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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Farewell to 2010

As 2010 comes to an end, I think back over the year and wonder at all the changes I have made in in life this year.

This time last year I was wishing it would be nice if I could get a Lapband, but didn't think it would be possible so resolved to not make any New Year Resolutions, because all I ever wished for was to drop the unwanted kilos and to keep them off. I had no idea that three months later I would be banded and on the way to a new me :o)

This last year has brought many changes to my life. I have lost more than thirty kilos that I never intend to find again. I am exercising regularly. I am eating a heck of a lot healthier then ever before. I can even enjoy a treat and not go over board. I have even been able to enjoy dinner parties with friends and not because of the great food, but because of the great company.

There are a lot of bloggers out there that have posted about a word of the year. I have been thinking about it a lot and I am trying to think of one for myself; I think I am going to go with:

In myself, in reaching for the stars,
in love and in change!

How's that one. It is probably the biggest thing that is missing from my journey. Belief in myself, that I can do this. That I can succeed.

So here is to 'Believe', a New Year of lots of fun new adventures.

I believe I will get to the elusive double digits.
I believe I will complete the c25k program.
I believe I will continue to eat healthy and exercise regularly.
I believe I will have a fantastic time in France.

I hope everyone has a great New Year's Eve, and don't party too hard ladies and gentlemen!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Wet Week Off

Christmas is done and the Sale Season is upon us. I did go the stores on the usual Boxing Day madness, not to go hunting, but just to check out the madness. I do love people watching.

Having said that I did pick up some nice Christmas decorations :o)
Candle Goblets from "Dusk"
You can't see it very well in the photo, but they have snowflake designs cut out on the side and when the candles are burning, they throw up little shadows. The cups inside are purple, so they go with the rest of our Christmas decorations.

As the title of this post says, I have this week off. And can I say, what a 'lovely' week it looks to be. There is so much rain around, I have given up being able to get some sun on my legs and am just hoping to actually see the sun for a bit :o)

I am hoping the rain will hold back a little so that I can get down to Seaworld. I have been wanting to get there for a while since we were stormed out the last time I went.

But I am not complaining... okay, not too much, I do have a week off work and that is nothing to be complaining about. I am using the time to get back into my gym routine. I did a Pump Class and then 25 minutes on the treadmill this morning. Felt so good. the last week or two I have really slacked off, due to work and being tired, so this week will be a good start to get me back in the habit.

Now for another random train of thought. I took this picture on the way to work on Friday and I actually like it, so here it is :o)
Train to work on Friday 24 Dec 2010

I am trying to get into the habit of wearing make-up to work. I have found that I like the dramatic and heavily lined eyes and reddish lips, but I haven't been able to work up to blush yet, and I only do eye shadow every other day. I found this great website 'Makeup Geek' that has a host of tutorials. As I have never worn anything other than lipstick before now. But since I am working towards a thinner me, I figured I may as well try to improve the rest of me as well.

Alright, I have rambled on enough for today, I hope everyone enjoys the last week of 2010. It has been a year of change for many of us!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Hope everyone has had a great day.

Well I can tell you that the pouch test did work. I felt better from day three, but kept it up for the whole five days. And I have reclaimed control over what I am eating and the habits of my band.

Yesterday we had a Christmas party at work, there were lots of crackers, chips and dips for morning tea (I had none of it - I was still full from my protein shake at breakfast). Then for lunch, there were BBQ Chickens, garden salads, pasta salads, potato salads, sushi, bread rolls & garlic bread and plenty of prawns. I had two prawns, one little piece of sushi, a spoonful of the potato salad and a small bit of chicken.

That was all. I was full.

Then later on there was also desserts: pavlova, cheese cake and mud cake. I had half a slice of the cheese cake just because I could and just because it was yummy :o)

All in all I had a great day and was so happy that I didn't over eat and didn't have any discomfort with the band.

There was a lot of festivities through out the office as well. We all dressed up in our Christmas cheer. There were lucky door prizes (I won a $20.00 gift voucher), Secret Santa gifts, (beautiful candle holder and a hair clip for me). There was no alcohol - because our work has a zero tolerance, but we still had a great time.

And that was in spite of the fact that there is still more flooding in Queensland, so we had to tell more than one person their Christmas was going to be disrupted as the trains could get through to everywhere. Gotta love Aussie Summers, I saw on the news the other day; the east coast is being flooded, while the west coast is being burnt with bush fires and there was snow in the Victoria and the Snowy Mountains for a few days.

We had Christmas lunch over at a friends place today, cherries and cashews for nibblers, turkey, ham with roast potatoes, onions, stuffing and a garden salad. I only had a tiny bit of everything. I was very satisfied and it was all delicious. We then had some very yummy pavlova for dessert. An Aussie Christmas is just not the same with out pavlova!!

