Monday, December 26, 2011

A First! A restaurant that does NOT accomdidate people with Special Needs!

Hubby and I went to breakfast at a local restaurant--the 620 Cafe in Round Rock, TX. I showed them my card about my Lap Band and asked if I could order from the children's menu. Not only was I NOT allowed to order from the children's menu, they would not adjust portions. I asked for egg beaters. They do not serve egg beaters. I paid $10.00 for one egg white with a little cheese and one small scoop of oatmeal.
I told them that we have always enjoyed coming the 620 Cafe and this was a great disappointment, and we would not be returning.
I went home and posted on all the social websites I could find. Then I found that they do not have good reviews! I now know why!

I am sad--it was one of my favorites! I will not be returning and I will tell everyone about the poor service at 629 Cafe!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Checking in & Words of Caution :) :) (Happy Face, Happy Face!).

What a difference a day makes! Well, in my case, 3 days!

I am finally on the mend!!!! HURRAY!

What a ride! To all you newly or soon to be Bandsters: IT HURTS! YOU ARE GOING TO HURT BUT DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED!. It is supposed to be that way! After all -- your innards have been rearranged and they are letting you know that they do not "handle change well". Hang in there, you are not dying. In two weeks, you will be okay!

I am a bit delayed. I had a lung issue-- some big fancy name-- but it was a complication. What I thought was pain from the surgery and being filled with gas till you are the size of a small Orca Whale, was actually my lungs screaming. Antibioics, steroids, and strong cough medicine have helped me to feel MUCH MUCH MUCH BETTER! Praise the Lord!

So the moral of my story --------->>>>>>

1. The hospital will give you an incentive spirometer. USE IT! Like it is your job. It will help your lungs. It is important to breathe! I find to to be very beneficial to my existence.

2. Get protein EVERY DAY! If you get a sweet fruity taste in your mouth, you are not getting protein and it is a potential harmful situation and could be fatal. Try your BEST to get that protein in every day!

3. Stay up with your pain meds. Do not miss them--even for one minute. Your innards are different now and it takes a bit longer to get them into your bloodstream now. I set an alarm on my iPhone.

4. Get the book, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery". My Secret Santa, Banded Bella, sent it to me and I have not put it down! It was the perfect gift for the New Bandster! Wish I had the book BEFORE my surgery.

Now for the Happy Faces!!!!!!!!

-I have already shrunk out of two pairs of jeans. Taking them to our Church's Thrift House next week.
-My Sister said, "So when your jacket gets too big, I want it!". Never in my life have I been smaller that my Sister! I also hadn't thought about my jacket getting too big! It is the perfect jacket!!!!??!?!???!!!
-I participated in the Annual Cookie Day at Grandma's House! I made Snickerdoodles. The Fatty Me would have sampled and sampled and sampled----baked and unbaked----it did not matter. The Banded Me, absentmindedly, licked her fingers once, snapped back to attention, washed her hands and no sampling would be found anywhere near me again! I am VERY PROUD of me!!!!!

Well, Merry Christmas Everyone! :) :) :) :) :) :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Well....GREAT! (sarcasm dripping)

Last night I felt really good! Less pain, less gas, less bloating! I went to bed with plans to grocery shopping!

This morning I woke up at 4:10AM, aching all over, coughing and freezing! Yikes! This hurts differently. Better take my temp--100.5 degrees! Check my incisions--no redness, no pus, not hot--shew! No problem there. Wake up Hubby--he's a retired critical care nurse. His diagnosis--there's a problem, call the doctor/surgeon. It's 4:30AM! So we wait till 8:00 to call.

Here's the results: I have Atelectasis. Translation: fluid on my lungs. Antibiotics, expectorant, an incentive Spirometer, nasal steroids, Tylenol.

Doc said this is a "complication" of surgery and being on a breathing machine for over three hours during surgery.

I would say a cuss word out loud if I was a cussing woman.

Miserable. Sigh.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

HELP-PLEASE HELP! I need to talk to someone with an I-Band. HELP!


PLEASE. If you or know some who has had an I-Band, please, I NEED to talk to them....

I am six (6) days post-op. I am having alot of discomfort, not pain by definition cause I don't 'need' to take pain meds. I still have alot of gas discomfort and the incisions do not hurt but where I imagine my stomach was folded, hurts. I am taking small sips (I just want some Creme of Wheat) and have had no feelings of throwing up. I would really love to have a "Elf"-style belch, but cannot produce even a small burp. I do have small "back-end explosions" but it is only momentary in the relief. GasX does not help.

I need to know if this will subside and is this normal recovery for an I-Band?


Friday, December 16, 2011

How long?????

I had surgery Monday--4 days ago. How long do I have to drink this sweet? Can't stand it! Please tell me what else I can have.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


I am 72 hours out from surgery---I made it!!! The first few days HURT! Not just "ow" kind of hurt just plain ole H-U-R-T!!!!!! Be prepared!

I had the I-Lap band. My stomach hurts from being folding and I was/am swollen. Bruised too....but this has really actually saved my life. It seems that I have a problem with my liver. Dr Bariatric took a biopsy to rule out cirrosis. I have NEVER drank alcohol in my life--I just don't understand! I do understand now why I was driven to have this done. A blessing in disguise. I am nervous. I will find out on the 23rd at my Post Op appointment.

How can this be if I have not and do not drink? I don't get it!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Today. This is it!

Welcome me to the Band!

The Life and Times of a Formally Morbid Obese Person commences!

It's a rootin' tootin' boot scootin' roller coastin' of a ride!

Here we go........!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Pre-Op & FANTASTIC News!! :)

I had my Pre-op appointment yesterday. It was a GREAT appointment.

