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I've been interested in Lap Band for several years but have just gotten serious about educating myself on details about it in the past 9 months. I made a decision in September 08 to start the process. I'm required by my insurance to complete 6 months of physician supervised dieting which I started in October 08. During this 6 months I also am required to complete visits with a psychologist, dietitian and attend a support group. I have chosen Dr. Hoehn at the Bariatric Center of Kansas City and so far have been pleased. I've been overweight since late high school and continued to gain throughout college but especially gained with each of my 4 pregnancies. (Since my last child is 13 years old I think I need to stop thinking that those extra maternity pounds will just fall off soon!!)
I've never been depressed or stressed about my weight or appearance and have never let it keep me from swimming or doing other sunny day, outdoor kinds of things - but I can say that I don't like the number on the scale!!!! I guess my own perception of how I think I look is better than the reality of the scale or when I see the reality in a photo? I often wonder if I was harder on myself if I would actually embarrass myself into losing weight. I am excited to see the psychologist because I hear so much talk about emotional eating. I am curious if I have some emotional eating going on even if I have never thought I did - and if not, what's the deal? I come from a big Italian family that likes to get together often - of course to cook and eat!- so that might be part of it.
Anyway - I've come to the point, and age, that I realize the extra weight will only erode at my health and there are so many more opportunities/activities for me to take advantage of in life if 100 lbs was gone for good...it's a little hard to run around 3 bases right now and my tandem parasailing partner would have to be a toddler to meet the weight requirement! I'd like to get on a plane and not worry about if I irritate the stranger next to me because I take up part of their space and I'd like to feel confident getting on a roller coaster without worrying if the lap bar will snap into place. I'd like to breathe easier and cross my legs easily when sitting at a table. Oh, and I want to be able to shop for shoes in a size that is easily available at the mall!
So, while I wait for my big day I will continue to work as best I can at losing some weight on my own and learn a few things about myself in this process.