Something I have noticed in the last two days, is that I have been eating until I am satisfied, not until I was full. And there in lies where my original problem came from. I was eating until I was full, and so by the time all the food got to my stomach I had eaten too much. Simple rule that I had not realised I was breaking.

It will be interesting to see if I still need that fill on the 20th of January. Thankfully it is still a couple of weeks away, so I can pay close attention to my eating habits to ensure I make an informed decision on it.

Okay, enough ramblings from me :o) I want to thank everyone for their comments on my last few posts.

Have a great Christmas Everyone!!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Five Day Pouch Test - Day One

Hello everyone, thanks for your concern, Some have asked what the pouch test is - sorry about that, I have heard about so often I just assumed everyone knew what I was talking about. (And we all know about ASS-U-ME :P)

Basically it is a revisit to the start of our lapband journey. just in a much shorter period of time:
2 days full liquids
1 day soft protein
1 day firm protein
1 day solid protein

Here's a website that started the test :o)

Some people use it to kick start the weight loss again, others do it to check that there is no damage done to the band (i.e. slipped), others (like me) want to give the band a restart when we think it may be a little irritated and swollen in the stomach after an upset stomach.

And the more I think about, the more I am hoping that that is what it is, I did throw up twice on Thursday night (my memory can be very fuzzy when I write this blog sometimes on what actually happens occasionally) I am hoping that my stomach is just a little irritated from that and that it is not something bad!!!

Day one has not been too bad, I had a protein shake this morning and then a coffee mid morning (I only have one most days and the website says not to cut it out completely) Then at at lunch I had some chicken and corn creamed soup and I am having another small bowl of it know.

Water is also being consumed, in big quantities.

So that is it so far, I am still feeling a little tender when I swallow, especially if it is large mouthfuls, so I am keeping the drinks to sips very regularly instead of gulps when I remember.

I better get back to work (my week-end on - such fun) have a great week.

Oops, I almost forgot, I did forget to weigh myself for the challenge this morning so I now have to do that tonight and get it to Kristen tonight :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Well I have discovered that my band reads my blog and likes to contradict me in everything I say!!

Just a few days ago I was eating whatever I wanted and didn't have a problem with anything, yesterday and today that I have had major problems.

I eat just a little bit and it hurts, I can't eat more than a few mouthfuls and I get stuck and have a slime attack. I fear that I may have slightly stretched my pouch.

Then eating lunch yesterday, it was a little dry and I ended up getting stuck and throwing up a bit, I think that has irritated my stoma a little as well.

So with all this self diagnoses I have decided to do the  day pouch test. Starting tomorrow. That way it will be finished before Xmas Eve as there is lunch at work on the day.

I know it is probably not the best time to do this, but I need to, I have been sore in my stomach, throat and neck for the last 24 hours, everything hurts going down.

My coffee hurt this morning. That has never happened before.

Tell me please if anyone has experienced this before? It really is weird, could it be a side affect from a big night on alcohol? I just realised that on Thursday night I had dinner a a friends and we drank a few glasses of wine and quite a few shots of ouzo. I hadn't thought that could be a factor as I didn't even feel hungover on Friday.

I don't want to panic, I hate panicking, so I am going to be proactive and do the pouch test. Lets hope I can do the whole thing without cheating. I am off to google some more recipes and ideas.

I hope everyone else is having a great weekend :o)

Friday, December 17, 2010

She's up and she's down

Yes it has been a while, sorry about that. I really do not know what is wrong with me at the moment... well actually, I have an idea.


And I really have no one to blame but myself.

I know I need a fill, but I can't tell why it is all of a sudden. I had really good restriction not too long ago and now it feels like I can eat every 1 & 1/2 hours. I can still only eat smallish amounts (although they are bigger than what they were) and I still have to chew properly. Looking back it is like the restriction I had after my second fill when I had about 8ml in altogether. So what I want to know is; what happened to the 0.5ml that was supposed to be in there?

Is it the heat? That is really the only external factor that I can think of.

Or is it just something that happens occasionally?

I called my surgeon for a fill appointment on Tuesday morning and I could either be there in 30 minutes or wait until 20 January 2011. I couldn't be there in 30 minutes :(  For one thing I was at work and for another I would have to have taken a taxi and that would have been about $40.00 each way. I didn't have that to spare so close to Christmas.

So I have to wait until Thursday 20th January. The reason for the long delay is that like most selective surgery & specialist doctors in Australia, they close up shop for at least a few weeks over the Christmas summer time. I think his receptionist said they were back on Monday 17th January, so it is in the first week that they are back.

Until then I just have to be strong and remember what I tell everyone else: Bandster Hell is something we all go through and it will come to an end. I just need to stick to my portion sizes and stay away for too much slider foods.

