The Lap-Band had NEVER limited my portions.
The amount of food that I eat has always been up to me and my choices.
Here's how it had usually gone down with my Lap-Band:
- I measure (or weigh-out) my one cup portion of food in a dish.
- I chew like a maniac and eat it all in about 25-30 minutes.
- There is nothing left in the bowl or plate.
- I am done eating.
- BECAUSE there is no more food to eat.
Did I feel like I could eat more? Abso-freakin-lutely. Pretty much at every meal. But I didn't usually.
- Not finishing my one cup of food because if I eat one more bite, I feel like it'll all come back up. I'll now usually eat and enjoy about 3/4 of the meal, solid proteins and veggies/carbs.
- I now realize why they always tell us bandsters, "protein first." Don't tell anyone, but I used to kinda roll my eyes at that saying. I thought that some medical peeps thought that up in a fancy conference room somewhere and thought that it sounded good...EVEN though they never had bands inside them, so what did they know. But now I realize that there might not be any room left for the protein if I start with the veggies/etc. I never really "got it" until now.
- Not having room for dessert. I'm too full. Dessert is usually at least a once a week event. For example, I went to Cold Stone Ice Creamery the other night with friends and DID NOT EAT ICE CREAM. WTF. I NEVER pass up ice cream. Ever. Ice cream! The ultimate slider-food and I didn't feel like I could comfortably eat it.
- I've stopped eating snacks too soon before a meal, because the snack will literally take up too much room. I now fully understand the phrase "don't eat that, it'll spoil your dinner." I sometimes pass on the chips n' salsa and the bread basket now at restaurants. WTF x 2. An entirely NEW concept and experience for me.
These are things that haven't really happened before.
Has it really taken over two years and nine months to get to this place with my band? I did flirt with this concept when, in my opinion, I thought that my band was over-filled last summer. But I wasn't ready then.
But I am ready now.
I'm okay with my band at this level (7.8 cc's in 10 cc band).
Of course, this new restriction level didn't stop me from making a delicious chocolate peanut butter pie on Saturday and then eating three slices of it over the weekend. But that's a discussion for another day I suppose.
I still haven't had an official food "PB" since being banded. All food that has gone down, has stayed down. But I have come very close a few times! Yikes.
I just have had occasional difficulties swallowing large vitamins. My first food PB will happen one of these days. And I will tell you all about it in gruesome detail so that you too can cringe like I always cringe reading about your first PB stories.
I'm liking these new-to-me experiences with my Lap-Band.
I always knew that my band could do this, but do you know what?
I am very thankful that it actually took this long to get here.
If it hadn't taken this long to get to this level of restriction, I wouldn't have learned so many lessons that have hopefully, permanently, changed my food behaviors.
I think that I'm loving my Lap-Band even more now.
And now for a photo that I forgot to show you about six or seven or twelve posts ago because it was trapped inside my iPhone. But the pic is released now...to roam free among the interwebs. I got henna tattooed at Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World when I was in Florida. The tattoo lasted about a week and then faded away. A perfect amount of time for this commitment phobic girl:
|I miss my spray tan...don't you?|