I had my GB operation on the 3rd of June 2013, through Belgium Surgery Services. I found the whole process very quick, and the hotel we stayed in was quirky... an old prison!
The reason why I had the gastric band operation was to get [b]my life in order.[/b] I have always been the girl 'who has a pretty face' and people always said; 'if only you lost some weight, you would be so beautiful', 'if you was to lose a stone or two you would be stunning'.... The things people say! but these things play on your mind especially if people repeat them to you, well they played on mine anyway.
Lets not be naive, we are judged by the way we look. I just didn't want my weight to hold me back anymore and hold back my confidence that I was slowly losing every stone I was putting on. Plus i love fashion, I admire external beauty as well as internal.
I have always been 'big'....I was born 15lb!! :blink: Most of my family is over weight. My granddad passed from diabetes a few years back and even though I have always had a 'shape', in the last few years I was finding myself putting on weight just by looking at food! I got to a size 20.
You see my family is Greek, we LOVE food... we are foodies! I am not in denial that I was eating big portions at meal times and constantly snacking, but I just couldn't stop myself. Food was a big part of my life! It was always there to comfort me. When I did I would lose weight, through dieting. I would put it back on again (double sometimes) as soon as I was having a 'down time'. My BMI was highly creeping up and I was then diagnosed with PCOS (polysistic ovarian syndrome). Things got serious really... my periods stopped, my skin started getting bad.. my thighs were rubbing together and causing sores. At my heaviest I got up to 18.5 stone/252 pounds at 5'4.
I had been thinking more and more about my weight and what I could do to help aid my journey. After all I have got my career on track, mended on broken down family relationships and my mind is on focus and in a happy place to be honest. My mum had a bypass 9 years ago and lost A LOT of weight but with a bypass came alot of complications. She suggested a band, I researched it. Did some soul searching, decided this was my answer as long as I work with my band. Booked the GB and paid for my flights and deposit... Started saving (longest 3 months of my life! :lol:) and here I am...
I look forward to reading some your stories and networking with each other.
My grammar and punctuation is not fantastic... after all I can get away with it. It is a forum :D
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Starting Weight: 259 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery:
Current Weight: 231 lbs
Goal Weight: 140 lbs
Weight Lost: 28 lbs
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 06/02/2013
Surgery Date: 06/03/2013
Hospital Stay: 1 Day
Surgery Funding: Self Paid
Insurance Outcome: n/a
Justel_'s Bariatric Surgeon