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1st Fill - Eazy Peazzy & Thank you Grace!!


I got my first fill today. After invisioning pain and the doctor being an a-hole, I got the biggest surprise of the day. Not only did the needle stick not hurt, but the doctor actually was cordial today. There are no words to describe him, but he was cordial today. I'm down 17.4lbs. since the surgery and a total of 25.4lbs. overall. I am very happy with that. I have a 10cc band, but I have no clue how much fluid the doctor put in because he was quick and I was to busy asking questions. I called the office back to ask, but they said that he is not aggressive with fills and put very little in. I am to do liquids today and mushies for the next two days.

When I called back I talked with the office manager Bonnie (whom I just LOVE) and she advised me to not mix my protein with juice. Even low calorie/no fat juices. I had been counting calories and fat grams, but neglected to count carbs, which she says plays a big part in loosing weight. I knew this, but was so focused on what Dr. Woodman said about counting fat grams. Anyway, I will definitely be incorporating this. The juice I use for my smoothie is only 50 cals/0 fat grams per 8 oz. cup, but has 30 carbohydrates (YIKES)!!! So needless to say I am going to find another way to mix my protein. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. She told me that a lot of her patients don't lose as much weight as they could because they are on high calorie protein shakes and juices. She also said that when you get the lap band because you have been obese, your body wants to hold on to every gram of carb or fat (which I knew) when trying to loose weight, but also that your body doesn't even metabolize those things the same. If anyone had taken a picture of my face, that look would have been priceless. Bonnie, though did what Dr. Woodman didn't and that was tell me that she is so proud of me. YAY ME!!!

I save the best for last!! I want to thank Grace of Grace's Fat Chance for the parcel I got in the mail on Saturday. OMGGGGG!!!! I am so happy. I even have on a pair of the slacks and a cute top she sent me today. She was so gracious enough to throw in an extra pair of slacks. A few of my sister's were over so when I got the package they were just in awe. They were saying how cute the items were. Everything fits wonderfully and the slacks have a little room for me to run my finger along the waistline. I will be out of these in no time. I have this huge smile on my face. I just love the Sisterhood!! Thank you Grace!!!

13 comments:

Amanda said...

yay! Love to get "new" clothes! Fantastic news on the easy going fill too! Let us know how you feel in a few days too!

Blossom said...

I mix my protein with milk (I know it has carbs, but also more protein). You could try Almond milk which is lower in carbs (i think?). Of course it would matter what type of protein you're using; I use a chocolate whey protein so it makes like a chocolate shake :-).

Justawallflower said...

I have not yet been banded, so do not know what requirements you are looking for in protein shakes, but I know Jillian Michaels (from Biggest Loser) has a wonderful protein shake at walmart for $10. There is vanilla and chocolate (vanilla is AWESOME), and I usually mix it with Almond milk. It is really good, could even trick yourself into thinking your drinking something you shouldn't.

I am super excited about your fill and new pants! best of luck to you!

amandakiska said...

I'm glad your first fill went so well. Your weight loss is fantastic.

Which brings me to my next point: why change ANYTHING? What you are doing is working. You are losing weight. Doctors and medical personnel like to tell people what to do, but they aren't really great at saying keep up the good work. I think we can count fat grams and carbs and calories OR we can let the band do its job and live our lives, doing the best we can to make good food choices, but knowing that sometimes we're going to have juice or a cookie or whatever.

The band works by keeping our serving sizes small, encouraging us to eat slowly, chew thouroughly, be aware as we eat and stop eating when we're full. Because we eat relatively small quantities of food, it is important to eat nutricious foods most of the time.

I know I didn't have WLS to spend the rest of my life on a diet. Especially since diets don't work. I had surgery so I could be FREE of all that. And I am. I was banded in February and have lost more than 80 lbs. I'm less than 20 lbs. from goal.

So KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! What you are doing is WORKING and you should only change it if YOU want to!

-Grace- said...

You are so welcome!! I figured you could use another pair of dress pants to shrink out of :)

Pamela E. Williams said...

@Amanda, I will definitely let you all know if I feel anything.

@Blossom, Thanks for the suggestion I will try Almond Milk.

@Justawallflower, Thanks for your suggestion as well and I am following you now.

@Amandakiska, you bring up some great and valid points that I never thought of. I was sitting here reading and going "yea" at every point. Thanks for your input you really made me think.

@Grace, I♥you girl!!

Bonnie said...

Glad your first fill went well. I'm with Amandakiska about counting everything. I'm losing fairly slowly, but I'm also pretty much eating what I want. I didn't get the band to have to count every single thing I put in my mouth. I obviously go for high protein and for healthier food in general, but I'm not going to count calories or carbs. You are doing great and if I were you, I wouldn't change a thing.

Cindylew said...

Great news on your loss and also that your fill went well. I see great success in your future buttercup.

Michelle said...

I'm glad your fill went good. It's nice that way.

Nicole said...

Yay for helpful Bonnie. I really don't like your doctor and wish he was nicer to you! Congrats on the painless fill. You are a few weeks ahead of me, so I like to stalk you and see what is coming!

Anonymous said...

Good point, though sometimes it's hard to arrive to definite conclusions

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