Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Flatulence is the expulsion through the rectum of a mixture of gases that are byproducts of the digestion process of mammals and other animals. The medical term for the mixture of gases is flatus, informally known as a fart, or simply (in American English) gas. The gases are expelled from the rectum in a process colloquially referred to as "passing gas", "breaking wind" or "farting". Flatus is brought to the rectum by the same peristaltic process which causes feces to descend from the large intestine. The noises commonly associated with flatulence are caused by the vibration of the anal sphincter, and occasionally by the closed buttocks.

Is it just me?? I have noticed since being banded that I have WAY more gas now! I don't really burp anymore but I sure have the Toots alot. At work I have to take periodic walks or trips to the bathroom to prevent embarrassing moments. Is this common with anyone else? Is this TMI? Sorry, inquiring minds want to know!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Doctor's Checkup

 I went to my regular doctor last week for a check up and bloodwork. I hadn't seen her since being banded and she was quite surprised to see the changes in me. First off my B/P has been running low so she said I could start taking half my BP med and then go off it entirely if it stays in range. Today, I got the results of my labwork and it was great news.... Cholesterol 112(normal <160); Triglycerides 64(normal<150); HDL 39 (normal >45 a little off); LDL 60(normal <70) and my Hemaglobin A1C was 6.0 (measures my diabetes over the last 3 months). It has gone done from 6.5 woo hoo!! Non Diabetics range below 6.0. I am on my way baby to putting my Diabetes in remission and improving my overall health status!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Great News...and it starts with a # 1 !!!

Today's weight 198.9!!!!!! I did it!!  I hit Onederland!!
weight loss this week 2.9
Total weight loss 44.1
I did it even on Thanksgiving week which was a huge surprise. I originally set my goal by Dec. 1st so I made it a little bit early, Yeah!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

On Gratitude

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. --Melody Beattie

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! This year I have so many things to be grateful for especially my health and the opportunity I have to improve it each day since being banded. I am also grateful to all my new Band friends and the love and support I feel from you all!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Helpful Holiday Hints

Today our Biggest Loser Coach at work sent out this email so I thought I would share it with you all...

Yikes…the big holiday hoohah begins…Be not afraid! You get to choose! And that is a beautiful thing! Starting today the office smorgasbords might be in full swing and the food overload will continue until buttons snap Sunday…remember you are not required to partake just because food is in front of you or because someone else wants an overeating buddy. Choose wisely and honor yourself! Some tips

eat a good breakfast with 15-20 grams of protein and 3-5 grams of fiber. If you start out satisfied you will be less likely to cave in to temptation.
keep healthy snacks on hand…celery or apple and peanut butter, 2% string cheese and fruit.
Steer clear of serving bowls….put a single serving on a plate and leave the area
take one spoonful servings of high calorie favorites….enjoy slowly
really look at your plate and think about the size of your stomach….if you load up a dinner size plate it will hold far more than your stomach comfortably my dad used to say…don’t let your eyes overfill your stomach. Like in # 4 take one spoonful servings and savor the flavor…
MOVE! Start a new family tradition of a walk a day. Play movement video games. Stretch frequently through the a huge meal is exhausting!
wear something snug and fabulous to remind you how hard you’ve been working! (just bring tennies for your walk)
Decide TODAY that you aren’t’ deprived because you are eating healthfully. Honestly, the deprivation comes from the bondage of overeating…I have never spoken to an overweight person who feels happy about the physical mess they are in.
Be grateful for the fact that you have made the decision to CHOOSE health! Armed with pride in yourself, good food choices and exercise you will sail through this week and feel better than ever! Truly enjoy each morsel and minute of the weekend!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Grazing like a Cow

I went to my friends house for a party last night. It was appetizers and gamenight and let me tell you I not only ate the roses...I ate the chips, spanokapita, little smokies, chili, and some divine cake pop thingies. I basically grazed like a freakin cow last night (head bowed in shame). What I realized besides the pound I was up this morning was I am not immuned to the mindless eating game as before band. It is still there folks and I now have discovered the "eating past your band" syndrome. Since it was over the coarse of several hours I didn't get that restriction feeling I normally get and I kept going. I can wallow in my shame today or I can learn from this situation. I choose to forgive myself and chalk it up to a learning experience. I can still go to parties, eat and have fun but I need to keep my head in the game to avoid overeating.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Weekly Weigh In

Today's Weight 201.8 down 1.7 pounds this week. I am hoping to hit onederland by Dec 1st. Happy Friday to you all.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's the little things you do....

We have a Biggest Loser program here at work and our wellness coach posted this today and I thought it was worth sharing......

