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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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  • v no profile image DM0417
    Hi your blog about Lapband and getting back on track really helped me. Yesterday was day 1 and I am in for the long haul. I had surgery in 2006 and did ok. Lost about 40 lbs and maintained it for a couple years. I went downhill from there..I weigh 30
    2380 days ago
    Hi! Welcome to Christians Overcoming Compulsive Overeating! You can find us hanging out on the Daily Check In thread, so stop by and let us get to know you...


    3425 days ago
    emoticon for adding me as one of your emoticon s. I look forward to getting to know you and to the day when we each reach our weight loss goals and yell to the heavens, "I did it!" Won't that be a day to remember? emoticon -- Lou
    3432 days ago
    emoticon for joining the "Writers' Support Group" team. I wish you much success with your weight loss. Take things one healthy meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time and always believe in yourself you can do this, one pound at a time. emoticon -- Lou
    3438 days ago
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    Just nipping round to see how it goes....Hope things are good!
    4105 days ago
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