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Glad to hear everyone is doing well. I havent checked in a few days. Ive been doing really well. Although I would like to see more progress and not just feel it!

I am at 20% to goal the Dr. said, and they usually like to see 40% in a year and I am half way to that in 2 months. I am down 24-25 lbs since surgery which is great. I started at 209 and I am down to 184. I am really trying its hard though. I know what I cant eat and I dont eat it. Sometimes I want too.

Lately I am really big on fruits mainly pineapple. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!! I have that pretty much everyday. I keep my calories at abou 800 to 1000 a day. I dont really watch and count. I just eat pretty much the same foods over and mix it up everyday.

I have uped my workout routine too. My hubby bought me Leslie Sansone's bootcamp dvd, which has brisk jogging intervals and strength training incorporated into the walk 3 miles. My muscles are killing me though!!!!!

So far I have had 2 fills, my first one was 4cc's and my second one was 2cc's and I am scheduled for another one on the 3rd of june.I have restriction on and off throughout the day, I think the next fill will top it off and hopefully be my sweetspot! Since my 2nd fill I have trouble eating some foods, like chicken it gets suck easily. And I find that I eat to fast sometimes and I get stuck I need to cut that out!

Well ladies keep up the great work:thumbup:

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Hi there,

Just got banded on the 11th of May and today is Day 2 Post op. I am less sore and swollen today. I attribute this to moving around on the day of surgery and the day after. The mobility I've been told helps with soreness.

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Well I got my first fill today. He gave me 2 cc's. I go back in 2 weeks for another. Down 6 lbs in 6 weeks not bad but wish it was more.

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Increased my walking by 1/4 mile today to 2.25 miles. :smile2:

Also called my MD's office to push up my second fill by 1 week to this Monday and they said yes!

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Well.....hello all.

You know how they tell you....that if you push yourself its gonna come back and bite you?? well it did...suffered an asthma attack this week like never before. Who was it who posted...you gotta slow down and take care of you?? well thanks but I didnt listen but next time I will.....wish I listened. So, spent the last two days in bed. Today finially went to Pulmonary doct and I have bronchial asthma.....so im now on steroids, antiobiotics, and upped dossages of proventil and long acting steroid. Feeling slightely better.

While I was at the doctor..he weighed me and woo hoo...lost another 7 pds since last Monday. Down 40 llbs. Half the weight. Yea. I feel great about that. Even after eating out every night....I still was able to loose the weight by choosing the right foods and sticking to the plan. Yea. Now I feel even better about all that hemming and hawing at each meal.

hello everyone..my name is Michelle.. and I was banded in March.. just thought I'd come on here and introduce myself and say hi... so .. HI!:smile2:

Hi. Mish Welcome! Tell us about you....and your band journey. Post, respond , ask....thats what we are here for.

I thinking i am back on the wagon.. I have had a great day And I am very excited to say I am down 1lb :smile: atleast i havent gained..

I ate all my meals today with nothing to drink during it, Smaller amounts and NO Soda! I feel good.. One meal at a time and one day at a time..

Good for you!!! Yes. one day at a time.

no soda. lol So what are you eating?? let us know....so we can help.

Hello all,

The time is really flying by. It is softball season so that means that almost every day after I finish work at 6pm - I am first going to watch a softball game until 8. I eat lunch at 12:00, so that by 8:00 I am STARVING ( band or no band). So - I am now packing a greek yogurt to eat just before leaving work to tide me over. I have been grilling right when I get home so that I can make it to the track by 9 to walk with my walking buddy.

As far as what foods I eat - I have taken a different path than some others that I have seen posting on the boards. I was never a sweets or desert eater, but rather a huge volume eater. Whenever I was on a diet in the past, I always failed because I was denying my self foods that I found comforting to me. I have spoken with the nutritionist about this and we decided that what was best for me was not to "diet" but to really watch my portions and to slowly make better choices. I don not have restriction as of yet, so that the weight that I am loosing at this point is by sheer willpower and changing of my mindset rather than due to the band.

I try to keep my calorie count around 1200 cals. In the morning I typically eat a 100 cal type of bread ( light english muffin, deli flat etc) with 2 oz of tuna salad. Lunch I usually eat out at work (today I had 4 steamed shrimp dumplings sometimes it is half a wrap, other times a lean cuisine meal), dinner is usually a lean Protein and a veggie. Tonight I had some sushi. Not the typical LAP-BAND® diet, but it is working for me, I am satisfied and therefore happy. I record everything I eat at LAP-BAND®.com. It is a simple website that tracks my calories and exercise.

