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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Our New Book – Is Lap Band Surgery For Me?

by sandi on October 26, 2010

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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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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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Enjoying Food Not Dieting
Enjoying Food Not Dieting
Enjoying Food Not Dieting
Enjoying Food Not Dieting
Enjoying Food Not Dieting
Enjoying Food Not Dieting
Enjoying Food Not Dieting

I have said many times before that I am NOT on a diet although I track my calories and protein.  I do that to live in awareness so that if the scale goes up or my clothes feel snug I know why.  It’s quite simple really.  It also gives me the opportunity to change what I am doing to “unsnug” those clothes because I can easily look back and clearly see where I can improve.  I am a work in progress and am never perfect, no matter how hard I try.  Imagine that.  Are you?  Didn’t think so, and glad to know we’re all human.

Anyway, this is not about tracking, it is about delicious food.  In checking my cupboard I found that I had about 4 cans of pumpkin (pure pumpkin, not pie filling) left over from Thanksgiving.  How could I use it was my next thought.  Decided that if I could make banana flourless pancakes and top them with blueberry “syrup” I could probably come up with something like that using pumpkin and apples….so I did.

Here’s the end result and my husband’s last words were “Are you gonna eat that last pancake?” and when I said no, he did.  If that tells you anything, it should since he has not had weight loss surgery and he had 18 small pancakes, 2 sausages and 2/3 of a large apple on his plate.

I started with making the pumpkin pancake “batter”:

To my Ninja Pro I added 1 cup of pumpkin puree, 1 cup egg beaters, 1 teaspoon baking powder, a good “splash” of pure vanilla extract, and about 1 Tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice.  I pulsed this quickly to just blend.

In the meantime I had sprayed two small nonstick frying pans with coconut oil spray and was heating them to medium on the stove.

I poured a couple of tablespoons of batter into each and while they started to cook I turned the oven on to 175 and put 2 plates in there since I love my breakfast nice and hot and would be putting the pancakes 2 at a time in the oven to stay warm until all were done.  This is a great temperature for the plates to stay warm and to not dry out the pancakes.

When the edges of the pancakes were done and the center was bubbling and getting “dry” I gently flipped them and allowed them to finish cooking.

I popped the finished products in the oven and started from spray and continued until all were cooked, adjusting the temperature on the stove to keep the pancakes cooking but not burning.

As this process continued I peeled, quartered and cored a large Fuji apple and sliced it very thinly into a Pyrex 1 quart measuring cup (just so I would have enough head room in the microwave for nothing to run over).  I added 3 teaspoons Splenda and A LOT of cinnamon, along with 2 splashes of vanilla.  I mixed this all together and put the microwave on half power for 2 minutes.  (All this time going back to my pancakes and spraying, pouring, flipping, removing to the oven etc.) I removed the cup from the microwave and stirred everything again and set aside.

For my breakfast I also had some Trader Joe’s Maple Chicken Sausage, each link is 45 calories and 5 grams protein.  Based on the stats for ½ of the pancake recipe I decided to use only 1 for myself and 2 for my husband.  After all of the pancakes were cooked and in the oven I placed the sausage in one of the pre-sprayed pans and cooked on medium, turning frequently for about 5 minutes.  …Meanwhile back to the apples.  I mixed everything again, put them back in the microwave on half power and let ‘em go for another 2 minutes to heat them up and really get the juices going.

Served on the hot plates and realized I could no more eat ½ of the pancake recipe than try to eat an entire standing rib roast.  I reduced my portion to 1 sausage, 1/3 of the pancakes (which happened to be 9) and 1/3 of the apple pie filling.  A true taste bonanza for approximately 151 calories and 14.1 grams of protein.

The entire pancake recipe with the entire apple was approximately 323 calories and 27.3 grams protein.  The sausage links are 45 calories and 5 grams protein each.

Try it on a nice Sunday morning when you have nowhere to be in a hurry and enjoy your healthy, delicious satisfying gourmet style breakfast.  Why not?