Here's the results:
--20lbs lost! That is 15% of my excess weight!
--my BP was 109/54! Due to blood work, I was not to take my meds. So that was WITHOUT meds!!!! Dr. Bariatric took me OFF ONE OF MY BP MEDS!!!!!!! WOOOOO WHOOOO!
--I am now an official card carrying member of the Lap Band Club! They gave me a card to carry.

So one more day and that is it! My new THIN life begins!!!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

When will I be able to drive?

Hey y'all!

Hubby is disabled and unable to drive. I am the only driver so I was wondering how soon after my surgery will I be able to drive.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Nurse called me blessed today!

She was from my insurance company. She explained what was going to happen to me on Surgery Day (5 more days). She listed things to watch for before, during, and after--things to get beforehand (which was the lists y'all gave me)--and helped me think of questions to ask Dr Bariactic.

She also commented on my support system--Hubby, Mom, Friends, My Blog Mates--she said I have a terrific support system and that I was blessed! I want to say how much I appreciate how y'all have taken me under your wing--answering my questions, giving me advice, and just telling what to expect and do! I agree. Your support is terrific.

I am so thankful to each of you. My life is better because y'all are part of it!!!!!!

I am blessed!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

6 Days To Go


I didnt realize there is only SIX MORE DAYS!!!!!!!

Veteran Lap Banders:
What do I need to do? Practical tips please. What should I buy to be prepared? What should i take with me to surgery? Would someone come and cook for my family, please? The ride home afterwards? What should wear during recovery? Should I sleep in my bed or in my recliner?

So many questions -- someone have pity and help this anxious and nervous girl out please.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Surgery Date Change.

Hey y'all!

I have not starved to death! My tummy does not like this! It keeps saying, "Please! My I have more?".

I am holding on very well and decided today that I am NOT going to starve. Y'all knew I would not and told me so! You are ALL so smart!

My surgery date has been moved up one day to Monday December 12! My insurance did not approve the hospital so my doctor moved it to another hospital a day earlier.

Well, what do you think of that!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I did it!!!!!!

I am so proud of me!!!!!

Today was my Granddaughter's first birthday. I did not eat pizza. I did not eat chips. I did not eat club sandwich bits. I did not drink Coke. I did not eat CAKE! I did not pout. I did not draw attention to myself. I did not talk about why. I DID NOT CHEAT!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In 13 days--->-->-->-->-->-->

I will be BANDED!
I know I am nothing special and I know that every single one of my Bloggies have felt this way. 


So much to do and only 12 days to do it in!!!!

On the Pre-op Diet Front:
I do not want to say this very loudly but it has been a bit easier today. 
It seems that I am holding on a little longer between hungrys and my sense of smell is heightened.

Does this seem right to y'all?  Did y'all experience this?  Will this pre-op diet get easier?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I am NOT dead...........................yet!!!


So it's Day Two for the Pre-op diet. 

I must say I am NOT liking this but I figure that if I can go from bulk eating to a liquid diet and not die from starvation, I think I might be able to handle an I-Band. 


Monday, November 28, 2011

Well, DRAT!!!!

I talked to my dietician today and I am doing it all wrong!!!!  Major BUMMER!!!!

I can only have -- 10 grams of fat; 30 gram of carbs; 70 grams of protein --  for the Pre-Op diet.



I won't need an I-Band then!  Just think of the money I will save!  No follow-up doctor visits!  No fills!  Shoot -- no groceries more to buy!  Won't need my medications either--money saved there!!!

Holy Cow!  I am shrining...........................................

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Trip to the grocery store

This is what I got from the grocery store in prep for the Pre-op diet tomorrow:

Skim milk
Sugar free jello
Unsweetened applesauce
Cream of wheat
Cottage cheese
EAS vanilla protien powder
Pure Protien shakes

Mom fixed Swiss Steak, green beans, mashed potatoes, Cesar salad, and almond crust cherry cream pie and invited Hubby and I for supper. It was delish! I am considering this as my "Last Supper".

I think I am ready.

Did I mention I am nervous?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I thought it was only liquid????????

Here's a sample of the Pre-op diet I found. 

Experienced Lap Banders:  Please let me know if this will work

Breakfast:  1 serving protein mixed with skim milk;
                   1/2 c cream of wheat
                    1 c V8 or tomatoe juice
Snack:  1/2 c sugar free pudding
Lunch:  1 serving protein mixed with 8 oz Crystal Light
                   6 ox Dannon Light n Fit
Snack:  1/2 c cottage cheese
Dinner:  1 serving of chicken broth
               1 c V8 or tomatoe juice
                1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
Snack:     1 serving protein mixed with skim milk;
                        6 ox Dannon Light n Fit
1015 calorie per day; 100 grams of protein; 119 grams carbs

Does this sound reasonable?  Does meet the obectives?

I think I can handle this--anything for 2 weeks!!!!

Friday, November 25, 2011 is becoming real and I am scared.........I need some TLC.............

I am really really nervous.

I start my Pre-op diet Monday and I have absolutely no idea what to do. The handout I got 3 months ago is very very vague. I tried calling my doctor earlier this week but it's Thanksgiving Week and no one was there.

So ANY help ANYONE can give me is GREATLY appreciated.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Boy, I am glad it is after Thanksgiving!

***AHEM*** Let me start by saying announcing----

MY MOM IS THE BEST COOK IN THE WORLD!! She can make ice cubes and water into a FEAST!

So.....I am glad that I do not have to start my Pre-Op diet till next Monday. That way I can have The Thanksgiving Feast my Mom has been cooking on for the last week. I am considering it as a last hurrah!

