I <3 my band!!!

Smiling on the inside :))

 Happy Valentine`s Day…friends and banditos. 

 Hope you all got a nice wee surprise today or more importantly a wee cuddle, smile, word from someone special 😉

Personally I hate all the hype and commercialism which surrounds the `day of lurve`…oh dear!

Call me an old cynic but it seems to be all about the money these days and is designed to make you feel inadequate should you not receive the rudimentary overpriced crap that fills the shops at this time of year…

Love is something we should express in our hearts every day and not through our wallets.

Today I will let you into a little secret….

I have fallen in love again, only this time it`s with someone very special and worthy of my affections.

Guess what…it`s me!!!!!

I don’t want to sound narcissistic or self-absorbed by saying that because that is so NOT me.

It just feels great to be happy in my own skin again and to be up there riding life’s wave with some passion once more! Whoop…whoop!

Thank you my little internal friend for helping to make that happen!

I ❤ my wee band lol!

At the moment I am living, feeling and enjoying life…and have found that I don’t need food to make me happy anymore…good huh!

This journey is one of discovery and I`ve discovered I am actually hard wired to be happy…just blew a wee fuse for a while there.

As a result the weight loss situation is going very well indeed. I have lost 10lbs in the last 3 weeks….yipeeeeeeee! The size 12 Levis are getting closer…oooft aye!

Was up getting my fill last week at the Nuffield and got a big gold star! Thanks too Bethany (my physio) for your lovely words of encouragement regarding my wee fitness regime.

It`s raining here today….but it don’t matter because there is sunshine and warmth inside me.

Am off now guys to go for a wobble down the beach in the rain with my wee friend Sharon and a big smile on my face!

Take care!

Love

Lorna

xx

`Never underestimate the power of a smile, it can ease someones pain in less than a second` 

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Power wobbling…yay!

Morning people…how`s tricks?

cant believe its Febuary already...eek!

Just thought I would drop by to let you know how things have been going over the past couple of weeks.

As you know I have still been struggling with poor restriction for a few months now and as result my weight loss had stalled big-time! *weeps*

…Was up at the Nuffield last Monday for another fill but still no change despite having another 1.5mls saline injected into my port. Phoned on Thursday morning and spoke to one of the nurses and after a wee chat about everything I am booked in again this Monday coming for another one.

waiting on my 6th fill....fingers crossed this time!

Think this will be my 6th fill and am really, really hoping that this will be the one that gets me to my elusive `sweet spot`

….So glad I took out the 2 year all inclusive band package now because I don’t need to worry about paying for fills as they are included in my price plan. I know that there are cheaper options out there than I paid but most of them only offer limited fills so for me it`s worked out really well!

On a better and brighter note though…have lost 4lbs this past 10 days or so (whoohoo!!) I know it`s because I have started the walking again (or power wobbling as I now call it ha-ha!)

walking on the beach is good for the soul!

Have got some lovely friends who come too and it’s a great way to spend a few hours. We are clocking up 8-10 miles at a time now, several times a week! To tell you the truth I really, really love it.

…when you have company it`s not a chore (especially when your mouth`s work as hard as your legs with the girly chat and giggling along the way!!)

Get your trainers on and get out there people!

Have clocked up at least 60 miles over the past fortnight and feel all the better for it…my clothes getting much looser and can see a wee difference already (now a comfy size 16!)

 I always feel fab when I get in too! Good for the complexion as well because I feel like I have a wee glow for hours afterwards!

Will let you know how my next fill goes…if you can say a wee

let us all pray for the sweetspot!

 prayer and keep your fingers crossed for me I would be very grateful. I surely must be getting close to sweetness now!!

Take care people and feel free to drop me line to let me know how things are going your end either on my comments page or to my email! lornapblog@gmail.com

Need to go now as I am off for a power wobble before work tonight…yeah baby!!

Take care and keep up the good work my friends!

Love Lorna

Xx

“The spirited horse, which will of itself strive to win the

race, will run still more swiftly if encouraged.” ~ Ovid

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Happy New Year!

butterflies can even learn to fly in winter!

Happy New Year friends and Bandits…Hope January is treating you well so far?

Guess that’s the festive party season well and truly over for another year…boo hiss! The Christmas tree and decorations are all safely packed away and the house looks a bit bare and forlorn…thankfully I don’t feel the same haha!

party time :)))

I had a great wee time to myself this year and have been carousing with the best of them! Have really enjoyed getting out and about much more, the parties and generally feeling much more confident in myself!