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What Are You Waiting For? - Choose WLS Success TodayAs I sit here messaging with two folks on Facebook, trying to just walk them through their own thought process about their weight loss surgery, their life in general, their reasons and excuses for where they are today I am grateful that “the stars aligned” and brought me to my bariatric doc in 2004.  I was 424 pounds, miserable, killing myself slowly with food and still living in denial.  I knew that “if I wanted to” I could lose the weight.  I had done it many, many times over my 54 years of life.  I just kept letting life throw it’s curve balls at me, and using those curve balls as an excuse to allow myself to eat anything I wanted, whenever I wanted, in obscene quantities.

Bad day at work… have some chips and, of course, a diet soda while you fixed it.  Tough issues… with family, eat a box of cookies with tea or coffee.  Happy… let’s celebrate, and go out for food and drinks.  Had to work all day and then drive 120 miles round trip to visit Mom… have a fast food dinner (dashboard dining), and on the way home stop for something else because “you earned it”.  Knee hurts really bad… eat something gooey so you’ll forget about it…..Well you get the picture.  Life happened.  My Mom, and Mother-In Law, both passed, we brought my granddaughter to a boot camp in Idaho to try to get her head on straight, my 10 ½ year old granddaughter succumbed to her genetic disorder and we scattered her ashes over the Pacific Ocean.  My daughter fell apart for a while and I tried to help hold the rest of the family together.  I was told I needed knee replacement surgery.  My body ached, and I could barely walk.  Well, you get it; regardless of what I ate, or didn’t eat, LIFE continued to happen.

What Are You Waiting For? - Choose WLS Success TodayAfter a blood pressure crisis in my doctor’s office I investigated and choose to have my lap band surgery.  I changed my habits from 2 days before surgery when I went on my pre-op liquid diet.  I worked hard and lost weight, and then I worked hard, and made some muscle.  Over the years life continued to happen, and I made some choices that were not in the best interest of my health – you get the picture… cookies, candy, chips, and I paid for it on the scale in the way my clothes fit, and how my body felt.  One day of “crap” eating and I would have several days of aches and pains and exhaustion.  I had come to realize that I make the choice in how I feel.  I always knew this intellectually, and emotionally, regarding positive mental attitude, but it is only in the last few years that I have truly accepted at all levels that — I AM WHAT I EAT.

When I eat foods rich in protein, vegetables, and low in carbohydrates, and avoid processed foods, I feel GOOD.  I get up in the morning and can get my motor running and some great aerobic and muscle building time done at the gym, work all day, and have a smile on my face.  I can plan family dinners, go out with friends, take bad news with sorrow without allowing it to control me.  I can walk by a mirror and smile at the image that greats me. 

I can be happy.  I choose to be happy.  I make the daily choice around food, water, and exercise that keep my body feeling good and that make me happy.  Why would I choose anything else?  I can’t answer that today because I don’t.

Am I perfect?  NOPE.  Did I have a little more of the family dinner than I planned to eat?  YUP!  Did I take 3 bites instead of one bite of the birthday cake?  YUP.  Today is a new and different day with no birthday cake, and no family dinner (which was totally weight loss surgery friendly and healthy with the exception of the birthday cake), so I will start it fresh and happy.

Why wait until _____________ (you fill in the blank) to get started?  Why focus on what is hurting at the moment, what you can’t do, and why you can’t do it.  I say focus on what you can do, and the rest will follow.

What is your goal?  Is it a number on the scale?  Is it improved blood work from your doctor?  Is it a pair of designer jeans, or a certain little black dress?  Is it throwing away those blood pressure pills, or that insulin?  Is it shopping in any store you choose for your clothes, and fitting in? 

What Are You Waiting For? - Choose WLS Success TodayWhatever your goal is, don’t wait for tomorrow to plan to get it.  GO GET IT TODAY! 

WEEKLY WEIGH-IN

Need help?  Need support?  Want to learn what it takes to make this all work well together?  Want some motivation and inspiration from others dealing with issues just like yours?  Want to belong, be part of something bigger than just your struggle?  We all do.  We can’t do this alone. 

Together WLS Success Matters Weekly Weigh-In participants lost over 1000 pounds last year, and many of them reached their goal weight.  We are a family that takes each of our individual challenges seriously, and with the coaching skills of our two facilitators, and the input of the other participants, bring most everyone who asks for help through their challenge to their place of success.  It’s not just about the number on the scale. 

