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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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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Plenty of time on my hands

by Christine on September 29th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Exercise, Gastric Banding Surgery

This morning I weighed in at 132.8 — a 3.2 pound loss from the last time I weighed in. Oh, I’m not delusional into thinking that I’ve lost 3.2 pounds just from the little fill I got yesterday. No, this is due entirely to anxiety and the fact that I haven’t eaten in three days — at least, I haven’t eaten more than 300 calories on any given day. Today, my anxiety and burden has lifted greatly, and I’m looking forward to cooking a nice dinner tonight. And enjoying it.

Still, with my weight at 132, that leaves me only seven pounds from my final goal weight! Wow, that goal is inching closer and closer.

At the doctor yesterday, my surgeon voiced something that I have been suspecting for a long time — it was just nice to hear it from a medical professional. He said that weight loss is all about the food, and not at all about the exercise.  He said that for someone that is grossly overweight, exercise will help to burn calories, yes that’s true. But as you lose weight, become more healthy, and especially if you exercise regularly, that your body adapts and becomes more efficient and therefore doesn’t burn exercise calories at all like you might expect. For instance, my doctor said, he is a marathon runner, and every day he runs 10 miles or more per day. That’s a lot of calories burned, and yet he only eats an “average” amount of calories (1500 I think he said?).  The reason he doesn’t drop weight like crazy is because he’s healthy, in shape, and his body is burning more efficiently. He said that most “average weighted people” just won’t lose weight from exercise at all — it’s ALL about the food.

Now, that’s not to say that one shouldn’t exercise — it’s great for overall health — heart, immune system, mood systems, bones and muscles, and so on. But exercise doesn’t help with the weight loss.

That being said, I’m hoping to use the next few weeks to finally get to my final goal weight, and I DO plan on going to the gym as often as possible! I have plenty of time to devote to my weight loss, now. But it’s all about the food, and I am going to watch it like a hawk. Seven pounds. When I walk into work on my first day of work at my new job (whatever job that might be), I want to be at my goal weight. That would be pretty awesome. Starting afresh, kind of.

New beginnings abound today. What would you do if you got a chance to start from scratch?

It’s gonna be the start of something beautiful!

Edit to add: I have lost my list of blogs that I follow. If you want me to follow your blog, please do me a favor and leave a comment with a link to your blog on this post, and I shall add your site to my NEW blog list. Sorry for the confusion.

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Saturday Excitement!

by Christine on August 21st, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Happy Saturday Morning Revolutionists!!

I am thrilled that the scale this morning is holding steady at 137.4.  It’s been awfully good to me considering I had a few slipups this week. Thank you body. I’m grateful to you (for once!)!

Last night we went over to my hubby’s game-playing friend’s house where they were having a “reunion” or sorts. All the friends were there, along with their girlfriends and fiancees. It was a really nice gathering. Do you guys watch the TV show “The Big Bang Theory.” Well, first of all, I’m married to Sheldon. (Well, Sheldon, except with a very sweet outgoing personality. But the always-right, type A personality is dead on!) Imagine going to a party with the whole Big Bang Theory cast! That’s what it was like! I stepped into the bathroom at one point and had a two-minute giggle fit over it at one point.

It was going to be a late night, I could tell. (Hubby didn’t get home until 2 a.m.)  I said, “Self, you can either stay here all night long and play board games with them. **OR** you can go home now — 11 p.m. — and get a decent night’s sleep AND get up early in the morning to go to the gym.”  I decided that the gym was far more important to me. So I bid everyone adieu and went home and went to bed. (Hubby caught a ride home with a friend.)

What a great decision! I woke up at 7:30 this morning and got a great workout in, not a rushed workout or anything like that.  400 calories burned, 200 situps, good good.

Today we have a wedding and reception to attend. Then the last symphony performance. Then a late night of bar-hopping. It’s going to be a challenge to eat well and not overdo the drinking, but I’m feeling strong and confident. I’ve got this, today!

Have a great Saturday everyone! Be strong and make good choices!

