Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Thursday Shake Down

Hello to the most beautiful people in the entire world! I hope your Thursday finds you healthier and hotter than yesterday.

I should start with the bad news. I didn't go to Zumba yesterday. Mary may "unfriend me" in real life, not to mention Facebook. I HAD planned on going...I promise...but then I was needed else where so I bailed.

No 2-a-days for me.

Bad Amy.

I wanted to talk about my band for a little while....

WHAT?!?!? Yes...I actually have a band. I know that it would be hard to gather that from recent posts, but I forget that there are those of you out there still in the beginning of this process who might like to know what it's like post band, 18 months later.

  • My last fill was 7 months ago. I probably have close to 6ccs in a 11 cc band.
  • I have lost 149 pounds.
  • I am tighter in the morning still, and looser in the evening (huh...that sounded naughty...and true).
  • With my current level of restriction, I can eat pasta again and sometimes a roll if I attempt at night. I was actually able to eat one pancake for dinner last week. When I am at super restriction, pancakes would be a no-go.
  • I am rarely physically hungry. The only time I really feel real hunger is in the morning.
  • I drink the occasional adult beverage.
  • I drink diet Sunkist.
  • I don't drink as much water as I used to, or as I should.
  • I don't take my vitamins regularly, but have taken them the last three days! I need a gold star!
  • I work out 3-5 times a week now. More weights than cardio. It took me probably over a year after surgery to really feel like I wanted to, or needed to work out. It has made a world of difference. Start with something. Set a goal. If I can do it, I promise so can you.
  • I am in a size 12. I started at a size 26/28.
  • My loose skin is present, but no where near as bad as I would have thought. Don't let loose skin scare you from this surgery. I would rather be "skinny" (meaning loose skin), than unhealthy.
  • My goal weight is 170. I decided that myself and still think I will be happy with that.
  • My average day of eating varies. I try to keep my calories around 1300, but I dont track them officially. I still eat "fun" stuff, but when I cook or go out, I try to make healthy choices.

One of the things that I have noticed changing is my obsession with my number. My weight. OH, I still weigh a couple times a week...I still want to see 170....but I can honestly say that unless I am having a "fat moment", I am happy with my body, my fitness level, and who I am right now. Instead of fretting and worrying about hurrying up the scale, I now know that I am making the right choices food wise and exercise I am confident my body will get to where it wants to go. It's a subtle shift at first, but I think it's one of the first indicators that I really am getting to where I need to be. Gone is my fear that I will fail....that this won't work for me. Gone is the feeling that this is another "diet". This is my life now. And that is a good feeling.

What else? What other newbie questions am I missing?

  • I feel my port more every week. When I am lifting weights above my head, I can actually see Tina poking out of my shirt. She is such a show off.
  • My port never hurts me.
  • I never, ever, regret having surgery.
  • I still think I am the fat girl. I forget that I am average now. I wonder if that will ever change.
  • I havent seen my doctor in forever and I miss him. Having a good relationship with your doc and their staff is so important.

If there are any other questions, feel free to remind me.

Until next time, Eskimo kisses to you my friends.



  1. GOLD STAR FOR AMY!!!! I can't wait to get my band I look forward to the day I am far enough in my journey that I'm get comfortable enough in my skin. For me there is no magic number I just want to feel good and not have so many things I can't do.

  2. You give me hope Amy! Great post.

  3. Great post! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and wisdom with us, as always. But can I have butterfly kisses instead of Eskimo kisses? They're my fav!

  4. This has truly become a lifestyle for you. for us newbies who are still in the pre-band stage, its good to see someone who has incorporated the band into life and has been successful with it. Not that you are perfect at it, but you can truly see results and live life comfortably and healthy.

    but we all know our Amy is perfect, shhhhh don't tell

  5. Your attitude inspires me. I am 4 months post band, have lost 60 pounds and am now stuck in an emotional rutt .I look forward to the days when you post for the extra encouragement ! Keep up the great work !