I am nervous about the Pre-Op diet. I know this is the start of my new healthy, thin life and it s only two weeks but I am nervous. I get headachy and grumpy if I get hungry.

So I am enlisting the help of you Lap Band Veterans. How do I do this? I need direction and suggestions. PLEASE HELP!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Forgive me for asking but.........

.......what is "slime" in relationship to the Lap Band?

Makes me scared to think about this.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I will be banded!!!  That's the day my healthy, thinner life begins. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I find out tomorrow.

I will find out my surgery date tomorrow. It is really getting close. I am getting a tad bit nervous.

I am hoping for the first time in my life that I will do something that will work and I will not gain it back.

This is really my last attempt to lose weight. If this does not work then my family and friends will just have to love me fat 'cause I am not trying ever again. I just can't do it any more.

Postscript: I went to the www to find a picture to illustrate my frustration and found this--
courage doesn't always roar.
sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day saying,
"i will try again tomorrow"


I need to give that some thought.

Friday, November 18, 2011

I am having an I-Band!!!!!

Yup!  Dr Bariatric thinks it is the best procedure for me and after I investigated it, I agree!!!  I will be the first person in my Metropolitian area who has had this procedure.  They want me to sign a release so my pictures and success can be use as advertizing and on the media.

I am thinking about that.   What do y'all think?   It weill be my 15 minutes of fame!!!  HAHAHAHAHA

Here is a link to the I-Band    Also information on my Bariatric Center too!
My surgery is December 6th or 13th--to be determined Monday.

Here's a joke I saw today while at my Bariatric appointment:

Why is the Doctor so cool?
Because he's a Smooth Operator!!!!!!!  

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I love ya, Tomorrow--You're Only a Day Away!!!!!

Tomorrow is an IMPORTANT DAY!!!!!

I have my LAST APPOINTMENT on the 3-Month Doctor Supervised Diet Program.  After that appointment, I will have my official Surgery Date.  

They have tentively set surgery for December 8th.  That means I will start the 2 weeks liquid pre-surgery diet on Thanksgiving Day.

Do you think it would be okay to start the pre-surgery diet the day AFTER  Thanksgiving? Granddaughter's first birthday is December 1st.  Do you think pureed birthday cake counts as a liquid on the pre-surgery diet?

Oh my -- Christmas!!!!  Would I be on soft mushies by Christmas?  I wonder if my Mom would puree turkey and dressing and pumpkin pie for me!!!!

More to follow - my Lovlies!!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Call from Dr. G, Cardiologist

Phone rings----"Hello?"

"Cheri? It's Dr. G."

"Dr. G, I am really pissed!"

"I don't blame you! What a mess! I am sorry!"

"Dr. G., I had a breast reduction 16 years ago. What you are seeing on my heart is scar tissue!"

"In my heart of hearts, I know your arteries are not blocked and everything is clear. You're a big girl and finding the vein in your groin would be difficult. Therefore I am not going to do a heart cath. Do you get out of breath walking or climbing stairs? Any chest pain?"

"No. In fact, I can chase a 2 year old and not get out of breath!"

"All right--what is your Bariatric doctor's name and fax number? I am sending your cardiac clearance right now. You make sure you come to see me after the surgery."

"Really? Thank you! I will! Thank you!"


I go to Dr Bariatric this Friday to conclude my 3 month doctor supervised diet and officially secure a surgery date. Everything is completed and being submitted to the insurance THIS Friday!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

HELP! Can someone tell we how to upload pictures please?

When I click on the add a photo icon the following page wont allow me to browse my pictures to upload one. I can upload one from the www by copying and pasteing the link but I cannot upload my personal pictures.
Do a have a setting wrong?

Friday, November 11, 2011

GOOD NEWS!.................(I think..)

So I have been telling you about the "hoops" I am jumping through concerning my Lap band.

I got fed up with it all and called Dr. Bariatric's office. I told my case manager that I would be coming in today with my paperwork and I wanted to go over the 'Readiness Check List' because according to my checklist, I have done everything except the pre-op and I was tired of the hoops.

So I get there today, without an appointment, and I was about to tell him that I would be finding a new surgeon. I was tired of the office manager telling me one thing, then the scheduler telling i still needed to do something, then my case manager saying dont worry, he will take care of it........AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!

Well, He then gave me a copy of the 'Readiness Check List' he had for me. It correlated with my list.

Then he told me my surgery is tenatively scheduled for December 8th!

I immediately calmed down!

I think this is an example of too many cooks in the kitchen ruins dinner!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Yesterday------My No-Good, Very, Bad Day

So after sleeping on my no-good very bad day yesterday, I woke up positive.

Positive because it was a new day--positive because I did wake up--positive because I was excited. I was seeing my Bariatric surgeon today. I am closer to my life changing surgery.

I was telling Dr Bariatric about my cardiac clearance troubles and I was worried it would delay the surgery. My work is changing insurance in 2012 and everything changes and I start again. He just said that as long as we had the clearance before surgery, it will be okay.

So I have relaxed. Maybe. I think. Ya--relaxed.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I am really frustrated.........AARRGH!

I have been doing a three month Doctor supervised diet program as required by my insurance company in order to approve my Lap Band surgery. I have also been getting all the approvals required by my surgeon. I have done very well in both of those requirements until the Cardiac clearance.

Because of my weight, I was not able to have a normal stress test--the treadmill--so I had to have a Nuclear stress test. Okay, done, check!

