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Friday, February 11, 2011

First Bandiversary!

One year ago I was on a plane to San Diego to have my gastric banding surgery in Tijuana, Mexico.  I hadn't blogged for more than a week and didn't update again until February 16th.  I just realized this when I went back to re-read the posts I'd written right before my surgery.  And there weren't any.  I remember being afraid that someone would try to talk me out of my decision to have WLS.  I wasn't specifically worried I'd hear anything negative here in Blogland, but I just wasn't talking about my surgery. 

I wish I was feeling more inspiring as I write this post.  I love you all so much and I adore blogging, but I've had to really push myself to write lately.  I feel like everything I want to say I've either said before or it really only applies to me or it sounds too preachy or something.  I also hate that I sometimes get bogged down in issues (like my finances) that are not related to my weight loss or lap-band (although really everything in life relates in some way or another).

So for today I'll let some pictures do the talking.  Here's a before shot of me taken in December 2009 when I weighed 280 lbs. (127 kg.).
I'm now down 105 lbs. (47.6 kg.).  I weigh 175 lbs. (79.4 kg.).  I wish I'd worn something different today because I am wearing the jeans that I love that are two sizes too big.  But you get the idea.  Here I am this morning in my work bathroom:
I did think of something that I don't think I've mentioned before in this blog.  The farther along in this process I've gotten, the less "stuck" and PB issues I've had.  I might have a problem once or twice a month now.  There were time previously where I PBd practically every day.  It is nice that I've learned to eat the way my band requires. 

Also I tried on clothes yesterday and I FIT INTO A PAIR OF SIZE 10 JEANS!  Me!  I was a size 24 and now I'm a 10!  I can't believe it!

So since I'm having trouble coming up with something to write about (although this post has sort of gone on and one, hasn't it?), I would like to know what YOU want to know?  Ask me ANYTHING?  Do you want to know what I eat?  Do you want to know why I think diets are total BS?  Do you want to know if the carpet matches the drapes?  Do you want to hear more about my theory that the fatties are biologically superior to the skinnies?  Just post a comment with your questions and I will organize one or more posts answering them!
 

31 comments:

LDswims said...

Happy Bandiversary!

I agree with you, I think almost all of our issues do tie to each other. Struggles with this or that, stresses here or there - it impacts weightloss and vice versa.

That's awesome that you have fewer pb's and stucks with time. I know mine tie to hormones and it's been brutal for the past two months - but before December, I'd never been stuck. I thought I had, but I now kow differently. It sure is something to avoid and being cognizant certainly helps.

Super awesome on the size 10's! Happy Bandiversary to you!!!

Tracy said...

Happy Bandiversay! Great accomplishments!

I have questions....it goes with the my personal post a few days ago. What approach do you use with eating and having a band. So many people follow a strict diet with the band, still practicing the same habits they had pre-band. I honestly thought this phase of my life would be OVER. I am 2 months pre-band, 25 pounds down. I want to be realist about this and make the most of my investment. I want to be smaller and healthier. So Amanda....what do you eat? What do you do (calorie count or wing it???)

Tracy
bandedadventures.blogspot.com

Catherine55 said...

Happy Bandiversary!! The photos speak for themselves!! What a year of accomplishments you have had -- congratulations on all of your hard work and awesome results!

Band Groupie said...

HAPPY BANDIVERSARY!! Keep blogging GF...you'll be surprised how many times something you didn't think was 'new news' helps someone else (and I always wonder if I sound preachy or like I know what I'm doing...we're all just figuring it out together).

YOU LOOK FABULOUS!!!

Justawallflower said...

Happy badniversary! What an accomplishment you have made! and I say blog about everything. we are here for support, and sure, it's a lot of weight related things, but also life related things. I enjoy sharing in everyone's highs and lows in every area of life.

CeeJay said...

Happy bandiversary! What an amazing transformation! You look awesome.

Amanda said...

Happy Bandiversary!! How exciting! You look freaking awesome! I really enjoy your blog and your posts on whatever you choose to write about! On a selfish note i would love to see/know what you eat as I am struggling to come up with new ideas!

