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.  

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by sandi on October 26, 2010

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Come with us to the beachI wondered what I was going to share with you, all of this week.  Food, portions, supplements, exercise, water, personal accountability.  It all matters, that’s for sure.  My opinion is that it all begins with personal accountability which has so many pieces to it.  It is being accountable that has us being mindful of our food choices, our portion sizes, our water, exercise and supplements; however – personal accountability has a deeper meaning and impact in my life.  Personal accountability means that I have to know, acknowledge, and share the fact that I must take care of ME FIRST.  I have to value myself and my health; love myself enough to make changes in my day to day life that may impact others as they benefit me.

Others may not like that I go to the gym every morning and am not available to take them here or there, watch their children, or be on that conference call.  My gym time is sacred to me.  It is when I not only wake up my metabolism, but I set the tone for my day.  Let’s take today for example.  Come with us to the beachI had a terrible night; sleep was not in the cards.  I managed a total of about 1 ½ hours from 3 am to 4:30 am.  How do I feel you ask?  Well at 4:30 I just wanted to cry, to go back to sleep and not have to face the day sleep deprived and achy and crabby.  Instead I went through my normal morning routine and took my tired body to the gym and did the best I could there.  I got in 35 minutes on the elliptical- and, much to my surprise it was NOT my slowest time ever.  I also did strength training for 60 minutes.  It was hard, but it cleared some of the cobwebs out of my head, woke me up a bit, and has allowed me to be semi-coherent all day, instead of being a basket case.

Come with us to the beachAm I at my prime today?  Probably not.  I AM however being the best that I can be today and I can ask no more than that of myself.  You see I have learned to love and respect myself and with that has come my knowledge that if I start the day in the gym I can get more accomplished than if I start the day doing for others.

I LOVE doing for others, I am a nurturing soul and giving back to my friends and family and this community has been a life force for me since my surgery in 2004.  If I can do even 1 human kindness each day I am happy.  I must however make that 2 human kindnesses each day because the first one must be to myself.  I start in the gym and continue it with proper food and hydration throughout the day.  Some days I am called upon by family, some days by friends, some days by the community, and some days just by myself.

Come with us to the beachWhatever the call is, however long the day might be, however stressful the requests, I can approach them with the clarity of a person who knows her strengths and weaknesses, who knows where she is in time at this moment, and who knows where she wants to be and who she wants to be as the years continue to progress.

This process is a constant evolution, and this journey of transformation the past 12+ years has certainly been a roller coaster.  Some days I just know who I don’t want to be, as I continue to discover the new, improved version of who I do want to be.

Confusing?  You betcha, but nobody ever said life was easy, or that the path was always clear.

I invite all of you to join WLS Success Matters, October 14th-16th, in Manhattan Beach CA and spend some time working just on YOU.  Self discovery is a powerful ally in life.  Here’s the link, Fall Into YOU Weekend, and be sure to use FALL16 in the promo code to save $50.

Come with us to the beach

Show yourself some LOVE.  Wake up and WIN with us as you create the roadmap for the next stops on your journey to health.  

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Since I love eating and I love cooking and creating bariatric friendly dishes it is no surprise that my business discussion with the other half of WLS SUCCESS MATTERS centered on food, hunger, satiety, understanding that food equals fuel, and that even the “worst” of cooks can create a delicious meal in minutes.

Food, Glorious Food When I began my journey I ate the same thing every day for breakfast and lunch – an egg frittata for breakfast and tuna for lunch.  Pretty boring, right?  Yes it was, but as I started on my journey from 424 lbs to 154 lbs I needed to take the emphasis off of food.  This worked.  I knew the calories and protein content of what I was eating.  It kept me satisfied (not full, just not physically hungry) for 3- 4 hours and the weight was falling off.  Dinners varied.  There were about 10 go tos that I used for the first year and then I added many more and keep adding as my creative mood strikes.

