Lisa’s FINAL gastric band diary – Week 50

Lisa’s FINAL gastric band diary – Week 50

Hi everybody so believe it or not
without even realising, I’ve now been banded for officially 12 months! It
kind of took me a bit as a surprise really. I didn’t realize it’s just gone so, so quickly, it’s unbelievable. But
yeah I mean although like technically my band-iversary isn’t until the end
of March, I have been banded you know for for 12 months now. So yeah it’s
really exciting and you know I look at you know everything that’s happened, and
where I started, and where I am now and it’s just unbelievable. I mean I did go
and have my fill, a couple of days ago you know obviously after having the de-fill, and that has just works amazingly and yeah it was really really good. So
I’m really really optimistic now, so that’s been fantastic. But again you
know, not being too hard on myself look how far I’ve actually come you know. When
when I started this journey I remember when I — when I went for my first
consultation I was wearing a size 22 clothes. You know, and even then I mean
they weren’t tight but you know there wasn’t much room left in them and you
know to now think how much has changed since then. I mean I’m wearing a 14 now and it’s just unbelievable. I’ve said from day one that I don’t really assess
kind of my weight loss, off weight lost – I think that makes sense.
I’ve always always gone off dress sizes and it’s because just for me I can
see it better. You know I couldn’t look on the
scales and it says I’ve lost six pound but I’m not actually gonna feel that
I’ve lost six pound. I’m not going to say “oh yeah” you know “I can see six pound”. Where is if
I’ve gone down a dress size then I know and for me that has always worked
better and you know I’ve had goals in place pretty much every step along the
way and I’m really really happy that I’ve been able to achieve them. I mean
it’s not been an easy road by any stretch. You know obviously there
have been times where I really really have struggled and you know it’s not
been — it’s not been pleasant at times but on the whole this experience has just
been fantastic and I really couldn’t thank the guys at Healthier Weight you
know enough. I mean doctor, you know, Singhal that performed the surgery absolutely
amazing. All the staff have been absolutely amazing. If I’ve ever you know
needed a bit of help I’ve had Van you know, on the other end of the phone, the
dietitian. I’ve had you know the ladies that do the fills are all lovely
and every time I’ve needed something whether it be advice, or you know an
appointment to go to the fill, they’ve always been there really really easy to
get hold of. Really really easy to speak to and they act really really quickly. So you know it’s it’s been an amazing journey for me. I think I think the
highlight for me is, it probably would have been when I went on
holiday about four months ish after. I did do a video from the balcony of the hotel, but I remember going on that holiday and the feeling of not being as
apprehensive as I was the previous year. Feeling more confident in the
clothes that I was wearing. Everything just kind of — it just fell
into place and that feeling where you do feel more confident, and you know you’re
not as worried about is this pulling it is that pulling, how does this look, it
makes the world of difference and I think as well as you know the physical
changes, I’ve noticed like the changes in my mentality as well.
I am feeling more confident when I go out. Even things like wearing my hair
back you know before I would just never do that I’d be so self conscious
about you know showing all my face and tying all my hair back. I just
wouldn’t do it. Whereas now it’s just kind of falls
naturally. You know, my hair goes back, it goes back and yeah it’s amazing the way that it makes you change and your mindset about how you actually feel
about yourself and just going about daily things. You know I never even realised
what I would wear a scarf all the way through the year. It’s so silly and it was
because it was a long scarf and it would cover up you know it’d come down a quarter of my yummy and only thinking about it now, that’s why I did it because I
was self-conscious. But now obviously I’ve had all these changes I’d — I went to
put my scarf and I thought why!? Why are you putting your scarf on it’s not even cold you
know. You’re only doing it because you were so used to doing it before so I
went out and yeah just little, little things like that and yeah it’s
just — it’s just amazing it really is and to hear you know comments off family and
friends; not just necessarily about the way I look but they say you know
you seem so much happier you know. One of my friends that you
know that I’ve been friends with for a long time, you know she said you seem more
like they’re old Lisa now. You know and it does it means a lot and you
know but regardless of what people say you know going on a journey like this
where you where you do — you know lose lose the weight, it does it affects
everything and you know not even just me. It’s affected you know like the family
you know, I do more things with the kids now. You know I’ve lost count of the
amount of times that you know we’ve been swimming and it’s just fantastic because
I think one of the things that obviously went towards me going ahead with the surgery
was the impact that it was having on the children. You know
always having to say no because I felt self-conscious in a swimming costume or you know saying “oh no we can’t really do this again” you know it
wasn’t fair and now you know you can’t, you can’t keep us in. We’re off and about. We love to go on our walks, you know we go swimming, we go off at the
park we do so much more stuff and it’s nice that you know what I’ve done now is
also having a positive and effect on them as well. So I am you know super
super happy. The weight loss itself has been you know quite significant for
