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9 Days In

My breakfast/lunch/supper from Gilberto’s.

I have a question about the lap band that I cannot really seem to get any real honest answers on other than what Gwen, Julie (my nurse) and both Dr. Strand/Dr. Haley have been quoted to say. And keep in mind, none of these 4 humans have ever had the lap band procedure done.

The rule is: No drinking liquids 20 minutes prior to eating and then no drinking while eating and wait 45 minutes to 60 minutes after eating to drink any liquids.

Now 5 years ago, I followed those rules. As well as the last 9 days after my final fill. BUT… and I do say a HUGE BUT… why??? During the last 4 years, I followed 90% of the rules but I gave in to drinking water with meals and prior/after too. I never felt that the water flushed away any of the nutrients that I had just consumed like the humans above have told me it would. I also never felt “hungry” immediately after flushing out said “nutrients,” either. Again, that was told to me by the professionals.

In any case, it’s up for debate.

Onwards … I have not gone out to eat with anyone, or ordered any type of take out since my last fill, nine days ago just because I wasn’t feeling “up to it,” and I was good with what I had in my cupboards/fridge. Today, I decided to test it. And by “test it,” I wanted to see if ordering my “go to” favorites and how they would feel in my much smaller stomach.

I went to my favorite dive restaurant and ordered my regular. Chicken fatijas without the tortillas at Gilberto’s. It’s a combination plate (see photo above, that’s my actual meal) which consists of lettuce, pico de galla, guac, small pieces of grilled chicken, green/red peppers, onions, Mexican rice and refried beans.

Prior to this latest fill, I would be able to eat this whole ginormous plate in about an hour’s time. Today… it’s been a little over 2 hours now and I’ve only managed to eat maybe a fourth of the massive plate. And I am full. Everything went down just lovely. But I can actually say, my stomach is full and I’ll have a lot of leftovers for tomorrow and the next day for my meals.

I am also not thirsty.

On a side note, today, being Sunday, December 10, 2017, I am sitting here in a Harry Potter t-shirt, Capri’s, sans socks and I have my patio door open, the sun is shining in as I type, letting in a wonderfully awesome breeze. I think it’s 39 degrees today. I went out earlier this morning to get some groceries for the week of lunches and I wore sandals and no coat. This weather is amazing for South Dakota.

Groceries bought for my lunches this week: 3 heads of cauliflower, celery, peanut butter, and green apples. I also picked up at another store, chicken tenders and little protein packets of cheddar cheese and salami.

Last night, I wasn’t very hungry for supper but I did cut up two apples and dipped them into about a cup of creamy peanut butter. I was pleasantly surprised as to how filling that was and how full I was til today.

As for my non-scale victories… many have been happening in rapid successions in the last 9 days. I am very happy to report that my Harry Potter t-shirt that I am sporting right now, is now quite large on my body frame. When I purchased it last Winter (beginning of 2017), I barely could fit into it. Now, I’m wearing it as “lounge wear,” and I wore it to do errands today, along with no make up and no hair products… I’m not saying I’m a slug today but I am just “going with the flow,” today. Typing my thoughts, watching documentaries on Netflix, and not drinking my water as my belly is still full with the fourth of food I’ve calmly chewed down.

So thanks for reading along with me, thank you for your ongoing support and here’s to continued shrinking!!!! Soon I will be able to match the weight on my driver’s license!!! I cannot wait.


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Wonky-fitting pants

Five days in with the latest saline fill and I believe I am loving this new fill. Today was proof.

My lunch consisted of a baggie of celery, a Honey Crisp apple, a cup of cottage cheese and four sharp cheddar cheese slices. No liquids. What went down my pie hole…. 2 small pieces of celery, about 2 spoonfuls of cottage cheese and 2 squares of non-processed cheese. Yay me. And an hour afterwards, plenty of filtered water was swallowed. Bonus.

Look at the image to the left. Without any saline in my lap band, that is the image on the farthest left. With saline, the 2nd image is what it looks like as it is filled. So now you know. However, I do not know how much this image shows.

Also, another non-scale victory for me was today. Gray pants that have been hanging up in my closet all summer long. Winter is here in the prairie and I put on the pants this morning. They felt baggy, but looked decent in the mirror.

All day today, I could feel them getting baggier and baggier. And they felt wonky. They are now in the pile I have started again for the consignment shop that I take my too big of clothes to for money$$$$$ in Vermillion (SD).

Another piece of clothing that went on that pile was a brand new pink zippered jacket. Also been hanging in my closet for months on end. Put it on with the wonky feeling gray pants this fine morning. and the jacket literally hung on my body frame like a shaggy shawl. Not quite the look I was going for. But boy, it felt so amazing to put it on the pile to sell.

