Monday, February 21, 2011

Bat wings...the fix?

Here's my horror.  I wear a bodybugg daily (since I got it for Christmas) and I love the numbers it shows me.  However, it has restricted me from wearing any arm-fitting shirts because of mah bat wings:

(My arm, October 2010...doesn't look much different today.)

Oh yes.  Imagine having that upper tricep pinched by a bodybugg band all's not pretty.  Some of my favorite sweaters have been neglected, hanging lonely in the closet, because I want to wear saggier-sleeved shirts that will hide the double arm that's created by wearing the bodybugg.  Ugh.  Here's what it should look like:

(No, that's not my arm...obviously.)

My question to all of you - will these freakin' bat wings go AWAY?  I'm at 236 pounds now, down from 338 when I started, and I know the fat will go away in it's own time.  I'm definitely smaller, and my bat wings have shrunken...I'm only 30 years old, and I hear that the sagging skin is more likely to shrink up in younger people.  How many of you skinny people still have your wings?  Anyone get surgery to remove them?

The bottom line is that I'm feeling more confident about every other area of my body - I still have curves and bulges, but fitting all of it into a size 18 pants and an XL shirt is a far cry from where I started in a size 28 pants and a 3X shirt.  I feel cute...except for those damn arms.

Funny thing?  When I was younger?  My arms were my FAVE part of my body.  They were constantly tan, toned...I just loved showing them off in tank tops.  I loved summertime when I had an excuse to be out in the sun, wearing a tank top and reveling in the gorgeousness of them.  Now?  I still love tank tops, but they are for lounging around (out of public's view) only.

I miss thin arms :(.

Because Amy did it, and I have an admiring girl crush on her.

(A) Age: 30

(B) Bed Size: Queen...bought it after my divorce, because I am the queen!

(C) Chore You Hate: I'm not a bathroom girl.  Even though my boyfriend and I live far apart for now, we've already discussed that he will be cleaning bathrooms when we live together.  I'm in charge of dishes and laundry in exchange :)

(D) Dogs? None - just two kitty cats (plus a third that my old roommate left here and has yet to come get).

(E) Essential Start Your Day Item: Cigarette.  Yeah, I'm still a smoker.

(F) Favorite Color: Yellow - it's sunshiny and happy!

(G) Gold or Silver? Silver, for shiz.  I hate gold.

(H) Height: 5'9"

(I) Instruments You Play: Guitar & Vocal Cords...but I'm better at the singing thing.

(J) Job Title: High School Agriculture teacher, FFA Advisor and Teachers Union Leader (Grievance Chair, Executive Board member, county Vice Chair, state committee Vice Chair)

(K) Kids: Nick has 2, so I'll be a stepmommy.  I'd like to have one of our own, though, too!

(L) Live: With no regrets.  And with confidence.

(M) Mom's Name: Melinda Sue...she goes by Suzzie.

(N) Nicknames: Jonesy, Hoya...Nick calls me Turd Bird.

(O) Overnight Hospital Stays? I'd rather not - I like the comfort of my home.

(P) Pet Peeve: Ignorance.

(Q) Quote from a Movie: And I'll tell you why I can't put up with you people: because you're BASTARD people! That's what you are! You're just bastard people! And I'm goin' home and I'm gonna... I'm gonna BITE MY PILLOW, is what I'm gonna do! 

(R) Right or Left Handed? Righty tighty, yo :)

(S) Siblings: 2 younger sisters and 2 younger half-sisters.  Even with a divorce and new wife, dad STILL had all girls!

(T) Time You Wake Up? 6am, begrudgingly.

(U) Underwear: I like boy shorts, but I typically stick with some variation of granny panties...Nick likes 'em.

(V) Vegetable You Dislike: Cabbage.  Ew.

(W) What Makes You Run Late: Oversleeping...CityVille on

(X) X-Rays You've Had Done: Arms, legs, chest...probably everything at some point in my life.

(Y) Yummy Food You Make: Lasagna, 7-layer dip...and a bunch of other things I don't choose to make/eat anymore because of their calorie counts!

(Z) Zoo, Favorite Animal: Chimpanzeeeeeeeeeeees :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

100 pound picture comparison!


It's been slow in LapBand land since October (the middle picture)...I'm down only 17 pounds since then, but I'm starting to see what other people are seeing.  It may only be 17 pounds since the last comparison picture, but there's a ton of difference there!  Guess I am toning up, eh?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

100 pounds, bishes!

I'm a little delayed in writing this post, but I'm glad to see the scale having some rapid movement lately!  I got a tiny (0.25cc) adjustment on February 3rd (and then drove off to a weekend CTA State Council session in Los Angeles)...ate fine after 24 hours of liquid, ate fine the next day...then BAM.  Acid reflux again, too tight, couldn't drink more than a sip of water at a was miserable.  I woke up at least twice a night just to sit over the toilet and puke up black acid from my stomach.  Awesome, eh?  I was dehydrated, thirsty, etc...tried putting myself on liquids to help the swelling that was probably going on, but without being able to really drink, no such luck on healing.

I went back to the doctor on February 9th and got the 0.25cc taken back out.  It took a few days of liquids, hour-long eating sessions to get down a few ounces of food, etc. and I'm finally feeling somewhat normal today.  It took me an hour to eat breakfast this morning, but I ate more than a few ounces - yay!  I'm also back to being able to drink like a normal human being :).

The upside of the trial over the last week and a half is that my scale moved with lightspeed!  Yeah, I will probably go back up a couple of pounds as I start to rehydrate again, but I'm going to claim the following (FINALLY):

  1. I'm out of the 240's...F*CK, that took FOREVER.  I entered the 240's in early took THREE FREAKIN' MONTHS to lose that 10 pounds!  
  2. I FINALLY hit my 100 pound weight loss - on February 9th :).


I wasn't able to weigh in this morning (I'm a daily weigher) because I was on an overnight trip with students, but I'm anxious to see what the scale says tomorrow now that I'm eating and drinking again...PLEASE DEAR GOD keep me away from the 240's (I'm so sick of that freakin' decade and never want to see it again) and keep me below 238.2 so my 100 pound loss can be validated!