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    December Delights 2009

    Well Ladies, Don't give up! I went to my Dr. on yesterday hoping for a fill because I feel like I can just eat and eat and eat and he would not give me one! At first, I was totally angry but after talking to him, I think that I am glad I did not get one. I have been losing an average of 2 lbs per week which is nice an slow. I am able to eat anything that I want without any stuck episodes or PB or sliming or anything else, thank God. I would rather take it nice and slow with no complications instead of quick with stuck and sliming problems. He felt that since I am losing it was better not to overfill, which would cause problems. I am not really full after eating and I have to tell myself that enough is enough. However, I am able to go longer between meals now. I guess it was the greed that got me here in the first place so I need to learn to stop eating when my body has had enough. Just stay positive and don't give up. Keep exercising and making the right food choices and I am confident that this journey will be well worth the ride.
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    December Delights 2009

    Hi Kimmi, I know what you mean. We were banded on the same day. I have only lost about 33 lbs since my surgery but that is 33 lbs gone forever. I used to get a little depressed whenever I read how much weight everyone was losing and how much saline everyone was getting in their band when compared to me. I thought that I was behind the curve. I don't even know what size my band is. I have only had 2 fills so far and my doc only put 1cc the first time and a little over 1 cc the second time. He says an overfill should never happen and he tries to adjust to each person's individual needs. I can really eat more than the 1/4 or 1/2 cup we are supposed to eat and I do eat until I am satisfied. I try to make healthy food choices and always combine protein with veggies and complex carbs if needed. Although my progress seem slow, I do seem to be progressing and I have not had a problem eating anything that I have tried. I enjoy that. While I want my band to be a tool to help me reach my goal, I do not want to be a slave to it and eat only what it tells me to. I want to be able to enjoy the food that I do eat because I am making a sincere concious effort to only eat what is healthy and good for my body. I am exercising on a regular basis and I feel so much better. I know this is a process and I am just taking it nice and easy to my goal weight. I know that I will make it and so will you.:thumbup:
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    December Delights 2009

    Hi All, I really needed this site tonight. I have been sorta depressed lately and eating everything that will go down...and that is everything that I put in my mouth. I feel so bad, I have not exercised in about 2 weeks-working a lot of overtime due to back log and everything. Well enough of that pity party...I am scheduled for a fill on Thursday. Only my second and I only have 1 cc since my surgery on Dec 17th. I will definitely ask for an aggressive fill too. Also, I will get back into the exercise routine so that I can get going in the right direction. I really want to lose 50lbs by May and I know that I can do it. Thank you all for being here. I love this family!
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    I did it!! 100 lbs. gone!!!

    :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup: WAY TO GO! You are an inspiration. I hope to be 100lb lighter by this time next year. I gave up soda just prior to being banded and now, I don't even miss it at all. I have been contemplating giving up the processed white carbs as well and now I definitely will. I have been slowly transitioning to wheat spaghetti, brown rice, etc. My family is now used to it as well. Thank you for sharing.
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    December Delights 2009

    Hi Lady, I was thinking about you today. We were banded on the same day and I sorta feel connected to you. I don't think that I have been loosing either and I really haven't been posting, although I have been reading. I don't have any restriction and I am just trying to make sensible eating choices. I have decided to make these first 6-8 weeks post op a healing and relearning process. Afterall, I have used over 40yrs of my life to just eat whatever I wanted and now I have to relearn for life. I have been trying to walk at least 30-45min every day. Once I can go to regular exercises, I will start going to the Zumba and Pilates classes at the gym. Just think, by Christmas 2010 we will be ALL NEW!:thumbup:
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    5 Day Pouch Test

    I just read about this test. I don't know if anyone has lost weight on it or not, but I am certainly gonna try it to make sure I haven't messed my little baby up.:tt1:
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    December Delights 2009

    I know what you mean about that protein powder. I know how important it is to get that protein in, but my God I have to hold my breath to drink it and I can hardly stand it! The pre mixed drinks are too sweet for me too. I guess I will have to eat my protein!
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    I am STARVING!

    Well Heather, I am right there with you..:drool:This was my plan today also..and blew it just as well. Let's try again tomorrow. I have an appointment on 1/06 too. Hopefully, I can get a fill. My surgery was on 12/17 so I don't know. All I do know is that I have got to get this hunger under control! WE CAN DO THIS!!
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    December Bandsters 2009

    OKAY...WHY AM I STARVING? :thumbup: I started out pretty good, following my doc's instructions to a T. I am now 11 days post op and was told to stay on full liquids for 14 days before moving to mushies. Well, I moved to mushies on day 8 because it was Christmas and I wanted food. Now, I can not seem to get satisfied. I try to keep the food mushies but my biggest problem is not eating too much. I keep telling my self that I am at my limit but food is all I seem to think about now. Is this a mind game or what? I am determined to make this work. I have not weighed myself since before surgery..maybe I should so that I can see if I'm making any progress. My doc went out of town for the holidays and my first followup is not until Jan 6th. Hope I make it till then.:thumbup::cursing:
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    Hmm, where do I start? (sorry so long)

    Believe me, you are in the right place. I am sure no one meant to bash you. I have found nothing but support and motivation on this site. You are valuable and you have a purpose in life. I think that you must first concentrate on you and getting you well. Work on the depression issues first and the weight loss issues will fall in line. I know that it is easier said than done to get up and exercise, I struggle with it everyday. However, I know that the rewards will be well worth it. Start loving yourself and do this for you. KNow that we are here for you. If you want a more one on one support, feel free to email me. I am more than willing to go this mile with you. God bless! You can do this!:eek:
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    Uncomfortable in My Skin and newbie questions

    Hi Electrawoman, I too am new to this post. You story and mine are pretty similar. I have not been through any physical abuse, but verbal abuse is just as bad. I have bee heavy, all of my life and ashamed of my weight. I didn't think I would ever get married because I was too fat. Nevertheless, I did. I have been married for 17yrs and still can not feel completely comfortable with my husband in bed due to my size. Furthermore, I have had 2 children which have added to my weight. I am heavier now than I have ever been and I have finally made up my mind to go ahead with this procedure. I have done major research and this site is really helpful. I am able to get other's true feelings and results and I appreciate that from all those posting. Maybe we can become pen pals so to speak and keep up with each other, motivating each other along the way. I really do like exercise too, but I love food even more. That is why I think this procedure is right for me. I would NEVER EVER have the gastric bypass. My sister did, and she died 5 yrs ago. She suffered so many complications, malabsorption of nutrients and just major intestinal problems since her procedure. She had her procedure when it was first becoming popular and never did really lose much weight-just her life. Anyway, I believe that I can be successful with the band. I just need help curbing my appetite to keep me from mindless eating and grazing trying to find comfort. I don't know if you are very spiritual or not, but I have also found comfort in the word of God which I know will help me through. I am sure that your heart will lead you in the right direction. Feel free to email me if you'd like. Good luck on your journey.

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