Monday, 26 April 2010
Saturday, 24 April 2010
Friday, 23 April 2010
Patrick's Day which seems to be celebrated worldwide whether you are Irish or not!
On the eating front, I'm definitely noticing more restriction now that I'm back to more solid (but still soft) food, but I can still eat a good amount, which sort of feels like it might be too much. I'm slightly concerned that I'm already at 6mls without getting the amount of restriction I probably should but I know that 0.5mls can make a huge difference, so I still have a few mls to play with. Anyone else out there with 6mls (or more) who doesn't feel like they are at their sweet spot yet?
At least when I weighed in this morning I was back to my lowest weight of 16st 11lb (235lbs), but I reached that on Thursday 25 March and that was FOUR WEEKS and ONE DAY ago, for heaven's sake! I've not lost one single pound in all that time. Jeepers. Ok, admittedly I've only gone up by a maximum of 3lbs in that time, and mostly it's been bouncing around the 1lb or 2lbs up mark but, honestly, no loss in 29 days?! ARRRGGHHHHH.
And now onto the questions that Jennifer and Sandy Lee (I didn't get to ask any of the questions from Miss Tori as the only attendees at the support group this month were post-band [or bypass in two cases]).
Jennifer asked: why is it we get stuck after only a few bites? I asked my surgeon this, and guess what he said? The answer-that's-not-an-answer: "No one really knows" - helpful, eh? He said something about the lining of the stomach being corrugated, not smooth so that food can get caught in it on the way through, and also that it is puckered up where the band goes round (I imagine he means a little like the bottom section of a party balloon just near where the knot has been tied), but that was about it. Sorry, Jennifer - I've not really done very well for you, have I? It seems that, even for the surgeons, the gastric band is not an exact science!
Sandy Lee asked: what's the difference in the hole when the band is filled between 5ml and 6ml, for example. And again, no real answer to this question. I asked what sort of diameter I had in my band at 4mls and he said about 3/4 of an inch, which I must admit was much bigger than I tought it would be, and that was about it.
I'm really sorry not to have done any better for you both; I may ask these questions again some time and see if what sort of answer I get. Or maybe someone else out there in The Wonderful World of Blogland knows the answer?
Thursday, 22 April 2010
So, what has happened in three months? Well, I've lost 27lbs and a total of 12 inches from various parts of my generous anatomy, my clothes fit better (some don't fit anymore because they are too big and some that were too small now fit well) and I've scored one NSV of someone who didn't know about the band actually commenting on my weightloss. I feel fitter, healthier, lighter and altogether much more confident; and it feels great to know that this is just the beginning.
Secondly, yesterday I had my THIRD, long-awaited and very much needed, fill. The surgeon took me up from 4mls to 6mls in one fell swoop because, as he said, "I think you can handle it" - should I take that as a compliment? Makes me sound like a seasoned bandit or something, doesn't it? Not that I would claim to be one! Does a 2ml fill sound like a lot in one go? I sooooo hope it will make a difference - so far I've been sticking to the liquids so it's difficult to tell (I'm not [yet] one of those bandits who can barely get their morning coffee down), but as soon as I'm back on the solids I really hope I'll notice a difference and that the pounds start dropping off. Pretty please?!
I notice I now have fifty-TWO (which is only one short of fifty-THREE!) followers - thank you all for taking the time to join me on this journey; I do my utmost to read as many blogs as I can each day and to comment if time permits, but please don't think badly of me if you notice that I haven't commented at all or for a while, somehow time seems to slip through my fingers in between working, looking after my darling small boy (often simultaneously, but don't tell the boss!) and doing all those other day-to-day things that everyone has to do.
I have some answers to the questions some of you left for me to ask at the Q&A session; I'll post them next time.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Restaurant? Hotel room? What is this, I hear you ask? Well, I went on a little jolly with a friend to Harrogate (N. Yorkshire), leaving the small boy and Hubby with Grandma & Grandad in Wigan. This was the first ever time I've been away without both my boys and, dare I say it, what a treat it was! My friend (let's call her Rachel, for that is her name) and I ate and shopped and ate some more, and then a little more. There was absolutely no indication on my part that I had had a GB fitted less than three months ago; indeed, it seemed that Rachel (who is not a Bandit) ate less than I did; I SOOOOO need this fill!
