Thursday, May 29, 2008

8 sleeps to go!!

OMG, 8 sleeps to go until my wedding day... HOLY CRAP! Starting to get very very excited now. We have the wedding rehearsal tomorrow night, and my Hen's night is on Saturday night! YAY!

Lapband world is going well... but fuck there are some times I just want to be able to EAT! I would give my right leg to be able to eat a beef kebab with hummus, cheese, tabboleh, lettuce, tomato and onion.... ARGH! I am drooling right now. Funny, I get these massive cravings and then it goes away and I don't think about it...

Have to admit, I am getting sick of the soups and sloppy foods (like rice with sauce, risotto, mashed potato and soft veges). I'm craving things like crunchy stirfrys, pasta with veges, fruit and salads... And steak... MmmSteak...


LBG xx

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The dress fits!

Picked up my wedding dress yesterday... tried it on, and after the 2 inches being taken off either side cos I'm so skinny now, it fits like a glove!

I weighed in at 87.4kg this morning... didn't eat much yesterday at all.

BF: 1 egg and half a slice of toast
L: around 4 chewy lollies which I ended up PB'ing on
AT: a Macdonalds 30c cone
D: Roast dinner (half filled my plate, ate some, it ended up in the toilet, then came back and had a couple of mouthfuls of the Cauliflower Gratin cos it was soft).
Dessert: Sticky date pudding with ice cream (oh god it was good and was so easy to get down..)

Keeping up my exercise too as well... Feeling Great!

12 more sleeps to go! :) Getting VERY excited!
LBG xx

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pump Challenge almost done!

This month I entered in my local gym's Pump Challenge - 12 classes in 31 days. I've got 2 more classes until I complete the challenge, and the best part is that it's got me back into Pump, a class I used to love before I started getting back problems. I've really felt the difference and I think my current weight loss this month is definitely due to me cranking up my metabolism through weight training.

Today I weighed in at 87.6kg... YAY! I'm well on my way to being 86kg for my wedding, which was the weight I was when I first met my fiance 6 years ago! Now 21kg down from when I first had my surgery done and 28.4kg down since my heaviest... Can't wait to hit that 30kg lost mark!! :)

Have a great day!

LBG xx

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Finally cracked the 20kg mark!

Hey all,

Good news! Scales were kind to me today and I was 88.0kg! YAY! I even saw 87.9kg flicker on the scales for a bit before moving back to 88...

Did a massive exercise session today as well... burnt nearly 1000 calories and did 2 hours. I felt soooooooo good then, but starting to feel soooooo sore now! 8th day in a row of exercising, so I'll be taking tomorrow off the gym, with perhaps a walk with fiance instead.

Going to get my wedding dress fitted today. I'm a little excited! :) No photos though, you never know who might be reading (aka fiance! hehe)

Have a great weekend!

LBG xx

Friday, May 16, 2008

What a week!

Well this has been a fun filled week... *ahem* MIL went into hospital on mother's day with a condition called SVCS - Superior Vena Cava Syndrome. This is a condition where the tumour presses against the Superior Vena Cava blood vessel, causing partial or complete blockage of this vessel which in turn causes a back pressure up into the upper half of the body... She had a stent put in on Wednesday 14th and is looking alot better. Pretty stressful and emotional. I must admit, I did do the whole emotional eating... but it was alot less than what I would normally eat. I have also kept up my exercise levels, exercising every day this week... Go ME!!

Hope you all had a good week!

LBG xx

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mothers Day!

I did the Mothers Day Classic Fun Run today. Jogged/power walked 4km is 33mins 13 seconds. Go me!! I got my little medal and my bag full of goodies! Then it was out to brunch with my two girlfriends who I did the walk with and then back home before heading off to a Body Jam class with my sister this afternoon.

We went shopping at Paramatta Westfield's after the walk and I walked into "Events". A clothing shop that goes up to a size 16... Well, I tried on this cute cute cute little black dress... and the 16 was.... wait for it.... TOO FREAKING BIG!!! I had so much room up top it wasn't funny! I was standing there in the change room while my friend practically put her hand down my front to demonstrate how much room I had there! It took me a while to kind of realise what on earth was going on... that I... could potentially be on the cusp of another size change... a 14? Me? Never... I'm going to have to go away and totally digest this one... I also tried on a size 16 in a gorgeous white jacket with the big buttons... totally cute... and I think that I could of pulled off the size 14. At $239 I am slightly tempted to go back and get it.... One bad thing about losing weight (ok, it's not that bad), is that shopping actually becomes alot of fun and you enjoy trying clothes on. I used to be the girl who used to watch her friends try on clothes and I would pretend to flick through the clothing racks trying to be interested but internally thinking "nothing in this store will fit me... ". It is an amazing feeling.... I really do enjoy clothes shopping now!

Anyhoo, Happy Mothers Day!

