Since I was Banded

Welcome To My Weight Loss Journey


Hi my fellow friends and viewers. I'm glad you can make it. Come on in, view my profile and become a supporter throughout my journey. I will all the support I can get. Make sure you become a follower. Thanks again. Your comments and advice is appreciated.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Long Long Time Bad Bad Me

Hi everyone. It's been a long time about 4month since I've posted. I set up word of the year and thought I can handle it and I failed terribly. Well, I have to say I have been thinking about ya'll all the time and afraid  to come back and post because I felt like I had abandon ya'll which I did. I want to apoligize to everyone; I'm SORRY. I just didn't know how to come back. Then, I thought they are my supporters whether it's good or bad. Now, I have to update ya'll about me. Over the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays you know I had gained a total of 6 pounds. New Years I set a word of the Year and didn't hol myself to it. I stopped exercising and started eating all the wrong foods. The good news is that I didn't gain any pounds Since December and didn't really lose much either. I've also stop getting on the scale, because I was afraid to see the results. I am now a Zumba Instructor didn't think I would survived that but I did. I chose to become a Zumba instructor because I thought it would boost me up to workout.  Now, I'm exercising again started a week ago. I've met my Guardian Angel Lisa Barika. During the workout I think she's the devil but I know it's all worth it. I don't regret it at all. Remember I have never gone and workout in the gym and now we are hitting it hard. I must say since I started working out I've lost 2 pounds My weight 207lbs. Yay!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

"CHALLENGE"

Hi everyone I have chosen a word of the 2010 year it's CHALLENGE. I will challenge myself to do better. I will start using a TO DO list and each day I will select at least 1 of them and challenge myself to get as many done as I can; but everyday I will have to do something on the list. I chose the word challenge because of my WII it always want to challenge me. So I will challenge myself daily where ever I am. My band will be on my TO DO list daily. Because I have to challenge it everyday. I need to eat my food slower and take smaller bites. That will be 1 of my daily CHALLENGES. I want to thank everyone who mentioned selecting the new word for the year. I have read several blogs that mentioned it. Therefore mine is CHALLENGE. I hope everyone's year have started off right so far. DINNERLAND I will be thinking about you tomorrow during your banding, wish everything goes well. Until next time my supporters. Keep reading and writing.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Years 2010

Hi everyone we have made through another year I ended the year with a gain of 1.5 lbs that put me at 208 lbs. Now that the holidays are over I have to work on one that. Congrats to those of you who reached their goals, mini goals and the big ONEDERLAND. Happy New Years to you all. I have a lot to be thankful for. I am living and breathing, I can get up and exercise, I CAN LOSE THE WEIGHT I always wanted to lose; Thanks to my assistant THE BAND. I feel good, my health have improved. I don't have high blood pressure, high blood sugar, or high cholesterol. I can walk up the stairs without getting tired. I can ride in the car without my back being in extreme pain. This year I will feel even better, if The Lord say the same. I hope you all have a positive new year and I want to leave this thought with you. Do Unto Others As You Have Them Do Unto You. Think Positive Don't Give Up. Last but not lease you are only a failure if you give up. So remember if you fall just get up and start again. This road is not alway easy. You WILL have stumbling blocks. But you are stronger and you can make your way through those blocks. Thank you for reading my blog and will be looking to read more of yours. Until next time.  Please share my page.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I'm Back to Exercising and Eating Right

Hi everyone I believe I'm back in the swing of things. I did everything right today. I had to back up a little and eat muchies/ liquids today because the regular foods was hurting my stomach. I went for my 2+ mile walk/run. I went to the store and bought yogurt, jello, Grapefruits,watermelon, Water and 100% ruby red grapefruit juice. I feel GOOD since my walk with my husband. I got a Wii fit Plus for Christmas and that Wii told me how Obese I was and I have a body of a 50 year old; then it had the nerve to weigh me. I almost got mad but,  it was what I needed somebody or something to tell me, I need to workout and eat healthier. I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday. I'm just glad it's over so I can go back to my weight loss journey. Until next time. Take care and remember to exercise for progress. Thanks for visiting my page and following me. Please share my page.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

My Progress in only 4 months WOW!!!!!!!!


Morning everyone and Happy Holidays to all. I decided to put together a before and now photo of my progress. It has been 4 months and a few weeks since my Lap band surgery. I am amazed the difference 43 lbs will do. All I have to say is I feel great. I am happy about my progress. I usually love the holidays but this year the Holidays are very horrible especially if you are trying to lose weight. I'll be very happy when the holidays are over. Please don't let my statement ruin your holiday spirit. This is how I feel this year. There is so much food and sweets all around me, that I've started eating this holiday season. I tasted some Limited Edition White Fudge Oreo Cookies and they make me just want to go sit in the corner and eat about 2 boxes. I said to because I have eaten 1 box in a sitting. They are to me  like Kryptonite is to Superman. Again Happy Holidays and be safe. I want to thank you for reading my blog. Until next time. Smoochies

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Holidays




To all My Followers this message is for you. The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It's your mind and motivation you have to convince. You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be. Let that person who is inside come out and see the world. Take it one day at a time. Happy Holidays. I added a photo of my 206 lbs progress. PS: Update me on your progress

Monday, December 7, 2009

My Scale Is playing SEE SAW!!!!!!!!

