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I know the answer to this is going to be different for everyone, but I was just wondering what seems to be the most difficult for each person. Personally, I find my most difficult thing to be portions. I seem to not stop until it's just a bit uncomfortable, and I'm always pushing the envelope. I don't MEAN to be, but I just for some reason can't stop until I am feeling sick. I haven't PB'd once yet, but several times I have had the nauseated feeling, the feeling of having food in my throat and not really sliming, but a feeling that I was going to start sliming...if that makes sense. Last night for the first time I had to go into the bathroom and sit over the toilet because I thought it was going to come up. I'm really disappointed in myself but I am hoping I will not be able to do this once I get my first fill in 2 days. I have no clue why I'm doing it...;(

What about you guys?

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I know the answer to this is going to be different for everyone, but I was just wondering what seems to be the most difficult for each person. Personally, I find my most difficult thing to be portions. I seem to not stop until it's just a bit uncomfortable, and I'm always pushing the envelope. I don't MEAN to be, but I just for some reason can't stop until I am feeling sick. I haven't PB'd once yet, but several times I have had the nauseated feeling, the feeling of having food in my throat and not really sliming, but a feeling that I was going to start sliming...if that makes sense. Last night for the first time I had to go into the bathroom and sit over the toilet because I thought it was going to come up. I'm really disappointed in myself but I am hoping I will not be able to do this once I get my first fill in 2 days. I have no clue why I'm doing it...;(

What about you guys?

PORTIONS!

I have had to teach myself only 1/2-1 cup per sitting

I have also overdone it and felt nauseous.

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Not banded yet, but doing the pre-op- a month early.

I have started to eat my meals on a bread and butter plate. Eating very slow and chewing lots (for practice).

I find this and measuring and writing all I eat down helps me be accountable--so far!

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Excellent Teyann!

I am doing the same. My surgery is this thursday...so I should be prepared! Practicing is a good motivational thing to do right now. Getting into the habit forming of portion control is very important as to not stretch out the band.

I, too, got a small plate and that has helped me a lot when I was doing the preop foods...it was a wide awaken thing too! So small!! LOL BUt if that is what it takes to get myself going, then so be it!

Wishing you luck on your surgery!

Jude =)

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Mine are also portions.

Sometimes I am starving when I sit down to eat, and you just want to cram all the food down my to feel that "full" feeling I once had. Unfortunately, my "full" feeling isn't the same anymore. It's in my chest instead of my stomach.

Then I look down at my plate to see a barely touched meal and it looks so good, but I can't eat anymore. But I want it, I want to taste it. There have been many times where I get up from the dinner table very frustrated that I am sliming or have something stuck.

But I have to remember that this is a lifestyle change, and perhaps chew chew chewing would help me savor the flavor, but it takes practice to stop all habits that you've had for years.

This is my hardest adjustment.

OMG Evette, thank you for this post. I feel exactly the same way these days. In fact, the latest bout was just about ten minutes ago truthfully. It's not just me! 'scuse me -- must go slime AGAIN! sheesh!

Jann

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Not banded yet but I know mine is going to be the whole drinking thing. I usually chug water while i'm eating and so not having any water with meals is gonna be a killer!

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Mine is falling back in old habits again. Since being allowed to eat solids again I find Im eating out of hunger,Lg portions as I have no restriction, Drinking no water with meals is killing me, Ok so everything is hard but Im so happy to have the band and I hope with fill that I will have some restriction because I can eat bread, Pizza, Tortillas which my friends can not??? My desire to be heathly is out weighing my old habits but I do need to keep a watchful eye over myself.

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When I started the pre-op diet I did two days prior to surgery only liquids to get use to the feeling I was about to experience. It actually helped me alot. I used metamucil to curb the hurger pains plus specail K protein drink. After surgery I didnt feel the hunger pains thank god!!! I am on day 5 of liquids and the hardest thing for me right now is watching everyone else eat food and I can't. I didnt realize how hard the first 21 days are. I have gone thru only 5 and I am dying to eat something badly!!!!! I dont have hunger pains though!!!

