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46%, but not for long

Friday, January 21, 2011

That is my body fat percentage as it was measured last night by a personal trainer at LA Fitness. I am almost half lard! (no wonder I float effortlessly in the pool! LOL!)

I started this journey at 54.6%, and had gotten as low as to 42.9% a year ago. I plan on blowing that number out of the water this year. My goal is to get to 30% by the end of the year, and eventually 25%.

We will be working with this personal trainer as a family over the next 12 months - only once a month (all we could afford right now) and I'm excited about making my time in the gym really count and really making a difference in my body!

I jokingly asked my husband this morning, once he loses some weight and gets buff, is he going to hook up with some thin, hot-looking chick with a great body. His answer totally caught me off guard. He said YES! My jaw dropped to the floor...what the heck? Then he smiled and said, "It will be YOU!" It doesn't get much better than that. What a honey!!

  
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    What a great comment from someone whose opinion means so much! Love it! That has got to be such a pick-me- emoticon up!

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 1/29/2011 12:26AM

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It had to be yoouuu, it had to be yoouuu!

Of course that's his answer. He's no dope. With a woman as warm, loving, kind, cute, pretty, intelligent as you, he's a goner forever after.

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TREASURE_77 1/22/2011 1:22AM

    Wonderful attitude!!! I love ur husband's comment it's priceless. Ur right u can't get any better then that. Sounds like ur well on ur way to a healthy lifestyle! Congrats on all your successes. emoticon emoticon

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 1/21/2011 12:30PM

    Your hubby is a sweetie for sure!! I'm totally with you--this is going to be OUR YEAR!!
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JLDACQ 1/21/2011 12:19PM

    I loved your DH's response! LOL It sounds a lot like what My Guy would tell me, too. Half lard, eh? Yeah, that does explain why I float easier than My Guy does!

I'm glad to see the whole family is on the fitness bandwagon; that's an awesome way to get everyone fit and learn healthy lifestyle habits!

Spark on!

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Where I've been and where I'm going...

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

I don't know if anyone will even read this. (It's pretty long-winded even for me!) but whether anyone ever reads it or not, I know I needed to write it for myself. Here goes...

It's been two years since I started my weight loss journey, and a year and a half since I had adjustable gastric band surgery. The first year went well - I lost 90 pounds (including pre-surgery weight loss). By Christmas 2009 I was at my lowest weight, 185. I was feeling good - maybe even a little cocky. (sylphinprogress - I threw that one in there for you!) I let myself go a little. "It's the holidays," I reasoned. "I deserve a reward for all my hard work. It won't really hurt anything. I'll get back on track after New Years."

Well, even though I thought I had everything under control - that my Band had me in check - I gained 10 pounds over the holidays, and I couldn't seem to get back on track. We faced a lot of challenges in 2010 (I know many families did) - almost insurmountable debt leaving us on the brink of foreclosure and bankruptcy (we cashed in retirement savings to save ourselves) having an adjustable upside down mortgage and still not knowing if we'll be able to keep our house, my husband lost his job (unemployed for 10 months now) which left me working 60-70 hours a week between 3 jobs to make ends meet, parenting two teenage boys with all kinds of emotional outbursts and discipline issues...blah, blah, blah

So, what did I do? I used my "horrible" circumstances to make excuses and let myself go completely..."It's too hard. I'm too busy. I don't have time. This is just a short-term crisis we need to get through. I'll take care of myself and my weight when our situation improves." Poor me! I ate whatever I wanted (crutching on convenience foods and sugar), sat on my butt almost nonstop (all of my jobs are on the computer) and maybe worst of all, disconnected myself from Spark People. At first I felt a relief wash over me, like a burden had been lifted, but I knew that was a false sense of relief, like a little kid whose parents just left him home alone and he knows he can raid the cookie jar, jump on the bed, stay up late, and watch forbidden things on TV because no one is looking.

So, 2011 finds me having re-gained 40 pounds. That's a bitter pill to swallow. I have done a lot of soul-searching and what I realized is that 2010 was the perfect "all or nothing" sabotage. (Who would have thought that old ugly giant would rear its ugly head again. SAD!) These circumstances I'm living through may not be a short-term crisis - this just may be my new "normal" and I better stop waiting for life to line up the way I'd like it to and provide me the perfect environment for losing weight, BECAUSE IT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN! Time to stop making excuses and start taking back control. I can choose to make healthy choices in spite of my circumstaces.