The main reason for our visit to Harrogate was to attend the British Craft Trade Fair so that Rachel could source some lovely lovely lovely handmade items for the new shop she is opening at the end of May. Oh My! Over 500 stands of the most scrum-tiddly-umptious items - ceramics, textiles, greetings cards, jewellery, mirrors, toys, knitwear, paintings, prints - all handmade in the UK. Best of all, because it was a trade fair, there was no fighting with stinky old Joe Public to get our hands on all the loveliness.
Although this was the main reason for our visit, had you seen us you may have thought that the main reason was so that we could go to Betty's Tearooms. We went four times in the space of the two-and-a-half days that we were in Harrogate: dinner Sunday evening (fish and chips, lemonade, cream cake, hot chocolate), dinner Monday evening (cheese and bacon rosti, lemonade, ice cream sundae), breakfast Tuesday morning (full English, coffee) and back Tuesday afternoon to buy cakes (rhubarb, Yorkshire tea loaf, fondant fancies, caramel shortbread), biscuits (Yorkshire shortbread), teas (two varieties) and coffees (2 varieties) to take home. By the way, did I tell you I've had a GB fitted? Exactly; you wouldn't know it, would you? Did I say I NEED the next fill? Yes, I really, really do - three days and counting...
Thursday, 8 April 2010
The first person to comment that I've lost weight who didn't know I've had the band fitted. Made me feel really chuffed! Up til now the only people who have commented on my weightloss are those who know about the band - hubby, mum, the in-laws and two of my very good friends. Obviously, that's really nice and much appreciated, but they're almost bound to say something, aren't they? But this person didn't have to say anything, however what he did say was "I hardly recognised you then; you've lost some weight, haven't you?" Yeee-haaaa!
And, as requested by Gen, here are the monthly stats on my weightloss so far:
January (including pre-op diet): -15lbs
If you take away the fact that I lost 7lbs on the pre-op diet, that would give me a banded weightloss for January of 8lbs, which makes the month-by-month losses fairly even. It was good looking at it this way as I was starting to feel that I hadn't done very well recently, but clearly things aren't so bad after all!
Monday, 5 April 2010
Talking of the real world, I am currently inhabiting 'Non Weight Loss Land', in the town known as 'Actually, I've Put on a Pound or Two', suburb 'Due to Feeding My Face With Cake, Biscuits and Chocolate'. Ho hum. Yesterday (and today) I was back up to 17stone (238lbs) - yuck. Still, only 16 days til my next fill...
I expect you've all seen that Catherine has met her goal. How amazing is that? Hers was the first blog I ever found about life with the GB; I read it from start to finish in the space of a couple of days and I was soooo inspired. She is a fantastic role model for us all. Well done Catherine!
Thursday, 1 April 2010
1) I'm going to ignore the fact that the scale had bounced back up to 16st 13lbs (a 2lb gain on my lowest weight), because the scale has done this to me plenty of times before. Lots of boinging around before heading, once more, in the right direction.
2) It's now less than three weeks til I get my fill.
3) I have an appointment with the dietician next Friday.
4) Here are my measurements which, along with the scale overall, show that things are all good!
Tuesday 19 Jan (day before surgery) :: Tuesday 16 March (8 weeks later)
Neck- 37.5cm :: 35.5cm (-2)
Upper arm right- 39cm :: 37cm (-2)
Upper arm left- 37.5cm :: 35.5cm (-2)
Wrist right- 17cm :: 16.5cm (-0.5)
Wrist left- 17cm :: 16.5cm (-0.5)
Bust- 122cm :: 115cm (-7) - typical!
Waist- 114.5cm :: 110cm (-4)
Hips- 133cm :: 132cm (-1) - also typical!
Thighs- 132cm :: 126cm (-6)
Upper thigh right- 80.5cm :: 79cm (-1.5)
Upper thigh left- 79.5cm :: 77cm (-2.5)
Knee right- 43cm :: 41.5cm (-1.5)
Knee left- 45cm :: 42.5cm (-2.5)
Calf right- 46cm :: 44.5cm (-1.5)
Calf left- 45cm :: 44.5cm (-0.5)
Ankle right- 26.5cm :: 26cm (-0.5)
Ankle left- 26cm :: 25.5cm (-0.5)
If my maths is correct, that's a loss of 32cm (or something like that - I remembered not to include the overall thigh measurement on top of the two individual measurements.) Apologies to those of you who work in feet and inches (as I usually do), but the only tape measure I could find when I took the first set of measurements was in cms, so I've had to stick with it as I can't be bothered to convert them all. I've converted the total though: 32cm is approx 12-and-a-half inches, which is just over one foot - coolio!