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CheckYes last won the day on July 18 2011

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  1. If you've lost some weight, perhaps you have less fat between your underwire and ribs now? Sorry... On my phone I can't see any signature information so I don't know how long you've been banded or how much you've lost...
  2. CheckYes

    What To Eat/drink Before And After Workout?

    I drink either Horizon or Organic Valley. One is closer to 4 to 1 than the other and I can't remember which right now!
  3. CheckYes

    Lap Band Port-friendly Ab Exercises?

    Pilates is great for the core because it is usually slow exercises that you can just not push as far if you feel any discomfort. I don't do sit ups but I do cross fit which is pretty intense. Planking is a great core exercise that is no contact or bending and, as the Internet craze proves, you can do it anywhere!
  4. When I read about this sort of pain, it seems like the majority of the time it is because the surgeon put fluid in the band at the time of surgery and it is just too much. Maybe call your surgeon and ask?
  5. CheckYes

    Lap Ban Failure

    I'm planning to have mine removed before I have skin removal surgery. I've lost this weight with never having a fill and a completely empty band. I have about six more months of hard core work to do on myself before I have the skin surgery and need to drop the remaining 35 pounds (which is probably less now because at my consult, the plastic surgeon said she thought she could get 5-8 pounds of skin off me right now). Because I've never had an adjustment, I feel like I am more prepared to accept the idea that I don't need the band anymore. Hard core exercise and eating well, organic and healthy is in my blood now. The band did neither of those things for me. Now, I can't say it did nothing for me but I feel that I can do this without it. Why not just leave it in? Well, the band gets blamed for every tiny pain I have and it worries me a lot. I think it best for me to get rid of it. I think that deciding to remove it or keep it is a very personal decision. I definitely wouldn't remove it unless I was sure I had the tools, knowledge and motivation to go it without it. I've lost weight before and gained it back but I never truly made exercise a part of my daily life. I also always felt deprived when I watched what I ate during "diets". Now, I eat what makes my body feel good and exercise goes right along with that. All the best,
  6. CheckYes

    light-headed....anyone else

    Drink a glass of low sugar apple juice. I had major headaches and found that if I drank about four ounces of juice it helped so much. No Protein shakes for six days?!?! Wow. I was allowed shakes the next day
  7. I competed in my first triathlon last weekend and placed fifth in my division! Next, I'm training for a half marathon but I pretty much do things every day that I've always wanted to do. I also got scuba certified in June which was a huge thing on my life list. I also want to row crew and am kayaking for the first time this coming weekend. Today, I bought a sequined dress for a party in a size 10 so, yeah, I'm excited!
  8. CheckYes

    Surgery in 8 hours!

    Slippers or flip flops. You might be bloated after the surgery so just make sure you wear something comfy. I wore sweats and that was fine. Consider bringing a pillow for the car ride home.. Those speed bumps and stuff can be a bit painful if you don't have a pillow to hold against your tummy
  9. P.S.: I wouldn't normally have posted this for a leak, but when you said you were having a port replacement and not a band replacement, it made me wonder...
  10. Have you considered getting therapy to help discover the reasons you aren't maintaining your weight loss? It has helped me so much - it might be worth looking into.
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    I was banded December 9, 2010 and havent yet had my sip! I figure I will when I reach my goal. Until then, I don't need it or feel like I'm missing anything so far.
  12. Fat free Refried beans! Yum!
  13. I now have way more energy! Im like a tornado all day long. I love it!
  14. I know for me, it does matter. I don't do low carb anymore because I'm training but before I was exercising hard I noticed that on days where I had more carbs, my weight loss would stall for a day or two. When I cut carbs, the scale started moving again. I also know that the amount of Water I drank played a role, along with how much sleep I got. I think for some, the problem with substituting healthy calories with chocolate is that chocolate can trigger cravings for sugar and I thinking moderation chocolate is great, but for some it doesn't stop at a once in a blue moon type thing. If you can limit your chocolate consumption to every once in a while - then I don't see why you couldn't have it in moderation. In the place I am in my journey, sure, I could probably eat french fries and get my calories from that but my body and mind do not want unhealthy crap. I only eat organic and am vegetarian (with an occasional piece of fish). I was vegetarian before the band but since I've lost some weight and am working hard, I find that I eat for fuel instead of pleasure. I guess what I am trying to say is that the jury is out on whether the type of calories matter. They definitely matter for some and might not matter for others. Give it a go - eat some chocolate bars and see what happens. One day shouldn't make that much difference. Hope that's a bit more insight for you, Kris! Best wishes!
  15. CheckYes

    poop Tea

    I would NOT drink that tea. The gas pain is not because you need to go to the bathroom. They pump your stomach cavity with gas so they can see in there to place your band. The last thing you need right now is to get dehydrated. Drink as much water as you can. Walk around as much as you can.

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