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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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    Welcome to the Lapbanders team.

    If you need help or support, please post to the boards. Someone will get back to you quickly. It seems someone is always online. I have found this team to be wonderful. I hope you do too.

    Good luck reaching your goals of a healthier lifestyle.



    4284 days ago
    Hi and thanks for stopping by my page and also for adding me to your friends list. I'm going to do the same. It's so nice to talk to others whose had the same surgery as me. And especially those who are close to my date. How are you doing? Your not hungry???? WOW. I am most of the time. lol I have been seeing Hummus all over the place and have wondered what that was. I'll have to try it. Seems to be a popular food choice!

    Grace and Peace,
    4285 days ago
    Congratulations!! I had my band done in 2008 and have never been happier! I think I am around 80 pounds lost and feel better than I ever have in the past. Good luck and if you ever have any questions, feel free to email me! And thanks for the comments on my blog... it was such a fantastic feeling to spend the day hiking and to sit down, not because I had to, but rather because I wanted to enjoy the view!
    4285 days ago
    emoticon to SparkPeople and to the Lap Banders team. (You should also join the team "Lap Band Surgery").

    So... another Dr. Fielding patient and fan!! I love the man!! Have we had a chance to meet yet at one of the support group meetings yet? (For that matter, have you been to any of the support group meetings?)

    In any case, welcome again and emoticon on becoming a Bandster!!

    4286 days ago
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    welcome to the lap band glad you are here............wishing you well with you lifestyle changes,as we journey together.............we are here for you............if you need any help don't hesitate to ask..............looking forward to getting to know you better...............blessings and hugs..................lita

    4286 days ago
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