1 year later: Lap Band Surgery (before & after pics)
Holy wow, it appears I’ve abandoned Tumblr. I’m sorry, I got a bit distracted by life and, er, Pinterest. But I needed to return to Tumblr to check in with my health/weight loss journey. I had the lap band surgery a year ago and at the time was very open about doing it. I blogged a couple of times with updates. I loved answering questions and giving my take on it for those considering the surgery. Anyway, a year has passed, I had to go in for my follow up with the before/after pics. So let me sum up my thoughts on the surgery.
I’m just going to get to the point. This is my opinion, but I feel strongly about it. Lap band surgery (and probably any gastric surgery) is NOT an easy weight loss fix. So if you’re considering it for that reason alone, careful. Yes, you’ll lose some weight initially, but continuing it lose weight and keeping it off takes a good amount of commitment. Probably nearly as much as those who haven’t had the surgery. I still need to workout. I still need to eat healthier. And let me tell you, I can eat a lot more than I thought I’d be able to with lap band. So if you think you’re going to get it, and it’ll just stop you from overeating—it doesn’t. You need to make yourself eat less and trust the band to keep you full longer on less food (which it should).
Also, there are foods you shouldn’t eat. I say shouldn’t, because technically you can still eat whatever you want. However, some of it will get stuck (please don’t make me describe that). I don’t get stuck often, because when I find a food that gets stuck, I don’t eat it again, or eat it carefully. But some people with the band are willing to risk it for that food. So I do like that it’s curbed me from eating some foods that are bad for me (yeast glazed donuts were my THING, baby!).
So again, self control comes into play, and I struggle with it. If I hadn’t paid out of pocket (no insurance), I’m not sure I would’ve lost much weight at all, and would probably be regaining right now. But seeing as I invested so much into my health, I’m determined to make this happen.
Like I said, it’s been a year and I’m not really where I expected to be. But then, my expectations might’ve been too high. I kind of figured I’d be ‘tiny’ by now. I’m down some weight, but certainly not tiny. I thought my health issues would be completely resolved if not significantly improved. There was some improvement with health, but not enough to get me excited. Maybe it’ll improve with more weight loss.
Bottom line: I’ve lost 50lbs and I FEEL much healthier. I’m not a size 2, but my body type will probably never be anyway. Sometimes I get uncomfortable telling people I’ve had the surgery, because there’s the assumption I lost weight because of the band. I honestly thought that would be the case, but I realized halfway through the year it’s not. It’s helped, it has, but I’ve had to work for it. I’m proud of how far I’ve come, and this was not ‘the easy way’ out and I have a feeling it may only get harder. But I’m going to take this tool (lap band), and keep on keeping on, and see where I end up.
Anywhere, here’s the fun part. Pics! (Before pic I didn’t know they were taking, so it’s really not quite fair :P )