How Weight Loss Surgery Saved My Life

by sandi on October 26, 2010

My friend Gloria and I in my old pants. Can you believe it?

 

I have been fighting the fat war since I was 4 years old. I finally won the war, leaving only small skirmishes that crop up regularly. My friends tell me these little battles are what a “normal” person always deals with. 

 Just five years ago, I was 424 pounds, had arthritis in my right knee, and had trouble walking across a parking lot. My asthma forced me to stop and catch my breath several times across those parking lots. I rented a scooter to be able to take my grandkids to Disneyland. I let my husband go into the market while I waited in the truck. People looked fearfully at me when I was getting on a plane, hoping I wasn’t sitting next to them.  In March 2004 I had a hypertension crisis that got my attention. To this point, my arthritis, asthma, reflux, and sleep apnea had not yet been enough to make me take notice. 

I have succeeded at most everything I have tried in life — I have a wonderful marriage of more than 40 years to my soul mate, a great daughter, four awesome grandchildren, and a successful business I built from scratch over 20 years ago. But I could NEVER get a handle on my weight for longer than five minutes. 

On 5/28/2004, at 55 years old, I had life-changing, and life-saving, Lap-Band® surgery. Within 28 months I had lost 250 pounds. Now, more than five years after surgery, I am holding at 175 pounds and loving it. I am off all my medications and move freely and vigorously through my new life. 

 With the help of this tool and a great support team I have reached a place where it is fun to go anywhere and try new things, and I actually enjoy looking at pictures of myself (well, most of the time). 

 If you are struggling with your weight, you may find some useful information and solutions here. I have created this blog because something like it would have made a big difference to me when I was going through the decisions and the process myself. 

 As the old saying goes, information is power. If you are struggling with your weight, I want you to have the information you need to answer the questions you have so that you can make the best decision possible for you to have a richer life. 

 I hope you find this useful. I look forward to hearing from you.  

Take a look at some of our Gastric Banding Tips —  Here

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Our New Book – Is Lap Band Surgery For Me?

by sandi on October 26, 2010

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Managing Food And Alcohol While Out With Friends Or Family - Long Term Lap Band SuccessOne of the most difficult things I have had to do over the past 11 years is to learn how to eat at family functions and out at restaurants, or yes, even at Happy Hours with friends.  First thing I would like to say is that it is definitely a BIG learning, since regardless of what type of surgery you’ve had, if you sit at a table at home, in a restaurant, or in a bar for a long period of time you can graze and consume many more calories than you planned.  Add a glass of wine or a cocktail to the mix and it’s even easier to lose track.  (wink wink)

Take yesterday, a beautiful California day which I started by getting my fitness on for 90 minutes at the gym, and with my typical morning protein shake.  Then it was off to wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley we went.  We packed a cooler filled with veggies, turkey slices, apples, pears and 2 light cheeses.  Suddenly crackers and a wedge of blue cheese made it into the mix.  Uh oh….

Managing Food And Alcohol While Out With Friends Or Family - Long Term Lap Band Success
Managing Food And Alcohol While Out With Friends Or Family - Long Term Lap Band Success
Managing Food And Alcohol While Out With Friends Or Family - Long Term Lap Band Success

I made it through the tasting and almost through our lunch without straying past my 1 glass of wine, turkey, baby squash sautéed with onions and garlic, sliced tomatoes, and a baby bel lite cheese.  I totally avoided the crackers, but the blue cheese called to me and I gave in.  With no measure I put a tiny piece on slice of pear and enjoyed it.  Tastebuds and appetite was stimulated.  On to another winery, did fine there, barely tasting the wine and then to downtown Los Olivos to the Wine Merchant Café.  I was NOT hungry but an artisan cheese plate and an order of Tomato-Basil Arancini was placed to go with the bottle of wine ordered.  (Tomato-Basil Arancini – fried risotto balls, molten mozzarella, tomato presse) Do you begin to see where this was going?  I tried to stay with the fig and 1 small piece of cheese from the cheese plate.  I did have a small bite of one of the Arancini, and thank goodness that is all I allowed myself.  It was delicious and not something I would normally even think about eating.  My guard was definitely down.  Was it the glass of wine, the sunny day, sitting around chatting with friends I hadn’t seen in several years in a beautiful location?  None of the above; just old habits creeping in?  Who knows, I was beginning to cave, that’s for sure.

