Saturday, August 13, 2011


So I mean seriously I need a reality check.. I understand this is my second time with surgery and that I went through a revision... Not only that I was a lightweight going into the revision so I need to suck it up and be thankful for what I have accomplished..

There are many people out there that are just starting and hopefully didn't choose the lapband... and if they did it is/will work for them for their lifetime.

I am under 200lbs and losing 2-4lbs a week is a great thing when you only have 40lbs to lose..

Kauai in 4 months and my swimsuit here I come... Eugene Marathon 2012 here I come too! SUCK IT UP Brandy you dont have it as hard as you think..

Pep talk over :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

4 Weeks Post OP

OK! So I was stalled for a little over a week... about 8 days. Then Bam I lost 1.2 pounds. I know its only 1.2 but the scale moved.

Not only am I back in onederland, I am only 48lbs from goal weight now and have a new amazing tool to help me get there.

Water, protein, water, protein... Just keep on sipping and hoping for the best for my next weigh in on Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

3 Weeks Post op!

Well I am 3 weeks post op from my RNY revision and I am estatic. I have lost 24 pounds in 3 weeks. I am currently stalled though and I do not know why.... I haven't lost anything in about 4 days. I am going to up my water and protein intake.

I know I am getting plenty of exercise as I have been walking about 2 miles a day and I continuously clean house almost to the point of obsessive. Oh well whatever keeps me moving.

I get tired easily so I do what I can then take a few minute break then up and at em the first gust of energy I get.

We wiill see what week 4 brings!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2 Weeks Post op today!

Well, I am 2 weeks post op today from my RNY Revision. I feel amazing. I have lost 15lbs in the last 2 weeks. I am almost back to where I was before my band troubles.

I decided to use the 4 weeks that I have off work to my advantage. I understand I need to walk etc... But I have found that doing massive in depth house cleaning for me might be alot more beneficial in the caloric department as well as very productive around the house.

We have a 5 bedroom with alot of closets and many small spaces for people (teenage son) to shove things... ITS AMAZING what I find!

So the task the last 2 days was to take everything out of all cupboards and pantry and wash the cupboards inside and out and reorganize.. Tomorrow is day 2 of this project. It keeps me moving for hours :)

~Cheers to all!

Monday, June 27, 2011


Well I dropped off the face of the earth for a while. So I will try to make this brief.

I lost 113lbs with my lapband in 3 years YAY!! So while I was almost at goal I began having a harder and harder time getting food down. Even though I hadnt had a fill in over a year the band was tightening more and more.

I went to Dr. Folek in January of 2011 to find that I had a small slip (any slip to me is huge) she said that we would take all the saline out and try in 30 days to reintroduce some of the saline.

Long story short she gave me the same song and dance every month for 4 months. I finally asked for a revision after gaining 25lbs back. She said that I was too young and active enough to continue down the path I was on with the band. She actually wanted to take it out and put another one in. She wasn't my original surgeon thankfully because I would never have chosen her. I was handed her at a center of excellence (or lack of excellence)

I went to Steve Terisigni in Coosbay for a 2nd opinion. He immediately saw me and my chart and decided on the RNY revision... so I guess I should start a new blog wtih a new name because in 2 weeks I will be RNY For health!! So nervous and excited.

7/12/2011 is my new anniversary :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wow another year...

I had a wow moment recently.

I work for a company that is very well known in the fashion industry and appearance is everything.

I haven't been in the situation in a long time to tell my story to someone who doesn't know me. I have moved from my previous department to another and met another person who where I was just 3 years ago... although it feels like a lifetime it wasnt. I don't quite remember how the conversation came up but I never miss the oppurtunity to tell someone how great my life has been since the lapband surgery.

We began talking and it turns out that she actually had attended a seminar years and years ago. After quite a few conversations and showing her my before and after photos she took the first step :) She booked another seminar for the lap band. Being the person I am I immediately stepped up and said I would go as her support! You don't have to be best friends or even know someone a whole lot to know what they are going through, the pain they feel, and the daily struggles life can be as an obese person.

A few weeks went by and we attended the seminar with my surgeon at the helm. After she asked a few questions and I chatted it up with the doctor.

She is still working through the paper work process and money is a factor for her. Although everyone must realize that YOUR life is worth a whole lot more than a penny in your pocket... things work out for a reason.

I am so overly joyed at how my surgery went, my post op, my weight loss, and my emotional well being.

I couldnt have asked for anything more! Thank you Dr. Yarbrough :)

Update on me: My weight has stalled. I am not so much about getting the number on the scale down as I am about toning up what I have and getting a little healthier. I would like to go back to running but I need some nice running shoes (they are on my xmas list) and I need to see a doctor about the large callous that has formed from when I was running last year.

Happy Bandin to ALL!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Light headed

So yesterday morning I gave blood when the blood mobile came to my work. I knew that I hadn't been at the gym Saturday and Sunday so I packed up and headed there. For some weird reason I was dreading it. I just didn't feel like being there. I get going on the treadmill. When I hit about 1 mile I get lightheaded but it passes fast. I have 2 more occurances before I finally say ok enoughs enough and get off. I only did 1.7...

I realized it was because I gave blood how stupid was I to go run after that. Uggh /fail at the gym.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

KFC to give away free grilled chicken again on 10/26

KFC Link to free chicken article

So KFC is going to make a second attempt to give away a piece of free grilled chicken to people... Love to see how this one goes over.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Feeling good

So the scale isnt moving.. Not one bit. Holding steady despite all this exercise. I would of thought it would of shocked the hell outta my system... Guess not.

