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I went to my clinic appointment today and as usual, got weighed. I've lost 4.8kg over the last 9 1/2 weeks which averages out to 0.5kg per week, which they're very happy about. When I mentioned to the nurse that I was a little disgruntled at my weight loss having slowed down and that it came off in chunks now with plateaus inbetween she waved her arm towards the waiting room and said, "You're doing better than most of the people out there." I had a big talk with the surgeon about heaps of things and feel much better now. She said as long as I'm getting to the gym 3-4 days a week that it's enough and reducing my time spent at the gym to 3 x 2 hour sessions per week is fine. She said a lot of people on 'diets' have only 1200 calories a day but that it's just not enough long term and that I should be aiming for around 1400-1500 calories per day. That I can do. I told her that I'm having 3 meals per day but that I'm absolutely not having half cup serves and that I'm having more like 1 cup serves otherwise I just can't get enough calories in as my tastes have changed so much and most of the foods I eat are low calorie. (An example is that if I halved my current breakfast obsession of low-fat ricotta with pineapple and raspberries to only half a cup I'd be having only 80 calories. Definitely not enough.) I told her I know I'm fine calorie-wise but I'm worried about developing a pouch. She told me that as long as I eat slowly I won't develop a pouch. She said people tend to develop pouches when they eat very large meals quickly. I'm just not even able to do that these days so that's put my mind at rest. I also told her that since my last fill several months ago I'm feeling too tight a lot of the time and have a bit of trouble eating, and a bit of trouble with reflux from time to time. I asked if I could have 0.1ml taken out and I know it sounds like a ridiculously small amount but my logic is that the last time I had a fill I had 0.2ml put in which took me from not tight enough to sometimes too tight ... so I figured that if she took out half of that, ie. 0.1ml that it would be perfect. She agreed and took 0.1ml out. I've already noticed a difference as I had a turkey and salad focaccia for lunch and that meal would have usually caused me quite a lot of difficulty but it went down without any pain at all and didn't get stuck even once. I still felt satisfied and have only just now, over 4 hours later, gotten hungry. I've passed the clinic's expected weightloss (under 99kg) so talked to her about what my goal should be and whether or not I need to take into account the estimated weight of my excess skin. I told her I estimate that I have around 7-8kg of excess skin so wouldn't like to go under 80-85kg and she said that sounded like a good goal. Hopefully I'll continue to steadily lose weight, even though it's slowed down a lot now. I live every single day in fear that I'll fall back into old habits a little bit at a time and not even notice. If I stay this weight now, I'm happy, but I don't want to start regaining weight. I've worked too hard.
So, I had all of my fill out today - after 11 months, my band all of a sudden got tight tight tight and I couldnt keep anything down, not even water. My doctor is going to wait a month and then start again. My question is - will it be like it was when I first got my band, with lots of small fills, slowly working up to the green zone again? Can anyone tell me please - I forgot to ask him. I was too excited by being able to drink water (its the simple things in life!!!)
Hi All 2 weeks ago I had to go in for a laparoscopy to sort out some adhesions (from a few abdominal surgeries) and endometriosis. When I went to see the Anaethetist, he told me I had to have all the fluid removed from my band. When I told him I was taking Nexium and having really bad reflux, he was even more adamant and explained to me that if I had any undigested food hanging around and it went into my lungs, I would die. At first when he told me I had to have all fluid removed I went into a flat panic. What would I do? How am I going to manage? I am going to get fat again. Never mind the fact that the reflux has been so bad, I was having night coughs and if I ate too late, I would even wake up sometimes and almost vomit in bed. Anyway, I had all fill removed and OMG, it is amazing. No reflux, no heartburn, no night coughs, no PB's, NOTHING. And on top of that I am still eating the same amount of food, not getting hungry and I can eat healthy stuff that was difficult to digest before eg. proteins like red meat, chicken as well as salads. I am going to see if I can maintain my weight with an empty band and if I can, I will leave it that way. I only have about 6 - 8 kgs to go so I am not too stressed. I have to exercise more and then I am sure those last kgs will start shifting. Hope everyone is travelling well on their weight loss journeys.