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About PrettyLilButterfly

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  • Birthday 06/21/1973

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  1. PrettyLilButterfly

    Putting weight on

    I also weigh myself daily. It's the only way I can keep ahold of this. At first I felt I was being obsessed, but honestly, that's what I need to do for ME to remain in control. And if I see it go up a lb or two, I correct myself. I tend to gain a lb or 2 when I lose sight of reality (lately with me, it's too many aloholic beverages). And I put myself back in check.
  2. This is a tough one. The band was the only surgery offered in town so of course me and many others jumped at the opportunity. I was fortunate to only have been banded a year. The new surgeon at the clinic dislikes the band and encouraged the sleeve. I had complications with the band as we all did (not being able to eat, constant throwing up). I did have scar tissue once it was removed. This caused discomfort while I'd chew for about 6 months after removal. I feel better now and am in love with my sleeve. Had I had the band longer, I may consider joining a potential lawsuit. However...I was blessed my insurance covered the revision. I woulnd't mind the $2500 I paid for the band. Had I not been insured and had to pay for the fills out of pocket, oh you betcha I'd join! The fills were the worst part, trying to find that damn non existant green zone!! I'm sorry for those of you who had so many complications I"m glad the sleeve is working better and you are moving on with your life! The band truly was a miserable tool
  3. PrettyLilButterfly

    Cant poop!

    Milk of Magnesia is my new best friend. However, i may try the flaxseed! This once a week 'going' is kind of bothersome. More so because it tends to hit me AT WORK!!
  4. Order what I want for the most part, but modify it. Tend to stay on the appetizer menu or kids menu. Burger, no bun no fries. Chicken soft taco (corn tortilla instead of flower, easy cheese). Cringe when my g/f wants to go to a more upscale place. They are NOT WLS friendly (can't order kids menu w/e). Usually I'll order an appetizer knowing she'll share it with me. And of course nibble off her plate. She's an eater, which makes it hard. I try to not order anything and do an add-on to her meal, but she always insists on an appetizer. Or tells me just to order a chicken plate and I can eat the rest later. I do LOVE leftovers, makes for a good 2-3 meals..however, prefer to not spend money when I don't need to. I think she likes me to order food so people don't look at us...or maybe so she doesn't feel 'like a pig'.. that's my guess. (shrugs).
  5. PrettyLilButterfly

    I think my sleeve is bipolar!

    Girl.....I SO feel ya!! It truly is a day to day thing. Some days I wake up so hungry I want to chew on my own arm! some days I wake up and dont' even think about eating until 10ish..(shrugs). hmm...bi-polar sleeves...who knew!!
  6. oh my oh my.. Well in keeping with the original post...I was a bad bad butterfly post-op. I was SOOO tired of the 2 week pre-op liquids, that I sped up the post-op process. I snuck in 'mushy' foods (puddings, mashed potatoes) around day 3. On mushy phase, I felt mac-n-chez was just fine. I don't feel guilty since it was almost never more than 4 bites.. so there you are world....dirty secrets aired.... Feel like I should light up a cig...
  7. PrettyLilButterfly

    Band to sleeve success question....

    I was banded 9/2011. I lost 60 lbs but then the weight loss halted. I noticed how easy it was to gain weight. I did teeter totter 5-10 lbs up, then down..then up again. I had my band in 12/2012 and in the blink of an eye lost 40 lbs. I have been at my goal weight since June. Personally, I found life with the band more....depressing. I found myself wanting to eat more..to 'cheat', to have slider foods, to not be as focused. With the sleeve, life is just wonderful, less complicated and I am more focused to maintaining my weight loss. I don't know that I answered your question, but I wanted you to understand how I saw the 2 surgeries. Good luck to you on your surgery, you will NOT regret it. And you will hit your goals! Please keep us posted.
  8. PrettyLilButterfly

    New Mexico, Anyone?

    Doing pretty fabulous. Loving life and loving the new me How about yourself? things going well?
  9. PrettyLilButterfly

    S T R E S S........

    (((Hugs))) thank you J Fab So easy to eat isnt it? though, food isn't what it used to be. Today,hugry but could careless if I eat. nothing sounds satisfying. Thank god I'm too tired to get off my @ss and go get food (forgot lunch). so eating some 100 calorie popcorn.
  10. PrettyLilButterfly

    Been Awhile

    Hello my darling Diary.. I am sorry I have neglected you. Work is out of control and I barely have time to breathe. Going online at home is not an option. This is the one area I don't need anyone in my life knowing about. Too stressed to even think today. But glad I was able to drop the 3 lbs I had gained a couple of weeks ago (damn you tasty alcohol beverages!). Spoke with a temp agency this AM seeking new work. They have several temp to hires...that's all I'll accept. Touching base with them Monday to see what they've come up with for me. sorry, too tired to focus. Will do full update monday. toodles.
  11. PrettyLilButterfly

    Just me

    Pics throughout my journey
  12. It's the weekend..thank you jesus!!

  13. PrettyLilButterfly

    S T R E S S........

    Soda is a sweet delicious devil!! But I do need to kick it...it's like crack i say!!
  14. PrettyLilButterfly


    For me, it wasn't a matter of "what do I need to give up" but more.. OMG I"m going to be a normal sized person for the first time since I wasw 18. I think that good out weighed the 'bad' (so to speak). The things I felt I would 'miss' out on were buffets (REALLY? I mean REALLY? pathetic). At first, the thought of 5 bites per meal was a lot to take in. But the first time I ate those 5 bites and felt like I ate a full plate... WOW. I think Arts has a good point, do lots of research. Read as many posts here as you can.. Get all the facts. If you are comfortable with your choice to have the sleeve, that's the biggest hurdle right there! Everything else really is minor!!
  15. PrettyLilButterfly

    S T R E S S........

    So this is the first time since my sleeve that I've experienced this level of stress... and it's taking it's toll I've gained 2 lbs since monday. So now, it's time to buckle down. I know the stress will eventually subside..and that God hasn't given me more than I can handle.. But it really is alot.. I know I should see a shrink, but Im focused on my daughter seeing one. And honestly, I can't afford the copay due to my brother's upcoming wedding ( I need to rent me and my son a tux and get my daughter's dress). I may use the EAP, but that's only 3 visits. We'll see. Just trying to deal with one thing at a time but too hard... 1)dad having surgery to remove barretts disease next month1 2) daughter issues 3) oldest lost his job, how the hell is he going to pay rent? 4) g/f....ugh... enough said 5) job OUT OF CONTROL 6) possibility of layoffs 7) possible moving out of g/f's house Hmm.. not the worlds worst list..but c'mon...it weighs on us. So i have to almost start at square one. I've developed some not so healthy habits lately (sodas). The doc never should have told me i could have some if i let it sit out of the can/bottle for 10 minutes.. I had kicked that addiction, and it's back. Though I prefer it be that over smoking again!! well i'm off to take child to the shrink...and do some things around the house to keep me moving. think it's time to pull weeds again...