So a week after my test, Hubby's cardiac things started which required a visit to the cardiologist, Dr G. While seeing Hubby about his problems, Dr G looks at me and says "Your stress test was abnormal and I cannot give you the cardiac clearance yet. There is a shadow on the X-rays. It's probably your boobie but we have to be sure so you need a CT scan. Don't want you having a heart attack while under anesthesia!"

Of course, it is my "boobie" Dr G----I had a breast reduction 16 years ago! What you describe as a 'shadow' is scar tissue!!!!!! I have had 8 surgeries which require deep anesthesia, I did fine. And I have never had cardiac issues!

Today was the day for the CT scan. No one calls with the 'pre procedure' screening so I get there this morning and mention I am allergic to iodine. They asked me why I didn't tell the pre-screener. I stated that I did not talk to anyone because no one called. The scan was cancelled.

Dr G is out do town till next week.

I had to take a day off, disturbed my Mother's routine as she went with me, paid my copay which the hospital will not refund until 48 hours and wasted a BIG amount of time that I could have spent relaxing with Hubby!

I am so pissed!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

Well, my answers are short and sweet.

1. Are you excited for the holidays or are you dreading them?
I like the Holidays. I like to give. Don't really care if I get gifts--I just like the giving part!

2. Do you hit the snooze button or get right up? snooze button. I wait for about 15 mins till I get out of bed.

3. Do you still have your tonsils?
Nope---they made a quick exit at 16.

4. What was the last piece of candy that you ate?
Reese's minis.

5. Do you shop at thrift stores?
ABSOLUTELY!!!!!! Every chance I get!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Secret Santa---sign up now!

This is from "A Fat Wife's Journey. She is the one organizing the Secret Santa! Sign up today!

My email is The cut off for entries for the Secret Santa is going to be 16 November.
If you are interested in participating I need from you:
Blog URL!!!
Mailing Address
Any allergies
Shirt and Pants size

$30 limit
You must be entered by 16 Nov.
Gifts must be mailed out by 17 Dec.
Please try to avoid food gifts.

That said spread the word!! I want this to be as big as we can get it!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

I am fat..........

We had family portraits today.

My Mom demanded it. It had been five years since the last one--there had been some "personnel" changes and new arrivals, so it was necessary.

This new fangle technology is amazing! We saw our digital proofs with in five minutes of being taken.

The person standing in the spot where I was standing, wearing the same clothes I dressed in, was fat. Not overweight fat--neck rolls fat.

Is that really how fat I am? I am shocked! Surely that is not me!


Friday, November 4, 2011


Let’s get to what we came here for! BYOC – Bring Your Own Crazy. A couple questions we answer to get to know each other better and to give our blogging brains a break. Copy and paste to your own blog if you wish! Enjoy!  Thank you, Draz!!!

Let’s do another themed BYOC…..this one will be called “What’s In/On Your….?”

1. What’s on your desk between your monitor and keyboard?
A picture of my Granddaughter.

2. What’s on your mind right at this moment?
I am having an allergy attack. I can't breathe and my nose is runny. I feel miserable ........

3. What’s in or on your nightstand on your side of the Bed?
Lamp, my Bible, water bottle, tissues, 'first thing in the morning' medicine, cell phone, glasses

4. What’s on YOUR Christmas wish list (let’s assume you’d get what was on it)?
money for new clothes for when I lose weight

5. Repeat question: Summarize your week in real life and in blog land.
Real life: UGH! Allergies and laryngitis -no voice whatsoever
Blog life: WONDERFUL! New followers and I love to read the blogs!


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hey! It's November!

One more month! I have been sponging up all I can find on lapbands and reading y'all's blogs! Y'all are so helpful!

I've read a great book: Weight Loss Surgery with Adjustable Gastric Band by Robert W Sewell MD.
I have and am learning so much. I feel more relaxed and getting many questions answered. I HIGHLY recommend it.

I will be a resident of Lapbandville by the end of the year! YEEEEEE HAAAWWWWW!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

So it's Weigh In Day and a NON SCALE VICTORY!!!!!!

I gained one pound! Sigh! I weighed 243.5.

Been sick and on antibiotics and had a migraine all in one week.

Wonder if that would cause a pound gain? Or maybe it was the comfort foods?

OH andi almost forgot------A NON SCALE VICTORY!!!!!

I was walking into Target and got my reflection in the window-----my hips are not as big and bubbled!!!!

TA DA!. (I just threw my hands up in a gymnastic 'done' pose)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday is BYOC Day!

It’s Friday and time for BYOC – Bring Your Own Crazy...courtesy of the lovely Draz!  A couple of questions we answer to get to know each other better and to give our blogging brains a break. Copy to your own blog and enjoy!

This week my questions are going to themed…as in they are all about blogging and just to throw you off – there are more than 5 this time!!

1. When did you begin blogging? Do you plan to do it a long time or do you think you’ll stop after a while?
I have blogged on and off for about 6 years. I started when we moved cross Country so our families and friends could keep up with us. Blogging helped me with missing everyone and the isolation. I like blogging. I am a writer. I will continue.

2. What do you enjoy more - blogging yourself or reading other’s blogs?
I LOVE reading everyone's blog. I enjoy all the different writing styles. Personalities flow through the blogs and it is so fun getting to know everyone. I find I also learn so much by reading blogs.

3. What’s the biggest thing blogging has taught you? Biggest surprise about blogging?
Blogging has reminded me how much I enjoy writing! No grades. No deadlines. No critiques. Biggest surprise? That people follow me!

4. Have you met any other bloggers in real life – solely because of your blog or theirs?
No.......BUT if you are down Texas way.....look me up! I would to LOVE to meet you!

