My Bandiversary

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

On Saturday July 27, 2013 I celebrated One year with having the lapband. I didn't celebrate with cake, going out to eat, making a toast to my health, the normal things that people do to celebrate. But I wanted to reflect on my accomplishments over the past year. Some of them include

Smoke free for 1 year and 3 months. Which is the longest stretch I've gone without starting back. I still have the cravings but I realize I am stronger than the cravings.

Being able to walk up and down my driveway without taking a break because I am out of breath. Now I can do this with no problem. I don't get winded carrying in groceries anymore

I didn't exercise much before my band. I would go to water aerobics 3x a week in the summer but I wouldn't put real work into it. Now I get 240 mins of exercise per week and love it.

My Starting BMI was 71.3, My goal was to get below 59 and I have. now my next goal is to get out of the 50's. So far i've lost 72 lbs. in the past year.

Which brings me to: being able to play wii fit. The wii board has a weight limit of 330 lbs. 5 years ago my husband got it for my birthday. I got to play for a few months until it told me, I exceeded the weight limit and to step off. Yep it literally told me to get off. I can now play with out it telling me to step off.

As I loose weight, I feel better about myself and now my self esteem is improving. I was never a really a shy person until I gained weight and other life events happening. Now I am not as timid in a crowd.

I'm very passionate about being healthier and I want others to know how much the band saved my life. My own doctors wasn't giving good reports and doubted that I would live to see 40 and that was their good estimate. I am 34 right now. I have went from taking 12 different meds to only taking 2. I take an allergy pill, and a water pill because I still have issues with blood pressure and swelling. But i'm expecting to be able to drop that medicine too. My allergy med well that I can't fix with weight loss, and i'm not willing to move to Arizona.

I want to be a good example to others about food choices. I have quite a few people ask me about my diet and a few people around me are trying harder to make healthier choices. I tell them it's about learning to say No to food that is slowly killing you. I still am perfecting this one.

Facing my fat fears about going to the gym- The place being full of young girls with perfect bodies who judge fat people is a myth. Some of the small girls actually get inspired by the fat people, I had one girl tell me that she hates to exercise and it's a struggle to get to the gym. She said "i hope this doesn't sound mean but I just keep thinking if she can do it so can I". I didn't take offense to that at all, I felt great that I was an inspiration to someone.

A few more goals i've met;

Sitting in chairs with arms- my booty wouldn't fit, most of the time I had to stand.

I can buy clothes at my local Walmart instead of having to order online from big girl stores.

I'm sure there are more accomplishments but that's all I can think of right now. But this list won't stop here, I plan on adding to this list many more years to come. Even after 40, 50, 60, 70 and so on. I'm not going to let my age define me or tell me what I can or can't do. I'm just going to keep moving.

to you all my Spark friends, may you live a long, happy, and active life!

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    My heart just sings when I see all you have overcome in the past year! You made a commitment to better your life for yourself and your family. You are well on your way Bonnie! You have learned so much and recognize that you have more to figure out. We all have a journey filled with highs and lows, but always headed for the Stars!!

    xoxoxo Marg
    1660 days ago
    emoticon my dear friend, and thanks for checking in on me.... emoticon girl, you're doing great and keep up the great work!
    1666 days ago
    emoticon you are doing great.

    You need to be proud of yourself.

    1667 days ago
    I am so happy for you!
    1668 days ago
  • PATTYR81
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    1669 days ago
    Inspiring! I look forward to listing my accomplishments at my anniversary! emoticon emoticon
    1669 days ago
    I'm so proud of you Bonnie! You are doing GREAT and are an inspiration to sooo many! Keep up the great work!
    1670 days ago
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    1670 days ago
    You are today's superstar. You need to brag every day how well you have done. This is all about YOU. I am so happy for you. Keep up the good work. Don't give up. Never ever. Rome wasn't build in a day and neither will your weight loss.
    I hope that you will continue your plight and make it a lifetime commitment. Don't ever give up. There is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and it ill be yours. Keep watching those carbs, do your research and the pot will be there....hugs
    emoticon miss ilene
    1670 days ago
    So proud of you Bonnie!
    You have made so many life affirmations and are keeping them. This is an inspiration and motivation to so many of us. You go girl!
    Congratulations on being smoke free for so long, you are strong and committed. YOU GOT THIS!
    I look forward to watching you reach each and every one of your goals, because I KNOW you are a winner not a quitter.
    Hugs and love,

    1670 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    emoticon Fantastic that you have done so well this past year. So many people here at Sparks are against having weight loss surgery or a "band" or using any diet medications, but I think as long as it helps, then DO IT. I follow a woman on YouTube who has lost and regained on several diets, and now that she has the Lapband she is down 70# and she can't eat all the junk food she use to, because she gets sick if she does. She admits that the other diets would have worked had she NOT went off them to eat JUNK FOOD like pizza, beer, cookies, etc, especially with her friends. She still goes on about how she misses having beer and pizza out at places with her friends, but with the lapband she just can't down all that stuff.
    I do know people who have had the surgery and lost nothing. I followed one woman on here who said she'd learned how to eat potato chips and candy and chew until they were liquid and get them down.
    So, glad you are doing great. WONDERFUL. FANTASTIC.
    I was 214# when I joined Sparks and that was horrible for me, since my back hurt so much. I can't imagine what 380# would be like, so I'm THRILLED for you! Keep going. 34 is so young, Hom. I'm 63, so I know.
    1670 days ago
  • CSKIES1 have done amazing over the past year!! Keep up the good work!!
    1670 days ago
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