Friday, January 30, 2009

Economic Slow Down

Well I guess the economic slow down finally caught up to me! I am not panicking... Yet. I was called into HR and was told that they were going to restructure the jobs and that my position would no longer be required.

I will get unemployment and will be just fine. I am just worried about not having health insurance. The insurance I had was wonderful and paid for my lapband... what now!? I am at good restriction so I will hope that I find another job that will cover fills... That's gonna be tough I think. I will have to research that one.

I leave for Hawaii next week so I don't wanna stress it too much I have been looking forward to this for so long.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Well well well.. GO ME!!! YAY TEAM! no.. serious. I made it to 80lbs lost. I am so shocked. How did this happen? The band worked for me!

When I first started this journey I was like I am the 1/1000000 that this will not work for. I was wrong. This adventure is definetly a learning curve and I still seem to test the waters with foods I probably shouldn't but I am doing alot better.

Bread is a NO NO for me and I still convinced myself last night at Costco that I could eat just 1 sample of pepporoni pizza bites. 1 nibble im good... 2 nibble...3 nibble... run for bathroom to purge the slime fest. That was horrible. I instantly felt better though and moved on with my shopping trip. I can't believe I did that because I never usually try to eat a bread product.

I leave for Hawaii in 1 week and I am so excited. I can't believe that I hit my short term goal of 80lbs lost by the time I get married in Kauai.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Monday, Monday, Monday

Yay me ... 1 more pound down. I think it's weird how I go 2 weeks without a loss then lose a couple pounds... It's a viscous cycle but I love it!

So ya.. I have a bruise still on my face it looks alot better today though. I am sure it will be gone by the time I go on my trip next week. Especially since I dont' leave until Thursday.

I can't wait to see how I fit in the seat I am hoping that I will have a wonderful NSV to report... Losing 78 surely has to help with fitting into the seat right?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

9 Month Anniversary

I am late doing my 9 month posting but that's because of that stupid tooth they pulled. I only have 11 days till I leave for Hawaii and 13 till my wedding... so I ask the nurse assisting with the removal of the tooth if I could have external bruising from it. She said it has never happened... either she fibbed or I am the very first to have bruising. It's not too bad and should be gone by the time I go... I hope. Otherwise alot of makeup will be called for.

So at 9 months I have lost 77lbs. I am happy with that. I wish that I was a steady loser of 2lbs a week though.. Oh well slow loser is still a loser. I can't really too upset about it since my exercise has decreased to nothing. Uggh I can't wait for the weather to warm up. The most I do in a day is walk 2.0 miles.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Stupid wisdom tooth

I get to have a wisdom tooth pulled at 8am this morning. I can't wait! :(

Uggh just got back and I feel like Joan Rivers.... Am I smiling!?!?! I can't feel my face omg!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Ok 1 scoop of rice would've done me in before today.

I still have awesome restriction but today I tempted fate by scooping up 1/4 cup of jasmine and a tblsp of Yumm Peanut sauce!

1 tiny bite.. Wait for it wait for it... HOLY $HIT I DIDN'T PB!

Another bite, another bite, another

30 minutes later I ate 1/4 cup of rice.

I am in heaven as long as it's not more than that!


Did I mention that I am a pretty pretty princess? haha Nothing like being sarcastic eh? I feel ornery today.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Confessions of an obsessive scaler...

Since I have began losing weight I am addicted to my scale. My name is Brandy and I am a scale addict.

They say it's a bad thing to focus on the numbers. To me that is the biggest way to reassure yourself that you're going in the right direction. I don't do alot of the measuring and such as I should. I measure the inches I have lost with the amount of pant sizes I have went down.

So I have tried really hard the last 24 hours to stay off the scale. I have succeeded so far. I don't think I could possibly make it more than a couple days. I would probably eat standing on the scale if I could LOL.

Monday, January 19, 2009


I am tired of being at 194.. I know it's only been a week but I am ready to move on to bigger and better things! Plan today:

Stay on Plan
Drink, Drink, Drink
No carbs!
All proteins here I come

I plan to kick ass this week!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

No news is good news?

I have been holding steady at 194. I was really hoping to dump those before I go to Hawaii. I would like to be 189 or 190 but we will see.. I guess holding steady is better than nothing.

I have an NSV.. At the height of my weight I wore a size 10 ring. When I became engaged last summer the ring he picked out was a size 7 (the only size it came in) I thought no biggie I will just go get it sized. HAHA It's a platinum set so the jeweler told me it would be 200 for each of my rings because of the amount of platinum it would take to extend it out that far. I decided to wait and see what size I was right before the wedding.

I took my rings in last week to have them sized and my ring size is a 7.5 and it cost 75 bucks to size both!!!

YAY me!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Wedding Dress

Well, my wedding dress is complete and back from being altered. It's down to the wire and I am worried I am forgetting something or that something is going to go wrong.. It's so hard to plan a wedding that is happening on the other side of the ocean!

I will try to get a picture of me in my wedding dress tonight. I have to box it up tomorrow and ship it to Kauai so it will be steamed and ready to go when I arrive.

To do list today and tomorrow:

Box up and ship wedding stuff off
Finish ordering and paying for the cake
Pick up rings that are being sized

Can't wait to be done with it all! I had fun while it lasted now I am just ready to be on a tropical island and stress free!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

1 pound at a time...