I also need to keep up my exercise, I have been a little slack with that this week too, mostly because I have felt a little run down, it is just the hot weather, it takes me a little time to get used to it.

But in other exercise related information: LOOK WHAT I JUST GOT:o)

My new black Wii and if you look real close a little Eiffel Tower
Isn't it great!!! It is a Christmas present, but it is my Mum and my present to ourselves, so we didn't wait to open it :P I spent twenty minutes doing the WiiSports and I worked up the biggest sweat (yes it was partly the heat) but I could really feel it!
So I am still here, up and down on all fronts: scales, emotions and food wise :) I promise to do better on my commenting ladies and gents, I am a little behind and so will try to catch up. Have a great weekend!! TGIF

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Season's Greetings: Our little Christmas cheer area so far :o)
I needed some encouragement after my last weigh in and remembered that it had been a while since I had taken my measurements.

Measurements taken on Sunday 5th Dec 2010 (from 3rd Jul 2010)
Neck: 34cm (was 39cm)
Bust: 112cm (was 117cm)
Chest: 102cm (was 106cm)
Waist: 111cm (was 113cm)
Hip: 140cm (was 152.5cm)
Left Arm: 42cm (was 44cm)
Right Arm: 45cm (was 45.5cm)
Left Thigh: 80cm (was 83.5cm)
Right Thigh: 82cm (was 84.5cm)
Left Knee: 44cm (was 45.5cm)
Right Knee: 43cm (was 45cm)
Left Calf: 49cm (was 52.5cm)
Right Calf: 48cm (was 52cm)
Total loss since last measuring in July: 
48cm (18.9 inches)

Check out the loss on my hips!!!!! That is were it has all gone from :o)

I really need to remember to do these more often. I noticed when I was entering these into my little spread sheet that I was very much into the 0.5cm last time, while this time I seem to have rounded to the nearest whole cm :o)

What also got me to remember and post these was the fact that last night was the last of a ten week fitness training program at work. Once a week a group of us went and did some training outside with a PT. I looked back over my weigh ins only to find that I had not even lost 2 kilos since the beginning. But I know I feel a lot better and I am really fitting into clothes a lot better too. These measurements just prove this in real terms.

So all things considered I really had a moment were I wondered why I was even bothering to exercise. I wasn't having nearly as much trouble losing weight before I joined the gym and started working out regularly. But then I gave myself a slap across the face (kidding) and told myself to wake up (not kidding). I feel way too good to not exercise now and I know I am so much fitter and stronger. And besides that, it will help so much later on when I have lost all my weight and need to maintain.

Okay, I have whinged enough for today :o) I hope all you wonderful bandsters are enjoying the week.
Au revoir,

Sunday, December 5, 2010

I need something

But I don't now what. I had a horrid gain this week and I really do not know what was behind it.

The only thing I can think of is the work Christmas party. I had a few drinks and did eat a few bits of finger food. And along with that there was some chocolate (I know I have banded it for the challenge, but it was a treat).

I had 5 really good workouts this week, and the only day I didn't have lots of water was on Friday (Christmas party).

I haven't kept a close eye on my calories this week and I am wondering how big a part this has had.

I have been thinking about getting a fill.

On one hand I am petrified of having too much. I have read about so many of you when you have had a touch too much and the awful times you have.

But on the other hand I do think I am eating too much and it is not really lasting as long as it should.

I am going to call my doctor's tomorrow and see about when I can get an appointment. Because even as I write this I think I have already made up my mind about the fill. I need to give another bit of fill a go. I can't hold back just because I am afraid of what might happen.

Now for my regular item for my trip - Things to do :o)
Hear the guard’s footsteps on the marble at Place Charles de Gaulle.
Visit the Arc de Triomphe early in the morning and stop and listen to the solitary guard’s footsteps on the marble. You’ll have to get there before the traffic though, but it will be worth it. The Arc is the center of the most amazing traffic roundabout and crossing to the arch has been termed vehicular roulette. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the Christmas season. And we all have successful plans to get through the season without too much self indulgence.

Have a great week all you great Bandsters :o)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Slacking Off

I really have had a terrible week. The only one of my goals that I have achieved this week is my water intake. So there are no great surprises that I have only lost 0.2kg this week. I think the water and the that last chance workout that I did on Saturday morning really helped!
I have been snacking too much. But I am not dwelling on that. I will pull my socks up and get back on the road to being a good bandster   :-) I know I keep saying this to myself, it has to stick soon.

I had another get together with the local bandsters today after work. I think next year we will be looking for a new place to meet, the cafe we go to has just had a change in ownership and the new people are no where near as good as the last lot. they got rid of all the old staff and now just have backpackers who barely speak English. The problem is the group wants to find another place that will block off an area for us, but I think a cafe that will just have an area for ten to twenty people all together will do just as well.
Cafe sitting is another thing I plan to do in France
It's not like we need to hide away from the rest of the world. To any onlookers we are just a group of friends getting together for coffee and lunch. We don't even openly discuss the band all the time. It's more like 'how are you going?' and 'what you been up to?' get together.

