To be honest….I thought weight would come off quicker and it would be easier after lapband. I was wrong.
Well, it has come off quickly….in the beginning. If I had eaten liquids for two weeks and then mushies for two weeks without a lapband, would it have come off the same?……I suspect so.
Having a lapband is hard work. So is dieting and totally changing the way you eat and live and exercise.
So, what’s different?…… I know that my weight loss, no matter how slow, is permanent this time. I have been very good at losing weight over the years….I mean, really good at it!! However, I put it all back on again and then some.
I get cranky and bloody pissed off that I am not losing weight at an amazing rate of knots and can’t help but compare how much I have lost to how much other’s have lost in the same time frame. I know that is human nature and not to worry about worrying!!
Do I regret having it done?…… no way. It is kind of like having an inbuilt personal trainer and dietician on board…..it just reminds me to do the right thing and to stop eating when I am full.
Do I have any advice for you so far…? Yep……
Go easy on yourself and don’t compare your progress to others. Know that you would never have lost (and kept off)whatever amount you have without the help of the band.
Get your first few fills done as quickly as you can. You know within a week of having a fill if it is enough or not……you just do. So, keep going back and don’t play the drama queen and say it isn’t working. It is up to you to help it work. Stay in touch with your surgeon and be firm and assertive with him. You know if you want more fill…..it is your guts!! If you happen to overdo it…..then you can always have some out again. Why have the lapband and then continue to feel hungry?! Then work with the band and love it to death….PBing and burping and farting and all the good stuff. It is all learning….and keeping you “aware” of your behaviour.
Your band doesn’t have an inbuilt “shit food” detector. So if you expect the band to make you suddenly hate ice-cream and topping and thickshakes and anything “greased” up with sauce etc and that you will have multiple orgasms just being in the vicinity of the fruit and veg department…….don’t bother getting one. You will still want shit from time to time……your band wont help you…..you have to drag out the willpower still. Your band will also not give you the desire to produce your own exercise DVD. Tough tits…….get walking!
My weightloss may have slowed down but I tell you what……..my mindset has revved up and I do feel like a different person!! I know the weight will come off slowly and surely from now on and even quicker if I move my arse along with watching my nutrition. This blogging community is a great “tool” as well. I love reading all the blogs and being inspired by each and every one of you. We talk about our lives and the goings on……not just about weight. But really…….what is going on in our lives has everything to do with how we deal with our other “issues” and weight struggles!! Blogging helps get it out of our systems and allow us to move on to our next drama I guess. So thanks to you all for your comments and reading my rants and sometimes outrageous stories 🙂 I swear to you………they are all true!!!
So for the time being…..some days I feel like this and do a great job, making all the right choices…………………………………..
And then there are the days I just try and ignore & will start afresh tomorrow………………………….