I like the lap band. It did take about 8 months for me to get to the point where my restriction was where it needs to be. Plus it didn't help that I learned how to eat around it but now with me eating correctly it is really helping. I actually spoke with my Dr this week about my caloric intake and she said that I should be eating between 1200-1400 calories a day. This is hard for me because my band only allows me to each so much. She suggested protein shakes which seem to be helping. I was only getting 900 calories a day unless I was eating something not real good for me. When I got my band I had to be 208 lbs (only being 5 ft) and have one co morbidity. I have high cholesterolso it worked in my favorite. When I got the band though I was 228. How did your sister's GB go?
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Thanks Chica :-) I even looked up the criteria when I got to work this morning just to make sure I wasn't deluding myself. I am just so appalled that she would make that recommendation, yet didn't seem to be able to do more than print things for me from the internet when I asked about appropriate calorie intake. For heavens sake, I even have a very healthy glucose level and decent blood pressure so I am not even a candidate from an "at-risk" standpoint.
How do you like the lapband? My sister had GB and I sometimes think the lapband would have beena better option for her.
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So, since turning 40 I have tried to do the responsible thing and get my annual physical and mammogram...you know the drill. So, turned 45 this month and had my annual physical yesterday. I wanted to talk with my physician about my weight - while I have had an underlying feeling that they didn't know anymore than I did, I still felt like this was an appropriate venue to bring it up.
I asked about an appropriate calorie range, mentioning what SparkPeople recommended, and she just nodded and said that was fine. I mentioned using the "Run Your Butt Off" book and she was like "oh, I don't know if I am comfortable with you running. I sort of looked at her like "huh??" She was like "well at your weight that could cause damage to the joints..." People, I am about 200 lbs right now and sometimes drop below that. I know plenty of you that are out there running, and successfully I might add, at my weight and probably more. So, I mentally tucked that one away to consider.
I mentioned that one of my biggest challenges to tracking is with recipes since I do like to cook more than just grilled chicken and vegetables. She threw in Weight Watchers. "That is easier than calorie counting because it is exchanges." Huh??? Uh, I have been to Weight Watchers and I know it works for alot of people but I actually found the Point value thing even more frustrating than straight up calorie counting. So, my confidence in her ability to advise me was starting to slip a bit.
It gets better. The final nail in her weight advice coffin came when she looked at me and said: "You know you are a candidate for gastric bypass, but I don't think you want to do that. Why don't you see how this counting thing goes and make an appointment to come back and see me in 6 months." Folks, I am 5'4" and weigh 200lbs. My BMI is 34.3. In no way, shape or form am I a candidate for GB. It took until about 9 o'clock last night before I really let her comment sink in...now I am just doing a slow burn. Guess I'll be looking for a doc who can actually be a partner in my journey to good health, not a random and inappropriate detour along the way.
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