Hi Guys. Last time I dropped by I was feeling really gung ho about my weight loss. I was really doing well I thought. I'd entered a 'Biggest Loser' competition... had won it after dropping nearly 40 kilos in three months and was well on target to achieve my goals. At that time I was roughly 125 kilos.
Then Christmas (and a bunch of visitors)
came. A year later and I was as heavy as before and a damn sight more depressed about it.
I went back to the weight loss specialist whod been looking after me and said I was going to just give up... and he reccomended that perhaps as a last resport a gastric band might be a good idea, in my case at least.
Feeling positive about this last chance I rocked up to the clinic with the wife (who wasn't at all keen)
all bar ready to go under the knife there and then. An hour later after talking to the doctor who explained the changes it would make to my lifestyle I all bar ran away. I cancelled my next appointment and determined I *would
* go back on the vlcd and *this
* time I'd succeed since the GB was the only alternative for me.
By now my weight had climbed to 155 kilos and I was not a happy bunny. I tried... I lost 5 kilos... and stalled. I just could *not
* stop myself 'picking' and nibbling at things. If there was any temptation a all... I succumbed.
Eventually I had to accept I am simply not able psychologically to control my eating and that the band was going to be port of last call for me.
I fronted up to the doctor again back on 22nd May... had three weeks 'preparation' and had the operation on 15th June.
It's now 2nd July and my weight is 134 kilos... i.e. I seem to have already dropped around 16 kilos... so things *do
* seem to be happening. Whether this will continue to work or not I don't know, but I'm hoping.
One thing I *did
* discover tho was how lonely it was to not have anyone to talk to specifically about the experience of having the band fitted. Because of this I opened up a dedicated forum where people with gastric bands and who understand the issues and challenges, could meet up and exchange tips, and tricks about how best to cope with the change in lifestyle etc.
Just for fun I called it 'Gastric Bandits
' - what else really?
I appreciate for many of the members here the idea of surgical intervention might seem to be anathema... but even so anyone who'd like to drop by to say hi will be most welcome of course, and if anyone felt like staying to pass on your experiences that would so much the better!