So I'm back on track now. I actually started on 12/31 - I wanted to salvage one day in 2010 so I could end the year on a positive note.

I am learning how mportant "sustainable" changes are. My health habits need to be manageable for the long run - especially when life gets crazy. I need to have a "minimum standard" that I can default to that will still keep me moving forward, so I don't ever give up entirely again.

So here is my sustainability plan for 2011:

1) Staying connected to Spark People weekly. Before my "crash" I had been pushing myself to do more than I could manage with everything else in my life, and instead of scaling back to a manageable amount, I dropped out completely. (there's that all or nothing theme again) I know I need this for my personal accountability. I cannot read every blog, reply to every post, track every bit of food I eat or goal I have set, etc., because that just isn't realistic with the time I have available. But I can take a balanced approach and make a difference with the time I do have, and give myself permission to not worry about the rest.

2) Fitness: Get a minimum of 10 minutes of activity in every day, and more on the days there is time. Go to the gym 12 times a month. (Thank you to my company who is now providing a Frequent Fitness benefit for 12 gym visits a month - that's a movitvation!)

3) Eating healthy: Choosing natural, whole foods. Focusing on protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dairy - minimize sugar and processed/refined foods. No tracking calories, but generally being mindful of the nutrition I am taking in. Managing portions. I'm also considering another fill, as I do not notice much restriction.

4) Relationships: Make an effort to hug my kids and my husband more, to listen more attentatively and genuinely, to speak kind words, and do little random acts of kindness. Most importantly, to connect with my Creator and thank Him daily for my many blessings.

Well, there it is in a nutshell...from a pretty big nut!

  
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ERIN1957 2/25/2014 10:11AM

    Awesome, blog and what wonderful sharing. Glad you are back.
Glad to see your lovely face again. Have really missed you.
Our weight is more than just a diet, or a tool, it is a process of healing, dealing and establishing a new you, a new workable lifestyle, with a solid change in all areas. Life will never change, and we all will have trying situations to deal with. Only when we stop working on defence and become a winning offensive team will we win.
It has been a hrad lesson for me as well. But we are here now and working on doing just that.
My Best and Good Luck!
Erin

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 1/21/2011 12:40PM

    I'm so glad you're back!! Even more so, I'm so glad I'm back here with you! I was also MIA for several months. Your plan is a great one--good for your company to provide access to gym visits!! As circumstances change, so sometimes do our plans. I'm glad to be back on this journey with you, and have faith in both of us that this year will be our best one ever!

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BUBBLES1541 1/19/2011 4:40PM

    Hi - I love your post! I also had the band in 2002. I lost over a 100lbs within the 1st year and then, fell comfortable with myself and lost control. I have never gotten below 200, never reached my goal. So as the years went by, I found Sparkpeople and joined. Long story short, I'm back, started a new walking program work, and even started writing my healthy eathing cookbook. We can all get thru this journey together. :)

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FELICE73 1/19/2011 12:52PM

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 1/5/2011 11:16PM

    I'm here! I'm here! And I'm so jealous that so many others got here first! Never mind, you made me laugh and blush.

First, mama sheynts (I'm not sure, but I think it means something like "pretty little mama"), you were brilliant to begin on December 31st. You had the notion and put it into play sooner rather than later. When too many people say they'll begin a program (weight, smoking, etc.) on the first of the month or the first of the new year, they're usually pulling the wool over their own eyes or the eyes of someone whose approval they seek. When we mean it, we get started right away.

Second, the "all or nothing" routine. Good for you for seeing it rising once again. I know that one all too well -- If I can't be perfect, I'm either nothing or I'll just be nothing. Something that's run through my mind many times in the past few years is that we need an anchor, especially during bad times. The anchor can be anything that is all ours -- making music, making art, amazing cooking, losing weight, anything. As easy as it is to let go of that thing we find completely satisfying and that is ours and makes us feel whole, it's even more important to hold on to it when everything else is sinking. It's our anchor, the thing that tells us that we still have the power to do good. It's our life preserver, the thing that makes us remember who we are.

And, last, I'm so happy to know that I'll be getting more hugs from you. Mom.

