The first thing I want to say ( in light of all of the negative posts I have seen ) is that my band did not fail...
In MY case, I lost weight when I followed the band rules and used my tool like I was supposed to; My band worked fine. (and it still works fine)
I re-gained weight because when faced with some very tough emotional situations, I fell back into my old patterns of emotional eating. I stopped following the band rules and I re-gained almost all of the weight I lost. ( after all, the Lap Band is STOMACH surgery, not BRAIN surgery )
I will never keep off any lost weight until I STOP using food to deal with ( or, in my case, NOT deal with ) my emotions.
When I feel happy and fulfilled and all is right with my world, I have no desire to overeat. The minute I feel scared, anxious, depressed, lonely, etc, I use food to comfort myself. No excuses, it is what it is.
I am coming back here because I need some friends and support as I work to change my lifestyle permanently ( not just "go on a diet" ) and find ways to deal with my emotions other than by over eating.
I am glad to see there is a "Block" button, as I want this board to be a warm, welcoming, supportive, positive resource for me.
It has been a long 3 years.. my surgery anniversary is January 28. I was on a positive road and doing VERY well until life threw me a curve ball ( actually, several curve balls ) and I didnt deal with them in a healthy way, but by using food to self medicate.
I am trying to start over on this journey yet again... I believe I can be successful.
Thanks for listening!