Last month, I was at Disney World with some other bandsters. Heidi pulled out a packet of dried apricots and passed them around. I ate one, and it didn't feel so good going down for a few minutes. I thought, "Ok, now I know what 'stuck' feels like."
I had a fill last Monday and haven't had any problems. I'm getting full fast and staying full for a long time, which is great. I have eaten jerk chicken, salad, and even a bit of bread in the form of 1/2 of a well scooped out bagel on Friday. No problems.
Today I learned for real what "stuck" feels like. I stopped at Whole Foods for some lunch. I got 2 small meatballs, a spoonful of masala spiced acorn squash with feta cheese, and a couple of pieces of beets. I ate one meatball (and they are little - "bite sized" for non-bandsters and I ate it in 4 bites). No problem. I ate the squash. No problem. I took a bite of the other meatball. Uh oh...problem! I had quite a bit of pain in my chest. My mouth started to water. I was thinking, "Oh no, please don't let me barf." I just sat there breathing slowly for a couple of minutes and the pain and tightness finally subsided. I was definitely done eating at that point.
I guess I DO have a band.
I guess I have restriction.
I had doubts, but whoa...there it is.
Dinner was a small plate of salad (lettuce, chicken, avocado, pineapple, balsamic vinaigrette) and no problems. It was delicious and went down fine - I just ate slowly. I'm not sure what the issue was at lunch.
Oh yeah...and I'm officially down 70 pounds. 210.2 pounds this morning.