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

Our new book is now shipping on amazon!  Read an excerpt here.

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Good Night's SleepI have a problem with sleep.  I don’t get enough.  I get to sleep with ease most nights, but wake up after a few hours and often can not get back to sleep.  I have tried all the known remedies from melatonin, calcium and magnesium to chamomile tea, sleep masks, warm baths and everything in between.  With a combination of all of these I manage to catch as much as 4 hours of sleep in one uninterrupted session.  Occasionally I can get back to sleep for another hour or so..Woo Hoo!  I love those days.

Before you all try to fix me there is no medication that does not leave me in a hangover state so I will not medicate myself to sleep.  I take the meds and wake up drugged after the same 4 hours.  This isn’t about fixing my sleep problems, but rather about looking at how relationships change after weight loss surgery.

What do relationships and sleep have in common?  Well, for me it became crystal clear this morning while I was driving home from the gym.  It comes back to the same few words I have heard over and over again on my almost 9 years on this weight loss surgery journey.  Those words are accountability, choices and mindfulness.  Let’s apply them to my sleep issues and how I allow them to effect my relationships.

OK, first comes the obvious one- I have had a sleepless night so I am a grumpy person, difficult to get along with and snap at anyone who gets in my way.  What does that get me?  Hmm, let’s see.  It makes me grumpier, more difficult to get along with and surges more adrenaline into my system as I get angry with the world which causes me to snap more at everyone in proximity to me.  By this time I am probably no longer snapping, but actually biting.  Who gets to be on the receiving end of all that nasty behavior and how can they duck?  Well, it is those that I love that usually bear the brunt.  I work SO VERY HARD at somehow making my lack of sleep not only their problem, but their fault as well.  Sound familiar?  It can go with many other issues as well.  I did it for years with food.  My obesity was always the result of someone else…because if I took responsibility for it then I would have to own it and that meant that I had the ultimate control over it…oops, can’t let that happen now can we? 

Now let’s look at the sleep and the food together for a moment.  I had weight loss surgery and decided to take control of my obesity, to be responsible and accountable for all of my choices around food, to change my relationship with food.  I am still, and will always be, a work in progress on this issue, but at almost 9 years post-op and 250 pounds down I have the upper hand.  What if I looked at my relationships with those who I love the same way?

Tempting Potato ChipsBut it’s food you say- if you don’t want potato chips in the house you just don’t buy them right?  And further, you ask the others in your house to please eat their potato chips somewhere else, right?  You make a conscious, mindful decision on how to act with your “potato chip” right?  Why can’t we do the same thing with relationships?  Am I oversimplifying?  You bet, but sometimes simple = workable.  I can get rid of the potato chips in my life – those people who clearly don’t do good things for me.  I can be mindful of those relationships and move as far away from them as I need to for my health and well being, just like potato chips. 

Now comes the really difficult part.  Just like we chose potato chips and ice cream over chicken and fish for years and years and possibly even had more potato chip like items in our cupboards until we “cleaned house” we can choose to rid our house of the potato chips and treat the fish and chicken with more care.  How, you ask?  Simple – be mindful of your choices.  I found myself yelling at my husband for no good reason last night because I was angry about possibly not sleeping because it was 11PM and suddenly I was wide awake and somehow it was his fault.  Wow, I was becoming the potato chip?  Why would he want a toxic person in his life?  Why would he not try to clean house of all of this toxicity?  He has, he’s been asking me not to raise my voice to him, and yet my frustration with insufficient sleep was somehow his fault.  Much like my obesity was “caused” by everyone else but me.  While there may be a tiny shred of truth in both statements the POWER in both situations was with ME.  I had the power and the ability to make the choices necessary to win the potato chip battle, just as I have the power and ability to accept that not sleeping has nothing to do with my husband, or daughter, or best friend, or mother and I can CHOOSE to be kind and nice with them, rather than short, snappy, angry, complaining or……….  (feel free to fill in the blank).

