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btrieger last won the day on February 2 2011

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About btrieger

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  1. I had the panniculectomy 3 weeks ago tomorrow. I wanted to die the pain was so bad when they first woke me following surgery but that only lasted until the pain meds kicked in 15 - 20 minutes later. After that there was absolutely no pain! I spent a day in the hospital following surgery and was on a pain pump all day. So, there may have been some but I didn't notice it. They removed just less than 7 pounds of fat, skin and my belly button. With the swelling and lack of exercise I weighed the same for 2 weeks as I did the morning before surgery. I look and feel better than I have in 25 years.
  2. Leigha, Get in your car right now and head to Colleyville!! The xmas party starts at 7 and I was hoping to meet you there.
  3. btrieger

    Do you make yourself eat something

    If you are not hungry. Do NOT eat! It's really that simple. And when you do eat, eat only until you are no longer hungry.
  4. btrieger

    2 years since being banded

    Some weeks I gain a couple of pounds but I have put no "real" weight on since banding. Down 170 pounds with only a couple to go. It has only been 15 months since I made this lifestyle change. So, time will only tell if it is permanent.
  5. btrieger

    Supply check list for TT?

    Also, you won't be able to lie flat on your back. If you don't have a recliner or lots of pillows on your bed, buy some kind of pillow to prop behind while sleeping.
  6. btrieger

    19 pounds in 5 days!!!

    It was most likely all Water weight. Congrats!! It's a great start and morale booster but don't expect to see numbers like that ever again. I lost 4 pounds yesterday but I know it was just the IV fluids leaving my body following surgery on Friday.
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    2 years since being banded

    I am hoping the band helps and so far so good. I physically cannot over eat like I did in the past. I have been diagnosed bi-polar but haven't touched my medication in a long time. I have too many health related prescriptions that are hard enough to keep track of. Depression makes it that much worse. It's like I have an excuse to say screw it. I refuse to let even the smallest weight gain get me depressed because that may trigger reverting back to emotional eating.
  8. btrieger

    2 years since being banded

    John, Congrats on your progress!! You have to fight the selfish tendency of of wanting more and be happy with what you have. I have the same issues but have overcome it with the weight thing. Take pictures of yourself often. Nobody ever has to see them but you. Then put the fattest one you have next to your current picture and the difference will give you such a high. At least that works for me. It is better than any drug I've ever taken for a quick high. It sounds like you have a great support network in your friends. That is a huge help as well. Also, why aren't you seeing a therapist? Have you tried? It may help. If not, you're only out $85 - $100.
  9. btrieger

    2 years since being banded

    Cheri, That is the million dollar question that each and everyone of us is going to have to deal with in our own ways. I am more successful this time out than I have been in the past with losing weight. This is however the third time that I have lost more than 100 pounds. On both of the previous occasions I lost exactly 108 pounds and swore to myself that I would never let myself gain a pound of it back. I gained back 120 pounds the first time and 138 the second because I got bored with the changes I had made and fell into a rut. By the time I realized what was happening, I figured it was too late and said, "screw it." It's also why I am forever preaching about the power of a positive attitude. Once you lose focus it is very hard to get back on track and getting back on track immediately is the only way to stop the downward spiral.
  10. btrieger

    Change in stools.

    Mine are yellow when I eat a very low fat diet. Protein shakes make mine as hard as a rock.
  11. I felt great the next day. By day 4, I had to look at the scars to even remember I had surgery.
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    Undecided and Nervous

    I should also have added, congrats of being wise enough to do the research first. Take your time, life is not a race and the Lapband will always be available if and when you decide to go through with it. Good luck!!
  13. btrieger

    Undecided and Nervous

    I gave up ABSOLUTELY nothing I enjoy! Life is more normal after surgery if anything. I still eat EVERYTHING I love. Just a lot less of it. That being said, I am a meat and potatoes guy that never really ate a lot of Cookies and candy. Living alone, I eat out 5 to 7 days a week. I either order and appetizer or kids portion when available. If I do order an "adult entree", I ask for a to go box before I even start eating. I store what I don't plan on eating in the box and take it home for later. I don't do fast food (any place with a drive thru). If you enjoy McDonalds,Jack-in-the-box or Taco Bell, you'll have to cut you portions and trips down. NOTHING is bad in moderation!
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    Hi all

    I did just what I said and lost 95 pounds in the 5 months leading up to surgery. The surgery came and went as if it were just another day. If I can do it anybody can. I am not superhuman and my will is as weak as the next person's. Most of all, keep a positive can-do attitude about your ability and try and leave all shame and guilt behind. If you faulter, don't quit! Just try a little harder.
  15. I did until it became habit. I count calories and watch saturated fat and sodium but not religiously. A lot of estimation. Once in a while I will do the research and see how close I am in my estimation. As for weighing, I have gotten pretty good at eyeballing things and knowing. I also weigh once in a while to make sure my estimates on weight are close.

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