What’s my point here?  Is it eat boring food?  No, it’s eat real food and it’s fine to repeat it so that you don’t have to think about it.  I didn’t eat breakfast at home.  I ate it at work between 9 and 10am, when I was hungry. Food, Glorious Food  It’s okay to have a schedule of meals that work for you, especially with our busy lives and families.  Who remembers Meat Loaf Mondays or Taco Tuesdays or Pasta Sundays growing up?  What’s wrong with doing that again, right now, to feed yourself delicious food and keep your family happy as well?  On Sunday, make one or two (or 5) meat loaves and freeze the extras for future weeks, serve on Monday with the veggie of your choice, and your family’s…. your main course can be the same – The sides will change.  Take those Taco innards and put them over some salad greens for you, and have tortillas for the rest of the bunch.  Pasta?  Take that sauce, or those meatballs, and eat them in a bowl, or how about over some cauliflower rice, or spaghetti squash, or Zoodles while the rest of the crew has pasta – if they must.  All it takes is stopping a moment, changing those I cant’s into well maybe’s, and trying it.  You may find that you can make a huge batch of pasta sauce, or taco meat and freeze it right alongside your meat loaves. 

Food, Glorious Food Wow, cook once for many many meals.  Sounds like a plan to me.  I have been doing it for a long time now – 12 years to be exact.  I feed my family, I feed myself, I fuel my body with healthy real food, and I have achieved and maintained a 270 pound weight loss.

It works.  You may want to try it.  The other alternative is the one pan, throw together meal – there are so many of them that can be on the table in 20 minutes from start to finish and still hit all of your needs and all of your tastes and please your family at the same time.

Food, Glorious Food Just be sure you put the right size portion on your plate – the right size plate as well.  Using a small plate allows you visually to see lots of food.  If you put a bariatric portion on a big plate you might feel deprived, or want to go back for seconds.

As you develop your new eating and cooking skills, share with others.  Are you having trouble getting in the groove of making healthy food?  The solution is to give one month of WLS SUCCESS MATTERS MEAL PLANNING a try. 

You’ll find breakfasts, lunches and suppers for the month that are bariatric and family friendly with easy to follow directions, pictures, recipes, a shopping list and your nutrition statistics all worked out for you.

Whatever you choose to do, plan to be a success.

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You all hear me say time and time again that I eat ONLY delicious tasting food.  This goes for all my meals, snacks and even the “emergency” foods I keep on hand or that I travel with.  You know I was intrigued when I saw protein bars with names like Chunky Choco Walnut, Macarooned, Cinnabahn and Ginger Spice Pecan.  Yes, I was intrigued, but quite skeptical at the same time.  Most protein bars taste like cardboard or chemicals to me.  I always travel with one on hand though for emergencies, those times when I get hungry and it’s going to be awhile before I can have a meal.  I typically choose the bar that tastes the least like chemicals or cardboard to me.  My tastes change so we’ll leave those unnamed.

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I can honestly say that the four bars named above have neither a chemical nor a cardboard taste.  They taste like REAL FOOD.  Why?  Because they are real food.  They’re made from all organic, gluten free, non GMO products.  They’re delicious.  The best part of it all is that I can only eat ½ of a bar at any one time.  The bites must be tiny and well chewed.  The bars are dense with flavor and texture and are ever so satisfying.  I don’t have a favorite among the four I sampled.  Each one has its own distinct deliciousness.  Perhaps over time I will develop a favorite, right now every one of them calls to me.  I will say that if I am planning an evening snack I would reach for half of a Chunky Choco Walnut because it is like a cookie and a candy bar rolled into one and it’s typically sweets that I crave at night.  That’s the most you’re going to get from me on flavor preference.  How much sugar you ask?  They vary from 1 gram to 4.5 grams and again that’s for an entire bar.  Calories- again they vary from 198 to 263 for a whole bar.  Protein varies from 20 to 22 grams.  I like them warmed in a microwave for just a few seconds.  That brings out all the flavors.

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Calories - To Count Or Not To Count - Long Term Lap Band SuccessWhich of these have you heard? — Eat between 800-1200 calories per day.  Get 60-80 grams of protein per day.  Use a small plate.  Eat protein first, then veggies, then if you have room eat your carbs.  Fifty percent of your calories should be protein.  Seventy percent of your calories should be protein.  You need grains.  You don’t need grains.  Avoid anything white like bread, rice and potatoes.  Eat until you’re satisfied.  Eat 3 meals per day.  Eat 5 meals per day.  Eat 1 cup of food.  Eat ½ cup of food.  Eat 1 ½ cups of food.  Eat firm protein.  Greek yogurt is good for you.  Count your calories.  Don’t count your calories.  Count your protein.  Weigh and measure all of your food.  Eat small portions.  Don’t go back for seconds.  Eat every 3-5 hours.  Only eat when you’re hungry.

