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.