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Wonky-fitting pants

Five days in with the latest saline fill and I believe I am loving this new fill. Today was proof.

My lunch consisted of a baggie of celery, a Honey Crisp apple, a cup of cottage cheese and four sharp cheddar cheese slices. No liquids. What went down my pie hole…. 2 small pieces of celery, about 2 spoonfuls of cottage cheese and 2 squares of non-processed cheese. Yay me. And an hour afterwards, plenty of filtered water was swallowed. Bonus.

Look at the image to the left. Without any saline in my lap band, that is the image on the farthest left. With saline, the 2nd image is what it looks like as it is filled. So now you know. However, I do not know how much this image shows.

Also, another non-scale victory for me was today. Gray pants that have been hanging up in my closet all summer long. Winter is here in the prairie and I put on the pants this morning. They felt baggy, but looked decent in the mirror.

All day today, I could feel them getting baggier and baggier. And they felt wonky. They are now in the pile I have started again for the consignment shop that I take my too big of clothes to for money$$$$$ in Vermillion (SD).

Another piece of clothing that went on that pile was a brand new pink zippered jacket. Also been hanging in my closet for months on end. Put it on with the wonky feeling gray pants this fine morning. and the jacket literally hung on my body frame like a shaggy shawl. Not quite the look I was going for. But boy, it felt so amazing to put it on the pile to sell.

Tonight’s supper was a small amount of spaghetti with sauce. Eight ounces to be exact. I did not even eat a half of it. 10 points for Amy! My lunch box is made for tomorrow. No more cafeteria food. Another win for me.

Gwen the PA was so adamant that I was going to have major hiccups with this new 1/4 of a fill last week. She said I would have major heart burn. I would be vomiting. And I would be so uncomfortable with this big fill. I kept telling her to have faith in me. I know my body. She doesn’t. I know if I was still in Dr. Haley’s care, he would never have said those concerns. But what people do not know is before you can leave their office, you have to prove to them that you are fine and the amount of saline in your lap band is a good amount by drinking a cup of water. And it must all go down the chute without coming back up. The water has to go down just like people who do not have a lap band, drink water. It has to go down smoothly. And it did that for me on Friday, December 1st.

All is well at 10-3/4 cc’s.

All is well.


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Check This Book Out

After talking to several people online and from talking with a friend from Springfield, my hometown, who had already joined the Wheat Belly lifestyle, on April 27, 2017, I started cold turkey with the Wheat Belly Detox. Thankfully I live in a big enough “city,” that we have multiple city libraries and I was able to check out this book. I also had joined two Wheat Belly facebook groups so there were many people also starting it the same day as I did. Having that extra support and people cheering me on for the 10 days was awesome. I will be truthful here. I thought it was going to be easy as pie to follow this lifestyle.

First couple of days, no problems. On Day 4, I felt like I was hit with a dump truck and my all of my joints were aching and I was terribly hungry.

But in all seriousness, after the 10 days, I felt AH-MAZING. It was such a cool feeling to know I had all the toxins out of my body and I was ready to become mega-healthy.

By the time July 6th rolled around, I was meeting with my provider for my 6-month diabetic checkup. She was floored as to how my numbers changed for the better. In fact, I got all high reviews from her. I had “cured” my life time of year round allergies… I had suffered from depression and high anxiety since 1982 … and that vanished completely and then my Type 2 diabetes… Adios!

And the great thing about this lifestyle… if you fall off and eat wheat or grains… you just have to go through the detox again to start all over.

Anyways, I just wanted to share this awesome lifestyle with all of you!

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New Hope!

This afternoon, I received another saline fill in my 5-year-old lap band. I saw Gwen, the PA instead of Dr. Strand. She said I was at the top of the band fill. I was a bit perplexed because my original surgeon, Dr. Haley, said my band could hold 15 cc’s of saline solution. Gwen said, I had a large band in and it holds 14 cc’s. And she agreed to put in only 1/4 cc in, so that makes my lap band at 10 – 3/4 cc’s. I have no further appointments scheduled so they have high hopes for me and my weight loss journey.

Me too.

The image on the right, is not me. It’s a photo I googled. But this is what happened to me today. And no, it did not hurt.

What we agreed upon was this…. Focus on eating solid protein at every meal. Then I can add fruit or vegetables and only, IF, I am still hungry after all of that, then I can add a small starch. Otherwise I am to stay far away from all starches (bread, crackers, potato chips, potatoes, etc…) and anything “slippery!!!!!” … including soups. Bah.

