Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy Belated 1 Year Bandiversary To Me

I can’t believe I didn’t post this FIVE days ago! I’m a horrible blogger lately!

One year (and 5 days) post-op my lowest weight has been 184 lbs….but…err….with the holidays….well lets just say that as of this morning I’m back down to 187…with a very brief dalliance back into 190 territory recently.

Can I just stop here and say WOW! Do Christmas goodies slide right on past the band easily or what?

I spent a month eating crap and really not exercising enough to count. By Monday night of this last week I was sooooo over sugar. I’ve been sugar detoxing since Tuesday morning. Now I feel like crap from sugar withdrawals but at least I am eating real food again. The sugar withdrawal headaches have finally subsided…I think. I should have no excuse to not go home and exercise tonight. Last night I used the headache as my excuse. I suck.

I was a bad bandster in December. Santa PROBABLY shoulda skipped my house for being naughty.

But he didn’t. I had an AWESOME Christmas! Scott spoiled the HECK out of me with lots of new toys! I’ve never, ever had a Christmas like this one before. I had 2 little girls and a boyfriend to shop for and I got spoiled in return. It was sooooo much fun. I am looking forward to kissing this man as the clock turns midnight…knowing full well that he is the man I will be with for 2012 and beyond.

As 2011 draws to a close I am looking back with joy at a year full of wonderful life changes.

• I finally saw 100 lbs of weight loss
• I finally saw a weight in the 100’s for the first time since the 8th grade!
• I finally met my soul mate
• I actually jumped out of a plane

Somewhere along the line, I clearly lost my mind. It’s ok…I like my brand of crazy. :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Shrinking waistline and growing family

December 2010
December 2011
12-14 pants, L Shirt

Times, oh how they are a-changin….

As I approach my one year bandiversary, I’m amazed at how much my life has changed. Oh hell…one year of being banded has NOTHING on what has gone on in the last 2 weeks!

Sure, being banded has been amazing and has gotten me into this body that has more energy and is slightly more nimble than it used to be. Being banded has made me no longer a slave to food and the ups and downs and on again/off agains of dieting. Being banded has absolutely been a life changing choice that I would do again in a second if given the choice…hell I would have done it sooner if it had been an option insurance wise.

But the most life changing experience of all has been meeting Scott. I’m finally in a happy, healthy, growing, supportive relationship with a man who wants the same things I want, who is open and communicates, who helps and accepts help, who thinks I’m amazing (I can’t help but agree) and who is an amazing father, an amazing ex-husband and is part of an amazing family….

….all of which invaded my home last weekend.

Last Friday morning I left my darling little 1000 square foot 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 2 car garage home as I left for work with my dog in tow as I had hundreds of times before. But this day would be different. Because by the time I came home from work that night, all of Scott’s belongings would be stacked neatly in my garage. I would walk into the house to be greeted by my boyfriend, 2 children screaming with delight in their new room that was echoing due to the lack of furniture and having wood floors, 2 new dogs that were
howling in tune with the screaming/laughing children, my future MIL cooking dinner in my kitchen, Scott’s ex-wife and her sister, Scott’s sister and her husband and Scott’s cousin and her daughter….the peace and tranquility of my humble home was vanquished.

This was not a “surprise”…we had planned this little social gathering to celebrate the baby’s 3rd birthday. The timing was un-avoidable. And although I may be looked upon as slightly insane, I think it was wonderful. Scott’s brother in law kept shaking his head and whispering in my ear that I had completely lost my mind…but even with the insanity of that night, I still feel very confident about how things are progressing and I have
zero regrets.

The weekend was wonderfully chaotic. I got to know Karen (his mom, AKA Gigi) very well, we enjoyed spending a lot of time together. She took me and the girls shopping to buy things to set up my home for kids (never underestimate the value of a sippy cup!) while Scott helped his ex-wife move. The over-nights with the girls were a challenge, especially for the youngest. It is completely understandable, though, and will get better with time. I know this has been a massive transition for them and I am not expecting miracles. I am
hoping this weekend we can establish some better routines that we will keep consistent over time.

