Monday, October 31, 2011

Did this happen to anyone else?

OK So I am 17 days post op and my TOM was due last week... and its still not here. I think I am holding on to water weight which is why I didnt loose any weight last week. I know for a fact that I am not preggers because I had a blood test done the day before surgery and well nothing has happened since then.

So I was wondering did surgery cause anyone else to be late?

BYOC a little late!

It’s Friday and time for BYOC – Bring Your Own Crazy! A couple of questions we answer to get to know each other better and to give our blogging brains a break. Copy to your own blog and enjoy!

This week my questions are going to themed…as in they are all about blogging and just to throw you off – there are more than 5 this time!!

1. When did you begin blogging? Do you plan to do it a long time or do you think you’ll stop after a while?

I started blogging in June 2010 and yes I hope to do it for a long time.
2.  What do you enjoy more - blogging yourself or reading other’s blogs?

I am not much of a writer so I prefer to ready others blogs.
3.  What’s the biggest thing blogging has taught you? Biggest surprise about blogging?

I was surprised how many people there were out there like me and how truly supportive they can be.
4.  Have you met any other bloggers in real life – solely because of your blog or theirs?

So far I have only met Stephanie, but I do plan on going to Chicago next year
5.  Does your blog have a general theme as in one topic or do you cover everything and anything?

The general theme is weight loss, but I talk a little about everything.
6.  Are you public or anonymous? Whichever you are – do you ever wish you were the other?

I am public.

7.  What’s your best blogging advice for a new blogger?

Be yourself. You are writing for yourself. Don’t hold back.

8.  Does anyone in your real life read your blog/know it’s address? Do you wish they would or wouldn’t?

Only one friend has the address. She is also considering the lap band so I told her to check it out.
9.  Do you enjoy blogging or do you view it as a chore? How often do you blog?

I enjoy blogging, I try and post at  least once a day.
10.  Do you tell people in your real life that you blog? Or keep it a secret?

My friends and family know I blog. However they don’t know what the address is.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

New Banded Blogger!

Check out Beth she is a new banded blogger. She was banded on 10-6-11.

Please give her a warm BOOBS welcome :)


50 Followers that is!!!!!!!!! Just wanted to say thank you guys for reading my blog! I love reading yours and I am looking forward to taking my journey with you! Ok now back to work. :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Weigh In

Start Weight 275.
Current Weight 260
Gain for Week +.05
Total Loss 15

Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ten Things Thursday!

  1. I had a false alarm yesterday. I woke up with my port site all red and swollen, I went to the doc and luckily nothing is wrong. Thank god.
  2. The scale is still moving in the wrong direction :( I think it is because TOM is due. Well I hope that's it at least.
  3. Today is my first support group meeting. I am kinda looking forward to it and kind of nervous at the same time. I am sometimes shy at first.
  4. Looks like my roommate and I might be parting ways in May of next year. I am kinda said about it. She is my best friend but needs to move further north and I work south :( time to start looking for a new roommate.
  5. I have three classes left to graduate with my accounting degree. Two of them are only offered at the same time so I can either pray my boss will let me take a day class or it looks like graduation is now pushed back to August.
  6. I am not in the best moods today.
  7. I am debating if I should go out this weekend, or just stay home. I love dressing up, but I am still not feeling 100 percent.
  8. I am actually looking forward to hanging out with my mom Friday.
  9. I am really looking forward to going to solid food on Saturday!
  10. Is it Friday yet?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Calories...What's your magic number?

For all of you trackers out there, I was wondering what your magic number was while you were trying to loose weight?

Also were your calories the same when you were first starting out?

For instance during liquids I was consuming about 650 calories a day, now during mushies I am averaging about 1000. I think I should be around 1200 but I noticed the scale is going in the wrong direction. It is probably just because of the transition from Liquid to mushies.... but just curious to see what everyone Else's magic number is.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Back to work...

Why is it that when you go back to work after being off for 10 days you have no motivation to work?

It is so hard to get back into the grove of things right now... I have so much to do, yet all I want to do is go home and lay in bed. LOL

I sure hope I make it through this day.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

YAY for Mushies and Pumpkin Carving!

So Saturday was the first day that I could eat food!!!!!!!