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VALDESROSIERS1 1/5/2011 9:54PM

    Hi Anita,
And no ur blog was not long at all, and as u can see alot of us read it... emoticon
1st -- Thx for reading my blog and commenting and giving me support. thx
it meant alot.

Give ur self a break , u had alot happen and still kept off 50 lbs!! emoticon
I know it's easier sometimes to focus on where we want to be and not what we have done and u have kept off a half of 100 lbs!!

Life always seems to get in the way , doesn't it? U have a great plan and I like the way u said u started 12/31 so u had a good end to 2010 and a great start to 2011! emoticon

We know how felt when we were exercising and eating right so I think that's a help. So lets use it ! I know I'm trying to too..

I can relate In the last 6yrs I have had 3 back surgeries ( the 1st one was suppose to be a quick in and out and back to work in 6 months) Well I haven't been back to work and I can't work anymore. So I had to adjust not only to going to therapy for 3 yrs ( surgery each yr for 3 yrs) but the whole mind trip of being 40yrs old , now 46 and dealing with it.

My husband has lost his job after 31yrs. went through all kinds of issues there . and lately after finally finding a job that he liked and had for 6yrs and finally had ins. and made $15 a hr , yah
Well they kicked him to the curb! So he has worked for temp places , packing pieces to cars for min wage , working at K-Mart getting 15-20 hrs , working 2 jobs gone all day . Like u know sleep, and work.

So he just got a call from a temp place and he's starting a job still min wage but that's ok it's 40hrs. and after a few months they should hire him . It's gone be hard cause he will still have the 15-20hr job too.

Talk about rambling, but I just wanted to share just some of the lovely life things that have happened to me. I feel like the song we r woman should start playing , lol

Just think what would of happened if u didn;t realize u needed to start focusing on u now.. HUGS , good job

Spark is great for getting support from people who really understand( took me awhile to realize that)

Keep up the good fight
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TEXASGIRL48 1/5/2011 8:28PM

    Anita I can so relate to you. I actually was doing well and had reached my goal of 165 and went beyond to 161.....then Labor Day Weekend I fell and got two compression fractures in my lower back. Needless to say I couldn't exercise and the steroid shot made me gain five pounds in one day. Then in October we found out my husband had lung cancer and he began treatments daily for seven weeks. His oncology doc told him to eat high calorie high protein foods so he could keep his weight up. Well, he managed to gain 20 pounds during his treatments but I beat him. Having all of the high calorie stuff around and my will power being out the door I also ate it. Between no exercise, worrying about him and not sleeping well I have gained 25 pounds in three months. December 31 I weighed 184.4 which is what I weighed on Jan. 1 of 2010. I weighed Jan.1, 2011 and my scale said 177, I almost passed out. Then Jan. 2 it was back up to 184 and by the 3rd it was 186. Monday I had six shots of steroids in my back so I am just waiting for the scale to jump up some more. However, now my husband is finished with treatments for a while and the last few days I have really tried getting back on track and began tracking my food again. So we are both in the same boat and beginning 2011 all over like beginning bandsters. emoticon and so can I.

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SUZANNE3018 1/5/2011 7:42PM

    Oh my friend, I can somewhat relate. 2010 was not a great year for me. My crutch was my back problems. When it got really bad (as it is right now), I couldn't exercise, and, instead of watching what I ate, I would feel sorry for myself and eat and eat and eat and eat, and usually nothing that was good for me. Work continues to be stressful, but I have to learn to leave that stress at work and not bring it home with me and again play the pity card and eat my stress away. I don't have children to worry about, but my little pup suffered temporary paralysis in September and it took over 2 months to get him back to as close to normal as he'll probably get. And I used that excuse to indulge yet again. So, I yo-yo'd all year. And from January to December, I lost a total amount of...wait for it....wait for it....4 pounds! What a waste. I could have lost the 40 pounds that I need to, but I lost 4 because of my pity party. But I started to attend church again in 2010. I found a church where I feel comfortable and welcomed. I have always been a thankful person, but in faith I'm learning more and more how to deal with my stress and pain and anxiety and sorrow. It's not easy, but it can be done.
I truly feel like 2011 is going to be a positive year in my life, and I wish the same for you too. We can do this! We will do it together!
Blessings to you my friend.

