Shhh. Today I am off "sick" from work. Don't tell.
After my stucky day on Saturday, my band is being reasonable. I was able to eat some solids, including toast, on Sunday and today I'm back to normal. You guys are the best because you made me think that maybe I just need to rethink how to eat with the band. I can't really relate the tight band to stress or Madame Flo (who no longer visits) or not chewing enough. I even wonder if maybe some food stays in the pouch for days (as mentioned by Caroline). I really thought about Jennifer's advice—she said she takes a bite or two 20 minutes before her main meal to get over the "first bite syndrome" she suffers.
I'm calling it pre-eating and it seems to work. Today I had bacon and scrambled eggs for breakfast about an hour after my coffee (I should have had a glass of milk with my coffee but forgot—need to up the protein!). For lunch I had some pureed squash soup with melted cheese. I waited 30 minutes then was able to eat about 3 ounces of salmon with mango salsa. The pre-eating takes the edge off my hunger and lets me eat really slow.