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About ErinMarie

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  • Birthday 04/08/1985

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    I love going to concerts. I have been happily married for 6 years. I had my first baby in May 2013. I hate it when my hair is only one color.
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    Nerdy things, movies, loud music, cool nights, comfy beds (because I currently do not have one that is comfy)
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  1. I felt very angry and upset when first exposed to this technology a few years ago....I even wrote an article about how abhorrent the concept was. Every time I get this angry, I start doubting my feelings. So I started researching the procedure and device and talked to a few patients that are using it. I got to know the procedure a little better, understood their expectations, needs, and results. What I see are patients benefiting from this method with an outstanding safety profile... Sometimes our mind tricks us with hate and anger.... I don't like this so I turn it into something more rational for me. I recently heard a very moving presentation from one of the investigators and a patient. I personally don't know that I'd recommend it, but the truth is that now that it's approved doctors and patients will decide if this succeeds or fails. I'm not sure I will ever be sold on this. I feel like bariatrics are really reaching to find new methods of weight loss, but how practical are they? Is this supposed to be temporary or permanent? Is therapy a requirement with this device? I suppose only time will tell. Everything was doubted at one point.
  2. ErinMarie

    Help Please

  3. You're too tight mama! I had the same issues in early pregnancy. A small unfill made a world of difference.
  4. ErinMarie

    New to this! :-)

    DO YOUR RESEARCH! I cannot stress enough to read everyone's tips and advice on healing, those first few weeks of healing, bandster hell, plateaus, stuck episodes, etc. The more you know in advance, the more successful you will be in the long run!
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    Slow weight loss

    I would also add, that is very few calories. Your body may just be trying to hold on to what it can!
  6. ErinMarie

    Love it or hate it?

    Love! The only time I "hate" it is usually if I am doing something wrong, not my band!
  7. ErinMarie

    Not losing, suggestions?

    First of all, 44 pounds in 3 months is AMAZING! What an accomplishment. Remember those first couple months after surgery the weight may fly off and then slow down once your body has adjusted to your new amounts of food. Average/ideal weight loss for lap band patients is 1-2 lbs per week. Have you had any fills already? Were you in the green? Are you meals the suggested size and are you staying full for 3-4 hours between meals? If not, then you may need a fill! Also, liquid calories are never a good idea, IMO. It will not keep you satisfied for as long as food would. Real food is always better. Are you doing anything for exercise? Any increase in physical activity will help! Good luck
  8. ErinMarie

    So where are 30 somethings shopping?

    Rue 21 has some cute stuff right now, Forever 21, Torrid
  9. Yes, go vintage! High-waisted bikini bottoms and cute tops to match!
  10. ErinMarie

    Going back to school

    Exciting! I'm going to school too after a 10+ hiatus ... if you want to call it that. I work at a university now so I can't pass up the fact that I get free tuition! Looking to Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences degree but not really sure what I would do with it yet.
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    To fill or not to fill?

    Thanks everyone! Sorry my life got crazy and I forgot that I posted here for a bit. Things are going the same, but I hear all of you. I think I have about 6 cc right now. I only had 1.5 cc out this time around during pregnancy but it was enough to allow me to eat like a horse. My appetite is 'normal' my stomach feels 'normal' but I get stuck because I eat 'normally' as well. I know a lot of this is on me and I just need to get with it and start being a good bandster again. We eat out a lot/get take out right now and that's not helping. Thankfully, my husband and I are finally sick of eating out and eating like crap so we will be cleaning out our kitchen soon and going towards a more paleo-centered diet. (meat and veg, limited carbs, fresh, etc.) I have a few good containers that I can measure my food more accurately and I'm already logging on My Fitness Pal. I've been in contact with a nutritionist at my surgeon's office and she suggested making sure I'm getting plenty of Protein to help my hunger. I have to pay out of pocket for my lap band visit now so I don't want to go back until I plan to get a fill or unless I have any issues. I'm hesitant of doing anything diet-wise that will restrict my calories (ie - pouch test or reset) due to my milk supply. I am going to try to just start eating better, slower, wiser, etc and take it from there. I'm sure the nicer weather coming our way (I'm in Indiana) will help me be more active too. Thanks for the advice everyone! I needed to hear it!
  12. So I just had a baby 4 months ago. Breastfeeding is going well but is not helping me lose weight. I'm actually up to what I weighed when I was 41 weeks pregnant. (250 lbs) I'm contemplating getting a fill when my son is 6 months because I will be in the same city as my lap band doctor anyway. I always tell people NOT to do this because cutting calories can kill your breast milk supply. I'm just feeling fat and desperate at this time. I asked my husband what he thought and he said I get stuck all the time right now and he doesn't think I need a fill at all. I think I'm getting stuck a lot because I can eat large meals and not be satisfied so I've basically gone back to the 'old way' of eating. While I don't think I'll be getting a fill while breastfeeding now, I'm still curious if any of you have advice on how to talk to my husband about future fills. (I'm also slightly concerned about a small slip, but that's not as likely.) I think he gets concerned for my health when I get stuck a lot or have to eat really slowly. He thinks it's not good for me/hurting me. I know this is because I need to learn to discipline myself better. I worry even after breastfeeding he isn't going to want me to get fills (not that he has the final say in these things but I like us to be on the same page) because of getting stuck. Any advice on reassuring him that I know what I'm doing and if I get fills I will get better at eating slowly/smaller bites too? I thought about telling him I will try to follow my lap band rules better now and try to NOT get stuck to show him that it's not the band, its me. Anything else you think I could do or say to reassure him?
  13. ErinMarie

    Pregos please say hello....

    My port area is getting sore too. My port is very noticeably up farther than its original position, but it hurts where it used to be (if that make sense). Not sure if it's just stretching pains or my port. I'm a little worried it's going to try to flip or something. I had no issues last time! I am growing faster than before so that might have something to do with it. Gained about 30 lbs so far and halfway through my pregnancy. I'm calling that a win. I was up 60 by the end with #1. 2 months ago I gained 10 lbs, last month only 3! My body is annoying sometimes All my weight is in my hips and stomach and ass, lol. This is not abnormal though!
  14. ErinMarie

    Stress Stress Stress

    Well first things first mama, GET RID OF THOSE SWEETS! If they are around, get away from them! I'm currently pregnant again, so my sweet tooth is through the roof! I try to balance it out. I'll eat grapes and drink some water and then see if I want something else (like chocolate). Sometimes the urge goes away, or I get busy and don't have time to sneak a sweet treat...or sometimes, I just don't want to share with my toddler

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