Monday, 8 November 2010

Another Fill?

I'm booked in for another fill on Wednesday afternoon. It's been on my mind to get one for a few weeks but I kept putting it off and I'm still not 100% sure whether I actually need one. At the moment I've got 8.5mls in a 10ml band and the last time I had a fill was 28 July - so that's about 3.5 months ago. Since that fill I've lost 17lbs which is pretty good going I guess, but recently that weightloss has really slowed - in August, immediately after the fill, I lost 10lbs, in September and October it was 3lbs per month. Yes, the weight is still going down, but it seems very slow and I know there are times when I am eating more than I probably should be. Nothing in comparison to what I could/would have eaten pre-band, but still more than a good bander should!

But then, on the other hand, what makes me think that maybe I don't need a fill is that I can still get full very quickly on some things, and also that I can get very stuck on other things. But, going by my benchmarks, I think a very small fill might be on order.

Mine are (and please excuse the fact that neither are healthy...):
a slice of toast - if I can eat more than half a slice then it might be time
biscuits (cookies) - if I can eat more than 2 or 3 in one sitting then it might be time

I'm also finding that I get hungry more quickly after I've eaten, and I'm thinking about food more.

What benchmarks do you all have?


  1. Wow Justine you are doing so well!! My band has gotten all weird. I have trouble drinking water fast, eating yogurt but cookies--3 is a piece of cake now.

    For most of my banded existence the grilled cheese sandwich has been my fill-o-meter. If I can drink more than 1/2 at one sitting it is time for a fill.

    I think the fact that you are listening and gauging whether you are hungry between meals is a good method. Now that you have moved do you have to travel for your fills? :)

  2. I agree, pay attention to your hunger. If 1 cup of food keeps you full for 4 hours, you are probably good. If you get hungry between meals, you probably need a fill.

  3. Would love to meet you when you are in NYC -- you can reach me at chroniclesfrombandland (at) gmail (dot) com