Sandi N Chuck 1968So thanks to all of my friends and family, but especially to my husband (we will be married 45 years next week) who have tolerated my potato chip behavior.  I am throwing it in the trash with all of the other things I have cleaned out of my cupboards during the last 9 years of my journey from 424 pounds.  I am choosing to not act like processed food and “poison” our relationships, but to act more like fish or chicken or …….  (again feel free to fill in the blank) and nourish our relationships.

I do this because just like I choose life by having weight loss surgery and being accountable and responsible for my behaviors around food, I choose YOU because you matter to me and are important to my life.

So yes, relationships change after weight loss surgery.  They change because of choices made along the journey.

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I Love Food!

by sandi on February 15, 2017

Eat Your Way To SuccessI love food, I love to eat, and I love to write.  My love of food has transitioned into a way of being since I had my Lap Band surgery in 2004.  That love has resulted in our newly published cookbook, Eat Your Way to Success And Learn How To Control Hunger – A Weight Loss Surgery Friendly Cookbook. 

Do you want your own copy?  Here’s the link to purchase :  EAT YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS…….

  • Do you find yourself bored with eating the same thing over and over again? 
  • Would you like to learn how to eat delicious food and steer away from protein bars and shakes and continue to lose weight or maintain?
  • Would you like to be able to prepare one meal for your entire household, and not have all of your food be “different” from those who haven’t had surgery?
  • Would you just like some new, fresh, ideas to stimulate your own imagination to create more interesting and delicious foods in your kitchen?
  • Are you just learning how to cook and need some simple step by step recipes that meet your needs?

You will find all of this in our book, and as I skim the pages I am so excited to be able to share this with all of you.

Eat Your Way To SuccessHow did this happen?  At first, for about 2 years, I kept myself eating the same foods over and over and over for breakfast, lunch and often dinner.  The weight was falling off, I was feeling great and I was afraid to step outside the box that was working so well.  I was eating very simple foods like yogurt with berries, or eggs/egg beaters and cheese or cottage cheese, or tuna and crackers, and lots of chicken and turkey for dinners since ground meat or poultry didn’t work.

I ate this over and over and over until I realized that this was my life.  I still loved food but was a little bit afraid of it loving me back too much.  I soon concluded that I needed to expand my food sources, try new recipes, create weight loss surgery friendly recipes from old tried and true high calorie/high carb/high fat recipes, and then it all began.  My love of cooking returned with a vengeance.  I was experimenting, first with dinners and then with breakfasts and lunches, and soon I was creating new recipes, putting together ingredients that I never thought to put together before.  I had some tasty ideas and tried them on my husband first and then would share with my daughter and grandkids.  I was mashing cauliflower long before it became a favorite of all social media.  I was eating lots of shrimp because I liked the calorie to protein ratio and I love shrimp.  Crab legs were my go to restaurant food, followed by shrimp, and then chicken if I had to.

Eat Your Way To SuccessI self-discovered before I was 2 years post op that if a protein source had at least 1 gram of protein for every 10 calories I could put together a healthy meal easily.  Since most chicken, fish, turkey, beef and pork that I ate had nutritional stats better than 10:1, it allowed me to play with the other ingredients and make new and delicious meals.

My library of recipes was growing exponentially and I began sharing them on my website www.bandedliving.com while adding a new one weekly to my newsletter.  I am still doing this and probably have a year’s backlog of new recipes to share.

Then, in 2012 I went into partnership with another amazingly successful Lap Band Patient, Wendy Campbell, and together we created WLS Success Matters, LLC.  We began a business of providing education, coaching and support to the weight loss surgery community, regardless of the type of surgery the person had.  Wendy too had discovered, on her own, the “secret” of the 10:1 ratio and created and planned her food around that base.  She too loved food and ate only delicious food.

Together we coached, educated and supported hundreds of weight loss surgery patients.  I would say 90% of them asked us time and again what we ate.  We told them, we both shared pictures and recipes, and our protein to calorie ratio example.  We both were eating protein and low carb produce to lose and maintain our weight loss and to fuel our new lives.  Still people continued to ask, and so in 2016 we began the labor of writing our first book together.  It was truly a labor of love and the details flowed with ease.

