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About CCornell87

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  1. Happy Birthday CCornell87!

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  3. CCornell87

    Struggling More Than Ever...

    Update!! Oh my gosh, after finally swallowing my pride I dragged my sorry butt to the surgeon for a fill. I avoided going for months because I wad ashamed at my lack of weight loss and I knew we'd have "the talk." Basically, I'd have to admit my failures and cheating. The nurse who does my fills never said a word about her being disappointed or even being surprised...This happens, and probably more than people want to admit. I had lost only 3 pounds in 5 months (Having had gone up and down in the same 20lbs for weeks!) I even admitted to attempting the Omni diet after watching a friend lose 40 pounds, and desperate to get some quick weight off to alleviate some of my anxiety about going to a fill without any weight loss. You could tell her hesitation when I told her, but calmly reassured me that my band was much more successful at doing the same thing. She filled my band with 1.5cc's and away I went...Relieved it wasn't some horror movie interrogation. When I weighed at the doctors office on 5/28/13 I was 430lbs. As of this evening I am down to 415.8! I told my husband yesterday, almost in tears, "My God! THIS it's what full is supposed to feel like! This is what they've been taking about all along!" The past 3 days I've been able to stick to my small portions and actually feel like "Hey, maybe I DON'T need any more food than this!" Unfortunately I've had a couple instances where I've gotten to hungry and ended up getting things a little stuck, but I'm finally realizing where all those rules come into play! Before, I could feel things slipping through with little or no restriction, feeling like it was doing it's job I just wasn't doing it right. Now, I'm forced to listen to my body and my surgeons advice. Meals take 20-30 minutes and I'm chewing, chewing, chewing. It is a eureka moment!!! I'm hesitant to get too excited and know that my effort had to remain steady, but I finally "get it." It's amazing what a couple of CCs of saline and a little pep talk can do! I am pumped! I have plans to break the 400lb mark no later than July!! Thank you everyone for your AMAZING support and advice!!
  4. Finding myself reverting to my old habits...I was banded in August of 2012 and started my journey at 512lbs. I lost down to 465 the day I got banded and today I weighed 438. My lowest was 419 and with each agonizing pound I lose, I gain it back with a quickness and then some. I don't think it's a fill problem, it's a head problem. Been seeing a counselor, but struggle finding the help in it. I seriously feel like the surgery that I'm still paying off has been a dud. My food addiction plagues me...Any others struggling with this? Where can I find more help?
  5. Happy 25th Birthday CCornell87!

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    Gas Pain

    I didn't get much shoulder pain, but had awful gas pains in my stomach around day 4-5. It went away for me by day 8-9...But each day got a little easier. Just walk as much and as often as you can! Banded 8/20/2012 - Heaviest: 512 - Current: 461
  7. I'm shocked that some are able to do so much! I stayed in the hospital overnight then slept & relaxed the whole next day. I made a quick trip to Wal-Mart the following day, but stayed pretty low key the first 4 days. Went to work day 5 and made it through, but still very weak and slow. Soreness is normal...I felt like someone beat me up in the entire top half of my body, lol. The good news...All the gas pains (This part was awful for me. Anytime I swallowed felt like a basketball sized air bubble that kept building and building, and couldn't burp!) and majority of the soreness went away by about 10-12 days in. I'm 20 days out now and only occasionally feel sore at my port side. Also, most of the incision sites are completely healed. Just looks like a couple good scratches, but with the week I expect they'll be good as gone! It gets better! Just rest and relax! Now is the perfect time to get some R&R, because before you know it you'll be constantly moving and working your new healthier bod! Banded 8/20/2012 - Heaviest: 512 - Current: 461
  8. Had this same problem! If you're feeling that resistance you should definitely reign it in. My doctor allowed soft foods at week 2 and found I was eating too much, too fast. That stuffed feeling you're having is more likely from swelling and not the same "stuffed" feeling you'll have after you heal and once band is filled. If it's painful, I think going back to Clear liquids is a good idea. Give it another day or two and try again but in smaller portions. If it still doesn't agree, try a different kind of soup without chunks. Make sure you're taking your time and really get accustomed to your new band before moving on to your new"heavier" types of food. Good luck!! Banded 8/20/2012 - Heaviest: 512 - Current: 461
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    Stomach Flu Only 18 Days Out??

