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  1. Hello, We are accepting new members in our little lap band group. Members are expected to participate by sharing their success or troubles, keeping records of their food and exercise and weighing in weekly. We do this so that when things go wrong we can look at what you are doing and give you advice. This is a small group but there is great diversity here, young, old and middle age, from those who haven't been banded yet to those who are living at goal weight. We share recipes, and advice and all kids of things. It's a very fun group. If you would like to join please send me an email, telling me a little about yourself @ mrboswell@msn.com. Thanks and Good Luck!!
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    Fenton vs. PRCowboy Challenge

    Hi guys, Sorry it's been a while since I checked in! Awesome job Mike- Your still my hero! Harold, when's that dang foot of yours going to heal? I'm down to 279 and still dropping. Still on my 2nd fill, but I can tell things are loosening up a bit. If I stop losing I'll go get another one but as long as I losing I'm happy! Keep up the good work men!
  3. Hi, I am looking for a couple of people who would like to join my little support group. So far our group consists of : Me- I was banded in November and have lost 35lbs. My Sister- She had the by-pass surgery 2 weeks ago. My Mom- She is scheduled for the Lap-band. A couple of our kids who are over weight and we're taking them on this journey with us! I have created a website where I post a suggested menu for the week. We do weekly weigh ins, post food and exercise journals, share recipes and NSV's with each other. Basically it's a very family oriented support group/website. If you would like to join, let me know and I'll send you a link to join our group. Good Luck to all.....We can do this!!
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    Fenton vs. PRCowboy Challenge

    Nice Job Mike! You are the man! I hope I am as successful my first year. Could you take a minute and tell me about your rough patches. I know you hit some times where you were stuck for a while. When did that happen, how often and how did you get things moving again? I keep waiting for it to happen to me, but it hasn't yet. Thanks so much and keep up the great work!! P.S. Down 3 lbs this week!
  5. Wow, what a topic! I guess us guys just aren't as open as you crazy girls in the powder room! I've only been with one woman my entire life and that's my lovely wife. At one point I showed a little curiosity in that area but my wife made it more than clear she wasn't going there. She felt it was demoralizing to her I agreed. So although still somewhat curious, I guess I'll never know......
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    Any restriction before first fill?

    This is a well discussed topic, do a search on it and you'll find tons of info. Good Luck!
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    Fenton vs. PRCowboy Challenge

    Nice Job Harold....you Rock! I don't know if any of you watch the biggest loser or not, but last night the Brown team had been on the chopping block 2 weeks in a row. After reviewing their exercise and food logs the trainer determined that they were not eating enough calories! They increased their calorie intake and the kid lost 13 pounds that week! I work with a personal trainer and I know this to be true. My calories have gone up as my workout routine increases. That is why a food and exercise journal is so important! I have a website with a group of people on it and we track our food intake, keep exercise journals, share success and motivate each other. We also have contests and challenges to keep it fun. If anybody wants to join our little group just let me know. As of Monday I'm down 3 more lbs. Let's keep up the good work Men!
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    Fenton vs. PRCowboy Challenge

    It's weigh in day! I'm down 2 more this week! Where you at Mike? It's almost happy banniversary for you!
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    Chewing Gum

    I had this great plan to quit smoking, it was called "Nicorette Gum". 5 years later I'm still chewing that stupid gum! Costs me 3 times more than smoking ever did. Guess it's a little more healthy though.(I hope) Anyway, I am never without a piece of gum in my mouth and it hasn't caused me any problems. (yet- I probably die from mouth cancer some day)
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    Fenton vs. PRCowboy Challenge

    Monday Weigh-In! I'm absolutely amazed that the weight keeps coming off! I've never been on a diet where I've drop so much weight so rapidly! It's crazy. Anyway- down 3 more this week. Thought I'd do a recap just to put this whole thing in perspective. 11/3/08-335 11/10/08-330 11/17/08-325 11/24/08-320 12/01/08-315 12/08/0/-313 12/15/08-318 12/18/08-1st fill 3cc 12/22/08-315 12/29/08-306 01/05/09-304 01/12/09-300 01/14/08-2nd fill 1cc 01/19/09-298 01/26/09-295
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    Fenton vs. PRCowboy Challenge

    Thanks Mike!! I know you want to be in the 240's by your year mark so I'm cheering for you! You are one of my hero's on this site....I know you can do it. Good Luck.
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    Fenton vs. PRCowboy Challenge

    Hey Guys, It's Monday and that means weigh-in day! I'm down 2 more pounds. Broke 300 finally!
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    Fenton vs. PRCowboy Challenge

    Hey Rick, First of all, congratulations! I eat 5-6 small meals a day also. I work with one of those personal fitness guru's and that's the diet he's got me on. Seems to be working great, I'm down 6 more lbs. this week!
  14. Well keep up the great work! I'm sure you are an inspiration to many people on this forum!

