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10 Months Post Op.

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Well, I hoped I'd have a MEGA success story about some ridiculous weight loss, but I have lost about 40 pounds in 10 months. (I had to stop myself from saying "only" 40 pounds. 40 pounds is still great, right?)


I AM down 4 pants sizes...I think it's because I work out fairly regularly. I have to tell myself that that is why my weight hasn't shifted as quickly as I'd like...muscle weighs more than fat. And I've been doing a lot of weight training to build those muscles. I can at least SEE a difference. Even on a month to month basis for the most part.


I have an appointment tomorrow for a fill...I had .5cc removed from the band 2 months ago. I think I might only have .25cc put in tomorrow and see how that goes for me. Kinda dreading the appointment, to be honest. I've only lost a couple of pounds since that last appointment. Yuck. But I'm trying to figure out this whole thing. Even 10 months on, I'm still learning every single day!


Today I bought a Fitbit from Best Buy to track my activity and sleep, etc. I hope it works for me. If it does, I will sing its praises on here for sure. Let you know in a month or so!


Anyway, GOOD LUCK to everyone who is about to be banded. I do not regret it one bit! I just wish I was a fast loser...but a loser is a loser! Ha! Who'd have thought I would WANT to be a "loser?"


Blessings all!





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Don't feel bad. I, too, have also lost (only) 40 lbs. and I am 9 months post banding. Same as you, I have to try to make myself stop saying "only" 40 lbs. I feel better than the heavier me, and I'm looking better - slooooowwwwwllllyyyy (lol). I have 8cc's in a 10 cc band and eat between 1 - 1 1/2 cups of food at mealtime. I eat 3 small meals and have 2-3 snacks per day. I have only recently (within the last month) started a 3 day per week exercise program and try to walk at least three days per week for 20-30 minutes. Eating small, healthy portions is not a problem for me. I am a nurse and am on my feet for 7-9 hours per day, 5 days a week, so when I get home, usually the last thing on my mind is exercise! However, I push myself through it.

Getting another fill anytime soon is not an option for me right now. I am already pretty tight. I have to chew, chew, chew and eat very small bites. Some days, I don't seem to want to eat much, then other days, it seems like I'm hungry every 2-3 hours. I try to drink more on my "hungry" days.

I am trying to learn to stop comparing myself to other "bandsters" and stop beating myself up because I haven't lost a HUGE amount of weight and be thankful for what I HAVE lost and that it is because of what I HAVE lost that I have been able to come off of my blood pressure medication, that my cholesterol is back down, I haven't had an asthma attack in over 5 months, I no longer have acid reflux, nor do I have to sleep on my CPAP at night. Not to mention the fact that I am down 4 dress sizes and I don't look sick, tired, or ragged due to extreme weight loss. It took me 14 years to gain almost 100 lbs., I don't intend to lose it in one year! I get frustrated, but NEVER regret getting banded. It is still a learning process for me and I am glad and thankful for having it. It has definitely become a tool to help me avoid overeating.

I wish you the best of luck. Keep your head up and keep on trying. Everyone isn't the same. We all gained the weight at different rates of speed and time, and we will lose it the same way. Take care and keep up the good work.

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