5. Does your blog have a general theme as in one topic or do you cover everything and anything?
This blog is mostly about my weight loss journey. Occasionally family stuff sneaks in. My other blog is: It is only about my everyday funny life, family, adventures, and experiences. I am working on a children's book. My dog is the catalyst to a lot of the stories and appears in my blog. I invite you to read and follow if you like.

6. Are you public or anonymous? Whichever you are – do you ever wish you were the other?
Oh I don't know. I am selectively anonymous. Although I do not advertise I am having Bariatric surgery, I am not silent about it either.

7. What’s your best blogging advice for a new blogger?
Be true to who you are. Don't try to fake it for sake of entertainment or for followers.

8. Does anyone in your real life read your blog/know it’s address? Do you wish they would or wouldn’t?
I guess 'real life' means people I know and see face to face. Does that mean my e-friends and blog friends are not real? Again I don't advertise it but I don't hide it and will give it out if the subject comes up.

9. Do you enjoy blogging or do you view it as a chore? How often do you blog?
YES I LOVE TO BLOG! I love to write and blog whenever!

10. Do you tell people in your real life that you blog? Or keep it a secret?
See question #8

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Your thoughts, please......

I have 3 more weeks of my "Bandster in Waiting" doctor supervised diet. My surgery is sometime in December. I'm excited!

I am thinking about starting to have a protien drink for breakfast and lunch. I am noticing that if I have 30+ thingies of protien, I am not hungry for a good while. I figure I need to start preparing for a smaller quantity of food.

Also, do I need to give up coffee? If so, how do you handle the headache?

Please........what are your thoughts? Please?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What is going on?

Why am I sick AGAIN?

Not the flu but a bladder infection! Heck! What is going on? I am usually a healthy person.


This has been an extremely stressful week for me. I think my resistance is low due to the stress over Hubby's cardiac issues. Does that make sense?

Does anyone know if antibiotics will retard my weigh loss efforts? Remember I am not banded yet.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Someone PLEASE say it is okay!!!!

This is a triple post------->>>>>

1. I found a protein drink I REALLY LIKE! Someone please tell me if it is a good one. I hope so!
'Naked' Protein Smoothie. Calories-220 Fat-2g Cholesterol-30mg Sodium-140mg Potassium-480mg Carbs-34g

Please please please please tell it is a good choice for a special ocassion protein drink!!!!

2. Sunday is my Weight In Day. I started at 257. Today I weighed 242.5. 14.5 pounds! That is not too shabby!

3. What should I say to family members people who say--"You are doing so good doing what you are doing. What not save the money and not get the Lap Band and continue doing what you're doing?" What do I say?

{SIDE BAR: Stressful times are upon me--hubby was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. I am scared.}

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fitness Pal

I use to track my calories, exercise, and nutrition.

It is NOT one of my favorite things!!!! It has opened my eyes! I really thought I made wise, healthy choices. I had no idea how many calories was in the things I have been eating and am still eating. No wonder I am a fatty!

And don't get me started on serving sizes! How does anyone expect you to not fall over dead if you can only eat a sandwich with one slice of bread? Geez! is my critic of HATE IT AND I LOVE IT!

It has made me realize that I am doing the right thing, getting a Lap Band. The band will be the tool I will use to assist me with more realistic portion sizes--healthy choices--a mind set change--a tool in making positive life changes.

Can you believe a calorie counter can stimulate such a change?

Go figure!

Monday, October 17, 2011

WOW! Maybe this time...........................................

WOW!  16 FOLLOWERS!  That is so marvelous!  Thank you for following me and my journey!  I have learned so much from everyone!  *****"I love you, Man!"*****

So........This weekend I've had my First Non-Scale Victory! Actually it was two! 

#1--I had my i-Pad at work and the "kids" I work with, were looking at the pictures.  They across one where I was sitting playing with my Grandniece this past spring.  "Wow!  You can tell you have lost weight!"  You CAN tell!  Whoa!  I have only been doing the "Bandster in Waiting" diet prior to my surgery.  I think my body is just so ready to be healthy that it is responding to the lower caloric intake POSITIVELY!!!!

#2--I had to have a pair of pants taken up in the waist 2 inches!!!!!!  My Mom can do magical things with a sweing machine and cloth so she did it for me.  As I was standing on the stool with her pinning, she sat back and said "10 more pounds and you will have to give these up.  I am not able to take then in any more!!!!!" 

I am just TOTALLY THRILLED!!!!!  Maybe this time I will win...................................

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I AM MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





Friday, October 14, 2011

First time for BYOC

1. What’s your most favorite noise and your least favorite noise?

Favorite: My grand daughter laughing! She's 10 months old and our first. I tell you this Grandma Gig is WONDERFUL!!!!! I never would have imagined my heart could hold this much love!

Un-Favorite: repetitive squeaks, taps, buzzes, clicks, scratches, popping, licking and smacking lips.

2. If you were a character in the movie Grease – who would you be?

Rizzo. I was a very compliant, agreeable, goody two shoes teenager. The most trouble I got into was receiving 9 demerits in Bible College for dancing in the buffet line!!!!! 10 demerits and you got kicked out of college. So I behaved like Sandy but inside I was a Wild and Crazy Girl--now I would be Rizzo because "when I am old I shall wear purple!" and I would not care about being a goody two shoes!

3. What was the name of your best friend in elementary school? Are you still friends?

Well.......I am an Air Force Brat. I was in two different school every year until high school. I never had a best friend but I had a lot of friends and was popular. I don't even remember the names of my schools. But........ I have never seen a stranger and I love talking (sometimes too much) and getting to know people.