His ex-wife, in the mean time, appears to be some sort of a saint. She has welcomed me into her life and her children’s lives, she has come to my home and been amazing, she made me a Christmas gift and asked for a copy of a picture of me and Scott to keep in the girls bedroom. Is she not the most amazing ex-wife on the planet? Seriously? I am so lucky to be a part of something so positive when usually what you see are arguing ex’s who can’t be in the same room together. These two should seriously write a book or something.

I feel very blessed this holiday season. I had the best Thanksgiving EVER (I typically despise that holiday…so this is a big statement!) spent with the man I adore. He met my family and I met his and we experienced our first road-trip together. Who knew when I celebrated with my friends on New Year’s last year that this would what 2011 would bring???

And now for some pictures:

My new favorite picture of me and Scott
The girls waking me up Sunday morning
The dogs: Levi (the hairless wonder), Lilly (aka "Jimmy Dean") and my Peyton
My friend Tina entertaining the girls
Wrap dress, size Large

I have more pictures from the chaos of Friday, but haven't had a chance to upload them. Life is so busy now! I love it though....

Thursday, November 17, 2011

187.4, flying while un-fat, and a graduation

I know I haven’t posted in forever. I am soooooo incredibly busy these days that, unfortunately, even my workout has suffered. I’m trying to get that back on track but it is hard, I tell ya.

The good news is that my weight is not going UP. It is barely coming down….the trend is down, the speed is just slow. I know I can change this by picking up my workout steam again. But at least the direction it is going is the right one.

I was in New Orleans from November 5-9. It was my first time flying since February. I think if I remember correctly I did not require a seatbelt extender in February. This time, not only did I not require the extender, but I had a good 6 inches pulled in excess of that bad boy. Damn that felt good! I no longer wish I was in first class just for more seat room. Now I just wish I was in first class for the free swag….though admittedly, there isn’t much swag up there anymore anyway.

While in NOLA I did manage to get one solid workout in. I took my exercise bands with me and designed a circuit routine around bands only since I didn’t have access to weights. Oh my…that workout kicked my booty!!! I’m going to add it into the rotation. Anyone looking for cheap exercise gear for home use, I highly recommend resistance bands with the door-jam anchor thingy. You can pick up a set on Amazon for less than 20 bucks and if you look up some videos on how to use them, you can really get a serious workout out of these on a regular basis. I use a set I bought at a sporting goods store. I’ve mostly had them in my routines for back and triceps exercises till now…they are seriously versatile!

Because I was deathly afraid of WAY OVEREATING while traveling (so easy to do!), I packed 4 protein shakes, 2 Luna bars and 3 Atkins protein bars with me, just in case. I’m so glad I did this. I used these for meal replacements a few of the days, saving caloric room for dinner and way more fried food, beignets and pralines than I should have ever consumed. I even drank two alcoholic beverages while there (although one of them could easily count as at least 3). I felt a little justified since I replaced a couple of meals with the items I brought along, and even more justified since I spent the majority of my time there on my feet walking around. Well…I guess it worked. I came back from NOLA weighing one pound LESS than when I left! And it has continued to come down in the week since my return. So…the band is working. I know I ate more then I should have been able to while I was there, and I know I made some bad choices….however, it totally gave me the self-control I needed to avoid going too crazy! Without the band…I could have easily put 5 pounds of weight on while on vacation. Easily!

Some of my favorite pictures from NOLA:

Unfortunately, since I’ve been home I have only gotten ONE workout in….ONE! That is insane! My only salvation is that I have not been at all sedentary. I’m horrifically behind on my TV programs…so it’s not like I’ve been sitting around watching TV and eating bonbons….but I hate that I have gotten so out of whack with the routine. I was doing so well at getting 5-6 days of exercise a week and now, since October 23, I’ve been averaging TWO days a week. UGH! I have a lot of work to do to get my groove back. I’m starting today. I’m running errands over lunch break so that I can go home and get my SECOND workout for this week in tonight. I need to…I have to. I don’t want to lose my awesome muscle definition. It’s so pretty!

