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  1. fiveholts714

    Holy Cow!

    That is so great! I wish I could join you! I am struggling but it is good to see that it is possible.:clap2: :clap2: :clap2:
  2. Oh yeah. My biggest fear was to be a failure at yet another attempt to lose weight. But this was was different since I was paying a HUGE amount of money have putting myself at risk by having surgery to do it! I felt like if I failed I had let down not just myself, but especially my kids. So far...success! I was banded on 2/22 and am down 41 pounds.
  3. fiveholts714

    2 years already? Wow

    Wow. That is so great. Everyone who is struggling or thinking of the band needs to read this.
  4. fiveholts714

    So, I thought I was superwoman

    Isn't it awful? It's a hard way to learn a lesson!
  5. Your post sounds like my posts before I was banded. My deepest fear was that it would fail (in other words, I would fail.) I had decided 2 years ago that I was sick of constantly worrying abou tmy weight and how much I ate and calories and fat and so on. I decided I would eat what i wanted, when I wanted and that was that. I was rewarded by balooning to 345 pounds and almost being disabled by pain. talk about no will power! The band is a tool, but when your consequence for eating the wrong stuff or too much is immeidate pain and vomiting, you learn to change your behavior. Also, when the weight starts falling off right after surgery, it is a huge motivator.
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    I've learned the hard way

    Someone on this forum described drinking fluids when something is stuck in your pouch as putting water is a stopped up sink. The was so true. Before my first fill I could drink and wash anything through. If I do that now I get nauseated right away and up it comes! And I don't just burp up stuff either. It sends me into wretching and I throw up EVERYTHING. I follow the rules pretty closely except I do have a few sips while drinking and I have still PB'd. It just happens sometimes. You can't will it not to happen. Like yesterday I was eating and apple and talking to my husband. I swallowed a piece that was a bit too big and WAMMO! Luckily there was an empty cup in the car.
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    Soda's ???????????????!!!!!!!

    OK, ok. I still drink diet soda. I don't have any problems with it. I also still drink with meals, but only enough to clear my mouth. And then it is not carbonated. Drinking carbonation while eating is a terrible mistake! The food is trying to go down and the gas is trying to come up. What a battle!
  8. I refuse to vote until you put Matthew on the list!
  9. Get your car detailed and you'll never know it happened. I PB'd in Fazolli's very recently in front of 2 friends. They acted like nothing happened, but I died! Plus I PB's in my sink 2 days ago and peed everywhere because I kept wretching.
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    This is major surgery and most people experience the blues after surgery. It is hardon your body and the anesthetic really throws you for a loop. Plus you've just been forced to change your eating and drinking. It will get much better. You need to take your pain meds. If they make you sick you need to get nausea meds from your doctor in either a suppository or wrist cream (phenergan).
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    I can really see it in your face. You don't look that heavy to me, anyway! You'll be a stick in no time.
  12. fiveholts714

    What's with the BAD Breath?

    It's probably from your body burning fat and getting rid of ketones. They are a by product of fat metabolism and when you burn a lot of fat they are extreted in other ways like through the lungs. They can smell like acetone.
  13. fiveholts714

    Sound Off -- Foreign Object in Yo' Belly

    I don't mind. My port site is a little sore when the kids jump on me or I bend over wrong. But otherwise I don't care a bit because it is a my big helper.
  14. Wow, you've really done so well! I am not at 50 pounds yet and I am was banded at the end of February! I'm trying to lose for a vacation, too. My brother is getting married in Barbados in August and I would like to feel better and not be so darned uncomfortable in the plane. So far I am down 41 pounds. I would like to be down 80, but that may not be reasonable. I'll do the best I can, though.
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    Did Anyone Toss Their Scale?

    My surgery was in Mexico so I am the only one weighing myself in. Yes, I get mad when I think I have lost and I haven't, but stepping on the scale this week and seeing 8 pounds gone after I had gained 2 pounds the week before has made on the scale frustration worth it.
  16. chicken nuggets of any kind. Ick. The smell of old frying oil.
  17. fiveholts714

    A whole pint of ice cream

    Man, getting over the head hunger and stopping before you eat the while pint is a HUGE victory that you will see helping you in other parts of your life as well. You are strong!
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    positive stories

    The positive is that I have lost 40 pounds. My ankles no longer swell up so much that I can't wear shoes and my pain level is a lot less. My feet have shrunk (yeah!) and my clothes are loose. I can fit in a restaurant booth. Man, for about 3 weeks there I had bad head hunger, but I have now overcome it and lost 7 pounds this week, after I was staying the same or even gaining. Before I had the band I was on a steady weight gain and miserable. Now for the first time I am losing weight! I can't eat bread (it's a blessing, probably), but I eat all the veggies I want, moist meats, fish, string cheese, and soft foods. I can eat most fruits. I forget to chew enough sometimes, but I get a "quick" reminder. (ouch!) So am I starving? No. Can I eat lots of healthy food? Yes. Can I eat my beloved bread products? No. But who the heck cares when I am on my way to being a normal person. I just spent the last 3 weeks barfing daily, in pain from eating the wrong stuff and feeling lousy. When I saw that I gained 2 pounds I told my husband that I should never have gotten the band. Then I realized that the band was working, I had ceased to work at it. I gave myself a pep talk, went to the gym and was a good girl. And I lost 7 pounds in a week. Now this sounds stupid, but I made my family fried potatoes last night for dinner. I wasn't going to have any. Then I tasted one. It was like heaven. There were a few slices left over and I picked them up to eat them. I realized that I was starting down a "slppery slope" and would eat all night if I put those salty, fatty slices of pure heaven in my mouth. When I turned to physically toss the potatoes back onto the plate, my innards literally panged really painfully for about 2 seconds. They wanted those potates but I said NO! That shows how head hunger can cause a physical response. For me to not listen to my gut and to do the right thing is a tremendous victory. :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:
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    Nope. I regret goofing off for 3 weeks so now I am behind in my weight loss goals!
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    Lap Band Basics

    You are 6 weeks post op and have had 2 fills??? I haven't heard of anyone having a fill until they are 6 weeks out let alone already having 2.
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    Self pay, how much?

    $8300 in Mexico. Included 2 years of fluro and fills from the doc for life. But I am getting my fills in the states.
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    Green Pee and Weird Dreams

    I didn't have green pee at all, but the weird dreams are from pain meds.
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    Swollen abdomen

    It will go away and soon those pants will be falling off.
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    Strange Reaction from Curves Workout "Friend"

    If she started crying then she is hiding something about herself. And she's a weirdo.
  25. It's been mentioned a couple of times on this board. OF course I can't remember the name, but they totally panned it. Said that it didn't work and it's ingedients were questionable.

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