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I Will NEVER Quit!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Never Quit Pledge
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Today, I promise I will not quit.

I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)

Signed: Chris (chriskenandkids)

Signed: Linda (scoutmom715)

Signed: Nancy (tedybear2838)

(from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

Signed: Vicki aka VICKI-B--56

Signed; Pixie (Pixie-Licious)

Signed: Gloria (GloriaB73)

signed Fran

Signed Sarah (Millie 5522)

Signed Shelby (theshelbster)

Signed Beckie (BIRKIE528)

Signed Debaune (Doobie893)

Signed by Wallahalla on Friday, June 29, 2012

Signed by Karen (MAMAWALMART) on June 29,2012

Signed by Sibille (musolf6) Friday June 29,2012

Signed Shirley (Lookingup2012) Friday, June 29, 2012 who needs to do this because she quit SP three times in 3 years.

Signed Susan (catladyx8) Friday June 29, 2012

Signed John (Johntj1) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Deb (jewelle217) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed Kathy (Kalantha) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed elizabeth (MEADSBAY) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Caz (NEW-CAZ) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Julie (Shawfan) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed Michele (BeFit012) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Cheryl (Clavinova) Saturday, June 30,2012

Signed Sarah (NOTGIVINGUP49) Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Signed Bobbi (SLIMMER_197) Saturday, July 28, 2012

Signed Cherie (BIGSKYCHERIE) Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Signed Janet (EATVEGAN) Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Signed Jenn (Plynsn316) AUGUST 2, 2012

Signed MaryAnn (MARYANNGI) AUGUST 2, 2012

Signed Diane (DianeDoesSmiles) August 8/2/2012

Signed Helen (Helen_Bru) August 3/2012

Signed Maria (winfield28) August 5, 2012

Signed: elizabeth (meadsbay) Aug 5, 2012

Signed: Debbie (debbieanne1124) Aug. 5, 2012

Signed: Marg (MdGardengirl) Aug. 7, 2012

Signed: Paula (Littleteapot17) Aug. 7, 2012

Signed: Phyllis (bbammom) Aug. 7, 2012

Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?

To do so, copy and paste and put on ur page under blog. :)

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MDGARDENGIRL 8/9/2012 8:33AM

    No you are not a quitter!!! emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 8/7/2012 6:22PM

    Awesome Phyllis!

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Full Speed Ahead...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Obviously I have proven not to be such a good "blogger!" I keep waiting for something huge to say, like I've just had a life changing epiphany!

Still waiting...

Still waiting...

Nope. I got nothing.

When I was first banded, I thought, "OK, no more struggles, no more obsessing about my body, food, exercise." Boy, was I so W*R*O*N*G! All of those thoughts are still there, some days right on the surface, others deep down inside. I also thought that I would be a star banding patient like some of the lucky ones that get a few fills and that's it. Not me, I've had quite a few fills, over-fills, unfills, and I still don't have restriction. (We're working on that since my unfill in March.)

Even though my thinking was wrong on many levels, one thing is for sure, I'm in this for the long haul and I have absolutely no regrets. I'm realizing that every day that I have learned some type of lesson is a good day. Whether it be about me, my diet, my exercise, my life...I keep learning. I guess that's what makes this a never ending process.

This is my journey, and although it hasn't been an easy one, I have loved it and look forward to continuing it for many, many years!

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MDGARDENGIRL 4/19/2012 3:22PM

    I am glad you quit waiting Phyllis! Life isn't about the 2 or 3 BIG things. it's about the MILLION LITTLE things! So keep blogging GF! I loved this. It reminds me of my journey as well. Nice to share.

xoxoxo Marg

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MISSILENE 4/18/2012 7:58AM

    Your blog was lovely and I am so happy that you did it.
We all have the same feelings. This is a lifetime journey.

Can't wait to hear about the wedding trip when you return. emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 4/17/2012 3:16PM

    I love your blog! I have had the SAME thoughts my friend.
Thank you so much Phyllis for sharing your journey with me.
You are a treasure, a motivation and a definite inspiration.
Hugs and love,

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What a difference a day can make!!

Sunday, January 08, 2012

My appointment at Vanderbilt on Friday went really well. I met with the nutritionist first and then with the NP. They were happy that I actually lost .5 pounds in the month of December, considering I had no band restriction and we vacationed for over half the month!

The NP checked my band via the flouroscope. It looks great! She added .75cc. Now I have 11.5cc in my 14cc band. I'm still on soft foods so I can't really feel much of a difference.

I'm hoping I'm closer to my "sweet spot!" I'm sure I'll know more as I transition into a regular diet.


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MISSILENE 1/11/2012 2:00PM

    Great news Phyllis, The band is great and so are you.

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    Sounds like you're doing GREAT!