Tonight’s supper was a small amount of spaghetti with sauce. Eight ounces to be exact. I did not even eat a half of it. 10 points for Amy! My lunch box is made for tomorrow. No more cafeteria food. Another win for me.

Gwen the PA was so adamant that I was going to have major hiccups with this new 1/4 of a fill last week. She said I would have major heart burn. I would be vomiting. And I would be so uncomfortable with this big fill. I kept telling her to have faith in me. I know my body. She doesn’t. I know if I was still in Dr. Haley’s care, he would never have said those concerns. But what people do not know is before you can leave their office, you have to prove to them that you are fine and the amount of saline in your lap band is a good amount by drinking a cup of water. And it must all go down the chute without coming back up. The water has to go down just like people who do not have a lap band, drink water. It has to go down smoothly. And it did that for me on Friday, December 1st.

All is well at 10-3/4 cc’s.

All is well.

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Day 2: Check.

Almost finished up with day 2 of eating solid proteins first and foremost before any other food and I’m not failing at it. And besides my addiction to sunflower seeds, I have had zero hankering for any type of bad snack or candy. Although I did buy some milk duds as an emergency in my drawer for work. You know, just in case.

Just in case… I flip out and need chocolate. Or I’m overly stressing and I need to chew on something other than celery. You know… just in case. I’m not going to open the box. I’m just going to take it to work… just in case.

And I bought plenty of “solid proteins,” this afternoon too. I bought some small pre-made salads that comes with bacon and chicken, making each salad worth 18 grams of protein. I also couldn’t figure out whether or not, cottage cheese is considered “slippery food.”

I’m going with no. Cottage cheese is not a slippery food. I mean, it’s not like you take a spoon full of cottage cheese and just swallow it like jello. I actually do chew cottage cheese, don’t you?

Gwen, the PA, did state that if I do opt for soup, that I must strain all the juice out before eating it. Ummm….. isn’t that the entire soup then? Seriously!?!?!?! No worries here, no soup made my cart this fine day.

My lunch for tomorrow is one of the above said salads. I have some slippery apple sauce included, only 3 ounces though… it’s been in my fridge for what seems forever and I do not want to throw it out. It’s going in my lunch tomorrow. And yes, I know it’s a “slippery” food. And I have a Honey Crisp apple. Oh and some celery sticks with peanut butter. Breakfast will consist of an egg bake that my mom made yesterday. Gwen stressed that I eat more eggs and proteins like sausage/bacon/etc…. for breakfast.

Guess what also made my cart today? An entire carton of eggs for 50 cents. It’s been a good 6 years since I last bought a carton of eggs.

Day 2: Almost over.

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Check This Book Out

After talking to several people online and from talking with a friend from Springfield, my hometown, who had already joined the Wheat Belly lifestyle, on April 27, 2017, I started cold turkey with the Wheat Belly Detox. Thankfully I live in a big enough “city,” that we have multiple city libraries and I was able to check out this book. I also had joined two Wheat Belly facebook groups so there were many people also starting it the same day as I did. Having that extra support and people cheering me on for the 10 days was awesome. I will be truthful here. I thought it was going to be easy as pie to follow this lifestyle.

First couple of days, no problems. On Day 4, I felt like I was hit with a dump truck and my all of my joints were aching and I was terribly hungry.

But in all seriousness, after the 10 days, I felt AH-MAZING. It was such a cool feeling to know I had all the toxins out of my body and I was ready to become mega-healthy.

By the time July 6th rolled around, I was meeting with my provider for my 6-month diabetic checkup. She was floored as to how my numbers changed for the better. In fact, I got all high reviews from her. I had “cured” my life time of year round allergies… I had suffered from depression and high anxiety since 1982 … and that vanished completely and then my Type 2 diabetes… Adios!

And the great thing about this lifestyle… if you fall off and eat wheat or grains… you just have to go through the detox again to start all over.

Anyways, I just wanted to share this awesome lifestyle with all of you!

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New Hope!

This afternoon, I received another saline fill in my 5-year-old lap band. I saw Gwen, the PA instead of Dr. Strand. She said I was at the top of the band fill. I was a bit perplexed because my original surgeon, Dr. Haley, said my band could hold 15 cc’s of saline solution. Gwen said, I had a large band in and it holds 14 cc’s. And she agreed to put in only 1/4 cc in, so that makes my lap band at 10 – 3/4 cc’s. I have no further appointments scheduled so they have high hopes for me and my weight loss journey.

Me too.

The image on the right, is not me. It’s a photo I googled. But this is what happened to me today. And no, it did not hurt.

