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tomander
on 6/24/13 6:07 pm
Topic: RE: Considering Lap Band Surgery- lots of questions

The band changed my life.  I would do it again in a heartbeat.  I have no regrets at all.

I started with a 54" waist....now 30".  I still get weighed in every month with my family doctor.  I find maintenance with band very easy.

Tom, Toronto

Banded July 6 06

Wt. Loss:  156 lbs

 

tomander
on 6/6/13 3:57 pm
Topic: RE: Lap Band After Gastric Bypass - Side Effects???

I"m going into my 7th year of being a bandster.  I've had no issues at all.  The only foods I can't eat are rice and apple skins.. .they don't get stuck... they jjust feel strange going down.  I also don't drink carbonated beverages.  The band changed my life... it was the best thing I ever did.

Tom, Toronto

Banded July 6 06

Wt. Loss:  156 lbs

Started with a 54" waist now 30"

 

tomander
on 6/4/13 5:24 pm
Topic: RE: Biggest loser lap band styl

I would LOVE that... I really love helping people on their lapband journey.  I host three coffee groups a month for people that are banded or looking into the procedure.  This keeps me motivated and on track.  I still get weighed in every month with my family doctor.

I have a great network of bandsters that I connect with on a monthly basis.  I chat with people in person and on the phone regularly.

The band saved my life.  I started with a 54" waist and am now a 30" waist.

Tom, Toronto

Banded, July 6 06

Wt. Loss:  156 lbs

 

tomander
on 5/23/13 6:29 pm, edited 5/23/13 6:31 pm
Topic: RE: Considering Lapband. Thoughts?

I'm in my 7th year of being a bandster... the band saved my life.  It was the best thing I ever did for myself.

I have no regrets at all.  It's a great "tool".

Tom, Toronto

Banded, July 6 06

Wt. Loss:  156 lbs

 

tomander
on 3/31/13 1:27 am
Topic: RE: Are you happy you had LAP-BAND?

I'm so happy I had lapband surgery.  I have no regrets at all.  I would definitely do it again.

I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. It saved my life.

If you have any questions or would like to chat on the phone I have free long distance and would be happy to chat with you.

Tom, Toronto

Banded July 6 06

Wt. Loss:  156 lbs

tomnader@bell.net

 

tomander
on 3/20/13 9:22 am
Topic: RE: Has anyone in Ontario Canada had the lapband removed?

Hi Kathy 

Have you been back to the clinic to speak with Dr. Mumford to see if there is a resolution?

Tom, Toronto

Banded July 6 06

Wt. Loss: 156 bls

 

tomander
on 3/19/13 3:51 pm
Topic: RE: Has anyone in Ontario Canada had the lapband removed?

No... sorry what happened?

Just curious... where were you banded?

I know someone in my coffee group had to have her band remove because she developed an infection after a surgery... it was removed for 6 months but then put back in... no charge... she's doing great now.

Tom, Toronto

Banded July 6 06

Wt. Loss:  156 lbs

 

 

 

tomander
on 2/20/13 9:43 pm
Topic: RE: Nervous about the lap band

I love my band... I've had no issues at all.

The band changed my life.

If I had to do it again I would do it without hesitation.

I started with a 54" waist and now am  32" waist.

I always tell people don't go into this journey saying I'll never be able to eat this or that ever again... each person is different.  I've never been sick from the band.  I take tiny bites and I make sure I finish what I have in my mouth before I take my second or third bite.  I eat all foods even bread except rice and apple skins.. they just fill strange going down... they don't get stuck... just feel strange so I avoid them... all other foods are fine... and I don't drink any carbonated beverages.

Tom, Toronto

Banded July 6 06

Wt. Loss:  156 lbs

 

tomander
on 2/10/13 9:28 pm
Topic: RE: two years since i had the lap-band a little disappointed...

I would recommend you keep a food journal and if you can try and get to a support group with other bandsters.

I host  2 monthly coffee groups for people that are banded.  I also still get weighed in every month with my family doctor. Keeping in touch with other bandsters and weighing in every month keeps me motivated and on track.

