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I GOT A DATE!!! No not the kind with flowers and chocolates, well maybe flowers.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Yes! It is happening! emoticon

I got a date! emoticon

My Lap Band Surgery will be done on January 14. emoticon

I will start my Optifast Diet on New Years Eve, so the new year will be started in a different fashion. I will be on a 900 calorie diet for two weeks prior to the surgery. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I know it will be a tough road. I am told the first 4 days of the Optifast are hell. I hope I can be strong. I know I will be strong. POSITIVE THINKING!!!

Thanks my friends for your support and encouaragment. I love you all! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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TEENY_BIKINI 12/19/2010 2:25PM


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BETHJ423 12/11/2010 12:52PM

    That's great news Angela! I'll be rooting for you, and here's some flowers for your "date".


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ELLIE381 12/11/2010 7:20AM

    Congratulations! I am so excited for you. What a way to start the new year. Keep up the great work. Here is to a new year and all that it holds for us. emoticon

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SUNSHINE1234 12/10/2010 12:44PM

    thanks for the spark comment on my page! I'm sure you will do very well--let us know how it goes

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SUPERDUPER26 12/5/2010 8:05PM


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LINDA! 12/3/2010 11:37PM

    Congrats!! Best wishes on your upcoming surgery.

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RESULTS361AP09 12/2/2010 8:13PM

    Angela-you are a very strong woman & I know you will be able to do it without any problems! Know that all of us are pulling for you & wishing you much success!

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    Angela, I don't know how you're going to do it, but I know you will! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 12/2/2010 12:19PM

    You can do it!

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LIVELAUGHXO 12/2/2010 12:09PM

    Congrats!! You can definitely do it -- just think of the end results!! "the ends justify the means" you will get thro!!

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OMG! I feel like I won the lottery!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Oh my goodness!
I got the call. I was one of 25 people selected out of 500-700 people to have lapband surgery.
I am shaking! I am happy and determined. It will mean alot of life changes.
Scared of my family's reaction, but hope they realize what this will mean to me.

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ELLIE381 11/25/2010 10:03AM

    I sure hope all is well and you recover quickly. emoticon

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MOMMABOF7 11/12/2010 11:31PM

    I am so happy for you! I have a friend that has been very successful with this procedure. I wish you the best!

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OREGON_MOMMA 11/12/2010 12:36AM

    Congrats!!!! Take this opportunity and run with it! emoticon emoticon

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IAMALIGHTHOUSE 11/11/2010 7:39PM

    wow- congrats.

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/11/2010 6:42PM

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CHUBRUB3 11/10/2010 12:41AM

    Thank you everyone so much for your support and encouragement. I do believe I want this. I may need to be reminded along the way, and I am sure you will 'remind' me! LOL! I will definitly keep you posted as to my journey. I will find out more next week.
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    Angela, would you keep us posted along the way? I'm so happy for you if this is what you really want! I'm proud of you, too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MUEHLBBO 11/9/2010 8:07PM

    Good luck to you. How long do you have to wait? I wish you the best.

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RESULTS361AP09 11/9/2010 7:50PM

    I am so happy for you. I'm sure your family will get behind your decision once they realize how much it means to you. Good luck!

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GIGALENA 11/9/2010 4:56PM

    WOOHOO I am so excited for you.

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AEBOCK 11/9/2010 4:35PM

    Wow, what a major experience! Best of luck breaking the news to your family. I'm sure they'll be supportive and stand by you through everything. Happy successes to you!


