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About BrittBritt

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Houston, TX
  • Interests
    New found love of Pilates!
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  • Surgeon
    Christopher Reilly
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  • Surgery Date
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Band

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  1. I have found that every surgeon has his/her own little preferences. I was told that the goal was to eat 3 small meals a day. No snacks, as its really easy to rack up a lot of calories when you eat 2 extra little meals in a day I was told the goal was to feel hungry every 4-5 hours. They really dont want the band to be so tight that you are going for more than 5 hours without eating... then you are too hungry and its easy to over-eat. I eat around 6:30am, 11:30, and 5:30 The only exception is on days that I take an exercise class at 6, I have a protein-bar snack (Quest Bars are AWESOME
  2. It is possible to have more cc's than recommended. My advocate told me that she has seen a few patients ( only 2 that she could recall), that felt that 10 cc's wasn't enough (in a 10 cc band), and with doctor permission, they can add a 1-2 ccs more. Because the fill amount from Allergan is only a recommendation, it is possible to place more in the band. If it has been empty for several months, you are likely going to have to work back up to a new "sweet spot" as I imagine going right back to where you were would make you struggle.
  3. The majority of your meals should be all protein. What I was taught 4 oz of lean protein is your meal, any extra room can be filled with non-starchy veggies. I by no means am an expert but here is kind of a sample of what my days look like: Breakfast: 1 egg with 1 serving turkey sausage- small amount of cheese Lunch- "Salad": 2-3 oz protein (ham/turkey/chicken), 2 oz of mixed nuts/dried fruit, small apple and small amount of spinach leaves. Dinner: 4-5 oz lean protein (chicken/fish mostly) with side veggie (all though i have been known to only eat protein at dinner) I would thin
  4. I agree that addiction does often transfer to something else, I have been lucky that it has not turned to something harmful to me. I was raised that things that occur in life, both really good and bad, are to be rewarded with food. A really bad day was a reason to order pizza. I still fight myself not to do this. This battle often gets very lonely. People that I thought were really solid friends, ended up not being so supportive. I believe that I have changed for the better, some may not see it that way. My point is, do you have someone you can talk to? I dont think you can battle those
  5. It isnt forever. Just keep telling yourself that
  6. I cried. Frequently. I was told i could have ALL of the sugar free jello I wanted if I was hungry. I dont think I will EVER eat jello again.
  7. Its true that I have gone through numerous sets of clothes, each size set donated as soon as the next one is bought. I dont want them just laying around. I part of me will always be afraid- afraid that i will fail, afraid that it will all come back. This weekend, a close family member, looked me right in the face and said," you know this is only temporary, and all that weight will creep back on." Who says that!? I can understand a certain amount of it is projecting her own failures and shortcomings, but it made me feel awful! There are moments when i do see ( i did take one set of AWFUL,
  8. I hit my one year banded date this week, and all though I didnt hit my goal of losing 100 pounds, I am less than 10 pounds away. Disappointed it? A little... all though i know i shouldnt be! The thing that is bothering me the most is, all though I am smaller, my brain is never satisified. Like an ongoing battle with self-hatred. I hate that I got so large, and i hate that I can rarely feel proud of how far I've come. It's the constant mirror checks, pulling on clothing items that fit just fine, but seem like they dont or shouldnt. Seeing pictures and not really believing that is me... lik
  9. You absolutely CAN! My best advice, as I still struggle with this, don't be a slave to the scale. There are going to be months where the numbers don’t move much, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t making progress! Notice the small things, the pants that are getting too baggy, the XXL clothing that no longer comes close to fitting, the way you feel each morning and after every workout. Today is my 1 year anniversary, and while I really wanted to be down 100 pounds, I only made it to 90. But seriously, only made it to 90! LOL What a thing to complain about! I have come father t
  10. You had to stay overnight after your surgery? Here, I had the surgery at 8am, and was home and in my own bed by 1!
  11. I lost 20 lbs in the two weeks before surgery
  12. My husband and I both had surgery 7/8/13. I feel really fortunate! We have A LOT of support through our doctor, we go to monthly check-ins, we have an advocate that has also had the surgery to touch base with should we have questions. I am almost down 100 pounds, and I have not yet hit my 1 year mark. My advocate says this is a 2 year program, so I am in a really great spot. I would like to lose another 50 lbs. I really have no horror stories! We haven't been ill, haven't had any trouble with foods or vomiting. (Not to say that things dont get stuck from time to time) All though i did h
  13. YAY! This experience is not as easy as everyone believes it to be Glad you're feeling better!
  14. Sissy- While it might be sorta graphic- can you give more details about how your stomach is sick? Are you throwing up? Just regurgitating food? Having diarrhea? I have suggestions, but want to be sure I completely understand your issue
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