Life with the band is much easier than I thought it would be. Sure those first few weeks were pretty rough but I got through it and have been just coasting along with no major problems. I have been doing fantastic with following the strict program laid out by my surgeon & dietician and it shows in my weight loss. Last week I had another follow up at the bariatric office and between 7/25 to 8/10 I was down another 8 lbs!! That put my weight loss at 34.5 lbs and I am down another 2-4 lbs since then.
Going out to eat is getting easier and easier. Making smart choices is now becoming my norm, rather then ordering all the things I used to love. Its funny how other people will sometimes feel bad about eating something in front of my, but all I tell them is "I choose to get Banded, you didn't. Please go ahead and enjoy your self, I'm ok ". I am so happy with my progress so far and have no intentions of messing this up just because I can't control myself. The smaller sizes I am wearing are confirmation enough that I don't need to eat how I used too.
Last month I had found a pair of nice grey pants that I didn't even know I had and I had them hemmed to fit my height. The pants fit great for a few weeks then all of a sudden last week they are now too long and baggy. My hips and legs are getting smaller so these pants are now too big! Went shopping this past week for a new pair of nice black pants for work. When I started this journey I was wearing a pant size of 24, well the pants I just got this week are an 18! I can't even remember when the last time was that I was this size :-) When I got home from work today I went through my entire closet and drawers and cleaned out EVERYTHING that was too big. I literally got rid of half my clothes! I still have more then enough clothes to last me a little while and will only need to buy a few essentials along the way.
As most of you know I am an Audiologist and work in a physicians office. I am supposed to wear a lab coat at work but stopped a few years ago because it got too tight. Tight like I couldn't really move my arms and there was no way in hell that thing was buttoning LOL. Last month I tried on the lab coat and it was still too small. Today I was freezing at work and decided even if this coat was tight it would be better then nothing so I put it on. Without even realizing it I went to close the front of the coat and then noticed that I was able to pull one side right over the other! I was able to button the whole lab coat and had some room to spare. That's a huge reinforcement that what I am doing is absolutely working.
Last month I had started going to the gym and seemed to be super excited about it. Somehow I lost the motivation already but luckily that hasn't slowed my weight loss. I know I need to get back into it and will as soon as I get back from my girls weekend away in NC. All in all I think I am doing pretty well and have not ever regretted getting this surgery!!