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6 months & 5 fills.. the journey continues

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Thanksgiving Day was definitely a day of thanks for me as it was my 6 month anniversary with the Lapband! I continue to have success with my weight loss, although slow. But my main objective for the band was to keep me from regaining, not so much losing. So far I have been through summer picnics, a very long vacation and 1 major eating holiday and I have lost 20 lbs since the surgery.

I am now at 9.5 ccs in my 11 cc band. I really didn't feel restriction until I was at 8cc's but I could still eat quite a bit and still get hungry. While I was a bit perplexed, my surgeon just smiled and said I was doing as expected. And the fact that I had not gained any weight through the band adjustment months was a big accomplishment. OK... I'll take it!

At 9 cc's, I felt a lot more restriction, had to slow down big time and chew more. I had 1 episode of getting stuck and throwing it back up. Not fun but I survived. I found myself still getting hungry, especially at night. I have been working a few strategies to help me get through that issue.

I wasn't sure if I should take another fill? But after talking to my Dr and discussing what I was eating, how often, etc. she said that a perfect band should allow me to eat 1 to 1 1/2 cups of food and not be hungry for 3-4 hrs. I was eating more than that and still getting hungry. So another .5 cc's went in! She said future fills will be smaller... probably .25 increments. She also suggested I eat less soft food and more raw veggies.

A week into it, I am eating less and am going longer without feeling hungry. And now I am finding it difficult to eat some foods. It's amazing to me the difference!

My goal when I go back in January is to have lost another 5 lbs. I decided I needed to change up my exercise so I am doing resistance bands and some slow jogging (slogging!). I have back issues so I have to be imaginative.

My journey started in November 2010. Looking back I am amazed that I have not only lost, but continue to lose. That is a first for me and it gives me great joy and hope for the future!

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    Glad you are doing well and making progress! Hope all is well and you are having a Happy Holiday Season! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2291 days ago
    Great! So glad your doing so well. Is this your sweeet spot?
    So happy for you my friend.

    2299 days ago
    You are doing so well and have such a healthy attitude. The peace you're describing is crucial to a successful program and an overall feeling of well-being. I haven't done the arithmetic, but get the impression you'd like to increase your rate of weight loss a little? I do hope you get the result you want when you go in next month. If you don't, no need to be discouraged. A week's worth of food diaries and an appointment with the R.D. can get you on a track you'll be happier with. But in my book you're terrific right now!

    2300 days ago
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