We then made the drive back to my house and I drank a 33.8 oz bottle of water on the way.  We stopped when we got into town to find a particular wine that my friends liked and wanted us to try.  Just being accommodating again, and then into Trader Joe’s to pick up something for a quick and easy dinner.  The pulled chicken met my protein needs, and roasted corn, guacamole and chips were added to this top finish it off.  Here I have to admit that I was the responsible party for the guacamole and chips.  I told you my resistance was weakening.  I finished off the evening with chips, guacamole and some pulled chicken with ½ glass of wine.

This morning it was the gym again with my protein drink in hand.  Got my fitness done, working on water and trying to figure out what it is my friends would like to do today.  It always revolves around food and wine, and this is very difficult for me.  They are NOT alcoholics by any means, they both work long hard hours and are on vacation enjoying themselves, I am the problem.  I try to keep up with everyone, my husband included, and then feel overstuffed, uncomfortable, bloated and out of control.

It’s not easy for me, that’s for sure.  However, it is doable.  I have done it before, and I will do it again.  I have learned some important things over the last few days about eating with folks who have not had weight loss surgery:

  • It’s a challenge, but I can do it!
  • It’s like fitness, I am not going to run as fast as someone next to me, or swim as many laps, but I’ll still get it done.  Eating – my race, my pace;
  • Keeping well hydrated helps A LOT in controlling the grazing.  It’s hard to reach for a chip or a cracker if you have a water bottle in your hand ;
  • I have stomach size envy and need to let go of it.  Eating to stuffed has too many negative consequences;
  • Just like I do when it’s just hubby and me, when I have finished what is on my plate, or when I am done eating – whichever comes first- get up from the table
  • Only put on my plate what I intend to eat
  • Even one glass of wine will weaken my defenses to trigger foods so note to self – Be Aware!

I am sure I could have done much worse these past few days.  The reality is, I could have also done much better.

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Shopping Can Be ScaryHere I was, almost 11 years after surgery the first time, 4 months post-op from my new band placement and off to shop for a retro outfit to wear to the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation’s Fifth Annual Meet & Greet next month in San Diego.  I am not a one size fits all body so I knew I had to go in to a shop and try things on.  Through some awesome advice, thank you Jamie Corp, I found the Pinup Girl Boutique store in Burbank, and I conned my husband into driving down there with me, (3 hours round trip), to check it out, and hopefully find something suitable that I liked.

Shopping Can Be ScaryOh my, what an experience!  We got there without much in the way of traffic delays (highly unusual for LA) so I thought maybe the stars were aligned in my favor.  LOL.  As I walked from the side street parking this beautiful March afternoon I saw a breathtaking tree in full bloom with nothing but blue sky above it.  Another sign from the Universe perhaps?

Then low and behold, there is the store, right in front of me…Dare I?  Uh, I better since I drove 90 minutes to get here.  Walking inside was a feast of colors, patterns and fabrics.  I started looking and kept pulling things off of racks to try on and a fitting room was started for me.  Take a look at all the possibilities.  Aren’t they all amazing?

Here are a couple of me in two of the dresses I didn’t get.  I let my husband choose the one he liked best.  No, he didn’t have the patience to come into the shop, so I was texting him pictures as he shopped down the road at Fry’s Electronics, and then waited in the car for me listening to his talk radio shows, and napping.

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If you’re interested in which one I did choose you’ll just have to come to San Diego April 10-12, and check it out at the Fabulous Forties Night!