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    Fenton vs. PRCowboy Challenge

    Hey Mike- Here's an article I came across that might help. Guys who try to shed fat often encounter a "plateau" period during which the weight loss slows or stops entirely. Here's how to get past it without giving up. 1. Be patient. One of the ironic quirks of the human body is that weight loss slows your metabolism all by itself. As a result, the more you lose, the slower you will continue to lose. If you lost, say, six pounds last month and four pounds this month, it doesn't mean you're failing--it means you're normal. 2. Be sure you're actually still on your program. It's easy to fool yourself into thinking you're eating less, and exercising more, than you really are. To keep yourself in line, record everything you eat and all your exercise in a notebook--or, better yet, in a computer program that can calculate the number of calories you're taking in with food and burning off with exercise. This will let you know if you stopped following your plan without even realizing it. 3. Boost your metabolism. There are several ways to encourage your body to burn fat faster. First, eat several small meals a day. If your body thinks it isn't getting enough food, it will go into "starvation mode" and hold on to every bit of fat that it can. Next, change your exercise program to keep yourself revving on "high." When you lift weights, don't allow yourself more than 60 seconds between sets. When you're doing an aerobic workout, go full-out for a couple of minutes every 10 minutes or so, then return to your normal speed. 4. Give yourself a break. If you worry too much about how well you're succeeding, you're just going to derail your progress. Look at how far you've come, and congratulate yourself for changing the way you eat. Remember that the weight will come off eventually, but you're already living a better life.
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    Fenton vs. PRCowboy Challenge

    Ok- I'm jumping in on the challenge! Harold seems to be the man to beat! At 70 your an incredible inspiration! I usually weigh on Mondays. This week I was at 306, down 2 lbs from the previous week.
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    Obesity to Six-Pack???

    You look great! Congratulations! How much weight have you lost and how long did it take you?
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    Weight gain and frustarted

    Hey Elsid! Your still down 36 pounds! That's awesome! You just need to figure out what's going wrong and fix it. Don't give any more back, you fought to hard to lose it. Sounds like your adjustment is about right, so it must be to many calories or not enough exercise. I also believe the right balance of carbs, fat and protein can have a lot to do with it. Anyway, you can do this- you just hit a slump. Evaluate your situation, make some adjustments and get back on track! Good Luck!
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    Moved to a new ward

    I am a convert to the church and a recovering Alcoholic. For years I felt uncomfortable in church, rarely speaking to anyone, always the first out the door. I felt like I didn't fit in and that no one made an effort to get to know me. I always had the feeling that I wasn't good enough to belong to this organization. Well somewhere along the way I made the decision to try the opposite, to put my self out there, to seek out friends, and it worked! I move around a lot too, and I have found that there is always at least someone who you can identify and become friends with. I also enjoy church so much more now. I found I wasn't being judged nearly as much as I thought I was. I know how you feel about the the people who try to appear to be the perfect mormon, but they are struggling through life just as we are, and I think it's all just the way we look at things. Anyway, that's my experience.
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    Utah Surgical weight loss center scam!

    I was very satisfied with Dr. Muse. He spent a lot of time with me and seemed genuinely concerned about me as a patient. He also is quite experienced with fills. I will agree the price is hard to swallow (no pun intended!) But I spent hours upon hours researching this and could only find 2 other places here in Utah that would do it and they were both more expensive.
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    Salutations Gentlemen, This seems to be a very confusing topic. I've read all I could find on the subject here in the forum and 2 theme's seem to be prevalent. 1- Everyone is different. 2- It takes a few fills (2-4 seems to be the average) before you start feeling restriction. That doesn't make much sense to me. Why should it take a couple of fills to feel restriction. Is it so the fill Dr.'s can make more money? I've just started to eat food since my surgery 16 days ago. So I was a bit curious as to what and how much I could eat. I have a 10cc band with nothing added to it so far. As far as I can tell there is absolutely no difference then before I was banded. If it really does take a few more fills before the band starts working how do I continue to lose weight? I do plan on eating sensibly by getting on a calorie reduced diet but that seems to defeat the whole reason for getting the band in the first place! I would very much like to hear your experiences in this matter. Thanks so much!!
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    Well, let me back up a little bit. My lap-band experience has been nothing like I expected it to be. I had spent a month on this forum prior to being banded and so I had heard a lot of thing like what you are saying. No bread, meat would be very hard to eat, chew every bite an hour before swallowing! ect. What I've learned most is that no 2 people seem to have the same experience. I saw the results many have had in this "Men's Room" and wanted the same. Their success seems to boil down to 2 things....diet and exercise. So that's what I have focused on. After being banded I did the 2 weeks on liquid and then mostly soup, yogurt and soft stuff the next 2 weeks. After that I realized I had absolutly no restriction, I could eat whatever I wanted, so I put myself on a 1700 calorie diet. After my 1st fill on 12/18 I felt a little tight for a couple of days but then I was back to pretty much normal. The couple of times food came back up was because I ate to fast and tried to wash it down with water. However, it does feel like my appitite has deminished a little bit. So I may be the wrong person to ask. I hired one of those personal fitness consultants and they map everything out for me. What exactly to eat, when and how much to exercise, what suppliments to take, ect. So anyway- don't know if any of that helps but that's what my experience has been so far. Good Luck!!
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    Hey Jed- That sounds like a pretty accurate description- at least for me. I just had my first fill about a week ago. I start feeling full at about a 1/2 a sandwich. If I eat more than that it could come back up. If I drink Water with it it comes back up, kindof just like you said- suddenly and with little drama.
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    First Fill!!

    Hey Guys! I finally get my first fill today! I am so ready. It's been a real struggle to maintain my weight loss through the holiday season with no restriction. I hope they give me a good tight fill and it doesn't take me 2 or 3 fills like it did for some of you to get restriction. I'll let you know how it goes!
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    Obese no more

    It may be just a number, but it's a BIG number, keep up the great work!!