Sunday, April 11, 2010

Day 2

We spent yesterday casually driving from Vegas to L.A. Enjoying the
view. I had a couple bites of oatmeal along with a couple small
pieces of sausage for breakfast. Later a protein bar for lunch, Approx
1/3 of a yummy Cobb salad for dinner. I enjoyed a glass of wine with
some friends later in the evening.

I have been trying to remember Gen's post about trying to be full on
as little as possible. I have not been hungry between meals.

One thing I wanted ask my fellow banders.......Yesterday, I was very
thirsty, bought a bottle of water & chugged a couple of huge
gulps.....O M G, I got the most horrible pain in my chest! I thought
I was surely gonna die right there on the spot! I kept trying to
belch , finally it passed after about 15 mins. Do you have similar
experiences when you try to gulp water? I have always been a big
water gulper, I guess that is another band no-no?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Las Vegas with the band

Vegas was wonderful yesterday. My husband and I did a little
gambling, had a fabulous Italian Dinner date, and walked the strip
burning over 900 calories according to my iPhone App.

As far as eating goes, I ate everyting I wanted, just in very small
portions. I have not felt deprived in the least. Going on vacation
with the band has been as easy as a few bites of Pineapple cake (which
is exactly what I had for dessert last night ;)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ready, Set , Go

I spent the entire day trying to pack 3 weeks of clothes into 2 cases, not an easy task.   Tomorrow morning I fly to Vegas to meet my husband (he went a week early) he is the gambler of the family.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Vegas but not nearly as much as he does, besides he is retired now and I encourage him to enjoy it.  My husband is 10 yrs older than I am and although he does exercise everyday and tries to eat healthy, he does have heart disease and diabetes on both sides of his family.

Packing for this trip has been alot more fun than my last one.  We left on our last vacation & cruise just 6 weeks after I was banded, so I didn't have any fills.  Even without any fills, I gained only 2 lbs which came off in one week.  I am hoping to repeat that again this time. 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tops and Bottoms

Two places on my body that have shrunk since I started on my new healthy lifestyle are:

1. Chest
2. Feet

I hate that some of this fabulous weightloss seems to be coming from the top.  I have been putting off buying new bras as long as possible but alas, the day has come when I actually look ridiculous and must go to VS :)

I have several pairs of shoes that I really loved that were sitting in my closet unused because they hurt my feet.  Now I can wear them again, I am loving my new skinny feet!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Starving kids in Africa

When I was younger I was a slow finishing my meal (because I was full) my Mom would lose her patience with me for not eating everything on my plate. I still remember her saying "You should be grateful you have food! There are children starving in Africa because they don't have any!" My Mom was the most kind hearted soul on this earth. She would never intentionally hurt another person, much less her children. But the fact that I can remember this from such a very young age proves the impact those words and actions still have on me as an adult today. I am 51 years old and still have trouble pushing food away even when I know that I am full and don't need to eat anymore. I get this guilty feeling deep in my heart, whenever I throw food away, like my Mom is looking down from heaven with disapproval.

My daughter has never had to diet, she is still a size 0 after having 2 children, the same with my youngest granddaughter Paige. They can eat anything and everything and never gain an ounce (from my husbands side). Brooke, however, (took after my side of the family) and unfortunately has the potential to gain weight like me. I walk on a tightrope around her whenever I try to teach her about nutrition. It's difficult to guide her in the right direction while not across as thinking she is fat, she is already very touchy about her weight at 11 yrs old. As a woman who has battled weight my whole life, I certainly do not have the all the answers that she needs. I eat veggies for dinner and try to make them sound as appetizing as possible. I try to encourage her to grab a bottle of water instead of soda. I try not to harp on how much she eats but she does eat larger portions than she should.

Children learn from our actions and I wish my granddaughter had someone who was better at this than I am right now. It certainly is a reason for me to try harder, maybe she will follow me along a healthier path. Instead of living the life that I had to live, as an obese woman in this world of anorexic role models.