  6. Thanks for sharing this.... it's very inspirational and comforting for a newbie like myself!

  7. Thanks for sharing! I'm a fairly new bandster (7 weeks out) so it was reassuring to read. :)

    Thanks for sharing! You are always fun to read!!!

  8. Hi there,
    I am a newbie (MD appt. for surgical consult 8/4), but want to tell you that you are so inspirational, and I love reading your blog! Thanks for being so open and for sharing so much- it helps to see success in action. Any fears are behind me- literally.

  9. This is so weird. I was just thinking this morning how much I miss your "band talk". There aren't too many other "senior" members that I follow. I am now a more experienced bander being almost 6 mos out, but I still need help & inspiration from peeps like you, Ames!!!! Love ya :) Oh & SIZE 12!!!!!!!!! Woo hoo!

  10. Love love love the post and it has helped me so much!
    This is what I am taking from it today...

    "Gone is my fear that I will fail....that this won't work for me. Gone is the feeling that this is another "diet". This is my life now. And that is a good feeling."


  11. Great post! Thanks for the band update, it really is helpful to hear from the veterans.

  12. Thanks for this! I'm having my surgery August 27 and can't wait. But good to know a little about what it's like in the future!

  13. Amy have I told you lately that I love you???

  14. Wow Amy... I am in such a similar position about what I can eat, head hunger, etc... (not the size though)... so nice to know that others at the same point I am are having similar experiences! And sorry about the Doritos. Don't try them. Seriously. Although, I DO have YOU to thank for now loving Cheetos and Sunkist.... serves ya right sistah! ;-)

  15. 147 lbs! AMAZING!!! You always.

  16. This is an AMAZING post. We should tag it everywhere so that it can be a resource for everyone. This is so helpful you sweet woman you!

    Thanks for being such a kind person to everyone!

  17. Far out,
    Now see? These are the things we need to remind ourselves of. You have done an amazing job and writing it down shows just how incredibly far you have come.
    100 gold stars for you all round.

  18. Great post! I didn't realize you were 147 down -- damn!! That is fantastic!!

    On the vitamin front, have you considered doing 2 Flintstones chewables? That's what I do. I'm sure other vitamins are better and more adult-y, etc.. . but I actually TAKE the Flintstones every day because (a) I like how they taste; and (b) I like to see what characters I get every morning! :) I am such a child. Hee hee :)

  19. Thanks for continuing to inspire us all...but mostly for making us laugh.

  20. 4 weeks out and staring at a set of scales that refuse to give me hope!!!!!!!

  21. I am a newbie (banded for just over a month now) and i love following your blog.
    Thank you for all the helpful tips...
    I have a few issues with my surgeon/doc.... its not a good relationship at the moment and it depresses and scares me to see them so maybe i will need to take steps in seeing someone different.

    Its so challenging but i see what good it can do when i look at you!
    Thanks for being such a fun blogger.... All the way here in Australia and i still get a good laugh and understanding from someoene half way around the world.


  22. You never cease to inspire and you do it with wit, honesty and style. You are a blessing to me and the reason I started my blog. Thanx for everything, *Maria*-Blogger from "This one time at Band Camp..." Check out my blog at

  23. 149 frickin' lbs. You are such a rock star! Thanks for sharing all this with us and after reading "I am tighter in the morning still, and looser in the evening " I couldn't help thinking: "That's what she said..." :)

  24. You are a constant inspiration to me! Thank you so much for posting this. I'm pre-op and wonder so often about what it's like down the road. Love the insight! And I love your honestly. YOU ROCK!

    Oh! A whole packet of Gold Stars to you!

  25. Great post. You look fantastic, and look like you already weigh less than the 170 goal you have set. I didn't realize you had lost so much. It is good to see what life will be like in the future. I can't believe you have so little in your band, makes me wonder why I need so much to feel restriction.
    DD -

  26. You are such an inspiration to me. I am pre-op, in fact I don't even have my orientation meeting until 8/8, but I am so motivated and excited by reading your blog. Your weight loss is remarkable, and I'm looking for similar success (here's hoping).

    Thank you for sharing your journey.