I want to thank my follower, Sarah, for sending me a message and checking up on me.
I have had quite a year. I had open heart surgery November 26, 2010. My last update on my blog here was December 8, 2010. Well, the following Monday,December 13, 2010, I went to the doctor complaining about the stitches for the drain tube sites below my chest. They checked me in and I did not realize that my heart was racing. My mind was wrapped up in the irritation of the stitches, not knowing that my resting heart rate was something like 150-160 bpm. Thats like someone running and I was just sitting there. The doctor had to cardiovert me (he had to electrically shock my heart back into normal rhythm) and I ended up with an overnight stay for observation.
I took it easy over the next couple of months and then started cardiac rehabilitation at the end of February. This was a supervised exercise program to get my heart back in shape and I ended up losing a few pounds and inches too. It was 12 weeks long and I loved it. I wish insurance would have paid for it forever. It made me so much stronger. That ended in May. A couple weeks later school ended for the kids. So...I tried to stay active and we spent a lot of time at the pool. I didn't get loads of exercise though because my kids are 13, 5, and 3 so the pool was pretty much me splashing around in the shallow end with the younger two.
For the most part, the first half off the year I had Lap Band on the back burner. I kept my band on the loose side and more concentrated on getting my heart healthy. The kids started school last month and I have since had a nice fill and have started doing a variety of exercise DVDs. My restriction is really good right now.
When I started my Lap Band journey, I was wearing size 24 and some 26 or 4x. I weighed 297 pounds. Today, I wear a size 20 and some 18s. I weighed in this morning at 243 pounds. I would have hoped that a year after gastric banding surgery I would have lost more than 54 pounds, but considering all that I have gone through, I am not going to beat myself up over it at all. I just took my measurements and I am very happy at the loss. I will post those under my measurement tab.
Thank you again, Sarah. It was a great prompt for me to get back on here. And thank you to all my followers for not dumping me. Look forward to more frequent updates.