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  1. Happy 31st Birthday mint2bskiny!

  2. Happy 30th Birthday mint2bskiny!

  3. mint2bskiny

    Too Big Or Too Small

    I am at 5.25 cc Why is it with the band you can eat the smallest piece of white chicken and get stuck but you can eat the largest bite of chocolate and it goes down? I am struggling so bad with eating whole foods! I cant eat white chicken, salad,or red meat. I am afraid to take Fluid out because right now if i eat tuna salad or chkn salad i can eat a cup at time if i gave up bread 6 months before my surgery along with rice. i only eat no yolk Pasta 1 time month maybe ad can eat cup or 2 of that! I dont want to make my port bigger but how do i eat the healthy stuff? and I CANT LOSE WEIGHT!
  4. mint2bskiny

    How much have you taken off???

    I have not lost a lot of weight but I have changed my life drastically! I have lost 64lbs on my journey since February24 2011. I have had good times and bad. Puking times and good times! I wouldnt trade it for nothing because I dont eat near what I used to!!! I lost a total of 80lbs last year if you add in my preop diet! I am pretty proud of my self for that. I know I could change the way I eat on the weekends, but I think it keeps me saine to be able to enjoy stuff on saturdays! so average during most weeks i can lose 2-3 punds and gain 1-2 on a saturday and sunday. so... i am losing a lot slower that most would be. but Its TOTALLY WORTH IT! i dont splurdge anymore on stuff, i sure cant overeat!
  5. I eat a pice of wasa bread (20caloires) with 1tbp of sugar free jelly (10calories) at night. sometimes i even add 1tbs of smart choice peanutbutter. I eat that about 3 times a week around 10pm and alway seem to do pretty good during the week. *its the weekends that hold me back* LOL.
  6. Latte's keep me going! lol. and far as the foods I can NOT eat: HOT FRESH PIZZA-if its cold and left over i can eat maybe half piece and have to chew realllly well! Bread *any kind wheat white or toasted* shrimp white chicken pork steak *even pureed* Yes i tried lol corn saltine crackers SOME RICE *i can eat spanish rice if its moist and almost overcooked* REHEATED food it is too dry for me also!!! cupcakes/cake HOWEVER... I do enjoy a carbonated Dr Pepper 10 about once a month. I pop the top around 7am and leave it out on desk and slowly drink it all day. around quitting time (5) I usually have the can emptied. I love wasa bread/crackers. its the only kind of bread or crackers i can eat. i also love chips but have to have melted cheese or salsa on them or they get stuck! . haha Honestly I am glad I cant eat those things on the list anymore!!! ive been told my band maybe too tight, because i dont lose very fast and have awesome restriction, but i choose to have it that way because i am addicted to food and its better for me this way!
  7. mint2bskiny

    Do you still enjoy food after lapband...

    There are so many foods that I actually miss but when i think about it I am grateful that I cannot enjoy those foods anymore! I cannot eat pizza, steak, bread, biscuits, pancakes or waffles. But the food that I do eat I take my time on making it taste yum! and I enjoy every bit of it. I eat alot of egg salad but find different stuff to put in it to juice it up! lol. I do miss drinking water with my food because I eat HOT food! but. i found that havinga tablespoon of sourcream by my plate is alway helpful! I can agree with above stating that band may not be for an addict. BUT...I am a food addict ! Completely. i LOVE it all! and I am SO glad I made the choice because it has really changed me!
  8. mint2bskiny

    Is lap band the right choice at 18?

