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Hi, my name is John. I am 35 years old, 6ft and 270lbs, diabetes type 2, on blood pressure and cholesterol meds. I started off at 335lbs about 2 1/2 years ago.

I am scheduled for lap band surgery on March 20th and am on day 2 of the pre-op diet. They say 4-5 Meal Replacement shakes a day and if I have to "cheat" to chew, have 4-6oz of lean beef, chicken, or beef.

I have to say this is going to be challenging for me. I am one of those people that didn't gain the excess weight by eating sweets, I love food.

My wife had the surgery a year ago and has lost just over 70lbs. I am so proud of her and am happy to have someone right here with me to coach.

What have been your experiences, when did the anxiety of "what the hell am I about to do" subside?

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I never went through that emotion. I went through the "Do I really want to do this" syndrome for about 2 years before I realized I have to do this or die young. After I mentally pulled the trigger I was all in.

You're experiencing what I and many others experience. You love food and the fear of not being able to sit down and eat a 24 oz chicken fried steak smothered in gravy with a side of mashed potatoes is overwhelming.

Well, I can still sit down and have that meal occasionally but I could never eat more than 8-10 ozs without feeling over full. It's an emotion that was just unnecessary. Don't fear, you can still eat what you ate before but you won't want to since you'll be on a health food kick with the euphoria over losing so much weight.

Good luck.

tmf

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I felt this way. I think because it's "elective" surgery, we think its not "necessary". I had a lot of pre op anxiety with my Lapband and I'm having it again as I consider removal/revision surgery.

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I think you are correct MsMaui! It's the elective surgery thing for me too. I figure I need to just tell work I am having surgery with no details due to it being elective as well.

On another note. I was diagnosed with diabetes only a few weeks ago. I had my first visit with the endocrinologist today and he is confident that if I were at my original heaviest weight I would be on insulin for sure. He also told me no metformin the night before surgery and discontinue use until 3 weeks post-op. He assured that the lap-band and post-op diet will help with controlling my blood sugar levels.

I am really getting excited about this life changing experience! Everything is happening so fast!

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Tell work only what they need to know! The nerves go away with the weight loss. Good luck,nice to have your own built in coach, just don't angry at her, worst comes to worst,come back her and we will help!

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Funny thing is that I think I will be beneficial to her too. We have been through an emotional year last year and stress eating had been in the mix. We will be able to catch each other if we get out of hand.

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my wife and I were banded on the same day and even shared the hospital room. the Nurses thought it was cute.

Having both of us on the same journey even though the journey has not been easy and I still have a ways to go I would not trade my band for anything in the world.

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Well, I am officially a club member!!

Surgery went great, got pics... Lol

Had a small hernia and got a few stitches. Feeling good, had a bit of morphine when I woke up in recovery. Nausea meds working, gas-x is too, but just have discomfort in my collar bone areas.

I lost 13lbs on my pre-op diet and start the count at 256lbs! I hope to be off my metformin, blood pressure and cholesterol meds soon.

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Congratulation on the start of your journey.

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Congratulation on the start of your journey.

Thanks very much!

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Congratulations! Yes you're going to off those meds sooner than you think. Welcome aboard!

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Congrats!!

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Congrats....cant wait to read about your jurney !

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FYI metformin tastes nasty crushed and taken in water!

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Congrates,,,,

I have my 2 month bandaversay the 29th of March, as of today, I have lost 51lbs including my 2 week diet. I did start heavier than you. There will be many ups and downs. I had to learn what actual hunger, vs. head hunger is. The surgery and all the helpful people on this site saved my life. I am much happier and full of energy.

Can finally fit into a kayak again.....LOL,,,

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