4. Who is your current celebrity crush?

Brendan Fraiser-loved him since the days of 'Dudley DoRight' and especially in 'George of the Jungle' dressed in that loin cloth!, Ryan Reynolds-newest crush-he was so cute in 'The Proposal', Neal Caffrey on 'White Collar'--EVERYTHING is so mmmmmmm about him, Mario Lopez-he's got the cutest dimples, there are more but I do not want y'all to think I am fickle!

5. Repeat question: How was your week in real life and in blog land?

I am just starting my blog land life. I am happy with it. Not much else to say about that except I am really enjoying it!

Real life: I was actually thinking about this very thing this morning! How weird! I started listing (I love lists) my roles and titles. I wear many Hats! I will share with you---------->>>>
Girl, Christian, wife, daughter, sister, Auntie, Mom, Mother-in-law, great Aunt, sister-in-law, Grandma, friend, caregiver (Hubby is disabled), lead teller, bill payer, chauffeur (Hubby cannot drive), cook, maid, laundress, pill/medication organizer, Daughter of the King, encourager, money manager, CFO, dog walker/feeder, artist, singer, cheer giver, team player, secretary, blogger, a fatty but soon to be a Bandster!

In Real Life--I am tired! Hey, ya do what ya gotta do! AND I LOVE IT!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Appointment #2

I saw Dr Ganta this morning and I took Hubby with me to meet him. It was a good visit! Since Hubby is a RN and was a Director in a hospital before he retired, he asked Dr Ganta some medical type questions. Later in the car, he said he was pleased and comfortable with Dr Ganta doing my procedure. I found this very comforting because I wasn't real sure I had Hubby's support. I feel his support now!

So I am 6 1/2 weeks into this 12 week "Bandster in Waiting" program that my insurance requires. I am doing a lot of research and getting a lot of questions answered. I am feeling less and less apprehensive.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

You Are Not a Failure!

I received this article from the protien I order online.  I have removed the product name. This is good to know!!!!

Your thoughts?????

"I Feel Like a Failure"

You are not a failure, 
1. It might or might not be that the surgery failed to give you the results you wanted.

2. It might or might not be that the products you are using are not giving you the quality -- and the results -- you deserve.

3. It might or might not be that the surgeon’s office failed to give you the advice you need.

Whether those are true or not, you yourself are not a failure. More important, you can reach your goal.

The first thing you need is good advice.  One of our Registered Dietitians shared this note about a conversation she had with one of our autoship customers.

Her surgeon told her to stop using the protein shakes and switch to "solid foods". He said it was adding calories.

I believe this is where many patients stop losing, or worse...start gaining weight. Patients start looking for other foods to keep them feeling as full as protein shakes. As a result, they take in more calories.

I explained how a protein shake is best for satiety -- not being hungry -- and how protein is key to weight loss and weight maintenance.

The patient admitted that she was more hungry after reducing her protein shake usage. She had started eating peanut butter for protein and snacking on raisin toast and dark chocolate.  She said an inner voice had told her not to stop the shakes, but she also wanted to listen to the surgeon.

The patient is returning to 3 servings of protein shakes per day, and is going to follow up with me. She was happy to have a second opinion from an RD. I am certain her weight loss will resume too.

I have heard similar stories from other customers and I think they would benefit in knowing that they are not alone, and that protein is not the cause of their weight gain.

 Here are a few things to remember:

1.      With or without weight loss surgery (WLS), protein is the foundation of weight loss success.

2.      Surgeons are good at surgery, but some of them don't know enough about nutrition and weight loss. When a surgeon says, "get back on solid foods", you have to listen closely. If that means ADD solid foods, that of course makes sense. But if that means get off the protein shakes -- that might be bad advice.

3.      Many WLS patients -- some say the majority -- of patients don't reach their goal, and even more experience weight regain. We say that is unfortunate, and unnecessary. We talk to many customers every day, and the ones who use protein shakes 3 to 4 times a day during weight loss, and 2 times a day for weight maintenance, are successful at reaching their weight goal and keeping the weight off.

Weight loss success: It's worth it. You can do it.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Support System.

I have been think about my Support System.

Ya' know---the people who offer you support about things you do-like having WLS. I have no doubt and am certain that I have the support of my folks, children, sister, nieces, and co-workers but I have not been real sure if I had the support of Hubby. He has not expressed much of an opinion abouy my having lap band surgery. I am not really sure why, but it feels like he is not supporting me.

I was getting concerned until today. I call him at lunch today and he told me he was watching TV when he started to think about me. (a good thing) He said he looked at my wedding portrait and thought how we both had changed over the years--we've been married 32 years. Then he suddenly realized that I was going to change again and he got excited about it!

I finally feel his support! He really wants me to do this! He's excited about it!

It's all going to be okay now.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Soon----very soon!!!!!

It's October.

Surgery is getting closer! I am reading so many blogs. It is SOOOO exciting to read y'all stories and your day to days!!!

I am hoping to make many many MANY e-friends.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

A First and A Last

A First:

Last night was my First suport group meeting, the First meeting for the group, and the First support group for my Bariatic Conselor!!!  I was the only one who had not had the surgery yet.  I was a sponge--I sucked up information so fast it would put Bounty Paper Towels to shame!!!!! 

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ready to get losing!!!!!!

A Last:

I have been thinking alot about the foods that I will not be able to eat after my surgery--cereal, pizza, corn on the cob, almonds, Cokes, etc...  I do relize that after everything settles down, I might be able to eat these things. 

But for now, I am having "Food Funerals".  It's name was Pizza

The family was gathered.  Prayers were said.  The Ceremony commenced.  Leftovers were placed in a box and the progression to the dumpster started.  The only member of the slow moving parade was me.  I was not dressed in black and I was not sad.  I was full and happy! 

