Monday, May 24, 2010

I'm Feelin' It...

... that thing you girls call "Bandster Hell!"

I'm nearly a month out from my surgery & wanna eat everything in sight!  LOL
Okay, well not really, but I'm really only feeling any restriction at all when I eat bread.  Yes, that's right, bread.  I'm able to eat pretty much anything if chewed well enough.  I'm definitely not overeating, but I'm hungrier than I'd prefer after going through all this.  And while I realize this is temporary, I feel like I've stalled out after doing so well previously (with the weight loss).

My first fill is June 10th.  I have the 14 cc "large" band, by the way.  This was decided due to my hiatal hernia... just something my doctor standardly does.  At any rate, I'm feeling awesome, since the gas pains left.  They lasted a full 2 weeks.  But all is great, truly.  Just looking forward to some restriction, & SOON!

My absence is something else I must explain.  I've been a horrible blogger, but even worse, a horrible blog-friend!  I apologize to those of you who feel like I dropped off the face of the earth.  I did not mean to abandon you all in our mutual journey.  With my parents here, & having extended their visit to help support me through my surgical recovery, we made good use of the time.  We accomplished much & spent some quality time together.  They've headed back up to Canada now, but in doing so, have left me with great memories & my favourite new place to hang out in (well, outside) of my home:

THIS is my new(er) & improved patio!  (Click on collage to enlarge.)  Isn't it delightful?  SOOO relaxing.  I spend every (cooler) waking moment out here, reading & sipping homemade iced tea.  It's my happy place!

I need to thank you all for your support through this time, & especially Tanya & Camille who have been among the most generous & precious friends I could ever ask for!  You are all a blessing!!!

I plan on catching up with all of you in the next few days.  In the meantime, I head back to another sort of hell tomorrow... WORK!  It's been so nice being away.  I can't wait until my next vacation time:  CHICAGO!  See you ladies there... xo

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  1. Your patio is gorgeous!!!!
    And you'll make it through bandster hell and things will get easier, if you slow down for a while don't worry about it too much, this is a marathon not a sprint, at least thats what I try to tell myself when I feel like I'm not doing enough or things aren't happening fast enough. Hope all goes well for the next 20 days!

  2. First up, your patio is just beautiful. Love the lights and the furniture.
    It's so good to have you back but, hey, we get busy! Life is just that way sometimes.. and you know we are always here.
    Don't stress about the 'bandster hell'... it WILL pass once you start to get some restriction. In fact that where most of the lovely weight loss will really kick in. Glad you see you're upbeat and happy though. :)

  3. I love your patio!
    I too have a 14cc large band but have no idea why, in fact I only found out it was that one when they sent me the id card a couple of weeks ago.

    I'm with you in bandster hell, i've had a fill, 5cc's a week or so ago and although I had a small amount of restriction at first its pretty much gone. Do you have a fill booked yet?

  4. It's so nice to have a spot where you can relax. I love my deck. Sorry you've hit bandster hell. Hopefull a fill is right around the corner. Lastly, if spending time with your parents isn't a good reason to stop blogging for a while, I don't know what is.

  5. Love the patio! I was lucky to have avoided most bandster hell, I've heard its really bad for some. Keeping up on the blogs is a full time job and we all deserve a vaca every now and then!

  6. Great patio.
    Welcome back chick...I was worried about you.
    So glad you're doing well except for the bandster hell. I'm there too but have been careful not to gain any weight goal between now and 6/2 (my first fill) is to simply maintain my 23 lost...only 7 of those have been post op.
    Just hang in there and good luck at work tomorrow.

  7. Love the patio!
    You are definitely in phase 1 of the journey - starvation mode! Its a little bump and you will conquer it!

    Welcome to Bandster Hell my friend!

  8. Can't wait to see the patio! Hang in there!

  9. That patio looks fab. Glad you are doing so well

  10. Ahh, bandster hell. It brings back memories. My suggestion is just to keep an eye on what you eat but don't obsess too much about how much you eat. It's quite normal to get to the point of eating more than you think you should, but just enjoy the healing and what you do eat, as it will change.

    As far as the patio goes, can I borrow your folks to help get mine put together? Your patio should be featured on a HGTV show it's so gorgeous! I want to put little white lights up around ours. Maybe this week I'll get that done as we have lots of extra Christmas lights that we don't use.