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Little fill - 4 months from surgery

I had a very little fill yesterday .2 ccs. I thought I was already at 6 ccs, but the doctor said I was actually at 5.8. so now I am at 6.   I am doing soft foods for today just to be safe. I lost 3.5 lbs in the past 2 weeks. :thumbup:   I am now down 30 lbs!!!!!   I have noticed that I am pretty tight in the morning and can not really eat anything solid. I started eating a few bites of yogurt when I wake up just to have food in the pouch and jump start my metabolism. Night eating is still the hardest part of my day. I get bored or something and want to munch.   Any helpful ideas????? :blushing: I do sugar free popsicles already.   All in all I am really happy and pleased with the weight loss and the progress. My clothes fit better and my joints feel much better. I know I still have a long way to go, but I am on the right track at least and making head way. :thumbup:   Oh and I have never had blood preasure issues, but when they took it yesterday it was 117/78. She said that was ideal!!!!! How cool. :smile2:

luceparis

luceparis

 

Little fill in 1 week

So I am going to get a very little fill in 1 week from today. I am able to eat just a little too much. I am still lossing a little weight, but really slow.   For lunch I had a 1/2 of a chicken skinless boneless thigh and a little bit of brocoli and a laughing cow cheese triangle. That filled me up and I am satisfied, but I did not have any restriction. I just got full.   Is that right? I guess I am waiting for that tight restriction feeling before I stop eating. Am I doing this wrong?????:confused3:

luceparis

luceparis

 

Unfill

On Friday I went to the doctor to get a little taken out of my band. She took out .3 ccs so now I am right at 6 ccs.   I feel so much better now. I had thrown up food 3 times in 3 weeks and at most of my meals I would get the tight chest feelings. For a while I just thought that is how I was supposed to feel during a meal, but the vomitting did it for me. Had to get some taken out...   I may go back in a few weeks to get a little bit put back in, but will wait to see how the weight loss goes first.   I am getting full on about a cup of food and happy with that for several hours. :cool:   Everything else is going great. I did not join the gym yet though... watching my pennies...

luceparis

luceparis

 

Hard time eating

It has been 2 weeks since my last fill. I am really having a hard time eating, but am getting in small meals so I think it might be okay.   I had mexican last night and it made me vomit. I just ate some chips and queso and a half of an enchilada. I was in the bathroom within minutes of finishing. It was a very bad food choice and I will not do that again.   I am still learning to eat with the band and small meals. For the first 3 months of the band I did not really have any restrictions and I could eat anything. Now that I am close or at my sweet spot I really have to watch what I eat. So that is good because my weight is starting to come off a little at a time.   I am joining the gym next week. I have to pay for the year up front to get the good deal, so I am saving up a few weeks before joining. I was on a free trial for a while, but that has run out. I miss going and noticed that I am not sleeping as well as I was when I was working out... oh well. I will join soon.   It is 100 degrees F in Houston today!!!!!!!!!!!!!:crying: HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:target: Wish I was at the pool today!   Anyway I hope everyone is doing okay and I would love to hear from you... keep up the great work everyone!!!!!

luceparis

luceparis

 

The weight is falling off now

since my last fill on Monday I have lost 4 lbs!!!!!!:thumbup:   I am still having a hard time eating at meals thought. I eat a banana for breakfast and that takes a little while to go down.   The hard part is lunch and dinner. I am eating good healthy food and it is hard to go down.   I am hoping that it losens up just a bit but I am loving the weight coming off so fast. :mad2:   I am going to the gym too... 3 times this week, not too much but I am enjoying it.

luceparis

luceparis

 

Feeling Great!!!!

Wow I am really feeling great this week!!!! the fill on Monday has made a big difference. I know my stomach is still swollen from the fill, but I do hope this one last for 4 weeks or longer.   I am also really excited about joining the wellness center. I went to visit it yesterday to get a tour and it was amazing!!!!!!!   They had everything I really wanted, except a low price. But you get what you pay for. It is right on my way home from work too. It has a great pool area and even a zen garden outside. How great will it be to relax outside and air dry from the pool workout. :crying:   I even have a co-worker that goes there now. She does not go often so I am not depending on her to get me motivated. I am going to motivate her to go more often.   I love this change in my life as I am sure most of you do too.   It is a huge step towards our happy healthy lives.

luceparis

luceparis

 

5th fill

I had my 5th fill yesterday. I got an additional .8 ccs to bring me to 6.3 ccs. I can finally feel some restriction. :crying: I had tuna salad today for lunch and I did get full and had to stop eating before I got too full. It has been almost 4 hours and I am still not really hungry. I have been really frustrated these past several weeks. Just not really seeing any changes. i am trying to stay possitive. it just gets hard sometimes. it feels like no one really understands what I am going through. I have started actually working out. I am getting on the elliptical machine for around 20 minutes. It is not a lot, but I have always been a fan of baby steps. hehehehe I do enjoy it and I am even shopping around the local gyms. My very good friend at work is having bypass tomorrow. I am so excited for her. She and I have been in this together for almost a year now. I am so proud of her for having the surgery and making this huge step. :frown:

luceparis

luceparis

 

