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.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday YAY!

I sometimes wonder how a Friday will feel once I am retired. Will I still have this feeling of excitement and freedom that I get from looking forward to two days off? I think I won't because part of the excitement is due to not having my time scheduled for me. Now that my retirement date is getting closer, I have been reading alot more about the emotional aspect of it. I have beaten the financial part to death and now feel as confident as I ever will, walking away from a career that has engulfed 32 years of my adult life.

I read a small book  titled, "Too Young to Retire". The author explains that at around age 50 most of us have completed our important achievements yet still have good health and plenty of energy. I can pretty much say that is true for me today. I would not be able to make that claim if I had not been banded. Both my health and energy were very poor this same time last year.

The author also states that some people 50 and older refuse to step into the retirement stage for fear it signals old age. He goes on to say that those who defer it, risk losing out on rich experiences and the freedom that retirement brings. In other words, those who put off retirement run the risk of waiting too late and not being able to live their retirement dreams due to illness.

I can honestly say today that my retirement years will be much more rewarding because I made the decision to be banded and take control of my own health.  Have a great TGIF everyone!

Note: My husband and I had a discussion on the BOOBS and he seems to think it would be a good experience for me to go to Chicago. I will talk it over with him over the weekend and check airfares to see if it will workout for me. 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fill abuse?

Occasionally I still read and post on the lapbandtalk board. I am always looking for new tips and information being shared. Today I was somewhat shocked  to read this post by katbabie34.  I pride myself in keeping my blog upbeat and try to stay away from preaching.  After all, I consider myself still a newbie with so much more to learn about being banded.  Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows that I vacation ALOT.  Cruises and travel are my recreation.  I have gone on cruises that were 5,7,14 & 16 days long.  Have gone on car trips that long in between.  The thought of doing this to myself never crossed my mind.  I cannot even imagine the look on my doctor's face if I came into his office and asked him to do this.  I can just see all the blood draining from his face, his hands clenched and shaking.....just kidding.  But I think he would want me to go to counseling to say the least :)

My question here today is............Have you considered having an unfill just so that you could overeat at a function???

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Life Less-restricted

That is how I feel today, Less Restricted. I had my usual breakfast yogurt around 9am. It went down way too easy. Normally it takes about 30 minutes with my little toddler spoon to get my yogurt down. Today it was gone before I knew it. Lunch was leftover lasagna and normally anything pasta is very difficult for me to get down, today no problem and I ate much more than I normally can. Where did that dayum restriction go?

Yesterday we went to a business lunch and I ordered chicken Parmesan and could only eat 1/2 of piece of the chicken and ended up PBg most of it. Last night I tried to eat a piece of veal and it was a no go....

How can we go from not being able to eat one day and everything the next? Restriction is such a puzzle to me. I hope it comes back soon :)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rainy Days & big changes

Yesterday was a relaxed day. A day to cleanup and recuperate from the holiday fun.  It rained most of the day which my veggie garden will appreciate.  The girls are off from camp this week and we will begin the annual school supply shopping this week.  Normally we would have much more time, but our cruise to the Bahamas will eat up much of the time.  Rainy days certainly try my patience with the girls.  The "I'm boreds" and the "I'm hungries", drained most the patience I had.   We did some rainy day activities like scrapbooking and organizing closets.

I really need to work on my grazing and emotional eating. Thank goodness my band said no before I could take it too far.  Leftover banana pie and not enough water were my two biggest areas of concern.  Getting a handle on grazing out of habit and boredom will be a huge issue for me to work on in the coming months as a transition from the work force to a stay at home grandma.

Today will be a emotional day for me.  I will be sitting down with our financial planner to prepare for my upcoming retirement.  I have been working for this company for 32 years.  All my adult life,  and I am nervous about the losing the security of that paycheck and also filling in the void during my day that was filled by work time.  I have worked since I was 14 years old and began part time at the neighborhood ice cream shop.  My retirement will mark the end of the only life I knew, my career.  I am very excited about being a full time grandma and volunteering at the girls schools.  My career never allowed that with my own daughter because I was a single parent most of her life. 

Monday, July 5, 2010

July 4th

July 4th holiday has nice. We had BBQ. with way too much food. My band worked wonderfully. I had some Greek yogurt for breakfast. Lunch was some BBQ steak, I cut into tiny pieces & chewed very carefully. I could only eat about 2 oz. before I was full. Later I had a piece of delicious banana foster pie. Supper was a bit of potato salad, I was able to eat all my favorite foods in very small portions, spread throughout the day. This morning Mr. Scale showed .5 loss. I will take it with a smile.

The band allowed me to enjoy my day without feelings of regret the next day for overeating!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Independence Day Prayers

On this weekend while we are all rejoicing for our Freedom and Independence. Let us pray for our military brothers and sisters who sacrifice so much.


Also, Please pray for all of us who call the Gulf Coast our home. Our way of life and all of God's creatures who live here are being destroyed by this horrible oil spill. Please pray for an end to this nightmare soon!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Reflux gone & NSV

I am pleased to report no reflux problems last night.

I still find it difficult to believe that such a teeny tiny fill/unfill can have such a drastic effect. Yesterday for the first time in months, I was able to gulp bottles of water, OMG I missed being able to drink water that way. For the last few months with good restriction, I would have to sip my water, then wait for it to gurgle down before taking another sip.

I also had a wonderful NSV today. I went shopping with my daughter and after paying with a credit card the saleslady asked to see my drivers license. She looked at the picture and said "Oh MY! You don't even look like this at all anymore, you lost a lot of weight!" It really felt good that a stranger would notice my weightloss YAY!