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The Hypnotic Gastric Band Update.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

I eventually listened to the Ďfitting the gastric bandí track on Thursday evening before bed, so this is my fifth day with it. There were no immediate differences, but then I wasnít expecting that, but over the weekend, I wasnít too impressed. In fact I posted on the UK message board to say so, then on Monday, something happened that hadnít happened before, but lets take the days in order.

Friday Day 1. Didnít have a lot planned. Iím still practicing the four golden rules anyway, so I donít give myself much breakfast or lunch any more, and I was satisfied with what I ate. I spent all day with an awareness of my stomach, a kind of mild hollow feeling. I was overtaken in the afternoon with a feeling that I needed to walk, and went out for a swift walk, pounding the pavements. I did 90 minutes and crossed the 10,000 steps, just. Dinner was sausages, beans and mash. I ate what I considered to be a fairly normal portion, my awareness of full was definatly heightened, it came quite suddenly, just before Iíd finished my plate. The last mashed potato was binned.

Saturday and Sunday, days 2+3. I was hiking both days, so they kind of blend into one. Both days I had a small bowl of granola for breakfast with a drink of milk, and a sandwich, which I ate three quarters of for lunch. On Sunday I had a large slice of victoria sponge, which I did feel full after, as well. On both days dinner was scrappy as I was too tired to cook, cheese on toast Saturday, and beans on toast Sunday. Both days I felt nothing stomach wise at all and was disappointed, hence the post.

Then I started thinking about that this morning. What am I expecting, to hike all day on nothing??? I walked 11 miles on Saturday, and 8 on Sunday for goodness sake, on toast and granola! Itís not supposed to be a starvation diet. I was hungry, I ate.

Yesterday, Monday day 4. I had come in on Sunday evening to a very unwell old cat, which added to my eating stress, as I was afraid Iíd have a very hard decision to make in the morning. I was up most of the night comforting him. I might add that he was in no distress, it was only me! He might not be able to walk, but he was having a whale of a time, lying there full length being cuddled and stroked. He was even purring to himself! So Monday dawned full of problems. No breakfast, straight to the vet, who immediately ordered tests and admitted him, so all day was spent awaiting phone calls and doing nothing much, and I ate a sandwich for lunch, and another for tea. By eight in the evening, they had said he wasnít at deaths door yet, though they werenít letting him home either, but I could relax. Usually that would be enough for me to have a big meal, and probably a few beers, and totally let my hair down. I did go and get an Indian takeaway, the one I had promised myself on Sunday. I did have a beer, but only the one, while waiting for my food to be prepared, then Iíd had enough! (unheard of, I would normally have three, one before, one during, one after) The food I divided in half, I know itís always too much. I was very full after that, which WAS unusual, I would not have expected to be that full, I should really have stopped sooner but the clean plate brigade reared its ugly head, but before, often I would have gone back for more.

So today I have had three quarters of a slice of toast for breakfast, slightly less than normal, and the juryís still out! Certainly I seem to go from hardly past hungry to full much more quickly and insistently. I will go for another walk later as my tai chi and swim were cancelled because of old Twink, and Iíll continue to assess the situation.

Later:- It definately seems to intesify both the hungry and full signals. I went out and walked 5 miles round my local park this morning, the weather was bright but cold and I felt almost compelled again.....Hmmm. That took me past my normal lunchtime of 1.30, and it was like a switch turning on. Real hunger. I couldn't wait to get home to my sandwich, my tummy was even rumbling by the time I sat down, then hunger receeded just as fast, as I slowly chewed my way through my sandwich, which I didn't quite finish! I suppose it can only give me the signals, it's up to me to heed them.

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SHELLYBABE2 2/7/2013 2:07PM

    emoticon It's sounding all good to me - it is meant to take into consideration what your body requirements are and if you're hiking for so many miles you do need to nourish it. Look forward to hearing your next update :) Good luck with it!

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1BEACHWALKER 2/6/2013 4:56PM

    Good to hear all is working well- I have read your previous blogs to catch up, but am still confused about what you are doing. Hypnotic gastric band, but everyone talks like you really did have the procedure done. Must have missed something in my speed reading. Whatever works for you, I wish you much success!!
Hope your cat makes a speedy recovery, glad he is back home!

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    It's great to hear (read) about you listening to your body. All the best to you & Dear Twink!
: )

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JUNEAU2010 2/5/2013 7:09PM

    Thinking good thoughts for Twink. My Cilantro has given me similar false alarms over the years.