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Just a quick update!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Hi My Friends! emoticon
It is a beautiful morning this gorgeous Sunday. emoticon
We are expecting snow tomorrow, not sure how much, but I am so not ready for it. emoticon
I am still waiting to hear about the Lapband surgery. I will know by the 16 th of this month at the latest.
My family is now telling me they don't think I should do this. That the changes will be too drastic. Things like 'eating'; meal planning; travelling will be harder; etc. emoticon emoticon
I am so confused. emoticon
I had decided that if I was chosen, I would go ahead with the surgery. Now I am experiencing huge self doubt that I have chosen the correct path.
The concerns of my family are my concerns as well, they were the things that I had focused on in my list of against vs. for.
Maybe I am worrying for nothing. Perhaps I won't even be chosen for the surgery. It seems like a lottery anyhow and my luck has always been low. emoticon
I do think there are others in the program who could benefit more than myself, but I don't know what the Doctors are looking at when choosing.
Either way, I am committed to weight loss and it helps greatly having wonderful friends like you my spark buddies! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I am making some progress, very slow but definite. I will continue to do so! I know if I become frustrated, I have Spark and I have you to fall back on. As I will be there for you as well.
Love you Spark Buddies! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RESULTS361AP09 11/7/2010 8:03PM

    Angela-I am sure that you will make a good decision whatever you decide to do. I will be praying for you & will be behind you whatever you decide to do. emoticon Kim

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SUPERDUPER26 11/7/2010 5:53PM

    You'll make it work either way, you're strong and determined!

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HARPERLADY 11/7/2010 3:59PM

    family can make things very difficult, sometimes change can be harder because of them, I had a sister in law do it and lost 120 lbs, you may have to make adjustments but it will be worth it, family does not always like change, they want things to stay as they aer, it makes them comfortable. it is your life and your choice , I wish you the best of luck

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MYMADIE 11/7/2010 12:25PM

    Put this in God's hands. He will lead you in the right direction. i will keep you in my prayers and May God Bless you.

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GIGALENA 11/7/2010 11:40AM

    Angela I will pray that no matter what your decision is that it is the best one for you.

Big hugs, girl Friend!

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BOVEY63 11/7/2010 11:21AM

    Praying that everything works out in your best interest.

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Halloween Scrooge

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween! emoticon
Ok, maybe Happy for some. It used to be happy for me. I guess it still is, I definitely miss all the fun of dressing up (the kids and me) and going door to door.
I love all of it really.
The part I don't like and that is turning me into a Halloween Scrooge is the candy. I LOVE the Candy. emoticon emoticon emoticon
There comes a time though that we have to make tough decisions.
We have had a steady decline in the number of kids coming to the door.
Even though I don't buy the candy until the last minute, we eat too much of it.
Especially if I ended up buying too much. I have even gone so far as to return it to the store. Boy did I get the looks then....
So this year I have decided to become the SCROOGE.
Yes, the SCROOGE.
It is for my family and I's best interest not to hand out candy this year.
We do not know or show restraint if it is in the house.
Especially me.
I will go so far as to hide the candy bars in various locations so that I can eat them with out anyone knowing about it or knowing how many I actually have had. I will hide whole boxes for my consumption.
I make myself sick with guilt. So I have another and another.
Well, NO MORE!
I am sorry to have to become a SCROOGE, but my health is at stake. I need to lose weight and if this helps me over come and gain some control. So be it.
I wish you a HAPPY HALLOWEEN my friends. Enjoy!
I will be hiding out in my basement.
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CHUBRUB3 10/31/2010 8:31PM

    Thank you everyone for your comments! LOL! Even if I am not handing out candy because of my health, I still feel Scrooge like. But I can live with it! I do a lot for the kids, and can make up for it in lots of other ways. They will be so busy having fun, that they won't even notice!
I love that you (SuperDuper26) use this as a chance to clean out your pantry! LOL! I would be peeing my pants if my kid came home with Ketchup! I usually clean out my pantry for the Food Drive's.
I have tried buying candy that I didn't like and still found myself eating it! Could not believe it myself!
Thought I was in control and bought my son some cookies and left them in the pantry a few days ago. OH BOY! I was in them like rats on cheese! I have learned a lesson, he can have them, just not in my line of sight!
Thanks again for your comments and insights. I LOVE hearing them! I love laughing along with you (MommaLittle) and knowing I am not the only one hiding the candy.
Hugs! Happy Halloween!
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RESULTS361AP09 10/31/2010 6:35PM