Eat Your Way To SuccessWhat recipes to include?  How to arrange it?  What to share with the community?  It all fell into place and the result is our newly published cookbook, Eat Your Way to Success And Learn How To Control Hunger – A Weight Loss Surgery Friendly Cookbook.  It was an exciting process, as the months went by our book came together and finally, on February 9, 2017 it was born, and we began offering it to the community.

Get your own copy!  Again – here’s the link to purchase :  EAT YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS…….

I hope you enjoy our cookbook as much as we enjoyed creating the recipes and writing the book for you.

 

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Folks often ask me what I eat and when I tell them they then ask for the recipe.  Today I will share a recipe with you step by step for an amazing breakfast.  Try it and let me know what you think and remember, soon you will be able to purchase a copy of WLS Success Matter’s cookbook – Eat Your Way To Success And Learn How To Control Hunger.  This is a compilation of some of Wendy Campbell’s and my favorite recipes.  Look for the announcement before Spring.

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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I Have Pizza Back In My Life
I Have Pizza Back In My Life
I Have Pizza Back In My Life
I Have Pizza Back In My Life
I Have Pizza Back In My Life
I Have Pizza Back In My Life
I Have Pizza Back In My Life
I Have Pizza Back In My Life
I Have Pizza Back In My Life

This has been a very positive couple of weeks.  First of all I had my annual endoscopy on Friday and my bariatric doctor gave me a green light – my stomach is free of erosion, my band is in a perfect place, and all is right with my weight loss surgery world.  THAT is always good news for a WLS patient 12+ years post op.

Then! I discovered that I can have pizza back in my life.  What could be better than that?  So how does this pizza thing work?  Do I need to prep food for hours to make the crust and then bake it and then add the toppings?  NOPE – I’ve done that and while it is delicious, I am far too lazy to do that too often.  I saw an ad on, yes you guessed it – Facebook, for a premade cauliflower crust for pizza so I had to check it out.  Oh my goodness.  The stats were great, the ingredients were simple and real and I just HAD TO TRY IT.  I waited anxiously for my box to arrive and when it did I opened it, read the labels again, and proceeded to pop my 4 crusts into the freezer.

I had 2 of the “regular Italian crusts” which were made of cauliflower, cheese, eggs, basil and garlic.  One third of the 9 inch pie provides 70 calories and 5 grams of protein and then you top it as you choose.  One 9 inch pie is perfect for a dinner for 2 at my house – I get 1/3, hubby gets the rest.  I also ordered two of the red pepper crusts which are cauliflower, cheese, eggs, roasted garlic and red pepper seasoning.  One third of one of these is 60 calories and 5 grams of protein.

My order arrived in a priority mail box, wrapped in a foil packet that had an ice pack in it, with the crusts double packaged in plastic so that they didn’t get wet.  The instructions on the website tell you that the pizza crusts will probably arrive thawed and they can be refrigerated for 5-7 days or put back in the freezer for up to 9 months.  I popped mine in the freezer and then planned my dinner.

My pizza was to include sliced cremini mushrooms, sliced black olives, pizza sauce (Trader Joe’s 40 calories/2 grams protein per ¼ cup), Lite shredded Mozzarella cheese (also Trader Joe’s), Quattro Formaggio blend (asiago, parmesan, fontina, and provolone cheese shreds (also Trader Joe’s) and either Chicken Sausage (Hot Italian) or Turkey Pepperoni.  We wound up with a third party at dinner so I made both varieties.  Loaded with sauce, cheese, mushrooms, olives and either sausage or pepperoni 1/3 of the pie was 186 calories with the sausage – and 18 grams of protein, and 178 calories with 17 grams of protein for the pepperoni.

They were both fantastic.  Here’s the prep work – place the crust on parchment on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven.  Meantime slice up the goodies to put on it then measure out the cheese and sauce.  Top the pizza, pop it back in the oven for 10-15 minutes until cheese is bubbling and edges are golden brown.  Set the table while it cooks.  You will NOT need to call your family to the dinner table because the aromas escaping the oven will do it for you.

My 1/3 of the pie was filling, tasty and brought back memories of my teenage years in Brooklyn NY hanging out at the pizza place down the street.

