tomander66

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Patrick Yau
  • Hospital
    TLBC
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-08
  • Start Weight
    292
  • Current Weight
    130
  • Goal Weight
    152
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    23
  • Surgery Date
    07061996
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Band
  1. Hello Band Buddies I called Timothy’s today to confirm the reservation for the coffee group on Saturday and I was told by management that the store would be closed. I’m so sorry about this. I have found a new location which is about 2 blocks south of Bloor St. at Sherbourne and Isabella on the East side. The time remains the same… 2:00 p.m. I will be getting there early. Just ask for Tom. Gabby's at the Isabella Hotel 556 Sherbourne Street
 Toronto, ON, M4X 1L3
  2. Hello Band Buddies We will be holding the Lapband Coffee Group in Brampton for the month of October a week earlier because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Lapband Coffee Group – Brampton Monday, October 6th - 7:00 p.m. Second Cup (Located in the Longo’s Plaza) 7700 Hurontario Street, Building E, Unit 504 Brampton, ON The Lapband Coffee Groups are open to EVERYONE who has had Lapband Surgery or if you’re looking into the lapband process, recently banded, or a long time "Bandster". This is a great way to find out about the lapband from individuals who have had the surgery and to ask questions or just listen to individuals share their lapband journey experience. No need to sign up… just show up and if you can’t find the group ask for Tom at the cash register. If you have any questions before the coffee group please contact: Tom – [email protected] Let’s all “band” together for a cup of coffee!
  3. Lapband Coffee Group – Toronto Saturday, September 27th – 2:00 p.m. Timothy's Coffee 425 Bloor St. E. M4W 3R4 (Turn right when you exit the Sherbourne Subway stop… there is also street parking near by.) The Lapband Coffee Groups are open to EVERYONE who has had Lapband Surgery or if you’re looking into the lapband process, recently banded, or a long time "Bandster". This is a great way to find out about the lapband from individuals who have had the surgery and to ask questions or just listen to individuals share their lapband journey experience. No need to sign up… just show up and if you can’t find the group ask for Tom at the cash register. If you have any questions before the coffee group please contact: Tom – [email protected] Let’s all “band” together for a cup of coffee!
  4. Lapband Coffee Group – Brampton Monday, September 8th - 7:00 p.m. Second Cup (Located in the Longo’s Plaza) 7700 Hurontario Street, Building E, Unit 504 Brampton, ON The Lapband Coffee Groups are open to EVERYONE who has had Lapband Surgery or if you’re looking into the lapband process, recently banded, or a long time "Bandster". This is a great way to find out about the lapband from individuals who have had the surgery and to ask questions or just listen to individuals share their lapband journey experience. No need to sign up… just show up and if you can’t find the group ask for Tom at the cash register. If you have any questions before the coffee group please contact: Tom – [email protected] Let’s all “band” together for a cup of coffee!
  5. Hello Band Buddies Well I’m back ! After taking a few months off from the coffee groups for my hip replacement I’ll be starting them up again starting in August and September. The Brampton group will be starting up again in September and I’m trying to figure out a date for the Durham group (I might try a Monday night) and also I will be again trying the Toronto group on a Saturday morning. The dates have not been finalized yet. I have to take it slow but I do miss the groups so I thought I would start with Burlington group and go from from there. Remember, the groups are successful because people make them successful… ONLY YOU can make the time to come and take an hour or two for yourself… we can all make excuses but if you want support from fellow bandsters it’s out there. The band is an investment in your health… you also need to invest time for yourself in this journey. I’m looking forward to getting back on the “band-wagon" and seeing everyone come out. Tom, Toronto Banded July 6 06 Wt. Loss: 160 lbs Lapband Coffee Group – Burlington Tuesday, August 26th – 7:00 p.m. Second Cup 901 Brant St Burlington, ON L7R 2J6 (Just West of the Walmart) The Lapband Coffee Groups are open to EVERYONE who has had Lapband Surgery or if you’re looking into the lapband process, recently banded, or a long time "Bandster". This is a great way to find out about the lapband from individuals who have had the surgery and to ask questions or just listen to individuals share their lapband journey experience. No need to sign up… just show up and if you can’t find the group ask for Tom at the cash register. If you have any questions before the coffee group please contact: Tom – [email protected] Let’s all “band” together for a cup of coffee!
