hey guys! hopefully you remember me! i would say sorry for not posting so often, but i’m not. i’m living my life and enjoying every second of it. i’ll give you a quick recap of how life has been the last couple of weeks!
30 lbs down!
life with my LAP-BAND has been great, so far! i have no complaints and my doctor thinks i’m doing very well! at this point, i’ve lost 34 lbs, and i’m sure plenty of inches (i need to measure myself, soon!). clothes are getting looser and i don’t feel awful in my skin anymore. it’s hard to keep perspective, sometimes, since i still have about 95 lbs until my first ‘goal’ weight, but the other day, when i was using 2, 15 lb dumbbells, i realized that was how much i lost so far. i really need to appreciate every pound i lose, as i lose it!
284 vs 272
i’ve been working out 5 days a week! i really don’t know who i am anymore! i had zero motivation to go to the gym for the last year and half or so, but i really have this spark right now and i’m pushing it as far as it will go! my workouts consist of lifting 5x/week (arms+shoulders, chest+back, and legs alternating throughout the week) and cardio 3x/week. i like to keep cardio short and sweet, so i’ve been trying my best to incorporate Body-for-Life HIIT routines in there. i can feel gains in my strength AND endurance, so it’s a nice feeling.
my go-to pre-workout
barbell chest press
i’ve also been trying to get my 10,000 steps in a day, with my FitBit, but it’s HARD! i walk a mile at 10am with a co-worker, but even with those steps, on days where i don’t do cardio, i’m only getting 6-7,000 steps. i need to get better at walking around the office. i get so busy, sometimes, i’ll only get up twice to use the bathroom and fill up my water!
food intake has been good, as well! i’m getting my proteins in first, then veggies. i haven’t been consuming many carbs because 1. i don’t really have room and 2. they seem to be a problem with most banders, so i’m holding off on them for awhile. i’d like to get closer to goal before i start introducing them back into my diet.
chipotle bowl (just barbacoa, sour cream, cheese & lettuce)
the hardest part of this journey so far, is LISTENING TO MY BODY. some days i feel SO HUNGRY, and after 4 bites, i feel full. i want to continue to eat, because i convince myself that there is NO WAY those little bites of food have made me full, but they do! if i feel hungry at work, i’ll pop in a piece of gum, and if i’m still hungry after 20 minutes, i’ll let myself eat a snack, if i’m not, i’ll continue chewing my gum and drinking my water. i had my first fill wednesday and know that now it’s more important than ever that i start measuring my food to 1/2 cup portions. i don’t want to risk stretching my pouch and ruining everything i’ve gone through over the last year because i was being mindless.
snack: 1/4 cup of mixed nuts
tuna salad + pork rinds
and yes, i had my first fill! and it wasn’t that bad! so, i’m a really big baby when it comes to needles. why i decided to get the weight loss surgery that included needles is beyond me, but i did good! i went into the hospital and checked-in. about an hour of waiting later, they were ready for my fill. my doctor does all fills under fluoroscopy, which is basically just a real-time x-ray. they insert the needle into the port, remove all the fluid, then insert however many CCs of saline they decide on, depending on how much restriction you need. this is followed by a barium solution (to show contrast) to see how much restriction there really is. well, while this was going on, they realized the needle they had inserted had a crack in it, so they had to insert another needle. after that, everything went fine, and i now have 4.4cc’s in my band.
after a fill, your stomach can swell where the band is attached, so my doctor put me on 2 days of full liquids, 2 days of soft foods, then back to solid food again, being careful to not get anything stuck! today was day 1 of soft foods and my 1 egg + 1 egg white, which i could only eat 4 bites of, has already kept me full for 2 hours at this point, so i’d like to think i can feel the restriction from the fill.
post fill, liquid phase: cream of chicken soup mixed + broth + unjury chicken soup protein
post fill, soft food phase: scrambled egg w. cheese & ketchup
so, i’m sure i’ve bored you enough by now! this has been my life, lately. wake-up, work, workout, cook dinner (& lunch for tomorrow), watch a show or two on tv, then pass out. i don’t hate it. i feel great and my attitude has been amazing, so no complaints here :)
Q: what have you been up to lately?