Tom, Toronto

Banded July 6 06

Wt. Loss:  156 lbs

 

tomander
on 11/3/12 5:23 pm
Topic: RE: PLEASE HELP ! NEED HELP DECIDING -LAP BAND

The band was the best "tool" I ever invested in.

I need the band for portion control.

I can now eat anything moderation except rice or apple skin... and no carbonated bevarages. The band did change my life.

 

Tom, Toronto

Banded July 6 06

Wt. Loss:  156 lbs

tomander@bell.net

 

 

 

tomander
on 10/12/12 3:49 pm
Topic: RE: lap band and medications
 I only had to crush my pills the day after surgery.

I have no issues taking large pills at all.

Tom, Toronto
Banded July 6 06 
Wt. Loss;  156 lbs
tomander@bell.net

tomander
on 7/6/12 10:23 am
Topic: RE: 6 Year Banniversary
 Egg timer trick is kind of long to explain... feel free to e-mail me and i'll send you the document.

Tom

tomander@bell.net

tomander
on 7/5/12 10:03 pm
Topic: RE: 6 Year Banniversary
It's amazing how fast the time goes by.. congratulations on your success.

Tom
tomander
on 7/5/12 9:51 pm
Topic: RE: 6 Year Banniversary

Well who would have thought that 6 years ago today I’d be getting something

called a “lapband”.

 

I had done all my research; talk to the doctors several times prior to my

surgery. I joined Canadian Lapbanders and asked a ton of questions I was in

the Lapbandtalk.com chat room every night for two months prior to surgery and I

even spoke with two patients on the phone and asked even more questions prior to surgery. I was ready to begin my lapband journey.

 

I can remember right after the surgery I said “What have I done myself”. I thought I was going to die from the left shoulder pain I was experiencing.

The fourth day past and going into the fifth day I was starting to feel

“normal” but little did I realize that from that day on my life, in

particular the way looked at food would change.

 

I kept my food journal everyday for the first four months. I wrote down

everything. Every Monday morning I would sit and re-read the information Dr. Yau gave me. I studied the menu plans I was given like I was getting ready for an

exam.  I studied the notes I took from Kathy P. and Belina and thought if they can do it so can I.

 

Every month when I went to my family doctor for my monthly weigh-in and

measurements I took my folder with all my lapband info in it along with my food

journals for the past month and I would review my journals with my family doctor and then he would take out the measuring tape and then I would get weighed.

 

The lapband journey for me was like doing a puzzle. There are many pieces that

would eventually come together and form my new lapband lifestyle.

 

Things that have helped me work on my new puzzle.

 

 - I listened to the doctor and clinic staff

- I reviewed the information folder given to me by the clinic on regular basis

(weekly while on the various food stages) and then twice a month

 - So many people that get banded today get their binder and they read through it just after surgery and then put it on the self to collect dust.

- I kept my food journal for 4 months without fail

- I stopped eating large meals past 7:00 p.m. and now just have an evening

snack on occasion. The only exception to my rule is on Friday night when I

usually go out for dinner

 

Even before my journey started I started looking for support. I read

everything I could find online, read EVERY post on Canadian Lapbanders and asked many questions.

 

Support.   Since being banded the word support has never been so important to

me. The lapband journey is a unique experience and if the people around you are

not banded they try to understand what you’re going through but they really

don’t get it. I know the reason I was so successful is because of the support

of fellow bandsters. I went to the support group meetings at the clinic,

attended the special seminars offered and I was always in the chat room. Over

the years I’ve talked on the phone to bandsters from all over, Canada, US and

even the UK.

 

Fast forward to today and I still say that support from fellow bandsters is

the key for me in maintaining my weight and I still have my monthly weigh-in

with my family doctor. Friends that are not banded laugh at me because I take

the GO train all over the place just to meet a group of people for coffee. Yes,

it’s an expensive cup of coffee but I enjoy connecting with my fellow bandsters as

they start their new journey or watch them reach their goal and it’s great to

share lapband stories with individuals that are looking into this new lifestyle

change.

 

People ask me if I think about my lapband everyday… I do (usually when it

gurgles) but it has become a part of me. I still enjoy all the foods I did in

the past (with two exceptions and NO CARBONATED BEVERAGES) but I never feel like I’m missing out on certain foods or social gatherings because I have the band.