Are you confused?  It’s not surprising if you said yes.  Some of the rules that we are given after weight loss surgery seem to contradict each other, others don’t seem to make sense, and yet we are expected to make sense out of it and then achieve and maintain our goal weights with all of this information floating around in our heads. 

This is how I have sorted it out for myself and this is what works for me, and has worked for the past 12 years:

  • I avoid anything white- yes – rice, white potatoes, white flour, and sugar are not anything I choose to eat.  Do I “stray” occasionally?  Yes, and when I do, I pay for it with pounds on the scale and hunger for more.
  • To lose weight I eat between 1000 and 1200 calories a day and at least 80 grams of protein.  To maintain my weight I eat between 1000 and 1400 calories and at least 80 grams of protein.  My preferred calorie to protein ratio is 1 gram of protein for every 10 calories.  When I follow this rule both my fats and carbs are low naturally.
  • Calories - To Count Or Not To Count - Long Term Lap Band SuccessI eat “close to the ground”.  What I mean is that I try to avoid processed foods – things that come in a box or things that have ingredients that I cannot pronounce.  Fresh veggies, fruits, fish, shellfish, eggs, poultry, meat, and cheese are the bulk of my meals.  I do have a shake in the morning because I am up by 5, at the gym by 7 and I can’t eat “real food” that early so I have a shake with protein powder, nut milk, flax seed meal, blueberries and greens to power my workout.
  • Do I count calories?  You bet!  I am not obsessed with it, I use the labels on packages and my food scale, or I use Fat Secret or Calorie King.  And yes, I do weigh and measure my food as well when I am home.
  • I eat 4-6 meals daily (counting the shake as one) depending on the day.  Do I eat when I am not physically hungry?  Only if I am “feeding emotional or head hunger” which I have been known to do.  I typically eat by hunger, not by a clock.  This was a significant change for the first few years after surgery.
  • Calories - To Count Or Not To Count - Long Term Lap Band SuccessI track my calories and protein in a notebook on my counter at home.  When I meal plan on Sundays and make lunches or things that are multiple breakfasts or dinners I typically put them into single serving containers and clearly mark them.  It makes things easier for me, especially on evenings when I teach classes or facilitate support groups.
  • Do I have an extra protein drink or ?  if I don’t meet my protein on any one day.  NO.  The protein recommendations are ranges and averages and if I only hit 50 grams protein 1 day, I might hit 124 grams of protein on the next, so it all “comes out in the wash”.  Same thing with calories.  If I have a 600 calorie day I don’t worry that I have to eat more to keep my body from going into starvation mode because the next day I will more than likely eat more.  That protein number would concern me if it repeated for a number of days and if the calories that went along with it were high because then I would be eating carbs or fats to make up those calories and could begin a cycle of continuous cravings for them.

Calories - To Count Or Not To Count - Long Term Lap Band SuccessWhat’s the bottom line here?  All of our “rules” on calories and protein and portion size are recommendations.  Each of our bodies are different.  Be aware and measure and weigh your food so you know what you are consuming, and don’t forget about those liquid calories either.  Set goals for yourself in each of the areas based on your doctor’s recommendations and then journal what you eat and see how you fared after a week.  Did you lose weight?  Did you gain weight?  What can you do differently this next week if it’s not “working” for you.

This week while journaling my intake I found one day that I thought I had been eating all day long.  I was not happy, until I totaled my numbers for the day and found that my choices made a difference.  I had consumed 1100 calories and 124 grams of protein.  Another day I thought I was doing fine until I totaled and saw that I had 1498 calories and 86 grams of protein.  Not the best day, but in maintenance not so horrible either.  I don’t beat myself up if I have made a choice that “doesn’t fit” my program.  I simply look at it and move forward, deciding what I can do the next day and the day after that.

