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KarynA

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About KarynA

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    Junior Guru
  • Birthday 02/20/1967

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  • Occupation
    desk job
  • State
    California
  1. KarynA

    December Delights 2009

    For the ladies (sorry guys, close your eyes). Does anyone else have problems with monthly water weight gain? 5 - 8 pounds is common for me. What works? -K
  2. KarynA

    Am I to tight?

    I agree with everyone who posted before me. Go back to liquids for awhile, then to mushies and slowly (really small bites) move to solids. You are too tight when you can't keep liquids down (which doesn't sound like the case). Good luck!
  3. KarynA

    December Delights 2009

    Hi steff... I agree with Viv and think that you made the right decision by changing docs. What I've also come to realize is that, this is a process - - a slow process. In the months following surgery, until you feel real restriction, weight loss, if there is any, has little to do with the band. First, there's a healing period (no saline in the band - or very little), then you get a couple of fills (some saline in the band but not enough to keep hunger at bay for long). Food goes right past the band, so you can eat more than you think you should be able to. In those first few months following surgery I think we're adjusting to life with a band - learning how to take really small bites, eat right and chew. Some start exercising, which helps with the weight loss. It's hard not to feel discouraged because the weight isn't falling-off. Tell you what, on April 5th, I weighed two pounds more than I did on March 5th, which is... frustrating to say the least. So I guess what I'm saying is, HANG IN THERE! Once you feel restriction, the weight will start coming-off. Thank you Viv and Missy! :biggrin:
  4. KarynA

    December Delights 2009

    I had to share this with all of you. I happened upon it (in a blog) and it was just what I needed to read. "What a year. I now weigh 90lbs less than I did when I started this journey at my consultation, 75bs less than when I had surgery. For those doing the math, that averages to just under 1.5lbs a week - slow losing IS STILL LOSING. That is probably my biggest piece of advice to remember, and surely advice I need to remind myself of. Even if you lose a small amount, week after week, when you don’t give up, those small numbers turn in to big ones. I had lost more most weeks I was on weight watchers. But I never stayed on a diet before. ...To think that one year later, I’ve done it. Sure I am not at my ideal weight by my nor my doctor’s standards, I’m so freaking close. I’m close enough that I get to- shop at any store I am fit. Or Phit, rather. I work out a minimum of eight hours a week, and I love every moment of it. I love that last night I did 144 push-ups - real perfect push ups. I couldn’t do five when I started seeing Julie in September. I struggle a lot still with loving my body - I struggle to see how different it is and how much closer to ideal than not it is. But after a workout, when my muscles burn and my hair is matted down with sweat, I love my body because it is strong and it is powerful. I didn’t start working out seriously until about six months post-op, for whatever reason it took that long for it to click with me. For those waiting for that moment, it will come, I truly believe that everyone can love exercise if they find the right workout, and in my lucky case, trainer for them. It is hard to say how much this surgery and losing weight has changed my life. In many ways I have not changed at all, and in others, I am becoming the person who I always hoped I could be. I am accomplishing the thing I knew I never could, and doing that is beyond empowering. I am more settled in myself, I can let my whole self just exist and not worry quite as much as to what I’m projecting. I am so grateful for the band... And so incredibly grateful to all of you for the support you’ve given me. I could never have come as far as I have without the support I get from my friends online, as well as a select few in my real life and my family. No one without the band can understand what we go through - the highs and the lows, the stucks to the the elation at experiencing a huge NSV. I have come so far in my first year with the band, and am so grateful that I get to spend the rest of my life with it. "
  5. KarynA

    December Delights 2009

    IL - Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and safe travels! Enjoy your trip! So far today... Breakfast: - Fruit roll-up (don't recommend it; I got stuck when I didn't take teeny bites) 88 cal (1.5g fiber) - Greek yogurt 120 cal (13 g protein) Lunch: - Broccoli/Cheddar soup 220 cal (2.8 g fiber; 15 g protein) *I'm about to go on a short (10 min.) 'after lunch' walk and later I'll have a 'protein shot' (100 cal; 25 g protein) and maybe an apple or string cheese (fiber/protein).
  6. KarynA

    December Delights 2009

    You guys are doing SO GOOD! I feel as though I need to stop lurking and post just so I can give you your much-deserved pats!! Mel, Viv, Tracy, Missy... congrats on the incredible losses! Anthony, you already know I'm amazed by you! Joy - you look awesome! For those of us who barely see the scale move, it's inspiring to know that the losses are coming. Tina, I loved the story... and your tenacity. You go, girl! Way to take on that mountain (and DO take a picture for us when you make it to the top)! And IL - 14 inches? Are you serious?! That's incredible! Yes, you are one lucky lady (your husband's one lucky guy). And to everyone who is getting out there and moving - walking, using Wii fit, going to the gym, doing ab work, etc. - I applaud you. I really do. I have been having the hardest time getting-up and (I hate this word) "exercising". But I'll have you know, after reading the last couple of days worth of posts, I feel inspired. Matter of fact, my sneakers are on and I'm heading out for a walk. It's a start. I'm very grateful for all of you. K
  7. KarynA

