Friday, November 30, 2012

Weigh in day

Starting weight - 291
Last weeks weigh in - 262.8
Today - 260.4

-2.4lbs this week

That's what I'm talking about!! Even though I am where I was last month, I think and hope I am on a roll now. My body is just holding on so tight to the 260's and not letting go. I will be thrilled to death to see the 250's on the scale.. and that it never goes back up again. It seems my body did that with the 280's too, but once my body was on a roll, I pretty much skipped the 270's. Boy oh boy would that be freakin' awesome if I skipped the 250's. But I'm not holding my breath.
Goals for this next week -
Work out at Curves 4 times, and do stairs at lunch 3 times. Zumba on Saturday, and walking to the glacier on Sunday.
Log my food in MFP every day. Still not sure what kind of calorie range I should shoot for though. Maybe 1000?
On to the next great week!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

My wonderful Fill

So in my last post, I gave a little description of my fill. After all the pain and a couple days of liquid diet, I really feel a difference. A great difference!!! I am never really hungry at all, and that has really helped me make and keep good choices going.
Here was my food yesterday:
7:30am - 1 "fried" egg
10:30am - Green tea with splenda, gummy vitamins and calcium
11:30 - half of my spinach and chicken salad with balsamic vinegar (half of 1.5 cups = 3/4 cups eaten)
4:00 - half of my fruit and veggie smoothy I made (recipe below)
7:00 - Veggie and Chicken stir fry - 1 cup

65 grams of protein
97 grams of Carbs (a bit high for what I prefer for my body, but it's the fruit)
823 calories
How many calories do you usually stay around?
The thing of it is, I wasn't hungry, so I didn't force myself to eat. I focused on protein and wholesome foods, and I didn't have a desire to eat more or crave the things I usually do. This was the first time since 2 weeks after my surgery that I have felt like this.. AND I LOVE IT!!!

I'm not going to lie.. I was feeling discouraged that I haven't been able to lose weight consistently, and I voiced that to my doctor. She said that sometimes it happens that way for a bit, then all of a sudden, your body let's go, and you get on a roll. I sure hope she is right and not just saying that to make me feel better.

I do not ever regret getting the band. Even though the scale hasn't been so nice to me, the band has really made me aware of my body more. Aware of when to stop eating (even though I didn't always listen). Aware of my calories in and out. Love my band.

So my fruit and veggie shake was given to me by a friend. I think she got it from Dr. Oz or something. Maybe this is a rendition of it.
I have a magic bullet, so I put everything in at once, blend, and enjoy (or refrigerate it for later... it turns funky colors).

1/4c spinach
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 banana
1/4c kale
1 TBLS Almond Butter
1c water
1 TBLS ground flax seed
2 TBS Lemon Juice

Monday, November 26, 2012

Surprise, surprise....

Thanksgiving was great! I took Lap Band Gal's advice and wore my "skinny jeans". That, plus my band, kept me in check. According to my scale yesterday, I even went down by a smidge. That has NEVER happened. Yippeeee
Saturday, my honey and I took a "road trip" to the end of the road. I know, I know... the end of the road??? Here in Juneau, there are no roads out to the real world. The roads just end. period. WEIRD!!!
Here is a view along the drive

We were in search of our Christmas tree. After a few hours of toodling down the road, looking at the scenes, I spotted one down the ditch towards the water. We parked the truck, hopped over the guard rail, shuffled down the hillside, and got our tree.
Such a fun adventure, and it's perfect!
And of course, I decorated the house this weekend. It looks great, and makes me reminisce of the Christmas' with my family.
Here it is all decorated with snow in the back yard.

I also went in for a fill today. It was a very interesting experience. According to my doctor, my port is a bit sideways. It took her 20 minutes, 2 needles, and the threat of going to radiology to find my port. I was a human pincushion. It didn't hurt, she numbed it before trying, but it was difficult keeping my abs tight while she struggled to get the needle in the port. Success finally happened, and I was filled with 1 more cc. I think that takes me up to 7.5cc's! I am really hoping this one will do the trick. I need to see the scale move down more!

Happy Monday!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Going forward from a standstill

Today I weighed in at 262.8

I just can't break the 260's. I feel disappointed in myself, but I must remember that disappointment is not failure. The only reason I can believe that, is because even though the scale has not moved in the direction I would hope, I worked out 6 days last week. That's HUGE! I feel good!
I wish it wasn't so cold and icy outside so I could continue my C25K. I have put that away for now, mostly because I am scared to death about falling on ice while I am running. I have done it before, and my knees just can't take the falls. It would really be nice to have a treadmill at home. Would I use it if I did?
I have another fill scheduled for next Monday. I feel pretty close to a sweet spot, so I am hoping this next fill will get me there. Is there a "too soon" for getting fills?
You know what I was thinking? A lot of you have super good recipes. If I didn't have 2 jobs already, I would totally take on getting together all the band friendly recipe's you all have posted and create a book for all to have. Maybe someday I could do that. In the meantime... keep posting those great recipes!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


This weeks challenge is about life and exercise. Think this week about how to get more active. Is it taking more steps each day? How will you do that? Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park in the farthest parking spot. Take one bag of groceries into the house at a time. Walk in place during commercial breaks of your favorite show, better yet, try push ups. There are a lot of simple ways to up our exercise every day. What are you going to do this week? I want to hear it.
As a Curves coach, I get to see all the accomplishments my clients do. You inspire me and motivate me. Keep it coming, because you know I need it! :)

Today for lunch, I walked the halls and up the stairs at work for an hour. The fun part was that I never walked the same path twice. With 3 buildings and 11 floors each, I had plenty of room to explore. Tell you what.. I got my heart rate up pretty quick.

