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In a month or two, I’m going to start looking into tummy tuck & boob lift surgeons in the seattle area. Anyone who has had good results, I’m all ears to surgeons. Although I may look fine in clothes, I still have excess skin on my mid-section and my breasts are another story. Would also consider going to mexico – any advice?

So it’s been a year and 3 months. Here are some before photos and some photos my husband took today. Pretty big difference…wouldn’t you say!

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It’s that time of year – heading to Whidbey Island today for the weekend and then in a week from monday going to Cancun for 2 weeks!!! Super excited. Anyone else been? How was it in Cancun with the lap-band? Am a bit nervous about getting sick from the water  or something and not being able to find a place to do an unfill…any advice?

Interesting article about how the Australian government may help finance lap-band surgery…when will that follow in the states?!?!

Government considers plan to pay for lap-band surgery
In a significant change in federal policy the morbidly obese would immediately qualify for surgery.

A parliamentary inquiry is expected to report in the next week on the need for making bariatric surgery – popularly known as lap band surgery – widely available for those deemed to be unable to lose weight through other means.

The scheme would cut waiting lists and provide support services such as nutritionists and mental health experts.

It is expected the taxpayer would finance the scheme.

Lasik was a success…I can see!!! I was texting on the way home from the surgery…ooh yes. No pain – very simple. I highly recommend it. I go in for my post-op checkup in a few hours. The actual procedure was just fine – a little discomfort from the thing they use to keep your eyes open but no pain at all. Now I’m completely fine and can see really well – a bit blurry but that should go away soon. Some photos below from the experience! Enjoy!

Right after surgery - celebrating!

Right after surgery - celebrating!

funny glasses I had to wear last night

funny glasses I had to wear last night

So honestly – how many of you banders do it? You know what I mean…eating a no-no lap-band food … such as pizza, pasta, nachos….oooh my! And then after you’ve chewed to your hearts content, spit the food out because you know if you swallow it, it will just come back up? I’ve been doing that – but only in the safety of my home. I want to know if this is just a weird thing that just I’m doing or if there are other banders that can relate.

In other news, I’m getting LASIK eye surgery to correct my vision today at 11am PST! Eeek. I’m going to Pacific Cataract and Lasik Institute in Bellevue, WA. Very nervous. Extremely nervous. I’ve had to wear glasses for the past 2 weeks v. contacts so my eyes will “go back to their normal shape”. See photo below.

Lise with glasses

Lise with glasses

Also have been tracking my steps via this cool pedometer that the folks from HealthVault sent me after reading my blog post about their cool weight tracking application – which rocks and is totally free. I realized that I’m not walking as much as I should be – only about 4,000 steps a day v. the recommended 8-10,000. But it sure was a nice gift from the HealthVault folks!

Have any of you checked out this super cool FREE tool on the Microsoft HealthVault site? It’s a custom meal plan & weight-loss tracking journal. All you have to do is sign-up for a free Microsoft HealthVault account and you get access to this and a ton of other really amazing resources – bmi calculators, exercise trackers, health record management….soooo super cool!

microsoft healthvault

microsoft healthvault