If you miss pizza, you must try this.  It’s not New York pizza, but then nothing is that good except the original, but it is worth trying as you expand those meals that are both weight loss surgery friendly AND delicious.  Here’s a link to order direct from Cali’flour Foods:  Cauliflower Pizza Crusts.  Tell them Sandi sent you.  😉

So I am a Weight Loss Surgery patient, I eat burgers (black and blue burgers are my fave) and pizza, and maintain my 270 pound weight loss, my tool is in perfect working order and my new cookbook, co-authored with Wendy Campbell is at the publisher.  More to come soon on Eat Your Way To Success And Learn How To Control Hunger.  Meantime, have some great pizza!

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A Morning At The Gym In January Mornings at the gym in January are frustrating.  First of all, the parking lot is full of all of those New Year’s Resolutions people.  I look around and wonder who will still be here in March and April.  I know, after 12 years, that it will be less than half of the folks currently trying to meet their New Year’s resolutions of losing XXXX pounds, or getting healthy or, if you look carefully at the women, trying to hook up with someone new and hard bodied! 

Once I get past all of the above it’s really okay – sometimes.  Example, today in the pool someone was singing out loud as they swam laps.  That was way too annoying.  She might have been in a good mood today, good for her, but what if her voice and choice of songs didn’t resonate with me?  Kind of rude I thought. 

A Morning At The Gym In January Then there was the woman who has been getting swimming lessons 2x weekly since the beginning of January, and who tried to swim on her own after her instructor left.  Her coughing and sputtering at the 1/3 way across the pool let me know that she had ingested a bit of water.  Yet she kept right on going for about another 10 minutes, and she had already been in the pool for an hour with her instructor.  Good for her!!!  Trying to learn and grow – a woman after my own heart.  I watched this from the hot tub which is my reward after swimming for 45+ minutes.  She too joined me in the hot tub and I looked her in the eyes, smiled, and told her she was doing a good job.  You would have thought I told her she won a million dollars.  Her face lit up, her smile bright as the sun, and her eyes sparkling with accomplishment.  Then the negative self talk began for her.  She explained how she was so bad at the breathing, and how hard it was, and she’d never get it right, and on, and on with what she couldn’t yet do.

A Morning At The Gym In January Dang, a coaching client in the hot tub.  I asked her to tell me what she had been able to do since day 1 of getting in the water.  She told me how she hated the snorkel at first but now loved it, and how her brother in-law will not let her use it anymore because she has to learn how to breathe.  How she is no longer afraid of the water, how she enjoys it, and looks forward to her days at the pool.  Then she started telling me about her brother in-law.  He is 64 years old and still competes in Ironman!  Wow, I was impressed, and told her a little of my story, of going from 424 pounds to today, using swimming as my first form of exercise – since I couldn’t support my weight for any real physical activity, the water was great for not hurting my joints.  I told her how I began by swimming 1 lap, and how that hurt and was so hard, and then worked it up to an hour 6 days a week.

A Morning At The Gym In January She was encouraged, she smiled a lot, and asked me if I thought she’d ever be able to master the breathing.  I assured her that if I was able to, she could too.  She was about 30 pounds overweight and had joint issues so the water was a great place for her to get her exercise.  She also shared part of her why – her 8 month old grandchild would need to learn how to swim and she planned to be the one to teach him.

All of my frustrations turned into smiles as she thanked me for encouraging her.  Reminder to self:  It’s a great feeling to share positive messages with strangers.  Good things happen.

Make it a great day folks.  You’ll only have today one time.

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Long Term Lap Band Success – Just Doing It!

by sandi on January 11, 2017

Long Term Lap Band Success - Just Doing It!My body acts as a barometer.  Any time there are weather changes coming I know because I get aches and pains in places I didn’t even know I had places.  This is not a complaint.  It is a fact of my life.  I have had to learn to live with it, and I have.