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REESEMURPHY 1/5/2011 7:07PM

    I read your blog and totally understand what you are going through. Sometimes life gets ahold of us and takes over, and we end up last in the priority list. The other analogy that works for me is this: You know when you are on an airplane, and the flight attendant demonstrates the oxygen mask? They tell you to attach yours first - before you attach one to your child (this goes against a mothers nature!). Well the reason is this - if you are become unconscious you are NO GOOD to your child and cannot help anyone around you! So now I understand that if I don't take care of myself and my health, I will be unable to help those that I love. I have accepted that my eating problem will never go away - but I can keep it in control. It is a new year, and I know you deserve a fresh start! Good luck on your goals...one step at a time!

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TWILIGHTEYES 1/5/2011 6:32PM

    I've lost over 100 with my band and maintained it for 4 years. The problem with that is it still leaves me 40 pounds over my goal and 60 pounds over my IBW. Life got busy, I bought a house, work got extremely stressful... I could list a whole bunch of things that contributed. In a lot of ways I just quit! I related so much to your description of the relief (loved the kid at home alone analogy) that is followed by a renewed understanding of the need for accountability. I recently came back to Spark because I realized that without making some serious changes, that 40 - 60 pounds is NEVER coming off and even if I'm not as dedicated to the process as I once was, accountability is essential for me. I just wanted to tell you that you're not alone and I'm rootin' for the both of us! Kudos to you for setting up goals you can achieve and working towards them!
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Getting back on

Monday, March 29, 2010

Wow, where do I start. It feels like I've been gone for an eternity, but really it's only been about a month. Things were really spinning so out of control that I finally had to take a break. We were days away from having our home go into foreclosure, and were in the process of packing and preparing to move. Our debts had mounted to the point we were preparing for bankruptcy. My oldest son was having heart monitoring done because he was having periods of lightheadedness and has a known heart arrhythmia (my sister died from a heart arrhthmia when she was 18). In the middle of it all, my husband went from having his hours cut to working overtime, and I got called back to my second job and started working 7 days a week. And then we both got sick, and I ended up with pneumonia.

Fast forward to now, and after many weeks of chaos and a lot of prayer, life is finally getting back on track. The extra hours we have been working has really helped financially, and we decided to cash in some retirement funds and to pay off most of our debts. That freed up enough money each month that we can afford our increased mortgage payment. (We're still in an ARM and are upside down and can'trefinance with anyone but our current lender, so we're not out of the woods yet, but for the next year or two at least we should be okay if our income stays the same.) The heart testing on my son came back negative. No bankruptcy, no need to move right now, we're all healthy again, we have enough money each month to make ends meet...things are finally looking up and the weight of the world is no longer on my shoulders. Phew!

The fallout from all of this is that I have not taken care of myself at all - not eating right, not exercising, not taking any "me" time really at all. And that has led to a gain of 14 pounds since the beginning of the year. I really thought that I had overcome most of my "issues" and would just kind of maintain...and I did for a short time...but then I fell right back into old habits which I thought would never return. I stopped using the wonderful tool I have, my band, and then got frustrated that it wasn't working anymore. It's like somehow I expected it would carry me through and I'd be fine, even though I wasn't doing the work. Big mistake. That's like a carpenter tossing his hammer off to the side and somehow expecting it to pound the nails in by itself. Ridiculous! If the tool isn't being actively used the way it was designed, it's not going to do the work.

My take-away from this is that I am now, and will always be, in the process of overcoming. I cannot become complacent, because I will never arrive...never completely overcome. It's like being on a treadmill - I need to make an effort just to remain stationary...if I exert extra effort, I will move ahead, but if I slow down I will start to lose ground and eventually will end up on my butt after being thrown off the back end. That's where I am today...on my butt.

So, I'm dusting myself off and climbing back on the treadmill...both literally and figuratively. I'm going to start using my tool again the way it was designed. No point dwelling on past failures - I can't do anything about what's in the past, so I need to learn from it and move on. It's time to get back to the work of "reshaping" my future.

I'm looking forward to reconnecting with all of my Spark friends, locking arms, and pressing forward together on our journeys. It's great to be back!

  
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VALDESROSIERS1 5/30/2010 12:11PM

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I'm so happy that things r looking up for u .

And I'm sure in time u'll loss the 14 plus , we all r going to fall we just need to climb back up like u r doing. emoticon

Take it easy and take care..

