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6/9/12 10:11 P

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BUDGIRL2455, I can't speak for gastric bypass, but I had Lapband surgery September, have lost 71 pounds since then, and here are my diet restrictions:

- No carbonated beverages

Outside of that, I eat what I want, just not as much as I did before. I do track what I eat daily, but that is sage advise for anyone trying to lose weight.

Any weight loss surgery is all about a lifestyle change. If you don't go into it with that in mind, you will never be happy with the results.

The bottom line is YOU have to decide when you are ready for a change. I kept thinking it was some medical issue that was causing me to weigh too much (i.e..thyroid condition, meds, etc). But for me it was just too many calories, way too often too many empty calories from things like beer and chips, and just never feeling full. And that was the "line" that got me hooked on doing Lapband - when my surgeon said at a seminar that for many of us who would go through surgery, we would feel full for the first time in a LONG time. And he was right!

Like I said, I can't speak for gastric bypass or the sleeve - plenty of folks here can fill you in -- but I can speak for Lapband, and I can tell you it was the best decision I ever made!

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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
(achieved 03/13/2012)
2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
(achieved 02/21/2013)

260 Maintenance Weeks
BUDGIRL2455's Photo BUDGIRL2455 Posts: 42
6/9/12 5:22 P

Hello ,
I have for a long time looked into weight loss surgery. I know people who have had one style or the other. They all come with risk's. The more I read of the condition's of post surgery with the protein drinks and limited diet one can consume I come to the conclusion why do it. For myself that is. I want to lose this weight but my life style I guess does not want it bad enough because I do not change what I am doing. I attempt to. I eat 80% good. I do not take in as much water as I should as it gives me heartburn for some reason. I DO NOT exercise because I do not like to sweat. I do still have an interest in the assisted tool of surgery. I do realize it is not the easy way and if I have to be that restricted post surgery then maybe I should try harder of living the way I would HAVE to live post surgery BEFORE taking that step. I do not mean to offend anyone in this group. I admire your gut's to make a "permanent" attempt at losing weight. I want to get off my BP and cholesterol med's as I hate taking pill's but do not wish to have to take supplement's the rest of my life. I am 267 and only 5'5" my all time highest weight and feel like crap. My daughter is engaged and a wedding will be in my future. I want to feel good and be healthy and "look good" for those photo's of course. I am my biggest block for not achieving my goal's I know. Thank you for your stories that you share as they each bring me encouragement. God bless you all emoticon emoticon emoticon

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