February 10, 2007

Feb 10, 2007

Not much weight loss....232 pounds

January 20, 2007 @ 235 pounds!

Jan 20, 2007

OK, since my fill I am down 7 pounds (december 29th had first fill). 
So, while that seems slow, it is steady.  And it could be more if I would stop eating the chips and exercise the way I need to.  But I fee FANTASTIC...phsically. Emotionally, I found out two weeks ago that our hospital is shtting donw in a year 9probably sooner) and I will lose the job I have had for the last 26 years, and lose the dear family I have grown to love so much..all 1200 of us.  It is so very sad.  I cry alot, but that is getting somewhat better.  I did not sit around feeling sorry for myself.  Iw ent out and put in aplications right away to the two tohers hospitals in town.  We will see.  I beleive that God has me caught up in his great big mitt, and I am safe and He will care for me as He always has.  And that I will enjoy my next job and be happy once again.  But the grieving process must happen, and I have a lot of soul searching to do to see if there is something else I want to do for the next 10 years before I retire. I do still have hope....and some excitement when I am not busy grieving the loss!!

I am considering going to a 12 step program for overeaters to work on my head next.  I met with someone who started (she does not have a lap band) and it has really helped her head hunger.

Weight loss and First Fill!!!

Jan 03, 2007

January 3rd, 2007.  Happy New year!
I have lost 9.6 pounds in the last two weeks.  I got my first fill Friday.  It went well, very easy, but I did have to drive 2 hours to get to my doc.  I am trying to figure out if I have restriction or not...I think I have some.  The doc put in 1.5 cc's in my 4 cc band...I wish I could be better about eating the past two days.  All I want to do is snack....I am stting here watching Dr. Phil and learning about dating on Match.com.  One of these days, perhaps.  I now weigh 240.5 pounds.  I started two years ago at 305....this is the first time, since I restarted in earnest in June to lose again, that I have consistently lost over 7 months, instead of losing and then regaining.  I am very encouraged!

December 23rd, 2006 Plateau Busted!

Dec 23, 2006

Well, I finally lost 5 pounds in the last week; on week #7 after surgery.  Gee, what took it so long?  I have followd the rules pretty carefully; not as much exercise as I could have, but gee..I am very happy the scales have finally moved, and my clothes are definitely fitting better. In fact, I have given away almost all my bigger clothes.  I was fitting into 24-26 size; now I am into some 18-20's!  It feels great, and I am getting compliments at work and church as well.  Funny, the scale had not moved, but my body seemed to be changing (no, no change in inches either..weird!0  I go in for my first fill next Friday, december 29th.  I amlooking forward to that, and hope my wiehg tloss will pick up a little.  I am feeling very good 9except right now I have a cold/virus and feel yucky, tired.) Just before Christmas...ye gads...I am driving to meet my son and his girlfriend/family  tomorrow.  I hope I feel better, as I really don't want to be home alone and sick for Christmas!  I am praying and taking Airborn as well...surely the combination will work well!!! I really do look differently at food, and don't crave the high claories I have given up.  Constipation???That is another subject for anothe time!!!!
Merry Christmas, God bless you all on  the season of our dear Jesus' birth!

Dec. 8, 2006

Dec 08, 2006

Well, this is my 5t week post op.  I am on solids, and doing well. Unfortunately, I have only lost about 2 ppoinds since surgery.  I was doing well before surgery and losing about 2 pounds a week.  I have not put my finger on what is different, so I decided today to be my OWN encourager!  Today is the first day of the rest of my band life!  I wil eat only protein with a few vegebables each day,and some fiber thrown in.  I wil drink 64 ounces of water.  I will cut down on the caffeine, eliimate it if I can.  I heard on a Channel 9 TV specail that caffeine increases Cortisol, which increases glucose in our bodies..that was new for me...so....and Green Tea is supposed to act as a diet aid...so off to the sotre and the gym for me!  My first fill is schedulefor Dec. 29th....I do look forwared to it, even tho I can't feel my port at all!

God has changed my mind....I will change my behaviours and my

Oct 14, 2006

17 days postop...Nov. 24th. Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Well, The fatique is much better.   Obviously a recovery thing, and I am glad I took off an extra week from work so I can regain my strength and stamina this week.  As an nurse, I feel guilty about tking off Thanksgiving, when it was my holliday to work...but someone pointed out that in 28 years as a nurse, I have worked "How many Thanksgivings???"  OK, point made!  Anyway, it is a beautiful day, the sun is shining once more (it had been raining here in lovely Norther California) and I have good freinds to look forward to being with today!  My family lives in the midwest...sigh.
My issues after surgery now are that I am NOT losing any weight.  I thought I had been payngin attention to what I have been eating and drinking, but TODAY I am going to keep a food diary and really pay attention to calories and protein.  Maybe I am not eating enough, and enough protein.  I have started to exercise on the treadmill this week (last week I was so extrememly fatiqued, all I could do was sleep in between some small walks around the grocery store, etc.)
I have received many encoragin words from my lap band friends here on the boards, and becuase of them my spirits are higher and optimistic today.

