Let the Journey Begin

Monday, October 4, 2010

Bodybugg, where have you been all my life!

Seriously, this thing is so simple yet so awesome. Everyone that is trying to lose weight should invest in a bodybugg. I was lucky enough to get one used from a local lady not quite a week ago and I have already lost 2 lbs. I say it is so simple because it is just simple math. Calories in vs. calories out. I am aiming for 3 lbs lost a week so I make sure to get my burn of 2800 calories a day and take in 1300 calories.

I am now down 25 lbs which means I have 100lbs to go to my first goal. It sounds like a lot but I am trying not to get overwhelmed. I am doing baby steps. My next baby step is to be down to 225 by the end of the month. I think that is doable.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Man, I should really start posting more often!

Things have been going good with my fill. I could probably use another one but I am not sweating it. I am still losing and that's all that matters. I eat about 1500 calories a day and exercise between 30 and 60 minutes. I have been getting pretty hungry after dinner; usually around 11pm. I guess I should just go to bed a little earlier.

My son woke me up at 3am and my tummy was growling! Speaking of my son; he is 14 months old and still wakes up several times at night. Sigh. I have been putting him in bed with me because I am tired and I want to go back to sleep. The only problem with this is that I get woken up 2 hours later with toddler feet kicking me in the face, little hands pulling my hair, and poking me in the eye. Or, I wake up to him squealing with laughter because he pulled his socks off and it is 3am which means PLAY TIME! Oh how I long for a solid 8 hours.

Why, oh why did I buy skinny cow ice cream sandwiches and Edy's popsicles? And why did I eat 3 of said ice cream sandwiches in one day? What is funny is that the next day I managed to drop 2 lbs. Funny how that works.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fill me up!

Friday finally came and I had my fill under x-ray. It was quite a weird experience. He filled my band all of the way at first and man was that uncomfortable. He then removed some of the fill and all was good. I have 4cc in my band and I am feeling pretty good. I can still eat normally, just a little bit slower and I make sure to chew really good of course. I don't think I would want to me much tighter. I would not want it to take me forever to eat a meal or be so restricted that I can't eat certain foods. My next appointment is in 2 months.

What is really great is that since Friday I have lost 2.5 lbs. I have started walking in the mornings with my son in the stroller and my dog on a leash. We have been walking 5000 steps. I also had my husband bring my elliptical down from the 3rd floor so I can use it more easily. Seeing the scale drop this weekend has given me so much motivation!

FYI...you know you weigh yourself too much when your 14 month old scoots himself over to the scale and puts his feet on it. He is a riot!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Friday, where are you!

I need a fill so bad! Bandster hell truly is hell. I am eating way too much with no problems at all. Yesterday I ate a large sandwich for lunch and today I had lasagna! I have also been eating ice cream frequently. This definately needs to stop. It is a big weakness of mine so I am going to have to cut it out completely. I know a fill will not help in this department so I am going to have to rely on true will power. I know I can do it because I have completely cut out soda which was a 3-4 can a day habit right up until surgery.

My fill is this Friday and I cannot wait! It will be a fluro fill so I think I will get some pretty good restriction right away. Something I so desperately need.

I also need to start kicking in the exercise. I have bought some Sketcher Shape-ups to wear everyday on walks and I have the 30 day shred DVD. I need to do both everyday but I may do a walk everyday and switch up the 30 day shred with my elliptical.

Today we went to a town about an hour away called Heidelberg. It is a big college town with a ton of shopping. It has the longest pedestrian shopping area in Europe. We walked for 4 hours shopping around. I cannot wait to go back and shop for clothes after I loose about 75 more lbs. I think I am going to save up $2,000 to have a big shopping spree when I meet my goal. Maybe I will have my shopping spree in Paris! It is only 4 hours away. I love living in Germany!

Friday, August 27, 2010


My husband called me wolverine last night. I showed him my incisions on my abdomen and they are healing quite nicely if I do say so myself. I am feeling damn good. I can sleep on my stomach, carry my son around everywhere, and clean house. Well, I can clean house, but I don't wanna.

Yesterday I took my son downtown to the Walk Platz (outdoor shopping). We met a friend, walked around for a bit, and did some shopping. It felt good to get out except the humidity was 900% and I was sweating Like a freakin pig. It doesn't help that the stores don't have air conditioning so it is actually cooler outside. I wore a maxi dress (big mistake, think thighs rubbing together enough to make fire) that my mom sent me from the states and I thought I was looking pretty good. I would have taken a picture but my husband was still at work and I tore that dress off as soon as I got home.

So I made the executive decision to go from full liquids to mushies at 2 weeks. My doctor wanted me on a full liquid diet for 4 weeks. Well, I have since progressed to solid food. Actually, I never really did "mushies". What I do is liquids until 5pm (protein shake, soup, and yogurt) and then I eat dinner. This is really working out for me. I am eating roughly 1200 calories a day and I am staying full. I have not had any problems, infact, I think it jump started my weightloss.

I tried to take my son and dog for a walk today but as soon as we made it down the street it started to sprinkle. I turned around to go home and as soon as we made it into the house it stopped! The weather here is so unpredictable. I will try again tomorrow.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

My body is confused...

Or my scale lied to me last week.

Last Monday I logged a 3 lb weight loss. I was so flabergasted that I didn't even think that that was crazy and I should probably check again to make sure it was accurate. I promptly updated my ticker and told my husband because I was so excited. Well, the next day I was back up those 3 lbs plus another .5 lb. I was like WTF! Over the last week I have slowely lost 2 of those lbs and I hope to be down to 247 by tomorrow. I do weigh myself everyday but I am going to make Monday my official weigh in day.

My doctor is crazy if he thinks I am going to continue on this liquid diet until September 10th. I have made the executive decision to progress to mushies on Thursday which will be 2 weeks since surgery. As crazy as it sounds, I do not want to lose more than 9 lbs between my surgery date and my next appointment on September 10th. My reason you ask? My doctor will not give me a fill if I have lost too much weight. I have a feeling that if I do not get a fill I will be at a standstill until my next appointment in October.

Speaking of fills, my doctor does fluro fills with a barium swallow and he gets you to restriction at your first fill. He says he likes to only do one fill and that some of his patients never need one. I don't think I will be one of those people. At the moment I can chug water and soup.

I have a sneaking suspision that my dad is interested in the Lap-Band. He emailed me the other day asking how things were going and he wanted to know how I was eating. I would love for my dad to check into it. He is my height at 5'2" (my dad is a shorty) and he has sleep apnea but refuses to get checked for it.

I get my staples out tomorrow! I am excited because they itch so bad!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

One Week Post-op

I am feeling pretty good today. I still get some pain where my port is if I move around too much. I go on Monday to get my staples removed, that should be fun. Yeah right!

I am starting to feeling the effects of the band. I was eating some sherbert tonight and I had to stop suddenly because I was getting a weird sensation in my tummy. I still felt hungry but I felt like I couldn't take another bite. Then I started to get pain across my back. I guess this is what stuffed feels like? All of these new sensations in my tummy are so foreign. My stomach growls so loud now. I am sure everyone around would know I was hungry if I was out in public!

The scale still reads the same. I have been having a hard time getting enough water in because of having to wait to drink after I eat.

I have my first meal out tomorrow and I am nervous! I am going out to lunch with a friend that does not know about my band. Thank goodness the restaurant we are going to has soup!