Almost at -40lbs!

I can hardly wait to tell you I have reached 40 pounds down… if I write it here, maybe I’ll get there quicker ūüôā¬† To be honest, I think I need a fill…and I need to stop snacks.¬† I went camping this weekend, and I am going camping next weekend for 1.5 weeks.¬† Once I am back in town I am going to get a little fill.¬†¬† Funny thing to note however, it seems like “not good food” never gets stuck….grrrrrr!

So, keep me honest, and ask me how I am doing.¬† I hope to soon tell you I am 40 pounds down.¬† So, in 12 weeks I have lost about 24 pounds….on track.¬† While I know this is what I should expect, I still think it can come off quicker.¬† I bet when I look at the trend, it was more per week in the¬†beginning¬†and less per week now.¬† Another call out I need is guidance on a new scale.¬† What scale should I purchase?¬† I heard good things about Tanita, but which model?¬† My scale is from Target, and it is marketed as part of the “Biggest Loser” program.¬† the problem is that I can weigh myself 5 times and get 5 different readings.¬† I have tired resetting it, by adding more or less weight to it…but consistency :(.

Help a sister out, tell me which scale you love (or at least love to hate).

Old Habits Die Hard

Hey there, well it has been a whiles since I¬†posted.¬† My weight is still going in the right direct…DOWN….but slow.¬† Perhaps because of the cookie I that I’ve been sneaking????? Why, Oh we do this to ourselves…not just any cookie, the really yummy Vegan Choc¬†Chip cookies from Trader Joes.¬† I need to stop….for other’s it is McD…for me, these new found cookies.¬† Am I insane….general anaesthetic, surgery, $17K, a foreign object in me, and I’m sneaking a cookie…WTF!!!

I am pondering going for another fill.¬† My question today is¬†around my band.¬† It seems like when I get fills, I am restricted, but then after a week or so, I am not tight…is it loosening, am I getting used to it, am I loosing fluid, am I stretching my pouch?¬† I am very scared of getting too tight.¬† So, what do you think???¬†

I found I was not really tracking my weight loss from day to day…so before you know it a week passes and I don’t really know my last weight…I’m getting sloppy.¬† I need to keep on top of it…so, I hung a chart in my closet, so it is easy to capture it on paper.¬† Then when I have a minute I can put it in XL, but in the moment it is easy to record it.

As for protien shakes, I always blend mine, and I only have it for breaky, so when I need to boost my protein. My shake is a proprietary blend that I purchase from a club in my area, and it has 23g of protein, 4 g fiber,21g carbs, 24 vitamins and minerals, gluten free, and 180 cals.

Peace out, speak to you soon, I promise not to wait a week this time.

Counting calories is not my thing

I have not really been counting calories.¬† I am loosing weight, so that is good.¬† My weight loss is right around that 34-36 pound mark…I fluctuate a lot…or at least my scale does. I stick to my standard 3 meals a day, with no snacking in between.¬† Morning I go with my trusty high protein shake…which I love and have been eating/drinking for a long time.¬† 18o¬†kcals, 23g¬†protein, dinner I eat¬† standard low-fat protein choice and handful of veg…think 3/4 chicken breast, and 4-5 brocoli stem.¬† My biggest meal for sure is at lunch, and I go with a salad most days made of spinach, egg whites, red peppers, feta cheese and dressing.¬† The point here is that my salad portion is creeping up in size because I can just keep eating.¬† I can use willpower to keep it small, but what I was hoping for is restriction so that when my willpower wears thin (no pun intended), my band would help me.

Please don’t tell me to count calories….so should I be looking at another fill….or since my weight loss is on track, leave well alone?

Am I restricted?

OK, so fill 3 was last week. I will definitely¬†say that I feel different from last week, but am I restricted is the question.¬† I definitely¬†have to slow down, take smaller bites, and sometimes have to pause during my eating….but I can still eat way more than my nurse says¬†I should be able to.¬† I guess my conundrum is….why am I not getting the signal that I am satiated¬†(full)?¬† Or, am I missing something, during those moments when I have to pause, is this the message that I should stop?¬† Am I not interpreting my signals correctly?

Help, Oh wise people who have found their sweet spot.¬† Am I there yet???? Or do I move on to Fill #4?¬† The other point is that I am thinking of food a couple of hours later….not 4!

Have I just answered my own question.¬† Do I go in for another fill with the idea that I am close?¬† I guess I am just nervous about getting too full…I hate the 1 hour drive to the Dr office.

Ideas, thoughts, wisdom?

Fill #3 – When will I feel different???

Now that I am back from DC, I went in for Fill #3.¬† Boy did I need it, I felt like I could have eaten like a horse in DC. You can imagine my delight when I stood on the scale today to hear that I am 4 pounds down from my last fill.¬† Considering the fun time in DC, I was prepared for 1 up…not 4 down!

So, laid on the table, and experienced fill #3, which takes me to either 7 or 7.5cc in my band…can’t rmember and don’t have paper work in front of me.

Today and this evening I look it easy with food, as is recommended.¬† Tomorrow will tell if there is any restriction.¬† How many ccs¬†do y’all have in your 10cc band????¬† Share, please.¬† As the days on go, I’ll keep you posted on whether or not I need to get in for Fill #4.

I may have mentioned this in the past, but at Thanksgiving I am going to Mexico for a vacay!¬† My goal between now and then is to be down 30 lbs.¬† I know I can do it…can you imagine, that will put me over 60lbs down!!!¬† Crazy.

In Washington DC this week…trying to be good

I’m traveling for business this week and I’m in DC.¬† Definitely¬†harder to stay on track, as there are so many business meals setup.¬† Last evening I ordered a Filet Mignon with Asparagus.¬† YUM!¬† I immediately cut my 8 oz. in half, and one of the men at my table gladly accepted my other half.¬† The one thing I notice, is that people are all busy talking and eating, I don’t think anyone really noticed that my helping was much smaller than theirs.¬† Since I’m not public about my band, this was good news for me.¬† This week is filled with business dinners at exceptional restaurants, so I will have to draw on that willpower again.¬† That lovely lady and I are becoming¬†closer friends….I am trying to rely on her much more than I ever had before, because even though I have not hit my sweet spot, I want to at least be going in the right direction with my weight….and that’s DOWN!

So, new girl to DC, any advise? I can see the Whitehouse from my hotel, but will need to get out a little to do some sight-seeing.

To those of you who have left a comment or 2, thank you!

I could eat a horse….

OK, I at least get the nod from my band to eat small bites, and chew well.¬† The nod comes as a pain to my chest…but dulled appetite…nada….I am always hungry.¬† I know I will get there, and that this is a journey, but hurry up and get here already¬† 2 more weeks until my next fill…I am worried already, that my weight will have gone up over this period…CRAP!

Also, I am on the verge of drinking a Diet Pepsi….I have not had one since May 19…someone, please tell me to STOP!!!

Drink Water….Drink Water….Drink Water….Drink Water….Drink Water….Drink Water….Drink Water….

I’m going to start doing a daily countdown to my fill, so I can convince myself that my willpower can outrun my desire to eat.