Hogmanay 2010....feeling great! I`m the one 4th from the left.

Hogmanay in Glasgow was an amazing, glitzy wee affair. Went with the girls to a big party in the Corinthian Club and it felt great with a capital G!

Saying that, have kind of taken my eye off the ball as far as my band and the weight-loss/fitness aims are concerned so it`s definitely time to revisit my goals and get back on the straight and narrow again ASAP!

Too many cocktails, Christmas treats, meals out and generally slipping back into bad habits have stalled my weight-loss big time!

Feel the time is right now to wipe the slate clean and start afresh. First things first is to get the head back in the right place and start making sensible choices again, beat the bloat and get fit! Desperately need another band-fill too as I have had absolutely NO restriction for the past 6 weeks or so.

Took Michael and his girlfriend for a run in the car down to Portpatrick on Monday. It`s a gorgeous little village on the coast near Stranraer with a beautiful harbour, some great pubs/coffee places, interesting shops and fantastic walks. The idea was to go for a nice long walk along the cliffs but it was, bitterly cold, windy and very muddy…unfortunately the teens were not as enthusiastic as yours truly so after an hour we headed back to the warmth of a local pub and enjoyed a nice coffee by a roaring log fire…bliss!

Sunset Portpatrick harbour 3/1/11....stunning!

Suitably refreshed and cheeks glowing we sauntered back to the car only to be met with the most stunning sunset at the harbour! Not quite what was intended but a great wee feel good day nonetheless!

Made up for it exercise wise on Tuesday and managed to clock up a 2.5 hour brisk walk to Troon and back with one of my friends. Even though it was raining and the wind was bitter cold we felt great when we got back home.

Had intended to do the same again yesterday but unfortunately my son was really poorly and we ended up spending all of Wednesday at the local Hospital. The wee soul was admitted after a nasty bout of acute renal colic/passing blood. Anyone who has had renal colic will tell you it`s one of the most painful things!! Was a dreadful day for him but thankfully after morphine, iv fluids and a barrage of tests I was allowed to take him home late evening last night. Think he passed a kidney stone but thankfully he is ok today…just a bit tired…phew!

Anyhoo Thursday has been spent catching up with you guys and gutting the house. Have spent 4 hours getting it back to some semblance of pre-Christmas normality…reckon that’s burnt off enough extra calories for today.

Need to go to work soon so just time for a shower and a nice healthy dinner of fish and broccoli (yum!)

Take care and if you can`t be virtuous this week Bandits at least be good to yourself!

Till next time…

Lorna

X

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language.
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

~T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,300 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 20 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 153 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 171mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 14th with 109 views. The most popular post that day was Bandster heaven or hell???.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were nuffieldhealth.com, wlsinfo.org.uk, en.gravatar.com, blogsurfer.us, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for gastric band blog, lorna pitt blog, uphill, christmas wishes, and begging dog.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Bandster heaven or hell??? October 2010
2 comments

2

Meeting Mr Galloway July 2010
4 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

3

The big decision….. July 2010

4

If its broke…feed it! August 2010
7 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

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yay…its working! August 2010
4 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

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Naughty…but nice ;)

Merry Christmas!

Morning friends and fellow bandits…hope you all had a wonderful Christmas?

Just thought I would pop by to say hello before I head off to work tonight.

I had a lovely time but am feeling pretty shattered today as have been working flat out since Boxing Day!

Thank goodness…only one more shift to go and then I am off for a whole five days…whoop, whoop!

Got lots on and a fabulous Hogmanay Party to look forward to in Glasgow so I am feeling pretty excited about the coming week!

Christmas Day itself was an enjoyable, chilled out affair spent with my family doing all the usual stuff…including over indulging! (oh dear!)

Wasn’t sure just how things were going to go band-wise over the festive period but Mrs Band was very well behaved and I am so glad I made the decision to defer my next fill till early 2011.

I have been a bit naughty due to on-going poor restriction but hey ho Christmas comes but once a year! Cooked a lovely traditional Christmas feast for the family and managed to scoff everything on my plate no problem. Not feeling guilty at all though because it was only one day and I loved it!

We did attempt a nice walk down the beach on Christmas day butunfortunately the big thaw overnight made the prom a semi frozen, slushy, skating rink so we gave up after 20 minutes and headed home for a wee Amaretto by the fire before dinner (yum!)