But I knew it was the Last time I would have Pizza over for a very long time!!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011


So I have lost 12 pounds!

I went to my Bandster in Waiting (BIW) appointment with my dietician/fitness guru! They did a breathing test thingy and found out that I burn 1984 calories just sitting in a chair. In order to loss weight, my calorie intake needs to be less than 1532. Cool!

And I have to start exercising.........ugh! I am allergic to exercising--it makes me break out in sweat!!! Soooooo.....Target is across the parking lot from my work. I drove completely around the outer perimeter of the parking lot. It is one half mile. Monday, I will start walking around it during my lunch hour. One time for two weeks then twice a week for a full mile. 3 times a week working up to more! I am excited and I hope my excitement will be my motivation and I won't need more!

People are noticing that I have lost a bit of weight. Those that know that I am a BIW say the most insensitive things. "Well, if you have lost weight doing what you are doing, why dont you just keep it up and not have the surgery?" "You are not fat enough for a lap band!" "All you need to do is watch what you eat and exercise." "You are a strong person-you dont need that surgery!" I know they mean well, but don't they realize I HAVE done all that and yes I do lose weight, but I fail to keep it off? Now I am fatter than I have EVER been? You have to be a strong person to work with your lap band to make it work! I am just!

I went to a Daughter of the King retreat this weekend. One of my room mates was a Bandster! She was banded three years ago and has lost 130+ pounds! She is a little over half way to her goal! She answered every single one of my questions--let me feel her port and see and touch her scars--told me about the horrors she had with her surgery--how she ate too much, stretching out her pouch, ending up in the hospital for 3 days. So after frighting the living bajoosers out of me, she began telling me the good things about her lap band and became very encouraging! I watched her eat and she ate everything that was served (and it was an endless delicious buffet). She also confessed she has not been in for a fill, doesn't watch what she eats and she is not losing weight for quite a while. Then---as we were standing in line for lunch I said to her, "My surgery is the first week of December. Why don't you join me on the liquid diet?" and you know what she said? " I will! I will in support of you and perhaps it will get me off this plateau and stay me going again!". *****Happy Face*****

Well, that is it! I had a good weekend. I made a new friend. I got answers to lap band questions. I have an excerise plan of action. I helped someone. I am feeling better.

But most of all, I know that I am loved and I can say wholehearted....... IT IS WORTH IT!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Stomach flu


I haven't had the stomach ful in a very very long time. I never, and I mean NEVER, want it again!

Question to all the Pro Bansters in the www: what happens to your lap band if you get the stomach flu? My stomach hurts from throwing up so much. Does it cause damage? Ugh!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Muscle Milk: opinions, please!

So I am struggling with finding a protien drink/powder that is not DISGUSTING!!!! 

I've tried Joe Robb (BLEH!), Betty Lou (okay), Pure Protein (the aftertaste kills me), and Myo???? (ugh).  Today I tried Chocolate Muscle Milk.  It was not bad and I got it past my nose!  My taste buds were pleasantly surprised and pleased. It was not the light so I reckon it had too much of something.  That's probibly why I liked it. 

Payday is next week and I am going to order the Unjury Starter Kit.  However, I would like to try to find something that I can pick up locally and not have to rely on ordering over the www. 

Your thoughts please????? 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I am not ALONE!!!

So........after verbalizing my apprehension yesterday, I have found out just how BLESSED I am! 

People who do not even know me, uplifted and encouraged me!  Not only that, the suggestions on how to deal with these scary feelings and quetions are outstanding!  Also, the friendship offers and the "call me if you need me " attitudes have really touched my heart!  Thank you to all you wonderful persons who commented and emailed me.  I am ever so grateful! 

Just about everyone, expressed that they were so glad they had done it.  Many shared that too had my same worries and have made lists just like my "is it worth it" list!  The failures and successes they shared has been very settling.  I am NOT alone.

I am still a little scared and apprehensive, still overwhelmed by it all, but I can say with certaintiy........




Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Apprehension....... ***sigh***

It is said that thinking can get you in trouble. I think I am in trouble because I have been thinking about A LOT of things!!!

Thought #1: Is "It" worth it? You have to determine what "IT" is. "IT" will be different for every person. For me, right now, "IT" is Lap Band. Is "IT" worth the $$$--the liquid diet--the watching what I am eating--the water walk (frequent trips to the bathroom because of drinking alot of water)--the hunt for a protein drink that won't make me gag--exercising--pain, muscle aches,.........oh, the list is HUGH! ***sigh***
Is "IT" worth it? YES

Thought #2: Life will change. It is up to me if it will be a good or bad change. It MUST BE a mind set change......but it will take a long time----am I up for this? Am I ready for the "long haul"?

Thought #3: I am thinking the key to remaining focused is remembering why....why do I want the Lap Band, is "IT" worth it........

