Lisa's Diary reveals the emotions and day-to-day experiences of a real patient in Fort HealthCare's Bariatric Program.


Hey everybody!

After being in the single-digits for the past week, this nice weather really motivates me to work out!  I needed this.  My exercise routines were becoming stagnant, so I updated my iPod and working out is SO MUCH BETTER!  After my band adjustment (two weeks ago), I have lost 6.5-7.5 pounds…YES, every half pound counts. 

I am still making adjustments to my meal plans and am only able to consume under a cup of food, so I’ve become really picky about what I eat.  Following meals, I don’t feel hungry for about 5 hours.  It’s not that I don’t want the food (in my head I REALLY do) but I am full and I’m learning to follow those hunger cues.  My biggest problem with dieting was that I constantly felt hungry and wanted more. In addition, before LAP-BAND®  I could also take in way more than I should have. 

To help myself with this last adjustment, I bought smaller plates, like coffee cup saucers. 

Before my surgery, I never used these, but now these are the best size for my smaller portions.  The picture is of my lunch – a half can of vegetable soup, 3 crackers, half of a coconut-flavored yogurt with a quarter of a banana.  Surprisingly, I finished most of it but I felt so full!  Yesterday I went out for lunch and my meal consisted of 1 Crunchy Taco Supreme at Taco Bell. I felt stuffed afterward.  Often, I’ll sit back and think about a meal prior to my band and I would be embarrassed to tell you!  Now, I’m saving money…and calories!

“Losing”ly yours,


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