I am hoping for some good results this week!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Blogging Award and Weigh in day

Starting weight: 291
Last (time, I forgot last week) 260
Today: 260

No loss, no gain. :(

So Miss Michelle nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thank you!  Liebster is a German word and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.  

 The Rules
- Once you're nominated, write 11 facts about yourself.
- Then, take a look at the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked and answer them.
- Get your thinking cap on and come up with 11 questions of your own for your nominees to answer
- Then choose the 5 bloggers you want to nominate (they must have less than 200 followers) & let them know they've been nominated (there are no tag backs - you can't nominate the person who nominated you).
- Complete this post and then link it to the person who nominated you (in the comments of their blog).
11 Facts about me:
1) I have been to 16 countries
2) I am the oldest of 3 sisters
3) I participated in 4-H for 10 years showing horses
4) Fall is my favorite season
5) Baking is my favorite thing to do at Christmas time
6) I am horrible at keeping secrets (not personal ones, but like presents I have purchased...I just squirm with excitement)
7) I have a pet Chinchilla named Inca Loa Caipora, which means Incan beautiful protector of the beasts. :) I love her
8) Volleyball and Softball are my sports of choice
9) I am a certified water aerobics instructor
10) I am good with technology
11) I cherish my family and friends tremendously.
My 11 Questions to Answer:
1.    If you could have lunch with anyone who would it be, where and why? My best friend Janell. We would eat at a street shop in Cairo Egypt, because we always said we wanted to go there together someday.

2.    Paid in Full Vacation:    Relax in Hawaii or Shop in NY, London & Paris? Hawaii without a doubt. I have been to Hawaii many times, and I keep wanting more. Although I loved Paris like no other, I would just rather relax by the beach.

3.    Favorite Restaurant? Don't really have one. But I do love me some Taco Bell.

4.    Favorite type of exercise? Water Aerobics

5.    Are you still in contact with your childhood bff?  Thanks to Facebook, yes.

6.    McCartney or Lennon? Eww. Neither. The Carpenters, Backstreet Boys, Shania Twain

7.    If you did not need to work for $$$, what would you do with your time? Travel the rest of the world with my Honey.

8.    Favorite ice cream? Mint Chocolate Chip

9.    Do you believe in Love at First Site? I didn't until it truly happened to me.

10.  Do you ever regret getting your WLS? Absolutely not!!!

11.   Tell me something about you I would not find out on your blog cause its not about WLS. I used to work on Cruise ships (hence the name of my blog). It was hard work, but worth it! They were small cruise ships, so we did everything. My favorite duty was being the Karaoke host!!! :)

My 11 Questions to my Nominee's

1) What do you do to stay motivated in your weight loss:

2) If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

3) What is your favorite movie?

4) What is your best childhood memory?

5) What is the scariest thing that you have done?

6) What is a typical day for you like?

7) Where would you like to retire?

8) What is your favorite recipe?

9) If you could change anything, what would it be?

10) What is your clothing style?

11) What quality do you like most about you?

I nominate:






Thursday, November 8, 2012

Challenge beginnings

I am sorry I have been a bit MIA. Work has been extreemly busy for me. I love it. I have also discovered that I love project management(and I'm pretty good at it :) ) and I hope to further my skills and find good ways to up my career in that path.

This is the first week of our 6 week Biggest Loser Challenge at Curves, and my team has been amazing at challenging me and holding me accountable. I have exercised every night! That is a big deal to me. Each week we are having a "temptation challenge", and this week we were asked what our temptations are and to write it down, put it in the box, and walk away from it for 6 weeks. I chose cookies. Before I saw this challenge, I walked away from my co-workers to-die-for german chocolate cookies. I was so proud of myself. I knew that once I had one, I would not be able to stop myself. So that's what I put as my temptation.

NO MORE COOKIES (Till christmas) :)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Candy, vitamins, and fills, oh my

Good morning November!!!

Last night was a blast. I have never lived in a neighborhood that had kids come tricker treating, so now that we are in our new house with a very family oriented neighborhood, we had a lot of kids stop by. Because I am at the beginning of a challenge for weight loss, I was challenged by my team mates to do a push up for every piece of candy I passed out. That was hilarious. I would be in the middle of doing push ups, and the doorbell would ring again. I couldn't get a break. I probably did close to 100 push ups last night! Good times.
Here was my office party. I was Pippy Longstocking :)
So, I didn't think it would happen to me, but my hair has been falling out a lot lately. I don't like it. So I went to GNC and picked up some Super Biotin 6000 last week. The pills are tiny, so they go down without a problem, and call me crazy, but I think it might be helping. This morning in the shower, only a small handful of hair was at the drain. Yippy. I was warned to only take 1 a day, as to not grow hair where I don't want it to grow. :) Here is my regimen right on my desk so I don't forget.

I also go in for a fill today. I have been getting pretty ravenous after about 2-3 hours after I eat. That has been leading to my brain out talking my will power. I hate that. It is almost like an out of body experience when I am physically walking to the kitchen, telling myself no, it is just head hunger or boredom, but my body (muscle memory) takes over and before I know it, I have something going in my mouth. I would love to blame it on being possessed by some hunger demon, but it is my mind, my choice, my fault. I really wish there was a support group here. I need that breakthrough with my mind and food addiction. I want to have that Biggest Loser breakdown moment where it all makes sense now, moving forward knowing why I got this fat to begin with and dealing with it. But this isn't a reality TV show, it is reality. Let me know if you come up with the magic formula! :)