I am approaching my eight month banding anniversary. I have been reflecting back on the experience of not only how it has improved the quality of my life, but life prior to the band.
At 57 years of age I had pretty well resigned myself to being heavy and living with it. Things like seat belt extensions on airplanes, not being able to sit in a booth at a restaurant and my body joints hurting from the additional weight were only a few of the things I had learned to deal with.
I had two friends who had tremendous success with the lap band and I started checking into the procedure. The Weight Loss Surgical Center in Overland Park caught my attention. Actually it was one of their ads mentioning the Topeka Mall location. I did my research and decided they were my best choice.
When I decided to go for it, I really decided to go for it full speed. I knew I had had enough and wanted a better quality life.
I have found the procedure for me has been a miracle. I could have probably gone on a diet and hung it out for 20 or 30 pounds, however by now I would have put it back on along with an additional 5 or 10 extra pounds.
I still have to work on losing the weight. The band doesn’t do it without my help, however the band keeps me on the straight and narrow path. If I try to wander, it has a subtle way of reaching out and letting me know I have had enough. Sometimes it like to wrestle and I know I am not going to win, so I let it win. In the end we are both winners.