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I think that Dr. fielding is great. He has tons of experience, which he brings to NYU. Most of all I love that he has a personal history with the band. Seems that he had the surgery done, so speaks from experience.
I would recommend him to anyone seeking to do this surgery.
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The pendulum does swing..
I'm 4years out and have learned allot. I started around 260 and I am currently @ 180.
I have gotten as low as 165's before or during the band Slipping- ( Had that fixed)
in Aug. 2007 had a baby - everything went well and the most I gained was 25 pounds as apposed
to my 60+ in my first pregnancy. Never had fill removed during the pregnancy. Everything went very well.
14 months out from the pregnancy and almost to my prepregnancy weight of 173.
Going for a fill soon. Currently have a fill of 1.8 (i think.)
5/28/04 My First post. I'm glad I'm here and I am Finnaly writting and thinking about what is happening to me.
I need this journal in order to focus and think about what I'm experiencing. By focusing on my self and my body after the band, Will help me learn about myself in a whay that I never did before. The ones before you I will use you and your stories as inspiration to mine. To keep it honest as they say.
Okay Here I go.
I did the Band 4/23/04 by doctor George Filding. He is a surgen at NUY Hospital and it seems he runs his practice with Doctor Ren another terrific Doctor. To cut the story short I did all the pelimanry test and requirements before meeting with him. Once there the we discussed the what would happen and that very same day we set a date. one month away. At the office they asured me I would receive insurance aproval, and as they said it happen. Oxford Aprove me without comment.
Had the surgery, 2 second patient in for the morning. One hospital stay. Plenty of morfine shots- "No Pain" Met with other bandsters from the day before. I think they did 18 that day....
6/4/04 I'm bk 233 as of today. I'm better
Feel a little better today. See, that¡¦s what noticeable weight loss can do for you. LOL
I was a little crazed before cause I was in this weight loss momentum and then I went to the DR¡¦s office and I came down from a high. The scale did not reflect the same weight loss from home. It also does not help that I don¡¦t write many things down so things did not seem concrete. One of my goals is to use this forum in my weight loss journey. I think it will help.
1) write things down at least 1x a week
2) record my weight loss 1x a week
3) record my exercise routine for the week
4) give myself mini goals for the week or month
and that¡¦s it for now. Don¡¦t want to make too many promises I can¡¦t keep or remember. LOL
PS starting to see it a little in my clothes and my energy- which of course changes my general attitude.
Till next time.
6/9/04 334 opps 234 feels like 334
This is a struggle. I will tell you, so far the easy part for me was deciding to have the surgery.
Approval was almost decided instantly and so was the date. This is the part were I¡¦m having a hell of a time, after surgery. I thought I could coast threw this too. Or maybe I thought it would be easier, I don¡¦t know. But it is not easy. It¡¦s still focus, focus, focus. Let me be honest with myself and I¡¦m trying but I guess I am beating myself up cause I am not doing it 100%. Yes I have lost some weight and probably if I continue this way I will loose slowly but I¡¦m realizing that I have to learn something from this. I have to get stronger so that I don¡¦t regress and hence there goes the hard part. Why am I sabotaging my weight lose. Why am I not trying 100%?
Example: Yesterday ate well during the day, upped my water, ate my protein & veg¡¦s, I wake up in the middle of the night to get my daughter¡¦s bottle and I eat cold steak and some ice cream to boot. Why?
I¡¦m reading ¡§Still Hungry¡¨ by Carnie Wilson and it got me thinking. I have to really focus on my brain so that I can work better with my outside.
Hope I get some answers. Will let you know
I'm bk. seem to be doing a little better. I’m walking more, paying attention to my food choices ect.
I’m so addicted to this site. I love reading about other people and their journey. I guess it inspires me and lets me believe that this too will work for me. LOL The motto for this week has been food. No No not what you are thinking. The thing is since I have been paying attention and stopping when I’m full and all that, I seem to have left over food that never seems to go away. I will bring food from home for lunch and sure enough I’m still hungrier with my eyes than I am with my stomach, and hence there goes the left over food. So this week I’ve been eating the same things at work 4 days straight. I know this is a good thing. Most importantly I’m learning that my eyes have to adjust. It’s happening and I’m happy.
