Monday, April 25, 2011
Have you ever recieved a gift and really wanted to give it back?
Well, today I did.
My scale graciously gifted me with a 3 lb weight gain, on my birthday of all things! Couldn't it have waited a day or two or found a different gift?
Oh well, I was expecting it.
Went to visit my Grandparents and they have EVERYTHING you should not eat on hand. I refused some things,...others I indulged in.
Plus driving two out of the three days for 7 hours (14 total), my exercise dropped. I went for walks, but nothing strenuous as I was walking with 90 year olds, or on a time limit.
I loved my visit with them.
I don't know how much longer they will stay this side of heaven and our time together is very precious. I am not able to see them as often as I would like. Winter inhibits it.
They are on one side of the mountains, and I am on the other. Granted they are on the nicer side.
They are the last of my grandparents. My son's great Grandparents. It will be very hard to lose them when their time comes.
As for the scale, I hope to lose those pounds very soon.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Ok...First Challenge Blog....accomplished!
This is my first Challenge Blog, we will see how it goes.
"How has my year been so far? & Have you made progress in the areas you wanted to address?"
When I think of where I was and where I am right now...all I can say is WOW!
This past year has seen my health take a big step forward after years of going down a spiral staircase. My Diabetes was not in the control it needed to be in, having 8.7 A1Cís; glaucoma (with laser surgery failing in helping with this); weight just kept increasing regardless of what I would do; mood swings and depression from everything feeling out of control; and the list goes on.
My Doctor had enrolled me in a weight management program that I had been in for a couple years. It did help having that support, but not quite enough. They dangled the carrot...lapband surgery for only 25 recipients out of 500-700 people. Well, there was no way I would be chosen, but extra help with dieticians, doctors and nurses, I am no dummy I was in! So I did all I could and took all the support I could get. Was able to lose a few pounds over this time frame and was happy with these results. After so long of having nothing, I was perfectly willing to accept something!
I am so glad I did.
Today marks a number of ĎA hahí moments.
I found Spark People and made so many friends who care and support me in numerous ways!
Surprisingly (to me at least) I was chosen as one of the lucky individuals to have the lapband. I donít think this would of happened without this amazing program, as I (we) could not have afforded it. It was like I had won the lottery! It has been one of the best things to have happened to me. I have lost a significant amount of weight in a short time, all under the direction of dieticians and doctors, and it really works out to about 1-2 lbs a week. So SAFE. I am able to fit in a size 14 jean today, which I have not worn in over 20 years! My A1C is going down to a 7.9; have an eye appointment in May that will tell me how my glaucoma is progressing; and my mood is generally much, much better! I have more energy and able to do so much more.
My painting has progressed to the point that I have people who request me to teach them and look up to me! Yeah! I am branching out on my own and learning all I can. I am going to learn from an artist from Florence, Italy this summer and I am so excited!!!
My family is happier. Happy Wife & Mother = Happy Husband and Son (happy dog too!)
The house is clean...most days.
I have time for my friends, usually at the gym, zumba or for a coffee.
Life is good, so Yes! I have made progress in my areas that I wanted to address.
And my year has been GREAT!
In fact I have come along way....
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.
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