Shopping Can Be Scary

Shopping is getting to be more fun every time I go, whether it’s to a new store or in my very own closet.  

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Stop And Smell The Roses
Stop And Smell The Roses
Stop And Smell The Roses

I had the most amazing thing just happen to me.  It’s something that I never experienced before.  I thought, hmmm, I wonder if I could borrow a dress from Angie.  Angie is not only a friend, she does bookkeeping for both of my companies, and she is anywhere between a size 6 and 10 depending on the cut.  Most frequently she is a size 8.  I thought she must have a formal I can wear to the WLSFA Meet & Greet in April, and she had 3.  I tried them all on, found one that is perfect, and left with a gown and a BIG SMILE on my face.

Why, you ask?  Not because I didn’t have to spend money on a formal I would wear maybe once or twice, although that started the corners of my lips turning up.  The bigger Non Scale Victory was being able to share clothes with someone who is thin and fit, and who also happens to be 20+ years younger than me. 

I have NEVER in my 66+ years been able to borrow clothes from anybody.  They never fit, they were too tight, it was embarrassing, so I quit trying years and years and years ago.

It’s a new experience and I like it.  She is welcome in my closet any time and I have a few dresses that would be perfect for her.  I get to shop in my own closet too, and it is time for me to donate or sell some of my size 12’s that are too big.  I will never need them again.  I have the power to make sure of that.

This is like going back to High School, only I never had this experience when I was the chubbiest one in high school, or elementary school, or junior high school, or college for that matter,

I like it!  It feels good.  It feels right.  It makes my body sing with pleasure; I guess it’s called feeling normal.  I am going to bask in this glow for a while.  When’s the last time you stopped, smelled the roses, and acknowledged that you were winning?

Celebrate Your Success Every Day!

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Living A Life I Never Dreamed Possible With My Lap Band Living A Life I Never Dreamed Possible With My Lap Band
Living A Life I Never Dreamed Possible With My Lap Band Living A Life I Never Dreamed Possible With My Lap Band
Living A Life I Never Dreamed Possible With My Lap Band Living A Life I Never Dreamed Possible With My Lap Band
Living A Life I Never Dreamed Possible With My Lap Band Living A Life I Never Dreamed Possible With My Lap Band
Living A Life I Never Dreamed Possible With My Lap Band Living A Life I Never Dreamed Possible With My Lap Band
Living A Life I Never Dreamed Possible With My Lap Band Living A Life I Never Dreamed Possible With My Lap Band
Living A Life I Never Dreamed Possible With My Lap Band Living A Life I Never Dreamed Possible With My Lap Band

My 11th year “surgiversary” is almost here.  I had my Lap Band Surgery on May 28th 2004.  I never even dreamed of losing more than half of my 424 pound body weight at that time, let alone be able to enjoy the active life I am living today, at 66.

I just spent a week on the Island of Oahu, was active every single day, slept well every night, and had a fabulous vacation.  I made breakfast every morning we were there, and cooked dinner every night except our last night when we had a fabulous dinner out.  That was not my original intention, the situation simply called for it after going fishing our second day there, and coming back with mahi-mahi and yellowfin tuna to spare. 

This is pretty much how the week went:

Arrived Thursday late afternoon and dealt with some horrendous Honolulu traffic as we headed away from the city to the North Shore where we were staying.  Stopped at Costco for eggs, cheese and ahi poke, honey smoked salmon, salad greens, local tomatoes, Maui salsa, and the obligatory bottles of wine.  Got to the condo, unpacked, made some dinner and relaxed the rest of the evening.

Friday morning negotiated a rate with the gym at the Turtle Bay Resort so both hubby and I had use of the facilities.  In the interim we got a call from one of the local boat owners that they had 2 other folks interested in fishing so would we still like to share a charter for the day…WooHoo…going deep sea fishing on Saturday!  We checked out the gym, got our workouts in, and walked around the amazing property.  Also planned a meet up on Sunday with a Facebook buddy.  She was taking me paddleboarding…  Lots of excitement, everything falling nicely into place.

