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About anglov

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  • Birthday 07/31/1970

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    Married, mother of 4. I work full time and also go to college online full time.
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  1. anglov

    First stuck incident... need tips

    Been there. What happened with me is my throat was constricted so bad it spasmed so I couldn't throw it up. I finally did throw it up and I kept going and going until nothing was left. After that even water got stuck. It took the next day before the swelling went down. You did everything right. Relaxing is key although feeling panic is more true. The panic feeling I think causes it to tighten more. Hot liquids helps but like you I had a time that it didn't. Gravity helps too. Getting up and walking around and taking deep breaths to relax. Its called sliming when you have that thick mucousy stuff. That is your body's natural mechanism kicking in to slime it up to help what is lodged to go down or up depending on the case. Here's the bad news...I was banded 14 months ago and still have that problem. Lately most days stuck and throwing up. I went months without an real problems then bam! Back again.
  2. anglov


    The new title of my blog. Same website new name. Why WTF?? It stands for Where's the Fat?? Please check it out and join to follow my blog. I was banded 14 months ago and have lost 115 lbs. I have good days and bad days. I am sure you can relate. See what can and can't happen 14 months post op. http://thelapbandexperience.blogspot.com/
  3. anglov

    June 23

    Fills aren't bad at all. I was banded 13 months ago and still belch and hiccup when I am full. If I am hungry you can hear the most embarrassing gurgling in my stomach and unfortunately everyone around can hear it as well. It sucks when it happens in a meeting. YIKES!! Weight loss for the band can take 3 years to get to goal. Don't expect too much too soon. It may or may not happen fast. Everyone is different. It is so true that it is trial and error. More error than anything since some things that worked for me no longer do. It is ever changing.
  4. anglov

    Mindset regarding Exercise and Fitness

    I totally understand your mindset. I hate exercise. I will just say it. I try it and easily quit. I have all that I need right here at home but I just won't do it. I have a recumbent bike, treadmill, elliptical, exercise weights, bands, ball, Wii exercise games, videos, Wii fit, zumba. Yep, don't touch any of them. If you find what works let me know. I can't or won't get motivated.
  5. anglov

    need some positive encouragement..:-(

    50 lbs is fantastic! Lap band is not quick weightloss for most people. It is usually a slow weightloss over 3 years. My question to you is what do you consider a normal size meal? My surgeon has said that a salad plate size meal should be the normal for lap band. That is per lap band standards now. They have even come out with a lap band plate that shows the portions you should have on your plate. My weightloss was slow at first then it picked up now it is slow again. I am down 115 lbs in 13 months. I was banded May 12 2010 but having said that, my weightloss is not the norm. It has also slowed down a lot lately. I have only lost 2.5 lbs in the last month. Any loss is a win win in my book. Don't be so quick to over fill yourself. Major restriction will not mean more weight loss it can actually cause the opposite. Your body still needs a certain amount of calories and nutrients to function normally. If your restiction causes too much of a reduction in calories, fat and nutrients your body will go into starvation mode and hang onto everything you eat. I hate exercise and to this day don't do much of it. Well lately none at all. Life gets in the way, too much going on at work, etc. Always an excuse. Getting the amount of protein in is key and what has kept me losing. But not exercising has caused me to have lots of hanging loose skin. I am paying for not exercising. Good Luck!!
  6. anglov

    Back again...