Beach Christmas Day 2010. Looks pretty but bitter cold and like a skating rink!

Don’t even ask me to stand on the scales this week because I refuse to do so until the middle of January!

…Don’t want to depress myself by seeing an upward movement (eek!) Saying that my clothes don’t feel any tighter and my New Year party dress fits beautifully!

Still getting lots of nice comments about my weight loss so far which is lovely.

More significantly I feel great! High five fellow Banders!!

I have a sneaky feeling that 2011 is going to be a good year for me…in all kinds of ways!

All I can say for now is….bring it on baby!

Hope you all have a wonderful time at New Year and more importantly stay healthy, happy and warm!

See you in 2011!

Lorna

xx

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

Edith Lovejoy Peirce

 

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Christmas wishes….

 OMG…Can`t quite believe its nearly Christmas and just how quickly the year has flown by and all that has happened.

Me December 2010

All in all 2010 has been a great one for me and my family! I feel blessed to tell you the truth.

Hope it`s been a good one for all of you lot out there too. This time of year can be especially hard for a lot of people I know. If you are feeling down about yourself and life the sound of `jingle bells` and the `ching-ching` of the tills during the pre-Christmas madness can be enough to make you run for cover under the duvet (with a big bar of evil Chocolate L).

I know…I`ve been there!

This year it all feels a bit different somehow though. Whether that’s down to losing some weight or whether it`s down to some divine intervention I do not know. All I know is that I am starting to feel contented and comfortable in my own skin again (at last).

Personally I am achieving exactly what I intended to do at the start of this wee journey…the intention being to start taking my life back and living again! I feel fit, happy, healthy and have some of my old sparkle back. All in all I am feeling very positive about 2011.

It`s always at this time of year that you look back and think…what have I achieved in the last 12 months and where am I going in the next? Well my friends…for this lady the only way is up from now on. I am proud of myself for having enough belief in myself to start making things happen and taking charge once more.

With the help and support of my lovely family and friends I have overcome some tough times and turned my life around in the past few years. The weight loss for me is really just the icing in the cake (low fat of course…haha!) but it looks and tastes yummy and it`s incredibly sweet! Must thank the wonderful Mr Galloway and the Nuffield too for their part in the big plan *drum roll* please haha!

Well…back to the weight loss thing. Hope my fellow bandit chums are getting somewhere too? It’s a hard wee road at times (especially when you feel things are stacked against you).

Food wise it can be a bit of a mine field though for us would be `skinnies` at this time of year…what with Christmas parties, nights out and impromptu lunches, staying away from the `bad stuff` can be a tad challenging.

Am doing not too bad though, even if I do say so myself!

I`ve hit the big 40 baby!

Have now lost 40lbs and dropped 3 dress sizes since August…whoot whoot!!

Almost half way there….go (soon to be) wee Lorna!

It feels great to be getting somewhere at last! Have actually ordered a size 12 black bikini (covered in diamantes) to wear in May on my girlie holiday…and I can tell you IT WILL FIT by then!

Went a wee walk down the river Ayr yesterday and although it

the river Ayr 15/12/10...wow!

was very chilly it was absolutely stunning. The river has frozen over and then melted and re-frozen resulting in what looks like a glacier. Unfortunately my official photographer (Michael) was at school but thanks JB for standing in and taking a few wee snaps!

Lorna 15th December and 40lbs down...whoot whoot!

Have my Christmas lunch/day out with the girls from work tomorrow too and am really looking forward to it…should be fun!

Anyhoo…am off just now to brave the beach in the snow and work off a few calories so I won`t feel too guilty about the excesses I am sure tomorrow will bring!

Planning on dropping by before Christmas for a wee blether but just in case I get side tracked I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy Christmas and go easy on the mince pies my friends.

Till next time….

Love

Lorna

xx

 

“Christmas gift suggestions:  To your enemy, forgiveness.  To an opponent, tolerance.  To a friend, your heart.  To a customer, service.  To all, charity.  To every child, a good example.  To yourself, respect.”  ~Oren Arnold

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Driving me round the band!

Hi everyone….sorry, sorry, sorry for not posting past few weeks!

To tell you the truth I have been struggling with this whole band malarkey recently and didn’t want to depress everyone with my tales of woe! Been having some band problems recently and was not quite ready to `share` if you know what I mean.

At the time of writing my last post I had poor restriction but was thinking that maybe my next fill would be `the one` that tamed the greedy wee beast that lives in my body!

I was all set up to book in for another fill and then BAM it hit me!!