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JULIA1154 2/5/2013 4:34PM

  I hope Twink will soon be back home and doing well - I know you must miss him.

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MARIANNE9855 2/5/2013 4:28PM

    But if you hadn't eaten Battenburg cake none of us Americans would know what it was! emoticon

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STONECOT 2/5/2013 4:00PM

    I'm obviously a bad influence!

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CHICCHANTAL 2/5/2013 3:43PM

    Hiking with Stonecot makes you revert to type. Please note I ate BATTENBERG cake on Saturday for the first time in 40 years.

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MILLISMA 2/5/2013 2:42PM

    Thanks for the update on how things are going. Also, thanks for the update on Twink. He sure knows he is loved.

hugs to you and Twink.....Mary Anne

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    Thanks for sharing your journey with hypnotic-gastric-band adventure....
Isn't it amazing? We really do need to listen to what our bodies are saying to us, and how we respond to those messages (for good or ill). Sometimes our bodies are just being temperamental brats and we must take them well in hand and then there are the times we are being autocratic dictators which isn't so good either.
But then what do I know.

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CHIASMA 2/5/2013 1:59PM

    Haha I love how British your food choices are.

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AKELAZ 2/5/2013 1:51PM

    VERY interested to read this. Sounds like you have gained some control of your food intake and of taking heed of your internal signals. You must be under considerable stress with poor Tink's situation and yet you don't seem to have eaten your way through that - equally, like Pinkangel, I'm interested in the beer incident. I would LOVE to have better control of my wine intake and maybe you have that now. Then there is all the exercise you do - you need to hear your system well enough to let it help you to replenish your energy levels.
All fascinating for me - I'm having such a hard time observing the Four Golden Rules with any regularity that I'm working on that rather than moving on with anything more - but am very happy to be able to follow your progress and am much encouraged by it. Thanks so much for sharing.
More than anything at the moment - I wish you and Twink all the very best.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/5/2013 12:55PM

    I hope it goes well for you. Well done!

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XTINA46 2/5/2013 9:56AM

    Having been think of you and Twink all day! Wishing him a speedy recovery! This hypnotic gastric band experiment seems most intriguing -- do keep up on your reports!
Personally, I am having great success and fun with my detox eating program, and have trimmed 8.5 lbs in about 10 days. 30 lbs to go! I think the key is eliminating ALL dairy and wheat from my diet -- within 48 hours, I was lighter, more energetic (exercising every day with no loss of strength) and no tummy bloat or digestive problems, and the weight just started to fall off! Over the past 10 days, I also completely eliminated all alcohol, caffeine, sugar and chocolate! So it's quite the detox indeed. But the results are really amazing and I am going to stick with it for the full recommended 21 days.

Seems to me: You do seem to eat a lot of bread! -- but then the gastric plan is helping you to smaller helpings! Keep up the good plan, Stonecot~ I am fascinated by your progress reports!

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MARIANNE9855 2/5/2013 9:39AM

    I hope your cat is able to come home soon and he is ok. Interesting experience with your gastric band- I will be eager for the results!

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PINKANGEL73 2/5/2013 9:30AM

    Hmmm, it is interesting isn't it. Does seem to have had an effect and yes I think you are right - you are bound to feel quite hungry after so much exercise at the weekend. It doesn't sound to me as though you ate very much at all!

Even with a real band I think it is possible to keep eating after you are full and stretch it so it doesn't work. So you are right to try to listen to your bodies signals.

And the beer incident is worth noting too as I know that is one of your favourite treats. Do keep us informed - missed the board post somehow.

Hope Twink can come home soon - hugs to you both x

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RAINBOWCHOC 2/5/2013 8:52AM

    glad to read the latest about the band. I hadn't seen the message board post.
I suppose you can be grateful you are still eating proper food as "post op" people are on puree with supplements. I cannot imagine imagine pureed salad!
One question, what happens when you reach your desired level, is there a reverse procedure or do you increase your portions to stretch the pouch again? It's something I have never heard mention in the programmes about obesity. I'm glad to say my BMI would no longer qualify me for surgery.
Here's hoping Twink is home again soon.

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CAROLYNNE242 2/5/2013 8:08AM

    I hope Twink makes a full and speedy recovery. Well done on all the exercise!

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