    December Delights 2009

    Agree. Banded Girl is great - smart as can be, funny, supportive and informative. And just to be clear - it's a 90 second rule (not minute). I know that's what you meant. Ya, I don't know how it could hurt, it just seems like it would be a really hard thing to do 'in practice'. I have a hard enough time with small bites and not drinking with meals! I will definitely give it a try whenever I can. Ha! I'll try anything so long as it doesn't involve sweating! :wink2: I did google him (the doctor) and read his bio. I was impressed by his credentials, publications, research involvement, etc. I go back to my doctor on Wednesday... am hoping for a second fill (weight loss has stopped). Cross your fingers for me.
  8. KarynA

    December Bandsters 2009

    I know, right?! I'm pretty sure it's because he was concerned about me being 'too tight'. He told me as much. He also told me to come back that day if I had any problems at all getting liquids down. I didn't think I was too tight, but then what did/do I know (it was my very first fill). My husband, who loves to cook, made a wonderful french onion soup (omg, so good) I even put croutons in it and let them get soggy in the soup. AND I'm still having my glass of wine. SO I'm alright - not at all suffering. And the weight loss has started-up again.... for now, anyway. I'll be thinking about you Thursday.
  9. KarynA

    December Delights 2009

    Ditto to all of the above! I went to the doctor last week and was the EXACT same weight (to the ounce) that I was 10 days prior. I just shook my head and decided that it wasn't going to bother me: 1) It's too early - it had only been three and a half weeks since my surgery (it was one month ago today); 2) I have NO fill in my band and no restriction (this is 'bandster hell'); 3) it was just the holidays and I was surrounded by temptation every day. *I DO confess to some poor food choices (i.e., wine, a tamale and pumpkin pie and chocolate), but that's all behind me now. And I've started walking and riding my bike, which is new for me. I can't wait til 6 weeks is up and I can start actually using the band! In the meantime, I gotten pretty good at the whole 'no eating within 30 minutes of drinking and no drinking an hour after eating' thing. Also, I'm totally over carbonated beverages - it's no huge loss. I'm loving coffee and tea now and sneak protein wherever I can. So I'm working on what I can work on - - writing down what I eat, asking myself to move around a little (exercise - in som e way) every day. My two main problems are: 1) 4 ounce portion sizes (I'm hungry and usually eat 8 - 10); and 2) cabernet sauvignon. I hate to say it but I think I just need to quit drinking alcohol altogether to save on the calories. Bummer too cause I really looked forward to that one glass/day. The fact is, I'd rather lose weight. Hope you all had a very nice holiday! I was away from a lot of it, but am back now.
  10. KarynA

    December Delights 2009

    Agreed - especially on an empty stomach, and I know you've had a hard time getting even Water down. Also, I recommend staying off treadmills for the time being. :scared2: Feel better.
  11. KarynA

    December Bandsters 2009

    I'm getting ready to go to work today. Wish me luck!
  12. KarynA

    December Bandsters 2009

    Hi Roro, I feel pressure and tightness when I sit and lay as well. Keeping my torso stretched is the most comfortable. Standing and walking are good, if only I wasn't so pooped! I had a tiny bit of brothy soup last night, but other than that and a little lite apple juice and isopure yesterday, I haven't eaten food since Wednesday. I don't have a whole lot of energy. And I'm not hungry either (still swollen, I guess). I just can't wait to be healed. The surgery itself was no big deal - it's the recovery that's hard. If you're uncomfortbale to the point that you can't bear it, you should call your doctor. All my best to you... K
  13. KarynA

    December Bandsters 2009

    Congratulations ganda and yosemite! I'm so happy to hear that your surgeries were "no problem" and that you're both home recovering in good spirits! That's wonderful! And it sure makes my prospects for tomorrrow look pretty good. Fingers crossed.
  14. KarynA

    December Bandsters 2009

    Congrats tbird! Wow - too bad there's no live video feed! :w00t: See? A walk in the park... I'm so glad!
  15. KarynA

    December Bandsters 2009

    Yay! SO excited for you! I'm two days behind you, so will be reeeally interested to hear how you're doing afterward. Depending on our level of committment, our lives could change significantly from this week forward. Imagine the possibilities! Good luck to you. Blessings, Karyn

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