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Hi Roxy

Firstly, big well done on the weight you have lost so far, you should be proud! ๐Ÿ˜€

You need to be eating protein (like chicken and fish) followed by vegies then carbs only if you have room. For me, my band just doesn’t like any other types of meat (even with chicken, it has to be thigh, breast meat is just too dry). I eat alot of lentils and beans – they are a great source of protein and I make a mean dahl (tastes just like the local take away but virtually fat free) ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was told to only eat ramekin dish sized meals and I find I can’t manage any more even if I wanted to. Are you still sticking to the no drinking before, with and after meals rule?

If your portion sizes have crept up and you are still sticking to the rules, then yes I would recommend going for a little fill.

I was told to expect between 1-2lb loss per week. Luckily I reached my “sweet spot” very early and have managed to maintain an average loss of over 2lb per week. When I have a stall for a few weeks and my portion sizes creep up, then I know it’s time for another wee fill.

I currently have 4.25ml in my 9ml band. I did go up to 5ml, but my restriction was too tight so went for a defill.

With regard to your level of restriction, it’s a purely personal decision, but you have to decide whether losing the weight or enjoying food with your family is more important right now. As you know the band is a tool and it is up to us to work with it and make the right food choices. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no saint, I do have the occasional treat, but it’s just that, occasional. Naughty foods tend to be easier to slip through the band than good food which is why many bandsters revert to them – those choices are down to you alone ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck with whatever you decide, and anytime you have any questions, just shout ๐Ÿ™‚


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