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Sugar Free Chocolate = Diarrhea

I’ve taken a likin’ to Russell Stover’s sugar-free chocolate – in particular Toffee Square, and Peppermint Patty’s.  Yum, they are my delicious….but too much of a bad thing.  If I eat 3 in total then I am fine, but if I move into the vicinity of 4…getting bad, and 5 is full on diarrhea.  So, how do I feel about this?  I seem to forget (wink wink read: don’t care) when eating these lovely little packages of heaven.  I sure pay for it when I’m running for the loo…but then the next morning, I’m no worse for the wear….and there is definitely no constipation.  Now I’m not suggesting you do this, but I can’t help myself.

Gotta run, if you know waht I mean 🙂

Your stomach the size of walnut, really????

I just re-read the blog posting by Lisetheloser, and she mentioned that your pouch when first created is the size of a walnut.  I read it without pausing, but then 10 hours later it hit me…THE SIZE OF A WALNUT?  Then how can I eat so much.  Man, I better scale way back.  So my question today is around portion size.  Would you say that you eat more than a walnut amount of food at one sitting.  My answer is DEFINITELY!  So, how much do you eat?  A protein the size of a deck or cards, plus a handful of veggies?

Almost at -40lbs!

I can hardly wait to tell you I have reached 40 pounds down…..so if I write it here, maybe I’ll get there quicker 🙂  To be honest, I think I need a fill…and I need to stop snacks.  I went camping this weekend, and I am going camping next weekend for 1.5 weeks.  Once I am back in town I am going to get a little fill.   Funny thing to note however, it seems like “not good food” never gets stuck….grrrrrr!

So, keep me honest, and ask me how I am doing.  I hope to soon tell you I am 40 pounds down.  So, in 12 weeks I have lost about 24 pounds….on track.  While I know this is what I should expect, I still think it can come off quicker.  I bet when I look at the trend, it was more per week in the beginning and less per week now.  Another call out I need is guidance on a new scale.  What scale should I purchase?  I heard good things about Tanita, but which model?  My scale is from Target, and it is marketed as part of the “Biggest Loser” program.  the problem is that I can weigh myself 5 times and get 5 different readings.  I have tired resetting it, by adding more or less weight to it…but still..no consistency :(.

Help a sister out, tell me which scale you love (or at least love to hate).

Old Habits Die Hard

Hey there, well it has been a whiles since I posted.  My weight is still going in the right direct…DOWN….but slow.  Perhaps because of the cookie I that I’ve been sneaking????? Why, Oh why..do we do this to ourselves…not just any cookie, the really yummy Vegan Choc Chip cookies from Trader Joes.  I need to stop….for other’s it is McD…for me, these new found cookies.  Am I insane….general anaesthetic, surgery, $17K, a foreign object in me, and I’m sneaking a cookie…WTF!!!

I am pondering going for another fill.  My question today is around my band.  It seems like when I get fills, I am restricted, but then after a week or so, I am not tight…is it loosening, am I getting used to it, am I loosing fluid, am I stretching my pouch?  I am very scared of getting too tight.  So, what do you think??? 

I found I was not really tracking my weight loss from day to day…so before you know it a week passes and I don’t really know my last weight…I’m getting sloppy.  I need to keep on top of it…so, I hung a chart in my closet, so it is easy to capture it on paper.  Then when I have a minute I can put it in XL, but in the moment it is easy to record it.

As for protien shakes, I always blend mine, and I only have it for breaky, so when I need to boost my protein. My shake is a proprietary blend that I purchase from a club in my area, and it has 23g of protein, 4 g fiber,21g carbs, 24 vitamins and minerals, gluten free, and 180 cals.

Peace out, speak to you soon, I promise not to wait a week this time.

Counting calories is not my thing

I have not really been counting calories.  I am loosing weight, so that is good.  My weight loss is right around that 34-36 pound mark…I fluctuate a lot…or at least my scale does. I stick to my standard 3 meals a day, with no snacking in between.  Morning I go with my trusty high protein shake…which I love and have been eating/drinking for a long time.  18o kcals, 23g protein, dinner I eat  standard low-fat protein choice and handful of veg…think 3/4 chicken breast, and 4-5 brocoli stem.  My biggest meal for sure is at lunch, and I go with a salad most days made of spinach, egg whites, red peppers, feta cheese and dressing.  The point here is that my salad portion is creeping up in size because I can just keep eating.  I can use willpower to keep it small, but what I was hoping for is restriction so that when my willpower wears thin (no pun intended), my band would help me.

Please don’t tell me to count calories….so should I be looking at another fill….or since my weight loss is on track, leave well alone?

Am I restricted?

OK, so fill 3 was last week. I will definitely say that I feel different from last week, but am I restricted is the question.  I definitely have to slow down, take smaller bites, and sometimes have to pause during my eating….but I can still eat way more than my nurse says I should be able to.  I guess my conundrum is….why am I not getting the signal that I am satiated (full)?  Or, am I missing something, during those moments when I have to pause, is this the message that I should stop?  Am I not interpreting my signals correctly?

Help, Oh wise people who have found their sweet spot.  Am I there yet???? Or do I move on to Fill #4?  The other point is that I am thinking of food a couple of hours later….not 4!

Have I just answered my own question.  Do I go in for another fill with the idea that I am close?  I guess I am just nervous about getting too full…I hate the 1 hour drive to the Dr office.

Ideas, thoughts, wisdom?

Fill #3 – When will I feel different???

Now that I am back from DC, I went in for Fill #3.  Boy did I need it, I felt like I could have eaten like a horse in DC. You can imagine my delight when I stood on the scale today to hear that I am 4 pounds down from my last fill.  Considering the fun time in DC, I was prepared for 1 up…not 4 down!

So, laid on the table, and experienced fill #3, which takes me to either 7 or 7.5cc in my band…can’t rmember and don’t have paper work in front of me.

Today and this evening I look it easy with food, as is recommended.  Tomorrow will tell if there is any restriction.  How many ccs do y’all have in your 10cc band????  Share, please.  As the days on go, I’ll keep you posted on whether or not I need to get in for Fill #4.

I may have mentioned this in the past, but at Thanksgiving I am going to Mexico for a vacay!  My goal between now and then is to be down 30 lbs.  I know I can do it…can you imagine, that will put me over 60lbs down!!!  Crazy.