Three years, four months, and four days ago I weighed 250 pounds and was going in to have a lap band placed. I looked like this a few weeks after it was done:


Today I am 150 pounds! That’s right! I HAVE MET MY GOAL!!! I have lost 100 pounds. At 5′ 6″ that took me from a morbidly obese BMI of 40.3 to a normal weight BMI of 24.2.
Today I look like this and couldn’t be happier that I made the decision to have weight loss surgery:



It hasn’t been an easy journey but it has been my own. I’ve learned a lot about my messed up head and body image. I will always feel like I’ve stolen some 6 year old kid’s jeans when I take mine out of the dryer but I’m ok with that. I will never again have to feel like I’m pushing the limits on water slides (physics 101) or about my legs going numb from the circulation being cut off by a lunchroom chair.



88% There


I just checked my BMI and I have just 12 pounds until I am officially a “normal weight”! I have come so far it doesn’t seem real. My brain hasn’t caught up still.

I take my jeans out of the dryer and still think I’ve stolen some four year old’s pants. When I look at the numbers on the scale my eyes skip over the first digit and go straight to the last two. Telling someone that I weigh One Hundred and blah pounds sounds so foreign. Have you ever been asked your age and had to take a moment to think about it? Yah, same thing.

I’d love to give myself till the end of summer to get past “overweight” but I know better than that. So I’ll say by the end of the year.

Days 4 and 5 Pouch Test

I’m not proud of what I’ve done but I will admit it.  I had a very rough day yesterday.  We’re talking so mad I was bawling at my desk.  So my lovely little car made a detour to the liquor store and purchased a bottle of peach vodka.  Naughty little car.  After a few glasses of this sweet hootch mixed with oj (we’re calling this one a screwy navel) my troubles were much farther behind me.  I know drinking to make the bad things go away isn’t a good path to go down but really I can count on one had the number of times I have had any alcohol since being banded on one hand (and this was a first for the hard stuff and for stress relief).

The stressful issue has been resolved as of this afternoon and all is better.  Now, how did the firm protein day go?  It went.  I can really tell that my internal portion control is back but a bit frustrating that I haven’t lost any weight.  Still the same as when I started the pouch test (ok there was a day or two when I was higher but that was totally a TOM thing).  Today is back to normal foods.

Will I do the pouch test again?  I wouldn’t be opposed to it.  Was it hard?  Not really.  I could never even imagine doing this before being banded though.

Have a good weekend everyone!

pssst… school is back in swing for me so it may be sparse over here.  Then again I’m taking a comp class so I could have all kinds of creative things to torture you with post.

Greatest Thing Ever?… We’ll See

I hate to admit this but due to several excuses reasons over the last few months my little family has become quite the fast food junkies.  I’m talking we could rival the guy on Fast Food Nation.  Let me tell you my waistline is a testament to why this is a bad thing.  Now, I’m not going to bore you with the reasons that this has happened just know that they are completely valid (mostly).

Now, what are we going to do about this you ask.  Since there still isn’t enough time in the day to provide a healthy and cost effective meal plan when you’re planning meals for a man who may or may not be home long enough to eat said meal as well as a woman who has more time at the library than in her home most nights… I present what I’m calling Plan B (no not the birth control Plan B you dirty monkeys).

Enter Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating program.  This is a 3 meal a day, 7 days a week provided meal plan.  I don’t have to cook or shop for that matter.  It averages 1200 calories a day and I’ve seen these meals up close… they look pretty tasty.  And for just over $6 a meal it’s a much better deal than any fast food place.  The best part is that there is a location on my way home that I can pick up the food (you only do that twice a week).  It’s fresh food that’s never been frozen.  I don’t get to start until April 6 so we’ll see how it goes.  I’m really looking forward to it.  I’ll try to take pics of the food and keep everyone up to date on any weight lost on this thing.