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VALDESROSIERS1 4/9/2010 10:01PM

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Hope things r going better now. We all have our times where we get off track for 1 reason or another but ur back on board now and that's all that matters

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TEXASGIRL48 4/3/2010 10:34AM

    I'm glad to see that things began looking up for you. As far as gaining 14 pounds since the first of the year just think what you would have done without the band. It was working just not to it's best performance.

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JLDACQ 4/1/2010 2:48PM

    I was about to offer you a hand to get back on the wagon, but it looks like you found a stray rope and are hanging on for dear life, as you grab the knots and make it back to the wagon.

I'm really glad to hear that things are looking brighter for you, financially, and I'm sorry you had to learn a lesson the hard way with the band. But you've learned the lesson, and it sounds like you might be more willing to work it, rather than making it work for you. And it's hard to maintain when you *think* you've got a handle on the weight loss & its issues. I've never been anywhere near my goal weight, so I can't even give you suggestions on maintaining when losing isn't going to happen. Two weeks ago, I was on vacation (that would be our XXX-rated Anniversary week), and I put on 5lbs in that time frame. I did ok for the first 3 days, then things started to slip. It doesn't mean I'll never get past these issues, but rather, it tells me which issues I need to work on next. A lack of schedule when I'm at home is the biggest one that I need to tackle, I'm sure you found a few of those issues that you can start dealing with now, especially some of those you thought were done & gone. Will you have to remain vigilant even when you reach goal weight? Probably, but that's where working on your inner self will allow you to remain vigilant.

And I'm glad all our prayers helped you. :-D

Spark right on!

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MOPARMEMAW 3/30/2010 8:22PM

    Wow! Anyone would have gone to emotional eating with all of that kind of stress! I'm happy to hear things are getting back on track for you. You'll start losing again right away.

Hugs!

Wanda

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REESEMURPHY 3/29/2010 9:34PM

    Wow...what a bunch of stress you have endured! You can get back on board and be successful. We are stronger than we know!

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CBOOGS 3/29/2010 7:19PM

    So happy to hear things are getting better!
And, you will get the "healthy" part under control, too!
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LEEANNE1980 3/29/2010 5:32PM

    Welcome back and Wow!!!! things are really changed. You can do it. You have been through alot and made to the other side. You can reset now and go again - only this time with less stress! Congrats and welcome Back!

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L*I*T*A* 3/29/2010 3:33PM

    what wonderful news.........isn't God Good !!......

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take care..............blessings and hugs...............lita

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Dr Oz is spreading the Spark!

Monday, January 18, 2010

I subscribe to Dr Oz's email newsletter, and I was happy to see a reference to the new book The Spark, as well as SparkPeople.com and SparkRecepes.com in his January 18th edition. I think Dr Oz has been sparked!

"Start your day off right. The Spark -- a new weight loss book from the founder of SparkPeople.com -- recommends these smoothie ingredients for a calcium-rich morning meal: 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of mango chunks, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds, and 4 ice cubes. Try another great smoothie recipe from the SparkRecipes.com community."

"Editor's Pick
Fight fat with The Spark. Jump-start your weight loss, or take it to the next level. This 28-day program, broken into a four-stage plan, has helped millions get their body and life back where it should be. Dozens of success stories will keep you motivated, along with their online community at SparkPeople.com. Check it out now!"

"For more recommendations, check out our new shopping center,
Books, Blogs, and More."


www.realage.com/tips/drop-fat-foreve
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CTENBRINK 1/19/2010 11:50AM

    Dr Oz is the best. I dont think I can do the truth tube in front of everyone though!

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LAINYE 1/18/2010 11:01PM

    thanks for the link. I do enjoy his show. and of course Sparks!

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MORGANLAFEE 1/18/2010 10:23PM

    Thanks for sharing. I like Dr Oz although I haven't watched his new show yet.

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L*I*T*A* 1/18/2010 12:46PM

    wonderful to hear how the spark book is spreading everywhere.............love dr Oz...........thanks for sharing........blessings and hugs..................lita

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XHOOSIERLOSER 1/18/2010 12:08PM

    That's great! I no longer get the Oprah radio channel and miss hearing Dr Oz now, glad he's found the Spark!

