First fill, 6 weeks post op.

Yesterday marked my 6 week post op. I have lost 25lbs to date πŸ™‚ My little “Bandie” is sure a stubborn little thing. Some days I can eat and some days I can’t. I definitely can not eat before 12 noon. A lot of people from what I have researched are usually way tighter in the morning so I guess that makes me normal! LOL! I had my upper GI today and everything looked great! I also found out that I have the standard 10 cc band. I had nothing in it because my Dr leaves it empty at surgery due to swelling and the healing process. Because I’m doing so well I only got a half a cc fill today. I have felt quite nauseated since leaving the Dr office but I seem to be getting better. No hunger what so ever but then again, it’s not unusual for me to have to remind myself to eat these days. Did I just say that?? No way! HaHaHa!! The fill was a bit weird. It didn’t necessarily hurt, it was just weird. I didn’t realize the needle would be as long as it was. The whole thing is still so fascinating to me. Below are some pictures for those that may have never seen what the band looks like. Happy Thursday to you all!!

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One month post op!

Today is my one month post op and I feel amazing!!!! 22 lbs gone forever! Things are going good but I’m still learning life with my band who I have now named “Bandie”, LOL! We have a love/hate relationship!! HaHaHaHa! Here is a before pre op and my one month post op. I can’t wait to see my 1 year post op!

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A few of my favorite things

It’s been just about a week since my last post so here’s the latest updates. We went on a family mini vacation to the Oregon coast. It was a lot of fun and I had an amazing time out in the ocean fishing for tuna! We caught enough tuna to last us a year! LOL! Good thing it’s band friendly!! Being away from the scale was really hard on me and being around all the good food was challenging at times too. Since I jump on the scale 10,000 times a day I had serious withdraws but I learned a valuable thing that I already knew, it just validated it. The day we came home I knew I had excersized quite a bit while gone and although my eating and drinking habits were not always the best I could truly feel I had lost weight. I was so happy to jump on the scale until I did just that. ZERO change! I was pissed!! With that said I quickly got over it and realized the scale does not always tell the truth when it comes to inches. It’s remembering those small little non scale victories that got me through that day. I sulked the rest of Monday night and then got back on the wagon the next day and made a commitment to track my food daily and get in 5 days a week of excersize. So far so good πŸ™‚ My family loves to eat and food is almost always around when we are all together. For the most part I think I handled it really well but when I didn’t my band was quick to remind me. Food got stuck and than came right back up. So I already knew pasta was off limits, now I know that potatoes and sugar free chocolate are too. I’m always learning. Ironically enough, bread seems to be OK if I chew it really well and eat it slow. All in all I felt I did pretty good over vacation compared to how I would have done in the past. Baby steps is what it’s all about!

I wanted to share some of my favorites at the moment and a new find that I found today that is actually really delish!! Β I’ll start with the new find that came from Fred Meyers. It’s like a rice cake but 10 times better!! Especially when dipped in hummus. It comes in onion, plain, strawberry and cinnamon. I have so many ideas for these little slices of heaven. I dipped the onion in hummus today and can’t wait to try some deli meat and cheese on one and eat like a sandwich. I bet sugar free jelly will be good on the cinnamon one too. I have a ton of ideas for them and at 15 calories per serving, no fat and 3 grams of carbs, I’m sold!!!!

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The next thing is what I drank when I was on the HCG shots. For those that like pop, this is for you! They are called Zipfizz and you can get them at Costco. It is a healthy energy drink mix that you pour and shake into a water bottle. It fizzes up like pop but is not πŸ™‚ 10 calories per tube and tons of vitamins. They come in grapefruit, orange and grape. A must have if you can’t handle the pop!

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Hummus is just a staple item with me! I dip dill pickles in it or tomatoes or any veggie and now of course my Magic Pops!! Different brands come in different flavors. I prefer Athenos brand and the two flavors I posted are my fav!

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I am finding that I love the greek yogurt more so than the regular yogurt now and for us bandsters it’s great because it has twice the protein!!

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This last item is not nesasarily my top pick but to have it mixed together and a protein choice it’s worth it to have in the refrig!

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That is the latest foods in my diet! Friday will be a week of no change on the scale. I walked 3 miles today and plan to do the same tomorrow and Friday to see if I can get it to budge! I am still at a 17 lb loss and I appreciate that, I’m just ready to nudge it some more! Stay tuned………….

