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Theresa

Manchester, United Kingdom
Hello! My name is Theresa and I have a gastric band! I was banded on 15th November 2008 with Healthier Weight in Manchester. At the time I weighed 20 stone and had a BMI of 43. My blog records my day-to-day experiences with the band - the good, the bad and the ugly. So far, I have lost loads of... Full Bio
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The best thing since sliced bread by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss I recently received an unexpected package in the post. It turned out to be a free sample of a new cookie developed by Weight To Go. 'A diet chocolate cookie', I ... Read on »
The pain in Spain…. by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss ….falls mainly on the grain. Basically, I'm in Spain for a week, working in the field. I was here at the same time last year and experienced the same problems with my ... Read on »
After 4.5 years it's finally working how it should! by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss Since my last post in November things have changed somewhat. We moved house in December, Christmas was upon us, and then I went on a field trip to Spain with a group of stu ... Read on »
Getting more restriction now by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss Had another fill yesterday, of 1.4ml, taking me to 6.4ml now. I was pleasantly surprised to discover, when I got to the clinic, that the lady who filled me last time wasn't ... Read on »
Horrid fill experience by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss Two weeks ago I had my first fill after having my band completely emptied before that. As I anticipated, my fill was 5ml, the same as it was the first time around - four ye ... Read on »
Mr Tortoise gets a PB! by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss I was looking at my tickerfactory.com banner this morning and it occurred to me that I had selected the right icon - a tortoise - as the slide bar! I recall when I first go ... Read on »
Patience - an important lesson by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss I thought I'd give you a little insight into how things have been for me in the last year. A year ago I had a small fill, taking my total band fill up to about 7.7ml. This ... Read on »
An acid-free night! by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss I'm back on solid food today after my complete de-fill last Saturday. I've had no problems eating, but then I wouldn't expect to with an empty band. I'm still surprised, th ... Read on »
Slightly confused.....? by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss After my complete de-fill two days ago I've had a slightly confusing time. I had expected to be extremely hungry, but I haven't been. I guess there's still enough restricti ... Read on »
Scary times..... by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss Thanks Maria (you know who you are), for convincing me that I should get back blogging. Over the coming days and weeks I can fill in some of the gaps since I last posted, b ... Read on »
Sparkling insight by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss One of the comments on a post a few days ago, generously contributed by Sparkler, demonstrated incredible insight into some aspects of my predicament. I'm going to address ... Read on »
A few light snacks...... by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss Here's what I went out and bought this afternoon to meet my 'needs' - a small buttons Easter egg (yes, there are still a few left in the shops), a box of Weight Watchers ... Read on »
Back to bandland by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss Hello everybody - it's been a while! As I sit here wondering what to type, I look back on the past few months and ask myself what has happened? Why have I deserted my blog? ... Read on »
Ups and downs by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss Hello people! This has been the longest I've ever left it between posts - I'm writing a Masters thesis so working every waking hour. It'll be done in a week so I can get ba ... Read on »
Intertrigo, going going gone... by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss In 2004, I developed a horrendous, itchy, red fungal infection under the folds of my hanging stomach (I do hope you weren't eating anything!). It reached its climax when I ... Read on »
Fat Man Slim by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss This evening I watched a documentary on Sky Three called Fat Man Slim. It was about an obese, 40 year old successful businessman who decided to change his life. He weighed ... Read on »
How many calories per day? by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss Thanks to another bandit who posted on the UKGastricBand forum, I've discovered a web site called Calories Count. It has a useful tool for calculating the number of calorie ... Read on »
Predisposed to gluttony by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss There was an interesting item on the One Show on BBC this evening. They are taking a look at the seven deadly sins - one each day - and it was gluttony's turn today. First ... Read on »
Working with my band by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss Here is the essence of what I replied to an anonymous comment - you may find it useful: Stretching your pouch: If you eat very slowly, which is what we are advised to do ... Read on »
A long Sunday walk by Theresa Posted in: Blog Posts in Weight loss On Sunday we tackled what will be the first of many Lake District walks this year. We climbed the summits of five Wainwright peaks - Grisedale Pike (791m), Crag Hill (839m) ... Read on »