Thursday, January 12, 2012

Today is my 1-year Bandiversary!

Wow, I can't believe it has been a year already. It seems like yesterday. I'm holding steady at 130 pounds down. I haven't really lost any weight since September. I'm at 34% weight loss and 65% of my excess weight. Skin wise I'm doing good. Arms and legs were never an issue, but I have TONS of excess skin on my stomach. The doctor said regardless of how fast or slow I lost, I would need a tummy tuck, the skin and muscles were stretched beyond the point of no return. Yes, it bugs me, but I am not going to get the tuck until I get closer to goal weight.

I know without a doubt that the scale will not budge until I start exercising more.
I haven't been on blogger. I'm just soooo busy, and I also prefer to post my pics on Facebook.
I should post some pics soon! I hope everyone is doing well!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pictures say 1000 words

I'm letting this one talk, since I'm speechless!
I can't stop looking at this picture. I don't recognize myself anymore. This picture was taken last Thursday. My husband and I were on vacation in Minnesota, and we went out to a dinner theatre. Our 10 year anniversary is next month, and I wanted to wear a dress and heels. Poor guy. I towered over him, but I felt fantastic.  Current weight is 256.0. It is my new lowest.

I had an unfill about 3 weeks ago, and it was the best decision ever. Initially, I gained about 7 pounds after that week, but now I can actually eat normal food again (Still struggle with lettuce and big chunks of bread and red meat) but everything else is fine. Today, I am back down at my lowest weight again. woohoo!

I ate salmon over the weekend, and jumbo shrimp. I ate out every single day, but made wise choices and lost a total of 3 pounds on vacation.  I enjoyed myself tremendously, and it was actually nice that I didn't have to have a good time centered around food. I felt comfortable, and the people that were dining with me felt comfortable. It was a good time.

Ohhhh, also, I finally had my tattoo finished. I had it shaded in at this little mom and pop tattoo shop in Minnesota. I just love it!
That's about all the news there is for now! I hope everyone has a happy week!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Weigh-In Wednesday (Week 36 Post-op)

I am officially in the 250's! I have lost a total of 120 pounds now, and 100 since surgery on January 12th, 2011. That is a 32% weight loss! I'm thrilled with the results.

My fickle little band has decided to tighten itself up again. It was fine as could be after my fill in early August and just recently, it has been nearly impossible to get any sort of solid down...even chunky soup is a challenge. I can chug water, but anything with substance, forget it. Ohh unless you count chips and crackers and all of the other things that easily break down! I have had a few PB's lately, and decided enough is enough! I'm going in tomorrow to have .5cc's taken out. That will allow me to eat solids and still feel like I have control.

The highest amount of fluid I have ever had in my band was 7cc's and that was extremely too tight to the point that I could not even get water down. I'm at 6.75 now and some days it's good and after a PB episode, I just can't seem to get back to norm.  From April to May, I was at 6.5ccs and I want to be at 6.25.

I am very content with my weight loss so far and am in the 250's. My height lets me get away with it. I'm in XL scrubs. Clothes look cute on me. No double chins in photos anymore. I can live with a much slower weight loss.

Wish I was going to Boobs, but instead I have to work :(  Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Weigh-in Wednesday Week 34 post-op

Oops! I didn't do an "official weigh-in" last week. This week's weight is 261.1. Total loss 117.4 pounds!

It seems my band has tightened up on me again. I had a tiny fill in the beginning of August and was fine for the first two weeks. My monthly cycle started and I tightened up, and it has stayed tight. I've been doing a lot of protein shakes and bars to get my protein in, but other than that and Greek Yogurt and tuna salad, there hasn't been too much I have been able to eat.  I haven't had any PB episodes in the past few days, so hoping things will go back to normal. If not, another tiny unfill is in order.

