Thursday, May 27, 2010

What To Do

I went on a liquid diet today after my last episode of PB'ing, which occurred after I ate 1/4 of an apple, unpeeled. TMI warning: I PB'd about 5 times after eating it and felt sore in my throat afterward. I decided I would go on a liquid diet for 24 hours and then decide what to do.

I do not want to get an unfill and I don't really think I need one, but I'd be interested in anyone's thoughts. Janelle thinks maybe I need an unfill.

My last fill was April 27th and I was fine (although didn't have enough restriction) until last Thursday, about 3 weeks after my fill, when I started feeling some really good restriction. I have 8.1 ccs in my 10 cc band. Starting on Thursday, my band totally restricted the amount I could eat. If I ate too much, I PB'd.

The problem is, I'm PB'ing pretty much at every meal except breakfast with my protein shake. I keep thinking I just need to eat less and slower and I really think if I did that, I wouldn't PB. I've been trying to notice my body's symptoms when I'm eating too much and today, I had done okay until that damn apple.

I am loving this restriction and loving the weight loss. And I'd have no problem PB'ing after most meals as long as it isn't damaging my band.

Any help or advice would be appreciated. I have been waiting so long to feel the band that now that I do, I don't want to do anything to change it!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

So Far, So Good

Six days since I felt really good restriction and six pounds down! I'm now at my lowest since I got banded--yay for me!

I don't know if this is too much restriction or not. I seem to be PB'ing more than I want to, but I'm loving the weight loss. I don't want to damage my band, but I want to keep up the weight loss--I've been waiting for MONTHS for this!!! I'm learning to recognize the signs of upcoming PB'ing so I'm trying to stop before that happens...I guess it's just a matter of learning my body's signs that it is time to quit. Seems like about 1/4 cup is it, depending on what I'm eating.

A pound a day is too quick and it will slow down. But I'm lovin' it while it lasts!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I last posted almost three months ago! :(

Almost three months since I last posted.

For the same reason as I stated in my last blog entry--when I'm discouraged, I don't want to put it all down on paper. Or screen, I guess :D

BUT, I think I'm finally on my way! I've now had five fills. I went from .5 ccs to 3 ccs, to 3.5 ccs, to 5 ccs, to 8 ccs. My last fill was on April 27th, and for the first two weeks, although I noticed more restriction, I was still able to eat as much as I wanted of the right foods, plus I was hungry a lot. So I figured another fill was coming soon.

Then....something happened. Several of you bloggers told me that it can take 2-3 weeks to feel the full restriction from a fill. I got back into town after a few days at the beach. I'd gained another pound. I'd been playing around with the same 4-5 pounds ever since January when I got off my liquid diet. I'd gain them and then really diet hard and lose them. All the while, I felt I was getting no help from the band--that any weight loss I was able to accomplish was through sheer willpower and nothing else.

So anyway, I get back from the beach and the next morning, it was REALLY hard to get my morning protein shake down! Wha??? And from then on, I was barely able to eat anything! I had to slow down, chew my food better, choose my foods wisely, and even then, I was barely able to keep more than 1/4 to 1/2 cup food down at a sitting.

All I can say is YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Since last Thursday when we got back, I've relost the 4 pounds I'd gained, plus two more!!!! Making my total weight loss 22 pounds!!!

That doesn't sound like much, even to me, but you can't believe how many months I've been stuck at 20 lbs, then 15, then 20, etc.

I'm loving the band now! It is truly helping me--and I'm doing my part by eating the proper foods. I'm reexcited (is that a word?) about losing weight and am again hopeful that this is going to change my life!!!