- HEALTH TRACKER
1 year ago tomorrow, I got my Lap Band (BOB ->Band over Bypass) and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to have a BOB as well as my success. And, this August, I will be 10 years out from my RNY. I couldn't be happier with my appearance, my weight, my health, my exercise routine and also my eating habits. When I had the RNY in August of 2002, I was 305. I got down to 183 in a year. After several Plastic Surgeries (Lower Body Lift & Lipo 5/04, Arm Lift 3/06 and Boob Lift and Reduction 3/06) I was 175 but settled on 183-189 as I think this was "normal". At this weight, I was a size 10/12 (I/m 5’5).
I am happy to report that today, 1 year after the BOB, I am at 186. I have lost all the weight I regained and hit my 1st Band goal. I saved all my old clothes (10/12s) bc I knew I’d eventually get back there. I am so glad I did.
While I have always prided myself on being knowledable about WLS, sometimes even a know it all, I thought this BOB would have been easier. I knew the weight wouldn’t fly off like the RNY but, I thought the weight loss would have been more consistent but now know it really is like “a diet” where I can eat WHATEVER I want in smaller portions. Like when I had my RNY, I gave up bread, soda and juice. I still drink wine, a lot of of it actually. But, before, I also drank a lot of ****tails and I am no longer than person. After blacking out many times after the RNY and being what I considered a borderline “alcoholic”, I am no longer. I also credit a lot of these overindulgences (clothes, shopping, alcohol, men) to leaving my husband after RNY and going through a divorce.
At age 41, I am happy. What has been especially hard this last year was that I was laid off in October and I still managed to lose weight, maintain an exercise routine and stay focused. Today I am again employed and I am walking home from work daily, 4.2 miles from Astoria Queens to NYC over the 59th Street/Queensboro bridge. I waked the past 2 days in 95 degree heat so if I can do it now, this summer should be cake.
I see my surgeon on Monday for my 1 year anniversary. I am anxious to see her as I haven’t’ since April. I have 8cc in my 14cc band and I am going to ask for a little fill of maybe .5cc. Now that I am at goal, my new goal is 175 then 150. But more importantly, I’d like to remain healthy and complication free. While I do love the band, I also loved the RNY at a year out. Never did I know it would fail me. I looked back at my profile and and found my 8/2003 post about being 1 year out from RNY. Here is what I wrote:
8-15-03 (ANIVERSARY) HAPPY ANIVERSARY TO ME, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO ME, HAPPY ANIVERSAY TO ME, HAPPY ANIVERSARY TO ME! 1 year ago today @ 8am in the morning at