every exhibit, every animal. I felt sad that my two tweens thought they were way too old to enjoy a beautiful day at the zoo. We need to cherish every single day we get with our children in their elementary years, those years are gone in a blink of an eye. I have my doubts about whether my tweens will want to come with us next year. Ah well, sadly they must grow up.

Exercise was a no-brainer yesterday, with 5 hours of walking around the zoo. My new fill also has been good so far with only a couple minor bumps. At the zoo, breakfast was a Atkins bar, lunch was less than 1/4 of cheeseburger and couple of fries, and supper was a cup of BBQ steak was lots of sauce to prevent being stuck with some broccoli. I never felt deprived, ate like everyone else with the exception of breakfast (too tight). All was good in my band world.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

spring !!!

Well this weekend we change our clocks back an hour. whooohooo! That means I will actually have time for a life in the evenings. I hate when it is dark when I come home after work. Beginning Monday, I will have some outdoors time after work again. My husband and I are already planning to resume our hour long walks, it is so good for relieving stress and also some alone time.

In 3 weeks I leave for my 3 weeks vacation. We have scrimped and saved for this trip for over a year. Beginning with Vegas then Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and then a wonderful 2 week cruise to Hawaii.


Has any of my bander buds been to Santa Barbara? Would some "must see" hints :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Thrill is gone...

Lately I have noticed much of the fun has gone out of my blogging. Today, I was thinking about what has caused it. My conclusion? Since being banded, I have let the whole "Being banded, exercise,weight loss, dieting blah blah blah consume too much of my thoughts, hence blogging. Sure, I did start my blogging to record my journey after being banded. But, I do not wish to have dieting/banding become my life. My weight loss is now becoming less and less interesting to me. I have come to terms with the fact that I am and will always be a slow loser. I find that when I have made a poor food choice or strayed from exercise, I am discouraged from blogging. I have let my dieting/exercise failures/accomplishments determine my self worth again. I have decided to blog more about the other aspects of my life for now. We are so much more than banders!

Now that Spring is near, I think that not just me, but ALL OF US BANDERS will find more natural ways of getting our physical activities in. I love daylight savings because I have so much more time to do things in the evenings. My husband and I love to take long walks in the evenings after supper. We cannot do that lately because the street lighting is very poor around our neighborhood and its too difficult. I KNOW ME and although I will find myself doing the gym and traditional exercise during different periods in my life, I won't do it with any consistency. I prefer more fun things like swimming, walking, skating, tennis. All those wonderful warm weather activities.

Here's to Spring!!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Fill #6 FINALLY!

Well I had my 6th fill appt today. The NP put in .5cc this time bringing me up to 7.2cc and I am soooo hoping that it will be good. Considering I had the entire .7cc of fill #5 removed, I feel like my sweet spot should be somewhere in the middle of what I had 6.7cc and what was added last time 7.4cc. I was so miserable the last month waiting for this fill. I was hungry all the time and really not feeling good about the road that I was on. My exercise has all but vanished and of course my weightloss stalled. I guess I am not a candidate for big fills, from now on I will keep them small.

(keeping my fingers crossed that is one will be a goodie)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Lost

Ever since my too tight episode, I seem to have lost my way. I am not sure what happened but I just cannot get back on the right road. My eating habits have slipped along with my exercise regiment. I have absolutely no restriction since he removed all of my last fill. I feel like I am starting over from the beginning. But I am determined to keep holding myself accountable for my own future.