Thursday, January 1, 2009

4 Month Post Op

I am now officially out 4 months. I am so excited to say I met my goal for 2008. I have officially lost 50 pounds!!!! I am so excited about this. It was kinda hard during the holidays and I made a few wrong food choices, but did not gain. Since my fill I have lost a total of 9 pounds...WOOHOO Anyway I just wanted to share and post a few new pictures. I still do not see a huge difference, but have to say that I have gone from a size 22/24 to a size 16. I am still in shock over that.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

First Fill

I had my first fill on Thursday December 4th. I was really nervous, but also excited. I had to go to the radiology department at the hospital. They did it using a fluro machine, basically an xray to see the band. I laid on the table and the doctor prepped my belly and sprayed a local anesthetic. He pushed into my belly trying to find the port and stuck the needle in. He thought he was in the right place but was not. They used the fluro machine to re stick me two more times before getting the needle in the port. It hurt a little but it was not terrible by any means. He withdrew some saline that was in there 2.5 cc's and then returned that plus more. Then they had me stand up and drink. I could feel it just sitting in my chest. He took a little out, and I drank again. Still could feel it in my chest. He took a tiny bit more out and it went through just fine. He added 2 cc's so I have a grand total of 4.5 cc's in my band. I do not feel terribly restricted like I was hoping, but I know that it can take awhile before you get a good restriction. In the mean time I will keep plugging along!!! Thanks for letting me share this journey with you. Keep checking back I will be adding more around Christmas time!! I am hoping to be out of the 200's by then!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Three Months Out

Well I am sorry that it has taken me this long to update. Better late than never. Things have been going really well. I am exercising like crazy and loving it. I feel really good. I had my appointment with the Doctor. He was very proud of me, and said I exceeding his expectations of the band. I lost a total of 39 pounds since surgery!!! I am very proud of myself. I still can not see a huge difference, at least not what I thought I would see after loosing this much. I am still very happy with the decision I made. Ok I am going to close this with my comparison pictures. These are shots from the beginning and three months. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Two Months

Well ladies and gentlemen, I am officially two months post op. I do not have much to blog about except that I can not eat salami! I guess that is probably a good thing. It is too tough for me, and it hurt very bad. That is the only food that I have found so far that does not go down. Anyway I promised pictures so here they are. Please note that these are for weight loss progress not a beauty pageant. I am in my workout clothes, so I know that they are not the best, but I promised I would post!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Ok you know how I said I would share the good, bad and the ugly about this procedure, I am going to keep my promise with this post. I really did not want to come here and share with anyone how tough it has been the last two weeks. I knew from the beginning that the weight loss would slow and I would have some stalls, but I never knew that I would take it as hard as I have the last few weeks. I have not lost a pound or even any more inches in two weeks. I have upped my exercise and still nothing. It is really difficult when you are following the band rules to a T and you see no improvement. Now do not get me wrong I am ecstatic that I have lost what I have lost, but I am back into the all or none thinking, which I know I can work through. I am logging everything I am eating an exercises I am doing. It all looks great, so I am just hanging in there by the hair from my chiny chin chin (literally) to see what happens, and to get a fill. If you do not know what a fill is, let me explain. A fill is basically saline solution that is injected into your band through a port. A fill does exactly what it sounds like, it fills the balloon in the band to make it tighter around my stomach, which in return will make me fuller quicker and with less food. It will also make you feel more satisfied with your food for longer periods of time. That is how you are able to loose the weight is through the fills and unfills, basically trial and error! Shew that feels so good to get it out there. Glad I can vent to my family and friends.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

6 Weeks Out

Well I am officially six weeks out and I have to say things are still going strong. The weight loss has slowed down big time, but I an loosing inches now. As of today I have lost a total of 27 pounds. I knew when I added more foods I would not loose as quickly, and I see it now. I am still exercising, and making the right food choices. I am ready for my first fill though, because I am starting to get more and more hungry. Today I started logging my food journal on MYDAILYPLATE. It really is a neat website that you can enter your foods, and get your totals. I think that it will really help me keep track of what is going in and what is going out. Thanks so much to all of you who have offered your support. It is greatly appreciated. I know that this is a life long change and I am happy that I have changed my life in such a positive way! Keep checking back. I am hoping to post some pictures at 2 months out....If I do not chicken out before then!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

3 Weeks Post Op

Well I am excited to say that I am still going strong! I have now lost a total 24 pounds since surgery!! I am eating more and more everyday, and I actually get to start the next phase of my diet next week. I have been trying to walk at least once a day. I went back to teaching preschool, and also started helping Gretchen's classroom on Thursday's. I have been super busy, but I am also staying super full which I love. I really am eating very well, not having too many cravings. I do have some head huger issues, but as long as I do not act upon them I will be OK. My port incision is almost healed, so that makes me happy. I can see a huge difference in my attitude. I am so lucky to have a insurance company that will pay to have this procedure done!! I can not wait for each and every new morning to wake up and start my days. I will be updating my blog so be sure to check back often. When I get brave enough I will start posting my monthly pictures and measurements!!