  6. Hello Band Buddies Well I’m two days late celebrating 8th Banniversary” (July 6, 2006) but I have something extra to celebrate this year. I finally have my new left hip! The past few months for lack of a better word have been horrendous but if I had not been banded the situation would have been much worse because I would have turned to food to help “make me feel better and pick me up”. The hip surgery went very well when I finally had it done (there were complications when the surgery was first started and it had to be stopped and then restarted two days later.) I’m finally had it and I’m on the mend. I spend 10 days in hospital and 28 days in Rehab. As I look back not only on the past year but the past 8 years I think of how the band has helped me through so many stressful situations… yes when your stressed the band can be your enemy but it can also help you (or it helped me). As I have mentioned in my past “Banniversary Posts” I had done all my research; talk to the doctors several times prior to my surgery. Read everything I could on the internet about the lapband and joined several message boards. I was in the Lapbandtalk.com chat room every night for two months prior to surgery and I even spoke with two patients on the phone. I was ready to begin my lapband journey. I can remember right after the surgery I said… “What have I done myself”. I thought I was going to die from the left shoulder pain I was experiencing. The fourth day past and going into the fifth day I was starting to feel “normal” but little did I realize that from that day on my life, in particular how I looked at food would change. I kept my food journal everyday for the first four months. I wrote down everything. Every Monday morning I would sit and re-read the information my clinic gave me. I’ve had 4 adjustments in total and every time I went for an adjustment I asked lots of questions at the meetings before my adjustment. My nurse was ALWAYS a wealth of information. Every month when I went to my family doctor for my monthly weigh-in and measurements I took my folder with all my lapband info in it along with my food journals for the past month and I would review my journals with my family doctor and then he would take out the measuring tape and then I would get weighed. The lapband journey for me was like doing a puzzle. There are many pieces that would eventually come together and form my new lapband lifestyle. Things that have helped me work on my lapband puzzle. - I listened to the doctor and clinic staff - I reviewed the information folder given to me by the clinic on regular basis (weekly while on the various food stages) and then twice a month - So many people that get banded today get their binder and they read through it just after surgery and then put it on the self to collect dust. - I kept my food journal for 4 months without fail - I stopped eating large meals past 7:00 p.m… and now just have an evening snack on occasion. The only exception to my rule is on Friday night when I usually go out for dinner Even before my journey started I started looking for support. I read everything I could find online, read EVERY post on Canadian Lapbanders and asked many questions. Support. Since being banded the word support has never been so important to me. The lapband journey is a unique experience and if the people around you are not banded they try to understand what you’re going through but they really don’t get it. I know the reason I was so successful is because of the support of fellow bandsters. I went to the support group meetings at the clinic, attended the special seminars offered and I was always in the chat room. Over the years I’ve talked on the phone to bandsters from all over, Canada, US and even the UK. Fast forward to today and I still say that support from fellow bandsters is the key for me in maintaining my weight and I still have my monthly weigh-in with my family doctor. Friends that are not banded laugh at me because I take the GO train all over the place just to meet a group of people for coffee. Yes, it’s an expensive cup of coffee but I enjoy connecting with my fellow bandsters as they start their new journey or watch them reach their goal and it’s great to share lapband stories with individuals that are looking into this new lifestyle change. The band was a big investment in my health and as each year goes by the “interest” in my health increases for the better because of the band. People ask me if I think about my lapband everyday… I do (usually when it gurgles) but it has become a part of me. I still enjoy all the foods I did in the past (with two exceptions and NO CARBONATED BEVERAGES) but I never feel like I’m missing out on certain foods or social gatherings because I have the band. To my fellow bandsters thank you so much for being there for me at the various stages throughout my journey and in particular this past year. Yes I may be crazy to travel just about anywhere to meet fellow bandsters for coffee but again I get so much out of these unique support groups but they keep me on track. The past 8 years have been a journey…and it journey that will continue for many years to come. I have enjoyed cooking more and I’ve even exercised more keeping track of my daily steps to Tim Hortons… one day I may even reach 10,000 steps in one day! I need to get some kilometers (or miles) on my new hip). Thank you to everyone that supported me the past 8 years and remember it’s NEVER too late to jump back on the “band-wagon”. I look forward to riding the band-wagon with you all as you reach your goal. Looking forward to seeing many of you at the coffee groups in August and I’ll be starting up a Toronto coffee group again… hopefully in August or September. Tom, Toronto Banded July 6 06 Wt. Loss: 160 lbs
  7. Lapband Coffee Group – Burlington Tuesday, April 29th – 7:00 p.m. Second Cup 901 Brant St Burlington, ON L7R 2J6 (Just West of the Walmart) The Lapband Coffee Groups are open to EVERYONE who has had Lapband Surgery or if you’re looking into the lapband process, recently banded, or a long time "Bandster". This is a great way to find out about the lapband from individuals who have had the surgery and to ask questions or just listen to individuals share their lapband journey experience. No need to sign up… just show up and if you can’t find the group ask for Tom at the cash register. NOTE: This will be my last coffee group for while... I'm going in for my left hip replace on May 23rd... the group will continue to meet... looking forward to seeing everyone.... Tom If you have any questions before the coffee group please contact: Tom – [email protected] Let’s all “band” together for a cup of coffee!
  8. Lapband Coffee Group – Brampton Monday, April 14th - 7:00 p.m. Second Cup (Located in the Longo’s Plaza) 7700 Hurontario Street, Building E, Unit 504 Brampton, ON The Lapband Coffee Groups are open to EVERYONE who has had Lapband Surgery or if you’re looking into the lapband process, recently banded, or a long time "Bandster". This is a great way to find out about the lapband from individuals who have had the surgery and to ask questions or just listen to individuals share their lapband journey experience. No need to sign up… just show up and if you can’t find the group ask for Tom at the cash register. If you have any questions before the coffee group please contact: Tom – [email protected] Let’s all “band” together for a cup of coffee!