Calories - To Count Or Not To Count - Long Term Lap Band SuccessThe ebb and flow of life dictates some of our behaviors.  We can control what we consume and when we consume it at least 90% of the time.  Take that information and add our weight loss surgery tools and I see SUCCESS written next to YOUR name.  Do YOU?

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Taking Care of Me First - Long Term Success After Lap Band SurgeryI had a revelation yesterday while I was at the orthopedic doctor’s office.  I meal plan, I weigh and measure most of my food, I get in at least 200 minutes of fit living each week, I see my bariatric surgeon on a regular basis, I take my vitamins and supplements, I drink my water.  Yes, I am a rule follower for sure.  That’s how I lost, and am maintaining the loss of, 270 pounds since my surgery in 2004.  Good on me, right? 

If that’s case why did it take me 2 months to realize that the increasing pain in my knee was because it had been over 6 months since I had seen my orthopedist for my semiannual injection of hyaluronic acid in my knee?  Why was I sleeping poorly, waking in pain, not being able to find a comfortable spot in bed for my leg, and generally being a grouch during the day because my pain level was up and Tylenol didn’t do anything to relieve it?  Having a lap band I choose to not use any of the NSAIDS (like ibuprofen or Aleve, etc.).

Taking Care of Me First - Long Term Success After Lap Band SurgeryLast week, June 15th, I finally called the orthopedist and had the receptionist look up my last appointment date since my insurance would only cover the injections every 6 months.  To my surprise I was told that October 15th was my last visit.  Oh My, now I knew what was going on.  Of course, at that point I wanted to see the doctor that very next day, and that was not possible.  I scheduled an appointment for the first week in July and asked to be put on the cancellation list.

The angels of cancellation were watching over me and I got to see the doctor and get the first of my 3 injections yesterday, June 21st.  Almost immediately 60% of the pain was gone.  This morning I noted that I was able to get out of bed without limping, and my workout at the gym was with very little notice of my knee.  And that’s only with the first shot.  I am hoping for more relief over the next two weeks and more, since all of my reading indicates that it often takes up to 5 weeks for the full effects to be felt.  This is great news to me.  I suffered needlessly for 2 months.  Here’s a link to read about hyaluronic acid injections in arthritic knee joints if you’re interested that I found on the Arthritis Organization website http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/medication/drug-types/other/hyaluronic-acid-injections.php

Taking Care of Me First - Long Term Success After Lap Band SurgeryIf you are suffering with knee pain and avoid exercise because of it – I cannot suggest too strongly that you go see an orthopedic doc and find out about alternatives.  Personally, I have been able to put off my knee replacement, which I do not look forward to, for the past 12 years with these injections.  I am NOT a doctor, and I am NOT recommending anything but going to see a specialist to find out the possibilities.

My point in this blog is simply that we may think we are putting ourselves first with our food/water/fitness, but be aware there is more to look at in terms of making yourself a priority and you are worth taking the time to think about YOU and how to make your days and your quality of life the best it can be.

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Long Term Success After Weight Loss SurgeryThere seems to be two schools of thought within the Facebook Weight Loss Surgery Community. 

The first think that celebrating success, sharing meals, sharing fitness, and “selfies” is a statement of lack of self-esteem.

The second believes that sharing all of this on Facebook is just that- a celebration of how far we have come, where we began, and part of the process of learning to love who we are in the moment.  Each of us works very hard for every Non Scale Victory be it being able to tie our shoelaces, fitting on an amusement park ride or shopping in the “regular” section of the clothing store.  Why not share it and celebrate it and motivate yourself to continue on your journey, a journey that is hard each and every day as we make the choices for our health?  Why not share it with the hope that if it helps and inspires one person in addition to yourself you have paid it forward?

Long Term Success After Weight Loss SurgeryI love hearing folks tell me that, as they were trying to blow off their fitness time on any one day, they heard my voice in their head encouraging them to go, and they did.  I helped someone.  If I can get fitness in regularly on a schedule with the craziness that has been my life since 2004, so can anyone else if they choose to.  After all I AM 67 years young and in the gym 5 days a week and running a business (or two) and helping my single daughter with my grandkids and on The Board of Directors of the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America, and, and, and…..  If I can lose 270 pounds and maintain the loss, so can anyone else, if they choose to.  What I am doing is showing folks how I get done.  Am I a saint of some sort because of it- NO WAY! 

