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Gijane2012

LAP-BAND Patients
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About Gijane2012

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  • Gender
    Female
  • City
    Oak Park
  • State
    IL
  • Zip Code
    60303
  1. I had such an emotional day yesterday. I am typically not an emotional person (but things are changing....in a good way). So, Saturday evening I went out and I had a couple of drinks...and food. It wasn't a lot compared to how I would've in the past but it was more than I wanted. I got up Sunday and went to my Zumba class. After Zumba I started doing other stuff. All I thought was....Zumba was not enough. Although proud of myself for getting up and going to class after a night of celebrating with friends, I felt I needed to do more. About 6 hours later, I went back to gym and worked out on the elliptical to burn more calories. Going back helped me in so many ways because it was a better workout. I showed myself I am serious about this journey and even if I messed up, I can redeem myself by exercising more. It has set the tone for the week. I am not going into the week feeling like I screwed up...instead I feel like, I can pump it up harder. I think I am emotional now more than ever because food used to help me mask my feelings. I can no longer use it and all the emotional baggage comes out. Wow, I think I read something related to this but this really hit me as I typed it. Deep stuff. Well, wishing myself and everyone else out there, great things to come. We are victors.
  2. Gijane2012

    5 Weeks Post Op

    Loving your progress....and your attitude.
  3. Gijane2012

    Weight Loss Please Keep Going Down......

    Thanks everyone....I am encouraged. @scorpion509, I think I have lost inches. @Angela, I will focus my mind on a hobby besides scale. @marsha73, I won't give up. It seems like science, less intake, weight loss but I guess eventually things will go. Thanks again.
  4. I want this blog entry to be positive but I am filled with frustration. I have not written too much since my surgery. I had surgery on 8.23 and probably lost between 17 to 22 pounds, more or less. I went on vacation a week before my last weigh in. I know I gained weight on vacation but I refused to look when I had to weigh in for surgery. My first post surgery follow up on 9/6 showed I lost 17 pounds. My frustration is since that day my weight has gone up a pound and I have not lost anything else. I work out 4 to 6 times a week. I just need to know this is going to work. I won't lie and say mentally it takes me back to the Lapband failure. I am not claiming that but I have to voice real thoughts. I am going to keep pushing but I need to see results especially when I read so many great stories on here. I know we are all different but we all are the same when it comes to having this surgery to assist us in losing weight. I am proud of my 17 pounds but I want...need more weight loss. It just stopped.....I need weight loss to restart. Pray for me
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    Possibly Tmi: Read With Caution

    My gallbladder is out so that explains me.....
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    Possibly Tmi: Read With Caution

    I had something like that and I am about a week out. It was my first bowel movement and it came out as you described. The other day I was at work and I felt the urgency to go throughout and it was again as you described. I was not concerned about it. I figured it was due to gas they put in our stomach.
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    Issues Three Days Post Op.

    Yeah, I got sleeved on 8.23 and I sipped stuff knowing I was far from drinking enough fluids. My stomach growled too. I didn't have burps but I had stomach pains....I guess from gas but it eventually stopped; I took GasX. I am able to drink more fluids without issue now. Hopefully it gets better the next few days.
  8. Gijane2012

    2 Weeks Post Op

    Your doctor said you can eat grits already? I am soooo jealous of you. I am on the post op diet of clear liquids for 2 weeks then some other stuff for 2 weeks but ultimately, I won't be able to eat food, food for 2 months. I know every doctor has their own protocol but although I am not struggling, grits sounds pretty good. Keep up the good work!
  9. Gijane2012

    8 Days -Post Op Questions

    O, I had my surgery 8.23 so I am recent too.
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    8 Days -Post Op Questions

    Are you drinking your fluids, including your protein drink? As far as incisions, my largest one is still sore. The others I have no sensitivity to it. You can put some antibacterial ointment on it. If you have great concern, you should see a doctor. Don't fret over this....be proactive. Make some calls so you feel comfortable and confident. I was not overly tired post surgery....and my energy level increases as days go. I did feel light headed in the beginning and I was told to increase fluids, especially broth and protein drink. Good luck and keep us posted.
  11. Gijane2012

    So Fat!

    Hang in there. I totally relate to your "aha" moment; I think I was in a JCP Store too, lol. Well, you are on the road to victory. Be encouraged. I had my surgery on 8.23 and let me tell you, your outlook on food will change. Seeing how I feel now and how I was then, I realize I was obsessed to food more than I would ever admitted to myself. Now, it does not bother me. I can walk away and not struggle. I am excited and I hope you become excited too. I am on my way to the gym now to aide in this weight loss process. Your first few days will be an adjustment but you are on the road to victory and one day both of us will shop in a different section of JCP. Good luck and keep us posted.
  12. Gijane2012

    Secret Or Not? What To Do!

    I want to say first & foremost, there are so many people the Lapband has failed. You, like me, blamed myself. If it was such a success rate, there would not be so many complaints about it. It has been successful for some but STOP blaming yourself. I had mine removed last week and got Sleeved same surgery. I was excited about my Band at the time and being a transparent person, I shared what I was going to do.....then later felt like a public failure. This time, I did not do that. I told 5 friends and my family. I told my friends to NOT share it with anyone and eventually I will in my own time. My point, I set my parameters. So if you tell no one but your husband & your bff, it is your right. People are used to me being transparent and I'm used to being transparent but I told myself, I will share when I am ready. I need to see success and plus not feel the self inflicted great expectations of others. Good luck.
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    From "fluffy" To Thinner Back To Fluffy.....depressing!

    Your story is my story.....pretty much the same. I just got my lapband removed and sleeved last Thursday. The Lapband failed me, you and so many others. It has worked for some but common in many of us that it did not work.....WE HAVE BLAMED OURSELVES. The weight, the embarrasment and so many other things like, hiding. I relate to you. What I want to do is ENCOURAGE you to pilot your life regarding your Drs visits. "You demanded...." Good. You have to let them see you because their work is routine and unless you holler, they may not hear or see you. It took me years to do that because I blamed me for the Lapband failing. I took the captain's chair in June 2012 and had the defective band removed (got sleeved too) on 8/23. I felt like a failure because not everyone knew of my band but enough people did and it felt like a PUBLIC failure. Depression.......my middle name. I was a happy go lucky person......had to take meds. I did, I still do. I want you to be encouraged. I want you to be empowered. Writing and getting it out is good. Being emotional about it is good. I don't know how many pounds I have lost since pre-op diet and since I've been on my post op diet.......I haven't checked. You know why? I feel good because I believe and know it will work. Since surgery, my outlook for life is changing. I have VISION. I was so blinded by my own darkness and now I am coming out. I know I will be fully out more and more as I make progress. So, go through your mental process and use US. Use me. We are here for you because many of us are or have gone through the mental beat us, depression and so forth. The light is there. You are peeling off layers.......continue because the Sleeve is right there for you. Navigate your ship. Keep me posted.

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