Saturday, 16 July 2011


Hey ladies hit a milestone today!!!! 169.4 I'm so excited. I had my band adjusted last Thursday - 4cc total in the band. I started shedding about a pound a day. Of course the week long liquid diet after the adjustment might have had something to do with it. Oh and I almost forgot the 5K I jogged last Saturday. I finished in 42mins and some change. Not so bad for my first 5K. My # was 9230. Hope everyone has a great week of loosing.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Dorothy I'm not in Kansas anymore!!!

I have been sooo busy these last few weeks. My children's school is keeping us on our toes. We've had Sport's Day, Sports Dinner (I was very good - ate a few bites of the dessert and than pushed it away), Junior and Senior Production, Fashion Show, Summer Concert, and Leaver's Service. Tomorrow is Speech Day and we are done. In the middle of all of this was 4th of July. We took the kids out of school and went on a short break to Edinburgh, Scotland. We walked the Royal Mile (yes it's a mile) a few times and then for a NSV I climbed this:

This is Scott Monument. There are 287 steps to the top around a circular stairway that narrows as it ascends. The funny thing is I convinced my family to climb it and I couldn't go all the way up. I made it to the third viewing area before fear overcame me. As you ascend this structure people are descending on the same stairs. WHHHHHHAAAAAAAATTTTTTTT??????????? There is barely enough room for me to get up then you want me to move to the outside so someone can descend. I freaked out. In someone's infinite wisdom they abruptly omitted the hand rail half way up. While my family completed the 50 odd steps I had time to reflect on how I was going to live out my life atop Scott's monument without a bathroom. I was seriously frightened. I didn't think I was going to be able to get down. Fear had gripped me tight in it's clutches. My family by this time had been up and didn't beat an eyelash when I said I couldn't come down. In unison they said "Whatever" and commenced their decent. I was left with further reflection of my new existence as a permanent fixture atop this Gothic beast. Needless to say when I thought of winter clearer minds prevailed and I started my descent. My daughter was laughing hysterically as I was exiting. The endless line of lambs to the slaughter were staring questioningly at my tear streaked face.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I'm off to my first 5K on Sunday. Pictures to follow!

Monday, 20 June 2011

You want me to WHAT????? EXERCISE!!!!

So I'm an avid follower of Lap Band Gal. Before I got my band I stayed up till 2AM reading her blog. I share her stories with my friends and her before and after pics with my husband. She is my lap band porn. LOL Sounds somewhat stalkerish but I assure you it's purely inspiration. So to get to the point she is constantly stuffing exercise down my throat. "It's workout Wed what are you doing." ... The sun is shinning what exercise are you doing .... etc ... etc... etc...! I was hoping she would say It's raining doughnuts what exercise are you doing? I think I would have really been motivated by that. I loathed exercise thus getting to the point where I needed WLS. So being an avid "follower" I decided to heed her advice and start exercising *GASP* I started walking with a friend, moved up to a fast (old lady mall walker) pace and now I'm jogging and walking. I signed up for the Race for Life (breast cancer awareness) 5K. This is my first race ever. Today I had a mile pace of 12 mins and burned 284 calories in 25min. My goal is to be able to run 1 mile without stopping. So thanks Lap Band Gal for annoying me with the reminders to exercise.  Oh by the way - it helped me get to a weight loss goal too. So in the words of my mentor: What are you doing for exercise?

Friday, 17 June 2011

Liquids are OVER!

I made it!!! Thank goodness that phase is over. 4 weeks of sheer will power and I'm done with the liquid phase. I must confess I did slip up towards the end and eat mushies. What utter bliss mushies are. I never thought I would enjoy them as much as I have.  I weighed in today and I was at 180.8. Yippee I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Nothing Witty to Say

It's been awhile since I wrote anything. Mainly it's because I have nothing to say. Still on my liquid diet. Thursday will be my 3 week bandiversary. I will only have 1 week to go and I get to move on to the mushy stage. I got down to 185 and have been going back and forth between 187-188. I have been really vigilant about recording everything that goes in my mouth. I'm using I have to confess that I had a McDonald's  strawberry shake and I will never ever have one ever again.  After recording the calories. I had no idea how many calories were in a lot of things until I started using this site.  Do you use any sites to record your calories?

Friday, 27 May 2011

Am I or Aren't I???? I Don't know!!!

It's been a few days and all I'm able to think about is how hungry I am. I would love to be able to eat (chew) something. My stomach sounds like heavy machinery is at work. I'm sticking to my liquid diet and changed it up a little today. I had 1 scoop of Syntax Nectar Fuzzy Navel Protein, 1/2 Med Banana, 1/4 cup Organic Fat Free French Vanilla Yoghurt and 8oz OJ and blended it really well. It was really good and filling. It took me about 2 hrs to drink it. I'm still having a hard time getting in 1200 calories. I met my protein goal yesterday for the first time and I'm sure I'll meet it again today. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Evil Scale Say Whaaaat?

I'll probably get so much slack for this but Oh, well - this site is about honesty for me. I'm a weighing addict now. I weigh first thing in the AM, after a meal, after a BM, I try to guesstimate the lbs I've lost with each wee (pee for us Americans - Usually no weight lost FYI) and before I go to bed. I'm sure I'm not alone in this post-surgery obsession. What's your feelings on it?

My Surgery Day Story!

Well, I was discharged finally from the hospital yesterday and what a difference a day makes. So happy to be in my own home with my husband and kids. I'm still having a hard time getting in all the liquid but I'll keep with it. Was touch and go for awhile if I made the right decision. I guess that's why it's called Bandster Hell! Here's my story:

All went well. I was so nervous for nothing. I got into the surgical suite, got my IV and the next thing I know I woke up in recovery. I was in pain initially. They gave me 4mg of Morphine and then sent me back up to my room. Since then I've had Tylenol only. The only complaint I have is I'm an American in the UK and they don't do things the same here. Instead of giving me liquid Tylenol - they gave me these tablets like Alka-selzer that dissolve in water and the nurse gave me tons of water with it. It was at the same time they brought me broth and a cup of juice. I had to drink the nasty Tylenol drink for sure and was unable to consume anything else. I just have to say that is a feeling I've never felt before. I was repulsed by even thinking of taking another drink. Wow!!! My pain is very little discomfort at the port site ( I was lucky and only had 1 incision) and mild discomfort in my left shoulder. Like I pulled something. I'm staying in the hospital until Sat the 21st which is another UK thing I guess. I'm ready to go home now although, I feel really tired. Thanks for all the well wishes. I'm interested in hearing everyone's stories. So glad I went through with it.