Jump to content
Are you looking for the BariatricPal Store? Go now!

Happy Fourth Birthday to My Band!

Recommended Posts

Happy fourth birthday to my LapBand! It’s changed my life. Am I at my goal weight? No. But I am 107 pounds less than I was before surgery, and absolutely everything has changed. My blood pressure is under control. My knees don’t hurt as much. I’m off of all NSAIDs and painkillers. No more s leep apnea. Cholesterol normal. Blood sugar normal. I can walk for miles. I can take the stairs. I can wear normal shoes. My closet has a much narrower range of sizes, and I wear nearly everything in it. I own a pretty bathing suit and I swim in public.

When I stopped overeating I began to feel my previously numbed feelings. I divorced my emotionally abusive husband. I put down all alcohol and p ills. I had 2-1/2 years of therapy. I joined self help groups, and still go.

I bought a new house and started over. Last summer I got brave and started online dating. (Meeting a new fella tonight.)

Would I do it all again? In a heartbeat. Does the LapBand fix my brain? Heck no. This is still hard work and it always will be. But it does help me physically. I’m not hungry all the time. With that hunger gone, I can more effectively work on the mental and emotional issues that drive me to f ood.

To all newbies, I just want to say I’m a happy bander. Good luck to all of you.


  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Congratulations on your band b-day.

I too appreciate my band and how it has allowed me to change the way I look at what I choose to put in to my body and how it feels good to be active again.

  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Featured Surgeons

    1. Masoud Rezvani

      Woodbridge, Virginia 22191

    2. Lisa Medvetz

      Downingtown, Pennsylvania 19335

  • Recent Topics

  • Recent Status Updates

    • Jerseygirl4523

      This week I got nutrition clearance and finished my at home sleep study. They called Friday and the results were normal! I had my pathway class today. 
      I've officially completed all the requirements I had to complete before surgery, except for the 6 month medically supervised weight loss required by Anthem BCBS.
      What a week!
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • istytehcrawk

      Fit back down into the (new) size 28 jeans I bought like six months ago!
      · 1 reply
      1. Mattymatt


    • istytehcrawk

      Had my first meal out at a restaurant (Bob Evans) tonight. 
      Ordered the grilled Wildfire chicken (one breast), with sides of baby carrots, green beans with ham (very minimal), and fresh fruit. Skipped the bread. Oh, and mom and I sat around chatting after the meal, and (after waiting a while) I drank a few ounces of peppermint tea with Splenda.
      Ate some of each of the chicken/veggies/fruit, and brought the rest home. Separated it out, and it made enough for three more meals (the veggies could have made four or five, probably, but there was only enough chicken for three, and I don't mind wasting a little bit of the veggies), plus the fruit for a snack. Super delicious.

      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • Mattymatt

      Exhaustion finally got the better of me and I took a long nap. Only problem with being that tired was I had a very lucid nightmare. The basic theme was all of my setbacks and failures over the past 15 years in brief and vivid snapshots. The most vivid of these snapshots was of my ex-girlfriend, the one I thought I would marry. We were doing karaoke night on a cruise and she sang Paula Abdul's Forever Your Girl while looking right at me with an unforgettable sparkle in her eye.
      Well, I woke up feeling predictably like garbage and then I vaguely remembered a few people posting about how fast weight loss can release hormones stored in fat. I don't know what prompted me to step on the scale but I did and lo and behold, I am down 6 pounds in only 5 days (maybe more because it is best to weigh at the beginning of the day.) This was a faster rate than I had ever lost before. Ironically, this did not make me feel any better. My hazy mind just said, "Okay, now time to shower and clean the incisions" Jaysus! I don't cry easily but the damn burst once the hot water hit me. A good cry is an underrated experience for feeling better. So I am now well along my journey and down 26 pounds from my heaviest last September.
      · 2 replies
      1. Toomanytacos


      2. istytehcrawk

        I feel you. My hormones are definitely out of whack, too (though it's not as bad now as it was the first couple weeks -- so it does get better). I sometimes just start tearing up out of NOWHERE, sometimes in the middle of a conversation. I warned everyone at work that if it looks like I'm crying, I probably am, but it's fine because it's just my body being ridiculous (everyone at work knows about my surgery).

    • istytehcrawk

      A little annoyed that I'm up about two pounds since yesterday (weighed yesterday because it was my one-month anniversary and today before an appointment with my PCP so I could compare the difference between my scale and theirs), but my doctor says it is likely water retention because I've been spotting the last few days (I don't get true periods anymore because of the Nexplanon implant). I just hope it passes soon.
      · 3 replies
      1. FluffyChix

        Oh that's the worst! Scales are unreliable pig fuc*ers who will want to mind-do you any chance they get! ((hugs))

      2. Mattymatt

        Hey! As I write this, I am taking a heaping teaspoon of my own medicine. Please be kind to yourself. Remember that this is a journey and you can expect it to have ups and downs. As my surgeon says, recuperation and gaining health rarely happens in a linear fashion. Instead, focus on the overall trend. You can do this! You're worth it!

      3. istytehcrawk

        I'm generally pretty optimistic (both overall and about this surgery), but I sure was liking maintaining an average loss of 10 pounds per week. Now that nice, round average is all shot to hell. (I'm more annoyed that my average is no longer "pretty" than I am about gaining the little bit of weight, actually.)

  • Trending Topics

  • Magazine Articles

    1. Dear Lap-Band: A Fond Farewell

      Posted in: LAP-BAND Surgery
      Alex Brecher
    2. Obesity Is a Disease – Part 1: A Medical Roadmap to Help

      Posted in: Pre-Op Support
      Alex Brecher
    3. 10 Tips to Meet Your Protein Goals After Surgery

      Posted in: Food & Nutrition
      Kristin Willard, RDN, CSG, CLT
    4. Food getting "stuck"?

      Posted in: Food & Nutrition
      Lisa Kaouk, RD & Monica Bashaw, RD
  • Together, we have lost...