LBG xx

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Thanks guys! I had some great responses to the post I wrote yesterday regarding my calorie intake. I really am in two minds about the whole thing. I've got such conflicting information. When I'm burning 400-600cals per exercise session and eating 1000-1200kcal/day you'd really think that I would be losing weight if to maintain my 89kg body I need close to 2300kcal!! It totally doesn't make sense!! Very perplexing! Yet, it's not all about the number on the scales. I have to keep telling myself that. I'm doing more exercise than I ever have in my whole life. I'm eating well (albiet small portions!) and what I do it is good quality nutritious food (most of the time!). The body is an amazing thing and something I have learnt is that it is very unpredictable... much like life I suppose!

Anyhoo, I'm still sick, but doing OK. The sickness has moved to my head and I've got a bit of a sniffly nose and a sore throat and cough. However, that didn't stop me from getting to the gym this morning. I did 30mins on the treadmill and then a Pump Class, burning me 654kcal! I am loving my new Polar F11 I got, it is so much more accurate than the machines at the gym and I can log all my exercise sessions on line... it's great! The F11 is an exerciser's dream come true. It's a revolutionary heart rate monitor that creates a workout program to tell you how much, how hard and how long to exercise to reach your goals. Brilliant! You strap this electrode belt across your chest just under the bra line and the watch will wirelessly pick up my pulse! It then works out how many cals I'm burning, what HR zone I am in and times my workouts! COOOOOOOOOL!! If you're interested in finding out more... go here:

Tomorrow I'm doing the Mother's Day Classic Fun Run/Walk. It's a 4km walk for breast cancer. This will be my third year in a row of doing it. The last time I did it, I was 15kg heaver! I'm looking forward to seeing how long I can jog it for this time. I get a medal and everything! Awesome!

Other half goes to NZ this week for work, so I'm fending for myself this week. I've just stocked the freezer with WW meals (on special at the moment for $3.99 each!). I'm going to hit the gym every evening this week and perhaps in the mornings as well!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

LBG xx

Friday, May 9, 2008

Swallowing Razor Blades!

That's how my throat feels today. I feel fantastic... NOT and have taken the day off to rest up. I just don't want to talk to anyone (cos it freaking hurts too much). At least at home I can lie down when I want and watch some foxtel! I did promise work that I would work from home... but I don't think I'll be doing that much to be honest!

Really bummed that I got sick because I was planning a big exercise weekend.

I didn't go to body jam last night, I won't go to Pump today, Not sure how I'll feel tomorrow, but I was planning on a 3 class combo of Core/Spin/Pump all in a row (around 2.5 hours worth of exercise). If I am feeling better I will probably just do the Pump part of it, because my HR and breathing doesn't go up that much where as Spin I'll be coughing my guts up.. and Sunday is the Mother's Day Classic 4km walk/jog and then I was planning on going to a gym class with my sister in the afternoon... BUGGER!

On the plus side (not sure if there is a plus side to being sick..) but I'm feeling very restricted today due to the sickness, so won't be eating much today... and another plus side is that I am coming up to TTOM next week (so this week I should have put on some fluid weight) and I weighed in this morning at 89.1kg, so fingers are firmly crossed that next week I drop a good amount of weight once my period starts (which is usually the case). And by a good amount of weight I mean more than 500g!!!

Actually, before I go today, I wanted to share with you something that I was speaking to my Lapband Surgeon about on Tuesday. I was concerned that I wasn't eating enough, and that perhaps the reason why I was losing weight so slowly was because of my body going into some sort of starvation mode, shutting my metabolism down so that I'm not burning much of what I eat and hanging on to what it can. Which didn't make sense because I'm exercising at least 3 hours/week and burning alot of extra calories this way yet I'm dropping only around 1kg / month. I said to him that out of the research I had done, to maintain a weight of 68kg, which is my ideal weight, I need to be having around 1200kcal/day. He said this was wrong and that I should be having around 1000kcal/day which really surprises me...

Your thoughts here would be appreciated... should I really be aiming for 1000kcal/day?? That just seems so low!

One more thing, THANK YOU to everyone who pops in to read my blog. I know I have my regulars, some post their comments and some just drop by and catch up on how I'm doing!


LBG xx

Thursday, May 8, 2008


I'm feeling rat shit today.. throat is so swollen I can hardly talk, and swallowing, well forget that! I'm powering through work today, but will more than likely take tomorrow off just to rest up... I think I'm sick because of the flu shot I had on Monday...

Anyhoo, Dr appointment on Tuesday saw me at 89.2kg... dammit! Dr was happy because I had decreased my fat % and increased my muscle mass, and as I know, muscle weighs heavier than fat... so I'm happy. Just keep doing what I'm doing..

Next appointment is September..

Have a good day everyone!! I'm going to go and pop some panadol..

LBG xx

Monday, May 5, 2008

100g to go!!!...

… until I hit the 20kg lost mark since having my surgery! My appointment with the doctor is tomorrow and I’m hoping that on HIS scales I’m 88.6kg or below. That would be AWESOME! My next goal after that is 86kg, which will be 30kg lost since my heaviest ever weight…

I did a pump class this morning (yup, I was at the 6am class… *yawn*) and I was up the front of the class so I had full view of myself in the mirror. I was very pleased with what I saw… very pleased..

