Sort of. Today was the big CV exam for pharmacology. So glad to have that out of the way for a couple of months. We had our last classes for Principles of Anesthesia and our computer class, so now we are 5 days a week clinicals for the rest of the summer. I have 2 weeks off in August to relax and not think about school. Woot!
This afternoon I am heading out to a baseball game. A classmate had tickets to see the local minor league team play, so I'm going with another classmate. Should be fun!
Weight is down a little bit, hovering there. I didn't run last night ( my normal running day) because I was studying so much and worried about not having enough time. I got up early this morning (which was sleeping in really, since I normally get up at 4:30 now, but only had to get up at 7 today) and ran about 2.5 miles, because I didn't have that much time, but did want to get in a little bit of a run before it got too warm. It was pretty good. I try to avoid running in more than 80 degrees heat (27 deg C) if I can. When it's over 90, I bag it altogether, and usually wait until evening when it cools down a little. It's a challenge these days, when I want to be in bed early because I have to get up early, but it's still 92 degrees at 8:30.
Thank you, everyone, for the nice comments on my last post. I know trolls and negative anonymous commenters are a part of a blogger's reality, but it sucks. Why are people so hateful? If you're gonna be that way, at least grow a pair and sign your name. Oh yeah, and if you're gonna be anonymously hateful, get your facts straight. That is all.
One commenter wanted to ask about loose skin after being banded. I find it kind of oddly amusing, because you are the same weight as me now, and less than 1 inch shorter than me. So, I consider myself a success at this weight even if I don't lose another pound, but someone else wants to get banded at this weight/BMI. Ah well... I have loose skin, without a doubt. But my BMI was 42 when I started. With your BMI at around 30 right now, I kind of doubt you'll have much loose skin to worry about. That depends on a lot of things, of course, like your age, your skin's elasticity, and your body composition, how you carry your weight etc. There isn't much you can do about loose skin; either you have a lot of elasticity and it will rebound, or you don't and it won't. You do get a little more of it with rapid weight loss, but that is less with banding than with the faster-loss surgeries. But I would hesitate about pursuing lap band surgery at that weight. Assuming you can find someone who is willing to band you (my surgeon doesn't for a BMI less than 35, even self pay), I don't know that it would be worth it. Bariatric surgery is considered successful when the patient loses 60% of her excess weight. You really only have about 30 lbs of excess weight (you want to lose 40, but that gets you to about a BMI of 23, which is beyond your excess weight), so if the surgery worked for you as it does for people who are morbidly obese, you may only lose 20 lbs or less. Would it be worth it to have surgery for that? Also, for the morbidly obese, the weight loss really works because it enables the person to eat far fewer calories than they are currently eating. When we get closer to goal, our bodies don't burn as many calories, so our calorie restriction no longer causes such a big deficit of calories, and the weight loss slows down dramatically. At your size, your basal metabolic rate isn't as high as it would be at a BMI of 40 or 45. The calorie restriction caused by a lap band at an optimal restriction level might not be significantly more than it would be if you went on a mildly restrictive diet. I guess what I'm saying is I'm not sure it will work for someone with so little weight to lose. The person to ask, of course, is a band surgeon. You usually can't make an appointment with one without going to a seminar first, and you'll get some funny looks from the other participants since your weight looks more like an "after" than a "before" to most of us. I have heard of people your size being banded pretty easily in Mexico, though.
Believe me, I understand the panic and frustration of feeling helpless to control gaining weight. And I also understand that diets are almost impossible to make work, especially long term. I get why anyone would love to take advantage of the appetite suppression and satisfaction with small meals. But with any surgery the risks must be outweighed by the benefits, and most band surgeons say that the risks of surgery are too great for someone who is not morbidly obese. (And I know that BMI doesn't even come close to telling the whole story. But it is a good ballpark to work with.) I am your weight now, and I am losing just a pound or two a month right now. I'm at a good restriction level, I eat according to the rules, I exercise a lot. But my body isn't using a lot of calories now, so even though I'm not taking in that many calories, it just doesn't create enough deficit to lose weight like I did before. Starting out at that point, I don't know if you'd do better or not. But I think there is a "lightweights" forum on LBT, or something for lower BMI bandsters. They would be able to give you an idea of how successful you can expect to be. Personally, I wouldn't have surgery at that point. But that's my choice.
Perhaps some of the other bandster readers would "weigh in" on this topic?