and I am now down 43 pounds. I have been on another plateau of sorts for a while, but it is ok. I have finally figured out that this is going to be a long journey and although I may stick around at a number a while, I won’t be there for ever. I am officially off ALL meds with the exception of my allergy tablet that I take nightly. My gynecologist was very happy about the weight loss at my yearly check up. I started out wearing a TIGHT size 20 jeans. I am now in a 12-14 depending on the maker and the cut. (yay!) I want to get down to at least a 10.
Some questions that I have been asked recently that I thought you might like to see the answers to:
1. Was it worth it? Unequivocally YES. I would do it again tomorrow. I know that 43 lbs is not the huge amount of weight that I had hoped to lose by this time, but it is still a significant amount of weight. I have SO much more energy now, and to be honest am saving a TON of money on not only food but also on medicine co payments every month! It took me 15 years to gain to over 250 lbs, so I suppose that taking a couple of years to get rid of it isn’t such a bad deal.
2. Is it easy? NO – I still struggle every day with the head hunger. I am getting better – I think my mind is finally accepting that bread, potatoes, rice and other assorted starches will not be tolerated. I know pretty much the things that I probably will never eat again. And it’s ok. I am finding things that take the place of those foods and I’m healthier for the substitutions.
3. Will I ever have the band removed? NO, the only thing that could convince me to remove it is if something goes horribly wrong – which I do NOT expect to ever happen. This baby will be in there until the end.
4. Do you still have problems with the band? Yes and no. The problems I have are from not listening to my body. IF I try to eat in a hurry, too early in the day, don’t chew properly, or eat things that I know good and well won’t go down, I end up in the bathroom.
My band is as tight as my MD will allow. I have 9.5 cc in a 11 cc band. I did this for a couple of reasons. The major one being that I push the limits with what I can eat. This is my way of keeping myself from eating the starches and carbs. With the band this tight, they will NOT go through. If I order chicken fingers, I have to pick the breading off or I can’t eat them. So now I just get grilled chicken and I’m good. When I hit goal weight I *may* have a tiny bit taken out, but I don’t expect to make any changes for a long time.
If YOU have any questions – please comment or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to post the answers here.
My journey so far in photos – yes I realize nearly every one is me riding. Evidently that is the only time anyone can take a photo of me cause I usually run from the camera! LOL
Jan 23, 2012
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November 11, 2012
Dec 9, 2012