Jodi - I agree with you - it is much harder with family functions and going out for meals. This weekend I had a Bat Mitzvah, dinner plans with my brother and Mothers day. At the Bat Mitzvah I decided to eat only the cocktail hour and forgo the sit down meal. I ate some sushi, lox, and veggies - I really try to watch my volume and keep the food to one cup. I decided to not even have them put the plate in front of me during the meal, otherwise I would have induldged. Dinner that night out, I did grilled shrimp and salad. Mothers day - a beef rib at the barbecue and grilled mushrooms.

I have been walking 5 nights a week - 45 minutes each night - it is making me feel SO much better.

What is everyone else eating?

I hope you all are having a good week.

Cynthia

That sounds great.....glad you are doing so well. Thanks for sharing. I would love to try sushi. Its low cal and healthy. Im so afraid Ill get stuck. Tuna sounds good as well...are you putting mayo in it?? on bread?? what kind?

I havent tried bread yet either....lol Salad either. Need to try these things.....the bread I can do without but sushi and salad cannot live without!

Hi there,

Just got banded on the 11th of May and today is Day 2 Post op. I am less sore and swollen today. I attribute this to moving around on the day of surgery and the day after. The mobility I've been told helps with soreness.

Welcome Mikissa, yes. walk walk and walk more.. it really does help. Sip, Sip and Sip some more.

Gas x and the pain killers help as well. Take them as often as needed. It really does help. Promise in two weeks youl be happy you did this....lol

keep us posted with progress. ask questions, post comments etc. tell us about yourself and your band journey.

Well I got my first fill today. He gave me 2 cc's. I go back in 2 weeks for another. Down 6 lbs in 6 weeks not bad but wish it was more.

Thats great!!! Glad to hear. Let us know how its going.

well must go to sleep now....have a great rest of the week.

Jodi

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Hi Everyone, it's been awhile since I've checked in. So few of us still following up. Where did everyone go???

Glad to hear everyone posting is doing well.

I had my first fill of 3cc's 2 weeks ago. My weight is bouncing around and when I lose, i have not been able to keep it off, I'm -4, +4. Lowest I've been is 209. Maybe I should just stay off the scale for a while. I've started Zumba and love it. I would go everyday if I found classes daily. So much fun. Do go if classes are offered near you!

I notice my clothes fit differently, so, maybe, I'm toning. I've had a funny stomach ache the last few days, so I've been drinking Protein Shakes and sticking to mostly soft foods like greek yogurt. Not sure if it's a bug, or just the new fill adjustment settling in. Stuck gas? It's just not really going away. I read that some people have a delayed response to fills. I thought it sounded wierd, but now I'm reconsidering. I'm avoiding sodium and I don't do carbonation either. I have not had any problems specifically with any sort of food, not bread, not anything which I am thankful for since it's asparagus season here in VT.

My next fill isn't till june 10th and (although usually i'm inpatient) I'm glad it gives me some more time to figure out how my body is responding.

Be well everyone!

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Awesome Fern... Sounds like you are doing good..

My weight as well is up and down about 3 lbs.. I try to only weight myself on one day and at the same time that day everytime..

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I'm still lurking around. Had my surgery March 24 and am still on track. I'm now able to eat about half a cup of food each meal. I've had no Pbing or stuck issues. But I have had some Hair loss already. Last week I thought I'd try some extensions to add volume to my hair. Well, don't do it...my hair fell out by the handful and now I am having to buy a lace wig. I know I'm getting good Protein everyday and I knew going into the band journey that this could happen. I was told my hair will probably come back so I hope that's true. But I also have a thyroid issue, so it may not. Oh well...we shall see. I'll just buy me some nice hair and enjoy being thinner.

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hey guys, guess I'll check in also. I was banded march 16 and have lost close to 40 lbs. Can't believe it. But i'm really being good and follow diet instructions. Plus I got my first fill last thursday. I've always felt restriction, even without the fill, so i'm doing well. I never really feel hungry. Once in a while, if I don't eat all day. But then I have a small amount of food and i'm good again. good luck to my march marauders.

