Monday, January 31, 2011

Mtce Weighin & reflux-fill?

Although Mr.Scale fluctuated up and down thoughout the week, this morning Mr Scale showed 162.5, indicating no change for this week.  I have felt for over 2 months now that I need a tiny fill.  I'm hungry more often than I should be and I am not staying full very long.  I'm talking real honest to goodness hunger!   I am reluctant to get one however, due to my past reflux problems.  It is so frustrating to know that I need this adjustment but the fear of reflux is keeping me from getting it.  I have read the blogs of successful banders like The Sweet Spot who says that having to take reflux medicine is an inconvenience she is willing to live with.  Also, I read a response to one of Gen's posts by Lap Band Gal who replied "I don't depend on my band to keep my food choices in check, my brain does that".  She is a Superstar Bandster, her weightloss is consistent and appears she has her head in the game.  For me, I still stumble regularly when it comes to food and it is something I continue to work on.  I do know the hunger is not helping, If I could lose weight while fighting hunger, I wouldn't have needed my band.  Perhaps I will begin blogging more often again to see if it helps.

Fitness~~I did Zumba Wii once, Pilate's/Elliptical one day and did yard/garden work one day.  There is definitely room for improvement here. 

Healthy eating~~I started working on my backyard garden this week.  This is part of my ongoing attempt to eating cleaner.  I planted strawberry-blueberry-blackberry-raspberry bushes in one bed.  The other bed will hold summer veggies.  As for my eating report from last week, I had two days over my caloric limit, 1674 & 1362.  Reviewing my food log, I can see that my extra calories on both days were from junk/snack eating.  Where is my willpower?  I had fruit 6 of 7 days, adding extra fruit to my morning oatmeal has definitely helped my weekly fruit count and also allows me to add milk to my diet.

Water~~I had good improvement in my water intake this week.  One thing I did was to keep a water glass handy as much as possible, reminding me to drink!

Carbs~~I ate far too much "bad" (white)  carbs this week.  Needs improvement.

Reflux ~night coughs, but not wet/gurgling coughs that I remember having before.  This is a dry cough, but zantac seems to calm it, but it days take time.  I cannot remember that last time I had an uninterrupted nights sleep :(

Goals for my week

Zumba wii 2x
Gym 3x
limit white carbs

Weekly Report for week of January 24, 2011



Weekly Report for week of January 24, 2011

Daily Summary
439 calories under for the week
497 exercise calories burned this week
Lost 0.5 pounds this week


Prot (g) 
Daily Avg50.7


* some foods logged on this day are missing this nutrient data


Tip: You can copy and paste the above tables directly into Excel.


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Ron & Donna Kathmann

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fruit & Weekly Mtce

I forgot to weigh Monday so this weekly post is a day late. Mr. Scale showed my weight to be 162.5, 2.5lb loss from last week. Despite my previous decision to only weigh once a week, I decided to weigh more this week out of concern for my gain last post.

Fitness~~I did Zumba wii once, yard-work (shoveling dirt) once, Pilate's (a first), elliptical once. Saturday was spent walking around museums. I still feel I can do more.

Healthy eating~~I continue to log my food intake using my iPhone app. It definitely keeps me aware of what calories I'm consuming. It has become 2nd nature to me, no stress, just awareness. I had fruit 5 of 7 days this week. I started adding extra fruit to my oatmeal.

Water~~It continues to be a struggle to remember to drink water during these cooler days. It is easier when it's warmer. I am definitely not getting enough.

Carbs~it was more difficult than I expected  to reduce carbs to one per day.  I am going to try to just concentrate on what I consider really bad carbs, i.e. white breads/rice/pasta/potatoes & refined sugars.

Reflux~~had only one day of reflux last week.