Kudos to all you are doing in your journey for better health

CYA 'round


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LITTLETEAPOT17 1/8/2012 2:11PM

    Wonderful news Phyllis! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 1/8/2012 2:05PM

    So So So happy for you Phyllis! And you managed to go through vacation and the holiday season without GAINING !!! emoticon emoticon

Remember those old days when just looking at food would put on 5 lbs??? This is one of the things i absolutely LOVE about the band. It's still up to me to lose the weight, but that band sure does it's job in helping to keep it off.

Be careful with introducing solid foods. Chew, Chew, Chew those little tiny bites!

Aloha friend!

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CHUBRUB3 1/8/2012 12:36PM

    Great news Phyllis!
So glad all is working out for you. You ROCK!
Hugs & Aloha!
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Finally decided to

Friday, January 06, 2012

I've never been a "blogger" but decided to start today.

If you ask me how 2011 went, my first response would be, "not good." That upsets me because it was an awesome year for me in every aspect of my life except for weight loss. How can I let one part of my life overshadow all the other parts?

I had an amazing start to this journey of mine. I went into the weight loss adventure full force and took every piece of it to heart. I did what I was told to do and nothing was going to stop me! Somewhere along the road, I lost part of that enthusiasm. The challenges I faced often seemed overwhelming. We moved from Hawaii to Alabama and on the flight over, I started feeling sick. Two weeks of traveling and throwing up were not fun but I put on my happy face for my family and charged forward.

When we arrived in Alabama I quickly learned that not one of the three local doctors were receptive to taking a transfer band patient. Through much persistence, I finally got an appointment with one doctor who made it clear that he didn't want me as a patient! He finally pulled out a few cc's after I cried in his office! A long story short, and several visits back and forth, he kinda warmed up to me (not so much for me to him). During this time, we found out that part of my problem in finding my "sweet spot" was that I actually had a 14cc band, not the 10cc one that I was told and was written in my records. (My surgeon in Hawaii confirmed the information through the empty band box that was taped to my surgical records!) On my last visit to the Alabama doc, he told me that my band had slipped and my only alternative was to have it removed.

I wasn't ready to give up on my band so I did some research and, thank G-d, found Vanderbilt University! My first visit flouro showed that my band was in place and I was given 1cc, making me 10.75cc in my 14cc band. I was elated, hopeful, relieved. But, after a week or so, I realized that I could still eat anything and everything!

I started the new year on a diet. In no time, I became totally engrossed and obsessed about measuring every little speck of food! By yesterday I found myself looking up weight loss organizations...Weight Watchers, TOPS, OA!! I did a mental head slap and reminded myself that those places didn't work for me for 35 years, why would they work now?!? I called Vanderbilt and asked if they had any cancellations before my next appointment.

I got lucky. Today I go back to Vandy. Once again, feeling hopeful, scared, and desperate! I am determined to be a successful. Looking at my "numbers" would make most think I am but I don't feel it. Most of my weight was lost pre-op and last year I pretty much stayed the same!

Even still, I'll put on my rose colored glasses and head to Nashville! In the next few hours, I'll see what life has in store for me.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    Great blog
I'm learning already

Have a WONDERFUL 2012 and I'll CYA 'round the ol' campfire

I'll be the wise guy roasting LOW CAL marshmellows

: )

New Kid on the Block
a SPin off of the NewKidsontheBlock
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MISSILENE 1/8/2012 8:38AM

    Oh Phyllis, I didn't know all this. But this is a new year and you are on the right track. I hope and pray the Drs can help you. I know what you mean about ww and the other "choices".
You are not alone. All of us are here to help you. We care about you and we will all brain storm with you. This was a great blog. Don't stop. We are all sticking together in this battle of the bulge. emoticon emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 1/6/2012 8:43PM

    Yeah Phyllis!!
Great blog and I so understand your frustrations!
You have done and are doing great!Keep working at it you are an inspiration.
I have a suspected leak in my band and have my xray on next Friday. Hopeing this is fixed and I can resume my weight loss.
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SETAGOAL1 1/6/2012 8:02PM

    You have not given up on yourself. You now know you are the only one that can make it happen for you.

You have the power to succeed or fail.

You have chosen to succeed.

Few baby steps complete a long journey

Writing is progress!!!

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LITTLETEAPOT17 1/6/2012 8:01PM

    Hi Phyllis...
Great Blog. I know you have been frustrated with moving and finding a Dr. to work with you. This is going to be a great year for you! I just know it!
Hugs, dear friend.

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MDGARDENGIRL 1/6/2012 7:40PM

    So glad you blogged! And such a good one too.

I can relate with the no restriction taking forever. I have an 11cc band and finally got to a good place at 9.5cc's. So you are almost there! The fact that you went a whole year without restriction and didn't gain is AWESOME !!! You really should be proud and happy with where you are. Such WILLPOWER! And DETERMINATION to not give up? I'm IMPRESSED!!

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