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1 year later: Lap Band Surgery (before & after pics)

Holy wow, it appears I’ve abandoned Tumblr. I’m sorry, I got a bit distracted by life and, er, Pinterest. But I needed to return to Tumblr to check in with my health/weight loss journey. I had the lap band surgery a year ago and at the time was very open about doing it. I blogged a couple of times with updates. I loved answering questions and giving my take on it for those considering the surgery. Anyway, a year has passed, I had to go in for my follow up with the before/after pics. So let me sum up my thoughts on the surgery.

I’m just going to get to the point. This is my opinion, but I feel strongly about it. Lap band surgery (and probably any gastric surgery) is NOT an easy weight loss fix. So if you’re considering it for that reason alone, careful. Yes, you’ll lose some weight initially, but continuing it lose weight and keeping it off takes a good amount of commitment. Probably nearly as much as those who haven’t had the surgery. I still need to workout. I still need to eat healthier. And let me tell you, I can eat a lot more than I thought I’d be able to with lap band. So if you think you’re going to get it, and it’ll just stop you from overeating—it doesn’t. You need to make yourself eat less and trust the band to keep you full longer on less food (which it should).

Also, there are foods you shouldn’t eat. I say shouldn’t, because technically you can still eat whatever you want. However, some of it will get stuck (please don’t make me describe that). I don’t get stuck often, because when I find a food that gets stuck, I don’t eat it again, or eat it carefully. But some people with the band are willing to risk it for that food. So I do like that it’s curbed me from eating some foods that are bad for me (yeast glazed donuts were my THING, baby!).

So again, self control comes into play, and I struggle with it. If I hadn’t paid out of pocket (no insurance), I’m not sure I would’ve lost much weight at all, and would probably be regaining right now. But seeing as I invested so much into my health, I’m determined to make this happen.

Like I said, it’s been a year and I’m not really where I expected to be. But then, my expectations might’ve been too high. I kind of figured I’d be ‘tiny’ by now. I’m down some weight, but certainly not tiny. I thought my health issues would be completely resolved if not significantly improved. There was some improvement with health, but not enough to get me excited. Maybe it’ll improve with more weight loss.

Bottom line: I’ve lost 50lbs and I FEEL much healthier. I’m not a size 2, but my body type will probably never be anyway. Sometimes I get uncomfortable telling people I’ve had the surgery, because there’s the assumption I lost weight because of the band. I honestly thought that would be the case, but I realized halfway through the year it’s not. It’s helped, it has, but I’ve had to work for it. I’m proud of how far I’ve come, and this was not ‘the easy way’ out and I have a feeling it may only get harder. But I’m going to take this tool (lap band), and keep on keeping on, and see where I end up.

Anywhere, here’s the fun part. Pics! (Before pic I didn’t know they were taking, so it’s really not quite fair :P )

Why I must go to Zumba #germanpancake

Why I must go to Zumba #germanpancake

emmapetersen:

I love this cat. Even though I know when I go to sleep it’ll probably suck out my soul.

emmapetersen:

I love this cat. Even though I know when I go to sleep it’ll probably suck out my soul.

iamagabbymom:

midengineoffroad:

Valentine’s Day is coming up

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! 

iamagabbymom:

midengineoffroad:

Valentine’s Day is coming up

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! 

Foreign Affair
Revenge can be sweet…and oh so sexy.
 Lena Richards’s whirlwind vacation to Europe with a friend is a welcome  chance to shake her pre-wedding jitters—until she learns her high-school  sweetheart is cheating on her, Hawaiian-style. Figuring all’s fair, she  indulges in a fling of her own with a sexy New Yorker she meets in  Amsterdam whose kiss blows her mind—and the lid off her hormones.
Tyler Bentz is wary that the petite bombshell, who only a short time  ago insisted their one kiss must never happen again, has done a complete  180. His questions only make it clear she’s interested in probing of  the sexual kind. Who is he to turn her down?
As they burn their way across Europe, something shifts, and it’s not  just the earth moving with their exploding passion. Lena begins to  realize what it really means to fall in love. And Tyler finds himself  tumbling hard and fast.
Reality catches up with them in Paris, leaving Tyler to wonder if  Lena’s really the one, or if he’s nothing more to her than a pawn in her  game of revenge.
This book has been previously released.
Product WarningsAmericans misbehaving in Europe. An  attraction more potent than any drug Amsterdam has to offer. A fling  that breaks all the rules. And the creative, sensual use of Chinese  takeout. 
Read an excerpt

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Foreign Affair

Revenge can be sweet…and oh so sexy.


