A) I am a weirdo
B) I was hypnotized to only think I got the band, but there is not really a band
C) The surgery was only a placebo
D) I just got really freaking lucky
I have been hearing all about "bandster hell" since I decided to get the band and started reading blogs. I was told that there would be a horrible time between surgery and my first fill that I would be able to eat exactly the way I used to and I would be starving all the time and would have no restriction, especially since my surgeon installs the band totally empty.
I swear - I think I have restriction.
Yesterday for lunch I got ambitious and ordered a side order of meatballs and a cup of minestrone soup. I ate about 1/4 cup of soup (just a few bites) and opened up the container of meatballs. They were about 3 ounces each, I'd guess, a bit smaller than my fist, and there were three of them. I ate one meatball and was stuffed. There was no way I was even taking one more bite of that meatball. I had another one for lunch today and there's another one waiting in my office refrigerator for lunch tomorrow. A side order of meatballs lasts for three lunches? Really?!
Tonight for dinner I decided to try steak for the first time since surgery. I made myself a filet mignon marinated in worcestershire sauce. I took about 3 ounces, along with half a sweet potato, and could not finish it. It was DELICIOUS and went down perfectly...but after I ate about 3/4 of my small portion, I couldn't eat another bite. I used to be able to polish off a 12 ounce ribeye, and that's WITH a salad, baked potato, and a side of broccoli.
It seems like fish goes down really easily and I can eat more seafood than beef or chicken. With how low in calories and high in protein it is, that's fine by me. My best friend and I went out for seafood this weekend, shared a meal of crab legs, lobster tail, and shrimp and it was fabulous - and I love being able to SHARE a meal and save some cash. That's a nice little side effect.
So...I've rambled for long enough. I hope all my fellow bandsters are doing well!