We have a new group starting Tuesday February 3rd and if you are ready to start letting go of the “reasons” and reaching for your goals and your best life I invite you to join us.  Here’s the link, register today and choose your life, don’t let it choose you. 

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Moving Off The Couch To Keep The Scale Moving I have said it before and I can’t help but keep repeating myself – Moving my body at least 5 days a week has been one of the major contributors to my long term success.  My mantra for many years was I hate working out, I hate sweating, I hate hurting.  Somewhere along this journey I have been on since 2004 that mantra changed to BRING IT BABY!  I will try it and either I can or I can’t, but I will NEVER say NO!  That is, to my trainer at the gym.  That is my attitude toward life now and it reflects in my fitness as well.  I am ready and willing to shoot for the starts and try anything that sounds interesting or fun to me.  I want to LIVE each and every day to it’s fullest and I can do that simply by being my best me each and every day.


  Moving Off The Couch To Keep The Scale Moving
  Moving Off The Couch To Keep The Scale Moving

Here’s the progression of my exercise:

  • 2004 – weighing 424 pounds- getting up in the morning was exercise
  • 2004 -2005 after weight loss surgery – going to the grocery store, then the mall, then actually walking outside to the park
  • 2006 – went to the gym began swimming- 1 lap at a time
  • 2007 – swimming for 30 minutes to an hour 5-7 days a week
  • 2009 – added weight training with a trainer 2 x per week and a 15 minute warm up walking on the treadmill
  • 2010 – added some elliptical time for warm up before weight training
  • 2011 – added 20 minutes elliptical before 30- 45 minute swim
  • 2012 – began weight training day with 30 minutes on the elliptical
  • 2013 – trainer had me doing planks, pushups and what the heck…kettlebells
  • 2014 – got really serious on the elliptical and shaved my 1 mile best time down to 10 minutes 20 seconds.  Two surgeries intervened.
  • 2015 – 30 minutes elliptical before 1 hour of weight training 2x weekly (double the training time) and goal of 3.2 miles (a 5k) each time I hop on the elliptical – oh- did I mention that I want to complete that 5k in 30 minutes?
  • January 19, 2015 – Got 2 miles done in 24:20 which is twelve minutes, ten seconds per mile
  • Every month, every year I set my goals just a little bit higher and reach for them.  I cannot increase the resistance on the elliptical (I have to work at level 1 because of knee pain if I increase) so the way to get my aerobic exercise and challenge myself is to increase my speed.  The motion doesn’t hurt my knee, it actually feels better at the end then at the beginning

Moving Off The Couch To Keep The Scale Moving I challenge myself every day to do a little more or work a little harder.  Some days I get it, other days I don’t.  That’s okay with me.  The critical piece is that I work to my best each day whatever that is.  That is my commitment to ME, my life, my health, my family, and to all of you who take the time to read my words.

I make NO EXCUSES for missing a workout.  I just show up and do it- tired, upset, or whatever emotion I may be wallowing in at the moment.

I always feel better when I am done and my body certainly shows it.  At 66 I am in better shape than I was at 46, and probably at 36 as well. 

Is it your day to get off the couch and do something your body will thank you for?

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Random Thoughts Of A Lap Band Patient Seeking SuccessI 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 from my 60 minutes of weight training on Wednesday, but true to form I live in the land of no excuses when it comes to my personal fitness so I did it anyway.  I got out of the pool, showered and dressed for the day.  I was headed to a dentist appointment.  As I finished drying my hair I looked in the mirror.  Then I looked again and turned sideways, and the all the way around to the back.  For a moment I was surprised.

Why was I surprised?  I liked what I saw, that’s why.  I saw a strong, fit woman who had fewer lumps and bumps since the last time she looked at herself with that intensity.  I looked again, and kept looking and thought, wow, all of this work I am doing daily is paying off.  My body profile is starting to look slimmer, my thighs do not look or feel as big as they were before; my face and arms and shoulders are definitely showing the changes.  I was happy with my image in the mirror.  I was happy with ME, my choice to have my Lap Band replaced with a new Lap Band and all of the possibilities that were unfolding for me on my new journey.