Hi everyone and welcome my new followers, The scale is playing SEE SAW with me and I'm not liking it. I feel like I'm still in a slump and I see that MY SCALE IS ALSO. I still haven't been exercising. I'm still eating starting eating bread which will not help. I have to say it look like I'm still losing but the scale say other wise. I am currently at 209lbs again as of today. I am not complaining; I'm actually grateful for that. I should be weighing less and would be if I wasn't such a slacker. I started eating my grapefruit with every meal on Friday for some reason it works for me, at least that's what I think. All, I need now is to get my SLACKING BUTT up and exercise. I have to talk about myself because I would also say the same thing to someone else if they were in my shoes. I am also aware that the weight didn't come one all at once. I will go walking after work in the morning to get back into my routine. Well that's it for now, until next time. Thanks for following my page. Y'ALL COME BACK NOW YA HERE ME!!!!! LOL. Please leave your comments good or bad. I need some feed back.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving is Over!!!!!!! Have to work it Off

Hi everyone, Thanksgiving is finally over thank goodness. Thanksgiving is not a good holiday for the weight loss people. At least it wasn't for me. Everything was SOOO good. I really enjoyed spending time with my kids. Now I have to hit the Wii, Zumba and walking very hard. I know there's some weight gain but my clothes still fit the same that's a good thing. I hope it don't hit me later. I also have to face the scale which I am dreading. I am going to try and get into the doctor and get a fill. I was soo hungry all the time. I was afraid that would happen after my unfill. Well I will be updating you all later. Thanks for visiting. Remember exercise is the key to unlocking your success. Now I have to go try and unlock my success not right now but 1st thing in the morning. Thanks again for following my page. Please pass it on.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi everyone, Happy Thanksgiving I don't have any good news to tell. All I know since my unfill I have been eating everything without any restrictions. I know I have gained weight I just don't know how much. I'm too afraid to get on the scale. I haven't exercised in about 2 weeks. I feel I'm out of my routine and it's hard to get back into it. Also I've had a migraine headache for 3 weeks since my Water adventure. Well I went to the doctor on Friday and he put me on Steroids for my headaches. I won't be able to get back to get a fill until the middle of December. I really need to pull myself out of this slump and start eating right and exercising. I will talk to you all later enjoy your Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Can you Say Relief !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES RELIEF

Hi everyone, I had to go back to the doctor today because I still could not eat or drink any fluids. Not being able to drink is a miserable feeling. It was worst than not eating. Okay now some updates. Today found out my band had a total of 7cc in it instead of 5.5 which they thought. Well today she had to change the fluid because of all the poking trying to access my port some tissue got in it. After changing everything I now have 6cc of fluid in a 10cc band. I feel 100% better those 4 days was very miserable. I hope I still have some restriction. The doctor told me to come back in 2 weeks if I'm getting hungry between meals because I was doing so well. I will definitely update you all. I will say I now know what restriction feels like.  That's it for now I'm very sleepy. I 've been up since yesterday morning. Had to ride 4hrs to the doctor and back. Thank God for teenagers who can drive. My son drove me there but I drove back. Now I'm tired and sleepy. Until next time. By the way I did lose 2 lbs my weight now is 210 lbs.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Restriction Update

Hello Everyone, last night I had a hard time. I wasn't able to eat anything not even fruits I tried watermelon and cantaloupe wasn't able to eat them they wouldn't go down. Then I tried thin ham, that actually went down but I can only eat very little and very slow. This Morning I tried a protein drink and it wouldn't go down. So, decided to call the doctor. He told me to drink thin liquids only until Monday. He said long as I'm not vomiting I should be okay until Monday, I had a protein bullet in the fridge and tried it. It went down; I still had to drink it real slow then I added water to my protein drink to thin it out it work but still very slow. I hope this resolve so that I don't have to make that 4 hour drive and get and unfill. I know I'm probably going to be hungry today. I will try a salad that was something I always tolerated with any problems. If I can tolerate thin ham I can try a salad. I will update you all soon. take care. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Friday, November 13, 2009

