Saturday, March 13, 2010

She's Baaaaaa-aaaaack

My band has returned. I met with the FNP today at my surgeon's office and she helped mediate a compromise for the two of us. My band decided to return to her post with a whopping 4 ccs- 2.5 for the prime and 1.5 for restriction. I am so relieved!

I felt a difference immediately and hope to be back on track by next week's fill. I learned a few things this past week and a half:
  • I appear incapable of restraining myself (without the band) when it comes to food.
  • My stomach actually shrunk- a lot. I could barely eat "normal" portions. I was so excited to once again eat pizza and placed two whole slices on my plate settling in for a major chow down. Surprise! I could only eat half a slice.
  • I gained BACK 8 pounds in 1.5 weeks! 8 pounds. My body must have been starving for those extra calories.
  • My insomnia returned along with my fierce temper, hot flashes and irritability. It's amazing what eating yucky foods (ie. foods that are NOT band friendly) can do to your overall health and state of well-being.
  • It is so important to take better care of myself- see bullet above.
  • I don't ever want to be without the band again and plan on treating her with extreme caution and with a great degree of care.
  • It only takes 1.5 weeks to go from a size 18 back up to a 20. (Don't try this at home.)
  • All the foods that I have been "missing" over the past six months were SO not worth eating again. NOTHING came close to tasting as good as losing weight feels. As a matter of fact, I am totally grossed out by how disgusting all of my past favorite foods now taste. I need to make sure I remember this one.
  • The past six months has actually changed my mentality quite a bit. Instead of constantly dreaming about my next meal, I found myself forgetting to eat and not worrying about food. It was great.
Reading over all of your blogs has reminded me of how successful I can be if I truly put my heart into making this journey work. THANK YOU ALL for being here for me. I would be so lost without all of you.

FYI- "Remember Me" with Rob Pattinson is an excellent movie. It's a definite must see.


LauraLynne said...

very good insights! alwys wondered why we lost weight one pound at a time but gained it 5 at a time!! Frustrating...

Lap Band Gal said...


Ali said...

I'm so glad to hear that you got another fill and that it is working so well! I am going to have my second one next week, and I sure do need it! I'm still losing, but I get sooo hungry and I can eat a lot.

So happy for you!


Kinzie said...

Happy for you. I guess we will never really understand why some of use are wired to have such a love/hate relationship with food. You are right, without the band I would lose all control - I just can't do it alone.

Jen from Oregon said...

Welcome back to your band!

BanderificBeauty said...

*does a happy dance for you*

blondish said...

I know one of my blog friends has gone through the same and has lost about 100 pounds since November 2009. It is just incredible. I know there are difficulties and such.

And even normally, gaining is usually easier than losing weight.

Good luck with the band. I know some really like to keep it for a time and it helps maintain some control. Maybe one day you will finally be comfortable without it.

By the way, I work as a virtual assistant of The Healthy Moms ( ), the site is fairly new and I thought I would drop by some mom and health related sites to spread the word.

Okiebelle said...

I know you have been a faithful follower of Bethany of "The Great Reduction". I wanted to let you know that she passed away last night. She dropped dead of a heart attack at Walmart. I don't know her password, so I can't update her blog.
Denise (Her sister)

Lisa said...

Glad you are back on track!