Saturday, August 29, 2009

Saturday Rambles..

Just waiting for my hair colour to cook and my face pack to go all crusty.. so I thought I'd get on the computer and catch up on a few things..

I just wanted to firstly say that I accidentaly deleted two people's comments... The Dash and Allie... so so sorry! I love getting your posts, so keep posting and I promise I won't delete the next ones!

I am an exercise machine at the moment! Was at the gym Monday - Friday this week so feeling very proud of myself. Last night I had 2 curry puffs and half a portion of pad see ew noodles with chicken and veg. Didn't finish all of the noodles.. but it was a perfect size! And I was chomping on Broccoli, beans and snow peas, not to mention the freshly stir fried chicken.. YUM! How good is Thai food?

Other than that... I'm off to Europe on 23rd September for a week and a half for work. Going to Berlin for 5 days for a meeting and then to the UK for a couple of days to catch up with some friends. Looking forward to that! Get back at the beginning of October.

Then... and this is pretty exciting stuff - Hubby and I are going to start trying for a baby! OMG freaking out - but in a good way! November is the start date... and then we'll see how we go! I doubt I'll fall preggers straight away, but it's nice to get excited about this... something I've definitely been thinking about since I got married... something hubby has been dreading since we got married - but he's getting used to the idea.

Actually, it's hubby's birthday today and I think him turning another year older has made him realise that we need to start thinking about the next stage of things...

Have a lovely weekend everyone and thanks for reading!!!

LBG xx

P.S. Opti Challenge starts on Monday! Thanks Bridget for the kick up the pants I needed :)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Back to Pump!

So this week is my first week back at Pump class (weight training class) since I broke my wrist. I am possibly on the lightest weights ever pumped in the history of pump, but omfg I am sore as fuck! My wrist held up against the different exercises - sorest most during the chest and bicep track. I Pumped on Monday and again today - I managed to push through the aches in my legs and chest and get to the gym for 50 mins cardio both Tuesday and Wednesday - and I honestly think that because I kept on moving and exercising when I really wanted to be in bed that my legs recovered more quickly and I was able to do pump this morning..

Finally feel like I'm back on the bandwagon with my exercise! My eating on the other hand has left alot to be desired. I had alot of rice yesterday evening for dinner... I felt like I needed a massive carb hit, was so so fatigued! I'm feeling it today though - very bloated! I definitely ate more than I should be eating for a bandit.. yet when I eat veges and fruit I feel the restriction quite quickly, which makes me think that I've got a good fill level in at the moment. I'll chat with Mr Fill doctor next week about it and see what he thinks.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Thursday... one more day until the weekend!!

LBG xx

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sis knows!

When we went I met my family for brunch on Sunday, me and lil sis had a quiet chat about it. I basically said "Have you talked to Tony yet?" and she said "What about?" and I said, "You know.." and she said "Yes".

We had a few words about it at Mum and Dad's. She even felt my port. She has not told a single soul, and I am so pleased. She said she had her own thoughts about me not telling the family and she understands why... Sis wants to come over to my place in the next couple of weeks to talk more about it. But for now, I'm real proud of how professionally and maturely she has taken it! I underestimated her! I'll keep you posted on what happens :)

On another note - a few comments have come through on my blog commenting on the amount of exercise I do. I truely don't do all that much - maybe 45 mins - 1 hour - 5 days a week... I do Spin twice a week, Cardio a couple of times and Pump class maybe one or two times a week. I wish I had time to do more! Like do a full hour of cardio and then an hour of upper or lower body weights. Or have the time to do a double class which I sometimes do on Saturday (as I have the time!!). I like spin because in 45 mins I burn 500 cals and I know that it's intense exercise in a short period of time. I like pump because I workout every part of my body with weights for an hour.

Perfect restriction at the moment - loving that I can eat most things and be full after half a sandwich chock full of salad greens and protein. Or some protein and loads of vege for dinner, feeling full and not going back in search of more food in the evening... or not enjoying my food because it's too hard to eat.

Doctors appointment on Monday for bloods and then back to fill doctor on September 4th for checkup.

