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  1. hely88

    Starting Over

    So noone has posted yet so I thought I would jump in. I dont remember when I was banded but I think it was in 2008. I knew it was going to be hard but had no idea how hard it really is. Have been off plan since until two weeks ago tomorrow. I was at a family event and they had a green screen picture booth and someone dragged me in there. When I saw the picture I was in shock! We were standing side by side and my stomach almost covered her. I had been thinking about getting my band checked and this pushed me to do it. FIrst I had my brother take pictures of me at all angles and i bought a cheap digital keychain to carry the pictures with me. I did not have the money but I came up with a plan and support team and then asked one of my brothers and he payed for me to get a fill. $300.00. I went to an appointment first and the nurse said they might have to empty the band and go from there. I was lucky because when I went for the fill she said my band restriction looked great and gave me a small fill. I have been anal about the food I eat and how much. My Dr only allows 3 1/2cup meals and one snack if needed. This site has really helped me Before I got back on track I was the poster girl for what not to eat. I pretty much was able to eat anything but I did occasionally force myself to throw up. I drank several sodas a day and made very unhealthy choices. I used to go to Jenny Craig and they are letting me continue to come in and weigh once a week which is awesome. Last weds after my first week i lost 6.2lbs and go in tomorrow to weigh. I am excited. I just want everyone to know that if you are thinking about getting your band life back together I am proof it can be done. Brush off any guilt you are feeling and think of it as a new start. Wrap yourself in the awesome people on this site and just start. Write down all your meals and I suggest you meet with a nutrionist your Dr knows who is familar with their plan. I have a meeting Weds. Best of luck to everyone. Thanks for starting this group!
  2. hely88

    Is nutrisystem band friendly

    I had bought some kind of premium package long time ago. I do not pay anything. Again I do not eat their foods but they giver me awesome support. It is a place I can be accountable to,and meet with someone to make weekly goals.
  3. hely88

    Is nutrisystem band friendly

    I go to jenny Craig each week to weigh in and set goals but I do not eat their foods. I try to stay away from processed foods.
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    Try using an online program like my fitness pal sparknpeople there are a ton of free tracking programs. Most banders I know use mynfitnesspal. They even Have a free app for your phone.
  5. I can eat most anything but I make much better choices now. I avoid anything white any rice, pasta or bread because they are not worth wasting my limited calorieson and popcorn because it's a trigger food for me. Mostsvfoods depend on preparation. I have a recipe group with many great members if anyone would Like to join it is on Facebook just friend me at hely lb.
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    Not losing

    You are still healing. It is normal to stall or gain. My advice don't look at the scale for awhile.
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    Yogurt question!

    Everyone is different. You have to try some things in order to discover what works for you.
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    eating out

    Sometimes I just get soup
  9. hely88

    Yogurt question!

    Try the yogurt
  10. Please feel free to join my recipe group on Facebook . It's has great recipes, suggestions and a great group of people including many from here. Everyone is welcome just friend me at Hely lb.
  11. hely88

    Cooking less

    Are you cooking healthier? Maybe cook less? I am lucky to have just me to worry about. I think you should talk to him. I think communication is the biggest part of a relationship. It's mostly in the delivery.
  12. hely88

    Protein powder makes me ill

    Check out garden of life. I am going to try it. It is on amazon
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    Protein bar = feel like cr*p

    Check and see if it has sugar alcohol in it. That can act like a laxative. Also some bars have too much fiber. I gave up trying yo find a bar and decided eatting food works much better for me.
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    Protein powder makes me ill

    If you are blending it can be the air that is whipped into the shake. I would also suggest trying a pre made one.
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  17. hely88

    The future looks bright....

    You will always hear negatives along with the positives, but if you set out looking for negatives you will always find them. I am 4 years banded and no problems I did not cause myself. A lot of the negatives you read about are mostly likely a good part user error.
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    Help get back

    Why are you not eating during the day? That is very unhealthy for anyone If you are too tight you need to get some removed. As far as how much you eat you really should have guidelines from your doctor and or nutritionist. lf you do not have them you really should call your doctor. It also is very important to track and measure everything you eat.
  19. Feel free to join my recipe group on Facebook. Just friend me at hely lb. We have a lot of newly banded people and lots of recipes.
  20. hely88

    Love this quote!!

    Awesome quote to spread around for sure!!! Thanks for sharing!
  21. The only way to know is to call your insurance company and make some appointments with surgery. Unfortunatley everyone is different. I wish you the best of luck no doubt losing weigh will definetly help you have less pain.
  22. hely88

    Changing my screen

    Most sorness is the gas. try gas-x chewables and make sure to walk as much as possible.

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