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About beli

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  • Birthday 02/26/1983

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    30 year old Latina making a huge change!
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  1. beli


    I notice my face and waist - I have an hourglass figure under all this! Feels good when I put on a dress and you can see it (even just a little!).
  2. beli

    Looking for a Houston, texas group

    You CAN do it. If you've come this far and you've made the choice to get the surgery then you CAN. I didn't even have time to process the idea - they literally called me at 2:30 exactly 2 weeks before the surgery. I had no choice but to start my diet the following day. It's amazing what you can overcome when you really want something. I had a field trip to Kemah with my students where we were given free chicken tenders and there was all kinds of junk around. I drank my shakes and just chewed gum and gulped water. Trust me it's hard but look in the mirror and ask yourself if the food is worth it? I've lost 50 pounds and I feel amazing - being able to wear my 4.5 inch heels again is a fantastic feeling. Please don't give up!
  3. beli

    4 Weeks Ago Today...

    I'm scared of the tightness that I've read about when flying. I don't want it to tighten on me and then I'm sick for the whole vacation. When I go back for my next fill though they said we'd talk about it and decide on a good choice for me depending on how I'm doing with the 4.4 CCs in my band right now.
  4. beli

    Looking for a Houston, texas group

    Hey everyone! Sorry I've been MIA but I've been trying hard to keep busy. I do feel more energetic! And Cassandra, that's awesome that you're banded and doing well! I'm so jealous you got such an awesome diet compared to the one Hollis gave me, lol. Pre-op though I lost 25 pounds and post op, I've lost 22 pounds so far. I went to True Results today to get my first fill and everyone was so happy for me because I had lost more weight than they had predicted. I'd love to meet up with you girls at the end of July the only problem is, I'll be out of town the week of July 22-26. Let me know when!
  5. beli

    Fill virgin no longer :)

    Twinsies! I had my first fill today too! They did use numbing medicine on me and she had to stick me twice because she couldn't find my port due to scar tissue. It was uncomfortable but not too bad. Originally I had 3.4 ccs and she put in 1 cc. I'm on liquids for 2 days, then mushies for 1 day, then regular diet again. Getting protein in today was tough because I was used to eating it!
  6. That's fantastic! Congratulations!
  7. I don't know how applicable this may be to you, but I get up and walk a lot if I feel like that. I find that walking around my house or just standing helps me.
  8. beli

    Odds and Ends

    It's all about the journey. I'm only 4 weeks out and I'm realizing a lot of the things you've realized as well. We're not perfect but we're doing something about it. You're leaps and bounds ahead of others who have done NOTHING to change. Stay strong. You're an inspiration.
  9. beli

    New begining

    Good luck! This is a great place for support (even if sometimes it's hard to hear)!
  10. beli

    Day 13 and Bored :/

    I know what you mean about the bored part! However, I've been making myself do things I've put off so long around the house. For example, I tackled my closet. Boy, that took about 3 days to do! (And I was able to add the "Cleaning" part to myfitnesspal as cardio!). Hang in there! You'll be fine!
  11. beli

    4 Weeks Ago Today...

    So four weeks ago today, I got the lap band done. I can't believe how time has flown! And guess what? I'm okay! I'm doing this! Pre-op diet I lost 25 pounds. Post op, I've lost 22 pounds so far. I'm trying to be gracious about it to everyone but inside I'm insanely happy with myself. Even when the hunger came back, I stuck to the diet the doctor had me on (he's very strict) and I was able to lose. Today I had my first fill. Everyone was very positive and I even got a 3/4 cup measure for my meals. My doctor had put in 3.4 cc's and today they added 1 cc to my band. I'm kinda bummed about being back on liquids for a couple of days but that's the way the ball rolls, I suppose! So I'm going on vacation next month and before I leave I'll be going back to see how I've progressed. I'm kinda thinking about getting some fluid taken out before flying but we'll see. Let's see how this month goes!
  12. beli

    Looking for a Houston, texas group

    You got this! I went through my phases too of wanting to just give in but I did it. In regards to hunger, I'm starting to be hungry now. However, I'm following the strict diet Dr. Hollis has for post-op because I don't want anything to go wrong. So far, so good. Right now I'm in my 2nd week and on thicker liquids. Not too bad. I was told I look healthier this week than last week. Uh yeah, because last week all I could have is beef or chicken broth and juice!
  13. It's totally normal. I'm day 11 post-op and the first week right after and the few days before were spent just like you. Angry, disappointed, sad, weepy, doubtful. It's normal. It gets better, I promise.
  14. Yeah, my surgery was supposed to happen in April but I had to postpone it due to a separate medical issue I had to resolve. So I just saw it as a chance to EAT. I went crazy - I went to my favorite restaurants, picked the fattiest foods and the day before I started my pre-op diet I drank and ate like there was no tomorrow. Granted, it wasn't the best choice BUT I did follow the pre-op diet to a T and lost 25 pounds in those 2 weeks. I was banded May 23rd (today's my 10th day post-op) and I've also followed the post-op rules perfectly. We all deal with things differently - just know that it's extremely important to follow your doctor's orders in regards to prepping for the surgery and healing after. Good luck!
  15. beli

    Befor and after

    You look absolutely AMAZING! Congrats!

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