I really wanted eggs for breakfast but I woke up late and had to rush out the door, so I instead had a protein shake! I did however eat egg salad for lunch, and boy it was yummy! For dinner, well that wasn't very healthy as I was getting ready to make some soup for dinner, I noticed my roommate made stuffing for dinner and well... that sounded better. The calories however, were not better but I ate it anyway. Good thing is, I am telling you all about my wonderful mishap with the stuffing, and I also tracked it in my food journal.

Today I made a slow roasted chicken for my roommate for dinner, which worked out quite nicely actually since I took the remaining chicken and made chicken salad for me for dinner. It was really good actually. I decided to use low calorie ranch dressing instead of mayo and I am surprised how good it turned out. I don't know whats wrong with me though. Last week I wasn't hungry at all and I had to force myself to drink my shakes, now on the other hand I feel like I want to eat everything in site. I hope this feeling passes. Still trying to figure out if I am really hungry or if it is just head hunger.

Also today I carved pumpkins with my roommate and her son. It was a lot of fun. I have never done anything like that before, I am not a crafty person. It came out really cool. Here are the pics!

Dont I look Thrilled!

Roomies Pumpkin, Her Sons Pumpkin (He got bored so she did it) and My ghostly creation!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Weigh in results

Start Weight 275.
Current Weight 259.5
Loss for Week 8.5
Total Loss 15.5

Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mushies... what did you eat?

So I start mushies on Saturday!!!!!!! Yay! Can not wait to have something other than a protein shake. Anyway, I am trying to make my grocery list... I am the queen of lists and I was wondering what a day was like for you in mushyville?

Ten things Thursday

  1. I have a huge test tomorrow and I have not studied for it
  2. I should be studying instead of blogging. It is so hard to get motivated while at home... Oopsie
  3. I am so grateful that I stumbled across this amazing support network... I love you all!
  4. Gas pain is by far the worst pain I have ever felt in my life... does it ever go away?
  5. I am really looking forward to Boobs even though its so far away LOL. I have loved every minute of getting to know Stephanie that I cant wait to meet everyone else!
  6. I love how some things fall apart so better things can fall into place!
  7. I just found out a coworker put in his notice :( It will be sad to see him go but the new opportunity is going to be amazing!
  8. It has been nice to just relax this past week, but I am going stir crazy.
  9. I spend entirely too much time on Face book.
  10. I have turned into a major scale whore since surgery... I should really limit myself to once a week... twice at max instead of everyday LOL.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tried and failed...

So I was feeling much better today and I decided that since I have a test next week that I was going to go to school... HAHAH bad idea. So the weather was disgusting and I got stuck in traffic. It took me an hour and a half to get to school. By the time I got to school I was already sore from sitting up. I tried to stick it out, but I only lasted 45 minutes before it was time to go home :( Oh well, I think i bite off more than I could chew for the day. Lesson learned. DONT PUSH IT!

Had my follow up appointment today with the doctor, he said I was looking good and according to their scale I have lost 8+ lbs since surgery on Friday! I can not wait to see my official weigh in on my scale on Friday!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Home Sweet Home!!!!!!!!!!

I am finally home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love my mother to death... but she was driving me bonkers! It is so good to be home! I missed my kitty, my roomie, and my bed!

My cook books came in the mail today! That was exciting, I am going to look through them tomorrow and see if there is anything that I like. I am such a picky eater, my plan is to try new things and see if I like them in my adult hood. I really need to add new and healthy stuff to my diet. That is once I can actually eat food again.

I have a huge test that I missed on Monday so I will be spending the rest of my vacation studying and recovering.

I hope everyone is having a good week :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Its Monday!

Its Monday and I am feeling good!!  It was nice to have a few visitors to help keep my sanity! My mom means well but she is driving me nuts. I think I am going to stay one more night and then head home tomorrow.

I took a sneak peak at the scale this morning and I was down 5 lbs from surgery! I cant wait to see my official weight on Friday!

My follow up appointment is Wednesday so I am looking forward to that. I just wish this damn burping would go away.

Well time to study for a test... Hope everyone is having a good day!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Day 3 and pics

Hey guys... I am doing better every day. I actually had a full nights sleep last night!! WOO HOOO! I am still sore but that is expected. I am hoping to feel good enough to go home on Tuesday. I am staying at my moms house at the moment, and she will start to drive me crazy soon LOL.

