This is a very individual journey, so I'm going to tell you what I've learned about MY experience with lap band and following "the rules".
- I CANNOT handle carbonation. What happens when I try it? I get this sensation that I cannot breathe for about 15 seconds. It is painful and scary.
- I like my band TIGHT. I do best when I'm so tight that I have to REALLY pay attention to what I eat and how I eat it.
- CHEW CHEW CHEW. Until my food is a liquid state.
- My bites better not be larger than the size of a dime, regardless of how much I chew, or I'm going to PB or get stuck.
- Drinking something warm/hot in the morning helps the rest of the day go by easier.
- My band doesn't like drinks that are overly cold. If I drink something frozen (hello Margarita) I better drink it slowly.
- Speaking of Margaritas, alcohol makes my band lazy and loose.
- Stress makes my band TIGHT! I have even been prescribed Ativan for days that I'm stressed to the point that water doesn't go down. I have only taken it a few times, but it helps.
- Claritin (or any allergy meds) helps relax my band a little too.
- Unfortunately, exercise makes my band damn near close shut. I cannot run in the morning, because if I do, I can't eat for at least 8 hours.
- Water! Water is an essential part of this weight loss journey, just not while I'm eating.
- I used to drink 5-6 glasses of water with a meal, but this is truly one of those "NO NO" rules. I thought it would be a difficult change, but a few times of forgetting and taking a sip during dinner, only to quickly PB made sure I wouldn't forget anymore.
- My band does NOT prevent me from eating shit I shouldn't. Cookies? Yes please. Ice cream? I'll take a truck load. Cheesecake? Yep, just shove it right down my throat.
- Previous rule does not apply to bread. I CANNOT eat bread. It just doesn't work. Pasta either.
- And for some reason, my band does not like dinner food pork. Barbeque. Ham. Pork Chops. But I can eat bacon and sausage? Makes no sense.
This band has lots of rules to follow, and it's worth it. I just need to remember all of them, follow them, and get back to tracking my food. I'm going to make it a goal to track my food every day and post my day's tracking at least once a week. I just need to decide what day I'll do that, but I think this is a good 2014 blog resolution.