me. Obviously I’m you know for stone mark so fantastic, really really
happy with that! But you know it has been gradual and I think that has been
the key for me because, had I lost it all in one go – really really quickly I think
I probably would have put it back on but because it’s been in you know in little
bits and you know I obviously have had the bits where I’ve just Plateaud and
I’ve not lost anything at all and I got really really frustrated with myself.
These are all ones and you know two three pounds they all add up.
Especially when it’s weekly and then you know at the end I am where I am so yeah
i’m really really happy. Really happy. I think though for me you know
exercise was key. I did a lot of walking. I will swear
by walking. I’m not really one for the gym. I don’t kind of go for the whole
gym scenario. Sometimes I find some of them a bit precocious but yes for me
was just being out and about outdoors, going on long walks. As I said I’m
really lucky we’re close to a country park. You know going up and down down
the hills, it’s just amazing and I think for me that was the time when I was
losing, losing the most going out on the walks. So definitely something that I
would 100% recommend because you know the band it is you know it is a
tool, it doesn’t do it for you do you need to work
with it, and as much as I would you know love it to be you have your band in and
then six months down the line you know your a size 10, it doesn’t really work like that
and I think the people that do think that’s the case they need to kind of
re-educate themselves because it’s not. It’s a lot to do with willpower and you
know you do really really have to try and I’m not gonna lie,
sometimes willpower will give in. But you know it’s down to you to get
yourself on track. As I said it won’t do it for you, you do need to help. But, you
know if you do, if you work with the band then you get the results, and you know
I’ve got the results. I’m really really happy. Obviously still not where I
want to be but I think now I’ve given myself a big enough, you know
stepping-stone, if you like, to you know get me — get me there along the
way. Still aiming for that size 12 and I do think it’s achievable. But you
know even though I’ve had this loss over these 12 months, the next 12 months they
are gonna be really really exciting and you know I’m very very hopeful that
I’ll get to the twelve and you know who knows even even maybe a 10 – you know
stranger things have happened. But I’m definitely gonna continue to work with
it. I mean this is the tool for life now and it’s something that you know I plan
on using for the foreseeable and you know it’s not something that I would you
know, having gone through all this just dismiss and “Oh no it
doesn’t matter anymore”. No it does matter because it’s not just
about looking healthy on the outside it’s about looking healthy on the inside
and I do feel and so much more healthier now. You know I mean I was very lucky
I’d never had any problems with and like diabetes or high blood pressure or
anything like that. I was really really lucky, however I do feel that had I not
had the band that I probably would have found myself in that situation sooner
rather than later and to kind of dismiss a tool that I’ve got now and not use it moving forward I think would be really really silly because
it’s all about being healthy inside and you know having the band – I know that is
obviously massively contributing towards being healthy on the inside as well so
yeah I’m really really happy. Just want to thank everybody at Healthier Weight for the amazing job that they’ve done you know. This is one of the best
decisions I’ve ever made in my life and it’s had you know one of the best
outcomes as well. So I would yeah massively like to thank everyone the
surgeons, the nurses you know even the girls on admin that you know I ring and
bought my appointments with every single member of staff within Healthier Weight are
you know they’re just fantastic. So I couldn’t have wanted more. I would
recommend Healthier Weight to anybody thinking of weight loss surgery and you
know if you are thinking about it don’t just know step into it lightly really
really think about it but I would 100% book in that consultation because they
will set your mind at ease, answer any questions that you need to know, and yeah
it’s been brilliant for me. Couldn’t have — couldn’t have asked for a better 12
months. So that’s it for me for the final time. Recap of it all it’s just been
fantastic and I’m really really thankful for everybody involved. So I won’t speak
to you all again soon now now which sounds really really weird to say. But I hope
that the videos and the pictures that I’ve been doing have you know helped to
the people to you know maybe come to the decision of having a band or you know other
people that have had the band and you know are looking for somebody else
to give them a bit of a bit of guidance and a bit of confirmation about what
they’re feeling as well is normal. So what I hope it’s just I hope I’ve been a
help! So thanks a lot and I hope whatever decisions that you make in regards to
weight loss surgery, are decision’s for you and that it all works out well
because it has for me. Thanks a lot bye-bye

3 thoughts on “Lisa’s FINAL gastric band diary – Week 50

  1. Well done honey. I've done it. I lost 10 stone and went from size 20/22 to size 8/10 and now settled at size 10 but feel better at size 8. So, it's always a work in progress for me. I don't like the restriction, but the loss of appetite is brilliant for me. I can breeze through the day but I have to make sure I do eat because I've got 4-year-old twins to mother and life is busy… Good luck to you. Size 10 is achievable. It's steady maintenance of your weight that's hard to do; in my experience.

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