Disnee

Trying to lose the weight... AGAIN!

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I’m 8 yrs post op and everything was going great until the last few years where I’ve started gaining weight again and I’m struggling to get it off again. I’ve been reading a bit about pouch reset diets and I’m giving that a try. 

I’d really appreciate some comments from others who have or are going through this as well. Does the pouch reset really work? What are some other ways that have worked for you? 

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I noticed that you have the gastric band. It is very common for the gastric band to lose effectiveness after a few years. Have you had your doctor check your band to ensure that it is still working well?  If it is not working well, then you may need surgery to remove it and possibly get a sleeve or gastric bypass instead. Very few doctors put in the band now due to its long term low success rate. 

The five day pouch reset works well, although it cannot resolve any issues that you may be having with your band.

We are here to support you. 

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Thanks for your reply @Res Ipsa have you tried the reset? How did it work for you?

My doctor is back home in Australia, I moved to the US last year. So it’s going to be quite expensive for me to try and find a new doctor over here. 

I think my issue is that I’ve gradually been pushing the limits of what I can eat, so I’ve been eating more of all the bad foods, like bread, that I used to eat before surgery. 

Just need some help and support to stay accountable and in control especially when co workers try and tempt me with burgers and tater tots!!!

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1 hour ago, Disnee said:

I think my issue is that I’ve gradually been pushing the limits of what I can eat, so I’ve been eating more of all the bad foods, like bread, that I used to eat before surgery. 

GBP here, but I know what you mean. I wish I'd never discovered that I can eat almost everything, as long as it's small amounts.

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That was always my excuse “it’s fine, I’m only eating small amounts” but then I was just eating these small amounts all day long. 

How long ago was your surgery @Carina?

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19 hours ago, Disnee said:

burgers and tater tots!!!

I love tater tots. LOVE them so I get this. 

Here are a couple of things I do to stay in control of my eating.

1 - if I am going to eat tater tots, I plan for it. I decide a least a day or two ahead and cut back on my carbs and overall food intake to account for what i'm going to have. (Current example - friends coming this weekend that aren't active. Well, their idea of active is lifting the glass of booze from the table to their mouths. :) I know I won't be getting much exercise while they are in town and I'll be eating and drinking more. So, yesterday, today and tomorrow, my lunch is a protein shake rather than what I would normally have.) Then, depending on how many tater tots (or whatever it was) I had, I will cut back for the day or two after my indulgence. 

2 - I remember what I eat today I will crave tomorrow. When tomorrow comes and I want the tots again, I have to keep telling myself no.

3 - I remind myself I know exactly what XX tastes like. I've eaten it a hundred times. That pint of Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath doesn't taste any different or any better than it did the last 46 times I ate it. 

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18 hours ago, Disnee said:

That was always my excuse “it’s fine, I’m only eating small amounts” but then I was just eating these small amounts all day long. 

How long ago was your surgery @Carina?

Hi Disnee, I'm a year and a few days out.

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3 hours ago, Stephtay said:

I love tater tots. LOVE them so I get this. 

Here are a couple of things I do to stay in control of my eating.

1 - if I am going to eat tater tots, I plan for it. I decide a least a day or two ahead and cut back on my carbs and overall food intake to account for what i'm going to have. (Current example - friends coming this weekend that aren't active. Well, their idea of active is lifting the glass of booze from the table to their mouths. :) I know I won't be getting much exercise while they are in town and I'll be eating and drinking more. So, yesterday, today and tomorrow, my lunch is a protein shake rather than what I would normally have.) Then, depending on how many tater tots (or whatever it was) I had, I will cut back for the day or two after my indulgence. 

2 - I remember what I eat today I will crave tomorrow. When tomorrow comes and I want the tots again, I have to keep telling myself no.

3 - I remind myself I know exactly what XX tastes like. I've eaten it a hundred times. That pint of Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath doesn't taste any different or any better than it did the last 46 times I ate it. 

Well, this is good advice.

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Thanks @Stephtay that’s really great advice! 

The hardest part is the temptations at work, I.e. people ordering take out, or inviting me to go out to lunch. I said no to all of it this week. I stuck to my plan and just ate the foods from the reset diet. I even cut out all my snacks. I’m feeling a little bit proud of myself!

