I am still on liquids, but I have graduated to thicker liquids such as soups and protein drinks that I blend with ice like a milk shake. I can tell when I am full after only consuming 1/4 what I would have normally eaten. It only takes a little bit now to satisfy my hunger. It is the most amazing and wonderful thing I have experienced in a long while! I feel like I have some sense of control now. Food doesn't have to be my enemy anymore.
My friend Julie and I took a little day trip to Dallas, TX on Monday. She has a lap band, too. She had an appointment Monday with her lap band doctor to check out her band and get another fill. They used an x-ray machine to make sure her lap band was working properly before inserting the long needle into the port in her abdomen. It was quite interesting for me to watch! Now, I have a better idea of how my first fill will be like.
After we left her doctors office, we went to eat lunch. I forget the name of the restaurant but it had the most amazing potato soup I have ever eaten! OK, OK.... Maybe it was because I haven't had ANY real food in three weeks, but that soup was fucking amazing!! I will have to ask Julie the name of that place and send the owner a thank you note!! I ate it slowly, and after only 1/2 cup... I was full AND satisfied! I was so excited that I said to Julie "OMG!! This band really works!" Then...we high fived! People probably thought we were crazy!! I don't care what people think... I was beyond happy!
Last night I took my kids to see The Dark Knight Rises. It was fantastic!! The best movie of the year in my opinion. LOVED IT!! Go see it!! You will love it, too!
A topic that is very near and dear to my heart is gay marriage/gay rights. I post meme's on my Facebook on a regular basis in support of LGBT. I have several gay/lesbian friends and they are some of the nicest, sweetest, most caring people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. I do not understand the hate that some groups/people have for others that are different or who have a different belief system than they do. Aren't we all HUMAN? Don't we all share this world TOGETHER?
I have always and will always support the LGBT ( lesbian, gay, bi sexual, transgender) community. Civil rights belong to everyone. I will boycott Chick-Fil-A, and any other company that comes out against what I believe to be a violation of this communities civil rights.
I am offended by people that are opposed to LGBT rights. I don't see how it is any of their business what other people do in their lives. It isn't hurting anyone. ...and please, before you go off on how the bible says this, or the bible says that... the bible says a lot of things that modern Christian Americans don't follow. Before you start spouting bible verses, why don't you start living everything that the bible teaches... but, no, you can't, can you? Yeah. Didn't think so...
Excerpt from this website: http://www.11points.com/books/11_things_the_bible_bans,_but_you_do_anyway
Here are 11 things that are technically banned by the Bible. (All quotes are translations from the New American Standard Bible, but, because I'm actually trying to maintain serious journalistic integrity here, I cross-referenced several other translations to make sure I wasn't missing the point.)
- Football. At least, the pure version of football, where you play with a pigskin. The modern synthetic footballs are ugly and slippery anyways. Leviticus 11:8, which is discussing pigs, reads "You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you."
And you're doubly breaking that if you wake up, eat some sausage then go throw around the football. Or go to the county fair and enter a greased pig catching contest.
- Fortune telling. Before you call a 900 number (do people still call 900 numbers, by the way?), read your horoscope or crack open a fortune cookie, realize you're in huge trouble if you do.
Leviticus 19:31 reads "Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God." The penalty for that? Check Leviticus 20:6: "As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people."
Seems like a lifetime of exile is a pretty harsh penalty for talking to Zoltar.
- Pulling out. The Bible doesn't get too much into birth control... it's clearly pro-populating but, back when it was written, no one really anticipated the condom or the sponge, so those don't get specific bans.
But... pulling out does. One of the most famous sexual-oriented Bible verses... the one that's used as anti-masturbation rhetoric... is actually anti-pulling out.
It's Genesis 38:9-10: "Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother's wife, he wasted his seed on the ground in order not to give offspring to his brother. But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord; so He took his life also."
Yep -- pull out and get smote. That's harsh.
Not even a little butterfly on your ankle. Or Thug Life across your abdomen. Or even, fittingly enough, a cross.
- Polyester, or any other fabric blends. The Bible doesn't want you to wear polyester. Not just because it looks cheap. It's sinfully unnatural.
Leviticus 19:19 reads, "You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed,nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together."
Check the tag on your shirt right now. Didn't realize you were mid-sin at this exact second, did you? (Unless you checked the tag by rolling off your neighbor's wife while you two were having anal sex in the middle of robbing a blind guy. Then your Lycra-spandex blend is really the least of your problems.)
- Divorce. The Bible is very clear on this one: No divorcing. You can't do it. Because when you marry someone, according to Mark 10:8, you "are no longer two, but one flesh." And, Mark 10:9 reads, "What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."
Mark gets even more hardcore about it a few verses later, in Mark 10:11-12, "And He said to them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.'"
- Letting people without testicles into church. Whether you've been castrated or lost one or two balls to cancer isn't important. The Bible doesn't get that specific. It just says you can't pray.
Deuteronomy 23:1 reads (this is the God's Word translation, which spells it out better), "A man whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off may never join the assembly of the Lord."
Oh, and the next verse says that if you're a bastard, the child of a bastard... or even have a great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchild of a bastard, you can't come to church or synagogue either. Deuteronomy 23:2 reads, "No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the assembly of the Lord; none of his descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall enter the assembly of the Lord."
- Wearing gold. 1 Timothy 2:9 doesn't like your gold necklace at all. Or your pearl necklace. Or any clothes you're wearing that you didn't get from Forever 21, Old Navy or H&M.
"Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly,not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments."
Leviticus 11 bans a TON of animals from being eaten (it's THE basis for Kosher law); beyond shellfish and pig, it also says you can't eat camel, rock badger, rabbit, eagle, vulture, buzzard, falcon, raven, crow, ostrich, owl, seagull, hawk, pelican, stork, heron, bat, winged insects that walk on four legs unless they have joints to jump with like grasshoppers (?), bear, mole, mouse, lizard, gecko, crocodile, chameleon and snail.
Sorry if that totally ruins your plans to go to a rock badger eat-off this weekend.
- Your wife defending your life in a fight by grabbing your attacker's genitals. No joke. Deuteronomy actually devotes two verses to this exact scenario: Deuteronomy 25:11-12.
"If two men, a man and his countryman, are struggling together, and the wife of one comes near to deliver her husband from the hand of the one who is striking him, and puts out her hand and seizes his genitals, then you shall cut off her hand; you shall not show pity."
You can't just pick and choose what you want to believe and practice out of the bible. It's all or nothing people!!
This is how I feel. Take me, or leave me...