Friday, April 15, 2011
I was able to attend my monthly Lap Band support group last night. A very crowded, informative meeting this time around. Mind you I find them all informative, just not crowded. It is amazing how many people have the support available to them and don't make use of it. To me that is like having a million dollars in your pocket and eating out of the garbage can...Why??? Wouldn't you rather eat something better than that? Oh well to each their own.
I came away with a lot of information, some I am still processing. Hoping I won't have data overload and the whole thing crash and I retain nothing. That has been known to happen from time to time...
I learned that the most valuable thing you can have is 'loose change'. Why and what is it? Well think of exercise as the 'money' and think of 'loose change' as all the little things we do outside of our 30 minutes or 1 hour of exercise. We all know that money is valuable, but what we take for granted is the loose change. Think that every time you do something 'extra' it counts, so that means for every time you bypass the elevator for the stairs; or walk around the airport rather than sit in a chair to wait for your flight; or even stand as opposed to sitting at the Doctor's office you add up loose change. Before you know it all those little coins could equal or surpass your 'money' and pay off in a lot of positive ways. So having been one that stopped picking up pennies off the street, I am going to restart that habit and start looking for loose change. Hey, if i stoop to pick it up that is one extra toe touch than before.
Another interesting tidbit that I learned via Chef Dave on youtube.com is that the diet for lap band and for gastric bypass is and should be THE SAME. Whoa, I thought it would be different, I mean I have my stomach with a belt, they don't have all their stomach....makes sense to me. Check out Chef Dave for great recipes that weight loss surgery patients can use.
Here is one on Quick and Easy Breakfasts
For Canadian patients, who have received the Allergan LapBand, you can contact your program director or doctor for the access code to the new website support group from the company. Right now it is not for public use and you have to get a code to join. If you can make use of it. I am just exploring now and loving it.
Now for lapband recipients, did you know that flying and travel can cause your band to tighten in flight and that you should not eat to soon to flying so that you don't have extra restriction on the stomach from the band. This was news to me!
Also when travelling you need to have your card to show security, as they may detain you with 'what is in your body'...
Now there was alot of other things I learned as well, but I still need to assimilate them.
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Am I a Lemon? Feeling a little squeezed....
I had my second lap band fill today and am surprised at how good I feel. I now have 5.6 CC in my AP Small (10cc) band. I have not felt hungry this afternoon and am so very happy, as this is my problem time.
But what also made my day was when I go to see the Doctor, they weigh me. Now I have been stuck and fluctuating a bit. NOT today, thank goodness.
I finally am down! May be a pound, but to me it is huge! As now I can mentally refocus on getting where I want to go.
Also got my blood test results back and my Diabetes is getting better. My A1C has finally dropped to 7.9. Still high, but when your up at 8.7, this is good. Very good. All other results were very good to.
Picked up an extra Zumba class, so going 2x a week. Have also been trying to run on the treadmill for a few minutes during my walks. I send you people who run a huge !!! It is so hard, I don't know how you do it, but !
I know this week will be even better.
I am going to take this moment to thank all of you friends for your encouragement, inspiration, and every kindness imagined that you show me on a daily basis.
This is for you.
Hugs and blessings to each of you.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Ok, I am going to be more accountable to me, and maybe to you my friends as well.
Taking a page from some of my friends books...accountability.
Who is ultimately responsible for it? ... well duh! ME. I am accountable for my actions, so why do I make excuses to avoid doing what I know I need to do?
Yeah, I know ... Slacker! Ok, today I vow to do better.
I just had a healthy breakfast of oatmeal, blueberries and almond milk. Drank my water and am heading out the door shortly to the gym. Yes the gym, the one I have not been going to in a long while. I have been working out at home and not where I pay to go. I am what they smilingly call 'PROFIT'. Well, today I and ultimately they will have to work for the money.
I need to work alot.
So question... a friend has said that perhaps doind too much strength training (weights) could inhibit our weight loss. Anyone else know anything about this? I have been plateaued for quite awhile, and when I look back it is when I started weights. I am losing the inches, but again I obsess on the scale number.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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