I was really afraid whether or not they would give me a fill, we chatted and after I told her about my nacho episode last Friday she totally agreed and did not ask anymore questions. She added .4 cc's bring my fill level to 6.85 cc's.
If you recall back in February I had a fill of .5 cc's but had to have .3 cc's removed about a week later. She told me this is common. As I lose more and more weight I may need my band tightened so I may still require some more fills before reaching my Green Zone. So (knock on wood) we will see how this fill goes. So far so good. I have been on liquids all day. I asked about my lab work and she said for the most part everything looks good. But, there is always a but...I was hoping to get off of the cholesterol medication, and honestly I keep forgetting to take it and I have forgotten since I had the band put in. But I was hoping with the diet and exercise I would be done, alas, this is not the case. My cholesterol is higher now then before I had surgery when I was on the meds. So the doctor said more than likely my cholesterol is hereditary and not attributed to diet and exercise. She said there may come a day where I can come off of the meds but it's not that time yet. So I will start taking the meds again tonight. Just so hard to remember because I am not a pill popper. She did say my good cholesterol looks good which is an accomplishment.
All my vitamin levels and sugars are good. This is a good thing!
I finished today at:
Good numbers for today! And I have been only minimally hungry! Tomorrow is a liquids only day too. My doctor considers pureed foods, yogurt and cottage cheese to fall into this category too so luckily tomorrow I will get to have some of this too! Then Friday and Saturday will be mushies, and Sunday will be regular diet.
Since today was my 6th month visit, I also had to visit with the psychologist and nutritionist. I had a great talk with both of them. I'm glad these resources are available with all the struggles I have had in the last couple of weeks. And frankly over the last year and a half.
The psychologist told me to come see her monthly. It's a service offered by the bariatric clinic and there is no charge to me so I am totally going to take advantage of this service. I am a strong believer that getting it out is great therapy. And since I have a week support system at home she wants me to lean on them for the support I need. So tomorrow I will go to my first "live" support group. I've only ever done the support group online. I don't find this very helpful. There is also a support group only for Lap Band patients every other month. So I will go to group twice every other month. I am putting this in my calendar.
She was very happy that I am blogging and that I have a strong support system in the blogging community. She also told me that she thinks I am restricting myself too much. I am trying too hard to follow the rules. She said I need to relax. She knows that is going to be difficult for me but she wants me to work on allowing myself to make mistakes and not beating myself up when I do. She was impressed with how I have been handling all the family stress and the work stress, but she is afraid I am going to self destruct if I don't take a break. She also asked what I was afraid of. It made me think and I am glad she asked. There is actually quite a bit that scares me to death, like failing at this weigh loss thing, losing my job and the fear of the unknown, and my nephews future. So I have things to work on, and with her help I will get there! She also said she wanted to give me a reality check. She said they expect to see people lose about 52 lbs a year. Approximately 1 lb a week. She said I am way above average at 45 lbs in the last 6 months. She said 7 lbs I will be at what they expect to see in one year. I knew about the averages but I am a little harder on myself. . I have a positive attitude about things and frankly I am glad she wants me to come back and talk with her. I do think I am doing well. And thanks to my blogger friends and the clinic I have been reminded of just how well I am doing
Next was my visit with the nutritionist. I was glad to be able to talk with her today as well. The whole calorie thing has been driving me nuts. I asked what my calories should be and she suggested a range of 1200 - 1400 per day. She said she doesn't want me dwelling on this because she doesn't want me to feel like I am on a diet. She wants me to enjoy life. She too said I am trying to hard to do everything by the book. I showed her my food journal and she was amazed that I have journaled everyday for the last 6 months. Her goal for me is to stop journaling so much by my 1 year post op visit and to only be spot checking 2 times a week or so by then. She said she is glad I am exercising like I am but both her and the psychologist suggested that rather than a goal of 400 calories burned a day, they would rather me use a range so I don't beat myself if I don't hit 400 in one day. So my range is to exercise a minimum of 30 minutes 4 -6 times a week. If I decided to do more than great.
So I call today successful and productive! I feel better about my journey. Unless I need one sooner I go back for another fill eval in July.
My doctors appointment took about 2 hours. I didn't think it was going to take this long. I had to run home and get my nephew to take him to a doctors appointment. Between my appointment going long and the snow we got to his appointment a few minutes late. After that we ran to Panera so I could get my Broccoli Cheese fill day soup and then ran a few more errands.
One errand was to pick up my new ring. I am fanatical about rings. I finally have one for ever finger! 10 total!! I love rings! I wear 2 necklaces and 1 bracelet. But I love my rings!
And then I sporadically decided to get my ear pierced for the 4th time. Not sure why, just felt like it. That would be the single earring towards the top of my ear. I wont ever pierce my face but I would someday like to get my belly button pierced if I look awesome when I get to my goal!
So by the time I got home tonight I was starving since I am on liquids and it was 7 pm. So I decided to take today off and use it as a rest day. I have worked out 3 days since Sunday and today is OK. So I relaxed this evening and it honestly felt good. I will start back up tomorrow! I think the rest today was good for my knee too, the back of my knee has been hurting and taking today off was probably a good thing.
We have more happy hours and more layoffs coming this week and next week. I am going to do well this time! I am determined!!
OK I don't think I have anything else to report tonight. So, TTFN! Thanks for reading and have a great night.