Today I’m wearing a shirt I bought online at a plus-size store 3 or 4 years ago. Now…this doesn’t sound like a major accomplishment…I mean, why would I be bragging about wearing a plus size shirt? Well…when I received said shirt, it was OBVIOUS that it was made incorrectly as my size 14 sister couldn’t even get it over her chest. Well…today I’m wearing that shirt. It’s still tight around the waist but it fits and it looks good. I hate that it says 22/24 on the tag…so I might just cut the tag out….but I know in my heart I’m really wearing a size 14 jeans and generally speaking a Large or XL shirt….so I’ll sport this plus size one with pride anyway.

Relationship wise things are going amazing. For Thanksgiving I will get to meet his sister and her husband in Portland, OR, and then we will be doing some tax-free black-Friday shopping. This will be our first “road trip” together. Then on Sunday of that weekend we will be having a second Thanksgiving dinner and he will meet my whole family (heaven help him) for the first time. His mom is flying in the first week in December so I will get to meet her then. Below is a picture of us from a comedy show we went to a couple weeks ago. We don’t take a lot of pics together because he doesn’t like pictures of himself…I think he is adorable.

I have now spent a bit of time with his girls and that is going well too. Here is a pic of the day we went to the zoo together. I adore them…and they are young enough to not yet resent me, so that is good. :)

As for the intestinal issues, all tests came back normal. However my doctor advised me at the time to stop taking my vitamin and fiber supplements, which I have since done, to see if it made any difference. In addition I started taking a probiotic on advice from my nutritionist about a week before the doctor visit. Things have normalized again for the most part and I feel so much better. I can’t say for sure if it is the probiotic or if it is discontinuing the supplements, but something is working. Thank goodness!

I am scheduled for a fill on Monday the 28th. I feel like I need just a little top off, maybe a .25cc fill. I can eat more than is rational so it is time. I also am seeking food more often and hungry between meals. I’m hoping this fill will also help my self-control through the holidays, because heaven knows I didn’t do great with the Halloween candy being in the house! OY!

And finally, I have graduated from the “insurance required nutrition program”. Yesterday was my last meeting with my telephone nutritionist. I have officially lost 72lbs since our first telephone session in November of last year. I am considered a gastric banding success since I lost something like 60% of my excess body weight in one year. Yay me! While the scheduled phone calls are over, I plan to continue to track my food during the week on spark people as I have been as it really helps me stay accountable through the week. I have not tracked on weekends up to now…I habit I’m sure I will continue since it is working for me for now. I will change things if problems arise.

I gotta get back to work. I will report back on my progress with getting my exercise mo-jo back.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Love....and update on doctor's visit

We said I love you today....*swoon*....I knew it was coming soon. He was holding it back because of a story I told about when my ex told me he loved me....I'm thinking now that I should never have told him that story. Regardless...we have admitted our love for each other. I'm all smiles. :)  We've also talked about the upcoming holidays and he is going with me to my family's Thanksgiving Dinner. I'm stunned....I was with James for 4 years and he fought me every time a holiday came around about going to see family. Scott is excited to meet my family and to introduce me to his. :)

As an update to my earlier post about my intestinal issues, I saw my doctor today. I don't have any information yet but she ordered a ton of tests, looking for celiac disease, checking magnesium and other levels, looking for parasites, infection and other things. She said it is going to take some time to get all the results back and we will go from there. So really, I have no information, except to say that she actually wants me to take a softer laxative more often (which surprised me)...she said not to let it get to 4-5 days between movements before taking something stronger.

FitBy40 suggested lactose and gluten intolerance. I can try a gluten tolerance diet but need to get the results back from the celiac test first. I read online that doing the diet will make the allergy test come back negative and could prolong getting a diagnosis. You might be on the right track though, thanks for the suggestion!

Also, my doctor is testing for c.diff due to my history with antibiotics, another great suggestion (thanks Amanda!). She also said to keep up with the probiotics that I started a week ago.

She suggested it could possibly be my gall bladder since I've lost so much weight. She said it is possible for it to be GB without other symptoms but that if it is it would be difficult to justify removing it if I'm not having the acute attacks usually associated with galls stones.

