Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Well a week of eating right and exercise resulted in a gain.......just don't get it, had gone up to 109.2, which is a gain of 400 gms.....but then this morning, I got on the scales and I was down to 108.2. I can't keep up with what my body is doing at the moment, so I am taking todays weight as my official weigh in.

Exercise has dropped of a bit, I am still wearing my pedometer but have not been for any organised walks. I am still jumping on the Wii for step but that should all change next week when I can get out for morning walks or to morning aqua as I revert back to the evening shift next week.

Oh I got an appointment in the mail yesterday to the Palmerston North Hospital Dietian, which was a referral by my gastroenterologist.....weird as he knows I am under the care of my surgeon's team. However as the new meds seem to be having more of an effect and I feel so puffy and yuckky right now, maybe it is best I still go.....another opinion can't hurt, however it will be interesting to see what they make of a "gluten intolerant cut and paste girl"

On Wednesday I am heading off to Lower Hutt with my Dad, my Mum's brother passed away over the weekend, so we are going to the funeral. He was the last of her siblings alive so the end of an era really.

No news on the work front regarding the positions at work, I am really not expecting to get one of them, but if you don't put your hand up you can't be considered. I think they would be more me actually as It is more a mix of admin, phones and data entry and you get to manage your own workload, which I think would be better. Maybe it is just after 18 years or so I am over the call centre environment.

One exciting thing.....my friend Annie.......who I had surgery with on the same day has started blogging, but she is kind of a private gal, and is a bit shy, so I thought that some of my loving, kind and considerate readers might be of as much support to me as they are to her.......so if you would like to support Annie with her WLS journey and battle then drop me a message with your email address and I can pass it onto her.....or email me janine.hallewell@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Well I never thought I would get anywhere near 10000 steps in a day, and I can't beleive that I actually have done it.....well all but, as at 7pm I have done just over 9500 and I still will be wandering around my house doing cooking and washing up etc and then I am going to settle down and watch the final of Grey's Anatomy.

So how did I do it, well I took Porsche out for a walk and was meant to be doing that with Maree (one of the WLS Palmy girls) but something cropped up and she couldn't make it, so I donned my shoes and went anyway. I think I might be a little stiff tomorrow........I think I might also try out aqua aerobics....maybe just once a week, unfortunately I will be going to late shift in two weeks so might just go to a morning class.....if there is one....I must ask Anne.

Nothing else much on the cards, I have changed desks at work and also changed teams again, so have a new team leader. None of that really makes any difference at the moment, but will in a couple of weeks when I start back on lates. My new team leader is actually my trainer, and she has moved into the team leader role whilst one of the others is on maternity leave.

I have also applied for a couple of permanent fulltime jobs at work,(I am currently on a temp full time) but since I have only been there 6 months I am not sure how successful I will be...can only sit and wait basically.

Anyway - dinner needs to be looked at and Shory Street is on....thank goodness for my Tivo where I can rewind live telly......hehe.

Monday, July 19, 2010

10 Week Challenge

Yup - Annie & I are starting a 10 week challenge, which is the 10 weeks of the school term to get ourselves back to a better position weight wise. We are both wanting to lose around 8-9 kgs.

This morning I weighed in at 108.8 kgs so a total loss this week of 500 gms, so pretty happy with that considering I only did one walk.

I am aiming to do some form of exercise everyday - either going for a walk or doing something on Wii.......

So right this minute the dog is waiting and I am heading out the door for a walk.....

Back later - will update a little Challenge update on the sidebars and if anyone else wants to join in then the more the merrier. 10 weeks, something acheiveable.......!!!

Okay - so Maree is on board and we have decided we are going to get together for a walk 2 x each week if we can - might be a little harder once I start back on evening shift, but that is not for another two weeks, so that is at least 4 walks we can get it!!!

Maree mentioned something cool she had read recently and it made her think....it is a little along the lines of mindset......just 5 short questions that can really shape your day.

How are you going to ease into another marvellous week?
What are you going to put into place to support you as you move through the week ahead?
How is it you want your week to look like?
Who is it you want to connect with?
Where is it you want to go and what do you want to experience when you get there?

