Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Week two

My first week of Starting Over is finished and I actually lost 5 pounds!! Shows you how much I was eating before, and I KNOW what I was indulging in.

My nurse at Northwest Weight Loss Surgery gave me a site to follow for support, and I thought I would share it with you. It has EVERYTHING you could possibly need. Diet options, a Weight Loss Cafe, and even a short, inspirational e-mail once a week to help you keep on track. It's Weight Loss Joy with Linda Spangle.

NWWLS has a forum that I used to follow, but it got so old and redundant. Always the same thing with the same self important achievers answering the questions. Drove me nuts. I think this site will really be helpful.

I found the journal I started when I had my Lap Band surgery, and kept until I'd lost 50 pounds. I can see when the gall bladder disease started by looking back. I was sick ALOT, but was always attributing it to the Band. So I let a serious condition become an emergency without knowing. Wow. What an insight.

Here's to a successful week.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


It seems water is the secret to all successful weight loss. I try to drink at least two 24oz. bottles of water a day, and add to that the various glasses I drink, I think I'm doing pretty well. What really bugs me is when you lose some weight and someone says "That's just water weight".
So? And your point is? Even the doctors say this. Well let me tell you something about water weight. It's enough to make your clothes feel tighter. It's enough to make your feet and ankles swell. So, if I lose three pounds of water weight, I feel pretty darn good! And on the scale, it says I've lost 3 pounds, and that is an achievement! Right? Of Course!
So, I've already lost 2 pounds of water weight, and I'm very happy and inspired to continue in this direction. I know, they say you should only weigh yourself once a week, but I am more successful when I weigh myself each morning. Makes me more determined.

So let's hear it for the Water!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Starting Over

Two years ago, I had Lap Band Surgery for weight loss. Having battled the bulge for so many years, I finally reached the point where I was miserable, my feet hurt all the time, and I couldn't perform my daily chores with ease. I was also very concerned about my health.

Lap Band surgery is not an easy fix, and I have had a very difficult time with this. I initially lost 60 pounds, and then came to a screaching halt. Then I developed Gall Bladder disease and had surgery for that. My entire body went through a change after that, and I was soon not able to keep any food down. When you can't keep solids down, you tend to eat more soft foods, which add up in calories. So, the pounds started piling on again.

I went in to have 1.5ccs of fluid drained from my band in mid September. It took about a week to heal. Then I was going to Peru, and didn't want to end up in trouble there, so I didn't get my band refilled. Today I got a fill of 1cc, which I'm told puts me to a typical fill for the type of band I have. So today I resolve to start over with my weight loss efforts. If I post to this blog once a week, I'd better have progress to report. I had two nurses see me today, and they told me the Gall Bladder disease probably prevented me from being as successful with my weight loss as I could have been. They said that they hear of my experiences happening quite frequently with Gall Bladder surgery. So, I am optimistic, and determined.

My blog is called "The Glow is Back" because that is what my husband told everyone when I lost my first 25 pounds. It was very true.

Join me if you wish, being a lapbander or not, you are welcome.