I’m starting to notice the difference. From the working out and pushing my self to walk from my hips. I notice I am walking taller, head held high.
I pray to god this lasts. Till next time
6/14/04 Arrrrgggg I’m ruled by the mighty scale..
Arrrrg as of this morning 236. I hate this. I hate thissss!!!!!!!!!!.
I know I know get a hold of myself. Okay had to get that out. Yes I’m sane, and yes something has gone wrong. Not good at jotting down food in take. I hate it! But perhaps that is what I have to do. Maybe for a while cause I don’t want to have to do it long term. Feels to confining always worrying about writing the food down. LOL But I’ll try… again. Exercise- been moving more. Walking from the train in the morning and moving around more at home and in the garden. I can’t wait to be out of the 200’s. 36 pounds 36 pounds, to go for a little mini- goal. Come on people send me your good vibes and support. LOL I need it!
6-18-04 232- okay I'm bk at this weight (2days) and I feel a little better. I'm not use to the weight fluctuation. I’ve been reading other people’s journal and I realize this is quite common. Hopefully I learn from this and stop freaking out when it does. I know part of the reason I freak out so much is because I can never be 100% true. Either I’m messing up with the water or exercise or sugar. I’m a candy freak. Or sometimes I mess up on all of them, especially when I have my menstrual cycle, like I do now. During this time I love chocolate. Okay less access the last few days.
1) Been working out more- Walks in the morning- 1.5 miles, walks afternoon 1. Mile
2) Water intake increased to 35oz
3) No rice or pasta- more protein
1) Yesterday and day before- more consumption of candy foods- ore cookies & hard candy
3) Still have a problem with stopping at first signs of fullness.
4) Refrigerator not well stocked – meaning I should have more choices available in case of head hunger.
Okay till next
6/23/04 Yeahh 230 yeahh can you tell I'm happy.
trying trying trying- Still slip up sometimes still not getting all my water and all the exercise, but doing better- Definitely consuming more water- more often reaching the 64 oz. Also being more conscious of the protein and how to incorporate it into my life. Starting to feel differently. I guess you can say perhaps I feel more attractive- sometimes :-).
I feel my body more- my muscles- it must be the walking- however still afraid to catch a glimmer of my self on shop window’s in case I give my self-a fright LOL.
Well that’s it for now- "Goal" to purchase whey protein and drink it in the morning- Deadline by next week. Looking forward to being in the 220’s.
6/28/04 Well I’m felling good. Up and all that good stuff. I don’t know my weight today so I won’t post that cause I would be lying: but I hope it's @ 230 or below- common 225
Good things that have been happening concerning my weight loss journey
1) Have not PB in a while- that means better control and tuning in to my body
2) Very aware of my food in take and water in take. That makes me aware and more incline to get in what I am suppose to
3) Logging my food in fitday- good because I get to see what my body is taking in roughly- Don’t know how accurately I describe portions and all that
4) Still exercising and reading about how best to optimize that- thinking or including the gym
GOALS FOR THIS WEEK
1) Increase my water intake- avg. now 32oz- up it to at least 40 oz
2) Increase my exercise- to 1.5 miles when going around the track- 4=1mile 6=1.5
3) Buy the whey protein powder- to increase protein
These are my goals for this week. :-)-
Go liz, Go Liz go go go Liz
6/29/04 227, 227 227 YEAH!~
YES! 227 I can’t believe it- so close 225 or 220 yes. It’s the water, its definitely the water- of course with everything else but the water I thinks is what is doing it for me. And I’ve been walking more. I did 1.5 in the morning to work, then when I got home went on the tract and did 1.5 with a whole lot of marching to tone up my muscles. Yeah. Increase water and increase exercise. Truth I don’t feel deprived or like I’m not eating what I want. Going to DR in a few weeks should I get an additional fill. I’m a little afraid that I will have problems when I get there. Hmmm let’s see what they say at the doctors’ office. As a side not I’m a little nervous about weighing myself at the Doc’s office, because right now according to my scale I have –30 loss and I know when I go there it will say less- Kind of a let down you know. Oh Well I’ll deal.