3 Month Update 212 lbs



Hi everyone I went to the doctor yesterday and my official weigh in was 212 lbs. So I've lost 4 lbs since my last MD visit. Since I felt different from my last fill and was able to eat and tolerate more food I was thinking that maybe that 0.5cc wasn't in there because I full faster before my last fill. So she pulled all of it out to satisfy me and it was all there now I feel better. She added 1cc, I now have a total of 5.5cc's. I started asking questions about the restrictions and how do you know because I really didn't know exactly what it supposed to feel like. I thought you feel it in your stomach. I explained to her how it feels tight when my food is going down and she said that is restriction. To be honest, I got that 1cc fill  and if  restriction was what I described I don't think I needed a whole 1cc. So now I'm going to try and deal with it to see if I can tolerate it. I was drinking tomato soup after leaving the office and had to drink it really slow because it didn't want to go down It took me a few hours. This morning I had a protein drink and again I had to drink it really slow also. I maybe a little too tight but I'm not sure. I'm not hurting, vomiting or Burping just have to eat really slow. I guess I will really find out when it's time to advance to regular food. I now have to worry about restriction vs. hunger. I'm thinking the restriction was no more hunger. I'm willing to take any advice or suggestions as always. Now I know this month and the next will be very challenging because of Thanksgiving and Christmas so much food, cakes and pies. I am going to have to really exercise and try not to eat so much food. Back to the scale. This morning I got on the scale I was 211 lbs. They have a boat race here in Key West, Fl. I'm getting ready to go there and watch the boat raced something different I've never seen before. Take care everyone until next time.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Good News and New Hair Cut


I tried to stay away from the scale since my kids left. Well I have had a migraine for a while but I do have a history of them and I refuse to go to the doctor.  I want to fix it myself. I asked my husband to take my scale and put it in his trunk and he didn't but I didn't get on the scale because it was just making me more upset by getting on it. It was going from 217lbs to 215lbs up and down but never below 215lbs. So I was strong enough to stay off of it. My head was hurting enough. Well between all that I cut my own hair. Here is the Picture. I've started walking a different route and walking more since my kids left and the headache. Well today I woke up and decided to get on the scale and to my surprise the scale was my friend again it said 211 lbs YAHHHHHH!!!!!!!! I just had to go on my long walk route and run in between hoping my headache would resolve. I have to go to the doctor and weight in and get a fill on Thursday I will suggest they give me a 1cc fill. Hopefully this will help. By the way. I am going to the Christmas Party at work that I'm so looking forward for.  I've bought a dress the other day. It was a XL it just slid right on fit good without a girdle I figured I should buy a large since the party was a month out and I did. But, when I got home I didn't feel right about setting the goal because I a have a big problem with setting goals so I took it back and got the XL. I it's too big I would feel better that I need to get a smaller size and than have to go get a larger size. Well that's it for now. Please share your stories and thanks for reading my blog. Come back for more.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

New Day, New Month and Back on Track




















Morning everyone, My kids are gone, now I can get back on the straight and narrow. It's good today is Sunday and also the 1st of the month; which makes it easier mentally for a good start. I didn't do too bad or eat too many the wrong things. I just wasn't eating the things I'm use to eating since my Lapband. I probably needed to eat those calories anyway because my regular diet don't have much calories. But they were bad calories to me. I miss my salads. I only had 1 salad for the whole week I've been with my kids. While they were here. I had Carbs something I don't usually have. I had a PIZZA. I wasn't exercising. Yesterday we went on an Ultimate adventure with Parasailing, water skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, snorkiling the list goes on and on. All I know is I had a blast. I did good with my food I had ham, turkey with out bread and CHICKEN  which is getting heard to tolerate only because I'm not chewing like i'm suppose to. Well all that is behind me now. Today is a new day. I will go walking and play my Wii. I want to thank you all for your comments they help me a lot. Here is a Guide to follow the was put together by Dinnerland. This is an awesome guide. Thank you Dinnerland. I want to thank you; all my readers for your support and following my blog. Please share.

