Another adjustment today

October 13, 2008 at 2:31 pm 2 comments

I saw Dr. M. last week.  It was a good appointment, just a little disappointing.  According to his scale (which sucks, btw), I only lost 5 lbs in the last 6 weeks.  But I had no restriction for the last 3 weeks, so at least I didn’t gain.  He was pleased with that.  I did get an adjustment today though.  Yay for restriction!  The only thing I hate about adjustments is the whole liquids for the day thing.  I’m hungry.  I had an EAS AdvantEDGE shake, which was actually not bad. 

I told Dr. M. that I didn’t really realize until recently how much of this is mental.  Overall, I wasn’t eating *that* much.  I was averaging about 1500 calories a day (roughly, I didn’t track for a while).  But I felt out of control.  I don’t like to feel out of control.  I had that old gnawing hunger that wouldn’t go away, something I hadn’t felt since before surgery.  I didn’t even go through Bandster Hell before my first fill because I had restriction just from the band placement and got my first adjustment about 3 1/2 weeks post-op.  When I can control my hunger and my cravings, I’m in a good place.  I was not only eating more lately, I was craving things I haven’t craved in months.  I was craving SODA!  I didn’t give in.  Oh no, that’s one addiction I don’t care to kick again.  But, damn, I wanted it sooooo badly.  So, at the end of last week, after my appointment with Dr. M. I gave myself a band vacation.  I mean, I had no restriction, why not enjoy it?  Yeah yeah, bad Jaime.  I really didn’t go too wild.  Last night, we had a yummy rotisserie chicken and, as Christian calls it, a bread log (french bread).  I ate TWO pieces of the bread.  I haven’t eaten that much bread at once in well…almost 8 months.  It was good.  But I’m back in the game today.

Due to the syringe tubing mishap at my last adjustment, Dr. M. pulled all the saline out of my band to double check how much is in it.  With the 1cc he put in today, I have 7.5cc.  I have the 14cc APL band, so I have quite a bit of room in there.  Oh, and I found this really odd.  I have an incision that has a lump under it.  It hurts now and then so at my appointment, I asked him about it.  Turns out, it’s the tubing.  He said that some people feel it after they lose enough weight.  It isn’t obvious, but I hope it stays that way.  LOL  I hear about ports sticking out after the weight is lost, I hope I don’t have a poking port and tube.

From the “things Jaime does now that she couldn’t do a year ago” files:  Today, I painted my office.  Well, a wall of my office.  A couple of weeks ago, I spot painted and the color didn’t match up quite right.  So I painted the whole thing today.  There is no way in hell I could’ve or would’ve done that a year ago.  I had a hard time putting up Christmas decorations last year. 

This month is one year since I started my band journey.  I went to Dr. M’s seminar on October 24.  What a year it has been!  I never thought I would be where I am now.  This is the best decision I’ve ever made.


Entry filed under: exercise, food, medical, surgery, weight loss.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Barbara  |  October 14, 2008 at 7:02 am

    Jaimie, give yourself a big pat on the back because you deserve it. The amount of weight you have lost is remarkable. The weight isn’t going to come off as easy now because you has less weight to loose but enjoy now and the rest will come off later. You look wonderful. Barbara

  • 2. GF  |  October 14, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Good for YOU painting your office! Head hunger and cravings are difficult for me too. I get them when I am VERY stressed. Perhaps with all that’s been going on with you, that might be a contributing factor. But you’re doing wonderfully well and you’re right to congratulate yourself on NOT gaining with little/no restriction in 3 weeks!! Continued blessings on your journey 🙂


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Surgery date: 2.28.08
Highest weight: 350 lbs
Surgery weight: 339 lbs
Current weight: 262 lbs
Goal weight: 175 lbs
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