Lena Richards’s whirlwind vacation to Europe with a friend is a welcome chance to shake her pre-wedding jitters—until she learns her high-school sweetheart is cheating on her, Hawaiian-style. Figuring all’s fair, she indulges in a fling of her own with a sexy New Yorker she meets in Amsterdam whose kiss blows her mind—and the lid off her hormones.

Tyler Bentz is wary that the petite bombshell, who only a short time ago insisted their one kiss must never happen again, has done a complete 180. His questions only make it clear she’s interested in probing of the sexual kind. Who is he to turn her down?

As they burn their way across Europe, something shifts, and it’s not just the earth moving with their exploding passion. Lena begins to realize what it really means to fall in love. And Tyler finds himself tumbling hard and fast.

Reality catches up with them in Paris, leaving Tyler to wonder if Lena’s really the one, or if he’s nothing more to her than a pawn in her game of revenge.

This book has been previously released.

Product Warnings
Americans misbehaving in Europe. An attraction more potent than any drug Amsterdam has to offer. A fling that breaks all the rules. And the creative, sensual use of Chinese takeout. 

Read an excerpt

 
legrandcirque:

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong blowing his trumpet while Grace Kelly looks on in a photograph from the set of the MGM motion picture “High Society.” Photograph by the Associated Booking Corp., 1956.
Source: Library of Congress, New York World-Telegram Collection

legrandcirque:

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong blowing his trumpet while Grace Kelly looks on in a photograph from the set of the MGM motion picture “High Society.” Photograph by the Associated Booking Corp., 1956.

Source: Library of Congress, New York World-Telegram Collection

Just hanging out with my BFF

Just hanging out with my BFF

Love this
Ethiopian food lunch #foodporn

Ethiopian food lunch #foodporn

stacey-lane:

Birthday Cake Martini
1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
1.5 ounces cranberry juice
1/2 ounce champagne
Rim glass with Sprinkles (cake frosting helps to make them stick). Combine vodka and cranberry juice in an ice shaker, half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into glass. Top with Champagne. Drop in cherry. Enjoy!
photo source: rock-ur-party.tablespoon.com

stacey-lane:

Birthday Cake Martini
1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
1.5 ounces cranberry juice
1/2 ounce champagne
Rim glass with Sprinkles (cake frosting helps to make them stick). Combine vodka and cranberry juice in an ice shaker, half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into glass. Top with Champagne. Drop in cherry. Enjoy!
photo source: rock-ur-party.tablespoon.com
legrandcirque:

Actress Ann Sothern in chorus girl-style costume, hat and fishnet stockings. California, 1936.

legrandcirque:

Actress Ann Sothern in chorus girl-style costume, hat and fishnet stockings. California, 1936.

legrandcirque:

Grand Duchesses Tatiana Nikolaevna Romanova, left, and her sister Olga with Anna Vyrubovaduring a summer cruise in Finland, ca. 1908.

legrandcirque:

Grand Duchesses Tatiana Nikolaevna Romanova, left, and her sister Olga with Anna Vyrubovaduring a summer cruise in Finland, ca. 1908.

Awesome.

Awesome.

(Source: regijack)

iamagabbymom:

aytutulmasi:

gökler içini döktü,karbeyazdır artık yeryüzü… Bilal Tırnakçı

This is lovely

iamagabbymom:

aytutulmasi:

gökler içini döktü,
karbeyazdır artık yeryüzü… Bilal Tırnakçı

This is lovely

myvintagevogue:

Photo by F.C. Gundlach 1963 - F.C. Gundlach Foundation Archive
http://www.fcgundlach.de
 

myvintagevogue:

Photo by F.C. Gundlach 1963 - F.C. Gundlach Foundation Archive

http://www.fcgundlach.de

 

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