Goals for my week

Drink full glass of water before each meal
Buy a bottle large enough to hold a full day of water
Zumba Wii 1-2x
Pilates 1x
Walk with my husband 1-2x
Gardening -min 1 day
eliminate/minimize all white carbs this week

Monday, January 17, 2011

Zumba Wii & Weekly Mtce

First let me start with ...
...the bad...Mr. Scale showed 165.0 this morning which is 3.5lb gain. <>  I don't get it, how can I be 161.5 and then two days later 165?  I'm not going to stress about it, could be that I ate more salt than usual or Mr.Scale is off his meds, who knows. I will however, take care to keep careful check on my foods in  the upcoming week.  I went over 1200 calories 3 days this week, but stayed below 1500 and was -131 calories for the week. 

Zumba Wii has definitely become by best friend during this cold weather.  My gym has not offered it consistently and it is just as fun at home.  Best part is the tutorial section that lets me practice the different steps repeatedly until I get them with my two left feet :)
Zumba Wii

..the Good....Water -.I did much better with water this week, keeping my water handy everywhere I go has helped.  I always fill my water bottle any time I jump in my car.

Healthy Eating -I didn't eat as much fruit as I intended.  I need to work on that this week.

Fitness~ I did two days of rehab on my knee and one day at the gym. Zumba was cancelled this week at the gym and I'm not sure if they are going to continue it or not so this week I plan to add Zumba wii 2x.  I already did one class today :)

Goals for my week

Add an apple/orange 2 days this week
Gym Class 2 days this week (wed/thurs)
Zumba wii (Monday/Friday)
Allow only 1 carb per day

Weekly Report for week of January 10, 2011



Weekly Report for week of January 10, 2011

Daily Summary
131 calories under for the week
285 exercise calories burned this week
Lost 0 pounds this week


Prot (g) 
Daily Avg45.3


* some foods logged on this day are missing this nutrient data


Tip: You can copy and paste the above tables directly into Excel.


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Ron & Donna Kathmann

Monday, January 10, 2011

weekly mtce - work in progress

This morning Mr. Scale showed 161.5 (+1lb).  My weight continues to fluctuate from 0-2lbs. 

band issues ~I am still having the reflux problems.  If it doesn't clear up by next week, I will go in for another unfill.  I hate getting an unfill when I currently have no restriction.  June 2010 I posted a fairly lengthy list of foods that I could no longer eat with my band.  Today that list is completely gone.  I chug water like a elephant and can eat anything I want (not a good thing).  Here I sit with no restriction and needing a fill, but at the same time, I cannot resolve this reflux problem, causing me to get an unfill instead.  Hence, making an already non restriction problem worse. 

I completely researched the band before deciding on WLS.  Bottom line, who really knows how long we will have our bands?  What I DO KNOW is that I am not willing to risk esophagus cancer in order to keep it.  I will continue to get unfilled until my band is empty to have this reflux problem resolved.  If it does not get resolved, I will explore removal.

Healthy Eating~ Last week I replaced sugar and white bread with healthier choices.  My daily calorie allowances were too high (over 1500) on three days.  Too much snacking!   Something to work on for this week.

Fitness~Last week I worked out  4 days including 2 days of rehab on my knee, walking & my first ever Zumba class.  It was a killer workout but I was a little spastic, I think.  I also did Zumba wii once.

Water~I am getting about 40oz, I need to get back up to 60oz per day.


Weekly Report for week of January 3, 2011



Weekly Report for week of January 3, 2011

Daily Summary
519 calories over for the week
1,282 exercise calories burned this week
Gained 1 pound this week


Prot (g) 
Daily Avg55.1


* some foods logged on this day are missing this nutrient data


Tip: You can copy and paste the above tables directly into Excel.


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Ron & Donna Kathmann

Friday, January 7, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Just Keep on Keepin' On !

Today is my first weekly weighin of the year and Mr. Scale says 160.5, -1lb from last week.  I am seeing some 1-2lb fluctuations in my weight as I try to navigate living in Maintenanceville.

Healthy Eating ~ I am still trying to concentrate on eating cleaner with less processed foods.  I am incorporating some dietary changes slowly because of my fear of regains.  For instance, I have given up all margarine/butter substitutes for plain unsalted butter.  I've cut down to only one cup of coffee per day to reduce caffeine and I am replacing the sugar with honey.  I plan to let these changes settle into my lifestyle and hopefully move on to other changes.