Yesterday I was not in the mood for eating. OK, correction, I was in the mood for eating, but my band wasn't… I had lunch and dinner plans yesterday which I knew weren’t going to go down very well (excuse the pun). I went into the city for lunch, and had to visit the toilet 3 times for a PB, then I got the hiccups while we were walking around the shop and had to go to the toilet and PB again to make the hiccups stop! By then, I was so sore that I didn’t want to eat anything… but had dinner with my parents. Mum had prepared the nicest roast beef, roast potatos, mashed potatos, Yorkshire puddings (a definite no), veges and gravy… I ate around 1/3 of the small plate she dished me and PB’d that up, and then had some ice cream and had to PB that up as well (ice cream… of all things!!). I felt very sore and very dehydrated, so I went to the shops and got myself a powerade which I drank and felt much better… I hate the days when I can’t keep anything down, but feel like I HAVE to eat which makes it worse.. one of the downsides of keeping this band a secret!

Happy Monday Everyone! Will post tomorrow with the results from my Dr’s visit and weigh in!!

LBG xx

Saturday, May 3, 2008

First Dress Fitting!

I've booked in for my first wedding dress fitting on Saturday 17th May. HOW EXCITING! I've got a good 2 weeks to work my butt off at the gym and work on my diet so that I can ensure that I get the best fitting possible, because after that I'm really not allowed to lose anymore weight before the wedding...

.... *ppppppffffffffttttttt*...

They say that the bride loses the most weight the month before the wedding... and that's without a band! I'm sure I'll have extra tightness due to my increasing stress levels!!

My colleague yesterday commented on how slowly I eat. I was sipping on a Celebrity Slim Soup and she said "It kills me to see you eat so slowly!". She went on to say "I just want to force feed you, you eat so slowly". It takes me around 20 mins to drink a mug of soup... I just shrugged at her and smiled and said that "I've always been a slow eater". If only she knew! I used to inhale my food! Now I can barely finish a cup of soup! Actually yesterday I was so tight during the day I PB'd some of my soup at the beginning and only got through around 3/4 of it because I was so full... I had a small handful of nuts mid afternoon as well and was full... I've gotten used to the smaller portions as well. Before, I used to pack so much for lunch, and ended up throwing away more than half of it! I used to pack a piece of fruit, tub of yoghurt, a protein snack, some soup for lunch, a protein shake for breakfast and a can of soft drink - which to a normal person is a normal to small sized lunch... I would come home with the fruit, yoghurt and even the protein snack sometimes... Now I pack my protein shake for the morning, a protein snack, soup for lunch and a can of diet soft drinks. At work I might have 2 plain biscuits and a cup of tea for morning tea as well if I'm extra hungry... but I really don't need much at all!!

I'm off to a party tonight where I haven't see a few people in a long long time (perhaps 6-8 months). I'm looking forward to seeing them and seeing their reactions :)

Thanks for reading! Have a happy weekend! :)

LBG xx

Friday, May 2, 2008

Not good enough??

When I went to my beautician to book in my next eye brow wax and eye lash tint, my beautician had been talking about me (and my band) to one of her clients (which I really don’t mind actually… ). The client was paying for her service and I was waiting at the counter to book mine in and she turned to me and asked me some questions about the surgery and how much weight I had lost. She was middle aged and I could tell that she had lost a lot of weight because she had gym pants on with a very obvious flap of loose skin hanging around her lower stomach. This lady told me that she had lost 30kg on her own, but was struggling because she was always hungry. She said that she just didn’t want to be hungry anymore. She said she was looking at getting the lap band surgery to loose the last of her weight and to help with keeping the weight off that she had already lost. This is how some of the conversation went:

Lady – so how much weight have you lost so far

Me – 26kg. 19kg with the lap band over 14 months

Lady – I’d be disappointed in that… I would want to lose more weight in that amount of time

Me – this is for life, I don’t mind how long it takes me.

Lady – I lost 30kg on my own, but I’m struggling to keep it off. I’m always so hungry

Me – I’m never hungry, I’m not interested in food anymore, it’s great

Lady – Well I’d still be disappointed if I only lost 19kg in 14 months.

I guess some people just don’t get it.

I weighed in this morning at 89.2kg. WooHoo! I’m 600g off my 20kg weight loss! Still on track to be 88.6kg for my doctors appointment on Tuesday!!!

Did you all watch biggest loser last night?? How FABULOUS did they all look. Someone who I was most impressed with was Sheridan. She looked absolutely fantastic. Another person who looked great was Michelle – who weighed in last night at just above my weight, and I thought she looked normal! I asked my other half if I looked like the contestants on the finale and he said yes!!... I’m thinking yeah right! I am soooooooooooo much fatter than that… Strange how I still see myself in my mind’s eye as fat… I wonder if I’ll ever get out of that way of thinking…

Have a great weekend!

LBG xx