Sunday, November 30, 2008

One year now!

So I just passed my one year anniversary. I have lost 93 pounds since I got the lap band. Every single day, I just thank goodness that I made this decision. How could I not be thrilled with these results? My life is not consumed by issues surrounding food or weight. I am active, and can do the things l love to do (with ease) like hiking and biking. Man, this was really the best decision I have made, right along with all the big things in my life.

I still want to lose another 45 pounds to get to my ideal weight range of 145-150. But even if I did not lose another pound, I would still be happy I did it, because at this point, I feel fairly healthy. Most people even tell me that they dont think I need to lose much more. (but come on, I weigh 190, so I do need to lose more.)

I just started back playing squash which I love to play. I would not have attempted this at 300 pounds, even though I love it, if only just for the embarrassment of what I would look like out there. Not to mention that I could not move well enough to play! But now I am a lean mean squash playing machine (ok, that is a bit of an exagerration! lol) But it FEELS like I am!

My son has hit a plateau in his weight loss at around 75 pounds, but we feel confident that it will continue for him. He is active, works out, plays raquetball and we know that it is just a plateau, and it will start back up at some point.

Anyone that wants to know anything about this surgery, what its like aftwarwards, the pros and cons, etc, should please feel free to get in touch with me at I am happy to answer any questions or help you in any way I can.

So until next time, good luck in your journeys!


  1. Dear Vanessa;
    I go for Lap Band surgery this February. I am a little nervous but know I need to do it. I had a hysterectomy last year and the hormones they have me on are horrendous. I am 42 and weigh 235. My BMI is 34-35. I have a family history of Diabetes, Heart Disease and I smoke. I am hoping to be free of all or most of it by July of this year. Tell me about coming home and weight loss and how it worked for you. I am curious about the ups and the DOWNS (because I know there will be some). Everyone has had a positive experience that I talked to, but no one really talks about the rest....
    Michele in Wyoming

  2. Hi Michelle, yes it can be nerve-racking for any kind of surgery, so this is normal feelings. The thing to remember is that you are taking steps that will allow you to live a normal life, a healthy life, and an active life.

    As for what to expect, it is different for each person. They said I would lose in the weeks before my surgery but I didn’t. I didn’t eat the shakes because I hated them. So I switched to SlimFast LoCarb shakes which have 20g protein. But I also ate food and so I actually gained the last couple of weeks.

    once I got my band fill at 6 weeks post-surgery, that is when my weight loss and hunger loss were solidified. From that point forward, I lost about 10 pounds per month for the next 10 months. Then I hit a plateau. Which was fine since I was at a weight that I could live with. My goal weight is only 35 pounds less than this. And I will continue to try to achieve it. But if I never lost another pound, I wouldn’t care. After all, think were I came from! 332 pounds. And now 190 pounds. I could live at this weight all my life and know how lucky I am.

    There are definitely ups and downs. For instance, the first time you get something stuck. no one told us to expect that to happen, but it most definitely will. When this happens, you can have one of several feelings. one would be that something is stuck and you really need to throw up. For some people, you can throw up and then be fine. For others, even throwing up won't help. it will just take time for the food to go through. For us, the main food to avoid to keep down 'stucks' is bread. It just glops together as you chew it and becomes a big mess that you can see will easily block your band.

    Anyway, it’s late at night, so going to run. Let me know if you have any other questions. Also, I would love to hear from you about your results, what you are going through et. Please post to the website under comments so we can keep this thread going.

    Thanks and take care,