Tuesday, April 26, 2011

6 months as a Banded Woman

I was at the store shopping with my family on Saturday and someone said the date and I realized that it was my 6 month bandiversary!  I am now free to have carbonated beverages and that, my friends, means a lot.  I love caffeine free diet coke.  I know that I can't have much of it and to watch it but it is still great to know that if I want one I can have it. 

I also realized that the band is really working.  I have lost almost 30 lbs since the surgery and a total of almost 60lbs and I don't feel like I am missing out on the wonders of the world.  I think that I am finally learning that I am beautiful on the outside and that at the age of 30 I can be born into a new life and lifestyle.  If you had asked me 8 months ago before I started this journey if I would ever be below 300 again I would have made some sort of fat girls are sexy joke and cried on the inside.  I now feel confident that I can keep losing and one day be a normal size.  I am still a long ways of but that is how the turtle won his race, slow and steady.  This is a prize that is worth waiting for.

On the NSV side of things I had a few this weekend.  I went to see the princess on ice show with the kids and the arena is at the top of a steep incline and then the steps to the seats but I got to the seat before I even realized what I had done.  Last year when we went I almost died.  I stopped for breaks and just was in pain but it didn't even phase me.  Then I sat down.  I had been dreading this all week.  I have very large hips even for a fat girl and I am used to sliding into seat like a drawer in order to fit and then having to sit just right so that it doesn't hurt.  Well, I sat down and had about an inch on either side of my hips from the arms of the seat.  I was able to turn around while seated and was comfortable during the whole show.  It was very hard not to cry a bit from the joy in my heart.  I can now sit in theater seating.

I look back on these 6 months and no I did not lose as much as I thought I did but I am learning that we are all different and that is fine with me.  I am now looking into the next 6 months and wondering what new adventures my band will give me.  I have run, I have new clothes and a new life but I know that there is still so much more for me.   Thanks again to all of you for reading the thoughts, whines, gripes, and cheers from this fat girl and please continue to support me on this journey.  I truly cannot do this on my own and you guys and my family give me the support and boost that is needed. 


  1. Oh wow, I just did my 6 month bandiversary post as well! I didn't realize we were so close in age! I am so happy for you, especially about the seating. I know that alone can make you miss out a lot on life, not wanting to go places because of fear of not fitting in the seats. So happy for what has come and what is to come for you!

  2. I cannot even express how awesome it is to hear about the seat at the stadium. I'm so very thrilled for you! Happy Bandiversary.

  3. 60 lbs. in six month is AWESOME!! Great job on fitting into seats.

  4. This is a great post of victory. I love sharing in your success. You are doing awesome. I think I would have burst into tears when I realized I was sitting in the seat. Congrats!!!

  5. I am about to cry from reading this. It always seems you say just what I need to hear to kick me out of a funk just when I need kicking! Congrats on all your success. I look forward to staying on this journey with you!