 

To my fellow bandsters thank you so much for being there for me at the various

stages throughout my journey. Yes I may be crazy to travel just about anywhere

to meet fellow bandsters for coffee but again I get so much out of this unique

support group and it keeps me on track. My arm may hurt from holding the phone for too long after speaking to a fellow bandster from Calgary for over an hour on the phone but I don’t mind.

 

To my clinic and in particular Dr. Yau, Kathy and Nancy and in recent years

Arlene a special thank you for giving me the tools to use along the way to be

successful.  Dr. Yau the egg timer trick really did work !!!

 

I’m not sure the lapband puzzle will ever be complete. I know I will

continue to add pieces to it for years to come.

 

On a final note thank you to everyone for there well wishes for the past several months.  It’s been rough couple of months but I’m doing well.

Tom, Toronto

Banded July 6 06

Wt. Loss: 156 lbs

tomander
on 7/3/12 3:19 pm
Topic: RE: Considering LAP BAND OR VSG maybe gastric bypass
It will be 6 year this week (July 6th) that I was banded.

I have not regret at all.  It was the best think I ever did.It's changed my life.

If you have any  questonsI and would like to chat on the phone I have free long distance and would be happy to call you.

Please feel free to email me.

Tom, Toronto
Banded July 6 06
Wt. Loss:  156 lbs
tomander@bell.net

tomander
on 5/24/12 4:11 pm
Topic: RE: Thinking about Lap Band
 Hi Mike

The lapband has changed my life.

I started with a 54" waist and am now a 32" waist.

I have no regrets at all.. .it was worth every penny.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Tom, Toronto
Banded July 6 06
Wt. Loss:  156 lbs

tomander
on 4/21/12 4:08 pm
Topic: RE: Lap-Band
I love my band.

I was banded on July 6 06.

I startd with a size 54" waist and am now 33".

I've lost 156 lbs.  I have not regrets at all.

I can eat anything at all except rice or apple skins but NO carbonated beverages.  I still go out for dinner with firends.

You have to go into this journey with an open mind and not compare yourself to others.

I don't feel like I'm missing out with the lapband.

The band has changed my life.

If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me - tomander@bell.net

I also have free long distance and would be happy to speak with you on the phone.

Tom, Toronto
Banded July 6 06
Wt. Loss:  156 lbs
tomander
on 3/31/12 7:10 pm
Topic: RE: Lapband Question
 I would go for a slight defil.

It told me 4 fill in totlal to find my "sweet spot"... lucky.. no defils.

Good luck.

Tom, Toronto
Banded July 6 06
Wt. Loss:  140 lbs

tomander
on 6/19/11 5:57 am, edited 6/19/11 6:02 am
Topic: RE: Lapband Coffee Groups - Toronto & GTA - A new way to connect
Hello fellow Bandsters   I have set up a Meetup Group for the various Lapband Coffee Groups being hosting in Toronto and the GTA.   Please check it out. You can become a Meetup member for free and join the group.   I will still be posting reminders of coffee groups here.   Lapband Coffee Groups - Toronto & GTA   www.meetup.co...2_ej1b&a=wg2_l4     I have already been contact by several new people that are interested in joining us for coffee to find out about the lapband journey.     Also for those of you on my regular e-mail list that receive the recipes, articles and other bandster news I share I will continue to send out the information via e-mail.   If anyone new is interested in receiving my folder of "Bandster Goodies" or you have already received it in the past and would like an updated folder please e-mail me:   tomander@rogers.com
Subject Line: Lapband Recipes and Articles

Please include in the e-mail your first name (and last name if you wish... a last name or first letter of your last name would help... I now know 4 Joanne's... 3 Diane's and I get confused easily, date you were banded and where you banded and I will send you out the information and the occasional update.    PLEASE NOTE:  you will also receive notices about coffee groups that may not be in your area... but you can just delete those messages.    In order to receive the information I send out you must be able open .pdf files on on your computer.     Tom, Toronto Banded July 6 06 (I'm counting down the days to my "Banniversary" Wt. Loss: 140 lbs