Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I was talking to a customer yesterday that had had the lap band in DEC. she has lost 36 pounds since then. wow, good for her, I am happy she is taking the weight off. But the thing that gets me are the little things she said when she was talking about it.
1. The doctors made her lose 10% of her body weight before the would do the surgery, So she had to lose 30 pounds. Ok here is my thing, if you were able to lose the 30 pounds to do the surgery, dont you think you would think " hey, maybe I dont need to surgery, I can do this on my own!" But no, ok, I understand the want and need for a quick fix, I was there.

2. She was explaining how the lap band works, and she kept calling it her " safety net" " it wont let me overeat" . All I could think was ' what are you teaching yourself by doing this, by having your safety net ' do you know what the right amount of food your body needs to be fueled is? do you know what a portion size is? and I mean for your family, not for you , cause you have your safety net. do you know how many grams of sugar are in things? do you know how many carbs you should be eating in a day, how much sodium?how much Fat? what you need to burn calorie wise?
All these things are things that I have learned over the past 13 months, things I am happy to fill my brain with. and maybe she will learn these things, but I am happy, and PROUD that I learned them while losing the weight, TO lose the weight.
I am happy that people that have the surgery lose weight, I just wish they believed in themselves enough to know that they could have done it without surgery, it could have been done a healthy way, By no means is this the easy way, its ALOT of hard work, and a long journey, but I am so proud that I have done it. I proved to myself that I am strong and that I can do anything I want badly enough...


  1. I hope you are able to keep the weight off in the long run. Losing weight is the easy part believe it or not. Statistically speaking most people fail at keeping the weight off and that is why they resort to WLS. Sad facts but very true. Congrats on what you have accomplished! Take a look at some of the WLS blogs. It is not the easy way out - believe me. Weight loss is slow with the lapband for the most part and all the band does is keep portion control in check. Hopefully, for a lifetime.

  2. Marie,
    you clearly are a fan of the lap band.

    You say and I quote" Weight loss is slow with the lapband for the most part and all the band does is keep portion control in check. Hopefully, for a lifetime"

    That is EXACTLY what I was talking about, portion control and eating the proper foods to fuel your body in the correct way.

    your not LEARNING about portion control if you have something inside your body that stops you from overeating. That was and is, my point.