The cafe we have been going to used to be very understanding about special meal requests or the continual request for left overs to be packed up in a doggy bag. But today they told us that they only accept orders that are as per the menu. They only changed their mind about it when three of the women gave them the menu back and told them they would go hungry! The manager came over then and sorted it out, the women got to order their meals different to what the menu had. But I think it really was the last straw for a few of them. The group has been going to this cafe for over three years, and all of a sudden its a huge hassle.

We will see how it goes. I hope we can move it else where. The meals are huge and I never remember to ask for a half serve or anything like that, so I usually waste heaps of food. I don't bother with the left overs as I have about an hours drive back home and I don't like to tempt food poisoning with food that isn't stored properly.

So another week is about to begin and I have lots of exciting research to do for my French trip. Hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a wonderful one. I know you all have so much that you are thankful for and your posts are great to read.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Paris Dreams

What a day.

I went to work happy that I had had a great time in Cairns on the companies dime and left with two tickets to Paris for October next year!!

One of my friends received a notice on a great sale that Air Asia was having and I was able to get flights to Paris for $900.00 return. That is really cheap. I checked and the cheapest you can usually get them from Brisbane is around $1800.00, so basically I got them for half price.

I have never been outside of Australia.

I don't even have a passport yet.

But I have return tickets to Paris via Kuala Lumpur.

For four weeks.

I think I can see a lot of France and England in that time.

Now I have two very important things to do.

1. Save lots of money so that I can have a great time over there.
2. Lose lots more weight so that I look extra good while in Paris. I will have to work on a goal for this trip of a lifetime.

I think I will include a French/English thing in my weekly goals, something that I want to do while over there. Here is one for last week:
Concorde Fountain
I want to get a photo of me in front on the Concorde Fountain. I think that would be pretty cool.

Okay, enough dreaming, it is still 11 months away, so I better not get too excited right now!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I wonder what would happen......

if the loss I had this week was standard for all the good work I have been doing with my food choices and exercise achievements?

If you check my ticket today you will see it is under the 120kg mark.

I am a little nervous, I had a really good loss this week and in the past that has usually followed up with a gain. It doesn't help that to celebrate, I broke my chocolate ban and had a chunky Kit-Kat today.

That is something that I need to get over, rewarding myself with food (especially chocolate).

So here are the weekly facts:
Yes I slacked off a little on the water and as you can see from my calorie intake I was a little over this week, but that was mostly due to the train trip.

But enough about that, today I had the best NSV ever :o)

There is a garden place we go to quite often (my mum way more often than I do as she is allot more into gardening than I am). The Plant Shack is a great local nursery with staff that know what they are talking about. Today, I was there and the owner was saying hi to us and commented on how great I was looking and how I had lost a lot of weight and at first he thought I was a new customer as I looked so different from the last time I was there a few months ago.

Firstly, how great is that the staff remember there customers like that.

Secondly, how great is it that a virtual stranger has given me such a great complement :o)

It certainly made my day.

Another random thought about something that happened the other day in Cairns the day after the long trip:

I had finished my breakfast of poached eggs on toast where I only ate half the eggs and half a slice of toast - minus the crust.

After going for a brisk walk in the humid air I was having a coffee and there was a skinny woman sitting near me having her breakfast and with out realising it I was watching how she ate. It really is similar to us banded gals when we have a good level of restriction. We put together a small forkful of food, cutting off the rind off the bacon and making sure we have a great balance of taste and then enjoy the mouthful before constructing the next forkful of food. Then stop eating when we have had enough. That is what she did and what I had done earlier in the day with my breakfast.

I had a quite moment were I realised I could do this. I am not all the way there yet, this was only one breakfast after all. But it is probably the first time I have really noticed the difference in how a naturally skinny person eats compared to how I used to eat. Just shovelling in food until the plate is empty is very different to how we do these days.

Now I am off to read and comment on more of your great blogs, I am so behind after the two days on the train.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Two days on a Train

I have just got back from a trip up to Cairns
1691 kilometers (1051 miles)/ 31 hours travelling

I was escorting a great bunch of Travel Agents from the UK on the train up to Cairns. Basically I was paid to travel in pretty good comfort and they even paid for me to have a few drinks, then put me up in a hotel for the night in Cairns and then fly home.