So...that's that for now. I'm looking forward to getting some of these test results back. Thanks for everyone's input!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

In other news…mushy boyfriend related....

Now...after that TMI post...

My budding romance is going well. To answer Lap Band Gal’s question, I told him the first time we went to dinner about the band. He’s had a few questions about it, and apparently knows someone with bypass so has asked how it compares. Our relationship is extremely open, we talk about everything under the sun. I don’t think there is anything at this point he doesn’t know about me.

When it comes to dining together, I’m very fortunate with my current band fill to be able to eat a reasonable quantity of any food without any issues. So the night I made him spaghetti, I was able to partake in a small portion myself. The hard part was not going back for more! I’ve cooked a couple of things for him, and sometimes he lets me just share in his portion which is usually enough for me. He loves my cooking…which I love because I love cooking for someone.

We have just celebrated 3 whole weeks together…feels like longer. We talk about the future all the time. We are uber-mushy with each other…any other guy this would have annoyed the hell out of me this early on but from him I love it. We have not, however, said “the L-word” yet…I’m feeling it though…and I’m fairly certain he is too. He sends me “I <3 you” text messages all the time but he has never said the actual word. We’ve talked around it about 38 different ways….”I’m crazy about you”, “I adore you”, “I’m falling for you”, etc….but no “I love you” yet. I think I might die when we finally say it. :)

I officially updated my Facebook status to “in a relationship” the other day…so the word is out on the street. My ex-flame (RC) even commented on it. It was weird when I saw that he had left a comment, I felt like I should feel something, but I didn’t know what. Maybe that just means I’m finally over him. It only took 3 years and falling for another man to finally get RC out of my system.

I can’t believe I finally met someone that treats me the way I thought I should have been treated all along. He is open, honest, respectful and caring. He is interested in who I am as a person, enough so take the time to get to know me. He contacts me several times a day just to tell me he is thinking of me. It’s weird now when I read old blog posts about RC and how madly in love I was with him…it is striking to see the differences in that relationship versus this one. I’ve never “wished” that Scott would take the initiative to contact me…I’ve never had to because he does it all the time. I’ve never had to ask him to make time to spend with me because he offers it freely. I’ve never had to wonder how he was truly feeling because he tells me regularly. As madly in love with RC as I was, our relationship was flawed from the start. The stark contrast…the finding of someone who is pretty much everything I ever wished for…it’s truly eye-opening. Early on I said that Scott was displaying “Lyall-like qualities”, Lyall being the only GOOD/HEALTHY relationship I’ve ever had. Scott has surpassed even him.

Now…if only we had the same taste in music. LOL

With all this, we are still waiting to introduce me to his girls. If anyone has any advice on how to handle THAT…I’ll take it. He has 2 girls, 2 and 4 years old. At this point, I have suggested (and he has discussed) with the ex that she meet me first when she is ready, because I think this is what I would want if I had children. However, we aren’t going to wait forever for her to come around…but for right now we are ok waiting longer. He is amicable with the ex…I don’t want to jeopardize that in any way. I think their ability to get along is EXTREMELY important to the children. I’m a product of fighting ex’s…I wouldn’t wish that on any child so I will do my part to try to keep this going in a positive direction. I’m scared to death to meet them though. I’m sure you will hear from me when that gets scheduled. I’m a believer in waiting to meet the children until a couple is solid and sure they have a future so as not to chance exposing children to multiple relationships. We have been doing so well that we are both pretty confident in our relationship, but there is no harm in giving it more time. It has, after all, only been 3 weeks.

Last weekend Scott met two of my not-so close friends. This weekend he’s meeting a bunch of very close friends at a game night/potluck. He plans on introducing me to his Mom when she is in town in November, and his best friend is due out from Michigan in November but he is coming the weekend I will be in New Orleans so I will have to wait to meet him another time. I’m dying to meet his sister…he has forwarded emails to me that they have written to each other about me, she seems awesome…hilarious. I think we will get along quite well.

I think that is all to share. Again…feel free to advise how to handle the meeting of the kids/ex-wife. I’ve never gotten this far down a path with a man with kids and ex-wife before, so I’m nervous.

