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flowers

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  1. Anyone have a fill doctor they would recommend that takes cash and will fill a patient banded in Mexico? No problems, smooth surgery, just need a fill doctor. Willing to travel to surrounding area.
  2. As I said above, Im pretty sure it also has to do with how much you weight. Some posters have BMI well above 50, and if they dont do a presurgery diet, their liver may be too fatty. One poster had to be opened and closed back up because her liver was too fatty. The purpose of the presurgery diet is to shrink your fatty liver. Also, one nurse posted that if your liver is fatty its more slippery and harder to move out of the way to get to your stomach. Restless Monkey, is the ID of the poster who had to be closed up because her liver was too fatty to perform the surgery. Most of us are borderline severly obese, so it may or may not be required to be safe. Some doctors just want you to get a head start. It does vary, but some have to shrink their livers first.
  3. flowers

    Hey 50 & over gang We have a new spot

    Well, thank you, but Im not yet satisfied. I want to lose about 30 lbs more, but at least I dont look obese, hated the way I let myself get. At least now Im not so embarrassed how I look. You are doing good too. Seems like a lot in this thread are really pushing it and overachievers.... at least to me for our age.
  4. I have all my fills under fluro .... then you know if you are too tight or not enough. Unfortunately my fill doctor wouldnt fill tight like some do. Iv had 1.8, 1.8, .5 and .4, almost not worth going in for, cant tell the difference. I have a 10 cc band. I think Iv had appetite pills that helped me more with appetite supression than the lapband. I am kinda dissapointed, but determined.
  5. I had no pre opt diet. I have heard it depends on how heavy you are. If you are heavier, then there is more need to shrink the liver they think, so if you have a BMI say over 40 then you have to go on it? My surgeon Im sure is different than others.
  6. I didnt have a preopt diet, but I still managed to lose 9 lbs just cutting back. Dont panic you will still be able to eat your old foods, just supposed to try and eat less. Some say their lapband helps more than others, mine doesnt stop me from eating. Iv even been on 3 cruises. Im surprised you have your surgery already scheduled before you have approval from your insurance?? Isnt that unusual?
  7. flowers

    Why are people so MEAN???

    My Dad has trouble making himself eat enough and got a feeding tube removed recently. Mostly my conversations with my mom consist of what she was able to get my Dad to eat that day. I guess just because I changed, I dont expect everyone else to change their behavior. My parents want me to lose the weight, but are more concerned with themselves. just how it is, why fight it. You see commercials on tv about food, you just have to adjust.
  8. flowers

    Hey 50 & over gang We have a new spot

    Thanks Daisy, I look better, I just dont look HOT yet!!! lmao. I wanna look hot, even at my age. I walk and jog, so if thats all it took for minimal sagginess, I wouldnt be upset how my skin now looks. I have to remind myself Im healthier, even if I dont like the saggy skin. Im just about exactly at a 25 BMI now.
  9. If you lost 34 lbs since your surgery March 31st, I dont get why you feel like you are failing your band. You are supposed to be in recovery. Im surprised they would give you a fill already. My doctor made me wait to schedule after 5 weeks had passed. I also sure wasnt down a much as you are. Maybe your expectations are too high for losing? You might or might not have resistance after the first fill. You might have had swelling after your surgery is why they had to unfill you. My surgeon also wouldnt prefill me, but that may be due to having a realize band. Iv had 4 fills for 1.8 cc, 1.8 cc, .5 cc and .4 cc, way too conservative, so I feel like I still dont really feel enough resistance. The band was a bit of a dissapointment for me, but Im losing, no matter what, even if its a lot harder than I expected.
  10. flowers

    Hey 50 & over gang We have a new spot

    I need all those things done, Im saggy all over. Even the skin above my knees is loose and wrinkly and my butt too. I was talking to my nutrionalist about plastic surgery just today and said Id get back to her, but still knowing I will need it. Tough getting old huh?
  11. flowers

    Hey 50 & over gang We have a new spot

    Hi, Iv been back from my last cruise a week now, but still getting my weight back under control. I did have a fellow cruiser take a picture of me in Roatan. I still have a fat baby round face, but sure a lot better than I used to be. Calling this a progress picture.
  12. flowers

    Weight Watchers?

    I dont think there is a basic plan. My fill doctor told me my portions are too big when she looked at my band and stomach under fluor, said to cut back a little on portions so my stomach goes down in size. Eat small portions. Dont drink before or right after or during your meal are rules some follow, but I never did it right. I still drink when Im thirsty.
  13. flowers

    Weight Watchers?