Gwen was also quite happy with my dedication to keeping a food diary for the past 5 weeks as well. I think I am going to continue doing that, moreso for my own accountability. I have it set up in a table form on Word, and it’s easy to input the data. I also keep track of what I drink each day and my steps from my Fitbit.

Right before I left the office, Gwen told me to take it easy tonight as my stomach is swollen from the injection and to not eat anything too heavy.

She was overly concerned that with this new fill that I will start vomiting, having acid reflux and my stomach lining will become inflamed. I kept telling her I was fine after drinking the Dixie cup of water (which I was) and that I would take it all S L O W!

It’s now 3-hours later, I am now eating a few Swiss cheese slices and a couple slices of thin hard salami. No weird gurgling, it went down fine and I’m sitting here watching “Cold Justice,” on Netflix and playing online Scrabble.

I am also going try my hardest to keep myself accountable by updating this blog more often too.

Here’s to new hope!

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Never Ever Ever Give Up!

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!!!

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Run As Fast As You Can!

isSchool is back in session and what a better way to start anew with a whole new way of eating. Several weeks ago I rewarded myself the book, FORK OVER KNIVES and have thoroughly enjoyed reading everything about plant-based eating.

Two weeks ago, I quit eating cheese. And I love love love cheese! But not having it around or even walking by it at the grocery store doesn’t even bother me anymore. And slowly, I am stopping dairy all together. Including ice cream. I am now opting to treat myself to sugar-free popsicles.

My goal with this new lifestyle…. get off ALL of my numerous medications for high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stop using my CPAP machine/mask….and just continue to shed unwanted pounds and just be more and more healthier.

Working at a fast food joint where I see so many overweight folks come through the line asking for the healthier meat sandwiches but then dumping more than a half of bottle of mayo and other fatty sauces on their hoagie … pretty damn frightening to witness. I just want to scream at them to run as fast as you can from this joint and go eat a large salad. And quit eating so much processed foods!!!!

So I’ll keep you updated on my new adventure. Continue to make good food choices.

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Summer of 2015

10534478_1761905220702870_39430612750700157_nMyself and my two nieces: Jordan (Oregon) and Nicole (Tennessee) on my mom’s family homestead near Tyndall, SD. July 3, 2015


I haven’t had this much fun during a summer since I was a young kid. Lots of things aren’t really lining up for me in other avenues of my life as I know it but things that are hugely important to me are. And I’m doing very well still in slowly losing weight, inches and gaining back my self-worth. Yes, three years after the fact. Also my eating habits — the old ones, the very bad ones, are thankfully something of the past now … and I challenged myself this past week to give up eating excess salt like my all time favorite snack: sunflower seeds. I haven’t been back to my apartment since June 26th so from that date to today, July 5th, I’m overly proud of myself for staying true to my promise. I will return home tomorrow.

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Weight Loss Progress

fattyamyThis photo was taken at Czech Days in Tabor, SD in June of 2011. I had already lost 50 pounds on my weight loss journey. This was also before my lap band surgery on June 27, 2012.

The red shirt I am wearing in this photo was a 5X … and the shorts, yikes!!!! Also a 5X. For pants, I’m now down to a size 14/16 or an extra large.

To date, I have lost a total of 142 pounds since when I was at my heaviest in June 2009.

And no, I wasn’t ALWAYS overweight. I was a normal thin child … and I yo-yo’d back and forth from my college years and all throughout my 20s and 30s.

It wasn’t until talking to my then provider, Dr. Bonnie Nowak in 2009 that she gave me the harsh reality of my life as I knew it then. She literally said to me: “You have two choices Amy: Either plan your funeral now or get healthy.”

Obviously, I opted for No. 2.

And the rest is all on this blog.

aprilamyI am happy to say I am going at this weight loss ditty very slowly. Unlike gastric bypass, where you literally drop the weight mega rapidly, lap banders go at their own slow turtle like pace. And that’s how I like it.

To the left is my most current photo of me. This was taken on Monday, April 6 at my apartment complex.

In two months marks my 3rd year bandiversary and I couldn’t be more thrilled with all that I’ve learned on this adventure.

Thanks for your support … I couldn’t have done it without my band of friends. I have 60 lbs left to lose before I start my maintenance of never allowing myself to gain weight from eating all the wrong foods out there in processed food land.

Continue to make good choices!