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  1. gingerjane

    Before the Race!

    From the album: My 1st 5K

    My daughter and I before the race.
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    Please Help!!! I am desperate!!

    I wish I could give you advice but I've never been that tight. I'm holding at 7.3 and doing pretty well - although my doctor wanted to tweak me last week and I told him no. I am tighter in the mornings and usually have a Protein shake but then open up as the day goes on. I do agree that the warmer liquids help. On days when I'm tight or after I've just flown, the warmer drinks help.
  3. I work with someone who's wife had the sleeve and she is very happy with it. I think it's all a matter of personal preference. :smile: And Protein Shakes - I have one that I like - it's my go-to all the time. The cauliflower pizza looks interesting but I'm still not sure about it. Ha!
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    need help being assertive

    I chalk it up to some people are A$$holes. That's about it. They will probably think twice before commenting like that again. I almost feel sorry for people who feel the need to degrade others. Notice I said ALMOST.
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    Muscle Milk?

    Ok - so I'm a little freaked out right now. I drink muscle milk almost every day for Breakfast. Been doing that for a while now. Well, someone said that there are warnings against muscle milk due to metals content, etc. My nutritionist knows I drink it and has never said anything. (She's a good nutritionist) I had never heard ANYTHING about it and did look it up and seems that Consumer Reports did a study but they based it on 3 servings. I only drink 1 per day. Does anyone have any opinions, experience, etc? I've been totally fine with it, but am sort of worried. If you have been warned against it or on the other hand, told it's fine, please let me know.
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    Halloween Challenge

    Congrats girl! :yesnod: As for me, I squeezed out 1 lb. That's it. I'm so annoyed with myself right now. :smile: I got a fill on Friday because my band was pretty loose. I've been working out a lot more than I was and it's like my body is holding onto everything. It's starting to tick me off. I'll never see my Halloween challenge if this keeps up. Today more Protein and hopefully I can get the scale to move this week. Ugh. (Having a cranky day because of it)
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    The Long and Winding Road

    Hopefully I'll be able to post "after" pictures someday. These are during my journey.
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    should i get a fill

    I had that with my last fill - because I had lost a good amount of weight and could still eat my Protein without the PBs, they held off on the fill until today. They did a fluro and saw that my band had loosened up (I had lost 20+ lbs since the last one) so they tweaked me a good one. I would wait - you've lost a GREAT amount of weight and are doing really well right now. Remember - it will come off faster at first because you have more to lose. You're still doing an awesome job. The goal is to eventually get to 1-2 lbs per week for healthy loss. I know it's hard - goodness knows I struggle with the same concept and I've only lost 56 lbs since March, but that's still 56 lbs that has made a BIG difference. What they did for me is skipped the last fill and scheduled the next one for four weeks out. I would look at doing that. You're doing great!:biggrin:
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    New Here. Friends?

    WOW! That is awesome! :thumbup: You'll find friends of all ages on this board. I'm 34 but like to think I'm still in my 20's. LOL!
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    Me and mommy :)

    Great job!!!
  11. gingerjane

    Scale Obsession?

    Self-proclaimed scale Whore here, too. I weigh myself every morning and not just once, but usually like four or five times until I seem to get a number that is consistent. (Because the darn thing never gives me the same number two times in a row) But, I made my "official" weight day Monday mornings. I think if you do that, it makes it a bit better. So, you'll fluctuate during the week but one day a week it becomes "official". :thumbup:
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    Halloween Challenge

    I was worried that I wouldn't see a loss this morning because all week I kept going up and down, but I think my body finally let go of a little bit - I saw 223.9 on the scale. I started walking up and down flights of stairs at work and doing more workouts, so I think my body was either holding on to my fat or it's muscle tone from all the up and down on the steps. I see my doc for a fill on Friday. I'm hoping to get like a .1 in there. They didn't fill me the last time but I know I'm eating more now than I was two months ago at dinner, etc. I don't want to PB, but at the same time, I don't want to be wide open in the evenings, either. Hope everyone else is doing well! :thumbup:
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    Feeling hopeless and don't know what to do...

    I know I am just coming in on this but I agree - stay strong and stay true to yourself. You have done everything you need to do and sometimes you can't make someone else happy but in that same vein, don't let them make YOU miserable. You deserve to be happy. Not worry about whether or not your husband is going to want to leave. Hugs to you!
  14. As someone who used to never EVER eat salty things (I was a "sweets" person) I realized recently that I was craving saltier things and was trying to figure out the issue. I was missing a few minerals in my diet. A simple Vitamin helped that. HOWEVER - I do think that avoiding the item (cut out a lot of your salt intake) will help as well. That's what I had to do with sweets and the cravings have subsided tremendously. It was a total pain in the beginning because your body WANTS it, but it pays off in the end. :thumbup: G
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    Bedding Hotties.

