My apologies to Dante Alighieri for the title of this post.
And really, it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. More like Purgatorio. Yep, I can eat more right now; yet I am fully aware that I am still not eating nearly what I was pre-band. Such an odd feeling. I am sure I will be more than ready for a fill when the time comes. I can see why most people do not like this stage--you do have to be seriously careful to stay within the range needed to lose weight. Tonight, I had spaghetti (quelle horror! Pasta!) and green beans. I could have eaten the whole can of green beans and I probably could have had more spaghetti. But I didn't. I stuck with 1 small bowl (like a small cereal bowl). Pre-surgery I would have been able to have at least one BIG bowl of spaghetti with 2-3 meatballs. I still stay full pretty well--I can go 3-4 hours between meals without even really thinking about food, so that's good. I am aware of my choices and thankfully, most everything in the pantry is geared toward my banded existence.
Still...I'm looking forward to Bandster Paradiso. Restriction, and perhaps a smaller swimsuit size. :-)