Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Starting Measurements

I decided to take some advice and do measurements as an additional way to track my progress.


Underarms/Chest: 44
Bicep: 17
Breasts: 51
Ribcage: 46
"Top Roll": 53 (this is where my waist is supposed to be)
Hips: 56
Thigh: 30

Edited to add starting photos: These are about 10lbs over the date of the measurements, but close enough.

An Evolving To Do List

1. Find diet sheet from surgeon.
2. New pair of training shoes.
3. Alleviate plantar faciitis symptoms w/stretching.
4. Research exercise equipment: elliptical or treadmill? Answer: treadmill
5. Buy things: food scale, liquid tylenol, chewable multivitamin, chewable calcium, biotin, B12 sublinguals
6. Buy treadmill. It has a nice new home in my basement
7. Set realistic exercise goal and get started (you can cross it off after two weeks of doing it)
8. Shop for liquid diet: broth, sugar free popsicles, sugar free jello

Monday, August 16, 2010


Now that I've got a date, I seem to be obsessed with gathering information on message boards and in books. It's been so long since my nutrition consult last fall that I really don't remember a lot of it so I'm particularly worried about my post-op diet (liquids, purees, oh my!). Today I requested our county library system to send me 2 weight loss surgery recipe books and a general WLS book so I can look them over before buying.

Yay for good libraries! Everyone should have access to one.

The protein powder/protein shake thing is overwhelming me. I know I'm going to be using them a lot, probably for the rest of my life, and there are so many freaking brands. They are too expensive to just try haphazardly, so I'm trying to condense info. I keep hearing about Isopure and Unjury so I guess that's a place to start.

Today I broke the 270 mark at 269.8. About 9 lbs in one week on low carb pre-op-- not too bad.

Friday, August 13, 2010

So I've been doing low carb this week to begin to prep for my September surgery.

Day 2 or 3 for me on low carb is Dooms Day, where Godzilla bursts forth from my stomach to hulksmash the world into submission. The first time I did low carb, I started crying hysterically on day 3 when I realized the seasoning I put on my chicken had 4g of carbs in a serving. This is only significant because I'm not a big crier. My husband had to use his suicidal-man-on-the-roof voice to talk me down. This time, I found myself shoveling the biggest steak I have ever eaten into my mouth and still feeling like my stomach was a gaping maw of soulless emptiness (you know, how many women feel about their mother-in-laws).

I think that was my low point for carb-craving this time around. I think I should probably pray for that poor masticated cow that was sacrificed to the sugar gods.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I have a date!

My lap-band procedure is scheduled for September 17th. I pushed it out a month so that I could lose as much weight pre-surgery as possible and since I tend to stop losing once I've hit a month, that should about do it.

One month out: 278.8 lbs, BMI = 45

Today is the highest BMI I will have for the rest of my life!