7/6/04---I’m back. Haven’t weighed myself in a few since, I feel like I have been eating tons. Don’t know if I gain or not, just know that I had no idea how much I was consuming. I know it was not up to the pre-op stage of eating but I think more than I usually eat and I think that can make a difference.
How I felt during this whole thing.
1) Like I had gained back every pound I lost.
2) Not pretty, nothing looked good.
3) No energy- funny how putting more energy robs you of energy.
4) Thirsty- had very little water threw this whole thing.
5) Now I feel like I have to get on the scale to see what I’ve done, and start again.
1) On one of the BBQ- I notice I ate less than everyone else
2) I took a small slice of chocolate cake my fav. And actually started slicing it and giving it away to who ever was near by.
3) Tried on a pair of Pre-op summer pants and they are very baggie.
4) Doctors visit they thought I was doing very well,
Let’s see what happens tomorrow
7/13/04 226 Yeah Funny How my brain will often change the numbers and want to make it “126”
It feels good none the less. I have a thing. When I’m at work and paying attention as they say and writing everything down, then I fell secure and feel like I’m lighter or will loose weight. During the weekends when I’m not writing everything down and I’m eating all kinds of goodies like Oreo’s and chocolate ahh I always feel like I am gong to come bk and be 3-5 pounds heavier. So I never want to weigh my self, Monday morning. I absolutely dread it! LoL… I don’t quiet get it how it works. I know I eat more during these times I can tell cause I go to the bathroom more if you know what I mean. But I suppose that I’m not eating quiet that much and maybe I move around more. I don’t know cause in the weekends particularly when it’s hectic I just eat what I like and give little thought to the protein and such. I know that I avoid brads only because they fill make and me up to fast me feel uncomfortable. Hmmm
Okay Goals- 226 Tuesday- let see if by Friday I can reach 224 hmmm- try can you see 199 soon Oh I cant wait to be below 200.
Ciao liz- 226 (-31pounds)
7/14/04 “225” “225” one more pound to this weeks mini goal! Yepppiiii
I even got my menstrual cycle, usually I go up a few pounds when that happens.
Liz 225 (-32 pounds)
7/16/04 "224" 224" I did it- i reached my goal for the week! Yeah for me. :-)
liz 257/224/135? -33
7/22/04 "221" Wow I'm so close to 119 really 199 I can't wait.!
these last few weeks have been kind of weird. The Exercise has not been all that because of packing and getting things for my trip. & the food low in cal. but not the best in choices, meaning protein first. i have to really look at fitday and see. Anyway I will be sure to walk alot on my trip and make sure to get the water in. Let's hope when I come bk i will be "115" that would be so cool. Oh on a side not life with hubby has been pretty great ;-)
8/13/04 Hi I'm Bk. When I came bk from vacation I actually gain a few pounds 223 but after being at home a few days I'm bk down and actually went to 216 yeah- I have my monthly so I go up and down and hopefully when it's over I will go down a few more. Can't wait to 199 yeahh. I haven't oudated in a while just kind of been living with my band feeling my self out and not letting myself get all burnt out and obsesive like I do. It also means I was testing the band and not staying all together on the program like I should. But that is okay- It's reality- not always kind I stay on top of the game, good thing is i have my friend to remind me and not let me stray to far.
Hopefully whn I come bk I will be on board 100%
Ohh I had another fill no at 2.3.
changes 1/2 a peach 1/2 a small soup things like that. Let you know what happens.
8/18/04 212 -214 yes I like those numbers when i actually take the time to think about it.