Long Term Success After Weight Loss SurgeryFacebook is also one of my personal accountability tools and I am honest when I’m having a bad day, when I eat crappy food, when I make choices that are not in the best interest of my health.  I am human, I am a work in progress.  I have had regain when my tool failed me, and regain when I failed my tool.  I have blogged about both.

I feel a personal connection, and yes, even a responsibility to the folks who follow my journey on Facebook for whatever reason.  I want to help everyone see that they too are possible.  I have learned much these past 12 years since I have had weight loss surgery, and I believe I have much more to learn, and even more to share.

Long Term Success After Weight Loss SurgerySo rest assured, despite those who don’t like seeing my selfies daily (they can just unfollow me) I will continue to post my fitness, my food, my victories, my setbacks – My personal journey to a healthier, happier life. 

I do hope that YOU begin sharing some of your personal victories with me.  I LOVE a good party, so let’s celebrate life together!  YOU have earned those bragging rights, cause this sure ain’t easy folks!!

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Long Term Lap Band Success - Five Pounds May Not Sound like MuchSo there I was in the pool, swimming my laps, on another June Gloom day at the beach in Southern California.  I had not seen the sun for several days and it was really starting to affect my mood.  I got in my 45 minutes and headed for the hot tub to soothe my achy joints.  June Gloom with its humidity and barometric pressure changes has me aching in many places.

Long Term Lap Band Success - Five Pounds May Not Sound like MuchInto the hot tub I went, over to a corner to let the jets run on my neck, since my right shoulder and deltoid muscle were giving me some grief.  I noticed two others in the hot tub pretty much doing the same thing- allowing the jets to hit particular places on their bodies.  I commented that the heavy marine layer causes some aches for me and off the conversation went.  Before I knew it we were discussing weight and it turned out that the 50+ gentleman in the hot tub began his swimming this past week in his effort to lose 100 pounds.  When I asked him if he was changing anything else about his lifestyle he changed the conversation.

Being the persistent person that I am, and recognizing that I was being deflected to another topic, I then asked if he knew that I had previously weighed 424 pounds.  He was shocked and amazed as so many are when I tell my story.  He listened intently to my story and I shared with him my fitness routine, and then proceeded to talk about food choices. 

Long Term Lap Band Success - Five Pounds May Not Sound like MuchSince he was not a bariatric surgery patient I pointed out that you can’t work off poor food choices no matter how much time you spend at the gym.  He didn’t quite understand that, so I continued explaining that the swimming (that’s all he was doing) would burn calories, build muscle and help him speed up his metabolism for sure; however that alone wasn’t going to disappear 100 pounds (it was really about 150, but I didn’t point that out).  I told him how great it was that he has begun a program for his health and asked if he had thought about just reducing his portion sizes by 1/4th at each meal to help jump start his weight loss.  He looked at me again like I was crazy.  I gave him my spiel about diets working for the short term, however in the long term 80% of the dieters gain back their weight, often with a few pounds extra.  He got that since he watches all of the weight loss shows on TV and pointed out that he had been reading about the folks that lost massive amounts of weight as they participated in the TV show but proceeded to gain it back over time.  Great I thought – point made.

He then told me his wife was one of the exceptions- that she had done Nutri System to lose 25-30 pounds that were annoying her and has kept it off for over a year.  We talked about exceptions and how wonderful it was, and that the difference between 25 and 100 pounds was significant.  I think we were making progress.

I suggested he Google – “can reducing portion sizes by 25% result in weight loss” and read what came up.  We left the hot tub to our respective locker rooms congratulating each other on our accomplishments.  I felt like I had possibly broken some new ground for him and that he would educate himself a little more to further his journey.

