Archive for January, 2011

Fitness…

We are planning on joining a fitness center, hopefully next week.  It has been too cold to walk and even though the treadmill is great, it is not the same atmosphere.  It is harder for me to motivate myself to get out of my chair and hop on the treadmill than it is to go for a walk in the beautiful outdoors.

I toured a fitness center last week and it looks like a lot of fun.  I’ll keep you posted on my success.

RIP Jack LaLanne.  He said, of your body, “use it or lose it’.  He was a living testament to that fact.

Fish….

Every since I had my procedure I have been eating a lot of fish.  I average fish at least once a day.  Prior to my surgery I maybe had fish once every other week.

This means I eat a lot less red meat.  I still have an occasional steak, hamburger or meatloaf however it is down to maybe three times a week.

I don’t know why I want fish instead of beef.  Maybe because it flakes and doesn’t take as much chewing?  Maybe because I can use a tartar sauce instead of sugar based ketchup?  Maybe because the fish can be microwaved and tastes great?  I think it is a combination of all of those.

Two 4 ounce fish fillets fill me up and keep me satisfied for hours.  My favorite fish is flounder.

Losing weight…

Once the weight started coming off I felt better than I have in a long time.  I felt so good I knew I could have easily slipped off of a regular diet.  Have you ever done that?   You start putting the weight back on and the circle continues.

I can’t imagine not having my band.  My little friend that reminds me I cannot eat a whole medium pizza by myself.  I still order a medium pepperoni pizza occasionally, however I only eat a  few small bites of the crust and  then concentrate on the pepperoni, cheese and sauce.  I know when to stop and if I forget, the band reminds me.

I’m into my eleventh month!

Checkup

I just returned from my monthly checkup.  I’ve lost 5 pounds since my last checkup in December.

I thought I would post today about what a checkup consists of.

After you hit your “sweet spot” on restriction, the monthly checkup simply consists of weighing in, blood pressure, temperature, measuring inches and checking the band.  Checking the band simply involves drinking a little barium and watching it flow through the band.

Mitch always asks questions related to how I feel, answers any questions I have, and then I am on my way.  I never feel rushed.

Since next month will mark one year since I had my procedure, I will start doing quarterly checkups and then  next year it will simply be when I feel the need.

I’ll miss seeing my “family” at the Weight Loss Surgical Center on a regular basis.  Those of you that have the band will understand what I am saying.  Life goes on.

No big mystery…

It’s no big mystery on how to lose weight.  Simply burn more calories than you take in.  It’s that simple however simple isn’t always easy.  You need to burn 3,500 calories to lose a pound.  This is on top of what you would normally burn.

So what makes losing weight so hard?  In my case it was controlling my appetite.  I had many short term successes only to gain it back.

There is no mystery about the band.  It helps control my calorie in-take which helps me lose weight.  It is that simple.

 

Great thoughts…

I ran across this little gem and wanted to pass it along: “Losing weight is hard.  Being fat is hard.  Choose your hard”.

That statement says a lot.  Kind of like: “Which would you prefer?  Exercising for 30 minutes a day or being dead 24 hours a day”?  Use it or lose it!  I’m trying.

My last comment is a question a doctor once asked me.  He asked me if I would take a pill that would make me gain weight and could be bad for my health.  My obvious answer was no.  He asked me to think about that every time I took a bite of food.

Soda

I use to drink a lot of soda prior to my surgery.  It was diet soda and my favorite was Diet Pepsi.  Since my surgery I have sipped on maybe five or six cans over the past eleven months.  They usually go flat before I  can finish them (if I decide to finish them).  The strange part is, I don’t miss the soda.

The carbonation in soda does not work well with my band.  Tiny slips don’t seem to bother me however much more than a small sip feels like an Alka Seltzer tab bubbling in my mouth.

I now drink room temperature water or maybe a cup of coffee or two.  If I want flavored water I add True Lemon.

 

Back in the groove

The holidays are over and now it is back to normal.  The next six months will be hectic to say the least due to the nature of my business.

My one year band birthday is next month.  I feel so much better.  Time is fading my memories of the aching joints and feeling sluggish.  It struck me the other day that those pains are gone.

I can bend over and pick stuff up off of the floor.  Getting in and out of my car is easier.  I could go on and on listing the benefits.  I am certain I will find even more as time rolls along.

Since I am slowly losing my weight my skin is shrinking back.  I don’t have large amounts of sagging skin, which is cool.  I hope this continues as my weight loss progresses.

New Year

I’ve been  thinking about my New Year’s resolutions.  I  bookmarked a blog a young lady started on New Year’s day a year ago so I could track her progress.  It was about losing weight and her goals.  She was very sincere and determined.

I could completely identify with her feelings as I had made similar resolutions in years past.  I’ve been there, done that, and have the weight to prove it, well, some of it anyway.

I watched her blog and by the end of January she basically gave up.  She listed her reasons for giving in and seemed resigned to wait until next year.   In April, 2010, she posted her last post (the only one after January 30th) saying she still wanted to lose weight however her stress level at home was high and she was going to try to get back on track.

I checked this morning to see if she posted a new resolution and there is nothing new on her blog.  I hope she is doing well  and eventually finds a system that works for her.

There are also blogs out on the net that have successful weight loss stories.  Everyone has to find the method that works for them.  The band has been my answer.

I was addicted to food and the feelings that came with it.  The bigger I got the more I was disgusted with myself and the only cure was more food. It was a vicious circle.  I didn’t really realize hows big I had grown until I saw a picture of myself.  That picture is posted on this blog and as my desktop picture on my laptop.

I still have a long road a head however the Realize Band has put me in the driver’s seat.  This will be the first year in many years that I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution.  I am completely comfortable with the direction I am heading.

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