There are a lot of things happening in my personal life. Kind of stressful, many changes that I don’t like . Needless to say my weight journey is not at the top of my list. Yes I continue to see the differences in my life. I feel the extra energy and feel the difference in clothes. Yet I have at times caught myself thinking is this the best it’s going to get. Okay now I’m 45 pounds thinner, am I now on top of my game did all my personal issues get resolve. NO But do I feel better yes. Best thing that has happen- I continue to loose weight even though I’m not on top of my game. Before I would go on a diet and focus 110% and yes loose but after many months let’s see 3 1/2 months my attention was diverted not the best choices were made but I continue to loose weight. Amazing! LOL My food choices and water consumption is really bad. I’m not focussing on anything. Not one thing. I do better when I’m at work but even there. I hope this changes soon. Naa I know I will make it change soon. I trust myself.
9/22/04 Wow 1 month later- hmm its been a while and that’s not good 208-214.
Things that are happening now.
1) feelings of sexiness are becoming full blown- LOL I joke that I teetering on becoming an ego maniac.
2) Sex Life with hubby has improved big time-I’ll attribute it on me feeling sexier and he liking how I look
1) Still in the back of my mind think that one day I will gain it all bk.
2) To confirm these thoughts my weight loss has slow down dramatically
3) My eating style has changed a whole bunch to the worst. No writing things down, no water and lots and lots of junk to compensate for my tight fill and my seeking of fullness.
Things I think About
I think that I am going threw something right now interns of eating. I wonder if on a normal diet plan at this point I would be sabotaging the way I am now. I don’t know maybe it’s an excuse. What ever it is it’s better to see it on paper so I can analyze what is going on.
Things I will do today to head to a better tomorrow.
1) today for lunch I will go to GNC and get the Whey Protein
2) Today I am drinking my first glass of water
3) Today when I get home I will not use the excuse that it’s dark outside and will to the basement and do my NordicTrack.
Things I will do tomorrow
1) Write in my journal and keep track of my food.
Okay- I have made some improvements
1) I bought 100% whey protein yesterday, Vitamins, green Tea Concentrate
2) Actually had it all this morning
3) Trying to drink some water
Last night- not good had an eating fest. Dinner was really not edible so made my self some yuca with CREAM CHEESE and With a side of Gouda Cheese. Ohh and not forget our late night snak of 2 big chocolate chip cookies from Costco. Roughly around 1200 for the day. Weight staid the same.
Hope for a better day today
9/30/04 – 208 I’m here again. Lets get it together- Some days are good and some are not- Yesterday was a good one today well so-so. They should have a surgery for your brain not your stomach! Have uped my protein doing it every morning and the green tea. I don’t know which but one of them is helping with the constipation. Also taking my vitamins regularly during the week!
Achievement- was able to go shopping and pick a NICE dress is ½ Also Size 16 loose- well looser on top than on the bottom- but definitely see myself inching towards a 14! Yeah
Also looking pretty good in spandex- Gym clothes LOL
Food Food Food- is my enemy--- no not really my brain is. Oh boy don’t get it. Maybe it’s time for a fill because I definitely feel myself salivating more often and having cravings- better not be pregnant! LOL
Goals – Goals- Goals- Goals—Goals
By next weeks Thursday- want to be 205 maybe 204
Lovely thought for today- This Band works- I know I know- 51 pounds later and I question this- But beyond the loosing of weight when I cooperate. It works when I go bk to my bad habits and it helps stop it. Today went to Dunkin Donuts and ordered a blue berry muffin- & bottom line I could barely get threw the top of the muffin. I was forced to stop and give it away. Yeahhhhhhh Bad habit broken before it started.
I’m very close to being under 200’s- I’m 206 today yeah—I hope by my birthday I will definitely be under the 200’s. Let’s see if I loose even 1 pound a week from here to 4/23/05 my 1yr anniversary I should be
179 if I loose 1 pd a week , 167.5 if I loose 1.5pd a week & 152 pds if I loose 2 pounds a week…… hmmm Go 2 pds go 2 pounds LOL Let’s see..