Even though I work for the company, and I am not trying to sell you anything I promise :o) but I have to rave about the food. It is very yummy, the only problem is the portions are no where near band friendly. This is what was on the menu (I have copied this from the website as I couldn't remember everything that was on the plate)

Dinner on Thursday night:
Starter - Minestrone Soup
Minestrone soup made with roasted tomatoes, fresh vegetables and gluten free spaghetti

Main - Steamed SnapperOcean caught snapper steamed and infused with diced tomato, fennel and white wine garnished with asparagus spears, served on saffron spinach risotto
Dessert - none - couldn't do it

Breakfast on Friday:
Apple juice
A selection of seasonal fresh fruit
Eggs: poached
Accompaniments: Chipolata, tomato and mushrooms

Lunch on Friday:
Main - Grilled Local Prawns
Succulent Queensland prawns grilled, served on rice noodles and chilled Asian greens, drizzled with a chilli, ginger and mango salsa

Dessert - Lime & Vanilla Bean Custard Pie
Lime and vanilla bean custard pie, served with raspberry ripple ice cream, white chocolate shavings and blue berry syrup

Supper on Friday:
Gourmet Land Lovers Platter
A selection of hand chosen cold meats including; ham off the bone, crisp shaved proscuitto, chicken roulade, smoked salami, aged Kenilworth cheddar, matured goats cheese, served with antipasto delicacies and fresh baked bread

It was all as yummy as it sounds.

I didn't get through more than half of any dish and didn't even except any of the warm bread that was offered to go with all of these.

The hardest thing was trying to disguise the fact that I was baring eating to a bunch of people I was supposed to be talking the train product up to :o) I found an interesting way of getting around it though ;P

There were nine in the group of agents and so I managed to sit with a different mix of them for most of the meals. I could pass it off as being full from the last meal a little bit easier. It also helped that by lunch on Friday they were all leaving some food on there plate. As for the bread I just said it didn't agree with me and so that was fine as there was one lady who also had this same problem with bread. See there are so many food problems out there that it can be fairly easy to make excuses for some of the stuff we can't eat.

After 31 hours on the train I was tired, isn't it funny how doing nothing much still makes you tired. But when I got to the hotel I actually went to the hotel gym and did a workout. I know; crazy isn't it. And to treat myself after that I went for a swim in the hotel pool. It was nine o'clock at night and I had this huge pool to myself. I did sleep very well after all that.

So after all this I am hoping I have done enough to have a loss on the scale tomorrow morning, but at the moment I have no idea and the time away has meant I have not had a chance to check on it the last few days. I guess I will just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings.

Hope you are all having a great week-end.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Another Dinner Party

Went to another dinner party last night from my friend's Margaret Fulton Challenge.

It was Prawn Night :)

Entree was an eggplant dip, the main was a mixture of serves of a prawn souffle, prawns wrapped in prosciutto and prawns in Chinese spices served with a fennel and citrus salad. And then for dessert there was an apple tea cake with some really good vanilla gelato (the only thing that wasn't home made).

It was all delicious.

The only thing I had a problem with was the tea cake. It was so yummy, but it didn't want to go down, so I PB'd it. That was a fun experience. My first PB in the company of friends (some of which do not know about the band)

Thankfully no one noticed, I just excused my self to the bathroom and as quietly as possible brought it back up. Thankfully it wasn't too bad as the piece I had was very small. Fun times with the band :)

Then I stepped on the scales this morning and although I am happy to report a loss, it is not as good as I would like to have seen. But it is a loss, so I am good with that.

I have even kept track of my weekly goals:-

Yes; the Cello has not left it's case this week. I think I need a break from it. I just don't seem to be able to fit it in with the gym. So I am thinking if I lay off it for just a little while I will be able to get the exercise under control and then be able to fit the two in together better.

Now all I have to do is get up the guts to tell this to my cello teacher.

Well that is all I have to report tonight. I hope everyone had a terrific first week in the challenge.

P.S. welcome to all my new followers, there are a few of you that I can't find links to, so I can't follow you too. Please leave a link to your blog as I love following my followers :o)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Paying it forward...

I found a new blogger (or at least she found me) and I am her first follower. I have never been anyone's first follower before :o)

'S' over at Band Interuped has been banded for about ten months but has just started blogging to help her get all the way on her journey.

Check her out.


Now for the bad news.... I did step on the scale this morning....and it was not pretty.

I have come to the conclusion that my scale was broken last week ;-D because I have gained everything I had lost last week. So that is the only thing that makes sence. Isn't it?

Who knows, all I know is that it is the beginning of the Holiday Challenge and I have a very big job ahead of me. I do not want to have another gain. They mess with my head too much. So the begining of the challenge also means the end of chocolate.  I am going to need more help with that one then the challenge :o)

See you all later.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Can someone please kick me!!!!!

What the hell is wrong with me!?!?!

The challenge starts tomorrow and I am scared to get on the scales tomorrow morning!!!

I have eaten chocolate every day this week. At first it was Halloween, I didn't eat a lot on the day and have not had a lot on any individual day, but HELLO, every day.

