Four months banded

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The lack of posts and updates is evidence of not only a busy holiday season, but also an extended trip to help my parents!

I went for a Lap-Band check up today. I lost 9.7 pounds in two months! I’m now down 52 pounds and over half way to the goal I’ve set. The weight loss has slowed but continues. I did not get a fill today as the surgeon feels the band is working. I feel satisfied with three meals a day and no snacks. I’m getting in my protein and water. I’m loosing, but could loose more if I got my exercise routine discipline working for me.

I’m happy with the weight loss so far, but do realize I can’t get it all off without physical activity increasing. I’m battling congestion in my ears and head and it is hard to motivate myself to get moving!

It was a stressful three weeks in Florida. I did well on my eating but much of my time was needed to help with my mom. I needed to let my dad get a break from the 24/7 care. I enjoyed my time with them, lost four pounds while there, and lived through some stressful medical issues without turning to food!

I’m home but overwhelmed with all that I need to do and totally unsure of where to begin, or what needs to be done first. Tomorrow I will work on my list of things to do and prioritize. I hope to go to the cardio class for the Bariatric Group to see how that might fit in my schedule, I could try to get some strength training in if I’m not dizzy like I was today. This ear congestion makes me want to sit and the eye and head congestion makes me feel fuzzy.

I’m eating about 1,000 calories a day now. I have yet to try bread, rice or pasta. I tried pistachios today and I think I will not have nuts for a while yet as it felt a bit uncomfortable. I can only do pork tenderloin, not loin chops. I’ve had beef tenderloin and stew meat. Chicken and turkey if not cooked dry are great, but my favorite is salmon! Tilapia and shrimp don’t seem to keep me feeling full long enough so I stay away from them.

While in Florida, I got some new clothes. I’m amazed at the sizes- some 16, but also a few size 14! My goal of a size 12 may be too modest! A lot of people are noticing my weight loss and say I look good, especially when I’m wearing clothes that fit instead of the baggy look I’ve had after surgery.

I find I’m still having trouble when I’m eating with a group. I must eat faster or not chew enough, cause I’ve had that breastbone pain that sometimes results in vomiting my meal. It has helped to go to a liquid diet in those cases until my stomach calms down.

I’ve added coconut milk fudgesicles to my evening time a few days a week. Something cold does feel good at night. I found that Meyer lemons are wonderful in hot tea with honey. I resurrected my old tuna fruity salad (recipe to follow) and it was a wonderful lunch. I got a subscription to Cooking Light to get new ideas for meals.

So, I’m not working. Probably a good thing given my need to help my parents and be available when my kids are around. But work did add structure to my day, I had to drop my photography class this semester. That I will miss. Now I just need to get organized and productive with tasks here at home!

Tuna Fruitty Salad

1 5 oz. can tuna, drained (I use white albacore)
1 8 oz. can sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple in its own juice, not drained
2 tablespoons light mayo
1/2 teaspoon ginger

Mix all ingredients. Split into two servings. Nutritional data: 197 calories, 4g fat, 1g saturated fat, 31mg cholesterol, 27g carbs, 14 g protein, 254 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 12 mg vitamin C, 2mg calcium, 3mg iron.

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