Remember as the week unfolds that you have control of you andyour view of happenings around you.

So I did my short walk, Si came with me and the dog and he did 1/2 the small circuit that I did. I did just under 2km and I am still planning on doing some Wii later on. Maree and I are going to meet up at my house at 4:30 pm for anyone who is local and who might want to join in.....if you need to contact me for my address email me.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Wise Words...

I got a message on my Facebook this morning from my WLS buddie Annie, for those of you who don't know Annie, we had our surgeries about 2 hours aparat and have remained friends since. We have had a simalar percentage in weight to lose and we have both stumbled around the same figure.

Well she knows that I am struggling at the moment, so she sent me the words to the Miley Cyrus song......I don't personally know it, but the word are kind of powerful!

It’s the Climb – Miley Cyrus

I can almost see it
That dream I’m dreaming but
There’s a voice inside my head sayin,
You’ll never reach it,
Every step I’m taking, every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking
but I got to keep trying
Got to keep my head held high

There’s always going to be another mountain
I’m always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes you going to have to lose,
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s The Climb

The struggles I’m facing, the chances I’m taking
Sometimes they knock me down but
No I’m not breaking
The pain I’m knowing but these are the moments that
I’m going to remember most yeah
Just got to keep going
And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

So that is what I need to do.....just keep pushing on, and get in the right mindset.

Friday, July 16, 2010

u turn..........

Need to do a u turn here, my weight is creeping back up to that "do or die mark" and I do not want to see it go over that, so have to get it back under control.

With me being sick last week and being at home, my eating suffered terribly, I was home and that meant that I could graze all day......bad move!!! So now it has to be back to being in control and also getting out and exercising.....It has to be a mindset. Recently on you tube there has been alot of videos posted in the WLS community about Mindset......and let's face it, the WLS is now just a tool for me and it depends on how I use it to if it works or not.....I mean using a pitchfork as a spade takes a long time to get a job done, but if I use the right equipment then it should take no time at all.

But back to mindset.....it is up to me to choose how to face this.....I can bury my head in the sand and let the weight creep back up, or I can choose to remain positive and do something about it, and that means making sure I am eating the right fuels......and MOVE!!! So today I have a 1/2 day at work, and then I am going to get a hair cut.......ends need it terrible, and no I am not going to get it all cut off.......well I don't think I am.....might update later with a pic....although I still have a cold, so still look all puffy in the face. Then, the pooch and I are going to go for a walk around our neighbourhood.........I reckon that I should be home by 2pm and I might head down towards the river for hopefully about an hour.....

Will update when I get back as to how that went!!!

UPDATE::::Thank you so much Maree for the walk and the chat.....I really needed both, and it does re-enforce that I need to do this everyday......and the dog seemed to love it as well. So we managed to get together for a small but good starting walk of 2.35 km.......which for a first day was not to bad......and next time I will aim for more. I also showed Maree the Wii, and found some other things that I can actually have fun doing on it to burn some kilojoules and also build up some cardiovascular fitness.

I didn't manage to get a haircut as I forgot it was the last day of the school holidays and everyone was out getting their kid's hair cut......mad!!!!

Monday, July 5, 2010


Well after a busy weekend I have come down with the sniffles. My throat hurts and I am cold and sneezy and just feeling rundown. I don't have much sick leave up my sleeve, so will have to manage this week carefully. I am actually on late shift this week, so don't start till midday, so at least I can sleep in at the moment. This morning at 3:30 am when my throat was like razorblades I really didn't think I would be going anywhere, but a lozenge and some more sleep and it came right.

I am a bit confused at work actually, we have been put back to the late shift and only on a contract variation to full time (I was hired as part time) and they are in the process of hiring 12 new staff.....all apparently on fulltime rotational roster........so I asked if Ican apply as they are better shifts than what I am on.....one of them team leaders thought that was a bit odd, but the others can see my logic.

Weight has come down from it's highest last week of 108.9 kgs....so close to that freak out point. This morning it was 106.2 kgs, so a total loss of 2.7 kgs this week, so have to be happy about that. This week, although I am going to be good, it is much harder when I don't get home till 8:15 ish as it feels as though dinner just sits in my guts......and I don't seem to process it as well. Also TOM is due this week, so not expecting great things scales wise.