Last night we had a storm come through from about 11PM until about 5 this morning with cells coming through of varying intensity.  It brought lots of rain to drought ridden Southern California so that is a good thing.  It brought lots of pains and weird body feelings to me all night long so that is not so good.  It’s so hard to explain how my bed can be uber comfortable, warm and cozy and I can be tired and my mind is drifting into that space where sleep will take over momentarily and then BAM, something starts aching, or I get a weird buzz of nerve endings through my body and I can’t get to sleep.  I meditate, I wear a sleep mask to block out all the light, hubby wasn’t snoring (I raised the head of the bed and shut him up with my remote LOL) but the rain was beating harder outside.  The rain itself is pleasant and the sounds of rain are mesmerizing and easy to fall asleep to, but my body just wouldn’t cooperate.  Weird feelings all night long.  I did catch an hour or two on and off and, as usual, when the sounds of the night start mixing with the sounds of the day and it is beginning to show signs of dawn – (between 4:30am and 5:30 am) for me I was awake for good.

Long Term Lap Band Success - Just Doing It!The bed was warm and cozy and I didn’t’ want to get to out of it, but nature called and I listened.  I had my two cups of herbal tea as I woke up slowly- and a bit grumpy due to lack of sleep- and read at the dining room table.  Then it was time for my 1 allowed cup of coffee.  It filled the house with it’s incredible aroma and I sipped it slowly and savored every last drop.  Time now to get ready to go to the gym. 

Now began the self-talk, the internal battle as to whether I would take the day off because I was tired or I would go.  Then my head wandered to what could I eat before I went….thanks cortisol.  I wasn’t hungry and it was a swim day so a shake was not really necessary.  I took some of my supplements, got dressed and got in the car to go to the gym.  I told myself that if I got tired out after 15 minutes I could stop, then it was 30 minutes, and pretty soon I had completed 45 minutes of swimming laps and my reward was 10 minutes in the hot tub.

Ahhh, that felt great.  Now it was shower and home to work.  It was 10:30am before I ate anything and then it was protein based- a spinach-egg-bacon-chili-cheese frittata.  Off to an appointment and back here at 12:30.  It’s 4:00 PM now and I just finished lunch because I just got hungry.  I tried to sabotage myself by going and getting one of my husband’s quinoa chia seed wraps.  The carbs would do me good I thought.  – NOT!

Long Term Lap Band Success - Just Doing It!I have been known in the past to have 2, and sometimes 3 of these wraps on a day when I haven’t slept.  (110 calories/5 grams protein each) Feeding the carb monster (healthy food though it might be) to give myself “energy”.  You see I learned that if you microwave one of the wraps for 1 minute 20 seconds and then sprinkle some shredded cheese on it and back in the wave for another 20 seconds it makes the most wonderful crunchy nachos.  I am the person who can make any carb into something delicious that is not a safe food for me. 

Not today – I took out my chicken salad with 26 grams of protein, took a bite, put my fork down, chewed it, swallowed it, enjoyed the tastes and textures and did that again and again until my serving was gone.  It truly was delicious because I make a great chicken salad.  I am full.  I have no room for any food- crunchy carbs or not.

Had I stayed home from the gym my carb eating frenzy would have begun by 6am and probably continued throughout the day.  Today the score is Carb Monster 0, Sandi 1.

So moving my body on purpose also keeps carb cravings under control.  Hence, the title- JUST DO IT!

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It’s all about the attitudeWelcome to 2017.  It’s going to be a great year.  How do I know that you ask?  Simple, I will make it so.  I can choose to make my time on earth a chore, difficult, tedious, sad, troubled, or why not GREAT instead.  Attitude is everything.

Over the holidays I got a little loose with a few too many sweet treats, and a glass of wine or a cocktail many evenings, when I typically would not have, and guess who’s jeans are a little snug?  Yup, that’s me.  Not perfect, still a work in progress and that is just fine.  That doesn’t mean I have an excuse to eat or drink whatever I want – whenever I want.  I could choose to do that and wind up back at 400+ pounds if I tried really hard – I suppose.

That’s no longer who I am.  I did a little too much Merry Happy and now it’s back to the grind.  Wait – I had shrimp poached in Thai green curry sauce with peas over cauliflower rice last night for dinner.  That is “the grind” for me.  Delicious food that meets my protein needs as well as my need for veggies and keeps the calories low enough while satisfying my banded belly.  It’s all good.

