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  1. I had my bypass in 2011 and the band revision in 2017. I was struggling to maintain my weight and so afraid of getting fat again. The band has really worked for me. It is NOT fast, nothing will be as fast as my bypass - but I had less to lose I guess. You literally cannot overeat with the band revision. Totally uncomfortable- which works fine for me. It means u have to be careful to chew thoroughly especially when in company. My band is irreversible - cannot be adjusted. Happy to answer any more questions and would love to know how you get on as this is not a common procedure Many thanks
  2. Hi there I had my bypass operation in 2011 and went from 233 to 145 in a year. However was unhappy that I was gradually putting on weight and felt that the benefits of the original procedure were fading. I had a band procedure in March 2017 when I was about 185 pounds. The weight loss after was gradual that is true - this one really is a 'tool' - but I am now 139 pounds. You really cannot enjoy food as much as before. There is a severe limit on your capacity and some foods are spectacularly sore (I would love to network with people on this - I find eggs uncomportable and sharp foods of course - I often have to make myself sick and have to be super super careful when I am out with friends as there can be no relief if I get pain. On the up-side I am thinner than I ever was on the original journey, I don't get dumping or sugar rushes. Happy to chat further if it helps Monnie
  3. Thank you for this - I just had my 4 month visit with my surgeon. I get really bad shakes if I eat high fat foods and he says this can be dangerous. I have to monitor my sugar levels and eat something bland like fruit or bread to 'come down" as there is the danger of passing out. The best thing however is not to over eat fats! Thank you again for the article.
  4. I am nearly 3 months out and weigh myself once a week - from about week 3 post op I have been steadily losing 2lbs a week. I am same height as you, but started at 227 lbs.
  5. Thank you - my surgeon has not taken this approach, but I think that I will. I THOUGHT I had a relatively high protein diet which includes 35 g of protein through a Whey protein drink and a high protein bar for lunch. I will increase the morning drink by 20 g protein from now on.
  6. Thank you that is very helpful indeed.
  7. Hi I wonder if anyone could help? I have been using Solgar Whey protein isolate which is v expensive - £46 (about $70) for 32 oz - today I found some Soya Protein for a third of that for the same amount which has: more protein (90 vs 80 gms per 100), no dairy, lower fat (1gm vs 2gms), lower carb (3.5 vs 8.5) Is there a catch - is it as good as the Whey? Hugs Monnie
  8. I had a breast reduction 11 years ago when I lost weight on my own - gained it twice again before my WLS. The best thing I ever ever did. Only thing I'd say is that I was pretty sore for a few weeks. And pretty wiped out - don't worry if you are too and don't push yourself, it's a big operation. I hope you get on very well. You will feel so light and free!
  9. Do you mean 2012? I'm sure that with a steady loss and the gym you will do it. I'm in a big hurry though and want to be at my goal by august.

  10. Hi there - I see that you and I are a little bit on the same page. I had my op just at the same time as you and we are near the same age too. I also have 80 pounds to lose! I am losing about 2 pounds a week for the last 3 weeks which is OK I guess but I wouldlike it to be quicker!

  11. Yes you are right! I had a small piece of fish and some vegetables and drank nothing. And you are soooo right about the truffles. In my whole life I never had uneaten chocolate in the house (still loads left) Thank you Monnie
  12. Thank you that is good advice! Monnie
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    Wow wow wow! You have done so well and look so elegant and beauitiful
  14. Thank you for your words, LL should come with the warning:This is an expensive, unrealistic, unhealthy and ultimately temporary solution! Kind regards Monnie
  15. There is a wonderful song called Caledonia, sung here by a woman called Dolores Keane It is about moving away and keeping only what is worth keeping. it has the lyrics I have moved and Ive kept on moving Proved the points that I needed proving Lost the friends that i needed losing Found others on the way Your friend I think has an addiction which you cannot change, just be there for her when she asks for help. You are embarked on your own journey. With love Monnie