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THanks Jodi,

I am happy I have made this decision but I'm not seeing any significant weight loss yet. Maybe I need a fill. But I eat a boiled egg and get full so it's not like I'm overeating. ?? Who knows what's going on.

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Mikissa,

Just re-read your original post and realized that you were just banded a few days ago in May - correct? You are doing great with 9 pounds lost! You cannot compare your loss to those on this specific board - we were all banded in March. Keep up the good work - you will see the pounds come off like the rest of us!

Cynthia

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Hi all.

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Well...ive been sick as a dog. My allergies asperated my asthma and im still feeling so bad...I keep thinking that im going to slip my band with all the caughing and such! Its deep caughing and it hurts!!!

I called the surgeon several times to ask about it....as I am so neurotic about it. He says not to worry. hmm

Im still worrying. lol

Weighed in on Wednesday and have lost 40 lbs, so far....yea me.

This week is going to be really busy and am going away for the holiday shavuot. We are going to Fire Island. Cant wait. Tomorrow going shopping for all the food and preperation stuff. We are going for a week so..have to plan

Someone posted a quote that I thought very appropriate.....

"when you fail to plan you plan to fail" This is my new mantra...esp. for the upcoming vacation that I need to take all the food with as their is no groceries that I can buy from.

A. too expensive and B. no Kosher meats and stuff.

It will be fun but.....If I fail to plan then I will surely fail!!

I'm still lurking around. Had my surgery March 24 and am still on track. I'm now able to eat about half a cup of food each meal. I've had no Pbing or stuck issues. But I have had some Hair loss already. Last week I thought I'd try some extensions to add volume to my hair. Well, don't do it...my hair fell out by the handful and now I am having to buy a lace wig. I know I'm getting good Protein everyday and I knew going into the band journey that this could happen. I was told my hair will probably come back so I hope that's true. But I also have a thyroid issue, so it may not. Oh well...we shall see. I'll just buy me some nice hair and enjoy being thinner.

oh this is not good. You must be freaking out. Have you spoken to your surgeon?? Some people are suggesting Biotin. They sell these Vitamins at CVS or other pharmacies. im so sorry youve had this experience. my hair is getting thinner as well trying the biotin now.

Well all must go to sleep...have a great week.

Keep up the good work all!!! Jodi

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I check in on occasion..... Ive been walking A LOT!!! This week I have hit like 16 miles or so, and I did six one day. But its Leslie Sansones walking bootcamp with intense intervals of jogging and strength training. Tonight is support group I missed it the last two months since surgery. This nice weather is als good, cause it motivates me to get out more. I am doing well sometimes I can still eat more or I feel that Im still hungry, but the dr said if you are smaller and dont have so much to lose the fills take longer before you reach restriction.

Lately I keep getting told that I didnt need the band, and that Im small now and dont have a reason for the band. How hard is it to get through to people and explain that 180 lbs isnt normal nor healthy on a 4'10" person? Im suppose to weigh about 100 lbs soaking wet.... 120 is still not anywhere near skinny on my little frame. But it is a healthy weight, and thats where I am trying to get down too.

My next fill is on the 3rd I already have 6cc's in a 10 cc band so they said this fill will probably be the sweet spot but not guarenteed. Kepp up the good work fellow march banders!:thumbup:

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hiya guys!

I have my second post op Visit tomorrow (8 weeks from surgery) I am hoping he will say i can get a fill.. He doesnt do them in his office he does them at the hospital. So i would have to schedule a fill..

To date i have only lost like 18 lbs, but you know what I am still some 30 lbs from where i was when i started this journey and I refused to be mad about 18lbs..

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hiya guys!

I have my second post op Visit tomorrow (8 weeks from surgery) I am hoping he will say i can get a fill.. He doesnt do them in his office he does them at the hospital. So i would have to schedule a fill..

To date i have only lost like 18 lbs, but you know what I am still some 30 lbs from where i was when i started this journey and I refused to be mad about 18lbs..

You should never be mad at yourself for still losing weight. I have ionly lost 25 lbs since surgery but I look at it as that I am feeling better looking better then I did without the surgery. Like they say the first 4 weeks are for healing and some people gain in that 4 weeks. Just make sure youre getting out and going to support groups!

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