Saturday morning at the pier at 6:30AM and headed out for 8 hours of deep sea fishing with my protein drink to start my day.  I had packed hard boiled eggs, almonds, and jerky along with 4 liters of water so our on board “kitchen” was well stocked.  The other two folks were fun to chat with, as was the captain and mate on the boat.  We watched humpback whales breech and blow, dolphins swim, and, oh yes had an amazing catch.  I caught 2 mahi-mahi and 1 yellowfin tuna.  Hubby caught 2 mahi-mahi and 2 yellowfin tuna so it was a great day!  Whales, dolphin, sunshine, fish, what could be better?  Fresh fish for dinner that we caught ourselves….that’s what!

Sunday morning met Michelle and Keith at 9 for my paddleboarding experience.  Hubby didn’t want to try.  It is amazing!  I did not manage to stand up on the board but I did my two excursions out and back without killing me or anyone else.  It is so relaxing.  Since I live at the beach I am researching getting a few lessons here so that I can actually stand up and paddle..  Even sitting it is a great workout – entire body.  Your legs and core are used to keep you stable, your arms, shoulders and back to paddle.  Another first accomplished for me and another “Never In My Wildest Dreams Moment.”

Monday was a drizzly start to the day that turned into a lovely afternoon, after my morning massage at the spa, lunch at the beach and then a walk back to the beach at sunset…. overlooking the water…..  a stop at a local establishment for a glass of wine and a walk back to the condo in the dark…. funny thing about large condo complexes… they all look alike…. but we found our way back.

Tuesday, thanks to Michelle and Keith, picking up tickets for us at 7 AM we got to tour the USS Arizona Memorial, the Bowfin submarine, and the entire Walk of Remembrance at Pearl Harbor.  I couldn’t stop the tears from flowing while standing over the remains of the Arizona and the more than 1000 men who lost their lives that day, and never knew what hit them.  Thousands died at Pearl Harbor, and the entire memorial is an amazing site to see and experience.  We walked, and we walked, and we walked, all day…no pedometer so I can’t tell you the number of steps.

Wednesday was day at the beach for swimming and snorkeling and just hanging out.  We got so lazy we didn’t even bring our snorkeling gear.  The area we swam was protected from the surf and I was able to get in lots of body work swimming against the natural current in the water and just enjoying the beautiful Pacific Ocean.  This was our last full day on the island and we celebrated by going out to dinner and enjoying sitting and relaxing, listening to the surf, and eating some of the best filet I’ve had in a long time.  Then it was time to take our to-go boxes back to the condo.

I just highlighted the week, I was moving and active each and every day and more than grateful for all of the experiences.  This was one of the most relaxing vacations I have ever had because the activity was all a joy for me, rather than a struggle and the food choices were easy since I had eggs, salad greens and fresh fish.  Every single person we met had a big smile on their face, and was more than willing to chat.  The scenery was fabulous; I was with the love of my life.  We are strong, we are healthy, we moved on purpose, with purpose every day.

I wonder what it would have been like if I actually had lived to 66 years old at 424 pounds… I’m sure it would have been quite different.

I am grateful to the second chance at life that having Lap Band Surgery has offered me.

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Success After Lap Band surgery Take 2 - And The Story Continues
Success After Lap Band surgery Take 2 - And The Story Continues
Success After Lap Band surgery Take 2 - And The Story Continues

I am sitting here at the same weight I was after Lap Band Surgery followed by my plastic surgery.  That puts me at the same weight that I was in 2009, and it is 6 years later.  I am a happy camper for sure since I had some regain while my doctor, and I, figured out what my band issues were, and it appears that my surgery on 11/17 has given me the opportunity to not only shed that regain, but to go for new, lower numbers, if I choose.  Those are the key words – I CHOOSE.

