Alyssa

Alyssa’s Lap-Band Success Storyalyssa-after

Lost 111 pounds

My weight had fluctuated since I was 7 years old. I would lose weight, gain it back (and I always gained some more!). I was finally tired of yo-yo dieting and was ready to seriously do something about it.

Alyssa’s Lap-Band Success Story

Lost 111 pounds

 

My weight had fluctuated since I was 7 years old. I would lose weight, gain it back (and I always gained some more!). I was finally tired of yo-yo dieting and was ready to seriously do something about it. In March 2009, I needed a seat belt extender for the airplane. I could barely fit into stadium seats (my hips and thighs would be bruised). My final breaking point: I was wearing baggy size 26/28 tops and had bought my first pair of size 24 pants. My lifelong dream has always been to be a mom — I wanted to be able to conceive and carry a healthy baby and be alive to see him/her grow up! How could I do this when I couldn’t “carry” myself at 200 plus pounds?!

I talked to my best friend’s neighbor, who had the LAP-BAND at DayOne Health in March 2008; she said it was the best decision she ever made and would go through it all over again. I saw her transform into a healthier (and happier) woman and cut her weight in half, down to 140.

I checked with my insurance and the LAP-BAND was covered as a medical necessity. And it was definitely medically necessary for me (I had a BMI of 46 and was 100 plus pounds overweight). I was uncomfortable and crabby, I was always hot and sweaty, I would get winded going up a flight stairs, I woke up with aches and pains daily (one of my ankles would give out at least once daily), and I suffered from acid reflux and depression. I didn’t want to live like this! In addition, I was at risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.

My consultation appointment was in July of 2009; I was at my heaviest — a whopping 284 pounds. I can’t believe I let myself get that heavy. I actually thought about getting the LAP-BAND a year before I finally made my first appointment (why did I wait?!).

As expected, I was a little nervous on the day of surgery (I was banded on October 7th, 2009). I had never had surgery before and didn’t know how things would go, but things went well!. The staff at DayOne Health was very nice and accommodating. It felt like I was surrounded by close friends. I didn’t have any complications and recouped right on schedule.

The first week after being banded, I didn’t feel great and started to doubt my decision for about one second, until I realized how much more life has to offer a healthier me and how much I would have to offer life! Each day I was feeling better and better — more like myself again.

Food is no longer my comfort or friend that I to turn to, like I used to. I have a different relationship with food and will always – and I am ok with that! I wanted to be able to LIVE, not just survive. I am SO happy now – and my health is improved tremendously. I no longer have aches, pains, sore knees and ankles; I do not get winded going up a flight of stairs anymore! I no longer have acid reflux nor do I suffer from depression. I am HAPPY!

I have lost 111 pounds (as of 12/15/2010) and am on my way to a healthy, trim 160 (for the first time since 1992)! My BMI went down from a 46 to a 28, currently. I love getting my photo taken again! I receive nice compliments daily — it is so nice to hear again! I could never borrow clothes from my friends – now I can! I had to shop in the plus-size stores/sections previously, now I look forward to clothes shopping at the “regular”’ size stores (NO more fat-lady stores for me — EVER!)! I love MYSELF again. I am SO happy and always smiling!

It hasn’t been a “smooth-sail” throughout the LAP-BAND journey, and I still have rough moments (where I eat or drink too fast or too much in a sitting). Your stomach will tell you when you have overdone it; you just have to listen to it! You don’t have to eat everything on your plate. Even with those rough moments, the LAP-BAND was truly the BEST decision that I’ve ever made! My only regret, honestly, is not doing it sooner!

*Results may vary. Consult with your doctor.