Have a good day!

LBG xx

Saturday, August 22, 2009

What a week!

I had a bitch of a week at work this week. It was just TOUGH. I had some really nice catch-ups with a couple of ex-work colleagues which made it a little easier. There is this one Doctor I'm dealing with at the moment (for my job) that is a right rude asshole. He thinks that because he's freaking doctor that he can treat me like shit... and while I was starting to get upset about the way he was treating me, by Friday I'd come to the realisation that I can only do my job, and as long as I keep my end of the workload then I am doing the best that I can.. end of the day, if he doesn't pull his weight and get his end of the work done it's on his shoulders, and I think he knows that... So I keep everything professional, don't let my frustrations or anger come through on e-mail or through my voice, even though I know he is pushing me to see how far I'll go before I snap... that's just not going to happen.

Exercising this week has definitely helped somewhat. I didn't do exactly what I said I'd do for exercise this week. I wasn't very confident with my wrist so I didn't go to pump. So here's what I did instead:

Monday 6am: Cardio 50 mins 550cal
Tuesday 6:15am: Spin 45 mins 500cal
Wednesday 6am: Cardio 50 mins 550cal
Thursday 6am: Cardio 50 mins 550cal
Friday: Break
Saturday 8:30am: Spin 45 mins 500cal
Sunday: will be going for a leisurely bike ride for a couple of hours or so.

So while I said I was going to exercise every day this week, I took friday off because I was starting to get a little fatigued and needed a rest day. And I don't feel too guilty about it!

Going out for breakky with my family tomorrow. My sister finally got a job as a solicitor and she's moving 3 hours north for the job, so it's time to celebrate - she's 28 and still living at home, so it's a pretty massive deal. Other sister, who knows about the band, but hasn't come to me about it yet, will also be there - so she'll probably be looking at everything I eat... Part of me wants her to come to me and talk to me about it... part of me doesn't. We'll see what happens!

Other than that, all is well with me. My barium swallow scans came back and all is fine. I have "mild to moderate" restriction which is perfect!

Hope you all have a lovely weeked!

LBG xx

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Exercise - Just Do It!

That's going to be my mantra for this week. Now that the cast is off my arm and I'm feeling stronger again, I've got to start getting back to the gym and getting back to that level of fitness I was at before I broke my wrist.

Unfortunately, love it or hate it, exercise is just one of those things that you have to do for weight loss. Sometimes I love it, and some times I despise it. Yet I know that at the end of each exercise session I feel fan-fucking-tastic! My back hurts less, I sleep better, my skin is clearer, I have more energy and I feel more alert and awake during the day.

So this week I'm going to do exercise every day. I'm going to go back to Pump tomorrow morning (Monday) which should be interesting considering my wrist is still a little weak - I'm going to start on the lowest possible weights and see how I go. Tuesday and Thursday will be Spin Classes at 6:15am, Wednesday and Friday will be an afternoon cardio / weights session, Saturday will be my usual Spin/Pump combo and Sunday I'm going for a bike ride!

Went for a barium swallow on Friday - that was interesting. I got to see what the band did inside me. I'd never actually seen it before. It was COOL! The radiologist said that it looks to be working fine and not stretched or dialated, which I had feared considering my reflux prob I had. Doctors appointment for bloods on 31st August and then surgeon/fill doctor appointment on 4th September. I'm thinking I might need a touch of fill in... I'm feeling hungry between meals and I'm getting stomach growls occasionally. However, I do love the fact that I can eat veges and fruit so I'm in two minds at the moment..

Battery on the scales is out at the moment, so can't weigh myself... not sure if that's a good thing!!

Have a great Sunday!

LBG xx

Monday, August 10, 2009

Taking back the control

Yesterday I was going through some old random photos on the computer and I came across one of my feet on the scales saying "84.3kg" The lowest weight I have been since having the band. Sadly, over the past year I have put on 6kg and am now at around 90kg. I was thinking about what I was doing differently that I'm not doing now, and one thing I do remember doing is tracking what I was eating. It was making me aware of what I was putting into my mouth, how many calories everything had and what exercise I was doing to keep the weighloss going. So I'm going to start logging everything again on

The scales have officially died, and need new batteries, so I don't know what I weigh at the moment, but all my clothes feel a tad looser.. which is a good thing as they were starting to feel a little snug there!