GI Advice Needed – Again, GRAPHIC post! Poopy related!


I see the doctor on Friday…just wondering if others out there have any suggestions/input/ideas of what I should be exploring exactly with the doctor. At this point I’ve created the following list of symptoms to give the doctor. Nothing I research online is matching this exactly because I don’t have any bleeding (for ulcerative colitis) and I don’t have any cramping unless I take a laxative (which is a marker for IBS) so I just don’t know. I’m so tired of this…and I know I won’t get answers when I see the doctor Friday but at least we can start looking into the problem and maybe get some tests ordered.


• Regularity used to include 1-2 BM’s per day, usually in the evening at a minimum. I am now at several a day when I have diarrhea or one small amount every 4-5 days when I’m constipated.
• Alternating constipation/diarrhea (mostly constipation)
• Passing of mucus either alone or in stool
• Something white/light colored visible in stool (I was seriously starting to think I had a worm!)
• Urgency felt but sometimes not able to pass anything, or still feel need to pass something after having gone but not able to pass anything
• Long delay in passing foods (black beans took 11 days to pass, I only know this because I track all my food intake!)
• Extreme fatigue at times (possibly times associated with constipation?). The fatigues does not seem to have anything to do with quantity of sleep the night before, early morning exercise, early morning food consumption, early morning consumption of carbohydrates vs. protein. Fatigue is NOT daily. Some days I feel fantastic, others I can’t stay awake while speaking to people.
• This has been ongoing since early July
• The size/shape of BM has changed…more narrow now on a regular basis when I do finally pass something.
• During times of constipation the weight loss can slow/halt. However, it quickly resolves with a 2-3 lb. loss after evacuation (I know this is not the right way to lose weight, but I have to clear my system out eventually!)
• Full faster at times than others (this could TOTALLY be the band!), with right side mid-back discomfort if too much food eaten (my full signal)...seems more often during times of constipation (but I'm feeling it today, 24 hours after taking a laxative that doesn't appear to be doing anything except making me miserable)
• Some miner aching/gurgling on the left side of my abdomen (usually only after taking a laxative)
• Maybe gassy (but this might be associated with laxative use…I haven’t really tracked if it’s a problem outside of the times I use these.)

I take 1-2 fiber chewables daily, 2 stool softeners (due to another known issue – been taking these daily for over 3 years) daily. I’ve missed multiple days of work due to this issue. My biggest fear is this is somehow band related. I can’t imagine how (except for gastroperesis which perhaps is somehow being triggered by the band???). I have taken a laxative to resolve this issue 4-5 times in the last 3 months. Prior to this issue I would only use laxatives in advance of a surgical procedure, so this is a dramatic change for me. I’ve tried cutting out certain foods, the fiber pills and the stool softener with no change. I’ve also tracked with my cycle to see if hormonal fluctuations are at all correlated but I’ve not found anything to indicate any association.

Additionally, I drink a minimum of 60 oz of water each day and exercise 5-6 days a week, 1 hour a day. Everything I read online says to increase water, exercise and eat 4-6 small meals....well....I already do all that!

So...any input from anyone? Is anyone still reading after all that TMI detail??? Help!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

So long Lane Bryant...I'm so over you!

Today's outfit...JCP Corduroy pants size 14...that is a missy size 14...not a Women's Plus 14...not a 14W, or even a Lane Bryant's just a plane 'ole 14. The sweater is a Kenneth Cole XL from Costco. And in the "TMI" category, panties are size XL and Bra is 38DDD (down from a 42H originally) from Nordstrom. I'm a little sad to see the bubbies go...but happy in general. :)

So long Lane Bryant!

Weight this morning, 191.6

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

195 and a love life???

Weight loss seems like it’s slowing down but I’m feeling pretty good about everything these days so I’m ok with it. I’m glad to be at 195 though…been bouncing around 2-3 lbs for a while now. My clothing options (now that summer is over) are limited to 2 pairs of jeans, 5 tops and 2 business suits that are 2 sizes too big but still doable. Oy...I need to buy a few things but am afraid to buy too much (in hopes the downward trend continues!)