Lapband Guide: By Dinnerland
1) Avoid drinking for 45 minutes before and 45 minutes after a meal.
2) Finish eating at least an 60 minutes before going to bed in the evening to maximize digestion and prevent reflux.
3) The band will be tightest when you wake up-- take advantage of the tightness and have a protein shake for a first meal and let that satisfy you until later in the day.
4) If you're not hungry: DON'T EAT. It is OK to skip a meal.
5) Food order: protein, vegetables, carbs.
6) Be sure to get plenty of water BETWEEN meals.
7) Eat slowly and deliberately, particularly in the 2 weeks after a fill.  It sometimes takes a while to notice the quirks of a fill level and you can end up with regurgitation 30 to 60 minutes AFTER a meal if you over eat without realizing it.
8) Ater a fill, don't forget that liquids/ mushies are the thing for 24 to 48 hours. When you progress: go to 1/4 to 1/2 cup of food at a time and take that slow (re: #7.)
9) Don't expect the band to do everything for you-- in fact, when you need a fill, you may feel even MORE hungry than you previously did before surgery-- this is very likely b/c you are in a weight loss phase and your body will fight you to keep the weight on.  In the case of feeling limited restriction, consider eating food with alot of fiber along with protein to literally fill your stomach and sate you longer.
10) Remember that liquid calories are an investment.  Some bandsters like their wine or cocktails-- but you need to remember that life is a trade off and a cocktail is about 250 calories, which is the equivalent to almost 1 bandster meal.
11) Get some strategic food in place in your cupboard, your car and your purse/ backpack- figure out what your go-to foods can be that are non-perishables and also plan ahead, possibly storing some creamed soups in your freezer in half cup portions.
Ideas:
Small services of nuts; Protein bars; bagged 1 service of protein powder to pour into a water bottle and quick mix
12) Learn to love your vegetables and the various ways they can be cooked deliciously.  Think about pureed soups like butternut squash, pumpkin, brocoli, asparagus, or cauliflower.  A great substitute 'cream' with a tone of protein is FAGE 2% Greek yogurt.
13) Expect that there will be ups and downs in the process- but know that virtually everyone has huge success with the band provided they follow the basic rules and don't sabotage (by eating ice cream, chips, cake and pie as regular meals.)
14) Be KIND TO YOURSELF.  If you find yourself criticizing your progress-- write a blog post to yourself and then read it as if one of your blogger friends wrote it.  What would you say to yourself if someone else wrote that? Do you have any special advice you'd give? Would you forgive that person? 

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Not good News


Hi everyone, I Have to tell bad along with the good. I want to share with you that I will not be meeting my goal of 209 lbs by November 4. I don't know what happen when I got my so call fill this month. Since I got my fill I've been eating and eating and eating. I've also been vacationing having fun. Eating out with associates. I haven't been watching what I eat. I started muscle toning but not much exercise as I usually do. So I said all that to say this. I will not set another goal deadline because deadlines don't work for me. I will just go with the flow. October just not a good month for me and my journey isn't over yet. Last weekend I went to Orlando with my kids the from there they came to Key West for the rest of the week for Fantasy Fest more celebrating and food.

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Butt Whipped Exercise Session

Good morning my fellow readers, I got up this morning to try something new. There was a Stroller Walk group. I thought it shouldn't be hard or challenging but I will give it a try anyway. I would be exercising with other people to make the workout go by faster. Boy was I in for a surprise, Strollers Yes. Walk yes/no We did more running than walking, I thought I was going to fall on my face. We also stopped a few times to do other exercises like run backwards, lounges and squats. Well at the point of running backwards I thought, I'm not coordinated enough to run backwards but I did it anyway and didn't fall. I was so tired. I guess that short run I did yesterday was preparing me for the run today. I will say this, My Butt is a little sore the muscles are waking up. I'm glad I did it. It was sometime I needed an extra push. I will be joining them again. I do have a goal to reach b 11/04. Until next time. Thanks for reading my blog. Please sign up as follower you will get updates on my progress. C U later come again.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Finally Got some Motivation


Hello again everyone. I got a push in my motivation from Jocelyn. She decided to set a goal for me. I usually don't set goals for the fear of failing but, I think setting goals is something I really need since I seem to be slacking in exercise. My goal is to reach 209 lbs by November 4, 2009. That's less than 2weeks to reach my goal. That mean I really have to workout. So today I went walking was able to keep a steady pace. My husband was with this time. He fussed and complaint the whole time we was walking. When I turned on my block I surprised myself and my husband; I started running and ran all the way home. Now, I think I woke up some muscles that wasn't really awake before. I have to say I do feel good and I am proud of myself for that run. I will be working out at least 2 times a day to try and reach my goal. I will set another goal. By my 4 month Post Op 12/4/09, I want to be in Onederland. If I reach my 1st goal I know anything is possible if you work hard at it.

Need to Lose my Stomache






































Hi Everyone It's been a little over a week. I have been slacking big time with exercising. I've lose 1pound since my last post. Therefore I'm only 215 lbs. I'm slacking because I really need to go to the gym and work on my Abs. ( Boy do I need Coach Jocelyn Right Now in Person). I have no problem walking I can do that all day. It's the real work that I'm slacking with. The Gym offer Butts and Guts. I am going to go to that class this week. I need it very bad. I posted a photo so that you will see what I'm talking about. The walking just not cutting it for my Love Handles. I am losing inches. I still haven't measured myself. I have to admit I'm loving this size 16 and they are not too tight.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Official Weight Today


 Hi Everyone, I went to the doctor today for my check up. They was very happy with my weight loss progress. I got on the scale hoping it didn't read anything higher than mine at home. Now My Official Weigh in at the doctors office was 216.5 lbs Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm satisfied with that. I received a 0.5cc fill a total of 4.5cc. Was hoping for 1cc but it didn't happen. My goal is to work out more because September I was a slacker. I should have did more exercise but I didn't. I have to focus on the present and not the past. Now I'm supposed to be on a liquid diet for 2 days. I said suppose because I had 3 crackers. I tried a protein shot today for the 1st time. It wasn't so bad it was a punch flavor. I want to go to the gym tomorrow. I NEED to start some toning exercise. Well, I had to share that information; Because good news is music to my ears. Again I want to thank all of you for your lovely comments. They mean sooooo much to me. Your comments and knowing someone is keeping up with my progress helps me stay motivated. So, I say to you keep up the good work. Keep those comments and questions coming. Please pass my blog on. Until next time. 