    Called my surgeons office and linked me to an after hours number. By 5am my hubby was on his way to Walgreens to pick up my prescription that was called in. Felt better after sleeping much of the day...Had 2 meds and both caused lots of drowsiness. However, its 2am and I'm feeling yucky yet again. Taking one of the pills to try to head it off and gonna soak in the tub to try and calm my stomach. I'm gonna watch what I eat extra close tomorrow and see if it could be that. Or its just a stomach bug or food poisoning that's lingering...Certain smells or even the thought of certain foods makes me stomach churn! Thanks for all the replies everyone! Was super scared to throw up and do damage to my stomach, band or both! Banded 8/20/2012 - Heaviest: 512 - Current: 461
  10. Feeling incredibly naseous and an awful urge to puke! Diarrhea hit me like a tidal wave. I took promethazine, but it doesn't seem to help. Don't want to throw up like this so early out...Its the weekend at 4:30am, what do I do?!? Banded 8/20/2012 - Heaviest: 512 - Current: 461
  11. CCornell87

    Am I the fattest one here?

    Would love to see what the program is all about... Banded 8/20/2012 - Heaviest: 512 - Current: 461
  12. Also, as far as your diet goes I would definitely ask your surgeon for a refresher as to what is best for you to be eating right now. I swear I went into it super prepared and got a bad case of surgery brain...Lol, like I came out forgetting it all. I was on all liquids for the first week though. It didn't have to be all clear, just no chunks of any kind. Every person is different and you'll start realizing that more and more...Im continually surprised everyday. The only thing for sure right now is to stay hydrated!! And I never had any sort of wrap, even though it sounds like it would have been helpful...So I don't have any advice on that. Good luck!! ) Banded 8/20/2012 - Heaviest: 512 - Current: 461
  13. I slept and slept and slept most of the first 2 days after. Combination of the meds and the anesthesia I think were the culprit of wanting to sleep so long. Not to mention the fact that I just had major surgery. Lol I wouldn't worry about being tired, and the pain seems pretty normal too. If it hurts to sleep on your back and it's more comfortable in a different position then sleep that way. I couldn't sleep on my right port side for the first week. The first couple days my back hurt too so I just laid off to the side a bit to take some pressure off, but still on my back. Any other way either hurt my incisions, my port or made it hard to breathe. This cleared up for the most part after about a week. I still have some issues sleeping directly on my stomach where my port is, but I just adjust myself a little and it's fine. Just take it 1 day at a time and do what is most comfortable for you. Good luck to you on your journey! :-) Banded 8/20/2012 - Heaviest: 512 - Current: 461
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    Can We Still....

    This is one reason I will be even more diligent about my flu shot...When I get the flu it is no joke. I had it every year for about 4 years straight until I started getting the flu shot. I would literally heave so hard I would break blood vessels both in my eyes and face! Awful, awful, awful! I would suggest those worried about the flu get the shot as well. I know its not foolproof, but any extra piece of mind is helpful!! Banded 8/20/2012 - Heaviest: 512 - Current: 461
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    Lump In Chest

    I had awful gas the first 10 days or so. About day 5 or 6 even just my saliva going down felt like a huge air bubble going down. I ended up with this awful feeling of needing to burp constantly and nothing would come out! I ended up chewing on a clean rag just to prevent swallowing any air bubbles...It was not one of my prettier moments. It passed after about 3-4 days. I had surgery 8/20 and am pretty much back to normal. The air escapes suddenly and I'm constantly surprised by how little warning there is to a burp, but no more pain!! It gets better and I'm ready to start my full workout routine now! Banded 8/20/2012 - Heaviest: 512 - Current: 461

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