Friday, November 12, 2010

Trekking Downwards

This week has gone very well with the band. I had a tiny fill on Monday (0.1cc) and it has taken the munchies away. I can still eat solids morning, noon and night. Not stuck once. And my weight is back down to 172 from the 175lbs I saw last weekend (that number was the day after a big meal, dessert and lots of wine). So for all those struggling with eating your little hearts out, have a quick review and see if maybe you need a fill.

Someone asked this week how you know if a fill is needed. My first indication is NOT losing any weight. Then I look to see if I am eating too much. Check on the first. I have been stuck in the low 170's for two months. And I was eating way too much junk-chips, ice cream, chocolate... I was out of control. I can eat about a 1/2 to 1 cup of protein and a bit of veges and I'm good for about 3-4 hours. I am working on the no eating after 7:00 pm which I find helps me lose. Those extra calories (usually empty) just add up and stall my weight. I do start early at work and finish my coffee by about 8:00 am. I've been taking a two egg omelet with cheddar cheese for breakfast around 9 am and it goes down fine. Somedays, I have to take a bite or two and wait 5 or 10 minutes but I haven't been stuck or PBed in two weeks. Priming my band seems to be working. I can also eat chicken again and solid foods but my all time favourite food is chili. I could eat it three times a day. This time I made it with black beans. I was always a kidney bean girl but OMG, if you have never used black beans get ye to the store and buy cans and cans or them. I rinse them first before adding them to make a soup, stew, chili or whatever.

Today, our newspaper published the different activities for Remembrance Day (that's what we call it in Canada). The photo on the right is of the tombstone of an Unknown Canadian Soldier who died in France. It is now mounted in our War Museum and was positioned so the sun would shine on it at 11:00 am on November 11th. It is a small room for about 25 people. Since it was a sunny, warm day yesterday, it was especially brilliant to see.

I leave with this hope. That we will never forget those that fought for us in the past, those that are fighting now and for those who will take up the fight in the future.

We will remember.


Unknown Soldier
This tombstone formerly marked the grave of one of the 6,846 unidentified Canadian soldiers left on the fields of France and Belgium. The unknown soldier from this grave was removed from his resting place in Cabaret Rouge Cemetery, near Vimy Ridge, and re-interred at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Canada's National War Memorial in Ottawa in 2000. The tombstone now lies in the Memorial Hall of the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa.

12 comments:

tessierose said...

When I think of the sheer volume of lives lost in WWII, I can't help but cry! On a lighter note, I'm so glad your fill is working, somedays I think I need a little more, but then somedays, I'm so tight, fickle, fickle band.

Read said...

I'm with Tessierose, the raw numbers are mind numbing - I want to not think about it, but am afraid not to.

I'm thrilled your fill seems to be working. I'm still working on figuring out what and when I can eat but I think my fill is working too. Congratulations on your amazing progress so far and good luck on your last bit, certain to come soon enough!!

I just have to say - I love your post's title this time around!!

SuperMegaAnna said...

You are doing great! Sounds like a wonderful place to be with the fill. Those fills are such a tricky thing! :)

Jess said...

I am glad the fill is just what you needed. I am still stuck in the low 180's (like 5 months now) and I don't think I need a fill. I can't eat alot at a time but my cravings do me in every time. Damn, damn, double damn! Maybe a tiny tiny fill like yours would do the trick.

Jen said...

I think I need a fill to.
Not losing and always searching for food.
Thanks for the nudge. :)

Bonnie said...

Glad the fill is working. I need to stop the liquid calories (ie, martinis) and start exercising.

Lonicera said...

It's lovely the way things have turned around for you in the past few months - the weight loss is now wonderfully steady! It's so difficult to know when one needs another fill - I'm now overfilled, the scales are slowly going down, but I'm really uncomfortable, and I'll have to call a halt next week and get another slight unfill. Such a waste.
Thanks so much for the lovely message on my blog and how 11th November is important to you - appreciated your writing about it.
Caroline

Amaris said...

First of all, thank you for the very kind words you left me a few days ago about my Thanksgiving dilemma and the recent loss of my mother. I was very touched by your comments. I'm sorry that you have also lost your mother.

Glad the tiny fill is working. Some days I think I need a little more, then some days I can barely cope with what I've got! Glad to hear that you are losing again.

Cindylew said...

I'd kill to be in the low 170's...seems like I've been in the 80's for 6 weeks.
Love and miss you Tootsie Roll.

~Lisa~ (Mrs C) said...

Congrats on the fill! And, thank you for sharing the Remembrance Day information and photo with us... We do remember, and always pray for those who have given their all for us... Thank you

Dinnerland said...

War is terrible and pointless... on a much lighter note: thank you for the comments on my blog. I appreciate everything you said.

Band-Babe said...

Sandy Lee, You are truly the best! XOXO

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