Tuesday, 31 January 2012


Interesting that I'm back to blogging since my last fill seems to have been a success. Does this make me a fair-weather blogger? Probably; and that's not really a good thing, is it? I should blog the bad as well as the good or else this blog isn't a fair representation of the truth of living with a band. That's not to say I totally shied away from blogging as my weight went up; I have been truthful about it and documented it, but I just didn't document it as regularly, in as much detail, or as joyfully as I documented the weightloss.

Today the scales finally showed me the reward of not eating half as much as I was before this latest top-up, with a loss of 2lbs, thank you very much.

13st 13lbs - 195lbs - BMI 32.4
(a total loss so far of 67lbs - 27lbs to go)

This is a nice figure as it takes me back into the '13st-something' bracket, rather than bouncing around in the low 14s.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Sweet Spot Regained?

Not wanting to curse myself, but I'm really hoping that the fill I had on Wednesday (taking me back to 8mls in a 10ml band) might see me back at my sweet spot. Since my much-needed unfill at the end of September I've managed to pack on the pounds due to major over-eating (mostly of chocolates, biscuits and puddings, not to mention much larger portions of pretty much everything else.)

On the day of my fill I weighed 14st 2lbs (198lbs); on Friday morning I'd lost one of those pounds but that seems to be it - I thought I'd have lost at least another one by now, but perhaps my body is determined to hang on to the lovely fat/sugar-laden pounds that I have so kindly gifted it since September 2011.

Anyway, I'm now back to weighing myself regularly - something that had tailed off quite significantly when I knew the scale was creeping upwards. So, here we are, my weight today:

14st 1lb - 197lbs - BMI 32.8

(a total loss so far of 65lbs - 29lbs to go)

Yep, it's a gain and it's a step backwards along the weightloss path (right back to February 4 2011 - nearly an entire year's worth of weightloss undone) but I just have to look at how much I have lost (65lbs) and look at photos of me from a couple of years back to see just how far I've come. Which reminds me - I managed to miss my two year blogiversary; I actually spent the day/weekend celebrating hubby's 40th birthday by eating, sleeping, drinking and eating more at Burgh Island. Ho hum!

Monday, 16 January 2012

Aches and Pains

What a strange coincidence that my post un-fill weight gain has affected my blogging! I seem not to want to document the weight going up quite as much as I wanted to document it going down. I wonder why?! I'm now hovering around the 14stone mark - somedays I see 13st 12lbs, and once last week I even saw 14st 2lbs. Ouch. It's very disappointing because if I take the average and say my weight is 14st (196lbs), then it has taken me just 3.5months to gain the amount of weight that it took me seven months to lose. I was very excited back on 19 February 2011 to report that I'd lost 66lbs and was down to 14st (196lbs); now I'm not at all excited to be reporting that I've gained 1st 8lbs (22lbs) from my lowest low of 12st 6lbs on 23 September 2011 to be back at 14st. So, it takes twice as long to lose weight as it does to gain it. That's a scientific fact, as proven by this experiment featuring me!

However, it's only just over one week til I make a return visit to my surgeon for another top-up. The 0.5mls I had put in last time (14 December) hasn't made much difference, so I think another 0.5mls (which will take me to 8mls in a 10ml band) is in order. When I went for my unfill I had 9mls in there, so I'm still going to be 1ml short of the amount that ended up causing me so much bother (ie hardly eating anything, acid reflux, etc) so hopefully this will see me back at my sweet spot. Fingers crossed.

Anyway, back to the title of this post - aches and pains. When I was making my descent down the slopes of Mt Weight I couldn't tell you at what point my back stopped aching or my knees stopped creaking when I walked up the stairs. But now that I have been making my not-so-slow ascent of Mt Weight, I can pinpoint the exact pound at which the aches and pains returned - 13st 10lbs (192lbs). Interesting, eh? At least now I know where I need to get to, to(hopefully) return to a backache free zone.

Did anyone else ever note/notice the weight at which certain ailments ceased to bother them? At my highest weight I think I just pretty much took for granted the daily backache, knee creaks, tiredness, lethargy. But now they are much more bothersome as I was so used to not having to deal with them. Here's looking forward to a fill which will hopefully help sort my band (and my head) and help a few of those pesky pounds disappear again.