Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Just met my surgeon today, and now I'm waiting for my pre-surgery evaluation. (blogging from my phone, pretty spiffy).  I have to say one thing I don't like about the kaiser process is my lack of surgeon choice (only two tip choose from) and lack of surgeon interaction (met him for the first time today).  But my surgeon seems really nice.  Oops, appointment time, more later.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Quick thought

Just a quick question while I'm thinking of it.  If there's anybody in Colorado (denver/metro area(more specific southwest)) that'd like to be my gym buddy in a month or two (or now for a couple of weeks) let me know.


Sunday, April 24, 2011


I'm starting to put together my list of things I need to get prior to surgery.  I'm going to post what I have so far, and if anybody reading this has already had their surgery, and has additional ideas, please please please let me know.

Liquid Tylenol
reg. Tylenol
clear broths
low fat/nonfat yogurt (probably greek)
fat free/sugar free jello
fat free/sugar free Popsicles
protein shakes?

Also meeting with my surgeon on Wed.  I have a few questions to ask him, but feel I should have more.  Are there questions you wish you had asked?   So far I have what technique does he use to secure the band to my stomach, and is my half mile walk from the light-rail station to work too much to do a week or two out from surgery.. 

Any tips and pointers for pre-surgery would be greatly appreciated now. 
thanks folks!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Howdy all and welcome to the first post.  I'm not sure where to start, so we'll just jump right in.  I'm 31, female, and you guessed it, overweight.   Have been for .. as long as I can remember.  When I was 12 or so I was in the fitting room with my grandmother and she informed me "The only reason  you have breasts is because you're overweight".  That is the first time I really remember my weight being a "bad" thing.  Since then it's been small things, like wearing a size 12 dress to homecoming freshman year of highschool, when my best friend was wearing a size 0 (of course now I'd kill to be in a size 12)  :-).

So a couple of years ago a friend of mine got the lap-band surgery done, and she's done very well.  I was jealous.  I wanted the "easy way"  (having done much blog reading and research since then, I know it's not easy).  You can't imagine how many time I've gone to bed at night and just wished that somehow magically I'd wake up thin.  I can tell you it's more times that I'd gone to bed wishing for the winning lotto ticket (despite never buying one).   Last summer my doctor suggested to me, and I was met with surprisingly little resistance from my family (probably the main reason i didn't seriously consider it the first time round).  So I called, got myself on the list and waited.  About 7 weeks ago, I got a call from Kaiser (on a friday) and they said "Classes start on Monday, are you still interested?"  Hell yes! So basically here I am.  My surgery is now scheduled for May 12th.  It's finally starting to feel real.  I hope to ... everything.. that I don't mess this up.

What I want from this:
- Lose weight (duh)
-Not be the first one out of breath on the stairs (aka be able to do more than a flight)
-Prevent the diabetes and/or heart disease that runs in my family
-Possibly start a family
-Look in a mirror (and actually like what I see)
-Walk into ANY store and find something that fits
-Knee-high boots :D

and more as I think of them.

For now, this is it.  I need to remind myself to take before surgery photos and measurements.   Any little bit of victory will help me get through the rough times.