Tuesday, August 30, 2011
You have a BMI of 45.48.
BMI is over 40 (Obese Class 3 : Morbid Obesity)
With a BMI of 40+ you have an extremely high risk of weight-related disease and premature death. Indeed, you may have already been suffering from a weight-related condition. For the sake of your health it is very important to see your doctor and get specialists help for your condition.
THIS WAS ME!!!
You have a BMI of 33.64.
BMI is between 30-34.99 (Obese Class 1)
Individuals with a BMI of 30-34.99 are in a physically unhealthy condition, which puts them at risk for serious ilnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, gall bladder disease, and some cancers. This holds especially true if you have a larger than recommended Waist Size. These people would benefit greatly by modifying their lifestyle. Ideally, see your doctor and consider reducing your weight by 5-10 percent. Such a weight reduction will result in considerable health improvements.
THIS IS ME NOW!
Still a long way to go, but quite an improvement!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
......Yes. I did.
I collected everything and was getting ready to leave the house, making sure I had my water bottle. You know you need to drink your water after all.
Well I started down the stairs only to realize my water bottle is leaking on the carpet, so I hand it off to my son standing below, without realizing that it spilled onto the tile too.
I stepped down...and went down.
My right leg folded back up and behind me, while my big toe completely folded back.
...did I mention PAIN????
Ok I wanted to cry I really really did, but not happening! Too much pain at present.
...it did get better, sort of. The rest of me slowly felt better, just that darn toe hurts like heck. But hey I am going to be late, so what do I do?
Jam it into my sandal. I'll deal with it later, after all I don't think they do anything for toes do they?
So I get in my car, I can drive right! NO....definitely NO.
Good thing Hubby's home. He says he will drive me. "You just wait here by your car, while I go get my Jeep to take you to your speech."
Well, uummm, Ok.
I am short to begin with, now I got a who-knows-if-it-is-broken-toe! Yeah that was pretty climbing into the Jeep! But Hey! I am late for my speech.
So I finally get to where I have to be, just in time too! After hobbling along I find a seat and sit and listen to the professionals talk.
This is pretty interesting. I don't think I had quite this fancy a presentation before. Awesome! I am going to take notes for myself!
Then it comes time for myself and a FANTASTIC Lady (who I really admire) to have our talk in front of everyone....
...I should say, This is after popping many advils and getting sympathy from this FANTASTIC Lady for my who-knows-if-it-is-broken-toe.
I decide I am going to go first, because I am revved to go!
It is great!
For the first 2 words!
Then I start bawling like a baby! Yep, all choked up.
I did manage to get my speech said. I was told there was a lot of teary eyes besides mine, but I didn't notice.
Kind of hard to see when your blubbering away, trying to be loud and get it all said before ("Please God!) your nose runs.
Yep that is me.......
ace under Pressure.
Yes, my who-knows-if-it-is-broken-toe Hurts like crazy! Especially after the shoe came off!
Monday, August 29, 2011
I have been asked if I would speak to you people that are considering the Lap Band procedure.
I am touched and honoured that they feel I would make a good speaker and candidate for this. I have to say that the people I heard over my pre-band sessions touched my heart and became my 'role' models. So to be considered to be someone's possible role model is daunting!
My name is Angela and it wasn't that long ago that I was sitting where you are now. I remember thinking that it was a slim possibility that I would receive the band, but I was going to do everything I could; absorb everything that was said by these wonderful health care professionals; and if there was one thing I could walk out of here with, it would be HOPE.
And I did.
I haven't lost huge amounts of weight as of yet, and am still striving to reach my sweet spot (think I am very close). I still consider myself a newbie!
I have tried every diet I could find over the years and the one thing I wish, is that I never ever heard of the word. I am sure if I never started, I never would have been at the pinnacle of despair that I ultimately reached. I hated what I had become and was so frustrated with the vicious cycle of losing only to put on even more weight. It didn’t help that my weight inhibited me from having more children. I was on fertility drugs for a very long time before we were blessed to have a child. Then I was on them again for longer, until I could not take the nosedives of dashed hopes every month. My Doctor could find no viable reason why we couldn’t have kids...I feel it was the weight. Of course the drugs and insulin combined only helped pack it on.
To give you an idea of some of my health concerns, I am a type one Diabetic with Glaucoma. My AIC (average 3 month blood sugar level) was as high as 8.9. I took five injections of insulin daily totalling @ 90 units of insulin a day.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words....well this is me. I looked for photos of myself, but they are far and few between. I would rather have been behind the camera than in front of it.
I had surgery and I received the lapband this past January 14th. It has been one of the most positive things in my life.
I have dropped 8 dress sizes.
I have lost, according to my scale, 47 lbs since Christmas.
The number of inches even more.
My insulin has dropped drastically. I inject 4 times a day with my insulin totalling @ 42 units of insulin per day. That is over Half! Now I don't ever expect to be totally off insulin due to the type of Diabetes I have, but in this case less is more, a lot more!