What we agreed upon was this…. Focus on eating solid protein at every meal. Then I can add fruit or vegetables and only, IF, I am still hungry after all of that, then I can add a small starch. Otherwise I am to stay far away from all starches (bread, crackers, potato chips, potatoes, etc…) and anything “slippery!!!!!” … including soups. Bah.

Gwen was also quite happy with my dedication to keeping a food diary for the past 5 weeks as well. I think I am going to continue doing that, moreso for my own accountability. I have it set up in a table form on Word, and it’s easy to input the data. I also keep track of what I drink each day and my steps from my Fitbit.

Right before I left the office, Gwen told me to take it easy tonight as my stomach is swollen from the injection and to not eat anything too heavy.

She was overly concerned that with this new fill that I will start vomiting, having acid reflux and my stomach lining will become inflamed. I kept telling her I was fine after drinking the Dixie cup of water (which I was) and that I would take it all S L O W!

It’s now 3-hours later, I am now eating a few Swiss cheese slices and a couple slices of thin hard salami. No weird gurgling, it went down fine and I’m sitting here watching “Cold Justice,” on Netflix and playing online Scrabble.

I am also going try my hardest to keep myself accountable by updating this blog more often too.

Here’s to new hope!

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Never Ever Ever Give Up!

Howdy All…. I totally forgot about my blog until I came across of it by accident last week. After figuring out my password, I decided to start writing again. I’ve missed it so. To catch you all up to date, several things have changed….

FIRST: My original surgeon, Dr. Michael Haley, MD at Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell, SD retired in 2016. The last time I had seen him was 4 years ago. And that was my last fill of 10 cc’s of saline.

SECOND: I was referred to Dr. David Strand, MD at Avera’s Surgical Institute in Sioux Falls, SD. I initially saw him on October 6, 2017 … it was agreed upon for me to keep a detailed food diary before he’d agree for another fill. So I did the food diary and seriously, I recorded everything, including all the Halloween candy I snarfed down my pie hole.

October 27, 2017, Dr. Strand agreed to give me 1/2 more of saline solution in my Lap Band… I was quite nervous getting one since the previous fills with Dr. Haley in Mitchell, he never could do the fills in his office. I was always sent to Avera Queen of Peace and had to get it done there, at the hospital. However, Dr. Strand had no problem getting the needle through my scar tissue on the 27th and decided to just fill my band at 10.5 cc’s.

I am returning on Friday, December 1st for another fill and I am still keeping an exact food diary of everything I shove into my mouth. Yes, even all the mini candy bars from Halloween. Hey, I’m not proud of these human errors I am doing but I did say I’d be honest.

THIRD: From last year’s last post to this one… I’ve dropped a lot of inches and sizes in clothing. And weirdly enough, shoes. At my heaviest, my feet had swollen up to a size 10.5. At present date, I am now in a NARROW 9M. All the wide shoes I used to only be able to wear are extremely large for my feet. And I am now a shoe whore. The plastic Crocs that used to adorn my feet are hopefully sitting on the bottom of some city dump site.

FOURTH: Back in April 2017, I started the Wheat Belly lifestyle. It has totally changed my life for the better. I eat no Wheat and absolutely no other grains. Aside from the recent Halloween binge of an assortment of candy, I do eat mostly gluten-free too. I get a lot of questionable facial expressions when I tell someone I do not eat any grains but then I tell them that I have reversed my diabetes, I have reversed my depression and I’ve reversed my life long allergies. I sleep better, I have more energy and it’s all FREE. It costs nothing to invest in your health and well-being and if I can do it, you can do it.

FIFTH: I bought a Fitbit last Winter and absolutely love it. I do a lot of walking where I am currently employed so I love to challenge myself on a regular basis of getting more steps in. I am no way near the 10,000 steps a day but a few times this past summer, I was over 13,000 steps a day. Otherwise I do not belong to any type of gym or pay anyone else to get me in better shape.

SIXTH: I gave up cable TV also in April and I just stream on Hulu, Netflix and CBS All Access. I have watched over 10 food documentaries thus far and each and every one, I have learned a lot of knowledge about food that I put in my pie hole. I encourage anyone else wanting a change in their eating habits to check them out.

SEVENTH: In May, I bought an inexpensive juicer and started juicing. It’s been fun exploring different combinations of fruits and veggies. The one recipe I absolutely love to drink is: pears, apples, 1/2 inch of ginger, carrots, 1/2 of a lemon and beets.

I could keep writing all night long about all the positive changes I’ve made for my body and overall self-worth. However, it’s bedtime and I promise to write more this weekend. Goodnight!!!