    I do low gi, like I did when I had started nutrisystem. I was used to doing like that and lost better on that than WW because Im sugar sensitive. Southbeach is another low gi type diet.
  14. there is a thread on miralax down on the general threads. A lot of us are taking it. Not dangerous like laxatives, which can make the colon bleed and cause diverculitis (sp). Fiber didnt work for me either. I bought every kind of fiber on the market. Found miralax, and its a wonder drug!!! expensive, used to be prescription until less than 2 years ago, so no generic for it yet.
  15. I stalled out for 5 weeks when I upped my walking to 7 - 10 miles a day. I cut back on my walking to a couple of miles a day on average and suddenly dropped 4 lbs overnight. My last two fills were .5 cc and .4 CC, so Im not surprised 1.0 cc was too tight of a fill for you. My doctor uses fluro and barium swallow to prevent being too tight. Sounds to me like your fill doctor isnt doing them with fluro and waching the barium go down if they filled you too tight. How much are you exercising?? You may be building muscle and burning so many calories your body is conserving them. Lots of exercise usually slows down the scale because muscle weighs more than fat.
  16. jet, buy some miralax, wonderfull stuff to keep you regular without harming you like laxatives. used to be prescription only. costco has it cheap. Its doubtfull you are at your sweet spot, but you could still have some swelling after surgery. Very very few hit their sweet spot in one fill. My doctor wouldnt even come close. I just had my 4th fill to tighten me up. On average from the theads here it taks about 3 fills to hit your sweet spot, so dont expect to his it the first fill. ... and then as you continue to lose you will need fills along the way to stay at your sweet spot. I expect to need another fill after I lose about another 25 lbs.
  17. Mine was clear liquids for 3 days (not Protein shakes) and then mushys until the end of week 4. I was on mushys forever I was so tired of mushys, wanted a taco and Snacks so bad by then. I didnt have a pre opt diet either, but did low fat high protein and lost 9 lbs before I started my time time below. So, Im really down 9 lbs extra in addition to what it shows I lost. I had a fill last Saturday and my fill doctor handed me the cup of Water to drink after the barium fill and said to cut back to not having more than this as a portion, that my pouch was a little extended. My pouch was the same size now as my band, which is bigger than she likes, cut back and shrink my pouch back. If you allow your pouch to get too big then you can have problems with the band slipping up around the stomach. She said it wasnt bad, just warned me to cut back. You really shouldnt ever have more than 1/2 to 1 cup at a time of anything ..... forever. Have that much and if you are hungry later, have more, but dont have a larger portion than that or your pouch will stretch. I just got the talking to and my pouch and band examined on fluro Saturday. Only got a .4 cc fill, hardly worth the $200, but its good to touch base with the doctor when the weight is coming off slower.
  18. I had gas steady for a month before it went away, but no I didnt think I had done the wrong thing. I knew it would eventually work its way out of my system. I get the gas back when I drink Protein shakes even now. I have them today. I had a fill yesterday and had to go on liquids yesterday. I took 2 things for gas today, its up in my chest.... still.
  19. flowers

    Hey 50 & over gang We have a new spot

    Elayne, one more thing I like when I have to do liquids, is add fruit to my protein shakes, to thicken them up and makes them taste better. I added stawberries yesterday, which leaves the seeds when I crank up the magic bullet, so probably another fruit is more preferred. But thats how I get thru a day of only liquids, I add real fruit to my protein drinks. We all been there and then have to do it every time we get a fill. That was my 4th fill. Hey guys Im at a normal BMI, yea me, even if I still look too fat. I used 5 6 1/2 for the BMI in my signature, Im really 5 6 3/4" so Im below that big number 25 BMI. I dont change it to a little taller, as a bigger incentive to lose more, but I check both ways. Im normal hahahahahahhaah (well BMI wise).
  20. flowers

    Hey 50 & over gang We have a new spot

    The posts are in posting time sequence, so when you post it will always be the last post in the thread .... until someone else posts.
  21. flowers

    Hey 50 & over gang We have a new spot

    If you are on full liquids you probably cant have refried beans. I had a fill yesterday, so yesterday was liquids only and today mush. When you do get to mushy foods, go to a place like Taco Bueno and get a cup of refriend beans with melted cheese. Not low calorie, but better than just liquids. I finally got another fill. The doctor said my pouch is a little stretched, that I am eating a bit too much at a time, to cut back. Just a little she said. My pouch is the same width as my band right now and she prefers it smaller, so smaller portions. ... for those worried she would overfill me or that I was already overfilled, she gave me another .4 cc only in my 10 cc band, hardly a fill, but I knew from before she would be conservative. The doctor's mom was there who hadnt seen me since my first fill and we had such a good talk and laugh, and she was like all congrats making me feel good. I hate paying the $200, but I think it doesnt hurt to see the doctor and have her look at my band and pouch to make sure everything is how she wants it to look. Yea tomorrow I can eat regular food again, just not as much at a time she said. (and I am going on a cruise in one week, yikes).
  22. flowers

    Hey 50 & over gang We have a new spot

    If you belong to Costco, you should buy it there. They just ended a promotion with $6 off the dual pack. Two of the 30 day supplys cost $24.99? there. (came to $19.50 about with the coupon) for two of them.
  23. flowers

    Banded 3/16..need advice

    Wasa, I saw elsewhere that you challenged that this was true. I also know getting into a argument with you is counterproductive. I know what works for me. I said above its ok to lower calories once in a while. I used to do it for a weekend and works fine, but long term the weight loss stalled out. Even your post elsewhere said you did it off and on, not every day, or I misread how you did the 600 calories. Glad your sleeve is working for you and you found the answer for you. My answer is more calories overall. Sure as I said above you can cut for a couple of days, but then go back to about 1200 calories, not cut day after day. Because you claim it doesnt hurt to lower calories, the only proof you have is yourself, the same as the proof I have bottom line. Please lets not have one of your infamous arguments here where you go after one person. This isnt my first diet either. We both know what works for our own selves with the amount of exercise we are getting. Just for the record I was the biggest loser on a nutrisystem site for at least 3 months. I lost more lbs a month than much larger men and women. I must be doing something right too when I put the effort into losing. right now Im kinda burnt out on losing, just want to eventually get to goal.
  24. I try to stay around 1200. I think I needed more than that when I was walking 7 to 10 miles a day, my weight loss slowed down. Sparks said I was burning about 750 calories a day walking, and it wasnt enough calories I presume. I cut back on the walking to speed up the loss for now. I go back to the longer walking closer to goal to gain muscles.
  25. Iv lost 2 lbs a week a lot of weeks, and then didnt lose anything for about 5 weeks, so it comes and goes. I expected to be almost to 150 lbs by now, and Im barely under 160, 158 or 159 now. I was banded July 9th.
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