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Exercise + Proper Nutrition + lapband = success!

There's no getting around it! Having Weight Loss Surgery is NOT a magic bullet to thin-ness.

I'll repeat that. Having Weight Loss Surgery is NOT a magic bullet to thin-ness.

On April 20, 2009, I had a gastric lap band surgery by Dr. George Fielding, at NYU Medical Center. Dr. Fielding is a pioneer in the WLS field -- and in fact was the first surgeon to bring the gastric band to the US once it was approved by the FDA. He also has a lap band himself -- so he knows exactly the who, what, where, when and why -- he gets it!!

Weight Tracking:
April 8, 2009 = 258.5 started presurgical liquid diet
April 20, 2009 = 244 lbs. (-14.5 lbs.) Surgery Date!
May 24, 2009 = 228.5 (-30 lbs.)
June 18, 2009 = 226 (-32.5 lbs.)
July 20, 2009 = 221 (-37.5 lbs.)
August 1, 2009 = 218 (-40.5 lbs.)
August 27, 2009 = 205 (-53.5 lbs.)
September 20, 2009 = 202.5 (-56 lbs.)
October 20, 2009 = 202 )-56.5 lbs.)
November 16, 2009 = 198 (-60.5 lbs.)
December 3, 2009 = STILL at 198 lbs.
January 22, 2010 = 197 (-61.5 lbs.)
February - July 11, 2010 = 193 (-65.5 lbs.)
January 13, 2011 -- 192. Still at 192. Uggghh. for almost a year now.
April 4, 2011 -- back to 197. Gain overall in 9 months = 5 lbs. Now to some this is not a major gain - but to me, as a lap band patient, this is inexcusable.
May 21, 2011 - my beloved father unexpectedly passed away. I miss you DADDY!
February 27, 2011 - steadily gained weight now at 214.5 lbs.
Putting the brakes on NOW.
March 5, 2012 - 210 (down 4.5 pounds woo hoo!)

In the nine months since my Dad passed away, I have gained - I now weigh 214.5. Again. I can see the extra pounds in my body, my shape. I now feel extra fat again. I cannot let the scale go higher than this. So it is back to basics.

Eat 3 small 1-cup meals daily, with low fat/no fat foods, no sugar, and minimum of 60 grams protein each day.
and back to the gym!

I renewed my Body Bugg subscription today and will be logging in food and see calories burned.

I will eat 1 "splurge" a week, on Wednesdays. To reward myself. The other meals will be lowfat, lowcarb, high protein, and eat slowly, small bites.

Member Since: 5/2/2009

Fitness Minutes: 252

My Goals:
My goal is to lose approx. 50 lbs. (added onto the 50 lbs. I have lost already).

My path is using my lap band surgeon's lifelong recommendations.


My Program:
I eat three meals a day, take small bites, mostly protein based. Drink lots of water sip by sip.

Personal Information:
Lap Band Surgery April 20, 2009 with Dr. George Fielding out of NYU Medical Center. He's the top LAP BAND doc in the nation.

Other Information:
Married to my prince charming, I enjoy writing, reading, garage-sale-ing, and Walt Disney World. I am a writer of inspirational romantic suspense books.

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    4km walk today - and 3lbs down - not bad for lil ol me! How's it going with you?

    3936 days ago
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    Hiya Beth...I only nip in here on the odd occasion, but I have a daily blog that I keep up at if you wanted to nip round and say hi...:)

    3944 days ago
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    Well who'da thunk - its her! We are really good at changing persona's lol....I have been 'doing it' since 1st Jan, and thank goodness I seem to be back on track - its taken a while - but slowly slowly catchee monkee. Glad to see its still going good for you. Keep on keeping on!

    3991 days ago
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    4049 days ago
    Thank you for your comment on my SparkPage blog and saying I would soon be able to fit into the small clothes.
    4069 days ago
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