- Chew all foods very well and appreciate the taste. Take your time, don't rush
- Start with a small, planned amount of food. Wait at least 20 minutes before thinking of adding something else to your plate
- Eat meals and snacks on time. Hunger drives an uncontrolled appetite
- Don't drink 30 minutes before or after a meal. Never drink during a meal
- Eat without distraction. Tension or excitement may cause you to eat too fast or forget to chew
And this on PB'ing---which is guidance from my doctor:
- Some degree of vomiting or regurgitation may occur after you eat
- This may indicate you are: eating too fast, trying to eat too much, not chewing your food adequately, or eating the wrong foods (or potentially too tight)
- Every person is different and some foods may give you problems and not others. Avoid those foods that give you problems
- Stay NPO (no food or liquid by mouth) for two hours
- Do not force the issue and try to eat or drink again immediately
- This may induce more vomiting. The more you vomit the more swelling that may occur across your band. This may lead to further obstruction.
- If you vomit again:
- Stay NPO (no food or liquid by mouth) for four hours
- After four hours try water only
- If you can tolerate water stay on clear liquids for 12 hours before trying solid food again.
- If you can't tolerate clear liquids or water without vomiting notify the doctor immediately
- Prolonged vomiting (more than 12 hours) is not normal - Call the doctor immediately
I've had stalls, stumbles, and successes. What a journey and honestly an evolution in my mind and well being as much as my physical appearance.
I started this journey being severely depressed, meds, shrink, the whole sha-bang. My weight was definitely contributing. It's funny how I just made the decision to get the band and was off and running. It was a significant investment (self pay), but worth every penny.
During my journey I worked on my inside and outside (inside is not reflected as much in my blog as I keep some things out to retain anonymity). I continued to see a counselor and eventually stopped taking my meds for depression. We reached a point where we agreed that further counseling was not needed - that I had the tools in my toolbox to keep myself mentally and emotionally on track (way more baggage than weight). I know that without this component of my journey that I would not have been as successful.
Things continued to "shape up" on the outside as well. But life is about stalls, stumbles, and successes. I am sure that I will experience stalls and stumbles going forward, but if I do that I am also now prepared to turn them into successes!
What do you do to get or keep your "mind" in shape?