4th Fill

Well I had my 4th fill yesterday and I think I am pretty much there for now. I was at 5.3 ccs and now I am at 5.5 ccs. I feel great too!!!! The actual fill was very traumatic for me. He put in a little and I got up to drink the water. It would not go down at all. I had to throw it up. He then pulled a little bit out and I still could not swallow any water. He then pulled all of it out and it turns out that I had some air in it and I was at 6 ccs with the air. He said that sometimes happens. So now I am at 5.5ccs and I drank some water and all was great! I am getting full faster and I can tell a big difference. I had lost 2 pounds in the past 2 weeks and another 1 today. So I am pretty much at 27 pounds lost. I am very close to reaching one of my weight goals. I have also noticed that I do not have as many bad cravings anymore. Even when I do have a craving I do not feel the need to indulge it. I used to think I had to satisfy every craving I ever had. That is one of the reasons I got to the weight that I got. Now I am eating very normal and cooking all of my food. It is very rare that I eat food that does not come from my kitchen. I LOVE THAT!!!! :thumbup: I am still kind of on a whirlwind of emotions. I am happy and sad all at the same time. Very crazy. I get frustrated with the weight going up and down in the week. I asked the PA about that yesterday and he put my mind to rest. Said it was basically just water weight throughout the week. So that made me feel a little better. Other than the crazy emotions I am doing awesome and loving my band!!!! :biggrin:

luceparis

luceparis

 

1 week after 3rd fill

It has been 1 week after the 3rd fill and I can tell I am almost there. I am going for my 4th fill on Thursday of next week. I am trying to get most of the fills done 90 days after surgery. My insurance does not make me pay the copay for 90 days after surgery, so that is really cool.   I am getting full faster and eating a lot less. Night eating is still a problem, but getting a little better. I got a few things stuck last week after the band fill. One time I even had to go to the sink and sort of spit up a little. It was very uncomfortable, but I knew it would not last. Glad I was at home.   I have been going to the pool a lot this week and doing a little work out. I have been dreaming about running a mile, does that count??   My doctor set me up on the Realize My Success website even though I had the Lap Band. It is really cool. you can track your progress, diet, workouts, and goals. He is on it and can monitor my progress.   Today I put in several goals. Some are to do with health and fitness, but most are about fitting into normal clothes again. I really want to go to a day spa and when the lady hands me the little bathrobe and says to meet her in the relaxation room, I want to not cringe in embaresment. When I see that bathrobe I feel anything but relaxed. I want to be able to slip it on without a thought about "I wonder if they have a bigger size"... Anyway it seems to be a good site to track my progress.

luceparis

luceparis

 

3rd fill

I got my 3rd fill yesterday afternoon. I am now at 5.3 CCs. I feel great too.   I lost 5 lbs in 2 weeks!!!!!!!! :glare:   I am on a huge high about it too, if you can't tell. :smile:   He did tell me that I have to start working out. I have been getting in the pool a little but not enough to really count it as working out. I am on liquids today and soft foods.   In the waiting room I met 2 ladies that were getting revision surgeries from the band. they had the 4 CC bands. they kind of scared me a little about getting to the sweet spot. Saying that I will throw up and not be able to get anything down. I hope that does not happen. I think I am doing pretty good at this fill point, but still want to lose more...   I am getting irritated a lot faster with people and upset when they suggest that I should have lost more weight. I know it is slow going, but at least the scale is going down instead of up, right? Oh well I am trying to not focus on that kind of talk. The doctor said that it is normal to be a little emotional and that is part of the ride for now.   Oh well, I also tend to get over things fast now. I am so excited about all the changes with my body, that I tend to get over the things that upset me. And I am not turning to food when I get upset. :thumbup:   Anywho... doing well today and glad to have lost 5 lbs in 2 weeks!!!! How cool is this!

luceparis

luceparis

 

Almost 2 months

I am almost 2 months out of surgery.   I moved my 3rd fill up to next week. So I will have exactly 2 weeks between fill 2 and fill 3, instead of 4 weeks. I am just ready to be at my sweet spot so badly. :thumbup:   I have noticed that I get full much faster and on a lot less food. And finally the scale is agreeing with me :sad:   Dinner is still the hardest. I pretty much eat the same meal for dinner that i had for lunch (little chicken and veggies), but it is the late hours that get to me. I tend to eat popsicles or something sweet. I have cut way back though, so that is really good. I have been limiting myself and even cutting the condiments back a ton. I am not hungry between meals either. I can go about 3 hours.   That should all really help out a lot.   I had to go to the cardiologist due to high triglycerides. They were off the chart!!! He put me on some medication for 6 weeks and increased my vitamin D. I had to wear an EKG holter for 24 hours. I did get a few heart flurries so I was glad I had it on for him to monitor. The results will be ready in a week or so. Also Dr. Garth said he would sit down with me to discuss a better diet to help lower the lipods.   Everyone is being so supportive and helpful! i am really grateful that I have such a wonderful family and friends. All my co-workers are great about it too.