    Angela-you aren't a Scrooge! You are just a smart lady! I just bought candy that I didn't like so I won't be tempted. You have to take care of yourself & don't worry about the neighborhood kids. They will get plenty of candy from other places & they probably don't need it either!! emoticon

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SUPERDUPER26 10/31/2010 4:04PM

    I don't give out candy because I think if kids want candy, they shoudl say "give me candy", but since instead they say "trick or treat" they are giving me an option NOT to give them treats. I don't send them away empty handed (unless I've been cleaned out), but I give out cans of soup, stickers, ping pong balls, dental floss.... I view Halloween as a chance to clean out my pantry, this year one lucky kid is going home with a 44ounce bottle of ketchup, someone else will get some beef ramen, and a few kids will get those horrible oatmeal cookie-fake icing sandwiches.
I figure I don't need a bowl of candy sitting around my place, and really, neither do any of the kids who come knocking on my door!

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    Oh, girl, you made me smile! I have also hidden candy! Since we live out in the country, the only Halloween thing we have up are the gel decorations on the front window! I'm glad we don't get trick or treaters or I'd succumb, as well! Good for you! There is no rule that says you HAVE to participate in the candy frenzy! emoticon emoticon

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BETHJ423 10/31/2010 12:57PM

    You have to do what works for you... you are the most important person in this equation, so if it makes sense not to buy candy, then good for you!

ps I don't buy candy either, but that's because I have been living in an apartment for the past 6-7 years, and we never get little trick-or-treaters, so I guess I'm lucky

enjoy your day guilt free!

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Short Listed

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I am excited, scared, nervous, confused, excited, excited, and more confused...

I have been short listed for Lap Band surgery.

I have been participating in the health region's Doctor supervised Weight Management Program for a while. Found it a great help in trying to stay on track and exercise; eat right in order to lose weight. Having the support that is provided is phenomenal.

When I started there were 700+ Participants. All with Chronic conditions and meeting certain criteria.

This week 57 patients were chosen. I am in this number.

There will be 25 surgeries performed.

I do not know yet if I will be in that number.

I am divided.

I want this, have been striving for this for a long time.

BUT, I also am second guessing myself.

Have made great strides with the WMP and with SPARK PEOPLE. Losing slow, but still losing. I have been trying for years to lose and it is hard. Very hard.

With the Lap Band, I would be losing 1-2 lbs per week until my desired weight.

Huge lifestyle changes, even more so than I have made now.

One cup of food every 4 hours (3-4 times per day). Never drinking and eating at the same time. One hour before or after I can sip liquid (water, plain tea or coffee). If I try to eat or drink more than one cup of food, I will vomit.

There are a lot of benefits... and drawbacks.

It is one of the safest weight loss surgeries and I am soo tired of being FAT and unhealthy! I hate that..

I have an appointment with the surgeon Friday morning. An interview if you prefer, to see how good a candidate I am out of the short list. I can ask more questions and will be asked them in return.

If I refuse, I am at the end of my road. I would have to pay to have it done elsewhere. Here and now all costs would be covered by my health region and I would have regular support groups.

I also look at it as, it is reversible. But it is done with the intention of being FOREVER.

I think I should.

Shouldn't I?


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SUPERDUPER26 10/23/2010 2:35AM

    Phew! That's quite the decision to be faced with, but after you learn more you'll be more confident about which ever way you end up choosing.

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BOVEY63 10/22/2010 12:24AM

    Praying that you make the right decision for you.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/22/2010 12:07AM

    Wow, MUEHLBBO said it better than I could. I guess the only negative I can think of would be the permanence of having that rigid of an eating and drinking system for the rest of your life. Oh, it's such a hard call! emoticon

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MUEHLBBO 10/21/2010 9:56PM

    Wow! What a decision to make. We can't make that for you, but it looks like you are on the way to deciding. I see you list some of the downfalls and some of the advantages. That's what you need to do, both for and against having it. Whichever way you go, it is a lifestyle change. Which lifestyle can you commit to? I wish you the best.

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