    It has been awhile since I have been on here. My weightloss has slowed considerably. I am now down 115 lbs in 13 months. I have been struggling with getting stuck or really constricted when eating but I am supposing that it is mainly stress related. I am working on that. I don't give up and go back to mushies. I keep trying different foods to find what works. Things that worked before I have issues with now. The key is to eat slowly which I will admit I don't do. Sometimes I wait too long to eat and then I end up eating too fast and well it gets ugly from there. Other times I eat slow but because my kids are bickering at the table I get stuck and it might be something as simple as green beans. I am sitting here today re-evaluating what I am eating and how I am eating. I started a new job so I need to work that into the equation. My former boss ( I got a new job 3 weeks ago) and I used to eat lunch together a lot because I sat right next to her and we ate at our desks while chatting or working. The problem is I eat lunch out 4 days a week now. I don't eat bad foods persay just homemade you can control the food such as sodium and fat. Although I don't eat fat free I know that my home-made food is lesser in fat than the restaurants. I have a few new recipes on my blog: http://thelapbandexperience.blogspot.com/ and updates on what has or has not been going on lately. Advice, it is perfectly natural to have times where you seriously wonder if the band was the right choice. To this day, I still have those moments when food gets stuck over and over. I get so frustrated (which only adds to the stress factor) and even depressed about it if it happens for several days continuously. I am 13 months post op and still deal with those feelings. It's normal. I truly don't regret it at all. I mean who would REALLY regret losing 115 lbs in 13 months? I would have never done that without the band. I am human though and at times I get so tired of fighting myself because of the band. I make it harder than it needs to be. So back to re-evaluting...My former boss and I still eat out. Well, we run out and grab food and bring it back to work. I go my way and she goes hers and we eat separately now. Weird, I know. I need to break that cycle. Monday is the only day that I eat my lunch brought from home. I need to start bringing it more often and just tell her no. I feel so bad though because she is struggling now that I am gone to my new job. She uses the drive to get food as her time to vent to me over her struggles. I know she needs to do that otherwise she will crack under the pressure. I have always been her sounding board. We worked together for 10 years. I will need to think on how to handle this delicate situation. I enjoy shopping now for clothes. I can buy off the rach at most any store. I still buy some larger sizes. I wear an 18 in pants. I wear an XL or XXL in shirts. The normal XXL not the plus size 2X. There is a difference. I have a lot of loose skin around my belly and my upper arms so that is the only reason why. I see plastic surgery in my future but not for a very long time. Well, check out my blog site. I have lots of more indepth info and recipes. As I have said before, I don't eat fat free. I usually try low fat or if it is high protein then I am not so picky. I have been successful so far so something is working for me. Best wishes everyone and if anyone needs to chat or talk about things then give me a holler.
  7. anglov


    I'm sendng good thoughts to you on Monday. What an amazing journey. There are ups and downs but so worth it.
  8. anglov


    Today is my one year bandaversary. I am so happy I decided to have this surgery. My grand total for 1 year is 112.5 lbs lost! Check out my blog http://thelapbandexperience.blogspot.com/ for my anniversary post. Good luck to everyone out there banded or considering to be banded. It is a journey I am happy I am taking.
  9. anglov

    Picking myself up again

    So very true.
  10. It sounds like your body is in starvation mode. When I was first banded I was on an excelerated schedule to get back to regular foods too. pudding is not proper nutrition. I have to have minimum 70g of Protein a day. Your body needs a certain amount of certain foods to function. I was eating scrambled eggs and pureed fish, meat, Beans to get protein. I hate the powders and shakes personally. I am surprised that you were cleared for that strenuous of exercise so soon. I had to wait weeks before getting in a pool. I was told to go slow regardless.
  11. anglov

    I am still trying to slow down eating

    It is so easy to find excuses to not exercise. I do all the time. I have the same problem with food. Here it is a year later and I still rush my food at times. Getting stuck or sliming is the WORST!! I pay the price often enough.
  12. @Sweetsagi, 45 lbs is a HUGE accomplishment!! Be proud of what you have done. Just think, that is 45 lbs you no longer carry around. Like I said, trial and error. Find the right amount of food that works for you. There are some days when I can't eat very much in a sitting and that is due to what I am eating. Some foods take up more space. I am here for you. Keep in touch even if you need to vent or bounce an idea off me. You are still doing great!! AWESOME!! @Clohse, Great Job! We are all winners here. You are you and I am me. We are fabulous each in our own ways. Keep it up.
  13. anglov

    Hair Loss after Lap Band Surgery

    Most everyone has this problem. Guys and Gals alike. Mine kicked in at about 6 months post op. I literally thought I was going to be bald. I started taking Biotin. 5000IU a day. I should have started it from the beginning. It doesn't help hair loss but helps the hair you have grow so it doens't look so sparse. My hair is back to normal now almost a year post op.
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    I am almost to an XL. I can't wait. I still am happy I don't have to go to the specialty stores. I hated when people watched me going in them. Now I don't have to. At Old Navy the bigger clothes are with the women's in the store. It is nice to browse and find sweet clothes on the clearance rack. I bought a few items in smaller size as a goal to work towards.
  15. anglov

    Back to liquids only! This isn't good - support please

    What is the saying...This too shall pass.... I didn't have gas right away with my surgery and had aches and pains weeks after surgery. Almost a year later and I get twinges from time to time. Gas happens even now and it is painful. It will get better!!

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