Thursday, March 31, 2011

Low Carb Day 4

Well, here I am 4 days in to this low carb thing and I must say it has finally gotten easier.  My first day I did really good because I took a nap when I got home because of the awful withdrawal headache.  Tuesday was bad because I gave in and had 3 cookies lol.  Wednesday was pretty good.  I stayed under 20g of carbs.  Today has been really easy, so I'm getting the hang of it.  So far this week I have lost 3.6 pounds which now brings me to 256.8!  This is the lowest I have ever been.  I had originally set my wedding date goal to be 250 so I'm definitely going to break that because I still have over 2 months until then!  I'm really excited about the weight loss but without a doubt this is tough.  I'm hoping to lose a good 10 pounds or so throughout this low carb eating over the next two weeks.  But honestly, after two weeks I don't think I will be able to make it anymore.  Have you ever noticed how EVERYTHING you like, or anything that's good is full of carbs?  Crazy huh?  The things I like are full of things that are bad for my midsection.  Figures....  So, only two weeks of this then it's back to the good stuff for me!  It's definitely working and I applaud those who can stick to it religiously, but this old girl can't do it forever!  I need to have some kind of bread or something.  Even an whole weat roll or whole weat pasta would be great right now but I can't have it on the low carb.  Anyway, I know this is short but I'm at work and the kids are in the gym watching a movie as a reward for having SAT's every day this week.  I'm supposed to be doing lesson plans....but we won't tell them that!! I hope you're all having a wonderful week and are looking forward to the weekend just as much as I am!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Carbs or no carbs? That is the question.

Hello everyone!  I hope you are all doing wonderfully!  I just wanted to do a quick check in with everyone.  I am 15 weeks post op.  I'm teeter tottering between 259-260lbs.  I'm wearing XL shirts and size 18 jeans.  Not 18 plus, just 18s.  I got my wedding dress and it wasn't plus sized!  It was an 18 from the normal girl's section!!  I am officially down (as of today) 38.4 lbs.  I'm kind of stuck at a stand still and this leads me to the carb question.

I am a carboholic.  There, I said it!  I LOVE carbs and eat them all the time.  My sides of choice are macaroni and cheese, potatoes, and rolls.  I'm losing pretty good as far as body goes.  Like, my clothes are getting smaller etc.  But, I want to keep going ya know?  I mean, I didn't get this band just to lose 40 pounds.  I want to be one of those awesome success stories.  So, I was reading in a magazine the other day about the best way to lose weight.  And of course, it talked about carbs.  See, my midsection (butt, gut, and belly) is my worst part of my body.  I HATE to look at it in the mirror.  It makes me look 50 pounds more than I actually weigh.  The article I was reading said that the foods on the "no-no" list to lose your midsection are carbs.  So, I have decided that I am going to start a low carb "eating habit" (I refuse to call it a diet) to jump start more weight loss and to hopefully start shrinking my flab.  I also joined Curves on Thursday and will start my full workout there tomorrow.  I'm looking forward to it.

So, how is my meal plan going to look on this low carb thing?  Here's what I'm thinking, let me know what you think.


Breakfast:  1 scrambled egg and 2 slices Oscar Myer center cut bacon (less fat and more protein)

Lunch:  Chicken Salad

Dinner:  Grilled chicken tenderloin on our new grill (because I'm the most awesome wife to be and bought my hubby to be a grill for his early birthday present), side salad

Exercise:  30 minute circuit at Curves


Breakfast:  1 scrambled egg and 2 slices Oscar Myer center cut bacon

Lunch:  Chicken Salad

Dinner:  Grilled Pork tenderloin, side salad

Exercise:  30 minute circuit at Curves


Breakfast:  1 scrambled egg and 1 slice bologna cooked on George Foreman

Lunch:  Chicken Salad or leftover pork tenderloin

Dinner:  Grilled hamburger, side salad

Exercise:  30 minute circuit at Curves


Breakfast:  1 scrambled egg and 1 slice bologna cooked on George Foreman

Lunch:  Chicken Salad or leftover hamburger patty

Dinner:  Hot dog on grill (no bun) with pork skins (very low carb and tasty)

Exercise:  30 minute circuit at Curves

Friday, Saturday and Sunday:  This is our going out time so I will choose low carb items wherever we decide to go! 