Gym tonight, just a cardio workout and perhaps a light weighs session to help strengthen my wrist and tomorrow morning I'll go for my usual 6:15am spin class! I'm not relishing the thought of getting up at 5:30am when I've just had 6 weeks of waking up at 6:30am! But, that's something I've just got to do if I want any hope of shifting this weight!

Just wanted to also make a quick shout out to all of the North Americans who seem to frequent my blog, I love seeing all the funky places everyone comes from on my blog roll! Keep on visiting! :)

Have a great monday!

LBG xx

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Omlettey Goodness

Sunday Morning Omlette time! I love it when I have a lazy Sunday morning. Up at 10am after a good nights sleep, quick shower and then into the kitchen. Omlettes, I have to say, are perfect for Bandits. Especially when they're made with Avocado and cheese! My omlette had the following ingredients:

2 Eggs (with yolk)
1/4 cup low fat milk
1/4 avocado chopped
1/4 tomato chopped
1 slice of spanish onion chopped
1/2 cup low fat tasty cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste (I use garlic salt for a bit of extra kick)

So you mix the eggs and milk with the salt and pepper, heat up a non stick fry pan, add the egg mixture to the heated pan, cook for a minute or so and then add all the veges... Then sprinkle the cheese on top and cover with a lid. Cook for 5 minutes or until egg is cooked and the mixture doesn't wobble if you shake the pan. Fold over and serve!

I could only eat half... here it is!

Soooooooo freaking good! Unfortunately it doesn't do well as leftovers... so no point putting the rest in gladwrap and heating it up later on.. .it goes all rubbery!

The best part is that I feel wonderfuly full! I love my band!

Hope you all have a fantastic Sunday!

LBG xx

Saturday, August 8, 2009

I heart Thai Food!

So normally when i have Thai food I just get a bit of curry sauce and some rice... not much fun in that eh? Last night I thought I might try something a bit adventurous and get a Pad See Ew (flat rice noodles, chicken and stirfry vegetables with sauce). We got take away and the serving size was pretty massive, so I put myself a small bowl chocked full with stirfried veges (broccoli, carrot, snowpeas, bok choy etc), some noodles and a few pieces of chicken - about a cups worth of food I would guess looking at it. I didn't hold out much hope that I would get more than a couple of bites down...

Oh my effing God!! I'd forgotten how good crunchy stirfried vegetables tasted.. I was in FLAVOUR HEAVEN! 30 mins later and the bowl was empty and I was pleasantly full... the band is doing it's job!!

I love it when that happens!

Spin class this morning, loved it. Had oodles of energy. Gym last night as well for an hour. Slowly getting back on track!

Have a great weekend!

LBG xx

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I heart food

I forgot how much I loved cooking and fresh good food. I cooked a spaghetti bolagnase tonight and had a bit of pasta which I managed to get down no problems. For a long time I wasn't putting the effort into cooking because I knew I wouldn't enjoy it or taste it a second time anyway!! No PB'ing since I got the fill taken out - not once! I definitely have more energy now and I'm eating loads of veges salads and protein. I've made a lovely salsa for lunch tomorrow which I'm going to have with Turkey breast... Mmm!

My sister still hasn't approached me regarding her new found knowledge. I'm not going to say anything and just carry on as normal. Weird thing is, is that she knows I know, and I know she knows... so not sure what's going to happen the next time we see each other!!

In other news.. my cast comes off tomorrow. So excited because it means I can step up the exercise again! YAY! No boxing though... :(

So all is well in my world! Hope all is well in yours!

LBG xx

P.S I've rebooked my barium swallow just to check that all is working correctly in there. 14th August. Bloods will be taken 31st August and I have my next appointment with my surgeon on 4th September. We'll decide then if I need more fill in or if I can stay as is. At the moment, my level of fill is pretty good... I really don't want to go any tighter.. The restriction level is perfect!