Monday, August 2, 2010

Here I go

Okay.  So, I am supposed to start my pre-op diet this coming Wednesday (August 4th).  I don't like going cold turkey.  You guessed it.  I'm starting my pre-op today.  That gives me 2 days to adjust.  I guess I will start off with a little info on me.  I am a married stay-at-home, work-at-home mom.  I have a long road ahead of me to reach "My Skinny" through Lap Band, diet and exercise.

I went to my Lap Band education class on June 28th.  I had my psyche evaluation on ??? hmmm I cannot remember.  I'll have to look that up.  I had my nutrition class on July 20th.  My meeting with the surgeon on July 22nd.  I am scheduled for gastric banding on August 18th.  It has been a whirlwind.  I did not expect this to go as fast as it has.  The day I met my surgeon, I weighed in at GASP!  297 pounds.  I'm calling that my starting weight.

So what is my "skinny?"  Well, my ultimate "skinny" is somewhere around 150 pounds.  Let's just call it 150 and we'll make adjustments as needed.  Naturally, I have many mini goals along the way.  Using the BMI calculator at I show myself having a BMI of GASP! 46.5 and in the SEVERELY OBESE weight range.  Lovely! The next level down is MODERATELY OBESE with a weight of 223.  Well....that's not my first goal.  My first goal is to get out of the 290s.  I have touched 290 quite a few times and for some reason, I was not able to break the wall.  I have been in the 290s for the past 5 years.  And I have an all time high of 311 before delivery of my last baby in 2008.

It's official.  Goal #1.  Break the 290 pound barrier.  I expect to reach this during my pre-op diet.  Please encourage me.  I have been struggling with this for so long.
Goal #2.  Reach 275 pounds.  I was around this weight when I got married in 2002.
Goal #3.  250 pounds.  Gosh.  It feels like forever since I have been here.  I think this is a fair mini goal.
Goal #4.  Okay, I am back to the BMI calculator.  I think this a good spot to exit the SEVERELY OBESE weight range.  223 pound will put me at MODERATELY OBESE.
****decide on next set of goals****and decide on rewards for reaching my goals.

I've been toying with the idea of a vlog via youtube.  I'll let you know if I do it for sure.  I'm on the computer daily.  So, I intend to at least post here as often as possible.


  1. Yay!! I get to be your first follower and your first comment. You are off to a great start!!

  2. this is a GREAT place for support! :) good luck on your pre-op diet!

  3. You will do great, before you know it, it will be over and you will see those pounds dropping like flies!

  4. Wishing you lots of luck on your journey!

  5. Welcome to blogland. Lots of support to be found here. I don't know what I would do without it.

    Good luck with your pre-op diet. When it gets tough just remember this is the last diet you even need to be on :)

  6. Hi Lena,

    Welcome to blog-land and congratulations on making this commitment to a new lifestyle! I was banded on June 8. So far, I think it is the best decision I have ever made. I look forward to following your progress.


  7. The pre-op diet is difficult, but the results are worth every tummy grumble!