Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Nicest Kids in Town!

That was the first dance number I learned on Saturday for Hairspray. Truthfully, I was so nervous to go. I like to dance, I have rhythm.. but man oh man I was a basket case. Turned out I had a blast, and caught up quickly to the people who have been practicing since May! Go me!This is going to be an awesome production. Oh.. and it was 2 hours of dancing.. I survived, and felt great!!!
My place is packed up... I move into our new house tomorrow! Super excited about that. But a bit overwhelmed on all the things I have to do still.
Thursday I have my appointment with my surgeon. I met her in February when I was referred to her by my doctor. I love her. She was very to the point, failure was not an option, and the office is very much wanting every patient to succeed. Plus, when I first thought of this surgery, I thought I would have to go to the lower 48 to get this done, but low and behold, there is a surgeon right here. That probably would have been a deal breaker for me if she wasn't local. Can you imagine having to take a plane or boat to get fills and checkups? No way Jose!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Here we go

So we are off and running. I have my consult with the surgeon on Thursday to do paperwork and ask some more questions. They will go over my pre op diet then, but I don't start that till the 13th. Life just went into overhaul... Here is a glimpse into the next couple of weeks.
Tomorrow I have my first dance rehearsal for Hairspray (I am soooo nervous. Sure she can sing, but can she dance too? We shall see) for 3 hours.
Then a few friends and I are hosting a bachelorette party for my soon to be sister in law (my boyfriend's brother's fiancé). BTW, I made a scavenger hunt that should generate some pretty hilarious blackmail photo ops! Should be fun and wild times.
About a month ago, I agreed to cover shifts at my second job, so I am working straight next week from 8am till 7:30pm, while trying to move out of my house Wednesday evening, going to the surgeon’s office Thursday afternoon, cleaning and handing over the keys to my apartment Thursday evening, rehearsal dinner Friday evening, and busy with the wedding all day Saturday (while skipping out on my dance rehearsal).
Busy, busy, busy… but that’s the way I like it.
So, I thought I would get it out of the way now, since I will be wrapped up in other things the next few weeks. I am going to put this out here now, because I know when I look back, I will have appreciated it.

Highest weight: at start of doctor’s visit: 291
Current weight: 282.4
Height: 5’9”
Goal: 165?

This one I have a hard time with… I much as I try to remember weights, I know I was a size 16 at around 230, and when I was 14, I remember I was 145 because that the same weight as my grandfather at the time. (He is a small Dutch man, and my grandma was even smaller. She was the one who weighed me and freaked out that I weighed more than he did. Perhaps that is why I remember that weight.)
So I don’t really know what will be good for my body. All I know is that I want to reach at least 165, and see how my body is there.
I will post official measurements and body shots later, but here is one from last weekend. I look like a marshmallow man! UUGGGHHH. That is gross. And no... I am not talking about the halibut guts… I just want to look cute in tank tops… is that so much to ask?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Second Approval in one week!!!!!

I got approved for LapBand!!!!! That was fast. I just talked to the office on Monday, and here we are on Thursday with an insurance approval, a surgery date, and my next appointment! I am so happy and ready. Come August 27th, I will be on the other side with the rest of you.
We are having hot, sunny weather, so I gotta get out and enjoy it before it ends.... which, in SE Alaska, that could be moments away. See ya!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Insurance and Sunflower seeds

Out of curiosity and patient responsibility, I called my insurance to check the status of my pre authorization for WLS, and they said they have not received anything. Odd... So I call my surgeons office, and the gal said she was missing chart notes from my regular doctor for 3 months.. Ok.. Odder(haha.. is that even a word? :) )... Needless to say, I called my doctors office and talked to my doctors nurse. She said she always faxed it the day after each visit, but she will get those over to the surgeon's office. That means I have to keep waiting. Seems to be the story of my life recently.
Oh well.. I get to move into my new house next week!!! Super excited about that.

My new house!
I also rediscovered my love of munching on sunflower seeds. When I am stressed, I really crave something crunchy, so instead of going after a full tin of pringles, I decided to grab some low sodium sunflower seeds. That seems to do the trick.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Partial stress relief

Hey blogland! Good news! I got approved... but not for the band.. yet. That should come next week or so... FOR A HOUSE! Mr man and me put an offer on a great place in May, the offer was accepted the next day, but then there was freaky things happening with the bank. Long story, and plenty of waiting, but yesterday it was approved and we are on our way. We are hoping to move in by August 1st. YAY. I feel so grown up. That is one big stress ball off my shoulders.. I feel so light.. Ha ha.. too bad the scale doesn't reflect that. :)
Now all my spare time will be going to working on the house! I actually love that. Stay tuned.. Hopefully my next blog will reveal another approval!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Can I pet what?

I had my "last" appointment with my doctor the other day, and when I told her I would come in occasionally and keep her up to date on my progress after I get the Lap Band, I quoted someone here in blogland by saying "I'll let you pet my port." Hahahaha. She looked at me funny and said "pet what?" I said "my port", and she just laughed at me. Oh well.. she has never had a patient go through this process yet (she is new to this town, and she is young, but very good), and has had a couple other patients ask her about the Lap Band. She told them that she has someone going through the process right now (me) and will let them know more..... Looks like I just got a little more motivation to rock it, so I can be the poster child for her :)
I sure hope we can hear good news from my insurance fast. And the wait continues.....

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Stuck in the same place

Ugh... I can not shake the weight off!!! Every month I try so very hard to weigh less than I did at my last doctor's appointment, but so far it has only been 1 lb at a time. I can't seem to get past this 10 lb mark. I track what I eat, am well within the range my doctor put me in, I exercise 5 or 6 days a week, and drink my water. I know what to do, and in the past, I have been able to loose 15 lbs no problem, but now I am fighting with 1 lb at a time. And you know, when you don't see results, that's when you get discouraged, and quit putting effort into doing the things you know you should do.. well.. at least that's what I do. I guess this whole vamp is really putting into reality that even with the Lap Band, these stalls will happen. Am I going to put something foreign in my body, just to keep struggling like I do pre-band? These are the fears I have.
I'm still ready for the changes that need to take place, and I am ready to work for it.. Heck.. I have been ready 3 years ago when I started researching Lap Band. I have been ready since my first consultation, and have been trying oh so hard during this waiting period. There is no sense in waiting till the surgery to try and better my health. My BMI will still be in the approved range even if I lose some weight. But, no luck in moving this weight.
Bandsters - What makes having the Lap Band different when you can't budge the scale?