Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wow - I can feel the love!

I was so overwhelmed with emotions when I checked my email this morning, for several reasons. First of all, I have followers! Lots of beautiful people, who feel just like me! I am so grateful for all of you and feel confident with my new cheer leading squad!! I feel blessed. Secondly, along with all the notifications of followers, I also had SEVEN (yes, 7) emails with coupons for food - 2 steakhouses and 5 pizza joints. I promptly clicked on the unsubscribe button on each of those suckers! Ain't nothing going to hold me back - especially no "food porn" as the LBG calls it! (I love that!)

Also, in regards to my first post, I wanted to elaborate as to why I felt so discouraged. I was so thrilled while pulling into the parking lot of the medical arts building of the hospital. I was thrilled when I found a prime parking spot. I was thrilled when I found the room on the first try. I was thrilled when I walked in and there were at least a dozen other people, JUST like me! And then the Doctor walked in and started his spiel. Which, was not overwhelming by any means. The surgery sounds very do-able! It's the questions that people starting asking...and then it was a LOT of what you can't eat - NO steak - EVER! No bread - EVER! And the list continued - I began to feel this knot in my stomach. All I was hearing was NO, NO, NO.....if not, then what CAN I eat? OMG - What if I can only eat mush for the rest of my life?!

And to be totally honest - I was premenstrual and looking for excuses why I couldn't have this surgery so that I wouldn't have to "give up" my life of food. It didn't hit me until the next day that food is just energy. And, to be honest again, I really hate food. I hate having to decide what's for dinner, and what I can eat, etc. I usually end up with the dollar menu of some fast food joint, and I  HATE that.

So, after a lot of soul searching and thinking (and thinking), I've decided that THIS is for me! It's been a long darn time since I've done something for ME! (with that said, I will post again in a few, with a little background about me - so you can get the full picture!)

8 comments:

  1. Good job for deleting that nasty stuff! :) I look forward to following you!

    Amanda
    www.hopefulbandster.blogspot.com

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  2. I'm glad you decided to give it a whirl. I'm a week post op and while it's kind of hell-ish at first, this morning I woke up with no pain in my incisions, and down 19.4 lbs from the night before my surgery. There will always be reasons not to do things. You just have to weigh them against the reasons TO do them. Good luck. Looking forward to following your journey!

    -Jackie @ jazzingupjackie.blogspot.com

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  3. At almost 2 years post op, I can still eat ALL FOODS. I have almost no "forbidden" foods. Some bandsters like to keep their bands super tight and then they can't eat certain foods. Maybe I will do a post on this today... :)

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  4. I am thinking you might need to look around for another surgeon. I am only 11 weeks post-op and I can eat bread and steak. I don't often- but I can. The band is about learning healthy habits and giving you a tool to stay full on less food. You need to make good choices and exercise. But in moderation, you will eventually be able to eat most foods. Some people are different and some might keep their land tighter- but you will be able to eat things other than mush. Take some time and read our blogs and follow our journeies- I think it will give you a realistic view of what living with a lap band is like.

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  5. I am 8 months post op and I can still eat anything. There are some people who have limitations to the types of foods they eat but a lot of that is dependent on how tight they keep their band. A lot of this journey is about making good choices so there are foods that I don't eat (bread, pasta, etc) on a regular basis but will have occaisionally.

    There are a lot of us out here who blog about our journeys and by following us you will be able to get a better idea of what it is like to live with a band.

    Good luck to you...

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  6. I made a totally separate email addy for any weight related stuff. I know when I log in that that's all I will see (well, and all the Viagra spam!). My other email address has the food porn. The pizza hut coupons that made it so easy for me to order online and pick it up...etc. Having a separate email addy is nice though. I sent away for lots of free samples and used that email address. Congrats on taking the step to find a surgeon that you trust fully.

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  7. I can eat pretty much anything, except sandwiches. Meat and bread at the same time is uncomfy. Everything else is fine. Steak is excellent. Read the part of this post labeled "Epiphany" - http://electricladyband.blogspot.com/2010/03/starting-my-journey.html - and trust me, you're not alone in those thoughts about being nervous about what you can't eat.

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  8. I''m sorry you were discouraged at the seminar. I am at the beginning of my journey and I was where you are twice. I felt the same way the first time around. Waiting 4 years just earned me 30lbs and the realization that I need something to tell me what I can't do! During your testing phase you will have plenty of time to make sure this is right for you. During some of those days you will think you are a plain fool for doing this and others you will feel unstoppable. Just remain true to yourself and what you want to do and everything will work out great! Good Luck!

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