Saturday, October 3, 2009

That Scale!!!! Is he my Friend or What?

Hi Everyone, I have been eating up a storm this week Purposely. Only to see if I eat more calories what would happen because That Scale! That Scale! That Scale!!! It's not moving. I guess I should be and I am happy that it's not going up. But I was really hoping it go down. I have been at 219 lbs going on 3 weeks and finally yesterday I lost 2 lbs. Now I'm waiting for all the junk I've been eating to bite me in the BUTT. I have to say I really haven't been walking or exercising this week. I've been working and to tired to walk or exercise. I know that not a good excuse but it's the truth. I guess that would be a really good reason the scale didn't move either. I need to get myself back in gear and I am. Well that's it for now I wanted to share my 2 pounds lost. Thanks for following my journey. Until next time.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

My 8 Week Progress


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My Progress What a difference


Hello everyone, Today is my 8wk Post op and I decide to make a Photo collage of my weight loss progress and and boy there's a big difference. I have to apologize to my back, it was carrying a lot of weight for a long time. I see why I was hurting soooo bad. I really don't want to go back down that route again. I am really going to work even harder to lose. I want to thank you all for following me, keeping me motivated and leaving the encouraging comments. Until next time please share this page with friends I need all the encouragement I can get. Have a nice day.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Exercise!!! Exercise!!! Walking then Zumba Class


 Good morning everyone I went walking this morning then went to Zumba. I had a good workout. This is my new workout outfit. Thanks Jocelyn, Amy and Sara. Keep pushing Sergent Jocelyn you really keep me going. Also thanks to my followers you all keep me motivated. I really believe I have worked off the Ice cream and anything else I had. Now I have the rest of the day to enjoy. Today is my last day in Georgia than I will be heading back to Key West tomorrow after Zumba. Thanks for visiting and following my progress

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Pre Birthday Celebration







                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Okay  everyone I am having a really good time with my kids. I did a Snicker Ice Cream Cake a Not just 1 but 2. It was SOOOOOOOOOOOO Good and Yummy. I will have to go to Zumba to work it off. I know I will gain some pounds. I hope not. Here are some photos of me. Yes I can still split.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

OMG!!!!!! ICE CREAM CAKE

Hi everyone, I am in Georgia visiting my kids. Today we are going to Celebrate MY BIRTHDAY YEA!!!!!! This will be very interesting. We are going to have a seafood boil. That will be okay for me to eat seafood. I said I wanted an Ice cream Cake and they both 2 of them. I have never eaten Ice cream cake before. I know when I eat it.  The pounds are going to come. So I'm looking forward to extra workout to work the Ice cream cake off. Especially if its good. My birthday is Wednesday the 30th and I will be 41. Everyone is gone Just me and the kids are here. I think I'm going to get some Zumba in if I find some energy. I'm going to need it. I will post my Birthday Pics

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Today makes 7wks Post Op "Motivation"




Hi everyone Here is my workout photo. I just had to share my motivation today. I guess I'm on a mission. Today make 7wks since my surgery I just had to get up and go walking today; before I go to work tonight. Also My birthday is in 8 days I want to buy an outfit to wear. Yes it's on a Wednesday I may only go to dinner. Thanks for visiting come back for my updates. Please sign up as a follower to the right. Thanks for following my progress. It help keep me motivated.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Myra Is Getting Her Sexy Back!!!!!!!!!!!




Hi everyone I got dress this afternoon put on my clothes and if I didn't look and feel smaller. The best thing no girdle. I had to take a photo. Tommow will be 7wks since my lapband surgery. The pants I have on in this photo is the same pants in the beginning of my blog before Surgery. A Big difference. I guess Zumba and walking really works. I was so motivated today I walked 2miles or more tonight I forgot to take my pedometer but that's ok I got a good workout. I really need to start working my arms they need a lot of slimming down. They are starting to look like Bat Arms. Your questions and comments are encouraged. Thanks for visiting please come back.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Zumba Classes is Fun!!!!!!!!!!