I went back to the gym last night and did a run. I was doing the interval running on the couch 2 5k. Instead of moving on to other weeks I have been working on increasing my speed when I do run that way when as I move on I will have further distances. Last night I ran at a pace of 5.1 when I ran! That's like sprinting for these lil legs haha. I was only running 1 minute at a time though... I got 2 miles in. I am hoping that when I move on to another week that I will get 2.5 miles in.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Got my ass kicked at the gym this weekend

I did a bootcamp at my local gym this weekend.. WOW that was hard. I kept up though and finished the class.

I have to say though that I did my standard 30 minute run and got through it with flying colors.. Then I thought I would play on the rowing machine as this is the first time I have tried it. I was on it for 20 minutes and did about 26/27 per minute. I got off of it not feeling like much had been worked.

This is 2 days later and my shoulders and upper arms feel like jello... OMG they are so sore. I shouldve listened to Lulu when she said it works ya hard.

I plana to do it again though once my arms are back to normal.

Today I run though.

Friday, October 16, 2009


Last night instead of going to the gym I hit the ground running with my border collie. Since I wasn't able to gauge how far I went with the route I took I tried to push myself and go faster so hopefull I met my goal of atleast 2.5-3 miles.

Today is my off day. I am worried about tomorrow though I am going to try and get to the gym at 10am .... For boot camp!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Keep on Keeping on

I went to the gym last night. I did a lifting class but since I was a newbie and never weight lifted I got to do the baby weights just to go through the motions. I felt really stupid while the others lifted the real thing. But that's ok because they too once was having to do what I did.

I have to say I was a very lazy bandster and I would contribute MAYBE 10lbs of my weightloss so far to exercise.. the rest was due to changing eating habits. I have only recently found the motivation because I have a trip to go see Glou, lab, Laura, and KC in December and I would like to feel like I tried a little to get where I am... which definately isn't goal. I will also be the first to admit my plateau mostly is from snacking and liquid calories MOSTLY my love for salty bloody marys and over abundance of wine haha.

I recently decided No goody drinks for me (last week) so I have been good since Saturday and have yet to see it reflect on the scale. However, I am trying to not get dissapointed and keep on keeping on.

There's my confession!

Well aren't I bunch of jibber jabber today.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Back in the game!

Alright so woke up today feeling like a million bucks... too bad I don't have the million bucks.

So Anyway yesterday I went for a run while still feeling crappy. I did 1.6 miles... much less than I wanted to. I sweated far more than usual I believe because I had a temperature.

It will take me a few days to build the endurance back up but I have drank more fluids in the last 3 days than I have in a month I think sheesh...

Today though I put on the big girl panties and signed up for a weight training session for tonight. OMG I must be insane! I hope I can move tomorrow... since tomorrow is run day.

A very good article to go along with my weight training

Monday, October 12, 2009

Feeling a little better

Well I made it to work... With that much said I feel slightly off today still. Might have a little fever not sure...

I would like to exercise today so we will see how I feel later today.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Feeling Sick

Today should have been my day to run... Not going to happen. I woke up feeling a little off but still I got up and did 30 minutes on my exercise bike. By the time I was done I had a fever, shaking, and a headache.... Uggh Hope it's not the flu.

I have been pumping the water into me so I will hope for the best when I have to get up for work in the morning.

Friday, October 9, 2009


I <3 the couch 2 5k! I have never WANTED to run but now I look forward to it.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Back to Running after knee pain!

Call me a wimp but I am starting all over on c25k because I was out 2 weeks with some serious inner knee pains.

So joined the gym and went last night for a measley 2 mile run. Doesn't sound like alot but I sweated a ton so I was working it. Running on a dreadmill is a learning curve but I got the hang of it quickly.

I will say that when I run outdoors that I have a tendancy to not push myself and only run slightly faster than a quick walk. I have super short legs lol.. I buy petites and cut them off... So me running at 4.7 MPH is quick to me haha. I would love to be able to do a 9 minute mile but I am guessing I would fall on my face trying to run at 6.6... Maybe eventually but that might be a sprint for me!

Last night I did interval walk/run W1D1 of 3.6 walk 4.7 run.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Back to Running TODAY!

My knee is all healed up and I am back at it. Today is the day.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Yay it's Friday!!

So today is my daughters 17th bday.. Wow time flew by! Were off to play some mini golf, some laser tag, and cosmic bowling!! Gotta dig out the all white cloths for the black lights.

Darn I forgot I am suppose to say something negative..... oh wait 4-5 is -1 :)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lap Band Talk

So it's really no suprise that Alex at LBT wasn't willing to make a change and have Susan step down as mod. That's ok Karma bites you in the ass everytime. I obviously won't be going back to LBT along with many of my friends.

I would like to let everyone know a little something about the site. When you're new and researching the band the place seems great. Although once you begin to look at the inner workings of the site, the mods, how things are handled, and the favortism it's very child like.

The main mod in question is Susan. Susan has made herself an open book. While on the boards she has made it clear that...

1. Her husband was bumping uglies with his ex wife
2. Her daughter in law hates her
3. She logs in as her husband on his facebook
4. She isn't able to fight her own battles
5. Doesn't take responsibility for her actions

Theres many reasons that alot of people at LBT have issues with her. Mine is mostly because she decided to pick on a friend of mine. After having a 'bad week' she decided to post things on her facebook such as "She was going to have to put the smack down" and Telling Rhonda to shut up and have another glass of wine. As an adult and a mod her emotions should be left out of it.

The other reason I have a problem with her being a mod is she doesn't even have a god damn lap band. She has a sleeve. YAY for you Susan.

My recommendation to you Susan.. Get off the computer, spend time with your family, and work on your self esteem. Running to a forum where you know no one to spew your life about your family is wrong. Fix it... To do that you're gonna have to step back into reality.

Oh and PS Alex over at LBT makes coinage off the ads he has on his site.. They aren't places he endorses because he believes in them. They are just willing to pay the most to be on there.