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I am a 39 yr. old stay at home mom to 3 girls ages 10, 9 and 7. My goal is to be fit by 40! I want to lead a healthier lifestyle. I was banded on 4/5/2011. I tend to be a bit on the sarcastic and cynical side. I love to read, hate to excersise (but am learning to tolerate it!), love to shop and want to smack anyone who is a size 2 (not really!). I am learning to work with my band and my new self one day at a time!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How I Did It...........

Lately, I have had a lot of people asking me how in the world I have lost 106 lbs.  So here are my "secrets".  Which really aren't that secret or mind blowing!

1.  I had Lap-Band.  LAP-BAND not Gastric Bypass.  They are completely different.  Nothing has been re-routed or cut in me.  My insides are all accouted for.  If you do not know the difference and want to.......google Lap-Band vs. Gastric Bypass.
2.  I log all my food and drinks on http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ .  This has been one of the best decisions.  Even when I was not exercising, I knew exactly what I was putting in my mouth.  Everyday.  Everything.  That is my motto.
3.  I walk.  EVERY DAY.  No exceptions.  When I first started this journey I did not exercise.  It wasn't until I had lost about 50 lbs. that I felt I had the energy to exercise on dry land.  I began by swimming and pretty soon I wanted to up my game.  Really! 
4.  I drink at least 100 oz. of water a day.  I do not drink soda.  EVER.  This is because I was a Diet Coke junkie.  About 8 Diet Cokes a day.  For me it is like crack.  I don't even want a taste because I know that if I have it, I will only want more.  In the beginning I used Crystal Light or flavored water.  Now I drink it straight up.
5.  I watch my sodium.  Sometimes I watch it as I lick chips. But, I am always aware how much sodium I have.  Why?  Because I am salt sensitive.  Any salt intake will make me retain water.  And when I retain water the scale will not budge.  This is something I struggle with.  Because I LOVE chips.
6.  I have an open communication with my surgeon.  I tell him EVERYTHING.  Which probably annoys the hell out of him.  But, I figure my success is also his success.  I don't think he really wants someone who is not succeeding as a representation of his practice.
7.  I try to get adequate rest.  Try.........because by nature I  am a night owl.  But, I have noticed when I get more sleep I crave carbs less.
8.  I take a fist full of vitamins every morning.  Because if I were to go bald due to a vitamin deficiency........well, I don't want to discuss it.  I would cry myself to sleep while in the fetal position.
9.  Here is a biggie.  I do not eat fast food.  It is the devil.  It is what made me fat in the first place.  I am a control freak, so cooking and eating at home give me the control I crave.  Have I eaten out?  Sure, but I have not been to the golden arches since being banded and I do not intend to go back. Just the smell of grease makes my stomach turn now.
10.  When I am worried, upset or mad I strap on my tennis shoes and walk.  I, like most over-eaters, am an emotional eater.  I have really worked on breaking the cycle.  I want to be able to feel my emotions not eat them and shove them down.
11.  I do not have taboo foods.  If I want something I eat it in MODERATION.  I also eat it in front of people.  There are no secrets.
12.  I no longer have the "all or nothing" mentality.  Before, if I fell off the wagon, I would beat myself up about it.  I would tell myself I was worthless.  That I was a loser.  Not anymore.  One day or one week is only a blip in the calendar.  Everyday is an opportunity to start over fresh.

So there you have it.  Just a few things that have led me to a new healthier and happier self. 

Believe me, if I can do this anyone can.


  1. Thanks for sharing! GREAT advice!

  2. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on your success. Please continue to share. It motivates others.

  3. impressive!!! I'm very proud of your successes and glad you shared!!!! I want to have the same results and so far I'm on track.. 45.2 lbs lost in my journey and I was just banded on the 7th of October =) Keep up the great work.. you deserve it!!!!

  4. Oh, I must remember this post so I can print it at home. Such great words of advice ... thanks for sharing. It's folks like you who give me the inspiration that think/hope that I can do it too !

  5. wow...100oz/day! I bow down to you, oh water consumption queen!! :) :)

  6. Yep, no secrets to this secret- eat less, move more!! Great job!