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40's BABY!! and I got a question


Ok so this is the WL post as opposed to the one on Thursday. ☺ boy would I love to be 80lbs down. But this post is to say that I am now in the 240s. YAY!!! I got on the scale this morning and I officially weigh 246lbs. WHOO-HOOO!! Now on my doctor's scale it would read 248 (because they just have to be difficult & be 2lbs more), but hey I'm in the 240's!! I am so happy.

I have been thinking a lot about restriction. When I got my first fill, my doctor told me if I didn't feel anything to come back in a week and get another one. I have been trying to track my satiety and this is what I get:

•When I drink a protein drink I get hungry 2 hours out. I mean stomach growling like a rabid wolf. I realize because its a liquid its going to go straight through. I'm ok with that because I'm trying to make sure I get my protein in.

•When I eat real food ex. 1 cup of oatmeal with truvia and golden raisins, I can finish only 3/4s of it and I am full for about 3 1/2 hours. I read a post on labbandtalk.com that the norm is 4 hours.


Which brings me to this question. Should I go get a fill? Yesterday for dinner I had a 1/2 cup of Progresso soup with some crackers and a salad (no meat). The salad was about a 1 cup & 1/2. I was full, but borderline stuffed. Not stuffed though. I could eat more if I let myself, but I don't want to stretch my band. Sometimes I wonder if this is to much (this refering to the soup & salad).

I have to say I'm scared of restriction. Does that make sense? I have heard stories about people not being able to swallow or eat because of to much fluid in the band. Also I feel silly typing this, but in a way I wonder will I be able to get all my nutrients in if I can't eat much. I am diligent with my vitamins and protein. I even found Biotin at Wal-Mart in 5000 mcg - 1 tab. Now I dont' have to take 5 tabs a day in 1000 mcg. I DO NOT want to loose any more hair. Shoot I just started getting this to grow back.

Help y'all!!

9 comments:

Bonnie said...

Congrats on 240s. I'm almost there. Scale will flash the 240s, but stays right on 250 so I'm not quite there yet. Honestly I think after telling your physician how much you eat and then when you are hungry he should be able to tell you if you need a fill. However, if you are losing 1 to 2 lbs a week and feeling full for 3 to 4 hours, I wouldn't get a fill.

amandakiska said...

I agree with Bonnie. It sounds like you're right where you should be for now. I know some poeple like to be so tight they can only eat 1/2 cup of food at a time, but I am not one of them. I like to be able to eat any food I want in a reasonable quantity and I like to not be hungry except at meal times.

T. Michelle said...

Hey Pamela!! thanks for your comment on my blog...I knew you would be there to check on me :-)...now for my 2 cents on yours...

PORTION CONTROL is the key! when i started out i measured everything. I ate the same amount of food all the time. When I wanted to eat more than that I knew it was time to get a fill...I actually got a small fill EVERY month... be it .1 or .2 or .3....I wanted to find that sweet spot! there are many different opinions on this band stuff...i feel there is nothing wrong with snacking. if you think you are at a good fill spot and you can eat a decent amount of food and you are still losing...dont get a fill. If you need to drink something or have an apple in between there is nothing wrong with that either. You dont want to be uncomfortable...I've had at least 12 fills (maybe more) and maybe 4 unfills. But if you are feeling like you can eat a horse 2 hours after having a decent meal AND you are not losing....you might need a fill...(so i fully agree with Bonnie also). i hope that helps!

Joey said...

CONGRATS!!!! :)
If you are feeling full and losing weight, I'd hold off of the fill. But that's me....

Nella said...

Congrats on the numbers sista!

Id also hold off on the fill!

Cindylew said...

240's is wonderful...so proud.
I'm with everyone else but would defer to your Doc if he's the type to ask you a lot of questions and qualify you (so to speak) for the fill.

Camille said...

Congrats on the 240's. You sound really close to good restriction. If you do get a fill, I would make it a small one. Great job so far!!

Michelle said...

YAY!! Congrats on the 240's!! Thats great! Also like Bonnie said I think your doctor will be able to tell you if you need a fill just tell him whats up and be honest.

tessierose said...

Well, I'm on the conservative side with fills. I say wait. If you are satisfied 3.5 hours that's great. Increasing your solid protiens will add to your satisfaction too. Good luck!