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Hopeful, for heavens sake don't torture yourself by sitting at the table when everyone else is gorging themselves. get your drink at a different time so you won't feel so deprived. Hang in there, you are almost to creammy soups. Yeah!!! :D

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I have only be banded for little over 3 weeks, and last Saturday I must of eaten to much even though I didnt think it was alot. I had severe chest pains, like right under my left breast. It hurt so bad my breathing was off and it hurt; I had to go to sleep. This has happened to me twice in varying degreesof pain, so pay attention to what you ate before it happens. It could be the combination of food or simply something specific that causes chest pains

I try to look at the clock the minute I sit down and try to make sure it takes at least 20 minutes to eat dinner, so I dont eat to much. However, the kicker is the longer you drag out dinner the longer you have to wait to have a drink.

Cheers,

Tara

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I would have to also say drinking. Not only the adjustment of not drinking while eating or for the hour afterwards but remembering to drink enough throughout the day. As a nurse, I usually do not get to drink too much at work - always busy. And most of my drinking used to be during meals but now that I can't do that I find myself not drinking near enough.

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I am 7 days post op and I would say watching the family eat in the evening is killing me. And, I have decided I never want to see Chicken broth again as long as I live. YEK

Today I get creamy soup and Im soooo excited, but by the end of 21 days Im sure I will be sick of that too.

Really, another thing that has been hard for me is eating out at fast food restaurants. I dreamed the other night I was eating at Wendy's!!!! And enjoying it

Cheers

Susan

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I am about 5 weeks post op (I think, banded sept 2) I now have my appetite completely back. I can eat as much as I did before. (I don't but I sure want to) I also notice that since I do not feel the band anymore, I don't have to chew anymore. I can eat like I used to, then remember,, Crap!! I need to chew 30 times. I need a fill badly. It is difficult to work with the band when it is not working for you anymore.

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Hello,

The hardest thing for me right after surgery was accepting the fact that I had had the surgery. It took a long time for me to recover physically, and even longer emotionally. For weeks and weeks and weeks I questioned my decision and thought that I was stupid for following through with the surgery.

It was hard because I hurt. Because I missed food. Because I was afraid to eat ANYTHING because I just wanted to lose the weight as quickly as possible.

Now, I am almost 9 mos. out--and I know that this is the best decision I've ever made, the best thing I've ever done.

Give it time, and success will come.

--TRS

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I have 2 hard things. Getting my water in and NOT while eating and portion control. I find it difficult to stop eating at the correct portion because I still feel hungry. I'm working on slowing down and may start setting the timer so I can be more focused on that. The waiting an hour after a meal to drink is still painful, although I'm doing much better. It's still hard, but I do it and then after an hour goes by, I drink, drink, drink.

Denise

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Hello,

The hardest thing for me right after surgery was accepting the fact that I had had the surgery. It took a long time for me to recover physically, and even longer emotionally. For weeks and weeks and weeks I questioned my decision and thought that I was stupid for following through with the surgery.

It was hard because I hurt. Because I missed food. Because I was afraid to eat ANYTHING because I just wanted to lose the weight as quickly as possible.

Now, I am almost 9 mos. out--and I know that this is the best decision I've ever made, the best thing I've ever done.

Give it time, and success will come.

--TRS

OMG!! TRS... you have lost 113lbs!! :D><img src=<' /> :D

Congrats!!!!!!!!!

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Best of luck on your surgery!!!! :D

Excellent Teyann!

I am doing the same. My surgery is this thursday...so I should be prepared! Practicing is a good motivational thing to do right now. Getting into the habit forming of portion control is very important as to not stretch out the band.

I, too, got a small plate and that has helped me a lot when I was doing the preop foods...it was a wide awaken thing too! So small!! LOL BUt if that is what it takes to get myself going, then so be it!

Wishing you luck on your surgery!

Jude =)

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