My goal weight is my decision.  My weight is 174 and my next goal is 169.That’s five pounds.  Doesn’t seem like a lot, should be easy to do, especially since I have a new band, and a plication with it, right?  Let me remind each and every one of you, no matter where you are on your journey, that NONE of this IS EASY.  It is all hard work, especially as you get closer to your goal weight, and the number on the scale is hundreds of pounds less than when you started.

At the beginning of my journey in 2004 I could say no to a piece of chocolate and lose 2 pounds overnight…..well, at any rate I could eat 1200 calories a day, and lose 10 pounds a month or more.  Now, if I eat more than 950 calories in a day I will actually show a net gain overnight, and if I eat 1200 calories that gain is one pound or more.  I only count my weight on Monday, which was my surgery day on 11/17, and I have had a consistent weekly loss since then, and I do not let my daily weighing-in influence my attitude for the day.  They are just numbers, and I am secure in the fact that I am making the choices that will get me to where I choose to be next.

Think about this for a moment – I can, not eat over 950 calories, I want to lose 5 pounds more as a mini goal, and I am NOT on a diet, nor will I ever be on a diet again.  I eat delicious food all of the time.  My love of food has driven my mind to places it has never gone before.  I challenge myself to create recipes that work for my protein and calorie daily minimums and maximums (80 grams protein – 950 calories) or alter existing recipes to fit my food plan as well. 

The key word here is PLAN.  I take time to plan my meals – it doesn’t take long.  I weigh and measure everything that goes into them so I know, rather than estimate, the calories and protein I am putting in my mouth.  Oftentimes I can, not and do not, finish my portion, and that is great.  If I am satisfied with a smaller portion than I served up I am not going to be craving more food in 10 minutes.

Many of you ask me what I eat to lose weight.  The answer is simple and complicated at the same time.  Just like a child can go on a kick of not wanted to eat anything but …… (hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, pizza, _____ – you fill in the blank) I go through periods of time where I eat similar foods over and over again.  Then, rather than being bored with it something else catches my mind or my eye and I’m off to something new.  I can tell you that currently I eat under 1000 calories per day and 80 grams of protein or more, and drink at least 72 ounces of water.

This week, here’s what a typical day looks like:

Up by 5 am – 2 cups herbal tea and then 1 cup black coffee

7 am on way to gym I have my home made protein shake with protein powder, almond milk, blueberries, and flax seed meal

11:30 – 1 pm When I am hungry again I have been making an omelet with either 1 egg and 1 egg white, or 3 egg whites, cheese, and some type of meat or bacon bits

3-5 pm When I am hungry again I am having tuna salad, chicken salad, crab salad, deli meat and cheese, or a Greek yogurt.

7-8 pm When I am hungry again I will have fish, chicken, sausage, shrimp, crab, a veggie of some sort, a handful of baby spinach with some sliced cucumber, and tomato

10-11 pm I am rarely hungry at this time.  If I am “craving” something a cup of tea, or a cup of hot chocolate, will typically deal with this as will going to bed.

That’s it.  That’s how I eat.  Not very exciting when you think about it.  What makes it exciting is what is done with the basic ingredients.  My fish this week has been bluefin tuna marinated in jerk seasoning seared rare.  I served this with steamed asparagus, and it was amazing.

For Sunday breakfast (not headed to the gym at 7 on Sunday) I have made flourless pancakes, or crab and cheese omelets, or just good old bacon (uncured black forest turkey bacon) and eggs.

I use spices in all my food and personally love a little heat in all of it.  If I’m going to eat it I am going to make sure it has lots of flavor since I don’t eat much of it.

I choose to challenge myself to be creative in the kitchen in short periods of time.  I will often take an hour or two on Sunday mornings, while my husband sleeps in, to prep some meals that can go in the freezer like soups, stews, and chiles for later consumption, as well as the crab, chicken, or tuna salad creation of the week.

I am confident in my ability to find 950 calories a day of good tasting food that will move me forward to my next weight goal.

The number on the scale is not my ruler- I rule the number on the scale!

