Wow - can't believe it's already been a year since I've been banded. It just feels like it was just yesterday, that I was sitting at the Peter Lougheed Hospital's Day Surgery Department, waiting to have my surgery. I remember that day being very long. Dr. Church was two hours behind, as he had an emergency appendectomy. It was all worth the wait though, and then some.
While I have learned a great deal about myself this past year, I have also learned a great deal about other people - I realized who was my real support and who wasn't. While it was quite hurtful for me to realize this, I am glad I did. I am so fortunate to have the friends and family that DO support me and want me to succeed.
To date, just this year alone, I have lost 58 lbs. This surpasses the expectations of my dietitians and surgeons who want us (in our Calgary Lap Band Group anyway ) to lose 52 pounds - which is the average of about 1-2 pounds a week. But for me, the weight loss isn't as important as the awareness of proper eating that I have gained. I now realize how important it is to chew my food slowly...to rest for at least a minute in between bites...to savour my food. I have finally considered food as my "fuel" instead of just eating for the hell of it. I would be lying if I said I ate well 100% of the time. I don't. But I don't eat nearly as much as I used to when I weighed 360 pounds - I'm not even close to it.
I've also found a new love for cardio and I use my spin classes for that. Because of my arthritic knees, I am unable to jog or even walk quickly now on the treadmill. Spin class satisfies me. It's great on my knees, and I get a great calorie burn. My instructor Jill is phenomenal, and is so motivating. In a nutshell, I love it.
I am so glad I made the decision to get the band. There is never a day that goes by that I regret it. While I realize the surgery isn't for everyone, it was for me.
I also just realized something. I need to update some photos...those are coming soon - hopefully next week!
Have a super great week everyone!