I have some of my best friends coming over today so that should be fun!

Here are some pics from the last few days. You have my offical before pics( the morning before surgery) Pic of my mother and I, A pic of me chilling in the hospital waiting for surgery, my lovely scars, me and Stephanie hanging out, and matching bandits :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Day 2 and a visit from Stephanie!

Well I made it to day 2!

Last night was a bit rough, I was in a lot of pain and I could not get comfy if my life depended on it. I was up every hour on the hour. I would pace the house, go to the bathroom and then go back to sleep for an hour. I think the longest time I slept was from  5am to 7 am.

Today I am feeling much better. I have nicknamed myself the burping bandit... as that is all that i do. walk and burp and walk and burp.

Stephanie came over to say hello, It was really nice of her. We had a nice talk and went for a walk around the neighborhood. Man did that feel good. She also brought me a goodie bag! The best present thus far was the creamy chicken soup. It was sooooo yummy and made me feel like I actually ate real food. We also took some cute pics. I will post them tomorrow when I am feeling better.

I am still on pain meds every 5 hours or so. My port site incision is a tad red and swollen and my left shoulder blade kinda hurts. I am not sure if its gas pain or pain from being stuck sleeping in the same position since its the only way I can get comfortable. Hopefully it is nothing serious.

Other than that I am good. I was able to drink 3 protein shakes today and some soup and a bunch of water.

More tomorrow...

BYOC! Better late than never

It’s Friday which also means it’s BYOC – Bring Your Own Crazy – day around these parts.
Five little questions you can copy and paste and answer in your own blog to get to know your fellow bloggers better and to give your blog brain a break!

1. What’s your most favorite noise and your least favorite noise?
I love sitting on the beach listening to the waves.
Nails on a chalk board or slurping from a spoon

2. If you were a character in the movie Grease – who would you be?

Sandi of course!

3. What was the name of your best friend in elementary school? Are you still friends?
My best friend from elementary school actually had the same name as me... LOL we lived across the street from each other. Only difference was she was chinese. We are still friends to this day. Although she lives in NY and I do not see her often, we do talk all the time.

4. Who is your current celebrity crush?

Ryan Gosling... Have you seen his abs... YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

5. Repeat question: How was your week in real life and in blog land?

Real life.....Amazing! As you know I finally got banded. So I am just hanging out at my moms house trying to recover. Stephanie is stopping by today and I am totally looking forward to that. Tomorrow I am going to start studying for the test that I am going to miss on Monday. So hopefully I will be ready to take it by wednesday. Life is good.

Blog land... I had an amazing makeover, and a few new followers. So blog land is good too! Just trying to catch up on posts from yesterday!

Friday, October 14, 2011

I am offically banded!!

So surgery was a complete success! I got to the hospital at 7:30 in the morning, Surgery was scheduled for 9:30 but my doc was about an hour late. It turned out last night was his birthday! So at 10:30 it was surgery time. I was in recover by about 12:30 and I was released to go home at 4:00. I am staying at my moms house. For the most part I feel good. However I haven't been able to sleep for more than an hour at a time due to the gas pain. My back/shoulder is also killing me due to laying on my back. The gas is finally starting to move so I am starting to feel better.

I want to thank everyone for all the well wishes! I really appreciate it. I will keep you updated and I will post pics as soon as can, but for now I am going to try and actually sleep this time! Hope everyone has a great weekend :)

Blog Fairy came to visit!

While I was in surgery... the amazing blog fairy came to visit!!!

Thank you Jen! It was the best present so far today!

If you like what you see, then check out Jen at Just Foolin Blog Designs she rocks and will make you blog look amazing!

Weigh in and Surgery day!

