Even though I'm 7 months into this journey there are times where I feel very naive and stupid and unskilled at working the band!
I didn't lose anything this month, but I kept throwing up...I thought for sure I'd register a 15-20 lb loss this month. When I went in for my fill, I didn't lose/gain anything. I was the same. I talked to my nurse practitioner who was very kind and systematic about helping me resolve my issues:
1) VOMITING-I know I vomited because my eating has not been regular...I've been busy busy busy and very preoccupied at work and stressed out with all of my kids activities after work. So I've eaten quickly several times and I think the stress also constricts me. So I've thrown up a lot. She encouraged me to keep small protein snacks with me at all times. I think just an awareness of my behavior helps...
2) HUNGER-Because I've had a hard time keeping things down, I've been eating a lot of yogurt. She said that yogurt travels right through the band and does not incite restriction...as a result I've been hungry. She recommended going back to hard proteins chicken, turkey, ham;
3) Weighing Myself-I'm going back to weighing myself everyday...I need accountability
4) Buyers Remorse? NO-I told my nurse that I've occasionally had buyers remorse with the band when I see the gastric bypass patients slim down so fast. She told me that while the gastric bypass is fast...it allows poor eating habits and that the band actually helps you develop better eating habits and initiate long term life changes. (YEAH SOME PRO BAND SUPPORT) Also I know a lot of gastric patients regain or have complications. I really like the reversersability and non invasive nature of the band. I know this will work, I just need to keep the faith.
5) Blogging-She told me to blog faithfully and keep up with the networking because she said support is uber critical for bandsters...I totally agree and am very thankful and appreciative of the network I've found.
Here's to a health weight loss next month for my June 9 appt.
Thank you dear friends for listening.