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    New to HCG, 8 years post op Lapband

    Hello everyone,

    I am a successful lap band patient who beat the odds and kept a majority of my excess weight off after 5 years. I lost 150 pounds in 9 months back in 2007, going from 340 to 190 pounds. I am a male, 5'10" tall. In the past 3 years the scale started creeping back up at a rate of 15 pounds a year. I began thinking that as I get older, my metabolism is starting to slow down. These are the things we like to tell ourselves when we are not making proper choices. The fact is, I consume too many liquid calories in a given day. I am a carb addict. Not the cake, ice cream, chocolate, or cookie variety. The wine, beer, mixed drink variety. I found that I was craving a nice slight buzz every day, not consuming to excess, but more craving the flavor of alcoholic beverages. I found that over the past few years I was adding more and more calories to obtain that slight buzz. I came to the realization that if I continue on that path, I will be back to my pre operative weight in the next 6 years if not sooner. I have identified my problem, and now I am here to solve it.

    I am on day 2 of the protocol, and other than being extremely nervous about giving myself an injection every day(painless), I am feeling very excited about the next 44 days of P2. I am currently at 256 pounds and my closet is filled with clothes I haven't worn in a couple of years. I decided I wasn't going to purchase any size over an XL. Those were starting to get snug. So it's sayonara to the booze, and hello to consistent weight loss.

    My wife is on her fourth/vanity round after having lost over 70 pounds. What took me so long??!! She is going to be a a valuable asset in our success. I have already stocked the fridge and freezer with our food, so now it's off to the races.

    Redwood410

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood410 View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I am a successful lap band patient who beat the odds and kept a majority of my excess weight off after 5 years. I lost 150 pounds in 9 months back in 2007, going from 340 to 190 pounds. I am a male, 5'10" tall. In the past 3 years the scale started creeping back up at a rate of 15 pounds a year. I began thinking that as I get older, my metabolism is starting to slow down. These are the things we like to tell ourselves when we are not making proper choices. The fact is, I consume too many liquid calories in a given day. I am a carb addict. Not the cake, ice cream, chocolate, or cookie variety. The wine, beer, mixed drink variety. I found that I was craving a nice slight buzz every day, not consuming to excess, but more craving the flavor of alcoholic beverages. I found that over the past few years I was adding more and more calories to obtain that slight buzz. I came to the realization that if I continue on that path, I will be back to my pre operative weight in the next 6 years if not sooner. I have identified my problem, and now I am here to solve it.

    I am on day 2 of the protocol, and other than being extremely nervous about giving myself an injection every day(painless), I am feeling very excited about the next 44 days of P2. I am currently at 256 pounds and my closet is filled with clothes I haven't worn in a couple of years. I decided I wasn't going to purchase any size over an XL. Those were starting to get snug. So it's sayonara to the booze, and hello to consistent weight loss.

    My wife is on her fourth/vanity round after having lost over 70 pounds. What took me so long??!! She is going to be a a valuable asset in our success. I have already stocked the fridge and freezer with our food, so now it's off to the races.

    Redwood410
    Way to go on your wife's success! And here is to you as well!

    Good on you for identifying your carb addiction. That is a very important part of our food recovery.

    Well wishes!
    ~Bella Donna~

    53 years old
    5'7
    Current: size 10-12
    goal: size 8-10

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    I'm also a lapband patient
    Had it done 12/08 and lost 77lbs. Started at 242 and got down to 165

    Then I began "eating around the band" and slowly gained almost all of it back

    Started HCG at a weight of 226.8 and am now down almost 14lbs
    I hate that I let myself down and gained weight that I paid alot of money to lose...........................

    I still like that I have the band because it still makes some naughty foods a no-no for me. Like lots of bread, hamburgers and French fries. (they always get stuck)
    Round 1 Injections
    226.8 lbs Starting Weight 7/29/2015
    219.8 lbs Weight 8/6/15
    217.8 lbs Weight 8/8/15
    216.6 lbs Weight 8/10/15
    216.2 lbs Weight 8/13/15 VLCD day#14
    215.4 lbs Weight 8/14/15
    213.2 lbs Weight 8/17/15
    213.0 lbs Weight 8/20/15 VLCD day#21
    212.0 lbs Weight 8/27/15 VLCD day#28
    211.0 lbs Weight 8/28/15
    210.4 lbs Weight 9/2/15 VLCD day#34
    208.4 lbs Weight 9/10/15 VLCD day#40

