Friday, March 25, 2011

I feel GREAT!!!

So we just returned from our mini vacation to St. Louis with the kids and my sister.  I have to say that I truly have not felt this good in a very long time.  It is so hard to put into words how great it feels that I can walk 2 and a half miles and not have any pain in my knee or my body at all.  I participated in activities with the kids that I would have never dreamt of doing a year ago.  My poor swimsuits are too big but I was able to find one that fit me well enough I did not look like a total idiot.  It is just amazing when I look at pictures from last spring break and this spring break! Scary almost. 

What a difference a year has made in my life!  I actually called the doctors office today to fill them in on my progress.  As I have stated before, a typical Lap Band patient gets a "fill" every 5-6 weeks or so. A fill is when they use a needle to put a little bit of fluid into the band to tighten it.  I have a band that will hold 10 cc and I currently have 4cc in my band.  Well I had a fill December 2nd and was weighing 276 that day.  When I went back for my next fill on January 6th I was down to 261.  I actually met with Dr. Rohrscheibe that day and it was decided that since I was doing so well working the program on my own lets just see how long I can go on my own.  The deal was when the scale stopped moving down, I felt I was eating more or just I thought I needed a fill to get a hold of him.  There have been a few days where I have thought I needed to get a fill and Tony always encourages me to go back to the basics and ask myself, what have I been eating, how much water am I drinking, and how much exercise am I getting.  When I look at these things I am able to get back on track.  Today I am 234 and I feel like things only continue to get better health wise for me. 

I am really needing to hit the jackpot in regards to some new clothes.  I feel like I keep putting more and more in the celebration box.  This is a great thing but I need clothes.  I am having lunch with a great friend today and she is going to bring me some of her clothes.  I am hoping a few of those work now if not soon I will be in that size. 

This has been such a great journey, one that I have been thrilled to share with others.  I am very proud of my progress and I feel that I need to "pay it forward".  I want to help educate others about Lap Band.  It is not for everyone and I will be the first one to admit that, I will also warn others I am not a typical case...I have been very fortunate and my hard work has paid off!  I hope you are able to do something today for yourself and your health!  Take care!  Jane