Hi everyone, When I was home in Ga. I went to a Zumba class for the 1st time. I really enjoyed myself. It was fun. I will definately be going to more classes. I just hope they are fun here in Key West as it was in Ga. I hope some people from Key West would join me and attend the Zumba classes. I'm also going to challenge myself and take a different route in walking. It's a longer route I know I can do it. Thanks for visiting My page. Please come back for more.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

No More Plus SizeYaahhh!!!!!!!!




Hello everyone, I got on the scale this morning and I weigh 219 lbs. I went to buy an outfit to go to the movies and I was able to go to the regular size clothing not plus size YAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!! I tried on a 16 and it fit and it wasn't tight. I was sooo happy. This is the outfit, I wore to the movies. I did my 20 minute zumba workout this morning. I also started my mushies today. I had my protein drink this morning and a hot dog for lunch. I had 4 popcorns at the movies. Yes I cheated a little there's a 1st time for everything. That's it for now I have to go spend time with my kids. Thanks for visiting my page. Thanks for your support.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

My 1st Fill Experience

Hi everyone, I weight myself this morning before going to the doctore and I've lost 2 lbs. I weight 224 lbs. The same weight in the doctors office. yaah!!! I had a fill today and It was a task accessing the port. 1st of all it was a 20 gauge needle and long. I was not aware it was going to be that large; but I was warned last night by sweet Shelly. I heard her tell me that but I kinda brushed it off. I instantly remembered what she said when I seen those needles. 1st the Nurse Practioner attempted but was unsuccessful. Then the Doctor attempted several times until he got it. The initial stick, I didn't feel but the poking was uncomfortable. I already had 3cc in my port that I didn't know about from surgery then he added 2cc which was a total of 5cc. I tried to drink water and it wouldn't go down. It felt like like I had a knot in my throat. I'm sitting there saying to myself "It's just damn water why don't it go down" The doctor had to take 1cc out Dr. Cohen said it was too tight. Then I was able to swollow the water without any problems. That was my experience of the unknown for the 1st fill. Now I'm back to liquids for 2 days. Of course I'm sitting here typing eating sun flower seeds drink chicken and orange juice.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

My Fruit Kick and 10cc Port

Hi everyone I have been on this fruit kick eating fruits like crazy. I guess fruits are better than fried foods, pizza, chips or sodas. I feel like I'm out of control. I still drink my crystal light and nothing else. I get a bottle of water to drink but I add a packet of crystal light in it. I've also been eating pickles and sunflower seeds. I know the salt contient is high but it keep me from eating other things. I still haven't had the urge to eat any Carbs which is a good thing. I just be glad when I go to the doctor and get my 1st fill which is Thursday 9/10/ 09. I know, I said I wasn't going to get on the scale until I go to the doctor. I couldn't resist so I did. I was affraid I was gaining weight again because of my eating benge. By my surprise, I didn't gain any weight. I am 226lbs. I'm still sad about the 3lb weight gain. But, I was running on empty with no food in my system. I received my permanant lapband card in the mail. I can order off the childrens menu if I go out to eat. I know I didn't tell you all but my port but I have a 10cc port. Well that's it for now, I have to get ready for work. Thanks for reading my blog. I know starting the end of next week my blog will be more interesting and the pictures will come. See you all later. Any questions you have please ask.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Have to make a Decision

Hi everyone, I have been analyzing what's been going on with me. I don't know if this is true but every since I got my grandkids I have stop losing weight. I have been off my exercise routine and I've started eating regular food. I also have to take into consideration that I don't have any restictions and my stomache have healed. Everything happened around the same time. I went for my follow up last month, I got the grandkids and I started eating regular foods. I haven't been eating the wrong foods just regular portions without feeling any restrictions. I go back to the doctor on 9/1o hopefully get my first fill. By the way I haven't gained any weight back besides the 3 pounds when I started eating I guess that's good. I've decided to take the kids back home. I'm not getting any sleep and it's not working out. I don't have anyone to watch them. I don't want them to go but I can't keep them. I guess I'll see what happens next week. I need to get back on a routine. Thanks for reading my post.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Good morning everyone, I am going to start my day off right. I'm eating Brunch sausage, egg and milk. Then I'm going to go walking. Come home clean up, then take the kids fishing. I will eat a salad today and drink my protein drinks. I will also do Zumba tonight. Well that's all for now. Thanks for reading and supporting me.
Hi everyone sorry I hadn't had time to write this week. I had to really sit down and think about what was really going on with my body because I'm not eating right. I'm supposed to be eating 3 meals a day and I'm not. Therefore, when I do eat I gain weight. I didn't like those results. so I decided to go back to liquids. Now, I know that is not the right thing to do either. I'm just going to have to eat my meals and exercise the way I'm supposed to; Allow my body adjust the correct way, then go from there. So my husband and I sat down and made out a menu and exercise routine. I will follow that for the week and see what happens. I'm not allowing myself to get on the scale until I go to the doctor September 4. Today for brunch I had 1 sausage and 1egg with 1 cup of juice. For dinner I had 2 hotdogs without the bread. pm snack I had a grapefruit. I do have some good news. I played my Wii today beat my husband in bowling and baseball. I did ZUMBA tonight and completed the whole routine. Before my surgery and the weight loss, I was not able to get through 10minutes of zumba; I'm so happy. I hope my new eating routine work. It just feels like I'm eating too much. I know I'm not I'm just always full. Thanks for reading my blog.

