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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

2 Year Bandiversary



So it's been two years since I've had this little plastic ring placed around my stomach.  How have I fared?  Well, I don't have many deep or heart wrenching thoughts about my second year bandiversary so we'll start with the numbers...


   

I've lost a total of 74 lbs and 14 points from my BMI.  I've lost a total of 44 inches all over my body.  You'll notice only ten of those lbs and 5 of those inches were lost this year.  Am I disappointed with my second year?  Yes.  But I want to be very clear about what I'm disappointed about.  Am I disappointed with my band?  No.  This was all me.  I got lazy and I got complacent.  The band took me as far as it could go and it was up to me to get me the rest of the way.  I didn't get it done.  But I'm still so happy with how far I've come in 2 years and I didn't gain...that's the most important thing.  Am I giving up hope?  Never!  This year saw some great NSV's....

  • I've run 4 5k's this year!
  • 2 5k's in one day!
  • I've broken out of my shell a little bit and engage in social behaviors!
  • I'm taking impromptu fitness classes!
  • I'm looking for active things to do - groupons to rock climbing (which I still need to actually spend), taking the stairs, etc.
  • I'm not associating food with the movies anymore...once in awhile I won't get popcorn if I'm not hungry.
  • I did 43 floors on a stairmaster!
  • I'm able to do so much more without being sore or achy or just worn out for the day - cleaning the garage for 4 hours...like it's nothing.  I can walk for HOURS!
  • I can fit into my high school graduation dress.
  • My high school class ring fits!
  • I can walk sexy in a skirt - my hips (and yes, you can now tell I have some) actually swivel!
  • I can wear an apron that ties all the way around to the FRONT.
  • "One Size Fits All" fits me!
  • Seat belts on planes are no problem but more than that...my thighs don't even touch the sides of the armrest AND I can cross my legs on the plane!
  • 11 mile hike - not so bad!
  • I wore a work out tank top in PUBLIC!
  • My Inner Demon isn't as loud as he used to be and I think even HE'S starting to enjoy this new body..instead of telling me not to work out at all, he tells me to make it a short one
  • No more granny panties!
  • I did a turkey trot with my daughter...we ran...in public...in front of others...and built a lasting memory and maybe a new tradition.
  • I wore a shirt tucked in for the first time in years.
  • I can bake stuff without sampling now.
  • I haven't had a soda or beer in MONTHS.
  • I'M MORE HAPPY WITH ME!!!
So there you go.  That's a year worth celebrating regardless of what the scale or measurements say.  Is Year 3 too late to reach goal?  Absolutely not!  Writing this post has truly reinvigorated my resolve and motivation.  Maybe that's all that's been lacking this year.  So...without further ado...the progress pic...



22 comments:

Ask Me About My Band, My Lap-Band said...

Congratulations!!! I think you are doing awesome and amazing!!! Looking great too :)

Awesome, positive blog!!!!

jennxaz said...

OMG look at how hot you look...I love that dress! Dang so cute and girlie! You made me laugh with your list and your accomplishments are awesome. You must be so proud of how far you have come. Walking sexy in a skirt is a must---love it! Total Inspiration MandaPanda! Total Inspiration!

vickyd said...

Wow! What a transformation!! I love it that you're celebrating more than just the numbers...the changes to your lifestyle are inspiring!

Leigh C. said...

Happy bandaversary! You look awesome and I love the list of accomplishments. Very inspiring:-)

Chris said...

Can you hear me cheering all the way from here?!? I've been thinking about my one-year goal (I have 7 months to go, but still...) and your post really inspired me - thanks, and CONGRATULATIONS!!

Jen said...

Happy 2nd Anniversary of your new lifestyle! What a success you and an inspiration you are! So happy for you. Great job!!

Run, Chelle, Run! said...

CONGRATS!!!! I am "woo-hooing" so loud for you! I love seeing this post and seeing how successful you've been. You are so inspiring, I can't wait to be at 2 years and looking back. Happy bandiversary to you!

Lap Band Gal said...

YAY!!!!! :) Congratulations!

Dawnya said...

Congratulations on your 2nd band anniversary. You have come so far and done some well. You continue to inspire others. I love the new you. I love that you are living an active lifestyle and showing your daughters that anything is possible. I wish you another successful year!!

You look great!!!!!!!

Jen said...

Look at you pretty lady!! I love the dress and you in it!!!
Congrats on all your success and thank you for continuing to inspire ALL of us with your constant support, motivation and encouragement!!
XO!

Colleen said...

You look amazing, and all that you have accomplished is such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing. As a newbie banster it's great to hear successes like yours.

Sarah G said...

Happy Bandiversary! COngrats on all your success!! You look wonderful, love that dress!!

Theresa aka Tessie Rose said...

Congratulations! You look amazing!

A.J. said...

Congrats!! You look great!! It so hard to let go of the number on the scale but when you put together this giant list of NSVs and accomplishments it's easier to realize that this journey is SOO much bigger than just a number.

BTW, love the dress/cardy combo!!

Cheri said...

Congratulations! You look wonderful, and your story is a real inspiration. :-) I'm so glad you took the time to look back and share this. :-)

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations!!!!! you look great and I love the dress!

H said...

1) Congratulations!

2) Your dress is fabulous. I want.

3) I LOVE each and every NSV you posted.

Sandy said...

Congrats. You look amazing and keep inspiring us along the way.

RockBand Barbie said...

Happy 2 year bandiversary!!! Love, love, love that pic of you in the dress. You look amazing! I can't wait to wear a shirt tucked in!

Jeanette said...

The before/after picture is awesome, you look great and have done a GREAT job, even if this year was different from last. Overall, you are a winner in this :D

Ronnie said...

Happy bandiversary, honey! I LOVE that pic of you in the dress, you look like a size 2!

I definitely don't think year 3 is too late to hit goal. :)

Beth said...

You look amazing, and I love that dress! You sure you aren't at goal, because you look pretty goalish to me!