Really it’s the little things you do…all day long…that make a big difference. You don’t have to starve yourself or workout to the point of exhaustion. Honestly these usually only backfire because you’re irritable, tired all the time, you get injured or get sick of the torture and give up. So what CAN you do?
First…be realistic about eating. The holidays are coming and whatever that means there is food involved. Get a plan and stick to it! Start or recommit NOW so you are armed and ready with healthy alternatives and go to recipes. One of my clients has a meal plan written out through Jan 1 to keep her on track and so that she can shop just once a week…staying out of the stores will help your wallet and your waist : )
Second….do you get tired and moody during the holidays? Moderate exercise releases endorphins which help mood and also energy level. Even on the dog tired days try to get a walk in…and schlepping bags through a mall burns calories but the stress of ‘the hunt” counteracts the endorphins….SO plan to power walk first at the mall or when you get home.
Third….make sure you have downtime! Get in the habit of having a cup of tea (decaf) when you get home and take a moment to recenter and reboot yourself.  Stretch right before bed at night…you’ll sleep better and wake refreshed. Take a one minute vacation…. Have several snapshots in your head that you can visualize at anytime to ‘take you away’. These moments all help to strengthen your resolve and willpower….
It’s the small steps taken frequently throughout the day that build the road to a healthful life.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Red Robin....Yummmmm

So today I went out to lunch with a coworker and we went to Red Robin. The old me would have got some 5,000 cal burger of some sort but today I was able to pass it up and split a grilled chicken salad with my friend. This just freakin amazes me...its like I didn't want to waste my calories on it, and I actually was craving veggies...THAT IS SO NOT ME. Of coarse I did save some tiny room for a few of their infamous steak fries and they were gooood! I walked away not feeling too guilty. I think they brain washed me a bit when I was under anethesia!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I PB'd this morning and it was NOT Jiffy!!!

I mostly have a protein shake in the morning these days but today I cooked scrabbled eggs with Chicken Apple sausage as a treat. As I started to eat I could tell my band felt tight, but I just kept slowly eating. All of a sudden I knew something was very, very wrong...toto we are no longer in Kansas! I thought taking a swig of my hubby's OJ would help it go down. Wrong with a capital W. I could feel the saliva frothing and I excused myself to the bathroom. I coughed and coughed and then next thing I know a bunch of saliva froth/orange juice cocktail came up! all I can say. Oh and really painful too. I suggest you don't try this at home kids!!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sore but not Sorry

Last Saturday I went to a Body Works plus Abs class that just about killed me off. After it was over, I was sore but very proud that I actually did it. It's hard to motivate yourself to go out and move and stretch and work out muscles that you haven't seen for years. Yesterday at work my coworker said "See you at the Gym tomorrow?" and I wanted to say "Hell no are you crazy, but instead said Of coarse see you at 830!". I am not sure it will ever get easier but people tell me it does. I need to EARN my body and if jumping around like a crazy women is going to help me get there then I need to say Yes, Yes, Yes to exercise. I went this morning and actually enjoyed it better this time. Not sure if it was any easier but in my mind my attitude had changed. I will probably be sore again tomorrow but not Sorry....

Friday, November 11, 2011

Weekly Weigh In with Photo

Today's weight 203.5
down 1.6 pounds this week
Total loss 39.5 (can I round it to 40??)
I am just a couple days shy of 2 months post banding and all I can say is this journey has been amazing so far. Today, I fit into a pair of jeans from 5 years ago which I thought would never fit me again. Life is good. Happy Friday to all, I hope you have a fabulous weekend. I am so thankful for my blog friends and all the guidance and encouragement you give to me!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Not as much junk in my trunk.....

So my hubby commented today that my ass looked nice in my new pants I was wearing. I have always had a lot of junk in my trunk and been proud to be curvy but as I gained so much weight it stopped being one of my assests, no pun intended! So, I made him take a picture so I could see what he was talking about. Sure enough my Butt has shrunk and I am getting my waist/curve/buns ratio back- woo hoo!! Now if I can just work on the cellulite thats another story in itself!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

Meet Me On Monday...

Blogging is a funny thing...we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read and yet most of the time I find myself sitting and wondering, "who is this person!?" I know them...but yet I don't know them! I want to know who the person is behind all those words so I thought of a great way for all of us to "meet" each other!

Every Sunday Never Growing Old will post five get to know you questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!!


1. Are you excited for the holidays or are you dreading them?
2. Do you hit the snooze button or get right up?
3. Do you still have your tonsils?
4. What was the last piece of candy that you ate?
5. Do you shop at thrift stores?
1. Are you excited for the holidays or are you dreading them? I absolutely love this time of year. It starts out with my boys birthdays, my hubby's birthday, halloween and then we just keep celebrating. This year we are headed to Utah for Christmas to spend with my husband's family. Last year on the day we arrived I slipped in the snow and broke my leg, it was no fun... It was actually one of the final deciding factors for me to have Lap band. It was miserable falling with all my weight on my leg and hearing it go snap. This year I hope to play in the snow, go sledding and have a great time.
2. Do you hit the snooze button or get right up? Yea, the alarm is set for 6 am but I always hit it once or twice.
3. Do you still have your tonsils? I sure do
4. What was the last piece of candy that you ate? A Reese's Peanut Butter Cup that was creamy and dreamy! and probably a gazillion fat grams....
5. Do you shop at thrift stores? Yes I do actually but only for certain things. Mostly gently used pants or shirts. I will not go near the shoes though as I just think used stinky feet shoes is just weird!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Weekly Weigh In

Today's weight 205.1
down 3.5 pounds this week!
total weight loss 37.9

Onederland is so close, woo hoo!
I go for a fill appt. this morning, I wonder if they will give me one.

Happy Friday Everyone, have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Birthdays, Halloween and Such...

                                                  My Baby!!
                                                  My Oldest!
                                                 My Sis!!
                                              at the pumkin patch...

                                                Skating at the Birthday Party
                                              The Birthday Boys with Crazy Hair!!
                                              The Nice Witch
                                                  Ninja Brothers....
                                             The final product. A good weekend had by all!!!