Sunday, 28 July 2013

Third fill today...

I went back to the clinic this morning for my checkup, the Dr was really pleased with my progress which was nice to hear.  I've noticed that in the last week I am starting to feel hungry again, so I had an adjustment of an additional 0.5cc bringing me up to 6ml in my band, so I am to eat liquids for the next 24hr.

I'm hoping that I'll notice a little more restriction but that I won't be too restricted.  I read on a forum that many people are not able to eat any proteins or breads, they struggling when eating out etc - I would really hate that as it would impact on my lifestyle so much - we are often socialising with friends over drinks and food.

Shook my bootie in zumba this morning, and have netball this evening so a double dose of exercise today!

I thought I take the time to mention my hubbie, who has been soooo supportive and complimentary so far cheers hun love you lots...x

Friday, 26 July 2013

Unhealthy kids meal or healthy massive portion....?

Another 1kg/2.2lb down this week... so slow but steady.... a total of 13kg/28.6lb/2stone lost, so really quite pleased with that.

A bit of an uneventful week here, the weather has been awful, storms, rain, hail..... the perimeter fence is just about holding up, am hoping it lasts until Tuesday when its being replaced.  Signing off on the kitchen design tomorrow....eek..... keep changing my mind re. colours but am now opting for a chocolate brown colour base unit, cream matt top units and a cream/flecky stone top!  Think it should look nice!!

Just in from lunch with 2 girlfriends which was really nice, a wonderful varied menu but huge portion sizes, so I opted for the kids portion of fish and chips as it was smaller.  I could have chosen a more healthy adult meal but the portion sizes would have done me a weeks worth of lunch....  How do you guys deal with eating out?  There wasn't any entree's, otherwise I would have chosen one for my main.  Would you have chosen a kids meal or a more healthy adult meal?  The downside is that I managed to eat it all with no problem.... I have an appt for some more fill on Monday, I think I really need it.

Nothing planned for this weekend, very dull, although Holly has some friends over for sleepover on Sat and the normal soccer runs on Sunday morning.

Hubbie is not really one to encourage me to go clothes shopping, but this week he told me to go and buy some new jeans as mine have got too baggy around my bum and thighs....NSV(non-scale victory)!!  I decided to just buy a cheap pair for the time being, I bought ..... drumroll..... a size16 jean from BigW, albeit they are quite stretchy but that was awesome.  I tried a size16 in KMart and they didn't go anywhere near me, so strange how differently cut the shops make items.  So I am now Big W's No1 fan!

Well off to pick the kids up.... have a good week x

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Monday madness.......

Its last day of school holidays today, and I am minding some friends kids.... I have 4 boys, 2 girls and the dog in the house..... blimey - they are soooo noisy, how do the teachers cope?!?!?

Had a fab evening at Xmas in July on Saturday, I laughed lots, danced lots and drank lots!!  I wore the black and white dress in the end as I felt more comfortable in it - and received lots of nice comments from people I've not seen for a while on my weightloss :)  You'll be pleased to note that the 0.4kg I gained on Friday appear's to have gone this morning, although won't track this morning's weight as my official weigh day is Friday.  I woke up bright and breezy on Sunday morning, but by lunchtime had the hangover from hell.... how does that work.... shouldn't I have woken up with the hangover and felt better by lunchtime....?!??!?!  I guess either a band or age thing!

I love this pic of Chester, it reminds me of Oliver Twist... "Please Sir, can I have some more....?"

Have netball semi-final this evening, although our shooter is on holiday so I guess its not looking promising.  Kids back to school tomorrow - whoop, whoop life returns to normal...x

Friday, 19 July 2013

Oh.. dilemma..... what to wear..?

I had my weekly weigh-in and................. bloody hell I've gained 0.4kg!!!!!!  WTF!   OK, so I need a poo (TMI - too much information), I had a netball bye on Monday and  haven't made my zumba or combat class = no exercise, I find it difficult to do these things when the kids are on school hols....., and a couple of wines have crept in this week also probably blamed on school holidays....... and that is all I have to say about that!!!!

Finally got round to uploading some photos, here are my too big workpants that I keep mentioning:

Not a sexy look, but had to show you my big pants - please excuse the bra!

Moving on, I am so looking forward to my Xmas night out in July tomorrow evening..... but the dilemma of what to wear.  I've added below my all time FAT photo, this is me just before surgery.... yeah, yeah, I hear you "who ate all the pies...."  oh, that would have been me:

My horrible yuckie "FAT" photo preband..... to give you some comparison

This is the GOK dress I bought in Target, that my daughter really liked, and am thinking of wearing tomorrow for the night out.....  bearing in mind that I am wearing the reinforced spanx big knickers, however I really like this one on me, although everyone is supposed to be going really glam and glitzy and I think it may be a bit worky/office looking:


This is what I call my glam and glitzy number, I bought it several years ago whilst in the UK, don't think I've worn it since, but it now fits and does up easily... although not sure its as flattering....  Again the spanx is on, you need to visualise with heels, makeup and hair done:


So what do you reckon???  What do I wear..... is my UK stylist Mrs M watching.......  quick, quick feedback is needed.... I need to be all glammed up ready to leave in 22hrs!!!!!...x

Monday, 15 July 2013

My first stuck moment......

Well, I've experienced my first stuck moment and YUCK!!