  9. Lapband Coffee Group – Burlington Tuesday, March 25th – 7:00 p.m. Second Cup 901 Brant St Burlington, ON L7R 2J6 (Just West of the Walmart) The Lapband Coffee Groups are open to EVERYONE who has had Lapband Surgery or if you’re looking into the lapband process, recently banded, or a long time "Bandster". This is a great way to find out about the lapband from individuals who have had the surgery and to ask questions or just listen to individuals share their lapband journey experience. No need to sign up… just show up and if you can’t find the group ask for Tom at the cash register. If you have any questions before the coffee group please contact: Tom – [email protected] Let’s all “band” together for a cup of coffee!
  10. Lapband Coffee Group - Durham Wednesday, March 19th – 7:00 p.m. Coffee Culture 1525 Dundas St. E. Whitby, ON. L1N 2K6 The Lapband Coffee Groups are open to EVERYONE who has had Lapband Surgery or if you’re looking into the lapband process, recently banded, or a long time "Bandster". This is a great way to find out about the lapband from individuals who have had the surgery and to ask questions or just listen to individuals share their lapband journey experience. No need to sign up… just show up and if you can’t find the group ask for Tom at the cash register. If you have any questions before the coffee group please contact: Tom – [email protected] Let’s all “band” together for a cup of coffee!
  11. Lapband Coffee Group – Brampton Monday, March 10th - 7:00 p.m. Second Cup (Located in the Longo’s Plaza) 7700 Hurontario Street, Building E, Unit 504 Brampton, ON The Lapband Coffee Groups are open to EVERYONE who has had Lapband Surgery or if you’re looking into the lapband process, recently banded, or a long time "Bandster". This is a great way to find out about the lapband from individuals who have had the surgery and to ask questions or just listen to individuals share their lapband journey experience. No need to sign up… just show up and if you can’t find the group ask for Tom at the cash register. If you have any questions before the coffee group please contact: Tom – [email protected] Let’s all “band” together for a cup of coffee!
  12. Lapband Coffee Group – Burlington Tuesday, February 25th – 7:00 p.m. Second Cup 901 Brant St Burlington, ON L7R 2J6 (Just West of the Walmart) The Lapband Coffee Groups are open to EVERYONE who has had Lapband Surgery or if you’re looking into the lapband process, recently banded, or a long time "Bandster". This is a great way to find out about the lapband from individuals who have had the surgery and to ask questions or just listen to individuals share their lapband journey experience. No need to sign up… just show up and if you can’t find the group ask for Tom at the cash register. If you have any questions before the coffee group please contact: Tom – [email protected] Let’s all “band” together for a cup of coffee!
  13. Lapband Coffee Group - Durham Wednesday, February 19th – 7:00 p.m. Coffee Culture 1525 Dundas St. E. Whitby, ON. L1N 2K6 The Lapband Coffee Groups are open to EVERYONE who has had Lapband Surgery or if you’re looking into the lapband process, recently banded, or a long time "Bandster". This is a great way to find out about the lapband from individuals who have had the surgery and to ask questions or just listen to individuals share their lapband journey experience. No need to sign up… just show up and if you can’t find the group ask for Tom at the cash register. If you have any questions before the coffee group please contact: Tom – [email protected] Let’s all “band” together for a cup of coffee!
  14. Hello Band Buddies I tried this new recipe today... they were GREAT... I added vanilla extract and for a topping I also used a touch of low calorie syrup. Enjoy!! Tom, Toronto Banded: July 6 06 Wt. Loss: 160 lbs Ultimate Protein Pancakes Ingredients: 6 oz plain Greek yogurt 1 large egg white 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup (about 2/3 scoop) vanilla whey protein powder 1 tsp baking soda **You can also add in vanilla extract and strawberries Directions: In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients (protein powder, flour, and baking soda), and mix with a fork until well combined. In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients (egg white and yogurt) and mix until well combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring as you go. The batter should become thick. Add in any extras for flavour, and keep mixing until everything is totally combined. Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Drop batter by the spoonful into the pan. Pancakes will expand as they cook, so don’t put them too close together. When little bubbles start to form all throughout the pancake, it’s time to flip it. Flip it a couple of times until it’s thoroughly cooked. Transfer pancakes to a plate, and top with whatever you’d like. They’re very flavourful on their own, but adding a couple tablespoons of syrup make them even better! Makes 6 large pancakes. Nutritional information: Calories: 314 | Carbs: 34g | Fat: 1g | Protein: 43g
  15. The Lapband changed my life... no regrets at all... started with a 54" waist... now 30". If you have any questions please feel free to email me. I also have free long distance and would be happy to call you . Tom, Toronto Banded July 6 06 Wt. Loss: 160 lbs EM: [email protected]