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I am scheduled to get banded on 10/22 and was told by dr miranda last wednesday that I had to lose 30-40 pounds before the surgery. This gives me 7 weeks to lose a huge amount of weight. I started that day. I created a food and activity log, am doing the shakes and salads and started working out but I am so worried about making it below the 50 BMI mark that I am stressed to the max. I have even started having nightmares of showing up to the clinic and them telling me I was just to fat to ever lose weight and sending me home. I am hoping that if I fall short on the weightloss by a few pounds that I can show them my food and activity log and them still be able to do the surgery. Is there anyone out there that has had the same experience or that was banded with a bmi above 50? Is there anything else I can do besides the liquid diet for 2 months and working out? I just feel so stressed and overwhelmed about this. It also is stressful that in an effort to show support my husband bought the plan tickets already and they are non refundable. I am trying my hardest and I just hope that they take it!

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Hi, I was in the same position as you this last summer. I had by band placed at the OCC on 7/26/10 and when I started the process I was a BMI of 53. I was told by Dr. Miranda that I needed to lose 30 pounds prior to surgery. I had about 7 weeks to accomplish this goal...needless to say I had the same fears you are having right now. The good thing is that having a surgery, plane tickets, fear of sending me home bandless, etc helps keep you motivated. I was able to get the weight off...33 pounds to be exact as of the day of surgery. I followed the diet plan #2 I think of Dr. Miranda's...protein shake for breakfast and lunch, then a lean cuisine at night. LOTS of Water since I tend to retain a ton of it. So it is possible...strong dedication is the key, but you can do this. I am 57 pounds down total and in desperate need of my first fill. Post op is so wonderful because you just have very little interest in food and when you do eat, it takes so little to fill you up. Also, be sure to talk/email Dr. Miranda along the way to keep her updated...she gave me little hints along the way when I got stalled out and was having trouble/fears here and there.

Hang in there and be sure to ask for help when you need it....we all need some help.

Christy

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Great! So far I have lost 10 pounds and have 30 left to go and I am still working hard. I agree with you about the investment of tickets and the fear being motivators for keeping it going. I know it helped me make it through the labor day cookout this past weekend. I even took my own food to help me through it. I am feeling better but I am still so nervous. I am going to take your advice on keeping in touch with Dr. Miranda and will email her my food and activity log too. Hopefully, with her and my support group and the hard work I will make it.

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Great! So far I have lost 10 pounds and have 30 left to go and I am still working hard. I agree with you about the investment of tickets and the fear being motivators for keeping it going. I know it helped me make it through the labor day cookout this past weekend. I even took my own food to help me through it. I am feeling better but I am still so nervous. I am going to take your advice on keeping in touch with Dr. Miranda and will email her my food and activity log too. Hopefully, with her and my support group and the hard work I will make it.

You'll make it Tag! I have to share that my one thing that helped the most pre-op was sugar snap peas. I bought them by the bag and ate about 12 - 15 oz a day! They are green so they meet the diet requirement and don't require any dressing and are so helpful for snacking when you just need to be eating! In fact I ate so much that a bunch of people at my office started eating them too and we loved it. Also- if you have a Walmart near you there are these little vials of Body Fortress Whey Protein "shots" in the dieting section. 26 grams of protein and 110 cals. Fruit punch flavored and I add them to water twice daily and it really takes the food craving away! Just be careful to not go over 2/day as too much protein turns to belly fat! But these also work for the 21 day liquid diet post-op!

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Hope you are still lurking on this site and just haven't posted because no one has responded to you in awhile. Now that you have had your surgery are things better? Are you having nightmares about the surgery or was it better than you thought it would be. New here and would like to hear about your progress.

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