Monday, August 24, 2009

I'm Sooooo Off My Routine (Disappointed) in myself




I everyone haven't wrote in a few days I have been busy running around with the grandkids. My face and arms is much smaller. My daily weigh loss came toa halt all bacause of me. I just thought I should let you all know that I haven't been doing what I was suppose to do. I guess my stomache has healed and I feel no restrictions. I am getting hungry and craving for food. I believe the craving came from me tasting a few (3) french fries last week "CARBS" my body weakness. Well tonight I was eating some red beans and ham hock it was SOOO GOOD. 1st mistake I ate it too fast. 2nd, I wasn't paying attention to the fullness; I was feeling. Here is my Photo after this DUMB DECISION I CHOSE; Now, I am swollen, bloated and miserable. I am sharing this because I decided not to hold anything back whether it's good or bad. I don't want the people who had the lapband to do the same thing. After I did that, I went walking a little over a mile. Tomorrow I will only have fluids. Back to square 1 for me. I was doing so good. There is still a strong point I have. I did not have any junk food. such as: Sodas, Chips, Cakes or Cookies. Tomorrow make my official 3weeks. thanks for visiting and reading my blog. Take care and have a good day. Please sign up as a follower to the right so that you can follow my journey. I would love to here your input good or bad. It's ok to slap me on the hand. LOL

Thursday, August 20, 2009

2 Week Post Op Follow Up

Hi Everyone I went to the doctor today for my follow up. I weighed 223 lbs I've lost a total of 26 lbs YAH!!!!!!!. He said I was doing wonderful. My swelling I'm having under my left ribs is coming from scar tissue the doctor said it will get soft and heal. I just have to take it easy. I am still concern because everytime I bend over I guess I irritate it. Yesterday I took my grand kids to Burger King and I had 3 french fries. I had no problems swallowing it. Last night I had 2 chicken Strips and I was very careful to chew it up well. My stomache handled it well also. I haven't did my regular walks in a few days but I did walk to the park with the kids. I need to get back on schedule. I will go for a walk in the morning. I will also try to take pictures tomorrow. Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

"Feeling a little under the Weather"

Hi everyone, I didn't get to challenge myself on yesterday and walk extra. I wasn't able to walk at all. I didn't feel very well. Upset stomache with symptoms of a virus. I don't think it have anything to do with the Lapband. I also ate some apple sauce yesterday for the 1st time and had some milk earlier that day. I wasn't supposed to drink milk, But I wanted it so bad. As I laid in bed all day I felt hungry; therefore, I didn't know if there was a change in my stomache since the swelling has gone. I decided to eat a few shrimp and was very careful to chew real well. Today I got out the bed moved around was more active, my stomache still is not right but I'm not hungry at all. I didn't even eat or drink anything until after 5pm; I was able to go for a walk today it started raining and I contiued on my journey to walk with the help of my determination. I know now that I can't just lay around in bed. I have to be active and I won't be hungry. That seems backwards to me but that's how it is. Today I had 4oz of chicken broth, A Protein shake tonight and a 20 oz bottle of water. I will try and drink some crystal light before bed. I am still making good progresss on the scale. Well that's it for now. Thanks for reading my page. Don't forget to come back. Feel free to ask any questions. I would be glad to answer any questions. Can you please sign my book and let me know that you've been by and add yourself as a follower to see my progress. Again thanks and talk to you tomorrow.

Friday, August 14, 2009

My Daily Meals and Routine




Hello again, I hope everyone is doing well because, I am feeling great. I did my 1 mile walk this morning; It is getting easier. I believe I need to increase my distance. Tomorrow I will attempt to go another 1/2 mile. Hopefully I can do it because, It will be after working 12hrs. Anyway I need to stay motivated I will try it. I took a photo of my daily meals. I don't get to eat all of these in 1 day. I may get 2-3 of them after the 2nd, I am so full. never thought I would ever say that 4oz of baby food consistency of food would keep me full. I have been very creative with my foods also. See that MAGIC BULLET I love it. That is the BEST investment ever. I think everyone should have one. It does everything. It allow me to eat anything my family eat just with a differnet consistency. I don't my husband don't use all the seasonings and salt they have but I'm ok with that. My food taste good. So far I have had Chicken with colliflower, Hot dogs in chili minus the bread, Lastnight I had Steak. It was so delicious. As long as I'm not hungry I will continue to keep my diet like this. I also have Protein shake 2 times a day, yogurt, jello, pudding, Crystal light, Italian Ice, and popsicles hold up, I can't forget my Water. That just about all I eat and drink. Besides being creative with my food. I also have to take childrens Vitamins, Calcium chewables and vitamin C. I hope I didn't bore you with my Meals. I have to work tonight. I was all ready to return work lastnight and was put oncall. Thanks for visiting. Come back as often as you like. You can invite your friends also I don't mind. Can you sign up on the right side to be my follower thanks. MYRA IS ON A MISSION.