That along with not a lot of exercise (and the stuff I have one has only been light walking because of my calf) means the scale is going to KILL ME tomorrow morning.

I can blame it on injury, I can blame it on TOM, I can blame it on the fact that it was in the house after Halloween, I can blame it on Melbourne Cup Day.

None of these excuses makes up for the fact that I have made crap food chioces this week.

The scale read 120.1kg last Sunday and I think I'll be lucky to get away with a 1kg gain this week. I hat e that I did this, but I just didn't stop. I didn't even think about stopping.

What makes it worse is that I even wrote about how good I felt on Tuesday for only eating mall amounts and feeling satisfied with it. Obviously I wasn't paying attention to the fact that I was also eating chocolate.

All I can hope is that I am over exaggerating and tomorrow morning will not be too bad. I really did not want to start the challenge on a bad note.

But let me tell you here and now. That from the moment I start the challenge, I'm doing a veto on all things chocolate.

I know it isn't the best thing to do, ban a food entirely, but it is only for seven weeks, and I am not silly enough to ban all bad foods. I am just banning chocolate. I can't do this to myself any more.

Ban the Chocolate!!!!
Treats are one thing, but daily chocolate intake is not supposed to be part of the band plan, and I need to get with the program.
All encouragement would be gratefully appreciated.

(repeat until insane)

Best of luck to us all :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010


I have to say that I am really looking forward to the upcoming challenge.

I need it. It seems like I am off track again at the moment and I only have myself to blame. This past week I have had Halloween candy and chocolate as well as Melbourne Cup Day. And there is also the little fact that I have a bit of an injury that is making exercise a little uncomfortable.

I have pulled a muscle in my right calf. I first did it a few weeks ago and after a night of rest it would be fine. i stayed away from my step classes and mostly it was all good. I thought I was over it, but I wasn't.

On Tuesday's I have a PT session with work mates and this week we were running (see walking jog) up and down hills, dips, step ups and push ups and they were all fine. then we were doing some step work. We were at a local outdoor amphitheatre and at first we were going up and down the seated area, nice big steps that you really had to work at to get you up and down them.

Then the trouble started. It was time to do a run up and down the stairs of the amphitheatre and not even half way up I felt a sharp pain in my calf and I was out of the stair running business. I should have listened to leg earlier. When we were going up and down the hill I felt a niggle, but I ignored it; thinking it would go away.
Not My Calf - I wish it was :o)
I was still able to walk, it only hurt whenever I used stairs. I really do not understand it.

Lots of Deep Heat, lots of stretches and not a lot of exercise has been my mode of recovery. I hope it is the right course. It does feel better now, but I am a little scared that it will flare back up if I do anything that involves calf work.

I think I am going to have to see a therapist to ensure I fix this properly and so that it doesn't come back, because I do not want injuries to be plaguing me on my way to goal.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Race that Stops a Nation......

Yes it was Melbourne Cup Day yesterday and we all watched as Americain took the cup, leaving the favourite (So you think) to come third. That's the Melbourne Cup for you. The favourite rarely wins it.
Americain takes the Cup :o)
For us working people that do not live in Melbourne, it means we get to have a bit fun in the middle of our hectic working day :) Oh yes, and there is lots of food :(

Yes, it was not a good day food wise. But then it is just one day. There are lot of these one days throughout the year aren't there :o)

Here is one of the items of food from yesterday
It's a chocolate cake covered in purple icing with a unicorn outlined in mini marshmallows. You see; our team at work has called itself the purpe unicorns. Silly I know, but when we came up we were the only team in the office that was all female. Since then there has been one guy join our team, but we are determined not to change the name. We have told him that when the guys outnumber the gals we can change the name. But until then we have to put it to the vote an gals always vote together.

Our little bit of rebellion against the restraints of work.

The cake was delicious. Made by the same person who made the Yummy Cake from Hell. Besides this cake and the caramel slice I took, the rest of the food I ate wasn't too bad, there were just a few crackers with cheese and fruit and then a mini quiche for lunch with some more fruit and a mini pastry.

Overall, it wasn't the best food day, but I have to admit I did find it interesting that the little bits of everything that I ate was enough. This is probably the first time this has happened since I have been banded.

Able to eat just a small portion of the food that isn't so good for me and be satisfied with it. That is a day to remember.

Thanks for all your wonderful comments on my last post. And I really have to agree with Dee, when you get the right amount of water, everything else seems that much easier.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Quiz and the Weekly Goals

Here is a quick quiz I found over at Lapband and Beyond, I am not sure where Margorie (the Silverhairedgoddess) found it, but I hope she doesn't mind me stealing it :) She is a new blogger and soon to be banded and I think would appreciate some extra support.

