Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Band Adjustment Tracking!

ObesityHelp announced today that they now have a Band Adjustment Tracker!  You have no idea how great this is!  I wish I could pick up the phone and call my doctor to ask what, how much and when all my fills where, but I guess I'll just get them to xerox it next time I'm in the office.  I'm sure I wrote them in blog entries on the dates of the appointment, but I'm terrible about tagging things appropriately.

I will use this though, especially since I've had problems with being too tight.  It even allows you to track your satiety.  The notes section allows you to comment about that daily and whether you had a fill.  Now, I just wish they had a tracker for the feelings of tightness and looseness each day.  Hrmmm... I need to email them. Let me go do that!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Best Salad Ever

I made this on Sunday, and I'm still eating it.  I never thought I'd love soggy salad, but this just changed me.  Now that I can tolerate salad, I can eat a bowl of this that's about a cup of it if I eat slowly. I'm glad that my loosened restriction has made me find something really healthy, quick and easy.  I just added some dried rosemary, basil and marjoram my mom gave me a few days ago from her garden.  The smell of rosemary on my hands is divine.  She also suggested I use the sticks of rosemary for chicken kabobs.  I might have to do that tonight!

This has got to be the best salad I've ever had.

Get a BIG BOWL.... HUGE

Shred one head of lettuce
peel and slice thin, 2 cucumbers
peel and slice thin, 1 large red onion
slice and dice, 4 Roma tomatoes
deseed and slice thin, 1 red pepper
drain and add 1 can of artichokes

Crack a ton of black pepper over it
Pour 1 cup of balsamic vinegar over it
Pour 1/3 cup olive oil over it

Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of Tony Chacerie's or Zatarian's Creole Seasoning
Sprinkle 2 teaspoon garlic powder
Sprinkle 1 teaspoon white pepper
fresh or dried herbs of your choice (rosemary, basil and marjoram from mom's garden)

Toss.  The longer it marinates, the better it tastes.  So, so good.  SOOOOOO GLAD I can now tolerate salad.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I am eating

and eating... and I feel like I can't stop. This is the most restriction loss I have felt since I got the band. 18 months and I have a sudden loss where I am ravenously eating like I haven't in 20 months. I moved my doctor's appt. from later this month to next week. In the meantime, the nurse said to test the band with a chicken breast. If I can only eat half, I still have good restriction. If I can eat the whole thing, then I'm due for a fill.

We shall see. I'm working on drinking insane amounts of water to counteract the amount of junk food I've been eating. Next task is to get all the junk food out of the house.

Update: I discovered the culprit. Anti-anxiety medication can cause a lot of restriction loss. I hadn't taken it for a long time because I didn't feel stressed but the last week of May was kinda stressful for me. LIFE is stressful, but I normally manage without medication for it. Now I know, there's no reason for it if I can suddenly eat everything, therefore negating every good thing I've done in the last year and a half.