Tuesday, September 13, 2011

To fill or not to fill...

That is the question. (I'm feeling oh so original tonight. Cantcha tell?)

I have an appointment with my surgeon tomorrow morning, and I'm not really sure what I want to do. On one hand, I feel like I have pretty good restriction as far as my breakfast and lunch portion, but at dinner I can really put down some volume. On the other hand, I'm not losing despite logging, exercise, cutting carbs, etc.

What makes me want a fill? Well, a little more control for one. When I was losing 10lbs a month like a rockstar, I was unable to eat solids before 11am-ish. These days, I'm wolfing down bacon and eggs at 8am. Hell, I ate a plum this morning -- with the skin on! Unheard of!

What makes me not want a fill? Travel. I'm not worried about Chicago -- since I'll be surrounded by like-minded people, who cares if I barely eat anything or happen to get stuck? Two weeks later, however, I'm flying to Virginia for my cousin's wedding, and two weeks after that I'm flying to St. Louis for a conference. I haven't actually flown anywhere since I got my band, so I have no idea how it will actually affect me. I am confident that I can handle a bit of tightness though -- at least I can go prepared.

I have no intention of having him fill me back up to 1.6ccs. I'm at about 1cc now, so I figure maybe 1.3 would do the trick. I know all you 10cc band owners are thinking WTF!?!?! But yeah, I have a 4cc Allergan band, and have never tolerated more than 2ccs in it. Guess I never have to worry about being topped out, eh? Maybe I shouldn't jinx myself.

What do you think?

Oh yeah, food today:
Breakfast - 3 pork sausage links, 1 plum
Lunch - 3oz chicken with cheddar cheese shreds and a bit of enchilada sauce and 1/4 cup of white rice
Dinner - Pulled chicken with homemade BBQ sauce with blue cheese and scallion cornbread topping
Snacks - beef jerky, cocoa roast almonds

Today was a little light on the veggies. I'll have a big salad for lunch tomorrow.


Amanda said...

Maybe a little fill..but the good thing is you have some time to change it if you fill too tight!

All your food looks fabulous but I will never to able to eat a plum first thing! Or Beef jerky for that matter!..

That dinner sounds fantastic! Can you post a recipe?

MandaPanda said...

Most advice I heard about whether you need is a fill isn't really about how much you can eat in a sitting but how long you stay full. You should be able to feel "satisfied" (not full) with 1-1 1/2 cups of food and stay satisfied for 3-4 hours. I find I can always eat more than 1 1/2 cups of food but if I actually measure it and just stop, I'm not hungry anymore. Your call! Sounds like you've got a busy couple months ahead of you!

Ronnie said...

I haven't ever tried to eat a plum since being banded. I don't have much success with grapes, and I figure a plum is kinda like a big grape. Gonna have to try it. :)

Also, I would say go for the fill - if it's too tight you can always get it taken out.

Kristin50 said...

WOW another thing we have in common I too have an Allergan 4cc band and I have 2cc in it at the moment and I have great restriction! I can only eat about four bites of solid protein and sometimes that is pushing it!

Go with your gut, less is better. You know what too tight is like! :)

Amanda Kiska said...

I also have a 4 cc band. I've never had more than 2 ccs and right now I'm at about .7 and it is great. I am pretty loose, but I want to be able to eat all foods and I don't want to get stuck.