    I do agree that a lot of girls (and I mean A LOT) make poor choices when it comes to guys, but I do know for a fact that the girl that I work with (We're talking 5'7", 120 lbs, blonde - STUNNING girl) was sleeping with the heavier set guy and she said sex with him was great. I didn't go into details with her but she did say they had a lot of "fun in bed". Maybe she's more of a special case and not the norm, but she did sleep with him more than once. The one thing I will say (and please do NOT kill the messenger) is that I have had a few girlfriends talk about how their partners lost weight and their "package" looked bigger when they were thinner. Not sure what that is about, but I have heard that. Either way, I think that sex is sort of like pizza. Even when it's bad, it's still pretty good. LOL!
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    I can't take ibuprofen, so I often take Aleve for my cramps. My doc had recommended that and it's Naproxen Sodium, which back when I was a teen and needed Anaprox for my cramps, that was what they game me - the Naproxen. I would try aleve and then a warm rag over your abdomen when you get home.
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    Approaching 1 year

    Congratulations on your success! I'm almost 6 months out and I agree - it was the best decision I've ever made.
  18. I don't know. LOL! I see those shows and I'm like "how did you have NO CLUE that you were pregnant?". I've had two kids and let me tell you - I know something is up when they kicked me in the bladder and I peed on myself. Your entire stomach MOVES constantly. But, back to the question at hand. My doctor did say to not get pregnant for two years afterwards and he did talk about how it will resolve a lot of infertility. We went through 4 years of IF with our 2nd and I had lost about 15 lbs when I got pregnant with her. It was like even the smallest amount of weight loss helped my body get back on cycle. Even now, I've noticed that my periods are changing. They're regulating themselves and aren't as bad as they used to be. I see my OB/GYN next month and I'm sure she'll talk to me about it some more, too. Fortunately, hubby is snipped and clipped so it's not a concern. :thumbup:
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    Halfway There!!!

    So, I realized today as I was updating my ticker, that I'm 1/2 way there to my initial goal of 170 lbs. I never EVER thought I would even be able to say that I'm halfway there. I never thought I'd see 225 again, let alone be 26 pounds away from ONEderland. Just to think that at the beginning of this year, I was 20 lbs away from 300. Now, I'm almost 200. It's amazing. Having the band is the best decision I've ever made for myself. I am not kidding. I'm still amazed at how wonderful this tool is, how beneficial it has been meeting with a nutritionist and trying to change my habits, and how much BETTER I feel. Now, to kick start everything into high gear and get these next 55 lbs off. I know it can happen - I've done the first 55 and I see so many successful bandsters on here. I'll do it one day. It might not be tomorrow, but it will be sometime. I just had to post my excitement and thank everyone here for their support on this forum. It's the best place and I feel like we're all one big family doing this together. :thumbup: Ginger
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    How well does your husbands adjust to you weight loss?

    I have noticed mine paying more attention to me but he goes through periods like that where he's more "self-absorbed" and then he becomes more attentive. I really do hope it does not affect us at all because I adore him more than anything and he's my best friend in life. He's loved me at 280 lbs and now at 225 and hopefully at 170. (Provided I hit that goal) LOL!
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    Gallbladder issues???

    So, I think I had a gallbladder attack this weekend and I wanted to see if any other bandsters have had this problem. I've lost about 50+ pounds so far and on Sunday I found myself with tremendous pain in my sternum and uncontrolled vomiting for about 5 hours. The hospital checked my band via x-ray and said there were no issues there. It had not slipped or anything. And I had not ate prior to the attack, so I don't think it was anything viral, either. I e-mailed my gastric surgeon and he wants to schedule a scan right away. I definitely do not one to go through another one of those attacks for fear of slipping my band. Has anyone else had this happen?
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    Head hunger/breaking old habits

    I try to stay crazy busy when I get home with projects around the house - cleaning up, reorganizing closets - anything to keep me from wanting to hit the kitchen. I also keep sugar free hawaiian punch handy because I will mix that with some Water and drink and that satisfies any sweet tooth issues. Whenever I think I'm hungry, I ride it out by telling myself "if I'm still hungry in 30 minutes, I'll have a small piece of string cheese". Sometimes I'm still hungry but oftentimes, I'm not.
  23. WOW! Fill price is crazy! My doctor has a flat fee for the surgery and it includes 2 years of fills. It's $13,500 but includes the two years of fills. I was lucky and my insurance covered it, but I do know that the two years of fills was a big benefit for a few of my friends who were self-pay. If you are still exploring docs, Trace Curry was my surgeon. He's at Lap Band Surgery Ohio :: Lap Band Doctor Trace Curry Ohio - they call him that, too, because he plays in a band. He has a band and his wife does, too. They have offices in Columbus, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky I believe. I can't imagine coming back from surgery without a port! WOW!

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