Monday, February 23, 2009

WEIGH-IN (-40 pounds) Week 13

Hello all. I am attempting to get back on track. You will not beleive that I have lost 10 pounds in one week. Why? How? Well I had my second fill....1 cc to total 3cc in a 4.75 cc band and today is the full 1 week liquids phase my doctor recommended I do. Of course, I have attempted to eat real food but I can not keep it down. I have eaten soup however, I cant eat anything else...another soup, until 8 hours later. I am not panicking yet though. If it lasts much longer I think I may have to have some taken out. I don't feel very hungry or anything after I eat the soup but I don't want to be stuck eating soup for 3 weeks you know? Anyone out there have this experience? If so, please chime in. It is very important. Does this thing loosen up or what? The loss is so unbeleivable that I think that if I start eating again I will gain it back. From all my research of this particular situation, I won't but still. Happy with the results but not too happy with how I had to get here.

I can not beleive that I am just a pound a way to being INTERNSHIP STEPHANIE. Hahahahahah!!!!!! I am still exercising every day but it is much harder when you don't have a lot of calories in your system to energize yourself. I can tell a huge difference in the last week but I do what I can tolerate and then stop when I have to. I hope it loosens up a little bit more. This is torture. Funny how your tortured if you can eat and tortured if you can't. My PBing episodes have increased quite a bit though and that worries me.

My clothes are bags! Happy about that but unhappy that I now have minimal clothing options. As all of you can see I am a bit of a clothes horse so I am sad and happy at the same time.

Hope everyone is doing well!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Week 12 Weigh-In (-34 pounds)

Hi All,

I think I have been thrown off my weeks but after counting twice, this past week is week 12. I had my 2nd fill yesterday. I weighed in at 257 at the doctors office. Today I weighed in at 256. I am sure that is partly due to my having to be on liquids for a week. I did find out that my band only holds 4.75 so now I am up to three. I can tell that the restriction is kicking in because I went and bought a smoothie from smoothie king and I took one sip and up it came. I think I may have gulped it down instead of sipping slowly. After that episode I waited 10 minutes and tried again...MUCH slower this time and it was fine. I am so very happy to be able to report more on the loss front. I was truly getting very frustrated at the stand still. I did take some time to think about how far I have come and not to beat myself up so much. I was 290 lbs. only 3 months ago. Today I have on a suit that I could not have put on then back in November and had been sitting in my closet for a year. I notice that everything is shrinking and it feels great! I keep making short term goals for myself to keep myself motivated.

Let me share my list:

  • DOExercise at least three times a week for 45 minutes or longer

  • DO Reduce the sweet intake to once a week

  • DO Always eat a protein breakfast

  • Don't wait until I am starving to eat...(I always eat too fast).

  • Remember to drink water

  • Remember that weight is lost in inches AND pounds.

  • DO lose 10 pounds at a time.

  • DO Start taking measurements

  • DO keep blogging....It is therapy.

One other thing I try to associate with losing weight is what I was doing at what weight, which I can miraculously remember. For instance, When I did my internship in D.C. I was 240 pounds. When I got married, I was 238 pounds. When I was Miss Spanish Club, I was 217 pounds. Don't laugh! This system works for me!!! LOL! So, after I reach 250 (which incidentally was my trigger weight to tell me to start losing weight!), my next goal will be INTERNSHIP STEPHANIE!

Thanks to Jennifer who keeps me on my toes and in good spirits.

Have a great week gang!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

WEIGH-IN (-30 pounds) Week 10

Hola comrades. I am checking in one day before Week 11. It has been a crazy couple of weeks and I am late in my blogs. Thank Jennifer who reminded me that I am behind and need to get on the ball. Thanks Jen!

Anyway...I am down only 30 pounds in 11 weeks. I had my first fill last month on the 12th and will have another one on the 16th of February. I am a little discouraged because it seems that I struggle with the same 3 pounds all the time. Now I am fighting 259 - 262. Go figure. My first fill had 2 cc's saline and I am hoping for more restriction after this second one. I am really trying to get to 250 in the next month.

Part of it is my fault. I have been remiss in my exercise routine and have dropped the ball for the past two weeks. This weather has me down. It has been so cold and miserable and I am so ready for some hot weather. It is funny how weather affects my mood. I am a Floridian and I NEED sunshine and warmth because I love being outside. I know that I will do better when the weather changes so I am trying not to stress about it. I know I am ok because I havent GAINED any weight....right??

Anyway, I went skiing this past weekend to celebrate my birthday so I will include a picture. I am pretty bundled up so don't hold it against me.

I will get back on track with the posts and hope all of you are doing well. Please send some words or experiences of encouragement. I need them!