Vacation is exactly a month away. I'm excited! I am 11 pounds away from my goal of weighing 250. I'm not sure if I will make it by then, but we shall see! I would be happy to be in the 50's! I couldn't even tell you the last time I weighed 250...I must have been 12. (Again, I'm 5'11")

Anyways, hope everyone has a happy weight loss week!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

weigh-in Wednesday Week 32 post-op

Today's weight is 267.2
I can't remember what I weighed last week...I want to say about 273? Big loss this week, but it has also been a fill week, so I'm sure it will stabalize out.
That brings me down 111 pounds. Loving it! I feel good. No more dizzy spells this far. I'm feeling good. Food is staying down. I'm getting in all of my liquids, etc. Although it is doubtful, I may actually make my goal of 250 by October 5th! Craziness!

I can't believe this summer is coming to an end already. It seems like it only has begun. School starts up on Monday, and I already have been studying to prepare. It will be a challenging semester, but I'm ready for it. I love having a normal routine again. I love studying with my friends. I love learning new things and competing for the best grade in the class. I'm such a nerd that way!

I saw a cute quote that I thought I would share. "But excuses..will lead to a BIGGER BUTT!" Isn't that the truth?

I met up with a friend today for coffee. I haven't seen her since May. Her mouth dropped and she said, "OH MY GOD, YOU LOOK AWESOME!" I feel awesome!

I went shopping after I blogged and tried on some clothes...I resisted the urge to buy anything, but here is an outfit I tried on!
size XL top and 20W bottoms

Happy weight loss week everyone!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Dizziness again!

Well this week was pretty uneventful until Thursday morning. I hadn't slept very well Wednesday night. I averaged about 4 or 5 hours. I was scheduled for a 9am dentist appointment, and figured I could catch some sleep after, since I was only getting a permanent crown adhered.

I got up around 7:30am and proceeded to the shower. I love my hot showers. I had just finished brushing my teeth in the shower, and grabbed the mouthwash. For some strange reason, I started getting extremely nauseous, warm, heard ringing in my ears, the lights were dimming, and I thought, "Oh, shit, I'm going to pass out." I  turned off the water, grabbed a towel, stepped out of the tub and crashed into the wall. I was able to stumble through the kitchen into the bedroom, where I yelled at my husband to move and I flopped on the bed. After laying flat for about 15 minutes and some deep breathing, I felt ok. It was scary.

This is the THIRD time this has happend to me now. Once was pre-op, and two times post-op. I immediately saw my doctor and he is sending me to see an electrophysiologist. My blood pressure has been low, and we need to figure out why. My electrolytes have been fine. My eating has been fine, but this is scaring me and I want to get to the bottom of this.

I am definitely getting in at least 1200 calories a day, and getting in at a minimum my 60 grams of protein, if not more. I drink water constantly throughout the day. I am anxiously awaiting to see what this Cardiologist has to say. My appointment is scheduled for September 12th.

I have been very present in my eating this past week, and really watching and making healthy choices. I saw 269 on the scale today, which puts me at 110 pounds down. Prior to my weight gain, my lowest was 271. I am in completely uncharted waters. I am frustrated that the clothes I bought recently are all now too baggy. It just stinks because clothes are expensive, and until I can fit into the huge stash of size 18 jeans that I got from a friend, I'm stuck in my 20/22s

I really wish we could all rent clothes for a month at a time! That would be so nice!
Take care everybody!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My weight-loss hiatus is OVER! (Weigh-in Wednesday Week 31 Post-op)

That's a five pound loss since last Wednesday! I have been journalling everything, and really went back to bandster basics.

I had a small fill on Monday, and it has been perfect. My hunger is in control, I'm eating without getting stuck. Life is good.

Thank you for all the supportive comments! I have a lot of blogs to catch up on. When I am not doing so great, I tend to avoid blogger all together.

Ohhhh, just wanted to mention a HUGE NSV for me! Yesterday, I went to school to get my books, and retake a student ID (since my other one was stolen when my wallet was snatched) and this is the FIRST plastic ID card I have that does not display a DOUBLE CHIN! WOOOOOOT! :)  That made my day!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weight-loss/maintenance week!