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When you all are ready this I will be on a plane returning from a week in Hawaii, so ALOHA!

Protein Packed Flourless Ricotta Pancakes With Blueberry Syrup
Protein Packed Flourless Ricotta Pancakes With Blueberry Syrup
Protein Packed Flourless Ricotta Pancakes With Blueberry Syrup
Protein Packed Flourless Ricotta Pancakes With Blueberry Syrup
Protein Packed Flourless Ricotta Pancakes With Blueberry Syrup

This morning I decided to try another take on the flourless pancakes and share my step by step with you.  This recipe will easily feed 2, I chose to serve it with some Trader Joe’s Maple Brown Sugar chicken Sausage which are delicious and come in at 50 calories and 5 grams of protein each.  I had one, I gave my husband 2 of them.  He is not a weight loss surgery patient and he is totally satisfied with his food quantity, and he mentioned the delicate flavor of the pancakes so all is good with my world.

Start by assembling all of your ingredients for the pancakes:

  • ¾ of a cup of Fat Free Ricotta Cheese (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 5 ounces of egg substitute (again I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons vanilla protein powder (I use Isoflex)
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon Splenda
  • 1 Tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • Nonstick spray (I use Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil Spray)
  • 2 small frying pans or 1 large one (I use 2 nonstick small ones)

Now assemble the ingredients for the blueberry syrup by placing in a large microwaveable receptacle (I use a 1 quart Pyrex measuring cup and cover it when I am zapping the contents):

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Splenda (or to taste)

Directions (pancakes):

  1. To a medium bowl add the egg substitute, the ricotta cheese, the vanilla protein powder, the vanilla extract, the Splenda, the lemon zest and the dash of cinnamon.  Mix well with a fork and then whip a little by hand with a whisk.
  2. Meanwhile, spray the bottoms of the frying pans with the nonstick spray and heat to medium
  3. When the pans are ready, add the baking powder to the pancake batter and whish again to thoroughly blend and put a little air in the mixture
  4. Using about ¼ of a soup ladle for each, pour batter into prepared pans.
  5. When the edge of the pancakes are dry and the centers are all bubbly flip over and cook for another minute on the other side.
  6. Remove pancakes to oven safe plate and keep warm in your oven at about 175 degrees (this does not dry out the pancakes as the rest of the batch cooks)
  7. Repeat until you’ve used all the batter, stirring the mix each time.

Directions (syrup):

  1. Mix all ingredients with a fork, cover and microwave on 50% power for about 2 minutes.  Remove and stir – repeat, reducing time in the microwave each repeat until syrup is just bubbly hot.  Mix again

Now assemble each plate with half the pancakes and pour the syrup or serve on the side.  Add breakfast meat as desired.

Nutrition:  Makes 2 servings, each with approximately

  • 135 calories and
  • 23.6 grams protein

Enjoy!  This fuels my body for 4 hours easily and is a series of taste explosions in my mouth.  No diet food for me!

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Learning To Love Myself Before, During And After Weight Loss Surgery
Learning To Love Myself Before, During And After Weight Loss Surgery
Learning To Love Myself Before, During And After Weight Loss Surgery

Let’s face it, when I looked in the mirror in 2004 and saw a 424 pound woman staring back at me I was not happy.  But is that really what I saw when I looked?  I don’t think so.  I was so deep in denial of what I had allowed to happen to my body that today, almost 12 years later, I am not even sure I acknowledged my own girth.  If I did, how could I not do something about it? 

What I did finally acknowledge was that my high blood pressure was probably going to kill me if I didn’t medicate it, and do something about my weight.  That was my defining moment.  My arthritis, asthma, sleep apnea, and inability to move around freely hadn’t hit my brain yet, but this time the fear of dying while in my doctor’s office hit my brain like a sharpshooter hits the bulls eye on a target.  BAM!  Time to act. 