It’s all about the attitudeThe difference between this week and the first week of the year before weight loss surgery is that I am not making resolutions that I have no real commitment for following through.  My jeans are a bit tight so I am not going to freak out. I will not blame the Universe for giving me the fat gene and continue eating peppermint JoJo’s until Trader Joe’s has no more, while I vow to lose an undetermined amount of weight this year. 

My choice is different now.  With a clear head I simply get all of the toxic foods out of the house, set up a meal plan and stick to it.  Today is Wednesday.  I began Monday.  Three pounds are gone and more is coming off.  The rules work, I have always known that.  My fitness is on point.  I have to work on my water because of the cold rainy weather here, and now my food is back on point.  It’s not hard when I don’t resist it.

Attitude is everything!!!

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Complacency Is A Buzz Kill For Long Term Success After Weight Loss Surgery

December 28, 2016

Here I sit.  It’s December 28th, 2016 and time to look back on my year and see what I have achieved towards my personal goals related to weight loss surgery and what I choose to set as goals for 2017.  You may think – wow, she’s over 12 years out since surgery.  Why does she […]

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Long Term Lap Band Success – Finally REALLY Comfortable In My Own Skin

December 22, 2016

          I just returned from a week at a warm beach in Playa del Carmen Mexico.  Several things were different from any other vacation I have taken in the past few years. First and foremost was that I had no qualms about wearing a two piece bathing suit and walking between […]

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Resisting Change Doesn’t Work For Me – Long Term Lap Band Success

December 7, 2016

As I walked into the gym early Wednesday morning I saw a sign where I needed to check in that said “Pool Closed Until Further Notice”.  I immediately began to panic and then get angry because I joined this gym BECAUSE they had an indoor swimming pool and my body needs to swim 2-3 times […]

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On Being Thankful – Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery

November 30, 2016

OK, so it’s a week after Thanksgiving. That doesn’t mean I can’t be grateful, thankful, appreciative – of all the benefits that have come to me as a result of having Weight Loss Surgery in 2004. Here are a few of them, and believe me, each one comes from heart and soul: I have a […]

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A Weight Loss Surgery Patient’s Guide To A Healthy Thanksgiving Holiday – Thursday Inspirations For Banded Living

November 23, 2016

First and foremost Happy Thanksgiving to all!  I am grateful for each and every one of you who reads my blogs and takes away something to use on their journey to health and well being.  I am grateful to all who share my blogs with others.  I am grateful for this opportunity to share my […]

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What do I eat for long term success after Lap Band surgery?

November 16, 2016

MEAL PLANNING – UGH, RIGHT? We spent x years before weight loss surgery going through life, often from one drive through to another or from the pizza place to the Mexican restaurant to the Chinese restaurant.  Some of us actually cooked – what did we make?  Big pots of mashed potatoes, rice and beans, lots […]

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Making It Through The Holidays Again Maintaining My Long Term Lap Band Success

November 9, 2016

This will be my 13th holiday season since I had weight loss surgery in 2004.  Every year is a little bit different because every year I am a little bit different.  There are a few constants that remain for me so I thought I would share them and see if anyone else feels the same […]

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How Exercise Has Shaped My Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery

November 2, 2016

It’s 6am.  I am sipping a cup of black coffee in my sweats and it’s almost time for me to get dressed and leave for the gym.  Today my schedule is 30 minutes on the elliptical, then an hour working with my personal trainer, then 15 minutes more on the elliptical.  Then home to start […]

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Long Term Lap Band Success – The Tools of The Trade That Work For Me

October 26, 2016

I had weight loss surgery on May 28, 2004.  That is 12 ½ years ago.  I had Lap Band Surgery so I was required to learn from Day 1 what I needed to do in order to get the weight off, improve my health and stay that way long term. There are some things that […]

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Long Term Lap Band Success – Never Stop The Celebration Of YOU!

October 19, 2016

Time marches on.  You have lost 100 pounds, or more, or less – at any rate you have lost a significant amount of weight and now you are living life as you choose, free from the burdens of obesity.  You are no longer sidelined because you can’t _________ (fill in the blank – fit on […]

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