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About betsylulu2525

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  • Birthday 02/28/1978

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    I am currently a Pre-K teacher in a small school. I have battled with my weight ever since I was a kid and decided 2 years ago I was going to change the vicious cycle I was in. I look forward to what my future holds :)
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    scrapbooking, beading and anything crafty
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  1. betsylulu2525


    I feel your pain!! I am an emotional eater and I struggle with old eating habits on a daily basis. I wish I had advice for you but I don't. It's a relief to know I am not the only one!!! I had my bad done 7 years ago and I still struggle. I didn't have the proper diet training going into this life long journey. I don't regret it for a minute, but wish I had the support I need to be successful. Sent from my SM-G930V using the BariatricPal App
  2. I had my lapband done 7 years ago. I have lost 110 lbs since my highest weight. I have always struggled with my eating since I had the bad done. I am getting married in less than 2 weeks and I recently had a partial fill removed because I had severe acid reflux and heart burn. Since the removal I have gained 10lbs. I also found out that I have severe erosion of my esophagus due to the acid reflux,heartburn, and throwing up. I feel so bad for gaining weight back and was wondering if anyone else has gone through this. I feel so bloated and in all honesty feel like a whale!!! Anyone's support right now would be greatly appreciated ???????????? Sent from my SM-G930V using the BariatricPal App
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    Before Pictures

    these are some pictures of before my surgery
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    Anyone From Western Ny???

    I had my surgery done by Dr. Pham at St Joseph's Hospital in Buffalo. I'd love to go to a support group, but Buffalo is 1 1/2 hours for me to drive which is a bit much every week. I go for my first fill next week on the 15th. I CAN'T WAIT!! It's always nice to meet people that are from your area. Other than the hernia, I haven't had too many problems so far. I've had some food get stuck, but that's because I didn't chew good enough and took to big of a bite. I'd love to hear some of your experiences you've had so far. How does you make sure you get your protein in everyday? I seem to be having some difficulty doing this. I know it's a combination of old habbits, as well as not knowing some foods that contain a lot of protein. I know the basics such as salmon, chicken, peanut butter and protein shakes...but what else? I'm sure there's a lot I'm missing that I'm aware of, it just seems like I should know more than I do and I'd love to learn as much as possible. I just joined a local gym yesterday and today is going to be my first day working out. I plan on avoiding too many excercises that will work my stomach because I still feel my hernia, but it's getting better without surgery. It's nice to see there are people on here from the WNY area!!! You all seem to be doing really well with your weight loss process so far, much better than I am
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    Anyone From Western Ny???

    sorry I should have read that before I posted...apparently the word of the day is AREA lol
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    Anyone From Western Ny???

    So I live in a tiny town in Western NY and was wondering if anyone else on this site was from the area. I had my surgery done on December 21, 2011 and have not had my first fill yet due to a hernia. I was wondering if there is anyone that has had the surgery that lives around the Olean area. I haven't been able to find any support groups in my area. If you are from the area, I would love to email you to find out how you are doing and where you live. I would really like to get some people together so we can discuss concerns, strengths, meal ideas and anything else that pertains to having lap band surgery.
  7. I was wondering if anyone has ever experienced a hernia by the port site after surgery. I have been having shooting pains by my port for about 2 weeks now. I went to my surgeon yesterday and he said I have a small hernia which is why I am in so much pain. I am not quite sure what I did that caused it, but he said surgery would probably make it worse and it would heal on its own. So, if you have experienced this, how long did it take to heal. I've been in so much pain the past two days, I finally took a pain pill hoping it alleviate some of it. I was so excited to have my first fill on February 1st but now I have to wait until February 15th to see if I am feeling better. Any feedback at this point would be greatly appreciated!
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    Signs Of Depression After Surgery

    Oh my gosh THANK YOU bullock512! I had no idea and that is a huge relief knowing that I'm not losing my mind. I'm so tired and all I want to do is cry.
  9. I had surgery on December 22, 2011. Since the surgery, I have noticed that I'm becoming pretty critical of myself and the lack of progress for about 2 weeks. I've noticed that my emotions have been completely out of whack and I feel horrible about myself and the progress I've made so far. I was told this is not unusal for people that have had surgery because you are making changes associated with food and stopping years of bad habbits. Has anyone else experienced something similar? If so, what did you do to help the situation? I would appreciate anyone's input because at this point I'm ready to pull my hair out!
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    Breaking Up With Food/liquid Diet

    I know how you feel. I had my surgery on December 22 and the holidays have been really difficult for me. I am an emotional eater just like you. I don't know how many times I have wanted to eat something and realized I can't anymore. It's a difficult adjument and you are trying to stop years of emotional eating. It is something you will get through. I've had days were I would have done anything to have chinese food or even a cheeseburger. But I have to remind myself that it has taken years to get to where I am, and it's going to take time to change it. I wish you luck and try to remember it's not something you will change over night. It will take a long time to stop the bad habbits you've had for a long time.
  11. Try Bariatric Fusion. It's a protein shake made specifically for bariatric patients before and after surgery. I really like them. They don't taste like a protein shake. They taste like a milk shake. You can get it at www.bariatricfusion.com It's a little expensive but worth it because they taste good. The only thing I noticed is when you only use the 4-6 ounces of milk like it recommends, the shakes are a little too thick. So I add a little more milk. Hope this helps.
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    Gotta Quit Smoking...

    Smoking is really difficult to stop, especially when you enjoy it like I did. I was banded on December 22 and I'm still struggling with the whole smoking thing. After awhile it becomes a mental thing. Trying to stop something you've done for years is difficult...especially when your mind is telling you, you have to have one. It's all about will power and wanting to quit. You have more will power than you give yourself credit for. I wish you luck and hope you are successful.
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    Sore Around Lap Band Port Site

    Thanks for all of the information. I am so glad that I found this website to answer some questions I have as I go through this. To answer your question cutecamille, I am on the full diet right now. So I've been drinking protein shakes and eating creamy soups, yogurt, pudding, jello, juices and clear liquids. I'm finding myself getting hungrier now though. Good luck everyone
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    Sore Around Lap Band Port Site

    thanks for the input. I sleep on my stomach (which obviously I'm unable to do right now) and was wondering if eventually I'll be able to again. Or do I have to learn to sleep on my back? I'm not very good when it comes to sleeping in one position. I roll all night long and have accidently tried to roll over on my stomach a couple times already and woke up with a lot of pain. Wish you both luck!
  15. I had my surgery on the 22nd of December. I have been really sore on my right side and was able to feel my port for the first time last night. My other incisions seem to be getting much better and aren't nearly as sore. How long should the area where my port is be sore? Thanks for your input

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