2 Year Maintenance Anniversary

by Christine on December 28th, 2012

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Gastric Banding Surgery

Hello Revolutionists! Is everyone enjoying this holiday season?

I realize that it has been a while since I’ve posted! The reason for this is mainly because I haven’t really had a lot to talk about with regards to my gastric band and weight loss. In fact, I seem to be holding steady with my weight loss and doing pretty well overall, which is great!

A few months ago (October/November) I started to notice a change in my eating patterns. First, I was eating a lot more quantity than I normally would, and the food wasn’t making me feel “full.” Secondly, I stopped snacking throughout the day and was relying only on 3 larger meals per day.  Thirdly, I was having less barfing episodes and blockage.

And…the scale was going up. Just a little bit, but enough to make me start to panic a little. (My “goal weight” is 125 pounds, and I was at about 133 pounds at this point.) So I made an appointment with my surgeon’s office and had a fill. It had been a year since my last fill, so he gave me about 1.0 ccs — a big fill!!

Although it’s not my “sweet spot” and where I want to be — I think I need another medium-sized adjustment to get there — it has made a big difference. I’m eating less, feeling fuller for longer.  And my weight has crept back down. I was at 127.0 this morning: right within my maintenance zone!

I still haven’t picked up my exercise the way that I should, but that’s not to say that I’ve been entirely sedentary. I’ve been doing a vigorous yoga class every Sunday morning. When I say “vigorous,” I mean, it’s a class designed for INSTRUCTORS of yoga, who know what they’re doing. We do crazy arm balances and contortions of the type that you see on magazine covers. It’s really hard, but really fun!

Other than yoga, I am not doing anything on a regular basis, but I keep busy with miscellaneous activities. This fall I was rollerblading and hiking a bit. This weekend I am going to start downhill skiing on a regular basis through the winter.

My weight has adjusted on my body; that is to say, my body shape is changing. My Size 4 pants are fitting a little tight on me…it seems that my hips and butt have taken on some weight. So it’s a Size 6 for me. I’m trying not to stress out about this because it’s not like the scale has dramatically gone up. I keep telling myself that it’s normal for my weight to re-position itself on my body after losing so much weight, like it needed a “settling in” period.  That being said, I feel like this is a less than optimal change.

And I’ve been busy with some trips this fall, too! I ran away to Jamaica for an overnight trip with a friend, I spent a weekend in San Antonio, I took the hubby to a relaxing weekend in Lake Placid, and we spent Thanksgiving in Atlantic City. We have a lot of exciting trips planned in the next few months as well: a ski trip, a weekend in Boston, a few weeks in the UK, etc. I can’t wait!

Here are some pictures of the last few months, to show that I’m still in my maintenance zone!

Last but not least…a friend of mine had the gastric sleeve surgery just a few days before Christmas! Good luck with your journey, Karen! I can’t wait to see your progress!

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Adventuresome day driving in flood zones…

by Christine on September 7th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Today for work I had to drive to a project meeting in Cooperstown. That meant driving through the affected flooding area in Schoharie County. Well, it was raining like hell all day long. I counted 8 cars that had driven off the highway due to hydroplaning. In fact, I called 911 for two cars that went off the road right in front of me! One was particularly scary…he was doing probably 60-70 mph and zoomed off the road, down a huge ditch and towards a row of trees! Yikes, I sure hope that they were okay!

It turns out the flooding was a big deal. All the areas I drove through had evacuations because of the flooding. These poor people already dealt with flooding on Sunday! They don’t need this! What a shame. I wish there was more I could do to help.  I wouldn’t have been allowed into the towns to help though; they were only allowing traffic to leave the small towns, not go into town.

As for me…it was oatmeal for breakfast, a Subway salad for lunch (tuna fish, no cheese or dressing), and then chicken & a teeny baked potato for dinner. No snacks in between meals, which is a little unusual. I’ve been enjoying cucumbers with low-fat Ranch dressing as my mid-morning snack. That’s not such a good idea to eat in the car though.

Weight is still up. I have my next fill scheduled for 2 weeks.

“Maintenance mode” is such a daily struggle. Turns out it doesn’t get any easier, peeps.

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Summertime Cold!

by Christine on August 2nd, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition, Gastric Banding Surgery

I don’t remember the last time I got a cold in the summertime, but yikes! I sure have one now!  I’m sneezing so much I feel like my brains are going to leak out of my head. And ugh, I’m sniffly and congested too. Tomorrow I have to give a presentation to a State Agency and I don’t know how I’m going to be able to mask my cold. I hope a decent dosage of Dayquil will make me presentable!

Yesterday I had a meeting with a client, which involved lunch-on-the-road. We stopped at a restaurant where I had a cup of soup (vegetables in some kind of clear broth) and a grilled chicken salad and a light raspberry dressing. Last night we had a long dinner at a restaurant, out with friends. I enjoyed a cosmo and “fish and chips” (but only 1 or 2 french fries).  I would have prefered grilled fish, but that wasn’t an option, and I figured fried fish was better than a cheesy quesadilla or a burger. I was so tired when we got home, I fell right asleep!

I feel like my food/intake has been pretty good overall… I’m mostly making healthy food choices when I can, although my weight hasn’t budged at all. I think I’m eating too much at too few meals. When I was losing weight, I was eating 150 calories at any given sitting, 5 times a day.  I’m still only eating about 1000 calories a day, but it’s only in 2 meals. I think I need to spread out the eating throughout the day a little bit better. I actually have some fresh veggies in my fridge that I can use a snack…green bell pepper from my garden, cucumbers, tomatoes that I can dip in light ranch dressing. Or a little bit of brie cheese on rosemary crackers with fresh herbs from my garden.  Today I tried doing small snacks, so we will see if that helps.

Overall, my weight is mostly-stable: 132 pounds, which is up 7 pounds from my Low/Goal Weight….not ideal, but not too bad after being in “Maintenance Mode” for 7 months. I would like to lose those 7 pounds, of course, which is what I’m working on. However I feel like those 7 pounds have really shifted itself on my body. In the last 2 weeks I’ve noticed all my pants feel very tight on me in my thighs and butt; my legs look bigger to me, too. I wonder if it’s possible for weight to shift and transfer itself on one’s body, or if it’s all in my head? Curious.

Anyhew, that’s what’s going on with me today. Cross your fingers that my cold melts away in the night and I wake up tomorrow feeling refreshed and ready to kick some public-speaking butt at my presentation tomorrow!

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