Howdy All…. I totally forgot about my blog until I came across of it by accident last week. After figuring out my password, I decided to start writing again. I’ve missed it so. To catch you all up to date, several things have changed….
FIRST: My original surgeon, Dr. Michael Haley, MD at Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell, SD retired in 2016. The last time I had seen him was 4 years ago. And that was my last fill of 10 cc’s of saline.
SECOND: I was referred to Dr. David Strand, MD at Avera’s Surgical Institute in Sioux Falls, SD. I initially saw him on October 6, 2017 … it was agreed upon for me to keep a detailed food diary before he’d agree for another fill. So I did the food diary and seriously, I recorded everything, including all the Halloween candy I snarfed down my pie hole.
October 27, 2017, Dr. Strand agreed to give me 1/2 more of saline solution in my Lap Band… I was quite nervous getting one since the previous fills with Dr. Haley in Mitchell, he never could do the fills in his office. I was always sent to Avera Queen of Peace and had to get it done there, at the hospital. However, Dr. Strand had no problem getting the needle through my scar tissue on the 27th and decided to just fill my band at 10.5 cc’s.
I am returning on Friday, December 1st for another fill and I am still keeping an exact food diary of everything I shove into my mouth. Yes, even all the mini candy bars from Halloween. Hey, I’m not proud of these human errors I am doing but I did say I’d be honest.
THIRD: From last year’s last post to this one… I’ve dropped a lot of inches and sizes in clothing. And weirdly enough, shoes. At my heaviest, my feet had swollen up to a size 10.5. At present date, I am now in a NARROW 9M. All the wide shoes I used to only be able to wear are extremely large for my feet. And I am now a shoe whore. The plastic Crocs that used to adorn my feet are hopefully sitting on the bottom of some city dump site.
FOURTH: Back in April 2017, I started the Wheat Belly lifestyle. It has totally changed my life for the better. I eat no Wheat and absolutely no other grains. Aside from the recent Halloween binge of an assortment of candy, I do eat mostly gluten-free too. I get a lot of questionable facial expressions when I tell someone I do not eat any grains but then I tell them that I have reversed my diabetes, I have reversed my depression and I’ve reversed my life long allergies. I sleep better, I have more energy and it’s all FREE. It costs nothing to invest in your health and well-being and if I can do it, you can do it.
FIFTH: I bought a Fitbit last Winter and absolutely love it. I do a lot of walking where I am currently employed so I love to challenge myself on a regular basis of getting more steps in. I am no way near the 10,000 steps a day but a few times this past summer, I was over 13,000 steps a day. Otherwise I do not belong to any type of gym or pay anyone else to get me in better shape.
SIXTH: I gave up cable TV also in April and I just stream on Hulu, Netflix and CBS All Access. I have watched over 10 food documentaries thus far and each and every one, I have learned a lot of knowledge about food that I put in my pie hole. I encourage anyone else wanting a change in their eating habits to check them out.
SEVENTH: In May, I bought an inexpensive juicer and started juicing. It’s been fun exploring different combinations of fruits and veggies. The one recipe I absolutely love to drink is: pears, apples, 1/2 inch of ginger, carrots, 1/2 of a lemon and beets.
I could keep writing all night long about all the positive changes I’ve made for my body and overall self-worth. However, it’s bedtime and I promise to write more this weekend. Goodnight!!!