Well, this is it, my last blog. What an amazing, challenging, and successful year it has been. Thanks to the help I’ve gotten from the lap band I’ve been able to lose 105 pounds in just under one year. I feel really good about that. I had set a goal for myself to lose 100 pounds in the first year and to have met and even exceeded that goal gives me a huge sense of accomplishment.
Well, it’s November, let the holiday festivities commence! My birthday is just around the corner and my husband and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary a few weeks ago. Anniversaries always make me reflect on what’s happened in the last year. This has been one amazing year for me. My life has literally gone through a 180 degree change. It was less than a year ago that I found out I was a finalist for the lap band surgery contest. I got notified of that on my birthday and then just a month later at Day One’s holiday party I found out that I won the contest. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of modifications to my diet, my exercise routine, the way I spend my free time, the way I celebrate holidays, and mostly to my thinking.
Hey everybody! September has been a challenging month. Not long after I wrote my last blog I started to get really bad stomach aches that got progressively worse to the point that it was totally unbearable. The pain started centrally located in my abdomen but then became more painful into my upper right abdomen under my rib cage. One trip to the ER later, I found out it was a gall bladder attack.
So, I have something on my mind that I would like to address to those who have never had the surgery or for those who may be considering lap band surgery. I think it is a generally held notion that weight-loss surgery is the easy way out. I confess that I was guilty of thinking this way before I had the surgery. I thought people who got weight-loss surgery were in this great little place where they could just do whatever they wanted and eat whatever they wanted and they just sat back and watch the pounds fly away. No sweat, right? Well, I am here to tell you that I could not have been more wrong.
Well, I suppose it will be true from now on until I reach my goal weight but I am the smallest I have been in my adult life. I never get tired of saying that. And this blog brings some particularly exciting news because I have finally reached what they call on The Biggest Loser, “One-derland”! That means I am finally out of the 200’s and into the 100’s. Woohoo! This has been a challenging month though and getting to this great milestone has not been easy. I am constantly working with my band to achieve the healthful life I have always wanted. Especially when it is so hot out, there is the temptation to just stay inside and eat ice cream or sit on the couch and avoid sweating at all costs. But in order to be the person I want to be I have to pay the price and keep myself moving.
Hello again. Since that last time I spoke to you I’ve been through some interesting, albeit challenging, experiences. Prior to my most recent adjustment my band and I were getting along pretty well. Obviously I’m still eating much slower and much smaller quantities than I used to but besides that I was able to eat anything I wanted without any problems. I’ve been very conscious along the way to make smart choices when eating but every so often I allow myself to enjoy a treat in order to keep from getting burned out. I lost about 8 lbs. in six weeks. That’s on the low side of the average for most lap-band patients. That all changed with my last adjustment. I went in on Friday for another adjustment and the Dr. told me that my band was wide open. This was no shocker but it was good to get confirmation that I wasn’t overdoing anything.