    This truley is a hard decision. But i must say if you dont want to keep gaining weight its a great tool to keep you under control. I have lost about 60pounds in 8 months and it does take dedication to lose, but most important if i stray I dont gain weight like i did before because there is no way of over doing it! i even get full eating ice cream! I love my band and would reccomend it to anyone who has done their research! make sure that you know its right for you. read the good, bad and ugly post about it!!! I wish my insurance would have covered somthing at the age of 18 for me. I wouldnt have gotten up to 300lbs! When i was 18 I was 190lbs! By age 26 I was 309! Now I am 239 and much better and still on my way to healthy skinny happiness! GOOD LUCK
  9. mint2bskiny

    long time lapbanders input requested

    I was banded in February and I am still learing! I tried low carb, too much sodium for me. I tried weight watchers, not enogh restriction, so now I am counting caloires, carbs, protien and fibers. I eat only right portions. BUT...I cant seem to stay away from slider foods on the weekends. The weekdays are great and easy i take my food to work, i am not allowed to leave work for 730-5 and we have no vending machines. BUT on the weekends i seriously need help. I can lose 5pounds m-f and gain 4-6 on the weekend! HELP. does anyone have any ideas for me? Maybe if I eat more protein bars during the weekend i wont be tempted to eat more? What kind of protein bars do yall reccomend? I need low carb.
  10. mint2bskiny

    Strange Instructions...

    On my thick liquid stage I added Water or milk or Protein water to anything and blended it!! HAHA taht got me thru 2.5 weeks of liquids! And my mushies and soft stages lasteda bout 2-3 weeks also. At week 7 I got my first fill. it was tiny but i got a fill. lol. then every 2 weeks after that i went back to get more fills. I am at 5.5c amd very satisfied. it didnt take long for me to reach restriction.
  11. My typical day all depends on how much time i have and how creative i am. Usually try to stay between 1000-1100 caloires 40g fat, and 80-100protein, 30-35fiber and NO MORE THAN 75carbs a day. I admit every saturday i have date day with my hubby and eat what ever i want. i just dont go crazy! i have really good restriction tho. almost too tight but i perfer it this way that way when i do eat what i want only about 6 bites go down!!! But for instance today: 6am Protein shake (very thin) 10am bfast-2pc Wasa Crackers sugar free jelly and natural peanutbutter . (i dont eat untill about 10 because my band is usually tight early morning.) 1230 3/4c egg salad with added Protein powder and 2pc wasa crackers , 1/4c green Beans 3pm no sugar added 1/4c apple pie filling with splenda 330 2 sugar free hard candies for dinner i am planning on having 3ozchicken that cooked in crock pot all day, 1/4c loaded mash potatoes and 1/4cgreen beans. I dont drink liquids with my meals anymore i stoped and the weight started coming off! I also make sure that i do have 2 Snacks a day usually no more than 120 caloires each. i dont eat more than 10g sugar per serving, and i personally cant eat bread wheat or not *wont go down*
  12. your stories are all amazing! I wish i have done that good. I have struggled quite a bit since i have been banded and was very interested to read this post! I have just "started over" with my lifestyle! I ahve CHF and Chronic Renal Disease so high protein is hard when there is so much sodium. But after reading everyones post over last few days and doing a bit more research (more than the clnic i go to) I think I have come up with a new plan. I am super excited to get my weightloss on track. its been 7 months since i have been banded and havnt had any good results rather then inches off of me. So now I am triying to get it in to gear. Thank you all for the stories and to you who started this post thank you the most!
  13. i dont know what that white foam is either. I have had it about 4x since i ve been banded. (February2011) I think mine has occured when i i ate my salad with vinegar and also it occurs both time when i fell like i have too much liquid in my pouch that wont go thru. then i will vomit and it will be the foamy stuff. LET ME KNOW IF YOU FIND OUT!
  14. It took me about 3 months to stop drinking with my meal. Of coarse I had to adjust my meal too. I dont eat really hot food anymore because I dont want to have to drink with it. Also I do not eat Ice chips. For me they tend to sit in my pouch and actually burns I guess because it gets so cold Same thing with icecream. If i eat a frozen treat its usually frozen yogurt and I tend to let it melt a little and take small bites. As far as gum. I was told when i went in for pre op that you can cause more gas pains by chewing gum and drinking thru a straw. PERSOANLLY....i hate the feel of the gas pains that i get in my upper left sholder. so...i DONT DO IT! Everyone is different but just to fill you in on what I do.
  15. mint2bskiny

    Birth control question

    I USE yaz. its fantastic! no side effects. it lessens PMS to minimal and i only see Aunt Flo about 2 days for very very light days! its great!!!! Been on it about 4 months now