     My fathers childhood friend
     Yes - most of the time.
     Do dogs and cats count? No? Than no I don't.
     Definitely :)
     Guilty - and I wonder why people don't get me :)
     Yes - they grew back (who knew that could happen?)
     Crunchy Nut 
     Most of the time :P
     Cookies n Cream, Peppermint Choc Chip (couldn't separate these two)
      Their eyes

      I get snappy when I get tired
     Roast Lamb Fritter
     Aqua Marine
     My Sister
     Mountain hideaway
     Baseball - but we really don't get allot of it here in Australia
     Brown - with one thick streak of silver
     No - but I am thinking of trying them again

     Happy endings most definitely
     The Sorcerer's Apprentice
     Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Now for my weekly goals update and then off to see more blogs.
Food: Not so good: Weekly Cal: 9327 (average 1332 per day)
Water: After I started counting I did pretty well, 5/7
Exercise: 5/4 (I got an extra one in due to the twofer)
Cello: 3/5 (Still need to work on this one)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hoilday Challenge and an Epiphany

Click to go to Challenge Superstar Kristen!!
Yes it coming up to another challenge. The Challenge superstar Kristen is organising it and the great challenge icon has been designed by the stylish Joey, I absolutely love this little design. Thanks ladies, it is great to be doing another challenge.

So I am hoping to do better in this one than in the last weight loss challenge I was in. Then it went for eight weeks and I lost just under 7 kilos (under 15 pounds) I know that was still a good result, but it could have been allot better. There were a few weeks were I did not do well and was quite slack. It was only because other weeks were I did really well that the end results weren't too bad. This new challenge is only six weeks long and I want a more consistent result this time.

My own personal weekly goals should help with this. This first week has been a little up and down with them so far, but I will persist with it as I think the structure has great potential to really help me get past were I am lately.

This brings me onto my Epiphany:

I have been wondering why I have not been feeling as excited as I should be about the fact that I have lost over 30 kilos in the last seven months, and I think I have worked it out.

You see the Feb 2010 photo, well that was the one that really opened my eyes and made me see what I had really become. Even though I had been thinking about the band and had done a lot of research. It was this photo that made me make the appointment and schedule the surgery.


Because of the photo from October - this is what I have always seen myself as.

This is the self image I have always had of myself. I knew I was fat, obese, gross; whatever you want to call it. But I never really truly saw myself. There is probably a few other photos of me at this size. I know there is a couple from the work Christmas party last year. But I don't have any copies of them and when they went around the office I managed to ignore them most of the time, if I did look at them I managed to ignore me in them and concentrate of the other people.

Self denial is a bad thing - that's all I'm saying.

The reason I don't think I have come very far yet is because in my head I am right were I was eight to ten months ago. I know I realised I really was allot bigger, but that fact didn't seem to make it all the way to the subconscious level it seems.

With the February photo; I have hidden it since the moment I saw it, but for some reason I could never delete it from the memory stick. It was the one that changed everything for me and for that I am grateful.

So there you go. I have been in denial for so long I really have no idea where I am at the moment.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I did a twofer!!!!

For the first time in my entire life I did a twofer today (insert big grin here)

This morning I went to the gym and did 30 minutes on the treadmill as well weights for my arms and crunches (lots of crunches)

Then this afternoon, I went back to the gym and did a body attack class.

Main reason being is that I always feel as through I work harder in the classes and it had been a week since I had been able to get to one. Now believe me when I say this will not become a habit. I just know that I didn't work as hard as I could have this morning, and I sure I am going to be sore tomorrow. So we will need to see how that goes :)

In between these two gym sessions I was shopping :) Got some new tops (size 20) - nearly into the teens. i needed them as most of my clothes are still too big for me, so I have been getting a few things that actually fit. It is nice, but as I have never really been into shopping (why bother when you know nothing is going to fit) it is still a little hard for me to get excited over it. Plus I just keep thinking that I do not want to remain this size for too long and if I buy too many clothes at the size I am now, then I may be sub-consciously sabotaging myself so that I don't loss more weight.

And even as I type this I know it is stupid and irrational, but hey, I am working on it.

Today I also got my hair cut:

I am one of those people that never knows what they want done with their hair. So when I do manage to drag myself to a hairdresser, I tend to go all out :-) I think I like it. but it may take a few days for me to be sure.

I think I like the idea of the fringe, Have not had one since I was about 13 years old, this on is a longer fringe and is supposed to sweep to the side. So it is not the rigid fringe of my youth. The thing I like best about it is that I can't just put it up in a ponytail EVERY day. Down side to this is that I have to get used to the hair being down when I exercise. I got some head bands to keep it out of my face, but tonight it came off soon into the class, so I need to use some bobby pins to keep it on. Learning process, everything is always a learning process.

