Monday, October 21, 2013

Banded Life

Having a laproscopic band has not helped me dump a ton of weight.  There. I said it.   In fact, I'm stuck at 285 lbs.

My recovery was very quick.  I was able to hiking at Devils Lake State Park 9 days after the procedure. Part of that hike is a climb about 500 feet straight up and it's 4/10 of a mile long.  We walked almost 4 miles that day. It was exhausting, yet the feeling of victory over that beast of a hike was something the likes of which I had not felt in many many years.

My battle of the band is largely mental.  I have grown so accustomed to eating and eating and eating until the food in front of me is gone, that I never learned to find "full".  Crazy thing - I can eat everything I used to eat!  Now I have to make the conscious choice to eat good food, high in protein and stop before I am stuffed. It is a daily battle.

At this point I am almost 7 weeks post-op.  I just had my first fill last week.  I can tell a little difference, but I can still eat a lot.  I'm told that this will be the case until I get two more fills or so. That won't happen for probably 6-8 weeks.  So, I am really having to think about what I'm doing when I get hungry. I also have to really watch myself when I eat so that I don't over do it.  It.Is.Hard.

I did join Anytime Fitness about 3 weeks ago...maybe 4 weeks. IDK.  I LOVE it.  I figure that at some point my fitness endeavors and my lapband tool should connect and the weight will start moving again.  The one thing I really really really am aware of is this:

This is a mental/psychological process.  M>E>N>T>A>L

It's within me to conquer the beast.  I need to brain it out to find total success.

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