Also on this meal plan, if I need a snack I will snack on peanuts, string cheese, or pork skins

Now, yes I know that this is a higher fat count than I would like.  But, the way it's supposed to work is that instead of burning the carbs when you exercise you burn fat.  I guess we shall see! 

Tomorrow we start the SAT-10 testing at school.  I think I'm more nervous than the kids are!  This is my first year being on the other side of the test and I'm very nervous!  I hope I don't screw it up!  I also get to pick up my wedding dress on Friday and I should have my engagement pictures back sometime this week or next as well!  I have a lot to look forward to this week so maybe it will keep my mind off of my guilty pleasure carbs!  Tomorrow is Monday and that's my official weigh in day, which is a good thing because I will get an accurate read of how much weight I am going to lose on this low carb diet "eating habit."  Have a wonderful Monday ladies!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011


So, today I went through my camera and looked and some of my one week and on post op pictures.  It's true what they tell you.....TAKE PICTURES!  Sometimes you may not can see the weight loss yourself, but when you look at pictures...O...M...G!  Some of these are really embarrassing and I don't want to put them on here but whatever, I guess I have nothing to hide.

But, before I post pictures, I just wanted to do a quick check in on everything.  I'm eating more than I would like but I'm still losing weight.  I am down to 263.2 putting me at a grand total of 35.2 pounds GONE!  I'm hoping I can be at 40 pounds gone by the 20th and that will put me at 40 pounds in 3 months.  Pretty awesome if I do say so myself.  I'm getting my first fill tomorrow.  I was supposed to two weeks ago but my surgeon got called in to an emergency surgery and couldn't make it so I had to reschedule.  Not gonna lie, I'm pretty nervous!!  But, tomorrow I am going with my mom to pick out my wedding dress!!  I'm really excited about it!  I'm getting married June 4th so I know it's kinda late but with all of the weight loss I wanted to wait some. I'm on Spring Break!!  Wahoo!!  I'm telling you, I'm so glad I chose this profession.  Not only is it rewarding as far as the teaching aspect goes, but time off is awesome too!!  I think we teachers were shouting "Wahoo Spring Break!" louder than any of the students lol.  Anyway, I'm going to go ahead and post these pictures.  But just so you know, you have been warned!!  lol

 One Week Post Op 287 lb


Two weeks post op 284 lb
Three weeks post op 282 lb

Four Weeks Post op 278 lb

Five Weeks Post Op 277 lb

Here I am today at 12 weeks post op 263.2 lb
(sorry these are sideways, the will not flip for some reason?)

Those last few are from my post workout.  The ones in the coral shirt are from last night.  So, as you can see 12 weeks with the band makes a HUGE difference!  I can definitely notice it and feel it in my clothes as well.  I have only had one stuck episode and that was my own fault.  I haven't lost any hair yet and I don't get sick with certain foods.  My band seems to be doing me right and I hope that the rest of you are doing well!!


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Cha cha cha cha changessss!!!

Hello ladies!  Sorry I've been missing for the past few weeks.  We have been prepping for SAT's at work and my students have all of a sudden just decided to FORGET everything we have learned this year.  Can you say stressful?  But, one good thing about me being stressed is that when I am stressed I can't eat so not eating= weight loss lol  I know, I know, not a good way to lose but ya know.  I take what I can get.  Anyway, when I get home in the afternoons and clean up, walk, and have dinner I'm so exhausted that I just go to bed so I never get a chance to post.  This week is Dr. Seuss' Read Across America Week so we have been doing fun stuff this week.  Today we read, "If I Ran the Zoo" and right now they are creating their own crazy zoo animal!  So, this gives me a chance to post.

So, what's new with me?  I have bought some new clothes and I'm now wearing a regular XL shirt from Old Navy instead of XXL.  I also bought some new jeans from Old Navy and I went from a 20 to an 18!  I haven't worn an 18 since my sophomore year of college!  I'm also down 34 pounds!!  Wahoo!!  I still haven't had a fill yet.  I need one though.  I went to my surgeon's office for a fill on Tuesday, but my surgeon had to leave for an emergency surgery and never made it back so that was a wasted trip.  Oh well, I have one scheduled for Monday March 14th.  I'm also trying on wedding dresses that day!  Exciting!  Well, my students are apparently finished because it sounds like my own zoo in here!

Oh, I'm also going to have a bloggy yard sale on here to get rid of some clothes that I can't wear any more!  I will post more details on that soon!  Have a great week everyone!!