It happened on Friday, Rich and I had been out so were late having dinner, infact didn't sit down to eat until 8.45pm.... I was so hungry, that in my haste I shoved some food in my mouth, chewed, swallowed like in pre-band days and BAM - felt a pain behind my chest, the mouthful was stuck!!  The pain continued for a bit, and then I felt like the food might come back up instead of down so headed off to the loo!  I now know what everyone means by "sliming", basically an overproduction of saliva that has to come out, followed by the offending food object - the upside is the food comes out as it went down, it hadn't got as far as my stomach so wasn't mixed with any stomach acid!  Not pleasant - I would feel really uncomfortable if that happened when I was out at a restaurant!!

I tried a size 18 dress on in Target at the weekend (one of the new GOK style ones), stretchy material although did have a zip at the back, to which my daughter said "OMG Mum, that looks awesome", which made me feel pretty good as she's not normally one to dish out such compliments!!  Its quite a busy material , black and white peplin design, thought I'd wear it for my night out on Saturday, I;ll take a photo and post it so that you can see.  Got new black patern heels and clutch bag too!!!

We went to friends for Sunday roast yesterday, had a lovely afternoon.  Managed to eat OK with no stuck moments - phew!

Back to work tomorrow..... x

Thursday, 11 July 2013

How time flies...

Morning all,  wow.... how time flies eh?  Its been a week since my last blog, I must dedicate more time to blogging.

Well its my usual weigh-in Friday and this week I've lost 0.6kg/1.3lb... bringing me to a total of 12kg/26lb - that's only 2lb away from 2 stone which for me is a milestone as don't think I've ever lost that much weight before!!   I have to confess that I thought the process would be alot quicker... but slow and steady wins the race!  Can any of my banded fellows tell me how many daily calories you are consuming?  My days vary anything from 800-1200 calories depending on what/where we have been doing, I'm also cutting back on the carbs - cheers guys.

Also, are you eating fruit?  My Dr said to stick to 3 meals daily and not to snack - how therefore do I get any fruit in?  I've just realised that I've probably not eaten any fruit since surgery day..... I'm having a multi-vit but probably ought to be eating some fruit?  Do you agree?

My daily diet looks like this:

B/fast:  Skimmed milk coffee or optifast
Lunch:  4 vitawheat crackers with boiled egg/mayo, cucumber, rocket
Dinner:  Protein (chicken/lamb/beef or fish) with veg's (0.5-1cup)
I have to confess that the odd glass of wine has crept in this week too...... will need to cut back on this.

I have noticed some difference since my last fill, in that if I eat too quickly I can feel the food going down and that reminds me to slow down.  I can still eat anything (which I am pleased about, as I know many bandsters struggle with proteins or bread products), but could happily eat more than I am supposed to, so I know I'm not in my green zone yet.

Rich and I are off to "Xmas in July" event next weekend at our local golf club, a 3 course Xmas meal and 5hr drinks package.  I'm really looking forward to it, but wondering how I'll manage the meal?!?  Although I can seem to eat anything and haven't have any real stuck moments/PB's, I'm assuming it'll be quite alot of food (not my normal half a cup amount).  I think I'll skip starter and pudding and just try and eat my main - what would everyone else do?  Now the big dilemma... oh what to wear??  I have an evening dress that I wore to a dinner/dance many years ago now, I tried it on yesterday and it damn well fits - whoop NSV(non-scale victory), however as much as I like the dress its a little OTT for here in Oz.  I also tried on a dress I bought for Xmas 2012, and its too big - NSV! unfortunately (or not) I've lost 9cm from my girls... so the strapless dress just slips down and gapes!  I thought I'd have a look in the department stores tomorrow and see if I can find something new otherwise I might take my "too big" dress in for altering.... wow - I've never had to have something taken in before.... how easily pleased I am!!!

What else has been happening........ well its school hols, so have been iceskating/movies/kid's friends over etc, I've had this week off work but go back next week (will be nice to get away from my bickering kids lol!)

I bought a new oven today (how exciting I hear you say) for my new kitchen...... The old kitchen is due to be ripped out first week of August, I still have no plans, designs, quotes, colours, flooring organised.... ah panic.... but don't worry I have a new oven!!!!!!!!!

Well I hope everyone has a good week, I'll try and check in with you all mid-week.  Happy weekend...x

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Weigh in Friday

1.4kg/3lb lost this week.... whoop, whoop.... maybe something to do with the extra fill I had on Monday, or perhaps having a day of fluids after the fill.... but nice to see a positive change!!  Thats a total of 11.4kg/1stone 11lb.

I am feeling really well now, don't think I am in the green zone yet, as still get hungry moments, although I have kept to 0.5-1 cup of food at mealtimes, have been trying to reduce my carb intake and increase my protein too!  I haven't experienced any stuck moments yet, although am aware of a change since my fill, can at times get an uncomfortable feeling behind my chest when eating - I think a sign that I am eating too fast.  I have tried leaving a minute between mouthfuls but find that seems such a long gap.... so am trying to adapt.  How does everyone else manage with eating slowly??  I have just starting using the MyFitnessPal app, how many calories does everyone else try to stick to?

Its the kids last day of school today before 2 weeks off.  I've got the first week of work, so will be nice not to set the alarm clock.  They are wanting to go ice skating on Tuesday, am wondering whether I'll have the nerve to join in too?!?!  Must be good exercise!  Will have to keep on top of my food choices, I find it more difficult to manage when the kids are off school and we are out and about doing things!

I did a Body Combat class this morning, which I haven't done for ages - I really enjoyed it!  8.30am class so didn't really impact on my day - food shopping and ironing to follow - how exciting!

I have a Lapband support group meeting to attend tomorrow, so hopefully will come back armed with hints and tips!

Hope everyone has a good weekend...x