Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Another anniversary... 3 months today! Am I sorry I did this? NO WAY! Am I where I thought I would be 3 months out? No I'm not!
I don't know where I got the notion that the band would start working for me immediately? I soon found out that Bandster Hell is what it is referred to. Appropriately named I must say! I wasn't prepared for the weeks/months it would take to get enough fills to feel restriction. 3 weeks after my surgery, I was ravenous and I wasn't prepared for it. I had already been dieting for 8 months prior to surgery and had lost 50 lbs. I was ready to sit back and coast for a while. I knew that I couldn't just eat whatever I wanted and was ready to continue making wise choices. But I thought it would be easier with the band. Well that isn't how it works.... at least not right away!
Last week I got my 3rd fill. I now have my band filled at 75%. A week out and I must say that I am finally feeling restriction! Every day I have this big smile on my face every time I eat! Within 3 bites I start to get that full feeling. It's a constant reminder to slow down & chew, chew, chew. It's so easy to stop eating and I'm not hungry for hours afterward. Of course, you have to follow the band guidelines..... we all know what they are. I find that my band is tighter in the morning then it is in the PM. But I am definitely eating less (SP Tracker... it works!) and I am back in control of my eating.
I had another fill appt scheduled for next week. I cancelled it! I am heading out West for a month in my RV.... me and the doggies. Don't want to take the risk of an overfill. I'm happy where I am right now.
Yesterday was also another milestone. I have been wanting to do the Breakwater Junction bike trail from Lewes to Rehoboth DE. It's about 10 miles. We did 16! No back pain, no leg pain, no exhaustion! Woke up this morning with no stiffness at all. I never could have done this a year ago!
I look back to all the dieting I have done over the years. The physical damage I have done to my body and today I only have one regret...... that I waited so long to do this for myself!! I know the journey isn't over. There is more work to do. But I have a new tool in my toolbox. And it's starting to do it's job.
As always, I want to thank my Spark Buddies! Your guidance and kind words, your constant support and cheering keep me coming back to this site every day. I could not have made it through Bandster Hell had it not been for you guys..... THANK YOU!!!