The conference is still chugging along, hoping to hit the 70 registered mark over the next couple of weeks and then the information will be out to all of the surgeons so I am sure we will get a surge in numbers then. I am now getting more and more businesses wanting to be part of it, so it is very very cool.

Actually back to the first line of this post....the weekend. I had a busy weekend, Friday night we just took it easy at home, although we had been invited to Dad's for a pot luck dinner we decided that at the moment itis hard enough trying to figure out what I can eat when I cook for myself, let alone trying to work out if I can eat someone elses cooking.

Then on Saturday I made a loaf of gluten free bread and a banana cake, and I am pleased to say that both turned out brilliantly!!! I know I will definately do the banana cake again. We took both some of the cake and the loaf of bread to my friend Judes house for dinner. She has just started working with Si's compnay part time, and it was nice just to sit around and catch up. She was one of the people who inspired me to have WLS in the first place.

On Sunday I adapted my gingernuts recipe to be Gluten free and higher protein (by adding protein powder) and then headed out to lunch with a couple of former workmates, one of whom is also Gluten Intolerant. Then it was onto the WLS Support Group meeting, which as one of the others commented recently it is now just like a group of friends getting together once a month for a chat and a coffee......long may it continue!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Changing shifts.....

Just found out tonight that our shifts are changing back to the late shift as at the first week of August....I actually have late shift next week, then a couple of weeks of day shift and then it is back to lates again. I am also moving teams at work and will have a new team leader. This will be team leader number 4 since I started, although I know that this one will be really good to have.
It looks at though at this stage we will still be fulltime so that is a bonus.

Anyway, just a quick update really to do the food thing, I am going to be trying to do some gluten free baking in the weekend, so will be interesting.

Food today has been pretty good

Breakfast - oops almost forgot so had 10 rice crackers as I headed out the door
Morning Tea - Protein cookie & Cup of tea
Lunch - 2 chicken wings, and 2 tablespoons scalloped potatoes & and apple
Afternoon Tea - Cup of tea
After Work - Trim 1/2 strength hot chocolate
Dinner - grilled fish fillet and about 12 chips & a coke zero.
Supper - 2 rows of whittakers almond chocolate.......very very full now!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Damn it.......I missed True Blood

So bummed I missed True BLood last night...........oh well there is always the internet I guess!!!!
Will watch it on there.

Anyway, onto today. I was up super early this morning as I had to have a blood test before work, nothing major, just that it had to be today and I am so ued to getting jabbed now I am sure that my veins stand to attention and say pick me pick me......LOL, well at least now that I have lost weight you can actually find my veins.

So the eating thing is going well, I had today

Breakfast - Vanilla Eatme Protein shake, with yoghurt and milk.
Morning Tea - Manderin & cup of tea
Lunch - 3 corn thins with a small can of lemon pepper tuna, small apple.
Afternoon tea - cup of tea
Afterwork treat - large trim 1/2 strength hot chocolate and I turned down the chocolate fish
Dinner - 4 chicken wings, brocoli floret, 1/2 carrot and a tablespoon of scalloped potato. (and about 1/8 cup of grated edam cheese while making dinner)
Supper - two rice crackers & a coke zero.

I have no idea about what this would translate into points on the WW system........but I know that I don't eat anywhere near as much when I am tracking as to when I am not and all of the above is gluten free. I am actually enjoying finding ways of creating stuff that is gluten free....like the scalloped potatoes, usually I would have used a packet mix with cream/milk etc. and the flavouring of the packet would have had gluten in the form of thickeners.....but today I did not......I actually made it all from scratch and I had a brainwave.....using the philidephia cream for cooking, it is brilliant, can he heated to a high heat and it does not separate. I had used it before in soups etc, but for this it was perfect, I just added the potatoes, and all of the flavouring and cheese all together and mixed it all up and then tossed the whole lot into a dish and baked for about and hour.....was so scrummy. Definately on the menu again, infact probably for lunch tomorrow with some chop chop chicken or watties chicken on top.....yummy!!!