15 February 2016

Found the Keys, re-opening the Gate to my Blog


Its been a while!
I know that about 1.5 years ago I wrote (what I thought was to be) a final post.

Well, time has passed, and a few things have come along that have inspired me to re-open the gate to my blog.

First, for my BOOB friends out there (and that's on the assumption that anyone is still following my blog), there was a flurry of activity on FB of re-instituting contacts and support for our continued journey with WL.

Inspiration in life comes in many forms.
I think for many (including yours truly)  knowing that you are not alone in your journey provides a means to uplift you and give you  that little umph you need to carry on towards your goal.

Although this blog started out to be a WL diary, as I look back it took on many life events (from elation to devastation).

Life is a very strange journey and does not follow a template gameplan (except of course in fairy tales and to be frank fairy tales have a dark side these days).

So why am I re-starting the blog?

In this day and age of twitter, FB, and other mechanisms of technology instant gratification, I find blogging to be very therapuetic. 
It really does allow the conscious to process issues in the form of the written word. 
I find that reading  your own written word challenges you to ask yourself "is what I wrote truthful or is it what I want to be the truth?".

And so, on the cold dreary snowy day, where I find myself for the second time rehapping a total hip replacement, I am opening the keyboard and giving myself a kick start to getting my WL going again.

Yes, I still have my band, and I have not had a band check (or fill) in probably 6 or 7 years.
I guess I just dont ever think about it or the need to follow up on it.
I have learned to live with the band and to eat with it and around it (you know what I mean).

I would say I have had about a 20 lb bounce up since my lowest (and my lowest lasted about 2 days).
I have tried to rationalize that two hip replacements would carry aleast 10 lbs of that weight, but thats just not the case (maybe 5 lbs, but certainly not 10).
My lack of ability to be mobile (excercise) has probably caused some of that muscle to turn to flab.
So as soon as I get past my critical rehab milestone (read that as ability to walk without hanging onto a walker or cane), I am going to start back on the treadmill.

One thing that amazes me about the treadmill (which some people find incredibly boring), is that it really does give you a good metric on your performance.  You get a good visual on your progress (numbers don't lie).

Back in the day, when I was "in the moment"  hitting the treadmill at 4 mph/ for a full hour was an achievable goal.
Today when I finally do get back on the TM  I will be  starting at  1 or 2 mph for 10-15 minutes and that will be a great achievement. 

So I have quite a way to go to get back to a robust workout... but it will happen.
The plan is staying committed to the TM, will also be perfect timing for my re-start.

As far as food choices and programs to follow,  I have a few in mind.
I have tried and had some good success with the "Back on Track" program and group on FB call Bariatric Eating Support group (which is basically a low carb/protein shake plan).

And then there is the ever re-inventing itself WW (now owned by Oprah).  The problem I had before with WW was that the food points was just way to low to satisfy me (now they have made some adjustments so I will see how that could be a good fit). I really do like all of their apps that help you keep track and be honest with what you are sticking in your mouth.

But as we all know, losing weight comes down to math (calories in, and calories burned will determine your WL).  That part has never changed.  Crash diets don't work.  The only thing that does is common sense.

So ... since I dont have any pressing events to lose weight for (not Miss Universe, or social event, or even wedding plans) I will just have to do this for me!!!!

Well me and my ability to keep up with my FOUR (yes that is 4) grandsons.
See, alot has changed since I last posted.. I have four absolutely wonderful sweet ENERGETIC grandsons now... and oh, by the way.. I have a very special name (not nana, mom mom, granny or any of those old fashioned name)... I am G-MOM.. with an action figure soon to follow!

Take care my peeps... and most importantly...
Be Well!!


  1. I'm so glad that the FB messages have been a inspiration. It made me feel that I was not alone again. That we are all still there for support no matter where life has taken us! Wishing you a swift recoverty!

  2. So glad to see your post! <3

  3. Okay, I can't let you BLOG alone! Actually, I have been doing lots of thinking lately about what I need to get back on track (decides the obvious) and each time, blogging comes to mind. And, you are right...putting words down in writing commits us. I have always known that yet have forgotten it MANY times. I forget a lot of things these days! LOL. Thanks Barb for your support and I look forward to coming here to read your words, support you and hopefully find my own words and inspiration to get back to Stories from the Road!

    1. So Glad you are back. Judi, get your fanny back too. I have missed you both. I don't blog but am a faithful reader.

  4. I remember the day you did your "final post" and I was sad...but I figured we always had facebook. I'm glad your back though!

  5. I've seen you a bit on Facebook (which I recently quit), but it is nice to see you here as well! I came back to blogging last year when I had my lap band re-positioned. There aren't very many of us former band bloggers anymore. Most seem to have had their bands removed.

  6. its nice to see you back.

  7. its nice to see you back.