Well I lost 1 more pound. Down to 194. I will breathe a sigh of relief when I get in the 180's. I don't like being dangerously close to 200's haha. Even though I am on the losing side of it and HAPPY to be there.

I have a goal of hitting 80lbs lost before I leave for Hawaii on 2/5 I HAVE to make that goal. Although I would prefer to have 80 pounds lost at my 9 month band anniversary of 4/23 we will see.... That gives me 9 days. I am a kinda slow loser so that would be a miracle!

Well its 552 guess I better hit the dusty trail for work :( Oh well atleast todays my Thursday since I don't work Fridays!! WHoo hoo.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Virtual weight loss pics before and after

So I got my virtual pics back! Here I am!

Uggh HEAD Hunger!

Ok so today I just want to eat and eat and eat. Well, lucky for me I have a band and eat, eat, eat consisted of 1 slice of cheese, an egg, and 16 oz of milk so far today haha.

I do have some super yummy almond / cashew chicken I have been eyeing. I know if I start in on it I will end up too full. So back to the onward head hunger fight. I will just have a cup of tea and deal with it.

So I checked out my friend Colorado Chicks blog today and was super excited about the pictures you can submit and have them digitally changed! I have already sent mine in and I will be posting it as soon as they are back :)

Thanks CC!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Size 12 Jeans.. Well kinda

Ok so I have 2 pairs of Abercrombie jeans here that are size 12 (The largest size they make.. But hey who cares!!)

Today I put them on and ZIPPED THEM UP!! I am no super model in them if I really want to wear them now though I could. The thighs are too tight so I will try again in a couple weeks.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Holy Crap I lost another pound

I was so good since January 1st. This week I lost another pound so far.. I am so freaking excited. If I cana be good and avoid those liquid calories I think I am at my sweet spot!! I have a weakness for a nice glass of wine though. But I have curbed that this month and have had a 4lb loss in 9 days that is insane!! I be u can tell im excited :)

Ok and on a side note.. I declare Friday "Brandy Day" Well atleast in our house that is decided. Starting this week I have changed my work schedule to work Monday-THURSDAY! No more Fridays for me at work.... So Fridays are whatever I want to do :) How sweet is that? Today my schedule is .... Lay around and talk on LBT, have lunch with a friend, go shopping for new clothes for hawaii trip, go tanning, get my nails done.

Omg it's gonna be a hard day!! I deserve it though!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Getting Closer!

Well I didn’t post any losses today but that’s ok I feel really good. I can’t quite figure out why my ankles are swollen up so freaking bad. I can’t think of anything I had that was so horribly salty.. Maybe I need to drink more water. I am at 64 oz already today tho and it’s only 130. I haven’t peed a lot either so that’s a sign I need to up the water intake.

I am getting pretty excited and anxious to get this Hawaii trip going. It’s really hard to coordinate the minister, the location, the cake, the guest housing, the flights, the dinners, receptions, the EVERYTHING you name it from a million miles away. I think I have all but the cake part done. I just don’t have a lot of custom cake makers to choose from there lol. I only have found 1 and he is 45 minutes from the house we rented… so we would have to transport a 3 tier cake all the way across Kauai that spells disaster to me.

I have a friend that lives there so she is going to get my dress and such in the mail ahead of time to have it cleaned and such. I have my fingers crossed that all this goes well!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Still sick and still in shock

Well even after staying in bed ALL day yesterday and only getting up 2x... 1 for the doctor and 1 to go downstairs.. I AM STILL SICK.
Atleast I can finally hold down food. I haven't really tried real food.. But I did hold down part of a soup at hand and a jello cup yesterday. Today I have only had broth but have other stuff packed to try snacking on throughout the day.

I am still kinda in shock that I have been able to achieve a loss of 75lbs. I have been super lazy and it's still coming off. I should feel guilty and get off my ass and go work out.. Instead I complain when it doesn't come off fast enough as if it should just fall off :( I have been wearing my pedometer though and have done a little better each day.

According to the the sites I found on the internet most people get about 5k steps in a day. I have been over that everyday and still climbing so I will hope I am taking a step in the right direction... Lol good pun!

So far at 75lbs lost thats the equivalent of an irish setter and a chihuahua.

Monday, January 5, 2009

OMG the flu!

I think I have the flu... I feel like someone beat the crud out of me... Not to mention the puking that happened in the middle of the night.

Liquids for me.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Down 74 lbs after just 8 months

Down 74lbs at 8 months post op! New Years photos... Butterfly in progress.


So I am down another pound and I am super excited! I have made it through all 3 holidays while still losing weight. I feel like I did get off track though... I have been having chips alot lately. I only eat one of those snack bags a day.. But it shouldnt be a daily treat. I will make a resolution now to decrease the chip intake! This is the first time in years I don't have to make a weightloss resolution.

I tried to the pouch test and failed miserably. I have decided to drop out of the actual pouch test and just try to get back to healthy eating instead of doing a liquid diet that makes me completely miserable.

Oh btw I had the best shrimp and lobster sauce ever last night at pf changs! I only ate 6 of the small shrimp but I ate for once. I am so glad my band loosened up a tiny bit. I think I will reevaluate if I need a fill after the wedding in February.

Kuaui >200 here I come!