Weight 268
Total Loss for the week 6 lbs :)

Well the day is finally here.... It is time to get ready and head to the hospital!
I didn't sleep well last night but that is because I was so excited!
My mom slept over last night since she is taking me to the hospital this morning, and as I was going to bed I just kept thanking my mom for paying for the surgery and I started to cry a little bit! I am so grateful for her!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and will check in tomorrow!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

10 things Thursday

  1. Wonders why doctors and hospitals always take so long. I had an appointment at 8:30 for my final blood work and I wasn’t even seen till 10 AM. God that pisses me off… Why not schedule me for 9:30 or something.
  2. Doesn’t understand why if you tell a nurse you are a hard stick, and you can not draw blood from that area, that they don’t listen. I am a walking band aid this morning. In order to give blood this morning I was stuck 3 times
  3. I am officially all checked in for surgery! I can’t believe the time is almost here. In less than 24 hours I will be in surgery!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. I am not looking forward to staying at my mom’s house for the next few days. While I love her dearly, she drives me insane. She also thinks she always knows best… when that is not the case.
  5. I am really looking forward to a visit from Stephanie this weekend! Will be good to see a familiar face while I am recovering.
  6. I have no motivation to work today, as I have a one track mind regarding surgery. I have made a billion check lists… I have so much to do so little time.
  7. I love to cook… but I need recipes in order to do so… That’s how I roll, I can not just wing it. So I went a little overboard on Amazon yesterday. I think there are 4 cook books coming my way, and a book to read while I am bored.
  8. I just found out that I got a 95% on my paper. Which means I have straight A’s in all three of my classes. It has been a while since I have pulled that off!
  9. I need to try new things. I am so boring when it comes to food. Although the liquid diet was not as hard as I thought it would be, I am really tired of chocolate protein shakes. In fact I think I might kill someone if I have to drink another one.
  10. I am really looking forward to my blog make over! I can not wait to see it!

Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life! Thank you for giving me advice and support, I truly appreciate it!

Ok back to work I go, there is so much to do so little time

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

2 more sleeps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So the hospital finally called me!! I have to be there at 7:30 AM on Friday! I also found out that the nurse was mistaken and I am not staying overnight after all.  I will be released the same day as surgery.

My mom is going to take me and pick me up on Friday and take care of me until my roommate gets home. Going to spend the weekend with my roommate and then my mom wants me to come stay with her until I feel better. So that should be fun. I haven't really had the chance to hang out with my mom since she works on the weekends and I have weekends off. So I am looking forward to seeing her!

I am starting to get so excited I can not believe the day is finally here!

Monday, October 10, 2011

4 days to go!!!!!!!!!

So just got the call that I am all set for Friday October 14th for surgery... then it hit me... HOLY CRAP, my life changes in 4 days!!!

All the appointments and pre-op tests have been fulfilled, surgery has been paid for, medication for surgery has been filed.

I am so excited I am jumping out of my skin!

Just waiting for the hospital to call and give me a surgery time. Since I did not know I was staying overnight, I also have to figure out who is picking me up on Saturday. So this should be interesting.

Liquid diet isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, I took a peak at the scale this morning and I was done 6 lbs so far. So we shall see what the official weigh on Friday shows.

Hope everyone is having a fabulous Monday :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Weirdest feeling...

So I started my liquid diet today as you most likely already know since I have been bitching about it non stop.

I am sooo full from the protein shakes and water, I actually feel like I am going to puke. But yet at the same time I am starving. It is probally more head hunger than anything else... but it is the weirdest feeling in the world.
1. If you were given $1,000,000 that you had to spend ONLY ON would you spend the money?

I would pay off my debt first. Student loans suck!
Buy a house.
Decorate new house.
Buy the car I have always wanted.
Then shop till I drop!

2. Who would you say is the one person that's had the most influence on your life? By that, I mean the person that has molded you in to the person you are today?
That is actually really hard to answer... There are so many people and things that Molded me into who I am today.

My parents are a big part of that. As they let me think for myself, and always supported me in what ever I do.

3. What is your normal morning routine? Are you a bear in the morning, or is the morning your favorite part of the day?

I am totally not a morning person. I sleep until the very last minute... take a quick shower and race to work. My co workers tease me because I do not wear make up to work.  Yet when I go out I am all made up.
4. If you're a Facebook and Twitter user, which do you prefer and why? If you're just a Facebook user, what do you think of the new changes?

No Twitter for me. 

I am on Facebook 24/7 and I absolutely hate the changes.

5.  Repeat was your week in real life and in blog land this week?
Real life has been busy. I had my education class on Tuesday and I had my meeting with the nutritionist last night. All of my pre op appointments are now complete. I have one week until surgery. I can not believe how fast time flies. I had a test on Tuesday and I managed to get 100 on it! I am really kicking butt in school and that is making me happy!

