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!