Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Weigh In

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!  Finally broke through that barrier! Weight is down, things are looking up!!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Delicious New Recipe

My local banded blogger peep Z posted this on her FB page, and I just knew I had to give it a try.

   You see, I'm a sucker for anything with avocado in it! I switched mine up a bit, and used black beans instead of pinto (because that's how I roll...)

   I must say, it is delicious!  Mmmmm so fresh-tasting and cool. I think corn would make a nice addition too. It's a great summer dish!


Kalyn's Kitchen Pinto Bean Salad Recipe

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Let's Compare Lab Results!!

  I am thrilled with the change in my cholesterol levels!

  Last year in May, my TOTAL CHOLESTEROL was 205. Now it is 179! That is a change from 'Borderline High' to 'Desirable'. Yeah, go ahead, call me Desirable. I can get used to it.

  Last year my LDL CHOLESTEROL  was Borderline High at 132. Now it is 'Near Optimal' at 125 (Optimal is below 100mg/dL).

  And my TRIGLYCERIDE levels have stayed low, from 105 a year ago to 44 this year (Ideal is below 150mg/dL).

   I still need to work on my HDL levels (i.e. 'good cholesterol') which for some reason have decreased from last year's 52 to this year's 45 (above 60mg/dL is Optimal).  I am going to start taking some Omega-3 vitamins for my heart health.

  I am sure that these improvements in lab values are not coincidence. My diet has completely changed from fast food, high trans-fat foods... to a current diet that is high in lean proteins and vegetables. I rarely rarely eat fast food. And when I do, it's usually a salad! And I went from Couch Potato to Gym Rat.

  These NSVs just make me smile!!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Friday Weigh In

Please do not adjust your screen. You are seeing this correctly. I have maintained my weight for yet another week. Oh well, at least it's not a gain!!

Some things I am going to make a priority:

    1)  SLEEP! I have been forgetting lately the importance of sleep for me. I have found that personally, I need about 7.5 - 8hrs of sleep in order to lose weight. I have been getting only 6 or 7 lately. I will make this a priority.  Fortunately, I lurv to sleep!!! So this is no form of punishment for me. I will be a good little girl, and go to bed earlier (or sleep in later....)   :-)

    2) EXERCISE!  I have been slacking a bit lately, making it to the gym only 3 days a week. I've got to bump it back up to 4 or 5. I always feel better afterwards, so it's just a matter of getting up off my duff and going!

I am confident there will be a loss next week. I hope everyone has a great week, and a safe Memorial Day weekend!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Friday Weigh-In

   Stable this week. Not sure why; I was good about food & exercise. Oh well. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday Weigh-In

Woot woo!!  I'm back on track!
I've just found out that my 25th high school reunion is the last week in August. So that's more incentive to reach my goal weight!
I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Nurses Week...and Thank You Governor Christie

   It's Nurses Week, so I've been showered with donuts and sweet treats. It would be rude to say no, n'est-ce pas?!

   That being said, I've been fighting the Hunger Demon quite unsuccessfully lately, so I had a fill today. 0.3cc's added, to make a total of 7cc in my 10cc band.  The Nurse Practitioner said this is the top end of where they like to be with this band. So if I continue to have hunger issues, or any other issues, she will do a barium swallow in two weeks. Otherwise, I'll have one done at my Bandiversary in July.
    I'm so happy that Governor Christie has gone public with his Lap Band surgery. Most of the news reports have gotten the information correct, saying that the band provides hunger control. I only heard one news agency get it wrong when they said, "The band prevents you from eating too much." No it doesn't. I can still eat a pan of brownies if I wanted to. The difference is, I don't want to.
    I say the more good press about weight loss surgery, the better. Just the fact that it encourages people to talk about it is a good thing. Obesity is an epidemic. Anything to combat obesity will prolong life and improve the quality of life.
    Have a great week, everyone! 


Tuesday, May 7, 2013


My son and I had a *BLAST* on our Segway tour through downtown San Antonio. Here we are at San Fernando Cathedral.
The tour was great. I took to the Segway like the proverbial duck to water. I was surprised how easy it was to balance and to maneuver.
I would never have dreamed of getting on a Segway sixty pounds ago. At my top weight of 250 lbs, I avoided any 'precarious' activity. I was always afraid of falling on my fat a$$, breaking a bone, and being out of work (unable to support my son).
I look forward to more fresh-air activities as I become more fit & active!!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Weigh-In

   Back to the 190's this week, but I was expecting this because of hormones. I've got better hopes for next week.
   Very excited to report that I'll be taking a Segway tour tomorrow! I've never been on a Segway; should be interesting indeed!! We will be touring downtown San Antonio.  Will post pics!!