Kerri said...

Happy Bandiversary! My Bandiversary is May 10th and I am at 60 lbs lost. I fear that I will not be at 100 lbs lost by my bandiversary. I really wanted that but binging and my addiction to ice cream has been an issue lately. I always look to the "success stories" (that means you) for guidance and support. What do you eat everyday? How much, how often do you exercise? What type of exercise? Congrats and please continue to blog, it does help us that are struggling.

tessierose said...

As always, you are such an inspiration to me. You look great!

MandaPanda said...

Happy Bandiversary! As always, an inspiration!

THanks for talking about how often you PB now. i really was thinking I was just dumb and not catching on since I was still having so many issues.

Ronnie said...

You look amazing, Amanda! I know how it can feel to think you never have anything interesting to blog about, I've been trying to blog every day, but I never really have anything new to write.

I don't have a question at the moment, but I'm sure I'll think of one, so I'll have to come back! :)

Oh, and happy bandiversary!

Stef said...

Happy Bandiversary!!! You look great and congrats on the size 10! Im still new at this whole experience and I love reading blogs of experienced bandsters...so thanks for everything :0

Jen from Oregon said...

Looking Great & Happy Bandiversary.
Go Ducks :)

Lyla said...

Happy anniversary :) You look amazing, even if your jeans are too big.

Question: what is your favorite thing that you do now that you never would have done pre-band?

Something About Kellie said...

That transformation in under a year is AMAZING! Happy Bandiversary. I think dieting is BS too!

You look great :)

Kathy said...

Happy Bandiversary Amanda. I want to know what you eat too. I read other lapband success stories where they didn't eat DIET food and just ate smaller portions of what they wanted so that is what I have done. Is that what you do or do you count your calories and eat protein first, then veggies, then carbs like we all start out doing?

Bonnie said...

Happy Bandiversary. You had me at "down 105 lbs". That's freaking amazing. I know it's hard when you have finance problems, but at least you don't have a money problem AND a weight problem. :)

Kristin said...

Congratulations! It's been a transformative year for you, by any measure.

I'd love to hear what you eat on a typical day, a really "good" day, and a day when you feel like you went way off track.

Drazil said...

I think just writing about your day is what people like - even if it's finances...we all deal with that you know? Congrats - you look amazing.

Heather said...

What a wonderful day and the cummulation
of an eventful year! You are looking great!

Read said...

You go girl!! Absolutely fantastic!! And write about whatever the hell is on your mind. Maybe it'll be the band and your weight every once in a while - but you're way more than that - so talk about the rest too!

Sam said...

Way to go, I know that you know you have lost a lot of weight, but it's still amazing to see the before & now shots like that :o)

Kinzie said...

You are sooo thin! and over 100 lbs in a year, awesome.

Gilly said...

Sorry to be so late to the party on this one, but congrats on your first year! Clearly you have done CRAZY well!!! You look fantastic!

Joia said...

I want to know why I've lost about 105 pounds and I've only gone from a size 26/28 to a size 18. You suck. LOL! You're awesome, girl, and a constant source of inspiration...even if you think you're being repetitive. Sometimes? We need to hear the same message again.

Momto4redheads said...

Happy Bandiversary! I hope to be writing a similar post this time next year! Congrats!!!

Mandy said...

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Thank you,

Mandy

Amy said...

Happy Bandiversary! You look amazing and are such an inspiration. XOXOXO

Stephanie said...

Amanda, I am just now catching up on the blogs and I wanted to say congrats on losing 105 lbs...that is amazing! You look great (awesome actually!) and are an inspiration to all the newbies out there. My 1 year is on 2/23 and Im in a sz. 10 too!!! Yea for us!!

Lap Band Gal said...

Happy Bandiversary! Interested in a Oregon bandsters meetup? more details are on my blog :)

Lee Ann said...

happy late bandiversary. i'm trying to get caught up on all the blogs i missed. you've done such a great job amanda!