I put on my big girl panties, and went to a seminar about weight loss surgery given by my local bariatric surgeon.  I was sold and the rest is history.  Here I am almost 12 years later and 250 pounds lighter still wondering if I am really seeing ME when I look in the mirror.  Some days I am so excited by what I see and other days I pick myself apart.  Yes, I know, we all have good days and bad days.  The trick comes in having more good days than bad, and continuing to increase the number of good days each week.

My ultimate goal is to have 7 good days every week and 52 good weeks every year.  Pollyanna you say?  I say why not?  Having a good day is a choice, just as surgery was, just as my breakfast is.  I have the choice to start each day by looking in the mirror and saying, I LOVE YOU, You are a strong, beautiful woman who deserves to be happy.  The rest is easy, just keep at it each and every day.  Some days you will believe it, some days perhaps not.  As the days you believe what you are saying increase in number, you’ll find yourself believing in yourself and your power to create each day.  I’m not Clint Eastwood…  I’m not willing to turn that power over to someone or something else, so I look at myself each morning and can now add, “Make my day” to the image looking back at me.

Learning To Love Myself Before, During And After Weight Loss Surgery Learning To Love Myself Before, During And After Weight Loss Surgery

I wish you all a beautiful, healthy, strong, loving Valentine’s Day, and keep that love of yourself growing stronger each day.  Find your self love, build your self esteem, remember – YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL, LOVING, POWERFUL BEING, AND DESERVE TO BE HEALTHY AND HAPPY.

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Moving Off The Couch To Keep The Scale Moving – Long Term Lap Band Success

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Random Thoughts Of A Lap Band Patient Seeking Success

January 14, 2015

I woke up this morning (it’s Friday morning), jumped on the scale and was pleased with what I saw.  I put on my sweats and headed downstairs for my tea and coffee, then I took off to the gym where I hit the pool for 30 minutes of swimming laps.  My arms were still sore […]

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The Saga Of My New Lap Band Journey Continues

January 7, 2015

As I continue on my journey since my surgery of 11/17/14 I find that I have become that person I warn others to not become.  I AM A SCALE WHORE!  There, I said it out loud, and am fully owning it, and all it means.  Every morning since 11/17/14 I get out of bed, use […]

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Let’s start off the New Year With a Banded Living/Wellesse New Year – New You Health and Fitness Giveaway!

January 7, 2015

Let’s start off the New Year With a Banded Living/Wellesse New Year – New You Health and Fitness Giveaway! We ran a giveaway contest with free prizes and lots of ways to WIN. FOR EVERYONE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST Request FREE 2 oz. samples of Wellesse Calcium at http://www.wellesse.com/bandedlivingsamples The Contest ended on: — Saturday, January 31, 2015, 11:59 […]

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Long Term Lap Band Success – Setting Goals And Getting Goals

December 31, 2014

Here we are at the start of 2015 full of good intentions.  Who has ever said these words – “right after the holidays I am getting back on track”?  I bet those words sound familiar to many of you.  They sure do to me.  Before my weight loss surgery in 2004 I would say them […]

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Finding My New Journey To Lap Band Success

December 24, 2014

Woke up today excited to visit my doctor for my first appointment with him post op.  Sure he checked me out before he released me from the hospital, but I am not good at discussion when under the influence of narcotics.  Ha!  Then I thought I have to ask him why I am not losing […]

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Lap Band Success – Planning For The Holidays and Winning

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So Hanukkah started Tuesday evening.  I have a large family dinner on Sunday that will include high calorie appetizers, dinner with traditional potato latkes (pancakes) and sour cream and high calorie sugary desserts and lots of wine.  I am almost 5 weeks post-op and have my lowest previous banded weight within reach for the end […]

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Long Term Lap Band Success – There Is No Shame In Regain

December 10, 2014

Many of our bariatric doctors will tell us that we can “expect” a 10% regain after a couple of years.  Most of us conveniently forget we ever heard, or read, those words anywhere, as we get to the point in our journey where we are at our goal weight loving our new life, and all […]

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