My calories are still ranging from 1100-1500 every day...a couple times I edged into the 1900 level but I didn’t kick myself too hard for it. The whole reason I got banded was so that I could have “more good days than bad”...and for that it is totally working. My last posted band-fill still has me in a very good "green zone".

I’m still exercising regularly, although I’ve shortened the duration or skipped days here and there when I wasn’t feeling well, which seems to be a lot lately. I am still having issues that have prompted me to schedule an appointment with my doctor. Unfortunately, my doctor books WAY far out in advance and can’t see me till mid-October. I booked this appointment 2 weeks ago. I’m concerned because things I’ve read online say that if you have “changes in bowel habits that continue beyond 2 weeks” to call your doctor. Well…we are on month 3? I posted about it July 20th and said at that time that it’s been going on for several weeks. Ugh…some “regularity” would be nice. But regardless...I'm still getting AT LEAST 5 days of exercise in each week, an hour a day. I shortened two sessions to only 40 minutes...still not bad I'd say.


I’ve met someone that I’m crazy about…and he is crazy about me. It’s only been a week but it’s going so well, it’s one of those “I want to shout it from the rooftops” situations. He is on my Facebook so I feel like I can’t say too much on there for fear of embarrassing the hell out of him…so you guys will get all the gory details.

We met in person on September 18th after a very brief email exchange on a dating website where he was quite humorous and obviously (I could tell from the way he wrote) a fan of a comedian that I am also a fan of…so I figured I would just go out with him and if nothing more would have met a fellow Adam Carolla fan. The date went super-well...he bought me dinner (a side Caesar salad was all I had room for that day) at a favorite waterfront restaurant and we talked easily and it was a ton of fun.

He called me later that night to tell me that he was trying to buy us tickets to see Carolla in November and he wanted to know if my disability required any special arrangements. Awww!!!! So generous to buy the tickets but also so considerate to ask about special arrangements needed!

The next day he emailed me that he had bought us 5th row tickets for the show from a reseller, which had to be expensive. I can’t believe he did that for a girl he just went on one date with...but he did. We started emailing and texting extensively, learning so much more about each other, finding bizarre little commonalities that really weirded us out. Then this weekend he took me on our “surprise” second date...and from here you can be a voyeur into my life and watch the video:

Yep...he took me skydiving! If he would have told me ahead of time there is no way I would have gone! I know I would have chickened out. In all our email/text exchanges he never once mentioned that he was an adrenaline junkie...he’s bungee jumped more than 20 times! OMG! Thank goodness THAT wasn’t the plan for our date! I’m not sure jumping from a perfectly good airplane makes a hell of a lot more sense though...but I was way more willing to do that than jump off a bridge with a rubber-band around my ankles. And by the way...this place had a 220lb weight limit…he never once asked me my weight. How crazy is it that he knew I didn’t exceed the limit????

The day was amazing…seriously the greatest day of my life. I hope to do it again someday. He said if we are still together this time next year, we will do it for our anniversary.

We are seeing each other tomorrow night (probably just to walk the dog in the park and cuddle a little on the sofa) and then Friday I am making him a spaghetti dinner and we are watching a campy movie.

We have talked about kids/marriage/skeletons in closets and everything...I’m 100% crazy about this man. I can’t wait to see where this goes.

A little nervous about him seeing the loose skin...not sure how to get over THAT in my own head. least so far we haven’t had to cross that bridge yet. LOL

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Back at the sweet spot and loving it!

I don’t know if it’s this last fill finally taking full effect or if I’m a little tighter right now due to hormones…but I love it. I’m actually on “mushies” right now due to getting a little stuckish on Sunday after over-indulging on tortilla chips (WOHOO! Finally my band restricts tortilla chips! Hallelujah!) and I’ll tell ya, I’ve never been this “satisfied” on a mushy diet before. Usually I’m wanting food pretty badly by the time next meal/snack rolls around, but not now. I’m satiated for nice longgg periods. I love this!