Now I need to give a quick 'Thanks so much' to Bonnie for your comment on my last post. I completely forgot about water. And this one I am going to be tough on myself. the aim is for at least 2 litres of water everyday. It is probably one of the things that I am behind on. And as for the work outs, you are probably right about them as well. So I will be changing that to 4 workouts a week and if there are any extra's throughout the week then that is all for the better.

Have a great Friday every one.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weekly Goals - New Beginnings

First off, I want to say a big thank-you for all your great comments on my last post. It really makes me glad I finally got up the courage to post some actual pictures of me :)

Alright, time to set some weekly goals. I know I am doing well and all but the scale is deciding to be a bi-art-ch so it is time for some serious goals to keep me on track.

The weekly weigh in was this morning.
The scale showed 121.4kg  (267.7lb)
Down 100 grams.
For the second week in a row.
Only down 100 grams.

Yes I am a little upset that the scale is not rewarding me with all my hard work I have been putting in. I know it is nothing to worry about as I have been doing a far amount of exercise lately. But it is a little off putting. The only good thing I can say about it, is that it is a loss, no matter how small it is!!

I have been thinking about it and have a few realisations: I really need to up my protein, I know that, and thankfully there have been a few posts lately on different protein powders that people are using, so thanks everyone for that :0) I am going to try a few different types of protein powder, to see if I can find one I like.

The only other thing I really need to work on is less snacking. But that is always the case, so it is nothing new.

So to help me stay on track I will be trying out a few weekly goals.
Nothing drastic or over the top, just a few simple guidelines that I want to be able to follow through on. Something were I am not required to post about daily like the food log I was trying. As much as I may wish I was, I am not an every day blogger and I just bore myself when I try to be. Weekly goals will just be something I can add to the end of a post once a week. Here's hoping this will be more doable :0)

Food goals, to begin with; I am going to aim for a weekly calorie goal, so that at the end of the week I am consuming less than 8400 calories (that is 1200 a day), but I am going to mix it up so that I am not on the same every day. I have noticed that a few people do this and they are seeming to have success, so I am giving it a go. Once I get the hang of it, or when this gets to be too many, I will then be able to start reducing the weekly allowance.

Fitness goals are easier (until I have to actually do them, I'm sure). I want to log 5 workouts that are at least 40 minutes long with at least two of them containing a strength workout. I think this one is very doable, as I am already doing this know. But whether or not I can keep it up once I have posted it is another thing :0)

Goals for my music is also very similar. I want to log 5 practice sessions a week that are at least 30 minutes long. This is probably going to be the hardest one yet as I seem to have a lot of problems doing both cello practice and exercise on the same day.

So there they are. Please feel free to let me know if you think any of these are unreasonable, or not tough enough :0) They are adjustable and this is just a starting point.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Dinner Party

I was wearing these new pants that I recently bought, and paired it with this red top I have had for ages. And because I liked how I felt in the outfit I so I took the following photos.

I love this top. I always feel my version on skinny in it. And I have to admit that this outfit was the best I have felt in clothes for the longest time. This was on Sunday and I was going to a friends for a dinner party.

It was a great night and because she knew about the band she even gave me a doggy bag to take home. It was weird, because it was actually the first sit down dinner with friends since I have been banded. Usually dinner out has always been at a bar or a take away shop. Just something on our way out for the night and it really is amazing how easy it is to hide what you are not eating from friends and people who don't know about the band. Sunday night was different.

It was all a sit down and everyone served at the same time thing. My plate was served up the same as everyone else's, but when we were all finished with each course, my plate went back with more and more food on it.

She is doing a Margaret Fulton Challenge, based on the movie Julie and Julia, she is using one of Margaret Fulton's cookbooks and every two weeks she will be having a dinner party. Three courses of the recipes for 26 dinners. The last one will be on Margaret Fulton's birthday and will be the groups favourite dishes from the previous year of cooking.

I have put my name down for most of the dinners, with the exception of the oyster night (yucky). The only reason I did agree to it (besides the fact that I really enjoy getting out of the house and meeting up with some friends) is because she knows about the band and knew that I wouldn't be able to eat everything on my plate. I did get a few weird looks from some of the others at the party, a mix of work mates and other friends that she knows and there were only two people there that knew I have been banded.

Basically I ate really slowing and didn't eat a lot of anything.

The first course was a potato and leek soup, so that went down alright and was delicious. Than the main course was an individual beef wellington, I have never had a piece of beef that was soooooo tender. I had no problem with it, but even so I still only had a tiny portion of it (the left overs were just as tender the next night for dinner and did both me and my mum who had the left over soup with it). And then the dessert was a simple strawberry snow. A very light and fluffy strawberry whiped thing :) I couldn't eat a lot of it but it was yummy.

All in all I did eat a bit too much, but it was over a longer period of time than what I would normally eat.

But it was a great night and I have been extra good ever since. Hope you are all doing well. I have been reading, just have not had the time to comment as much as I would like.