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138.0 pound (87 pounds lost) It’s frrriiiiidayyyy!

by Christine on August 6th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

I'm back!

Well, my camera is, anyway. My nice, new camera! Same model, different color. It’s a Canon PowerShot SD780 IS, this time in cherry red. That’s-sa niiiice! The minute I got home last night I busted that bad boy out of its box, popped in my old SD card and battery, and gave it the good old thumbs up!

(Then I looked at the picture and said, “Jesus! Look at how skinny my face and arms look! But holy crap look at those stretch marks on the arm! Yeah I cropped that out of this picture. That’s another post for another day.)

Yesterday I had the case of the non-appetite. That’s one of those recent phenomena that I’ve never really experience prior to weight loss surgery. Non-appetite? WTF does that even mean? Before, I’d eat a horse, just because I could.  Now…I’m like, “Food? Meh.”  I had my usual almonds for breakfast, nothing for a snack (strange), then heated up my usual soup for lunch. Except my appetite completely left me, so I just sipped on the broth and threw the “meat” of the soup away!  No snack. Dinner at my friend’s house, and I didn’t even feel like eating anything (but knew I had to), so we just munched on some leftovers. I forced myself to eat half a grilled pork chop and a little bit of rice. I threw some salt on the rice (I didn’t want any sauce of any kind) and today my fingers are all bloated up. No wonder, Sherlock.

This morning the scale was 138.0. So close to a new low! Provided that I don’t blow it in NYC this weekend, I feel confident that I’ll see 137 next week.  Since I was about 175 or so, my weight has been coming off in chunks. I’ll get 2-3 weeks of a plateau, and then my body will drop 2-3 pounds in one day. That drop has been slowing down, too, to only 1 pound every 2 weeks, but that’s okay. I’m close to my goal, I’m still doing well, and I’m still seeing a drop. I’ll take it!

This morning I thought my appetite was back with a vengeance! I had 1 cup of cheerios that I devoured, but when I tried to drink the leftover milk, I nearly barfed on myself. Fickle tummy today, eh?

I had no workout this week, can you believe it?  This weekend I plan on getting a LOT of walking in, in NYC.  Then, next week is a much slower (aka: not busy) week THANK GOD!!  I’ll have plenty of time to get gymming in. S’all good. Heavens knows that I need a few calm days to just kick back and relax a bit!

This week in blogland, there’s all kind of “scuttlebutt” (great word, Allan) going on about the proper way to lose weight, people getting all up in shit about people’s diets and exercise and stuff.  My general thought is this: People come to the decision to lose weight at different points in their life. Some people are wholly committed, right away. Others approach it a little more trepidatiously. Some people are totally knowledgeable about how weight loss works; others are utterly clueless and need to do some educating in the process. The point is: when I read blogs about people that are doing stuff that I know won’t help them achieve their goals, I just chalk it up to the fact that they are at a different point in their process than me, or are seeking a different way to lose weight than me. There’s not one way to lose weight. There are many paths that can get you there, and I’m not going to say that my path is the best way, fastest way, or only way to get there.  My path has worked for me, and for that I’m entirely grateful! Furthermore, I eat crap foods periodically. I know I do. I don’t like that I’m weak-willed and have emotional breakdowns, but I’m learning. I’m getting better. This is a process for me, too. Either way, I’m not about to cast stones at anyone else out there and yell at them for making a dumb decision because, if we didn’t make mistakes, we wouldn’t learn quite so comprehensively as we would without the mistakes.

That’s a little bit rambling, and perhaps a little vague too (sorry about that). I just wanted to say: I hope that I approach all of you and all of your blogs with an open heart, an open mind, and with compassion. If there’s any way that I can help you, please just ask. I don’t have all the answers, and there are certainly more educated people than me out there that know about weight loss. But don’t hesitate to stop by and ask a question, ask for support, whatever. I know that we’re all different people, with different personalities, at different stages in this whole weight-loss “game.”  ‘Tis okay because I love reading about your own journeys and explorations. That’s how I learn — from reading about your experiences, too.  I love you guys!

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