Today a VERY skinny woman that works in my office (I’m talking 5’3", maybe 100 lbs) commented on my weight loss while we waited for an elevator. This is not someone I know, but I have seen her in passing to the bathroom over the last year. She said “you have lost a massive amount of weight”…and I replied with thanks and that I still had a long way to go. She asked why and I explained that I wanted to get into the “healthy BMI” range which would take another 50 lbs...she was shocked. SHOCKED that I could stand to lose 50 more pounds! I’ve never had someone be “shocked” and think I didn’t need to lose that much more. DAMN! That felt good.

It helps that I was wearing my very cute size 16W white denim capris from JCP and my slate blue size XL dolman sleeve top from Costco…a very slimming look, indeed. I feel pretty. :)

Weight this morning, still 197.8….but I was HORRIBLE Saturday…lots of grazing on meatballs and other such things at a party over an 8 hour period. I deserve every bit of any weight retaliation.

Friday, September 9, 2011



My celebration is 2-fold…not only do I have a weight that starts with a 1 for the first time since 8th grade….but I also have officially lost 100 lbs! Of course, a chunk of that was before surgery, but it counts! I waited a few days to post this because I wanted to be sure the weight would stick…so far it’s sticking!

Here are some notes for the record:

  • I started in a tight size 22/24 when I probably should have been wearing 26/28 for some time. I am now in a Lane Bryant 14 jean or a JC Penny 16 jean. I even bought a pair of skinny jeans and I have the “okay” from my friends to wear them! They were only $7 at JCP…a deal I simply couldn’t refuse! 
  • I’m only 38 pounds away from my next mini goal of 160
  • I’m 53 pounds away from my final goal weight of 145. 
  • I have lost 65% of my total excess body weight that I hope to lose.
  • I have lost 62 pounds since the day of surgery

To commemorate this occasion, I also took my measurements. Below are the measurements since I started tracking right before what was supposed to be my surgery date that got cancelled the first time. Unfortunately these do not include my measurements at my highest weight of 298.










Sum of Inches


Cumulative Loss





























































































Reality Check – Haven’t done this in a while.

Rule # 1: Eat 3-6 small meals a day. Only eat when hungry, and skipping meals is ok.
BJ’s assessment: I’m doing really well with this rule. My doctor actually scolded me for the days I said I do only 3 meals a day…so I’m trying harder to keep it closer to 6. During the times when I have the black-hole of munchiness the number goes up and evenings can definitely be a problem. I’ll score myself with a .5 this time around because of the evening snack additions.

Score: .5/1

Rule # 2: Eat Slowly (Wait at least 30 seconds between bites) and chew thoroughly.
BJ’s assessment: Since this last fill kicked in, I’m actually getting better at this. My bites are still too big, but I’m eating slower. I’ll say .5 for the score.

Score: .5/1

Rule # 3: Stop eating as soon as you feel full.

BJ’s assessment: My full indicator is delayed…which is dumb. But I am much better about stopping eating at the end of the serving I have allotted myself…and I’m really getting better at making the serving even smaller ahead of time based on my current hunger level and then coming back for the rest later. Not bad.

Score: .5/1

Rule # 4: Don’t drink while you are eating.

BJ’s assessment: No problem with this one.

Score: 1/1

Rule # 5: Don’t eat between meals.

BJ’s assessment: I’m doing pretty good with this one, though evenings still seem to be my downfall.

Score: .5/1

Rule # 6: Eat only fresh food.

BJ’s assessment: I’m doing super good with this one…and in fact added fresh fruit back into my diet recently. YUM!

Score: 1/1

Rule # 7: Avoid extremely fibrous foods.

BJ’s assessment: I don’t have a problem with this one.

Score: 1/1

Rule # 8: Drink enough water during the day; avoid carbonated beverages.

BJ’s assessment: I am doing well with this but I think I’ve been slacking lately. I need to be a little more conscientious about this one.

Score: .5/1

Rule # 9: Only drink no-calorie or very low calorie drinks.

BJ’s assessment: No problemo!

Score: 1/1

Rule # 10: Exercise at least 30 minutes a day.

BJ’s assessment: I’m doing SOOO good with this one. I’ve even recently taken up walking my dog…which he loves, and gives me some gravy on my exercise time. :)

Score: 1/1

Total: 7.5/10