    175.0 lbs Goal Weight
    43 years old
    5'8" tall

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood410 View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I am a successful lap band patient who beat the odds and kept a majority of my excess weight off after 5 years. I lost 150 pounds in 9 months back in 2007, going from 340 to 190 pounds. I am a male, 5'10" tall. In the past 3 years the scale started creeping back up at a rate of 15 pounds a year. I began thinking that as I get older, my metabolism is starting to slow down. These are the things we like to tell ourselves when we are not making proper choices. The fact is, I consume too many liquid calories in a given day. I am a carb addict. Not the cake, ice cream, chocolate, or cookie variety. The wine, beer, mixed drink variety. I found that I was craving a nice slight buzz every day, not consuming to excess, but more craving the flavor of alcoholic beverages. I found that over the past few years I was adding more and more calories to obtain that slight buzz. I came to the realization that if I continue on that path, I will be back to my pre operative weight in the next 6 years if not sooner. I have identified my problem, and now I am here to solve it.

    I am on day 2 of the protocol, and other than being extremely nervous about giving myself an injection every day(painless), I am feeling very excited about the next 44 days of P2. I am currently at 256 pounds and my closet is filled with clothes I haven't worn in a couple of years. I decided I wasn't going to purchase any size over an XL. Those were starting to get snug. So it's sayonara to the booze, and hello to consistent weight loss.

    My wife is on her fourth/vanity round after having lost over 70 pounds. What took me so long??!! She is going to be a a valuable asset in our success. I have already stocked the fridge and freezer with our food, so now it's off to the races.

    Redwood410
    You are so wise to nip in the bud the creeping gains and to know where its coming from. My big treat drink is herbal orange-spice tea with stevia! Its delish and my husband look forward to it as our beverage of choice! Carbs and packaged snacks also can
    cause small gains but small gains can become larger gains you multiply the numbers. So happy you and your wife are into eating healthy together. We dont drink alcoholic beverages and havent for over 30 years by choice so dont miss them.
    Im 72 so its never too late to get healthier
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    2011 R1 start 206 R2 6/2011 176 R3 03/2013 156 R4 06/29/2014 162.R5 05/09/2015 154.4 R6 2017 148.2 liw 137.6 R7 Start 149.2 LDW 137.2 R8 151.4. LIW 142.8 141.6R9 3/8/20 160.2 liw 144.2 R10 started but not finished Round 10 repeat 1 7/10/21 163.6 Aug 19 LIW147.0

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    Hi Guys

    I too am a lapband person. In 2005 I had a lapband done. My weight was 329 lbs. I went down to 267 lbs and was doing great... Over the years I stopped going to the DR and
    stop working out. I have done a lot of diets... yo-yo of course with weight going up and down. As of today I weight 320 lbs... so I have options, go back to the Drs with my visits and start getting fills or try HCG.... Now not to crazy with shots, so sublingual can work or I hear there are pellets.....

    Anyone heard or have done the Pellets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjoey38 View Post
    Hi Guys

    I too am a lapband person. In 2005 I had a lapband done. My weight was 329 lbs. I went down to 267 lbs and was doing great... Over the years I stopped going to the DR and
    stop working out. I have done a lot of diets... yo-yo of course with weight going up and down. As of today I weight 320 lbs... so I have options, go back to the Drs with my visits and start getting fills or try HCG.... Now not to crazy with shots, so sublingual can work or I hear there are pellets.....

    Anyone heard or have done the Pellets?
    I do know there are some thread with pellets Just be sure they contain real hcg. Ask Grammy thread can tell you.n dont be afraid of the shots small needle and goes under the skin not n the muscle eazy peazy Hope it works hcg is a great way to get you burning your fat eating healthy and resetting your metabolism I have lost 66 lbs over several rounds but the majority 50 lbs i kept off since 2011 All other diets have never worked
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    2011 R1 start 206 R2 6/2011 176 R3 03/2013 156 R4 06/29/2014 162.R5 05/09/2015 154.4 R6 2017 148.2 liw 137.6 R7 Start 149.2 LDW 137.2 R8 151.4. LIW 142.8 141.6R9 3/8/20 160.2 liw 144.2 R10 started but not finished Round 10 repeat 1 7/10/21 163.6 Aug 19 LIW147.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjoey38 View Post
    Hi Guys

    I too am a lapband person. In 2005 I had a lapband done. My weight was 329 lbs. I went down to 267 lbs and was doing great... Over the years I stopped going to the DR and
    stop working out. I have done a lot of diets... yo-yo of course with weight going up and down. As of today I weight 320 lbs... so I have options, go back to the Drs with my visits and start getting fills or try HCG.... Now not to crazy with shots, so sublingual can work or I hear there are pellets.....

