Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lap Band Quiz

The gorgeous Cara from The Dash posted this bandster quiz on her blog, so I thought I'd do the same. If you're banded and you do the quiz too, let me know because I'd love to take a look!

1. How long have you been banded?
5 months and 25 days exactly

2. What was your highest pre-band weight? / Current weight now?
My highest weight was 129.7 kilos (285 lbs)
My current weight is 100 kilos (220 lbs)

3. What is your best "go-to" food to get in your protein?
Um, I don't normally worry too much about eating protein, but I guess I would say eggs or fish.

4. What is your favorite protein brand/shake?
Coffee flavoured Optifast- but using the word 'favourite' is quite a stretch...

5. What food do you miss the most now being post-band?
I can pretty much eat everything I could before I was banded. I haven't tried steak, but I rarely ate it anyway. I love food too much to have my band tight enough to stop me eating anything I love.

6. What is your favorite "mushy" food?
Mashed potato with gravy.

7. What was your worst PB experience?
Twice now while I was enjoying a nice meal with family and friends in very nice restaurants I have had things get stuck, which really upsets me to be causing a fuss while everyone is trying to have a nice time. I hate that people feel bad for me and awkward about the whole thing.

8. What has been the hardest part of this journey so far for you?
Not being able to eat when I want to is very tough for an emotional eater.

9. What is your best NSV to date?
Picking up a cute size 16 dress from Target a couple of weeks ago for only $20. I don't usually get a bargain when I am shopping and certainly not anything in a size 16! Disclaimer: It was stretchy and a 'big' size 16.

10. What is your top non-weight goal for your band?
To be able to wear clothes from normal shops and to be able to run 5km.

11. What is your goal weight or size?
I have never been skinny, so I'm not sure. Sometimes I think 65 kilos would be good, but 55-60 kilos would be better for my height. I will be happy when I feel fit and healthy though.

12. What band "rule" do you live by (i.e. don't cheat on)?
Eating 2 small meals a day with no snacks, but I couldn't say I am 100% perfect with this, we all have our moments!

13. What band "rule" do you not follow as much or aren't so good at?
I was never given any rules (or advice really) to follow, so not sure what rules I am breaking. Maybe that I am not getting enough fill in my band to give me restriction, I prefer to keep it looser than it should be.

14. What is your goal "reward"?
My health and happiness- I know it is corny, but it is really true. Maybe I'll splurge on a killer outfit, champagne and weekend away too of course!

15. In the spirit of Thanksgiving being right around the corner (US), what are you most thankful for, post-band?
That I have lost almost 30 kilos (66 lbs) and re-gained my life. I also know that life will just keep getting better from here on.


  1. Hey Darl!
    Just a quick thought on one of your responses... the protein one!

    You probably know that I love my weights and muscles etc- which is how I discovered how much more satisfying protein foods are than carby ones.. I make sure I have protein with every meal now and hardly ever feel starving OR CRAVE anything. Eating protein before the carb portion of your meal also releases seritonin (spelling?) which helps with depression and mood imbalances. It also helps you lose weight without sacrificing muscle along the way and there is new research to suggest that it may help with restoring skins elasticisty so you may not have as big "skin issues" as someone who lost weight on a high carb diet.

    That's my 2 cents! LOL!


  2. Hey Tully,
    Thanks for the shoutout (re: the quiz) ... so cool you did one too. i also don't mind the optifast.. after a lot of tweaking I got it 'just right'.. though like you, don't know if I will ever love them lol.
    I didn't realise you were banded just a week before me. We are almost banding buds.. how cool is that. See, something I never knew about you. Love these quizzes. x

  3. Interesting stuff!! Must be great to have picked up that size 16. Good on you!

  4. eat protein! fills you up and keeps you feeling satisfied!

    adore you babygirl!

    i look forward to hanging out again soon!


  5. Hi! Just read through your blog (I confess - not all of it..you've been blogging a long time. LOL) and you're doing so great! I'm still in preband land and am obsessed with all things band. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

  6. I know what you mean about the emotional eating! Some days I just want to rip out my band and dig into a massive burger!!! But those days are gone. I've had to switch my emotional eating from burgers to cake! hahaha

  7. Fun post! I enjoyed reading your answers. I'd agree with the others and say eat your protein! It's important!

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