Long Term Lap Band Success - Five Pounds May Not Sound like MuchThen I thought about what I had said – You can’t exercise off poor food choices.  True that!  I remembered that I had been traveling, at barbecues, weddings, other events where my food and alcohol choices were not always the best and my weight was up around 5 pounds.  So I followed my own advice and Googled- “How much added stress does 5 pounds put on your knees” – The answer was – Every pound of excess weight exerts about 4 pounds of extra pressure on the knees.  BAM!  Right there was more of a reason for my achy knees than the weather, and I knew exactly how to deal with that and disappear that “little bit of weight” that was having my knees feel like I was 20 pounds heavier.

Long Term Lap Band Success - Five Pounds May Not Sound like MuchFinding the answer to my own reality was right in front of me and all it took was a conversation with someone else.  Real food, fish, chicken, etc., and good fresh produce are definitely in my meal plan this week, as is no alcohol and lots of water.

How do you deal with a small weight fluctuation?

 

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Twelve Years After Lap Band Surgery And Living My Best Life

May 25, 2016

On May 28th 2004 I never expected that when I woke up on the other side of my bariatric surgery that THIS is the life I could have. My reasons for having surgery were to stay alive, get off some of my medications and be able to just “live”. I was slowly dying, getting heavier […]

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On The Road With My Lap Band And How I Get It Done – Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery

May 18, 2016

I was at the WLSFA annual Meet & Greet in Nashville this past weekend, and then meeting with friends we haven’t seen in 16 years.  It was a fabulous weekend all around and I hope you all join me in Portland Oregon next May for the 2017 WLSFA Meet & Greet. That all being said, […]

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Regain After Weight Loss Surgery – It Doesn’t Have To Be Forever

May 11, 2016

I am getting ready to head to Nashville for the WLSFA (Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America) annual fundraiser which we know as the Meet & Greet.  I have been selected to facilitate a panel of weight loss surgery folks who have successfully dealt with regain.  This is both an honor and a challenge to […]

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Still Learning To Keep That Post-Op Lap Band Weight In Check

May 4, 2016

Here I am, approaching my 12th “surgiversary” and I continue to learn new things about myself, and what I need to do to keep the consistency in my journey and my weight stable.  Some days it’s a breeze and others not so much. I don’t know about you, but when I am busy – eating […]

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Long Term Lap Band Success – Some of Why I Exercise Besides Losing Weight

April 27, 2016

For the last few days I have been wondering what I was going to blog about.  This morning, it hit me when I was searching the internet for some information around exercise to share with our Weekly Weigh-In Groups.  Lifehacker has a great article, with links to other articles talking about the Top Ten Reasons […]

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How To Love Yourself In Three Simple Steps – Say What?

April 20, 2016

As I thought about what I wanted to share with you all today I was at a loss.  I just spent a wonderful weekend with 20 women all working on themselves and putting their authentic selves out on the line for everyone to see and hear.  It was amazing; incredible doesn’t even begin to describe […]

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Water, Water Everywhere – Staying Hydrated For Long Term Weight Loss Surgery Success

April 13, 2016

Here I am almost 12 years post-op Lap Band Surgery and I still have to track my water every single day. Why? What happens if I don’t track? Isn’t tracking a huge pain in the butt? Here are my answers: If I don’t track my water I tend to slack off, and guess what happens […]

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Pushing Through The Hard Parts for Long Term Lap Band Success

April 6, 2016

It’s been tough getting out of bed this week for some reason.  I am awake at 4:30 am, that’s not the problem.  I just want to sleep more and I can’t.  Probably still on vacation time.  Oh well, there will be another vacation soon, please! This morning I got up at 4:45 am and limped […]

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How A Change of Perspective Can Create The Success You Seek After Weight Loss Surgery

March 30, 2016

I thought about what I wanted to talk about today in my blog/article and realized I wanted to share some of the paradigm shifts, some of the changes in perspective I have been undergoing for the past 11+ years as I traversed my journey from 424 pounds to 154 pounds.  Let’s begin by defining perspective […]

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Enjoying Life After Lap Band Surgery

March 23, 2016

I spent the last week on the Big Island of Hawaii.  I am fortunate that we were able to go there for a vacation.  My week just reinforced for me how right having weight loss surgery, following the rules so I could lose the weight and get my body into great physical shape was.  It […]

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