luceparis

luceparis

 

2nd Fill

I just got back from doctor's office. I got another .5 cc in my band so now I am at 4.5 ccs. It was easier this time. I had the same PA do it, so it was faster finding the port and doing the fill.   It has only been 2 weeks since my 1st fill, but I was not feeling any restrictions. Besides today and tomorrow, I am eating solid foods now. Hopefully that will help with the weight loss. The soft foods just don't stay in the pouch long enough to stay full.   Since I have been eating solids I have noticed the sloshing feeling go away! :biggrin: When I would stand up or sit down I could feel the food bubble down the pouch or something. It was weird.   I am still having a hard time finding something to eat for breakfast. I was doing the protien shake but the doctor does not want me to drink those, because it does not stay in the band. So I tried 1 banana and that is good, but I know it has too many carbs for me. I think I will try hard boiled eggs next.

luceparis

luceparis

 

So ready for 2nd fill

I moved my 2nd fill date to this Thursday. I was supposed to go next Thurs, but I really do not want to wait. I can barely tell a difference since my 1st fill. I do get full, but not really that fast. I am eating solids and am staying full a little longer. It just seems like I should be getting full faster on less food. Not really working out yet, but running around town as much as possible. does that count for anything

luceparis

luceparis

 

Week 3 - out of order

It has been a little over 3 weeks. I am so glad that I was introduced to this site. There is so much good information and friendly people here. My port site is still hurting a bit, but not all day and very manageable. I am still weighing myself 2 times a day. I really want to stop doing that, because it seems to be discouraging to see the numbers hoover around.   Since I told so many people that I did the band, I now have a lot of people asking me how is the weight loss going. I am still doing about 1-2 a week, but it gets old telling everyone that. Oh well, I really like the encouragement I get from everyone. that really helps. And having so many people know keeps me on my toes.

luceparis

luceparis

 

First Fill!!!!

I had my first fill yesterday. It was not that bad... I already had 3 ccs in the band from surgery and they added 1 more cc, so now I have 4 ccs. He had to poke around to get the needle into the port, but it really was not painful. Just really weird pushing and preasure feelings. I drank a little bit of water and was on my way home...   I was on all liquids for the day of the fill and on soft foods now.   I have my next fill set for 3 weeks.   The clinic is moving to a new location next month. In the new location (closer to my work, yea) they will have a gym and pool for the patients. Not sure if it will be free, but it will be discounted. That is really exciting fo me!!!!:smile2: I love to swim and the pool is inside from what I hear.

luceparis

luceparis

 

2 weeks after surger

:thumbdown: It has been a bit over 2 full weeks since surgery date. I am not sore at all anymore, but I do feel the port every once in a while. I went to post opt and got to set a date for my first fill - April 13 or 14...   I have been eating pretty normally for the most part. Tuna salad is my main course most meals. I have had chicken and meat loaf. All portions are cut down, but not as much as I would like. I am sure after the first fill things will be different.   I have lost another pound since post opt. I have become a compulsive weigher. It is so frustrating because my weight goes up and down through out the day as it does with everyone. I am going to try to only weigh 1 time per week or maybe 2 times. It is really hard. It is nice to see the scale number not increase everyday.   I have not picked up working out more yet, but I have noticed that I do not get tired as quickly as I used to.   Even though I have only lost 20 pounds and I have a lot more to go, I do feel better about myself and feel better in my clothes - not too much, but a little better. it helps.   Fianlly got banded (from my previous blog site)     I finally got the lap band on March 10th. I have been working towards this goal since May 2008. Almost 1 year later it is done. Now the real work begins.   I went on a liquid diet for 2 weeks before surgery and lost about 13 pounds. I have lost another 5 pounds since then. Totaling 18 pounds. YEAH!!!!   Post Opt appointment was today. The doctor said I was healing nicely and that I was loosing a good amount of weight. Of course he said that I should not expect to keep up this weight loss. It should go down to 1-2 pounds a week or around 10 pounds a month with good excerise.   I am feeling better and drove today. I still have a bit of pain in my side where the port is, but so much better than last week. Last night was the first night that I was able to sleep on my side. Doc says I will not be able to sleep on my stomach for several months, blah!   Oddly I am looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. I have been working from my laptop this week and was out of it all last week. Surely after a few days back at work this will pass. :cursing:

luceparis

luceparis

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