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JOYLJL 1/18/2010 10:13AM

    Thanks for the recipe. I just recently went to the store with Dr. Oz's grocery list,, but I didnt' have any of his recipes. I figured I would just get what is on his list and then make up some, so I'm thankful for you sharing this smoothie recipe. emoticon

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TEXASGIRL48 1/18/2010 9:29AM

    I get the RealAge messages and was surprised to see the same thing. I like Dr. Oz also.

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MYFEETHURT 1/18/2010 8:58AM

  Oh, that is great! He's a perfect fellow to SPREAD THE SPARK! emoticon

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WINNIEATWELL2 1/18/2010 8:32AM

    I'm a fan of Dr. Oz and of course Spark! Double emoticon emoticon

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DENRNAJ 1/18/2010 7:47AM

    Wonderful- he seems to be practical and I know that he reaches many people- Spark has helped me so much any way to spread it works for me!

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Six months after surgery

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I saw my surgeon's office today for my 6-month postop check. Here's how I'm doing so far:

Upper GI x-ray shows band is in place and anatomy all functioning normally.
Fluid level in band is adjusted appropriately now - I'm at my sweet spot!
Weight lost so far: 82 pounds (43 more to get to goal weight of 150)
Body mass index: Dropped from 48 to 34.5 (10 more points to go to get to "normal")
Body fat %: Dropped from 54.6% to 42.9% (9 points to go to get to "normal")
Waist: Lost 13 inches
Hips: Lost 11 inches
Arm: Lost 2 inches

I wear size 16 in most things now (and those are getting loose) - started at size 24/26.
I can sit in a booth and a theater seat with room to spare.
There is slack in my seatbelt.
I can bend over to pick things up, put on my socks, tie my shoes, etc.
I can cross my legs like a lady.
I have energy and enjoy exercise - I power walk, run, do aerobics and strength training - in fact, I can outlast my husband at the gym!

THANK YOU LORD FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE LAP BAND SURGERY AND FOR EMPOWERING ME TO TAKE MY LIFE BACK!!!

  
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CARAMBA09 4/10/2010 12:43PM

    WONDERFUL grace!!
I only have 35 lbs to go. I LOVE my lapband. It has been a gift from heaven above.
Took away:
10% bodyfat
High blood pressure
snoring
I am wearing a size 10 pair of "7 for all mankind" skinny jeans. Never thought THAT would happen!
I can cross my legs comfortably

Such a blessing!!

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MRSDETERMINED 1/18/2010 11:14AM

    What an accomplishment. You are doing great. Keep it up!

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JODIKAYAK 1/9/2010 9:34PM

    That is the way to measure your success - I know from past experience it is too easy to get caught up in pounds on a scale. There are so many other ways to weight our progress.

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CTENBRINK 1/5/2010 2:59PM

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FELICE73 12/28/2009 5:31PM

    Don't know what else I can add but I also feel blessed for the opportunity I know that so many do not have. And it was so inexpensive for me (my share of the surgery was $150 and my dr copays are $20). So congrats so far!

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TONNIJ 12/26/2009 7:39PM

    That's great! I am so proud of you and really excited for you!!!

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JODIRICHARDS 12/14/2009 12:04AM

    Sounds like God has truly blessed and you are learning how to live the life He desires for you! Keep up the great work, I'll see you around 150! I'm almost there, just think your size 16 might become a 10 or less!

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L*I*T*A* 12/10/2009 8:51PM

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JESUSINME4LIFE 12/9/2009 5:31PM

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You are doing awesome,keep up the excellent work:)

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CTENBRINK 12/9/2009 12:42PM

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TEXASLYNN 12/8/2009 8:59PM

    Whoooooooohooooo! WTG

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SQUIRTZIE 12/8/2009 8:26PM

    Sounds like you are doing great! Keep it up!

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HARDCANDY1 12/8/2009 8:21PM

    CONGRATULATIONS I'm so happy for you looks like you have been doing all of the right things you keep up the good work I'm very proud of you I go in for my 2 week post-op check up tomorrow I hope I get some good news like you got

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NEXTYEAR 12/8/2009 4:23PM

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CHEVYGIRRRL 12/8/2009 4:00PM

    Amen! im so happy for you! congratulations! my surgery was 10/27/09 & my 1st adjustment is tomorrow :) im super excited. keep up the great work! love & hugs, Holly emoticon

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