I'm BAAAAAACK in the 280's again!You have to sing that title to Aerosmith's "I'm Back in The Saddle Again" to really make it work.
So I've had my lap band installed for just over a year and a half now. This time last year, I was in the low 280's, that was with getting my band adjusted pretty much monthly. Well as time went by, as happens, I wasn't getting my band adjusted as much as I should have been. I started eating more and figuring out ways to eat more that wouldn't impact my band. I basically went back to my old ways, but now I'm a cyborg. I've realized that no matter WHAT you choose to do to lose weight, exercise, follow some crazy diet plan, hire a personal trainer and chef, or in my case, get surgery, you can find ways to cheat. And I have.
HOWEVER, I knew this going into this whole life change and my HOPE was that the Lap band would at LEAST keep me from gaining the weight back as quickly as I had previously. And that is exactly what it has done. While I only got my band adjusted maybe 3 times last year (tighter each time) I only gained back about 15 pounds from my low. (OK, maybe 18 pounds) And in the past 6 weeks, I've for the most part eliminated Jack In The Box breakfasts and now eat a bowl of cereal in my office in the morning. I've also cut out all soda from my diet. (I've had maybe 5 sodas in the last 6 weeks and only one of those has had caffeine). I was up to 296 when I did this . . . (OK OK sheesh, 20 pounds, happy now?!) and have been trying to get back in the habit of working out 2 - 4 days per week during this time too. Well I'm happy to report that I weighed in at 288 this morning! I'm now only 10-12 pounds above my low weight I hit early last year.
Yesterday and today I had a protein shake for lunch, much better than Toscanos or Taco Time. Today I added a bag of baked Lays to make my lunch an even 400 calories and hoping the chips will make me feel more full. So far so good. I'm hoping that I can at least get back to protein shakes for 2 - 3 meals a week to just cut down slightly more calories. And now, it's time to really kick into high gear my 1/2 marathon training. Set to do a 4.Something mile run this weekend at Point Defiance.
While I never expected the Lap Band to be the end all be all of weight loss, it has been an amazing tool and I'm still glad I did it. Now, do I have the cajones to call my doctor and get another adjustment? Maybe in another 5 pounds so he can see I'm actually making progress. :-)