I can honestly say that I am not hungry, as long as I don’t over extend the time between my meals. I never thought I would say that.
I can eat most anything in moderation. However what I choose to put in, I make sure is worthwhile as in it is of most benefit to me and my health. I am on this journey for a reason. I am learning to love who I am and what I can do.
I exercise up to 6 times a week, because I want to. I swim; I do Zumba; I do strength training and a variety of different cardio. I never thought I would say this, but I am learning to run. Not well just yet, but it is getting better.
How can you ensure success whether you have the lap band or not? Show up. There is a saying in the corporate world “Those who show up go up!” well it is just as true here, only “those who show up go down!” Scale that is.
I may sound upbeat, but that wasn’t always so. I can get discouraged just like you. I can fall down or even off the wagon. I can pack away a lot of things, in a short time. Or at least I used to be able to. What I am trying to say is, what you do after is what counts. It counts that you pick yourself up and try again. That you put down that fork or spoon; that cookie or whatever, and carry on and try to do better. I am still learning to do this. I have only started my journey and have a long road ahead.
It is important for you and I to remember that the lap band is a tool. It is not the miracle to beat all miracles. You have to work to make it work for you. You have to choose the correct foods and portions. You have to exercise, even if it is only baby steps. Even if you can only do one baby step more than before, you will succeed. You will improve yourself and that is what we are ultimately here for, regardless of our reasons. You will find help in our doctors, dieticians and other health care providers that are available for you here. Make use of them. They like it!
Use these support systems. Encourage each other. Find online support groups like lap band connect or sparkpeople.com. Most importantly keep a food journal.
Everyone’s journey is going to be unique. We may share a few common experiences, but for the most part no two of us are identical. Enjoy it. Enjoy it with your family and friends. I still go out, maybe even more now than before. I choose off the menu and either take some home to enjoy at a different meal, or choose something smaller. Sometimes I even share! I don’t think I ever liked doing that before.
Thank you for listening to me. I wish you every success and joy on your own journey.
( I give my speach tomorrow night! Wish me well.)
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Ok, I do tend to run off at the mouth sometimes....sorry you have to listen to this.
Well, actually I am not. Feel free to listen or leave at anytime, you won't hurt my feelings, cause I know you love me anyways.
So in my last blog, I said I had some concerns and I may be asking your advice...well that was my intention. Honest!
Instead I stewed about it and didn't blog, just went ahead and blurted out what was bugging me.
Ok... here is what was going on.
My nieces and nephew are homeschooled, NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT! Anyhow, they are not learning what they should be. I have worked in a school for a number of years as a Special Education Assistant and various other hats. So I like to think I know a little bit. Now I also know that my visit wasn't that long and not that involved with schooling. But I like to through in little things here and there. When a Grade 5, Grade 4 and a Grade 1 are having troubles in easy grade relevant questions....red flag!
The Grade 4 is especially having troubles. His reading is atrocious and his basic 6+6 addition skills are non existent.
None are flourishing. It is enough to make me cry.
Ok, but that is not all...
They moved out to this home that is a HUGE RENOVATION PROJECT. It truly should of been mowed down years ago, not really fit for living in. But they do. Ok, I know they are working extremely hard all of them. Even the kids....
In fact those kids pretty well do a LOT of work...
...you see they do not have ANY friends there.
They have each other and are isolated on the acreage. The family is estranged from their Mom's family, so they don't even see the cousins. And of course My Brother's family, we are all far away. If they at least went to school they would make some friends.
Social skills are so important in life. School teaches many things besides education.
Other family members have been out and spending more time evaluating. ALL have major concerns that they have spoken to me about. They wanted me to asses and perhaps say something. I was going to...
...but then my Grandpa said not too as he voiced all our fears....
...We did not want to be ostracized for speaking out. Now I don't think this would come from my brother, but more my sister in law hence the reason they are not speaking to her family.
So I listened and did not speak.
We came home and it has been eating me alive. I love all of them and I don't want to interfere. However, if I don't speak up those children will suffer...
So I prayed...
Today the opportunity arose to speak to my brother privately and voice my concerns. I told him they needed to step up their education, whether at home or preferably in a school. That all of us were concerned and scared to speak up for fear of being cut off from everyone. That I could no longer hold my peace and had to speak up for the sake of love, for I love all of them and only want what is best. That their not having close friends was another concern and needed to be rectified to the best of their abilities as parents...
To tell it bluntly...I let it fly.... in the kindest way I could put it.
It went well.
He said he had the same concerns and appreciated me voicing them. That he had to give his wife a chance to improve the homeschooling situation (which I applaud); that when I had spoken before of my concern for friends (on holiday) that they are going to be attending a homeschool weekly playgroup. ( it is a start). That the kids would be going to regular school in a snap if they have not improved by November-December.
I have to be happy with this, and I am happy with this. It is start and we are all good situation wise...at least on his end. I will wait to see what happens when or if he discusses this with my SIL.
Thanks for listening to me run off at the mouth again.
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