Today, March 17th, St. Patricks Day is my one year bandiversary!!!
Here's whats happened so far:
My total weight loss is 110 pounds...here's the breakdown:
I lost 45 pounds prior to surgery - 13 of it prior to attending my band seminar, 32 after "getting serious about my health" and prior to banding.
I weighed in at 288 on my scale the morning of surgery - my current weight this morning was 222 - thats an additional loss of 66 pounds since banding.
The first 8 months of so I lost weight steadily...the last 4 months the weight has come off slower - even with increased exercise, careful attention to diet and plenty of water and rest. I believe my body "likes" where it is....and in fact I feel pretty good. I am still 47 pounds from goal weight, and I will press on!!!
I have learned that good food tastes good...and bad food makes me feel guilty. I don't like feeling guilty...i choose to feel good about my choices and feel healthy!!
I have come farther with exercise than I ever thought possible - I now enjoy water aerobics, boot camp, latin heat, cardio kickboxing, weight training, and the treadmill! I still walk dogs everyday for my job, but find I can go faster and farther than I ever could.
I have gained so much - I can do more, feel more, work longer, play harder. I can wear my wedding rings again (near and dear to me), I can ride a bike, put on my socks while standing, cross my legs properly, and tie my shoes without getting out of breath. I can rollerskate, swim, and run like never before. I would not change a thing and have no regrets!
So, my fellow band and bandless weight loss warriors...continue on...the journey is long, and hard, but worth every second.