Blogland is been great. I loved seeing all the pictures from Chicago and I have been reading and commenting more! 
Happy Friday!!!!!

Weigh in

So I weighed in this morning at 274 thats a total loss for the week of 1.0 lbs.

Today is my first day of liquids so I can't wait to see what I weigh in at next week on the morning of my surgery!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Jessica A to Z

A. Age - 30

B. Bed size - Queen
C. Chore you dislike -I hate laundry!
D. Dogs - None
E. Essential start to your day - Brush my teeth
F. Favorite color - Blue and Purple
G. Gold or silver - Silver Please

H. Height - 5'6"

I. Instruments you play(ed) - The Recorder LOL
J. Job title - Staff Accountant... AKA Auditor
K. Kids - Not yet... One day I hope
L. Live - Florida
M. Mom's name -Veronica
N. Nicknames - Jess
O. Overnight hospital stays - Jaw surgery in 2008 for TMJ
P. Pet peeves - Men that leave the toilet seat up

Q.Quote from a movie - Not my thing.
R. Righty or Lefty - Righty

S. Siblings - Just me

T. Time you wake up - Work days I "wake up" at 7:30 on the weekends like 9

U. Underwear - Bikinis and sometimes thongs
V. Vegetables you don't like - I could be here for hours!
W. What makes you run late - I am not a morning person... therefore I Am always late LOL
X. X-rays you've had - Teeth and Wrist and Chest
Y. Yummy food you make - Everything!!! I love to cook!
Z. Zoo animal favorites- Ummm no idea LOL!

10 Things Thursday!

  1. 1 week and counting until my surgery!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. Going under general antheshia, kinda freaks me out.
  3. Tomorrow I start my liquid diet of 5 protein shakes and one lean/green meal. I am not looking forward to it.
  4. I tried the Carnation instant breakfast shake that I am going to be drinking.... it wasn't that bad.
  5. I am totally kicking butt this semester in school. So far I have had two tests and managed to get a 100 on both tests.
  6. I am missing a test because of my surgery... Although I can make it up, I am a bit freaked out since I have never missed a test before.
  7. I am trying to plan a trip for spring break... I am thinking Costa Rica! Since I will be able to do more things this time around, but I kind of want to go somewhere new.
  8. I love the townhouse I live in... I really want to buy it. However, right now its not worth as much as the owner paid for it. :(
  9. I love love love going to concerts... I am super excited 311 is coming to town. But I can not imagine spending $62.50 for General Admission Tickets. Concerts are becoming highway robbery.
  10. I am not looking forward to Saturday's Gator game against LSU. We did not do so good last weekend against Alabama. I think I might have lost hope for this season.
Hope everyone is having a terrific day :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I love my job sometimes...

So I am an auditor for a CPA firm... I started in January of 2011. While my job is really boring... yawn... the people I work for and with are amazing.

Every year our company takes us on a cruise, all expenses paid (except alki) that is... and we are allowed to invite a guest!

I lucked out last time since I was just starting with the company I was supposed to start the day after everyone got back from their cruise. Well a co worker got sick and had to cancel so they asked me to go in his place.

I didn't think we were going to go again next year since our firm doubled in size. But our boss just announced that we will be taking our annual cruise in January 2012! HELL YEAH! That just totally made my day!
Not sure where we are going but I really don't care. I love cruising!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Almost there and a confession

So today was my education class before surgery... which means that I only have one more appointment left for pre op before my surgery. I am really mad at my primary care physician as he sent my surgeon all of my pre op results but he forget to send my letter of medical clearance, and now he is on vacation all week. So I hope he does it first thing Monday morning or my surgery will be pushed back.

I am starting to get really excited, but a little nervous as well. I was happy to hear that I will be staying overnight in the hospital instead of being totally outpatient.

Now onto my confession... Since my first office visit in June, I have managed to gain 10 lbs. I have a feeling that me quitting smoking had a big effect on this but I have also not been doing very well on my pre op diet... so the nurse has decided to put me on a liquid diet. I have to start it on Saturday... I am not a very happy camper regarding it... but I am willing to do what ever it takes.

PS a big thanks to Ronnie... I somehow deleted my blog and she found it for me... LOL YOU ROCK!