Friday, October 28, 2011


I am 3 weeks out of surgery now and in the last week I've gained 2 pounds back!  This is very frustrating.  I've been eating all the right foods (I am on pureed currently) and getting all my protein, but I do have trouble getting 1000 calories in.  I have been walking every day except for yesterday.  Yesterday it was rainy, and my left foot has been hurting, so I skipped my walks.  Excuses I know, but I really didn't think it would result in my GAINING a pound. 

I had lost 13 pounds after surgery, but after the first 2 weeks I gained one of the pounds back, and held steady at the weight for a week until I gained another pound this morning.  I know this is a time of healing and not weight loss since I don't have a fill yet, but if I am eating roughly 1000 calories of nutritious food how is it going to get better with a restriction???

I'm guessing at this point that my body is just adjusting to everything.  I'm not used to this because in the past when I've been on track I've lost weight.  I fully expected to hit plateaus on my journey, but not this soon!

Ok, gotta go walk now.  Don't want to "find" anymore of the weight that I've "lost"!


  1. Trust me when I say this is the WORST time during the whole journey! I don't know how it works but it is bandster hell. You have this tool, it isn't working well yet, and you are trying to eat well but you still gain some weight!

    It won't always be like this, I promise. I hate when other people told me to be patient but I promise it'll start working!

    Sometimes we stall because we aren't eating enough. Sometimes we gain when we aren't drinking enough liquids..water weight. Remember that we are never the same real weight from day to day. Yesterday you might of had more sodium then the day before. But don't get too frustrated just keep doing good things!

  2. You're doing great. Alot of people don't lose at all this soon or even gain. There's water retention, Lack of calories, lack of exercise, lack of restriction, and your body being in repair uses more calories than they expected. They call it Bandster Hell... and even though it doesn't seem like it right now. It will end. Text/Call me if you need to talk.

  3. Thank you ladies, I needed that encouragement!

  4. I gained weight too during the transition from Liquids to mushies.

  5. It is a really tough time - I lost and gained and lost and gained for about 5 weeks after surgery... until fill numero uno... and then again a bit before fill numero dos... now I am finally on the right track downward and I just celebrated my 3 month bandiversary. Try not to get discouraged! Slow and steady wins the race!!

  6. Hi Beth

    I am a new follower! I look forward to following you on your journey with the band!

  7. totally normal - promise!! Bandster Hell is terrible, we've been there, we've felt some of those same feelings. I was eating 800 cals/day, but as soon as I increased my cals to 1000-1100, I turned a corner. Strange, huh? :) Hang in there!