I really appreciate all your comments here. It’s been a big comfort, being able to jump in here and read your suggestions and positivity when I was feeling tempted. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who has/is dealing with this. 

Thank you all!

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20 minutes ago, Disnee said:

I’m feeling a little bit proud of myself!

That's definitely something to be proud of! Off to a great start!

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1 hour ago, Disnee said:

 

The hardest part is the temptations at work, I.e. people ordering take out, or inviting me to go out to lunch. I said no to all of it this week. I stuck to my plan and just ate the foods from the reset diet. I even cut out all my snacks. I’m feeling a little bit proud of myself!

 

I've said no to my co-workers so many times they finally stopped asking me. :)

 

 

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How was everyone’s weekend? Did we all stay on track? Did we fall off the wagon? 

I have a weakness for crispy breaded chicken wings (the little ones).... I ate four of these yesterday. That’s all I had to eat all day though. 

I feel like my restriction is back again when I try to eat solid food so I’m going to try and stick to the soft solids during the week and leave the solids for the weekends. 

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I got down to 202 last summer and I’ve been gaining weight back ever since I’m up to 228 now I’m a little worried thinking of trying the reset diet because I feel no restriction now I can eat and drink almost back to where I was 3 years ago any suggestions 

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2 minutes ago, New guy said:

I got down to 202 last summer and I’ve been gaining weight back ever since I’m up to 228 now I’m a little worried thinking of trying the reset diet because I feel no restriction now I can eat and drink almost back to where I was 3 years ago any suggestions 

The pouch reset mentioned above may work well for you. Pretty sure that @cinwa has a link for it.

These stories worry me. I hope that I have not had the major portion of my stomach removed just to lose and regain. I have my mind set to never go back to old eating habits. Hoping that I am able to stick to that plan.

 

Good luck to you!

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9 hours ago, Readytobeme said:

The pouch reset mentioned above may work well for you. Pretty sure that @cinwa has a link for it.

These stories worry me. I hope that I have not had the major portion of my stomach removed just to lose and regain. I have my mind set to never go back to old eating habits. Hoping that I am able to stick to that plan.

 

Good luck to you!

Here is the link to the 5 day pouch test.  It is a great way to get your body back into weight loss mode.

http://www.5daypouchtest.com/plan/theplan.html

 

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I never thought I would start gaining weight again. I think I got into the mind set that I was invincible, that I could eat whatever I wanted and I wouldn’t put on weight again cos of my lap band. I proved that theory wrong!

I didn’t realize I could stretch my stomach so much. I wish I had found the reset diet last year, when I started gaining the weight again, instead of waiting til now. Like I said earlier, I definitely feel like my restriction is back after doing the reset diet last week. I’m paying more attention to how much I’m eating and making sure I stop when it starts to feel tight. 

I haven’t weighed myself yet, so I don’t know how much, if any, I’ve lost since last week. I’m going to try and get back to the gym tonight. So I’ll try and weigh myself there. 

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Good for you Disnee, way to take control of the situation. I am glad to hear the pouch reset helped you - I am doing a reset too and notice a big difference just on the first day. Thank you for sharing your story. 

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49 minutes ago, Ladybugzzz86 said:

Good for you Disnee, way to take control of the situation. I am glad to hear the pouch reset helped you - I am doing a reset too and notice a big difference just on the first day. Thank you for sharing your story. 

I have wondered where you have been. ;)

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11 hours ago, Readytobeme said:

I have wondered where you have been. ;)

Lurking, my friend lol. Bad bugzzzy :P

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Thanks for all the support!

does anyone have any good recipes for soft solid meals???

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9 hours ago, Readytobeme said:

Thanks, these all look really delicious, I can’t wait to try them!

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25 minutes ago, Disnee said:

Thanks, these all look really delicious, I can’t wait to try them!

The ones that I have tried so far did not disappoint.

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Is anyone in the Atlanta area?

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Instead if eating soft protein, eat dense protein like chicken, beef or pork.  They will fill you up faster and stay satisfied longer..  good luck..

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