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

Recommended Posts

Hello All

I am 33years old and sadly weigh 262lbs

I have yoyo'd my entire adult life

i have tried everything from pills to hypnosis

Lapband sounds like the tool i need to make a permanent change

It is just soooo much money

(I am from ontario Canada i have to pay myself $16,000)

I would like a push off teh fence

Could you ladies and gents please tell me of your experiences and how you made the decision and if it has been worth it

I am seriously wanting to jump in with both feet

Thanks in advance


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I think the yo-yoing is what has pushed me over the edge.

I'm tired of losing and having discipline and getting new clothes and feeling good about everything...and then slowly gaining it back.

No matter how hard I fight, the food always wins. I'm looking forward to having the band as something to help me fight and win.

If you're self pay, you might want to look into the options in Mexico.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

If you do not have insurance to cover, there are many places to have this done. I know Mexico is a bit far and I would think a little scary, but there is a lady in Cincy that is cheaper than that. Just ask around on here, tons of self pay's under 10 grand. Most say they would do it again in a heartbeat.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Missmaven- I am also 33 years old at started at the same weight, are you my long lost twin:)

I had my LB surgery Dec 12, 2007. I felt the same way you did, but getting the band won out because I didn't like who I had become. My current weight is 226 - I am happier, heathier, and actually want to put on a pair of shorts this summer:)

Good luck in you decision making - I think you will find the answer within.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


I was self pay also, I chose not to jump through the hoops of my insurance and wait for 9 month. I paid 16500.for my band. I am 45 years old and could not emotionally start another "diet". I had high blood pressure at 5 foot and 286 pounds. My mother has had diabeties for 4 or 5 years, older brother had it for 3 years, and my dad was diagnosed with it last year. When my dad was diagnosed, I knew I had to do something. I work in the medical field and I see first had what diabeties CAN do. Even with all the meds and taking very good care of yourself, it can be devistating.

I had heard about the lap band about 6 years ago, and checked into it at that point. It was to new and was quickly discouraged. Last year when my dad was diagnosed, I started looking into it. I went to two different doctors and chose THE BEST ONE!!!! He is great.

I started my Journey in Jan of 07, fully intending to do the insurance thing. I quickly changed my mind. After going to the seminar "June 07" with the Dr I chose, I knew I had to do this no matter what the cost.

I was so torn on what to do and how to get the money. When you have something you want so bad,,, you get creative. I used half savings and the other half I put on a charge card with 3.9% until paid off.

I was scheduled in Aug of 07 for my surg, and the day before my surgery they canceled it because of my high Calcium levels. I ended up having Hyperparathyroid disease, and had to have a parathyroid taken out "nov 07".

I finally had my surg jan 3rd of 08. Would I do it all again? You bet I would. It takes a life change and a positive attitude. My thought was.... what good is that money if I dont have my health. This will be my LAST weight loss effort. I will not have to do it again. I can not tell you how many times I have lost,, and gained it back plus more.

I can only say it was right for me. I still have a long way to go, but I am going to make it. I feel sooooo much better, my blood pressure is down, my risk of diabites is down. CANT PUT A PRICE ON THAT. All of this is just the Health aspects, emotionally I am getting more confident and dont feel like the "failure". My whole life has been as a full figure woman, with all the emotional baggage that carried for ME.

Best of Luck in your decision, if there is anything you need to know or want to chat. please let me know.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

THANK YOU for teh quick and insightful responses!!!!

I have another questions

I am an emotional/boredom/food addict

how have yous dealt with "head" issues

I am thinking about joing overeaters anonymous??

any suggestions???


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I was banded July 06 ~ and have suffered my entire life with emotional and compulsive eating. The band as a tool is great to help with my portion sizes, however it is a decision i have to make to eat the right foods. So, OA or any other support group, or counseling is a great thing to help you if you want to figure out WHY you have the eating behaviors you do and to help overcome them. Good luck to you...you must find the strength within to battle this lifestyle. You CAN DO IT!!!

