Well, today is my 6 month anniversary of my lapband surgery. I was wondering what others though at the ½ year point. Here are my revelations after my first 6 months. Overall, it’s been pretty smooth sailing with a few bumps along the way. I am a person who tries to manage and plan things to great detail. That has some pluses and minuses on a journey like this. I now know that there are things I can control and things I can not. I am managing my weight loss on day at a time.
- I am very glad to have had the operation. I wish I had done it sooner. I feel better, am more active and in much better health.
- I continue to wish my weight loss would go faster. I knew from the start that lapband weight loss is slower. I just set my expectations very high. I am down 51 pounds from my June 1 initial weigh-in. I am happy with that.
- You can’t compare yourself to others. I constantly do this. Checking the amount of weight loss and stats of others and then questioning what is wrong with me. I now realize that everyone is different with different metabolisms, goals, motivation, and rates of weight loss.
- Weight loss is not everything. I concentrated so much on this. I now realize that it is just one piece of the puzzle. Health, body image, changes in habits, happiness, etc are Just as important.
- It is hard to change old habits. OK, that is not a new revelation, but it applies here. I’ve adapted pretty well but I do fail at times. If it only weren’t for the evenings sitting in front of the TV or laptop.
- My new diet is very livable. I initially thought no more Big Macs, Bucca D Beppo, Chipotle! I still eat at most restaurants. My selections have changed and I usually bring home half the dinner. I can say I have never denied myself of something I really wanted when dining out.
- Do I miss the “bad” food? Of course I do. I have to admit I have tried a McDonald’s burger. One attempt made it clear that I could not do it. The band is doing its job and teaching me a valuable lesson.
- I am satisfied with my fill level. If you are a lapband patient, you know that people are constantly crying for a greater fill. Man, I did for months. I demanded restriction. Now that I am at a good point, I am happy. I have seen and heard of too many people go too far where they are miserable and unable to eat. This surgery is not meant to punish you.