    Anyone heard or have done the Pellets?
    Hi bigjoey,

    I too am very scared of needles. The hardest thing I've done in my life is give myself that first shot. It got easy around day five. It is totally painless as long as you commit to the thrust of the needle. I am on a skip injection day today which is day 14. I've lost 11 pounds so far. It's funny that I am looking forward to giving myself that injection tomorrow. I sorta missed doing the routine this morning.

    I stopped going to get band adjustments after finding a fairly comfortable fill because of the needle. I am now considering getting it totally emptied. After reading "pounds and inches" numerous times I am convinced that with daily weighing, I can live life at a normal weight without the band. I may even go so far as getting the band removed once I see that I can maintain a goal weight.

    The calorie restriction we get from the band eventually leads to weight gain as the body holds on to every calorie it can store. This calorie restriction led to me drinking over 1000 calories a day in alcohol. I feel now that I don't need to go back to that destructive behavior.

    The band makes it extremely difficult to load properly. I was accustomed to eating a small lunch and a medium dinner every day as my band was too restrictive until the afternoon. When it came time to gorge on fatty foods, I found that I was only able to get around 2500 calories in on those days. I was hungry and dehydrated going into day 3 and the start of my vlcd's. I wish now that I would have sat down with several tubs of ice cream and finished them off. I don't crave those foods, but life would have been easier last week with a proper loading. I am just now starting to feel the euphoria and lack of hunger that is reported in the book and on this forum.

    I also had an early plateau that possibly could have been avoided. I found out that the 200 IU dosage is really a max dose, and in the case of HCG, more is not always better. I am adjusting down to 125 IU's tomorrow to get in the zone with my dosing. I will adjust upward if necessary.

    Whether you do the injections, pellets, or sublingual, I would definitely recommend this protocol. If you haven't read Dr. Simeon's book, I recommend that too. I wish I would have read it a second time just before starting the plan.

    Cheers,
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by roselanoue View Post
    You are so wise to nip in the bud the creeping gains and to know where its coming from. My big treat drink is herbal orange-spice tea with stevia! Its delish and my husband look forward to it as our beverage of choice! Carbs and packaged snacks also can
    cause small gains but small gains can become larger gains you multiply the numbers. So happy you and your wife are into eating healthy together. We dont drink alcoholic beverages and havent for over 30 years by choice so dont miss them.
    Im 72 so its never too late to get healthier
    Hi roselanoue,

    I am on day 14 and have found my new addiction is tea. I like them all!! Except earl grey. I did research on bergamot oil and now when I drink earl grey it tastes like bad perfume smells. I am also finding that I can drink most teas without stevia. I like stevia, but when it's not available, I go plain. Thanks for your reply, I look forward to attaining your level of success. I've been there before, and can't wait to exceed my past achievements. I never made it to my goal of 170 lbs. I know it's possible on this protocol.
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teri9672 View Post
    I'm also a lapband patient
    Had it done 12/08 and lost 77lbs. Started at 242 and got down to 165

    Then I began "eating around the band" and slowly gained almost all of it back

    Started HCG at a weight of 226.8 and am now down almost 14lbs
    I hate that I let myself down and gained weight that I paid alot of money to lose...........................

    I still like that I have the band because it still makes some naughty foods a no-no for me. Like lots of bread, hamburgers and French fries. (they always get stuck)

    Hi Teri,
    I know what you mean by foods getting stuck. Same happens to me. I am concerned that if I don't get my band emptied before I start phase 3, I'll be messing up the readjustment of metabolism. My habits were affected by the need for "quick sustenance" as Dr. Simeon wrote in his book. I've seen my wife eat like a normal person between rounds after the 3 week phase 3 and not gain at all. I'm beginning to understand that we gain our weight back by starving our bodies/dieting.

    I have no regrets about the band, but wish this plan had been popular back in 2007, so I could have done this instead. I know we will succeed on it and live the life we were meant to.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood410 View Post
    Hi roselanoue,

    I am on day 14 and have found my new addiction is tea. I like them all!! Except earl grey. I did research on bergamot oil and now when I drink earl grey it tastes like bad perfume smells. I am also finding that I can drink most teas without stevia. I like stevia, but when it's not available, I go plain. Thanks for your reply, I look forward to attaining your level of success. I've been there before, and can't wait to exceed my past achievements. I never made it to my goal of 170 lbs. I know it's possible on this protocol.
    Steve
    Haha, Steve,

    I *LOVE* Earl Grey. The only tea I really hate is lapsang souchong. To me, it tastes the water in which you washed a sweater you wore to a camping weekend.
    Started my HCG journey on March 16, 2011

    Just for the record, no part of this journey is for the weak.


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