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Exercise + Proper Nutrition + lapband = success!

There's no getting around it! Having Weight Loss Surgery is NOT a magic bullet to thin-ness.

I'll repeat that. Having Weight Loss Surgery is NOT a magic bullet to thin-ness.

On April 20, 2009, I had a gastric lap band surgery by Dr. George Fielding, at NYU Medical Center. Dr. Fielding is a pioneer in the WLS field -- and in fact was the first surgeon to bring the gastric band to the US once it was approved by the FDA. He also has a lap band himself -- so he knows exactly the who, what, where, when and why -- he gets it!!

Weight Tracking:
April 8, 2009 = 258.5 started presurgical liquid diet
April 20, 2009 = 244 lbs. (-14.5 lbs.) Surgery Date!
May 24, 2009 = 228.5 (-30 lbs.)
June 18, 2009 = 226 (-32.5 lbs.)
July 20, 2009 = 221 (-37.5 lbs.)
August 1, 2009 = 218 (-40.5 lbs.)
August 27, 2009 = 205 (-53.5 lbs.)
September 20, 2009 = 202.5 (-56 lbs.)
October 20, 2009 = 202 )-56.5 lbs.)
November 16, 2009 = 198 (-60.5 lbs.)
December 3, 2009 = STILL at 198 lbs.
January 22, 2010 = 197 (-61.5 lbs.)
February - July 11, 2010 = 193 (-65.5 lbs.)
January 13, 2011 -- 192. Still at 192. Uggghh. for almost a year now.
April 4, 2011 -- back to 197. Gain overall in 9 months = 5 lbs. Now to some this is not a major gain - but to me, as a lap band patient, this is inexcusable.
May 21, 2011 - my beloved father unexpectedly passed away. I miss you DADDY!
February 27, 2011 - steadily gained weight now at 214.5 lbs.
Putting the brakes on NOW.
March 5, 2012 - 210 (down 4.5 pounds woo hoo!)

In the nine months since my Dad passed away, I have gained - I now weigh 214.5. Again. I can see the extra pounds in my body, my shape. I now feel extra fat again. I cannot let the scale go higher than this. So it is back to basics.

Eat 3 small 1-cup meals daily, with low fat/no fat foods, no sugar, and minimum of 60 grams protein each day.
and back to the gym!

I renewed my Body Bugg subscription today and will be logging in food and see calories burned.

I will eat 1 "splurge" a week, on Wednesdays. To reward myself. The other meals will be lowfat, lowcarb, high protein, and eat slowly, small bites.

Member Since: 5/2/2009

Fitness Minutes: 252

My Goals:
My goal is to lose approx. 50 lbs. (added onto the 50 lbs. I have lost already).

My path is using my lap band surgeon's lifelong recommendations.


My Program:
I eat three meals a day, take small bites, mostly protein based. Drink lots of water sip by sip.

Personal Information:
Lap Band Surgery April 20, 2009 with Dr. George Fielding out of NYU Medical Center. He's the top LAP BAND doc in the nation.

Other Information:
Married to my prince charming, I enjoy writing, reading, garage-sale-ing, and Walt Disney World. I am a writer of inspirational romantic suspense books.

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  • v DM0417
    Hi your blog about Lapband and getting back on track really helped me. Yesterday was day 1 and I am in for the long haul. I had surgery in 2006 and did ok. Lost about 40 lbs and maintained it for a couple years. I went downhill from there..I weigh 30
    640 days ago
    Hi! Welcome to Christians Overcoming Compulsive Overeating! You can find us hanging out on the Daily Check In thread, so stop by and let us get to know you...


    1685 days ago
    emoticon for adding me as one of your emoticon s. I look forward to getting to know you and to the day when we each reach our weight loss goals and yell to the heavens, "I did it!" Won't that be a day to remember? emoticon -- Lou
    1691 days ago
    emoticon for joining the "Writers' Support Group" team. I wish you much success with your weight loss. Take things one healthy meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time and always believe in yourself you can do this, one pound at a time. emoticon -- Lou
    1697 days ago
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    Beth, I just visited a member's blog and read your heartfelt comment about the passing of your dad and how much he is missed by you. My deepest sympathy and sorrow reach out to you in the loss of your beloved father on May 21. I am hoping the following poem may bring you an inner peace that you and your dad are forever connected by an invisible string from his eternal heart to your earthly heart.

    I'm Gone now, but I'm still very near.
    Death can never separate us.
    Each time you feel a gentle breeze,
    It's my hand caressing your face.
    Each time the wind blows,
    It carries my voice whispering your name.
    When the wind blows your hair ever so slightly,
    Think of it as me pushing a few stray hairs back in place.
    When you feel a few raindrops fall on your face,
    It's me placing soft kisses.
    At night look up in the sky and see the stars shining so brightly.
    I'm one of those stars and I'm winking at you and smiling with delight.
    For never forget you're the apple of my eye.

    --- Mary M. Green ---

    Beth, you're never alone in this journey of grief from the tremendous loss that you are going through. You are among an SP friend who has endured the stages of grief from losses of my beloved husband, both parents and mother-in-law within a (2)-year span. I am here for you. I am right by your side, holding your hand in friendship and embracing you with many comforting hugs and healing prayers.

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    1863 days ago
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