May 13, 2009
It has been such a crazy yr. I've learned and experienced so much. Had those thrilling moments of getting into size 14's, easily polishing my toe nails, crossing my legs, riding roller coasters, sitting comfortably in theater seats, etc. The list could go on and on and on. I have been able to hold off getting my knee replacement and I have been able to take care of my Mom for the last 6 mths. I know there is no way I could have done it if I hadn't lost the weight. I truly believe God knew what was coming my way and this was all part of his plan. Of course..I would have loved it if I could have lost more. But I know there have been obstacles. I can't go to the gym regularly while watching Mom but I also know I could have eaten better at times. I am still slowly losing and feel so blessed at this time. No regrets for me. I am too excited thinking of all the new possibilities & experiences that are waiting for me during this coming yr. First thing to look forward to..My niece is getting married on the beach in Myrtle Beach mid June...so I hope to shed a few more pounds. Nothing like the beach to motivate me.
What a great way to wrap up my yr....I attended Dr C's Red Carpet Event (Big Band Bash) last Friday. It was so nice to see Dr C & his staff having fun out of the office. Everything was GREAT...food, entertainment, door prizes but mostly seeing all the people enjoying themselves. They really succeeded in making it a special evening for us. My friend and I sat with Ohiogirl2009 and her cousin. We had a wonderful time & took a few pics.. so I will post them to my profile as my "One yr" Pic.
Apparently I am doing better than I thought!
Mar 27, 2009
Hoping I am permanently in Onederland!
Jan 12, 2009
6 Months Report
Nov 14, 2008
At my appt this morning, I lost 4 more pounds (208.5) and received a .4cc fill (5.0cc total). I am starting to lose inches again, so overall I am happy as things are still moving in the right direction. Dr C & Erin both stressed that I need to up the exercise..and I will. So my next appt is Jan 9th. My goal is to be 195 by that appt.
What a month!
Oct 10, 2008
During all my running, I reverted back to my old habits. I was never the overeater. I was the type that ate once or twice a day, whatever was convenient and as we all know, convenience foods are not usually our healthiest choices. I had my appt at Dr C's office on Monday. Luckily I lost 4.8 lbs (212.2) even though it was without eating right or exercising. I am now making an effort to get back to the band basics. We decided I didn't need a fill and my next appt is at their new Columbus satellite office on Nov 14th. I am truly stoked because when I started researching the band (7/31/07), I weighed 313...so I have lost over 100 pounds!!!!
Vacation and my Band
Sep 08, 2008
I had a couple "episodes" on vacation and ended up calling Dr C's office. After answering a few questions, they recommended I come in for a partial unfill. So we detoured our route home through Cinci, they took out .5cc's & did a quick fluro to make sure all was ok. (A perfect example of how great his practice is.) Since then I am doing great and still have restriction. My episodes were neither painful nor did I feel "sick". I was just moreso very uncomfortable. I see this as a small bump/glitch, not a complication.
Vacation was nice. Hanna stayed at sea until after we left. We had a few sunny days by the water, went to a show, did a little shopping...all in all...a nice little getaway...and hey...I lost a couple more pounds (217).
3rd Fill and update
Aug 29, 2008
This morning was my appt for my 3rd fill. I explained my eating is somewhat sporatic. There are times I can eat a cup easily and will stop myself and other times I will be satisfied with 12-24 almonds or a 1/4 of a piece of chicken breast. . Duane (NP) thought we should go with 1cc this time (total of 5.1cc). I was a little concerned because I am leaving on vacation tomorrow thus wouldn't want to be too full. He had me drink water to make sure I was ok and explained I may still get more restriction in the next week or two. I love that my fills are so quick & easy..possibly due to where my port is placed..I am a baby when it comes to needles so I am happy there is no need to dig around. I lost an add'l 6 lbs (219) since my last fill (5 wks ago). Of course I would have loved to have lost more but know I am doing well. My next appt is Oct 6th. I had a 30lb goal in the Labor Day Challenge...so far i am down 26...would love to lose the additional 4 lbs before Tuesday!
I am actually excited about going on vacation this year. The weather forecast looks nice. I am looking forward to not only sleeping in and relaxing in the sun but also because I have so much more energy this year. I also think it is because I have always hated wearing a swimsuit in public..and it will be so much nicer wearing a size 18 (26). Can anyone relate? I just can't fathom how far I have come not to mention think about where I'll be next yr. This is fun!
2nd Fill & Update
Jul 28, 2008
I have had an exciting couple of weeks. I went to a yearly convention where I was constantly being complemented & encouraged regarding my weight loss. There were even a couple people who did not recognize me. What a great feeling!
My clothes continue to get larger. About my old clothes.. Originally I was going to put them on ebay but dreaded the time involved not alone the ebay & paypal fees. I easily had over 300 items (possibly over 400)..I decided to have a yard sale on 7/19, price them low & advertise on Craigslist. There were many who came..they called friends & had them come..some returned later in the day. One lady wrote later in the week & asked if she could return & look/purchase add'l items. I made over $340. Then I took my remaining 3 racks of clothes to my sister's MIL's yard sale this past Saturday & I made an add'l $120. I was then able to purchase some add'l smaller clothes (including smaller swimsuits - while they were on clearance- as I know I will need them for water aerobics this fall/winter.)
Friday evening I went with a friend to her HS reunion. I go every year & usually sit & talk to her husband while she makes her rounds. This yr he did not go. Her & I spent the evening on the dance floor..which never would have happened 88 lbs ago.
I had an appt at Dr Curry's office on Friday morning I lost 4 lbs since my 7/1 appt and was given a .3cc fill taking me to 4.1 in my 9cc band. This time I had Dwayne (sp?) and he was so fast, It would be easy to believe he didn't really give me a fill. Erin the dietitian was happy with my progress/diet/exercise and recommended I come back in 6 wks...so my next appt is Aug 29th.
I am so sorry this was so long...seems my full life is getting even fuller!
Appt for 2nd Fill
Jul 02, 2008
I also am still losing inches & have purchased smaller clothes thinking they would be for later in the summer but found I can wear them now. I am fitting in many 18/20's and found dress at Lane Bryant in a 16...hope it is there when I go back.
Jun 09, 2008
I went shopping 3 wks ago (Avenue) & tried on size 24 capris....what...too big. A story I have read on here before...but who would expect it to happen to me? Yes...indeedy...I was able to purchase a pr of size 22's. Talk about stoked. They also had a pr of 22 brown jeans on their clearance rack$5.59)...they were about 2 inches shy of zipping. Last wk I noticed the capri's were getting quite large on me...(O MY..only lost around 6 lbs..but am obviously losing some inches)...So I tried the jeans on..They fit great when standing. Would need to unbutton to sit. This weekend I went back & bought a pr of size 20 capris and a couple shirts in ......18/20's. I also went to Fashion Bug & got a 24 capri, 3 shirts (1 an 18/20), athletic pants, 24 jeans. I had no luck at the Thrift stores...but was very happy with FB's buy one get one for $1 & getting buy one get one free at Avenue on my shirts. Someone from my Church gave me 2 pr of denim capris (size 22 ...both fit) ...so hopefully I am set on clothing for a little while.