This was Aug.10, 2006 and my weight was a all time high for me at around 355-360 as my Dr.s scale only goes to 355 he felt that is where I was.
I was told that to have the lap-band in the clinic I needed to be under 350. I am very nervous about hospitals so I started dieting to get my weight down. It wasn't that hard as at the time I hurt my back and was in so much pain I couldn't eat anyway so the next three weeks I was mostly confined to bed and a very light diet.
On Sept 3, 2006 I met with Dr. Cobourn, every bit as nice as I had been told he was. I weighted 341 . We set a date for my surgery Oct.6,2006.
Three weeks pre-op I started the liquid diet and by surgery day Oct. 6, 2006 I was 326.6.
My surgery went well, I was sore for a few days mostly due to a bumpy plane ride home a little less than 48 hours after surgery. The gas was bad but controlled with the gas-X strips. After about 5 days the only complaint is I wanted to sleep on my stomach but still couldn't. I was so tired from lack of a full nights sleep.
Now it is Oct 29, 2006 I can now almost sleep on my tummy. My weight is at 315. I am on soft foods and am feeling much more like my old self.
I have a mini goal I have set for myself, I want to be under 300 by Christmas. I think that is realistic if I loose more it will be bonus ( would be really nice) but I will be happy with under 300 by Christmas.
It is now Dec 16, 2006 my weight now is 297. I have not had a fill yet but boy am I happy to have reached my goal for Christmas. Things are getting so busy here with all the Christmas activities I will check in after the New Year and up date my new goals and how I make it through the season.
"Merry Christmas Everyone and a Happy New Year!"
It is now Jan 16th 2007 - I had my first fill on the 12th . I'm doing good my weight is down to 289. I have made a new goal. I want to be down to 250 by Easter. I know it is a bit of a challenge but I really think I can do it.
It is now April 9, 2007 and Easter has come and gone. I did not reach my goal. Close but no cigar! I was aiming for 250 lbs. but only made it to 252 lbs.. So close but so far away. I am feeling a little depressed, after all I should have made it. Oh well, not anything to do now but move on. So, I'm making a new goal. Hope I have more success this time. Hope everyone had a great Easter!
My new goal is to be in between 225 lbs and 229 lbs ( somewhere in the 220s) by the end of June. Wish me luck!
I am so happy, it is June 22 and my weight is now 227lbs. I leave in about a week’s time to start our summer holiday. We will be traveling for a month. I am planning to keep on losing. I have a large wedding to go to at the end of August so; I am making a new goal.
This goal is a little far reaching, but if you don't go for it how can you get it? My new goal is to be in onederland, anywhere in the one hundreds by the end of August. I'm hoping that goal will keep me on track during my up coming holidays.
I hope everyone has a great summer!
Well here it is September 6, 2007. I did not make my goal. But I had a great summer. I attended a lot of family gatherings and a wedding. I ate a lot of nice treats but in moderation. I so wanted to be under that 200 lb mark but, only made it to 215 lbs.. ( only, I should kick myself, I haven't been that low in over 30 years). I guess, I am sort of relieved, I was so scared that I was gaining. I've had some really nice chocolate treats and home made ethnic sweets on and off this summer. Everyone was surprised to see the new me as most had not seen me since last summer. I am not the biggest in my family any more. I can't tell you how great that is making me feel. Anyway, I am now back on track and I know I will be under that 200 by the end of October.
I hope everyone had as great a summer as I did. Now we can all take on a new challenge for fall.
Good luck to everyone as we fight this fight for the last time!
Well, here I am it is Nov.2, 2007, I made it I am at 198.8 lbs.. WoW! I am sooooo happy! I haven't been this light in like 35 years. This journey is just unbelievable, I just haven't the words to describe how great I feel right now.
I am making a new goal because these little goals are what is keeping me on track. This will be a Christmas goal so I'm going to aim for 185 lbs by Christmas. I feel a little greedy wanting to lose more, I never expected to be hunder 200 I was hoping to lose like a 100 lbs when I first started. This band has helped me more than I ever expected it too. So here we go, 185 for Christmas.
Here's good wishes to you all for a great Holiday Season and great losses for all of us!
Happy New Year, Everyone!
I seemed to hit a plateau and could not get down at all passed 195lbs.. Stuck for a month then I started gaining, 3 lbs in two weeks, I got scared and went in on Dec 18th, 2007 for a fill. I lost those gained pounds plus another 1 and a half pounds in about 4 days after that fill. Got down to 193lbs. Then, I totally lost restriction and on came the weight again. I was so discouraged, my Dr. is not upset at all with me, he feels I have done great and this is just holiday gain. He feels it will fall away very fast especialy as he agreed to give me another fill. So, Jan 3rd. 2008, I recieved a fill. Right now I am at 198.5lbs. 185 looks really far away. I think , I'll make 185 lbs my Valentine's Day goal. I would like to pledge more but right now I am just hoping to get to 185lbs.. I can be a little more agressive for my next goal for Easter.
As I'm continually told, one small step at a time. I just didn't realize they might be really small baby steps is all!
I hope you all had a better last two months that I did. I am happy that I am still under 200. Things could have been much worse I guess. I'll update around Valentine's Day.