Friday, April 30, 2010


Thanks Drazil for this week's BYOC. They were really thought provoking questions.

1. What is your favorite smell?
Babies. My kids are teenagers and I definitely had baby fever for a while, but I love to smell of a baby's head. So precious and innocent.

2. What is your all time favorite movie and why?
I love most Nicholas Sparks movies. My favorites are A Walk to Remember and The Notebook. I have watched them over and over and still cry every time.

3. What's your trigger food?
FRIED CHICKEN! I love fried chicken. I used us bring chicken to my nanny for lunch before she died. I have great memories of eating chicken with her, as it was one of her favorite foods too!

4. When someone you love is going through a difficult time – what are your go-to words to make them feel better – in just a sentence or two?
All things happen for a reason according to God's plan. We may not know what the reason is now and we may never know.
I had a still born baby at 33 weeks and believing this really helped me through it. I know God had a reason for taking my baby, I still don't understand it but maybe it isn't for me to understand.

5. This one is always the same. Who is your nominee for the blog of the week for YOU? Which blog OR comment touched your heart, spoke to you, stuck with you all week?
I can really relate to Jen's dilema (and frustration) of her families inability to understand her band. I understand that it isn't always easy to sit at the table with the children and we shouldn't have to feel guilty for taking care of ourselves.


It's Feel GOOD Friday...

Last night, as I was getting ready to go to our "doggie obedience class" (that's a whole nother blog in itself), I decided to try on a pair of size 18 jeans. I was not very optimistic that my previously size 22 butt could squeeze into them, but figured it would give me something to work toward. AND guess what, THEY FIT! ***Happy dance, happy dance*** So, with today being casual Friday, I decided to save them for today!
ALL EYES ON ME! I have gotten the most compliments. Makes your whole day. I'm walking around the office in my SIZE 18 JEANS glowing.
Back with Drazil's BYOC Later. She gave some really thought provoking questions!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fill #1 and Dr. Visit ........CHECK.

The doctor seemed pretty pleased with my weight loss so far and the first fill was alot simpler than I expected it to be. I now have 3 cc's in my band. I drank the water afterwards but was almost scared to eat anything. I keep hearing everybody talking about "getting stuck" and know that it will eventually happen to me too. I did eat and have not yet had any problems.
This morning my scale shows that I have lost........(drumroll please) 25 lbs!!!

So excited...


Monday, April 26, 2010

Tomorrow's the BIG Day!

Countdown to Fill #1. I'm so excited. I was supposed to go last week but had to cancel due to my job. So far, though I have lost 21 lbs, I can't really tell that I have the band. I WANT RESTRICTION!
ALSO, I am anxious to see what the dr's scales say.
Let ya know tomorrow!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mello Yello Wishes and Cake Batter Dreams

I admit it. I'm an additct. An addict who has recently quit cold turkey. My "drug" of choice....Mello Yello. There was a time when I would drink 4-5 of them a day. I craved them. I am proud to announce that I am 5 weeks 1 day clean. I have read many blogs and see that some of yall drink carbonated drinks. If you do, let me know what and how many and if it effects your band. Will there ever be a day that I can enjoy an ice cold m-y???

I am SO NOT the cool mom anymore!

What happened? I always thought that I would be the cool mom...the one that allowed my daughter to do things that other kids weren't allowed to do. Not outrageous or bad things, but little things that didn't really make a difference. She has had her hair in every including purple. BUT the NO just blurted out. What happened to my little girl? My 15-year-old sweet little girl (used to be) just called to ask me if she could pierce her eyebrow. WHAT? It was at that moment I heard my mother's voice come out of my mouth. I don't think so! Anyway, she doesn't think I am the best anymore. Sure, she will get over it, the next time she wants something else...but for now, I'm just the uncool mother.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Banding....Is definitely not for the BIRDS!

This is serious business my friends, but if it were for the birds I think this one could sure use one.

Today is my five week bandiversary. If I can have a "bandiversary" at five weeks. Still showing 20 lbs down (currently 268) and am looking so forward to my first fill. I don't know how much to expect on fill #1 or even what my band holds but I will find out TUESDAY!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Here we are..........blogging.

Well, this is me (and my daddio.) I am definitely a work in progress. My blog, "Big, Banded, and Beautiful" is a combination of determination and wishful thinking! I can get there.....I will get there. I was banded on March 19, 2010. I weighed in at 268 lbs on the day before surgery. Today, one month post-op, I am down 20 lbs!!!!! Yea me!
Today was a rough day though. For the first day since surgery, I did NOT make good food choices. I have no restriction, no fill (as of yet), and I haven't found anything that I can't tolerate.
This is why, today, I start to blog. I have been blog stalking for weeks now. I absolutely love Amy W. and Jen. They have been such an inspiration to me. I hope before long, I will have followers which will hold me accountable for days such as these.

I am a 36 year old mother of 2 teenagers and am employed full time. I am a social worker for the state and absolutely love my job (most days.) I have a wonderful support system in my family and friends. I love to talk and usually tell more than I should. I look forward to the support of my new blog friends and hopefully can be a support to all of yall!