When I first started researching the band and looked on forums and blogs I was really confused by some of the terminology that was used. I hope this will help clear up any confusion that I might cause on my blog. If you think this is bad you should hear me in real life. Even my husband gets lost sometimes!
Lap Band- This is a procedure that limits your stomach's capacity with out cutting or stapling and is reversible. The lapband is a brand name but is what is used by most when talking about the band. An example would be Kleenex, that is a name brand that has become the generic term for a facial tissue. I have a Realize band. Please visit the OCC link on my home page for further details.
WLS- Weight Loss Surgery
Fill- A fill is when you have saline put in your band to assist with restriction. It is actually a pretty cool thing to watch. Think of a blood pressure cuff and how it gets bigger and increases pressure as it has more air put in it.
Sweet Spot- Oh, the mythical and fabled sweet spot. The sweet spot is what every banded person wants. This is where you have the perfect amount of fill so that you are restricted a perfect amount to assist with the premium healthy weight loss.
Bandster, banded lady, banditos- really any term with band in it that refers to a group of Lap banded people.
BMI- Body Mass Index. This is a touchy subject for me since mine is higher than my actual age.
Goal Weight- This is the overall weight that I am working toward. Mine is 160 lbs and was set by the nutritionist at the OCC.
OCC- Obesity Control Center is the clinic that I used to get my band. I can really not say enough great things about Dr. Ortiz and his crew. Great place.
PB- is a productive burp and is what happens when something doesn't go through and it decides to come back up. This is usually a sign that I am eating something that my band doesn't like, eating to fast or just not chewing. It happens but it is not the end of the world.
NSV- Non Scale Victory, I love NSV's!!!! This is a weight-loss achievement that is not related to the scale. An example is when I was able to start running or went down a size in pants.
Twoderville- That is when someone that was above 300lbs enters back into the 200lbs range. If you have never been that large you will not understand just how much of a change in your mind it is to go from 300 to 299.9. I have been there and it felt wonderful.
Onederland- This is the range for 100lbs (normal people range). I weigh in naked and I guarantee that when I enter onderland there is going to be a naked fat girl dancing around her house so just prepare yourself.
TOM, or Cycle- Sorry boys but it is a TMI thing. This is in reference to my Time of the month. You know my period.
Mini Goals and Milestones- Because I have such a huge amount to lose before I reach my goal weight I mark each 10lbs milestone and I also set about 25lbs mini goals. I will keep up with them on the stats page.
Fat Girl- This is my name on my blog. It is not a bad term but just a shortened name from my blog title.
Mr. Fat Girl- This one makes me laugh and is the blog name for the sexiest man I know. Um....my husband in case you didn't figure that one out.