Fitness ~ Santa brought me the Zumba Wii.  Here is my critique:  Bear in mind that I have never taken a class in Zumba, there is simply not a class convenient to me yet.  It includes a belt that holds the Wii remote as you move so that the Wii can detect your movements.  For me the best part has been the Step Tutorial, I like being able to repeat the instructions until I feel I have mastered a step.  There is a separate Tutorial for each step.  There is a selection of Zumba Party or Zumba Class and I love the music!  So far it has been a great addition to my walking and I do not seem to be having any knee problems so far.  I find my cross-trainers are not very compatible with the dancing steps, I am considering getting dance shoes.

Band info~ I am still having the reflux issue.  I have very little restriction right now so I do not think that it is caused by my band being too tight.  I am trying really hard to change my lifestyle so that if my band should need to be removed due to complications, I can still maintain my weight.  I often wonder if any of my fellow BOOBS worry about band removal?  Sally,  who is such a huge inspiration to me in this journey, had to endure band removal and it is my biggest fear.  Who really knows how long the band really lasts?  My doctor has never been very optimistic that it is a long term solution, he constantly reminds me that lifestyle changes are crucial in keeping the weight off.

Weekly Report for week of December 27, 2010



Weekly Report for week of December 27, 2010

Daily Summary
1,401 calories under for the week
545 exercise calories burned this week
Lost 1.5 pounds this week


Prot (g) 
Daily Avg42.9


* some foods logged on this day are missing this nutrient data


Tip: You can copy and paste the above tables directly into Excel.


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Ron & Donna Kathmann

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011- New Years Day

Today is the beginning of 2011 and I wanted to weigh in to record my beginning weight.  Mr.Scale showed 161.5 this morning and shows no gain/loss.  New Years Eve was spent with my husband and  two granddaughters, we bought them a few fireworks but the weather was wet and foggy. 

Before I speak of my goals and challenges for this New Years, I thought I would reflect on  my New Years day post for 2010.  In a nutshell I wrote:

"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."

Healthy Lifestyle -On New Years Day 2010 I weighed 185lbs, having lost nearly 25lbs following my banding.  I had  little restriction yet, so much of that loss was from my own healthy eating and exercising.  Today I am now 50lbs lighter and in maintenance.  Maintenance is more difficult for me than the weightloss because I still have the fear of regaining as with all my other diets.  I am still learning an have gained 3 lbs since Thanksgiving.  I am still suffering from reflux, I hope to get another small unfill to help with that reflux, it scares the hell out of me because of my fear of regaining.  I have learned much over the last year.:  I log all my food intake and exercising, it has become 2nd nature to me and I see no stress from continuing to log.  Blogging has been reduced to once a week when I weighin, keeping me aware of my weight fluctuations.

2011 Healthy Lifestyle goals~~exercise 3x week, weights 2x week, water 64oz, 1 fruit each day.

Rebuilding my Home~~We had planned to rebuild our home which was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.  It was not meant to be, We were cheated by a unscrupulous contractor of a large portion of our monies and have now decided to stay where we are.  We are an hour drive to any of our children/grandchildren and are happy with our decision.

Retirement~ I did retire from my Job on August 1, 2010 and am now a full time Grandmother.  It is the best job ever and while I still miss work sometimes, I know it was time to move on.  My husband is our Personal Finance expert and assures me everyday that our finances are fine. 

2011 Finance goals~ As of today, no more credit card purchases.  My card will be used for travel reservations only and any travel charges will be repaid before end of billing cycle.

Travel~~we did have two fabulous cruises in 2010.  Hawaii & Bahamas.  Both were absolutely wonderful.

2011 Travel goals~~We have 2 cruises this year, cruise #1 Disney Dream-March and #2 Alaska both with the grandchildren.  We plan to visit Canada & the Northeastern states in October also.  I also hope to include a New Years eve cruise (still in the planning stages).

Happy 2011 to everyone!