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I was banded 9/28. I have lost 20lbs in four weeks (2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after). This past week, nothing. Im on mushy food, and I feel bloated and fat. I do not feel like I am losing anything and I am getting depressed. Help me out... is this normal. I terrified that I am stretching my pouch - is that even possible this early? The only activity Im allowed to do is walk, at leaast for three more weeks. Does anybody know the average loss once you start eating regular food? Maybe I am overreacting. Maybe I have to wait for my first fill. I just hate this feeling.

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I was band 10/4 I lost 13 pounds the first week and nothing this week I think it is normal I heard after the fill it should get better I too am a little upset but good luck!

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Thanks! Good luck to you too!!!!

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I was banded 9/26 and lost 13 in the first two weeks and nothing in week 3. I kinda feel the same way as you. I'm trying to focus on eating well and not the weight loss number. But it's not easy...

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Me too. I was banded 9/26. I lost 15 lbs the first week. 5 the second. Then nothinnnnnn.... Hate that. Makes me want to eat :( I have a long road I need to stay motivated and probably off the scale.< /p>

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I'm with ya'll. I was banded on 9/28 and lost 20 pounds but gained a few back...working on getting those off, but it seems like no matter what I do, they just won't go away. I've heard we are going through bandster hell. I don't know about ya'll, but I have to watch what I eat very closely because I don't feel like I have any restriction. There are moments I feel like I'm not hungry and moments I think I could eat a whole cow with a chocolate milk shake. It's hard to go from eating 3000-7000 calories a day to eating 1000. The shakes have kept me pretty in touch.

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have you gotten a fill yet?

<br />I'm with ya'll. I was banded on 9/28 and lost 20 pounds but gained a few back...working on getting those off, but it seems like no matter what I do, they just won't go away. I've heard we are going through bandster hell. I don't know about ya'll, but I have to watch what I eat very closely because I don't feel like I have any restriction. There are moments I feel like I'm not hungry and moments I think I could eat a whole cow with a chocolate milk shake. It's hard to go from eating 3000-7000 calories a day to eating 1000. The shakes have kept me pretty in touch.<br />
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It is normal! You body is adjusting to food again. This time is for healing!!

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Visit the September 2011 topic and you'll see you have a lot in common with all of us banded about the same time. Remember that for 4-6 weeks your body is healing. Until you get your first fill the band isnt working optimally. It's more that the swelling and healing and lower activity combined with lower calories has our bodies confused. Stay off the scale for a week. Rest. Let your body heal. Be patient. We're in for the long haul.

Becky

Banded 9/19

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I was going to say the same thing Becky said, look at our September 2011 Bandsters topic and you will see most of us that were banded in Sept. and on the soft food/mushy stage are on a little stall. It is totally frustrating and normal. I lost 27 lbs. pre and post-op and then nothing from 9/25 until yesterday I got on the scale and had lost 2 pounds but for 3 weeks nothing! It is so discouraging but I just keep on plugging away following the rules. Good luck!

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I am so glad that this topic was posted. I was banded 9/27. Lost 22 lbs 2weeks pre and 2 weeks post, and now nothing. Very depressing. I am eating next to nothing. I get my first fill in a couple weeks. Hope that will make a difference. Think positive!! This too shall pass.:P

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It's normal to not lose or even gain some weight after surgery. The first month or so is all about healing, not weightloss. I was banded Dec 2010, the same happened to me, I lost about 13 or 14lbs the first week and then maybe another pound or 2 until my first fill, 6 weeks after surgery. Once I started getting fills the weight started coming off slowly. The more fills I get over time, the more restriction I get followed by more weightloss. I have months where I'll lose a good amount of weight, and some where I only lose a few or none at all.

For some of us it may take a few fills to gain restriction. You have to be patient and be very careful with what you are eating in between fills. If you aren't feeling restriction prior to fills you will have to diet all on your own as best as you can until your band starts helping you. The process of getting the band is so exciting and patience is the last thing we have when we've been through so much. We just want results right now, and that's understandable, I think most of us felt and/or feel that way. But that's not the reality of it (for most of us anyway), results may take a while. So just be patient for now, don't be upset if you gain a few pounds or if you're stuck at a certain weight, it's ok, you're on the right road. Give yourself time to recover before you start pushing yourself or being upset with yourself. The scale will start moving in the right direction before you know it.. Good luck!

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I was banded 9/28. I have lost 20lbs in four weeks (2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after). This past week, nothing. Im on mushy food, and I feel bloated and fat. I do not feel like I am losing anything and I am getting depressed. Help me out... is this normal. I terrified that I am stretching my pouch - is that even possible this early? The only activity Im allowed to do is walk, at leaast for three more weeks. Does anybody know the average loss once you start eating regular food? Maybe I am overreacting. Maybe I have to wait for my first fill. I just hate this feeling.

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I was banded 9/16. Lost 14 lbs in 3 weeks, then stopped dead. Gained 2, lost 1.5. Went to the Dr 3 days ago and he said that since a lot of my post op loss was Water, I was just re-hydrating. He didn't fill me at my 4 week visit on Friday because, even though I had gained 2 that week, I was still on target with 1 - 2 lbs loss per week (what he said goal should be). He said I could decide in 2 weeks or wait until my next visit in 4 weeks. Since last week though I have felt very bloated, pain in the band area, almost like a gas pain. He thought the pain was possibly from my diet coke (s) so I cut those out, but still having the "gas" pain, which I hadn't had weeks 2 -4. Hang in there...start exercising at least 15 mins/per day.

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Thanknyou to everyone. I cant tll you how much your comments mean to me. I need to stay off the scale and keep doing what I am doing. I am glad I am not alone. I need to lower my expectations, or rather, slower them... it will take time. You all rockThanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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