Here starts the tale…

I had been out for a glass of wine with one of my girlfriends after work and came home feeling really hungry. I had missed lunch as I had been so busy that day and was really looking forward to my dinner.

Rather than succumbing to rubbish I roasted some chicken and made a baked potato and some green beans to go with it. It was about 8pm when I eventually sat down to eat in front of the telly. After a couple of bites I was suddenly hit with the dreaded `iron fist` and a painful trip to the loo where I vomited the lot back up. After this my desire to eat was well and truly quelled and the rest of my dinner was consigned in the bin.

Now…this has happened to me before and to tell you the truth thought nothing much of it. I made myself a cup of tea and went to bed around 11pm hungry but scared to try and eat anything else.

Around 2am I woke up with a horrible pain in my chest (more iron fist) and after lying awake for 10 minutes decided to get up and have a drink of water to see if that would help. Unfortunately it didn’t. The water was making the pain worse and I vomited again. After some considerable time the pain settled and I eventually got back to sleep around 4am.

The next morning things were just the same. In my head I was thinking that I must have got some chicken stuck and things would clear. I decided not to even attempt to eat breakfast and made some more tea. It was a struggle to drink it, so I went back to water. I was managing to keep the water down but only if I sipped really slowly…anything more than a sip was giving me mild iron fist and regurgitation. On top of this I was feeling a bit rubbish with a slight cold so decided to have a nice lazy Friday in the house as I was off work and it was freezing outside.

I was kind of thinking…maybe I should phone the Nuffield for advice but didn’t want to appear to be overreacting. I thought that the best plan was just to ride it out and hopefully things would settle down. Anyway things didn’t settle down over the weekend. I was working all day Saturday and Sunday and over the course of the day all I managed was a little yoghurt (over a 10 hour shift). I was starving but any attempt at eating was resulting in pain and regurgitation. On Saturday and Sunday nights I was again woken with pain.

 Monday morning came around and I thought enough is enough so I phoned up the Nuffield for some advice. At this point I was beginning to get a bit worried (band slippage and all sorts of horrors were going through my head).

I spoke to the nurse and she said to come up that day to the clinic for an urgent a de-fill. She said on the phone that sometimes when you have a viral upset it can cause some swelling of the stomach and sudden band tightening. So off I trotted up to Glasgow, still a bit worried but relieved that I was being seen so quickly. I had some fluid taken out of my band.

As I was lying there with a needle protruding from my belly mid de-fill I was thinking please, please, please don’t take too much out.  

Yip...thats me ok!

Now that`s the mad part. I couldn’t eat at all, could barely keep fluid down and this was my thought process. The crazy, desperate to be thin devil on my left shoulder was saying…fab, fab…will you be losing weight now or what honey? The sensible part of me was thinking YOU NEED THIS DE-FILL NOW! Talk about a head fcuk!!!  

Three days before…I could eat for Scotland if I wanted to. Now I couldn’t eat at all. What the bejesus was going on with this band????

Anyhoo…it took another 4 days for things to settle. Upside…I have lost 4lbs and I am fine. Downside…I am even further back restriction wise and feeling a bit nervous about getting another fill too soon after the trauma of a very tight band.

So that’s where I am at just now…stuck in band limbo!

My weight this morning was 14 stone 2lbs making my total loss to date 36lbs. I am now wearing clothes I have not worn for at least a year and am down to my pre stopping smoking weight. I had hoped to have lost more by now but I guess over 2 and a half stones in 4 months isn’t bad.

My new year party dress

I have bought a beautiful size 16 party frock for a big, glam New Year Party in Glasgow and am hoping it will fit well in the next few weeks (just a wee bit nippy yet!!). Where is Gok when you need him? Got the feeling some serious undies will be the order of the day hehe!!

Hopefully this will keep me motivated to be sensible until I get some decent restriction.

me 2002. Still got these size 10 shorts. Hopefully be wearing them this summerOh and another thing…I have booked my summer hols (whoot, whoot!!) Am going on a crazy, girly holiday to Benidorm next summer with some mad and very glam pals! (Sex and the City springs to mind!!) It`s been nearly 15 years since I have been away on my own and I am soooooo excited already! Been told to get the gold Bikini ready! Well it`s certainly achievable if I stick with the programme. Am nearly half way there already.

Take care you lot…promise not to leave things so long next time!!

Bye for now,

Lorna

Xx

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence” ~ Helen Keller

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