I'm so happy I came across your post. I was banded 3/30/2010. I am 11 lbs away from my maintenance goal. When I was banded I weighed 262. I've lost 65 lbs since being banded. My high weight was 279 in 2002. I have to say I am very pleased with the band. I've never had any problems, except a few slimmings, my fault. i didn't want to believe the doctor when he told me it can take up to 3-3.5 years to reach my goal. I think its been better for me to lose this slowly and get used to me. The band has really helped me to stay on track but its up to me to eat the foods that are good for me.
I have been on every diet under the sun. My mother started me in 5th grade on diet pills, under a doctor's supervision. I became a binger and closet eater. The lap band has helped me gain some control of my eating. It's not a magic pill. I am working and have worked hard at changing my dependence on food to manage life. The last few weeks have been exceptionally hard. I'm not giving in to my old habits. Some things have to change and I have to face them. I will never be able to maintain my weight loss unless I look my eating addiction squarely in the face and kick it to the curb.
Thank you for your post. I need to read more posts like this one.View Thread
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