What is with all the weird noises

It sure is interesting getting to know my band. My stomach and throat have made some of the weirdest noises I have ever heard. At times quite loud and embarrassing!! Apparently it is completely normal and can be the food digesting that I have eaten hours before. It’s almost like I have 2 stomaches (which technically I guess I do) and when the tiny one gets full it holds onto the food for awhile and then as it slowly releases the food to my bigger stomach, the bigger one starts growling like it’s starving but I am completely not hungry at all. That’s the best explanation as funny as it sounds. The visual on that just cracks me up!! Awwww, one of the joys of bandhood, LOL! Happy to report I have now lost 18lbs πŸ™‚ I am leaving for a beach trip tomorrow with all my family. Family time always equals lot’s of yummy food. I may be taking quite a few walks to remove myself. I got this though!! πŸ˜‰

Learning this new way of eating

It’s been almost 2 weeks since my surgery and I have been adding in more and more mushy type foods into my diet. Since I was pretty much a volume eater I am having a hard time getting my brain to think and act like it’s feeding a newly banded body. Of course this is all new for me and very much a work in progress. Liquid and soft foods go through the band just fine so I really need to be cautious of those food types calories and nutritional value. Solid foods are a whole different story as I learned a hard lesson this weekend. I tried to eat some mac n cheese and it did not work for me and I ended up throwing it up. I guess pasta will be off limits to me. After that episode I’m not sure I will ever try breads either. The thought of never having a sandwich again seems so crazy but I am committed to this for life so I am prepared. At least that is what I keep trying to tell myself. It’s amazing how us Americans are so spoiled with foods. It makes me wish we could go back in time to when everything was pure and un processed. I am really going to try to utilize farmer’s markets and fresh produce stands. I wonder if I’ll ever be able to eat salad at all?! Tonight my mind is wondering a lot of things. I think for now I am just going to focus on changing the way I think about food. I need to keep telling myself, “I eat for nutrition”. That’s a hard one that’s probably going to take some time!

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First shopping trip since surgery

I really don’t know what I was thinking today. I am just so damn anxious to melt away this fat suit that I decided to go take a look at my favorite clothing store this afternoon. I walked in feeling great and walked out feeling like shit! I don’t know why I do that to myself, I know better! For goodness sake, it’s only been a week and 2 days since my surgery. I quickly recovered myself, told the girls that work there I would see them in a few months and walked out. The old me would have gone straight to food to take away the “blahs” but I opted for a tiny 4 oz Yo Cream instead and was just fine. I think I’m getting the hang of this mind game thing that I can sometimes play with myself. After all, I never quite understood why when I was mad or sad that I would want to eat and sabotage myself when the one thing that makes me the most unhappy is being overweight. I wonder if I will ever figure that one out?!

So later on tonight I took my girls to my favorite Mexican food place to eat only because I know they make a fantastic tortilla soup that is made with broth. They must have thought I was crazy when I ordered it. “I’ll take the small chicken tortilla soup please with no chicken, no tortillas, no cheese, no sour cream and no avocado”! LOL! Whatever, it worked for me and the broth was delish. The funny part though was me dipping tortilla chips into salsa just to get a taste of salsa without biting the chip. Now that is some damn discipline. Not an easy task but I did it!. Woooohoooooo! I think that is the first time leaving a Mexican food restaurant that I didn’t feel like I was going to need a wheelbarrow to wheel me out. Baby steps right?!?! That is what it is all about! As I get ready to lay my head on my pillow tonight, I am happy. Happy and proud for my small accomplishments πŸ™‚ Oh, and I’m down 14lbs. Super exciting even if those clothes didn’t work for me today πŸ˜‰

**My Favorite Store**

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Today it hit me………

As I was driving back from picking up Justyne from dance camp today, I realized that my life with food is drastically changing. I can’t really even explain what I felt. I guess it’s best described as being a neutral feeling. Just a little over a week ago, I would have been driving through McDonald’s or Taco Bell for lunch. My natural reaction was to drive that way and as I caught myself I thought, “well I’ll just get it for Justyne.” Β At that moment I realized that this surgery isn’t really just all about me and me getting healthy. It is also about Justyne and teaching her and showing her as she grows up that good nutrition is needed to fuel our bodies and fast food is purely meant for that, fast food! We had plenty of time to go home and make a delicious, healthy, nutritious lunch that would give her little body the vitamins and minerals needed for her growth. I know that the chicken nuggets and fries couldn’t even compete! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to turn all health nut on you now and I know this family will eat McDonald’s again but I had that moment today that I realized I truly let fast food rule our life for quite some time. Whether out of habit, convenience or whatever it is I am just glad that it hit me and I took that one step closer to what should be a normal relationship with food. Food is truly an addiction and I full heartedly admit I am a food addict. I know that I am not going to change overnight, I still have a long road ahead of me. For once though, I am proud of myself for being aware. Not just for myself but for Justyne as well. The last thing on this earth that I want is for her to grow up having the same issues I’ve had with food for so many years!

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