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

  • Recent Topics

  • Most popular:

  • Recent Status Updates

    • Mousiana

      Hate thinking about foods I used to love... Burgers & wings. Gotta stay focused. 😤
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • Arabesque

      Went to see the Star Wars movie yesterday. (Glad I waited as no one else was in the cinema for the midday session - yes!) Hadn’t been to the cinema for a few months and OMG I suffered the most terrible butt pain.  So uncomfortable. Started after 30 mins. Was in the premium cinema so grabbed a cushion to sit on but it didn’t help. Ended up sitting sideways in the chair, stretched out on an ottoman. Soooo super glad no one else was there. Sometimes I do miss my old butt fat cushioning... but not really. 
      · 1 reply
      1. Panda333

        ha..I have that issue too.....miss my built in pillow!

    • Hollyh

      Approved surgery in am yea!
      · 3 replies
      1. Combowep


      2. Tobencah


      3. Tobencah


    • maggie78

      I have a surgery date, I have my next doctor appointment on Wed and then Thursday I start my 2 week liquid pre-op diet. I am very nervous right now. I know it's going to be a tough mind game. 
      · 1 reply
      1. GreenTealael

        💚 Congratulations, you'll do great 💚

    • SabrinaGoddess

      Week 5 Post Op Report

      What a journey! I am 5 weeks from surgery and a total of 24.4 pounds down!

      I feel amazing! I’ve incorporated a ton of walking and I’m using my Apple Watch to help me along! I have closed all three of my fitness rings for 11 days straight! Ok, so I am in LOVE with my Apple Watch. I've had it for almost a year and I am just now tapping into it's fitness power!

      I keep on top of my protein, vitamins and biotin!

      I struggle with water but I average about 50 ounces a day. I have only had one day where I had to “purge” because something did not agree with me. Tuna and my Tiny Tummy still do not agree so I’m going to leave it alone for a while!

      I walk on average a little more than 3 miles a day for my exercise but manage to get in at least 13,000-17,000 steps a day depending on how my schedule goes.

      I get up every hour and walk around for at least five minutes. Then if I’m watching a show I get up and walk in place during the commercials!

      I meet with my doc this week for a progress report.

      I have one more week before I graduate from soft foods to the final phase!

      I’ve got my cookbooks ready, my food scale ready and my measuring plates ready!

      I could NOT be more happy with my progress! I feel amazing and I’m grateful to have this tool!

      None Scale Victory: My rings on my finger are spinning!

      · 3 replies
      1. Krimsonbutterflies

        Sabrina, you are doing so well. I'm truly inspired and equally excited for you. The view you shared is breathtaking and relaxing, I'm in love with the ocean. Please keep sharing. Where did you find the trackers and how do I access them? My date is approaching the 31st, I'm in liquid diet mode. I see my surgeon on the 17th. Any advice?

      2. SabrinaGoddess

        You got this sis! You totally do.
        The ocean is so peaceful. Some days I get blessed with seeing whales, dolphins and seals. It is truly amazing.

        You can go to under our name at the top left section and click "TICKERS" you can create them there. Then when you lose weight you just go to "my surgery" and change your weight and they will adjust.

        On the liquids, do sugar free pop-cycles. They are more like a treat than a liquid and they count as 2 ounces each! Liquids not the funnest part of our journey but who cares....LOL. I do like the IsoPure clear liquid protein drinks, you can get them at GNC. The flavors are ok. I also LOVED Kettle and FIre Broth and Epic Broths so I drank them all the time, it's good for you. It's BONE BROTH. Kinda pricey but the good stuff usually is.

      3. Krimsonbutterflies

        Thank you for the encouragement/positivity!!! I'm going to conquer this liquid phase, moment by moment. I also appreciate the mini tutorial of how to get the ticker. I'm thinking of starting status updates after my pre-op visit with the surgeon on Friday. I really enjoy the personal perspective and experience being shared, without feeling like the thread is being dominated. I look forward to how each person is approaching the wls lifestyle. Thank you lady, good night. Happy Whale watching. I love seeing the dolphins at Hermosa Beach.

  • Trending Topics

  • Together, we have lost...