Oh well, I guess the wieght loss will come eventually.  I am determined to be successful!  It took me 55 years to get this way.  I sure can't expect to lose it in two weeks!  LOL!

November 11th,
Veteran's day...God bless our veerans and servicemen and women!

  I am doing well.    My biggest problem is times of extreme fatique..  So I just stop what I am doidng and rest.  It is wonderful I cold get the time off from work and just do this!  I so often work at a very intense job feeling like cocca and being so fatiqued...I can finally rest at will!  

I stopped Lortab (the strong pain med) after day two home and jst take Tylenol, altho last night I had intense pain at the upper left insicion site.  It felt like a super bad " stitch"  in my side, and I could not breathe too well from the pain.  So I took some strong pain med and laid down with a heating pad.  It helped alot and I was able to sleep all night.  Today I feel good!

Diet:   sure getting tired of li full liquids already, but I am getting creative in what I eat.  I try for the highest protein sources I can, and blend everything in the blender unntil totally smooth and then add fluid if I need to thin it to straw consistency. (No, I don't use a straw!)

GAS!!!!!  Wow, really bad the second day post op, and I had diarrhea in bed...oops and darn!  I was too embarrased to wake my brother, the other nurse, who came ot to help me, so I dragged myself out of bed and changed the linin myself and cleaned myself up in the shower.  It was kind of hard, but better than waking HIM up!!    LOL!

Pre and post surgery experiences.  Well<  I am very impressed with Mills Pennisula Hospsital in Burlingame, ca.  They hav e Center of Excellence designation, and I felll they deserve it!  I wa treatred like a queen, with a couple of minor exceptions.  I was checked in to preop and had  a warm hot air blanket waiting on my bed which felt so wonderful!  'They put tight stockings on my legs and in OR I had compression stocking that alternated squeezing my legs, and all thru the night after surgery to help prevent blood clots..  This impressed me.  I have had 4 abdominal surgeries, and no one ever did anything like this to me!  I am an RN...do't work in adult medicine, so WOW!

I had to wait 3 extra hors wich made the day longer and my thirst pretty intense!  It was lare afternoon, 4 pm.m by the time they took me to 
surgery.  The anesthesiologigst was a woman, and one of the nicest people I have every encountered.  My doc is a no nonsense, all business professional, and I amtold a very excellent surgeon, which is why I picked her.  before I cold say "Hey, I sure don't like what you gave me to go to sleep here in OR" I was awake in srcovery!  I had a PCA pmp which I cold give my own pain medication through.

The only really bad thing for me was the hives that covered about half my upper body and around my buttocks!!!   I am allergic to many meds.  It was probably the Dilaudid, the pain med I was on, and I got bendryl over the night, so was very sleepy until abotu noon the next day. One barium swallow to check band placement/check tightness so it functioned OK, two clear fluid trays, and I was OUt of ther eand home@  I actually kind of missed the hospital...all that attention and the great pain med!  LOL!

NOVEMBER 6TH:  SURGERY DAY!  Here I go with my brother from Kansas and my son from San d'iego in tow.  It is so great to have family support!  Something I really have not had much of since I was the wandering lamb who left the midwest to find adventure and happiness!

OCTOBER 16TH, 2006

God finally answered myprayers so I can conquer one of the final fronteirs in my life leading to the fulller and richer life more abundantly He has promised us all! I will do my part, and  I intent to make sure I am a much healthier, and thus happier person in 2007.  I know it will not be easy, but for the first time in years, I have high hope.  I look forward to dying to my old self and going over  to the "losing" side'!  For the first time I really believe that I can do this!  I can lose down to what I need to be active and part of the hman race again1!

Surgery scheduled November 6th, 2006!!!   Insurance approval from Healthnet took only one week.  I do wish the coordinator at Dr. Foster's office had called to let me know, as she promised she would do...They just don't realize how emotional and tense it is to wait, having a surgery date but no approval yet...all the "What If's" that crop up in our minds as we wait! I called the insurance company directly to find out.  I was so jazzed!

February 10, 2007

Not much weight loss....232 pounds

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