Thursday, August 13, 2009




Good Morning Everyone I haven't wrote in 2 days but I've been very busy running around getting ready for school because, I have 3 wonderful grandkids I have raise ages 7, 4, and 3 Just when my baby hit 18yrs. I get 3 more. Now back to me, I have been enjoying my Wii. My bloating is much better still have swelling and bloating when I eat but nothing compared to what it was before. I have posted my morning workout for today. I went for a 1 mile walk this morning YAH!!!! Boy did I sweat. I feel wonderful have no extra pain but I still have tenderness to my abdomen area and when I take deep breath. I have to continue to use my incentive spirometer. The gas is moving to my left shoulder, But nothing I can't tolerate. Tonight is going to be my 1st night back to work. I hope I do well, I have a 12hr shift in ICU. I miss my Co workers. Now I'm going to go play tennis on the Wii. Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

1 week Post- Op




Hi Everyone today I am 1week post op. Here are my 1 week photos, I weighted this morning and I am now 231 lbs YAH!!!!! I Started at 249 lbs the day of surgery I weigh in at 239 lbs I gained 3 lbs in New Orleans. The best thing is, I haven't had any back pain since the surgery. I walk around the block and to the store without getting tired. I don't swell any more after my walk. I actually feel good. I still have a lot a gas and bloating. I can deal with that, even though through the day it gets frustrating but, I keep thinking positive. When I eat My stomache also swell and bloat even more. I can understand that also because of the 2 surgeries. By the way. I'm really enjoying My Wii. I tried to do some of the exercises but I couldn't do the squating it hurt my stomache and I couldn't run much it also affected my stomache. The stomache is still tender. There's alot more activities I can do. Thanks for visiting my page. I will talk to you tomorrow. Have a bless day. Smoochies

Sunday, August 9, 2009

I bought a WII

I went and bought a WII today becuause, I need to start exercising and I think the WII will get me motivated. I here a lot about it and everyone seem to like it. I bought it but my husband and son took over. Now it's my time. I also purchased the EA active with it. I'll you all know how I really did tomorrow.

Post Op day 5

Good morning Today is a good day already. Yesterday I was miserable and bloated with gas. I bacame very bored and wanted to cry. My husband got me out of the house took me riding in the car and shopping, Then we ended up playing dominoes to keep me occupied, Of course I won. I decided to suck the juice from the grapefruit and that helped with the gas. Today I'm going to have broth for breakfast, grapefruit juice, italian ice, Those italian ice r good, and GasX; then' I will go fom there. For lunch and dinner I will try some chicken noodle soup. I will put it in my magic bullet and liquidfy it. I can't forget my water I have to drink. By the way I did get on the scale this morning and I had some really positive results but I will not record them until Tuesday. Once a week is when I will record my weight, and post new photos; unless, I just have to show u something which I problably will. Have a good day. Thanks for following my journey.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Hello Everyone Today I'm still bloated and full of gas. I went bought a Girtle to see if that will help with the gas. Today I feel better, now only if the gas was gone. I would be ready to go to work. On my diet today if my husband let me, I'm going to just drink water and have a popsicle for breakfast along with a gasX or 2. If I get hungry then I will drink some Rotisserie Chicken Broth. That's my favorite. Holla

Friday, August 7, 2009


Hello again I'm trying to catch up. This is my photo the day after surgery. There's no turning back now. My Dr. Brett Cohen in Hollywood, Fl. is so awesome. During my banding, my doctor noticed I had a hiatal hernia that needed repairing and he took care of it. Thanks Dr. Cohen. That explained a lot of my symptoms I was having. Today is Day 3 of my surgery and I'm feeling good. still have gas but I'm walking alot and it's helping with the gas. Drinking water is also helping. I'm not in pain just feel very tender. The gas build up is the worse. other than that I'm ok. I have no regrets at this point. I'm on a mission to regain my health.

Pre Surgery Photos




This is my photos 1 week before surgery. I had lost 13 lbs. Here I'm 236 lbs. I had to take a picture because I couldn't fit these pants. We was packing to leave for New Orleans and my husband ask did I want to pack these pants. I said " I can't fit those any more". So I decided to try them on. What do you know, I can fit them. I didn't even take them with me. My Journey have begun.