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Your post sounds like my posts before I was banded. My deepest fear was that it would fail (in other words, I would fail.) I had decided 2 years ago that I was sick of constantly worrying abou tmy weight and how much I ate and calories and fat and so on. I decided I would eat what i wanted, when I wanted and that was that. I was rewarded by balooning to 345 pounds and almost being disabled by pain. talk about no will power! The band is a tool, but when your consequence for eating the wrong stuff or too much is immeidate pain and vomiting, you learn to change your behavior. Also, when the weight starts falling off right after surgery, it is a huge motivator.

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I also agree that we all feel like "why will this work when everything else failed", I dont think there is one person on this board who never, ever tried any kind of diet. I think it is natural for us to doubt ourselves, look at what we are doing to achieve sucsess, but that is the key. We ARE doing something to change this body we have. It is time to put that self-doubt behind us and believe in ourselves. We are all stronger than we give credit. It takes some hard work and sweat but We can do this!

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Many of us here are veterans. They can tell you what it's like now for them. I am newly banded. Next Tuesday, I can start eating solid food. :girl_hug:

I was also worried about it really working. I was guilty of eating too much at a time. (Clean your plate!) I have not had a fill yet, but during the days right after surgery when my stomach was swollen I think the restriction was like a fill. I was full with the smallest amounts. After I ate my 1/2 cup of Soup I was full. I didn't have this burning desire for more. Now, the swelling is gone and I am hungry, but 4-5 ounces of chili satisfies me. I could eat more, but in two more weeks I get my first fill. I am doing my best to "follow the program." I am expecting the restriction to feel like right after surgery (I could be wrong about this :nervous ) If the fill acts anything like post-surgery sensations, this is going to work. I have no regrets.

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