Random Thoughts Of A Lap Band Patient Seeking SuccessI thought for a moment and realized that while I had been okay with myself these past few years while I was struggling to figure out what was happening with my WLS tool I hadn’t been really HAPPY in a long time.  I had regained some weight, still keeping off 220 pounds which is great no doubt; but I was not satisfied with 25- 30 pounds more than my lowest weight.  I knew I could maintain that weight but no matter what I did I still struggled.  Reconnecting with my doctor and questioning everything that was happening brought us to determine that my band was not holding fluid and needed to be replaced.  That’s after 10 years of success that I never in my wildest dreams thought possible.  I heard if you’re going to have another surgery do this one or that one or why have surgery again you look great and all of that.

WHY did I have surgery again?  I had surgery again and choose LAP BAND again because I was hungry all the time and could not maintain a stable weight.  I was fighting demons 100% of the time and couldn’t do it.  That’s why I had surgery in 2004 and that’s why I had surgery again in 2014.  My hunger is gone and I am HAPPY with who I see when I look in the mirror.

Oh, don’t get me wrong.  I “wish” I had fewer wrinkles on my face, long slim legs like so many others, and a belly that was not only flat (thank you Dr. Pickart) but had no new scars on it; and I could name off a few more “flaws” if I picked myself apart.  I don’t need to pick myself apart.  I know who I am and where I’m going, and it’s not back to that “Friday fat girl” who would come out every weekend to play; eating tortilla chips and guacamole like they were without calories or consequence, drinking numerous glasses of wine or worse; eating bread just because I could; asking my husband to stop and get me cookies because I had a bad day; you name it I used it as an excuse to eat. 

My physical hunger that gnawed at me 24/7 is gone.  I get physically hungry every 3-4 hours which is appropriate and I feed that physical hunger delicious, high protein food in appropriate portions and I am satisfied until the next meal.  I am drinking water like a fish between meals and planning my meals whenever possible.  I am learning to dine in restaurants with friends again and not focus on food for the entire time we’re sitting.

Random Thoughts Of A Lap Band Patient Seeking SuccessIn other words, I am optimizing my results with my weight loss surgery tool, and guess what folks – IT WORKS!  I am back in my favorite jeans and can breathe and need a belt with them, I feel strong, and I am sleeping better, and am enjoying every day for what it’s worth.  Each and every day is the very best day it can be.

I vow to look in the mirror each day and say, “You’ve got this girl.  Just look at what you have been able to do” This will keep me doing every day and keep the “Weekend Fat Girl” locked up in the closet where she belongs as I feel deep in my soul the same joy I felt this morning as I looked in the mirror.

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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

December 17, 2014

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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Long Term Lap Band Success – Next Installment of As The Stomach Turns- Random Thoughts of a Newbie x 2

December 3, 2014

So by now I am a few weeks into my new Lap Band and Plication Surgery and have noted several interesting tidbits: I get full on liquids pretty quickly I can sit at a table in a restaurant with others ordering some of my “favorite things” and be totally repulsed by the food when it […]

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Thankful for a Second Chance

November 26, 2014

As most of you know on 10/1/14 my 10 year old band was removed and I lived 6 weeks without my band.  On 11/17/14 I had a new Lap Band placed and am now on my second journey as a newbie after weight loss surgery. So what’s different this time?  So many things.  Have a […]

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Back In The Ranks Of The Banded

November 19, 2014

  On Monday 11/17/14 – 10 ½ years after I was first banded I got my new Lap Band.  Along with my band Dr. Billy did a plication, and for those you who have no idea what it is, Google it since I still tired, drugged, and would definitely get something wrong in the description […]

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Lap Band Success Interrupted – I Have My New Date

November 12, 2014

My saga continues.  I have been without my WLS tool since 10/1/14.  I had all my tests done, all is ok and now it’s time for me to schedule my revision and get back on the “bandwagon”, literally as well as figuratively. Let me tell you that not having a tool has been playing some […]

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