...To be healthy
...I am tired of being fat.
...So I don’t feel disgusted looking at myself in the full-length mirror
...To fit comfortably in an airplane seat.
...To be able to run up a flight of stairs.
...To not sweat so much.
...To be able to seat in a chair with arms and feel comfortable.
...To never have to worry again whether I will fit in a booth at a restaurant.
...So my feet don’t hurt so much.
...So my knees don’t hurt so much.
...So my back doesn’t hurt so much.
...So I’m not always huffing and puffing when I walk so far.
...So I don't have to put a washcloth under my pot belly to prevent chaffing
...So I can buy clothes anywhere.
...So I don’t feel out of place in a “normal” size clothing store.
...So I can paint my toenails
...So I don’t feel so out of control about my eating.
...So I am not constantly hungry.
...To be satisfied on small amounts of really good food.
...To enjoy my food
...So that I have more energy.
...So that I don’t ever have to deal with discrimination just due to my size.
...To sit on the floor and not have to do ridiculous maneuvers to get up.
...To be able to cross my legs properly.
...So my ankles don’t get swollen when it’s hot out or after work.
...So I dont have to use so much powder so my fat rolls won't stick together
...So I can get closer to the table when I’m eating to avoid getting food on the "boobshelf"
...To get off blood pressure meds.
...To have a regular towel wrap ALL the way around me.
...So that I never have to see the term “morbidly obese” (unless combined with “formerly”) on my medical chart.
...To be the size my mind's eye sees
...To not tolerate Texas summers
...To be successful at losing weight for the first time ever.
...So my husband has a hot wife.
...So that when my husband tells me that he thinks I’m beautiful no matter what I weigh, I don’t think he’s just humoring me.
...So that if I’m ever stuck in a tall building during an emergency, I’ll know I can get down all the stairs.
...To go hiking again
...To prove to myself that I can meet any goal I set
...To be able to wear high heels comfortably
...To wear pretty bras and not just huge, functional ones.
...So I can wipe butt clean with no struggles
...So I don’t have to keep starting new diets in hopes that this will be “the one”.

Is "IT" worth it?

Ya-----I think it is!

PS: I must thank Stephanie at Electric Lady Band for making this list that I used to describe my thoughts exactly! It's amazing how much we have in common! Thanks Stephanie!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Good on ME!!!!

There were chocolate chip cookies at work today. I had one! Yup, you heard me - ONE! That is a great acompliship for me. Eating 5 to 6 is nothing to me--in fact it is normal for me to do so! I was not an out of control pig today!

I also drank 40oz of water today. I do not drink water that much. But I did half the water today.

I am very proud of myself!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

What was that!!!!!!!

The strangest thing happened last night!

I was eating a soft pretzel and suddenly I felt as if I was about to throw up! I rush over to the sink expecting to "toss my cookies"! (or rather pretzel!) You know---excessive saliva, abdomen convulsive, and dry heaving. Nothing came up! But my body was working very hard to produce something! With ever heave I thought "here it comes"! But nothing happened!

Then I got to thinking. I wonder if God is showing me what the Lap Band term "productive burping" (AKA: PB'ing) means. Remember, I am not a "Bandster" yet.

So is that what PB'ing is like?


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I have a WLS Buddy!!!!!!!

I had my second appointment with Dr. Ganta this morning. I've lost 4.5lbs! New life HERE I COME!!!!

While waiting I was talking to the other people waiting. There were two ladies--one who had already had a WLS  procedure and one who was a "Lady in Waiting" like me!!!!.  Having never seen a stranger and not having a shy bone in my body, I talked their ears off.

I have been curious about how the port feels after the Lap Band surgery so I asked which procedure she's had...............
"Lap band---"
"Oooooooo! Can I feel your port?"
So right there in the lobby, I was mashing on this girl's tummy feeling her Lap band port. It was a "touchy feely" kind of moment.  It feels like a lump that s all!!!

Then I got talking to the other "Lady in Waiting". We talked about protein. How I had tried some and found them to be DISGUSTING!!!!! They both made suggestions--and "Lady in Waiting" said she is drinking them now!  I was surprised and when I ask her why already, she said why not? She's going to be drinking them after the surgery anyway!  Good idea--I have a feeling I going to become a "heavy drinker" soon!!!

Anyway.......the confab went on touching many subjects, when insurance came up.
To make a long story short (I know--too late!)--"Lady in Waiting" and I work at the same company!!!!

I have a WLS Buddy!  Support is Success!!!! 

Monday, September 5, 2011

ARRGH----My Family Knows!!!!!!!!

It's Labor Day. In my World that means a Feast at my Mom's house! There is so much food that you can eat for days on the leftovers.

So I did not do my normal grazing because I am on the doctor supervised diet. My sister noticed and asked what was up. I told her I was having Lap Band surgery and she loudly exclaimed, "Well, good for you!". That drew the attention of all the others present and "inquiring minds want to know" so....... Do you remember playing "telephone" as a child?

Let's just say my family knows and you know what?........ Everyone and I mean EVERYONE is supportive and excited for me!!!!!

I was and am surprised!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Fluxion--The Definition

Fluxion: the action of flowing or changing.

So....I could do the AA intro--"Hi! My name is Cheri and I am fat." No surprise there! Just look at me- I am not a closet fatty!

But the word "fluxion" really describes me right now. Well not just now, for the last 7 years. (see my other blogs if you really want to know how).

I have decided that I am tired of being fat-my Body is starting to let me know it is tired of it too. On August 18th (5 days after my birthday--Happy Birthday To Me!), I started the procedures to have Lap Band Surgery. I have visited with my surgeon, Dr. Ganta, gotten funding, contacted and received letters from Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, started a 3 month doctor supervised diet (I have lost 7 1/2 lbs--yay me!), and met with Katie, the nutritionist and exercise guru. I will meet with Katie and go to the cardiologist on September 13th. I see Dr. Ganta on September 7th and since I am having a hard time finding someone to give me a Psych Evaluation, I will talk to him about it. I do not want or need long time psychiatric care, so no one is willing to give me an evaluation. Then I need to get the clearance letter from my PCP and all is done!

I am hoping to have the procedure late November or early December.....

I have scoured the www and have read every blog on Lap Band Journeys I can find. I reckon a blog is a "requirement" for accountability so I've started mine.

Please join me during my " fluxion" to a healthier Me!
My stats: 5' 4", 270 lbs, 54 years old.