My story.... I'm a 45 year old married mom/grandmom (nicknamed "Nannie") from Virginia. I've been happily married for almost 19 years to a wonderful man 10 years my senior (that's how I have all these grandkids at the age of 45!). We have "his & hers" grown daughters and "our" 17 yr old son, who while still lives at home, we hardly ever see due to his very busy social calendar (home to him these days is bed, shower, and laundromat...lol).
I grew up in a very happy, loving Christian home deep in the Heart of Dixie... Alabama. I went through chubby periods as a child, and as a teenager was always the biggest in the group, though I wasn't terribly overweight. The weight I always felt best at was in the 140 range. Even at that weight, I was never smaller than a size 12-14 (thanks to my my "breeder hips" lol) After my daughter was born (when I was 20) I could never get that last 5-10 pounds of "baby weight" off. And from that point forward, it seems that I just gained a few pounds every year. I've been on all sorts of diets, from silly fads (anyone remember the "Dolly Parton Diet"??) to more long-term diets such as Weight Watchers. I had success with WW, but never stuck with it long enough to lose more than 25 pounds at a time. Those pounds always came back, and brought a few of their friends along for the ride. The most drastic diet I ever tried was the prescription drug Redux. That worked, because it just turned off the hunger signal and I had to actually remember to eat (and for someone like me who loves food, that was major!) I didn't like the way I felt when I was taking the drug, and discontinued taking it afer 2 or 3 weeks. (Good thing, considering it was taken off the market when people actually died from the medical complications it caused.)
I first heard about LB surgery the fall of 2007, the last time I joined WW for my last 25-pound loss/regain. I emailed the link to the Lap Band website to my hubby with a note that said "if I don't lose this weight on WW this time, I'm going to look into this". After the disappointment of the last diet failure, I didn't give it a lot more thought, until I reconnected with an old friend in Alabama via Facebook earlier this year. She had RNY about 5 years ago, and looks like a different person. She has always been very pretty, but now she's an absolute knock-out! She was telling me how much better she feels since losing all that weight, and was so encouraging when I told her that I had considered LB. (She is the one who actually introduced me to this website.) I have never felt more sure that this is the answer for me. I know that I can stick with a diet and lose weight, it's just so hard to maintain and keep up the momentum. But with LB, I know the restriction and adjustability will help me not be hungry, and the nutritional and psychological support will help me not give up. (And hopefully the steady weight loss will be incentive enough on its own!)
Now, for my biggest deamons. I will be the first to admit that I'm a lazy butt when it comes to exercise. I don't like getting hot & sweaty. My job as an Account Exec for a national insurance broker is sometimes very stressful, and is 90% "desk job". So the combination of stress and sedentary lifestyle don't help the weight gain issue. I know that in order to be successful, I'm going to have to get up and get moving. There's a very pretty lake with a 1.2 mile walking path right behind my office, so until it gets so hot & humid I'm going to spend the first half of my lunch hour walking every day. Then I have no excuse for not being able to fit any excercise into my day.
I also have a big, big addiction to Sweet Tea. (I'm a Southern Girl... it's preprogrammed!) I will absolutely suffer from separation anxiety from my daily injection of the "Nectar of the Gods" ... but knowing that all that sugar has helped make me the woman I am today, I'm willing to adjust. I will have pray to God for the strength to give up this sugar addiction. But I know the reward will be so much sweeter!
Thank you to everyone on this website who has given me encouragement and inspiration. Seeing that you have done it successfully gives me even more confidence. My new motto is going to be "Eating to Live, not Living to Eat!". And I can't wait to see what the coming year has in store for me.
God bless us, everyone!