10/20/04 205 205 205 205 ******************
I broke through or at least… Let me stay positive. Here is the thing I have had a hard time @ 212 then again at 208. Going up and down up and down. Last week Thurs. 10/14/04 I went in for an appointment. I went from previously having 2.3 to find I had evaporated to 1.7. He Gio filled me to 1.9cc.
I have to tell you that I’m still very scale sensitive. On Sunday when I weigh myself and it said 212 I think I silently FREAKED OUT. LOL! Look I can lie but it’s true. I took a hold of myself but none the less it’s true. Been drinking much more water at least 48oz – to 56 oz. I know it should be more but this is a girl who usually drinks 4 oz in a day.
Here is something I posted on the board. I think it’s good to keep. For me to look back on.
“Today I got an e-mail message from Obesity help com.
It scared me. It was this woman who was lamenting the fact that she’d only lost 80 pounds. Then stopped loosing, and proceeded to gain back 40 lbs. She asked for help gathering information to reverse her surgery from “the adjustable gastric bypass to RNY”. She states that the surgery failed her because she is a “SWEET EATER”…. I’m a “SWEET EATER”. Now, I’m aware that this is a tool and I must work with it. None the less this evidence of failure is scary. What if this happens to me too? I am sure many of us are dealing with questions of self doubt. I know that in my thinking I should only be POSITIVE and not leave my self open to the possibility of Failure. But I have failed so many times before. Well it scared me.
What do you guys think?”
Anyway- talk to you soon.. 200 200 naa 199 199 199 1999
11/1/04 202 202 202 202 2 more pounds to go yeah.
First let me start off on my weight. Right now I feel great. I went shopping in Lane Bryant today and the 14 were fitting- still doing some 16 but the 14 are there. Good note. Weird thing happens when you start out growing your clothes you look and feel fatter, nothing like shopping to make you feel better. LOL
On another note- Wed. I’ll be flying out to DR to convince my mom and doctor she should not get the bypass but the Lap Band. My mom is only about 60 pounds over weight. She is an adult and I respect her, I just don’t think she understands all the ramifications of such and invasive surgery. So wish me luck.
Let you know what happens. I hope to come back and be under 200—Yessss
5/3/05 I’mmm Back ---185
Yes- It’s Funny to look at this number. It looks and seems small-(there is always a butt) I don’t feel it. But yes Liz snap out of it. Since the last time I was here it –17 pounds. 2.83 average a week. Gosh why does it seem like I’m always stuck on the same number.
1) Start weight 257- Now 185= -72 pound loss
2) Clothes Size 22 – now Loose 14
3) Face noticeably smaller
4) Exercise seems easier
5) Fingers size came down
6) My daughter- not that she cares won’t remember me big
7) Am a lot closer to size 8, which I would love to be.
8) Still Drinking Vitamins everyday of 5 out of 7
9) Have incorporated exercise into my life
1) Higher Cholesterol than when I started
2) Hard to give my self the encouragement that I need.
3) Do Not have an overall good eating plan
4) I would love to loose the rest of my weight quicker ( actually I only have 40 Pounds to go) If I kept at it @ 2 pounds it would mean Sept. hmmm
Overall the year has gone by very quickly and as of today I’m still glad I had the surgery done.
Keep Rooting for me 145 here I come or size 8 which ever comes first!
10/27/05 **257/ 172-175/150-140
I’m bk it’s been a while. Most days I forget I have had this surgery done. I still weigh myself everyday. I’m 172-176. I still seem to fluctuate before I come down and stay at a current weight. I think weigh myself is a good thing for me because it keeps me aware or where I am and hence how I’ve been eating. I still want to get down further so, Get to it liz. My goal is 150. Let’s go liz. In terms of my eating habits they are still chaotic. Some days are better than others. I can eat a little more now so that is why the weigh in is important. I know you say why don’t I go get tighten but I want to have the options and exhibit more control myself. Let’s see I’ll think about setting a goal further down the line.
For now things are good. Current Size 12- Size large in shirts.