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About josephine

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  • Birthday 12/10/1964

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  1. Happy 48th Birthday josephine!

  2. 6 years has passed since you registered at LapBandTalk! Happy 6th Anniversary josephine!

  3. hi! saw your very old post today abotu beign banded so long! I am pleased to read your short story! WIsh there were more longterm bandets out there! Do you have a blog? cheers!

  4. LinK, I have been banded for 5 years now and am still having that problem every so often. I do believe now that it won't go away......It just has to be dealt with with passing that gas. I have been taking Rolaids gas relief, sometimes it helps but most of the time it doesn't. I even try Pepto sometimes too. I have alot of trapped gas in which it is very painful since I had a tummy tuck and my stomach can only stretch so far and then I just want to cry. When that gas releases I am like a kid in a candy store. I am the happiest person ever. Know what foods give you gas and stay away from them. I can't eat broccoli, cauliflower and melted cheese any longer so that isn't too bad. I do miss those two veggies though alot but it isn't worth the pain. Josephine
  5. I saw that you were in the arlington area and wondering if there is a support group that is in the area. Thanks~Brandi

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    LOOKING for 2003 people

    Kyleighp, I had my surgery in 2005. It is so hard to find old timers on the website and so many rules have changed too since we had our procedure done. I still listen to the old rules and will not change myself. I am very strict with what I eat but sometimes I will splurge. There is no good reason why I stopped going to the gym and I did say that I ill begin tomorrow so I have to go. I have no clue where Iola, TX is. I work in Farmers Branch but live in Arlington. I have heard of your Dr. of course but a lady I know had it done through him and she didn't do very well. It all boils down to us anyway and what we need to do for ourselves with this new life style. My doctor told me good things, truthful things and because of his knowledge he was a good teacher besides my doctor. Just don't go backwards. We have been backwards a 1000 times. If you need some support I am here for you. It will always be a work in progress for us. Josephine
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    Help bypass or lapband

    I did PM this but it wouldn't hurt to post it in general I guess.... I could go on and on about the comparison between the two but the easiest explanation to me is: Pro: Bypass 1. quicker weight loss Con: Bypass 1. More dangerous in the long run if you don't take in the most nutritious foods due to lack of nutrients. (they call it dumping). People have passed away after the fact due to nutritional reasons. 2. The redirection of your organs isn't normal and what ever goes in, must come out since it bypasses you large intenstine and goes straight from your stomach to your small intestine. 3. The posibility of gaining weight would be more easy than not, since your stomach is an organ than grows or shrinks and you could just cause your new stomach to swell all over again. Pro: Lapband 1. More safe even if you don't make healthy choices. There is no dumping. 2. There is no redirecting of organs and the procedure is completely reversable if necessary. Not recomended though if you have bad habits and are unable to change your habits. 3. You can still go to your doctor and get adjustments if you are beginning to gain weight. What I mean is you can nip it in the butt right away and get help. 4. Shorter recovery from surgery. Con: Lapband 1. For the average person who doesn't try very hard with making better choices the weight loss is half of what the bypass does. Which ever you choose to do it must be up to you. If you choose not to change your addiction of junk food or picking throughout the day you will only become a slave to your weight loss procedure and have not learned anything for a healthier life. It is a life long change whichever one choose but you really must change yourself from within to be successfull. My addiction was fast food and I haven't eaten that since 2005 and I don't miss it as long as I can't smell it but I feel healthier because of it. I was 41 years old when I finally made up my mind to eat to live and not live to eat. You can do this but you really (sincerely) need to make changes. Josephine
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    Need Advise?

    I never did have a fill but I thought they can put you behind the x-ray machine. Don't they call that Flora or something? I have heard before to take a pain med before seeing them but it would be difficult for me to believe that Tylenol would do anything. For certain though, if you are needing fills you will have to go back there. Do tell them your concerns and don't put up with the attitude. You are the patient, not them. Josephine
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    If you are able to do it the natural way and lift low weights it will help repair muscle loss. I lost most of my weight without exercising and I am still paying for it. You want to try very hard not to lose muscle tone while losing weight. I take only two supplements and that is B-12 and Iron. Josephine
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    Anyone else?

    This is still gas from the anesthesia. You need to walk around to help with the gas. It will go away. They had to pump your stomach with air to see what they were doing also. You will be fine. Don't just sit there. Hold your stomach when you get up and just walk. Josephine
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    gifts! how do you deal?

    You accept the gift, thank them and give it to someone else in your family if you can't have it. Do not allow your coworkers to run your new life whether they know about it or not. Josephine
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    smoking after lapband ?

    I don't smoke anymore but I did up until my tummy tuck. Doctors prefer you not to be a smoker as they find it dangerous while under anesthesia. I smoked throughout my weight loss. Josephine
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    stranger in a strange land

    We all have our doubts. The surgery is no big deal. It is the commitment you must have to allow yourself and the band to do it's job. We have made excuses all of our lives to get the way we did. You need to make this choice on your own and have the will to do it. The band isn't an easy way out as some may say. You really need to work at it also. It is a life changing experience if you allow it to be. Do your research if necessary and make up your own mind. If you have tried everything else as we all have either accept yourself as you are or get the help that the band has the capabilties to with you by it's side though. Josephine
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    Hope 2 loose again!

    Joe, You should be treated as a newly banded person as you are starting over and shame on that other person. Stay on the right path and help and support is here as well for you. You will be in my thoughts Josephine
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    Need some advise and a pep talk!!

    I am 4 years out and I still see myself as an obese person. I still always say people like us, or you will never understand what we go though or have gone through to get the way we are........... I know that I am not and I wear size 6 clothing and my boobs went from a full C to an almost A. You really need to begin to pat yourself on the back for your achievements thus far. Trust me, down the road the jealously streaks start coming and you begin not to hear too much from others or they will say you are beginning to look too thin to sabotage you. They aren't nice out there all the time. You see yourself every day and you will not notice the changes automatically........... It is the people who haven't seen you in awhile that will blow you away and keep your mind going and reminding you that you are doing an excellent job because they will be in awe and that just begins your journey all over again.............. Do not look at how long it is going to take you as you will be sobotaging yourself........ Enjoy the new person you are becoming...the healthy person you are becoming. Josephine