Saturday, May 28, 2011

2 Years Banded

About a week ago on 22nd May I notched up 2 years with my lap band. AJ made me a delicious jam and cream filled sponge cake to celebrate my 2 year bandiversary. He did have a little trouble with his writing on the cake (below), but it was delicious and we polished the whole cake off within 24 hours. Aren't I a great example of a dedicated lap bander...

I know I whinge and moan all the time on this blog about how hard I have found it to lose weight and keep it off, but I really shouldn't complain so much because I am happy with how far I have come. If you had told me 2 years ago that I would lose and keep off 50 kilos (110 lbs) with the help of the lap band, I would have thought it was better than winning the lottery.

I think I tend to forget how far I have come and just how much my life has changed in the past 2 years...
  • I forget that getting up from the couch used to be difficult
  • I forget that I struggled to sleep with the pressure of the weight on my chest
  • I forget that I used to fear every new chair and wonder if it would hold my weight
  • I forget that a 5 minute walk would leave me breathless
  • I forget that normal size towels and bathrobes wouldn't fit around me
  • I forget that I was too heavy to use standard exercise equipment
  • I forget that I was too fat for amusement park rides
  • I forget that I couldn't support my weight to crouch down
  • I forget the horror of eating in public and the stares I would get
  • I forget that I couldn't cross my legs
  • I forget how much I hated to travel because it was a mine field for me
  • I forget that I was too scared to have a seat on public transport because I took up too much room
  • I forget that the biggest sizes in the plus size stores were no longer fitting me
  • I forget that the seat belt on the airplane didn't fit me
  • I forget how hot and sweaty I felt all the time
  • I forget that I couldn't reach my toes to paint my nails
  • I forget that I couldn't fit in a booth at a restaurant
  • I forget the looks of sorrow on my family and friends faces when I struggled because of my weight
  • I forget the constant fear and self-hatred I lived with every day




  1. Love this!!! You are a whole new person now...

  2. OMGosh you look so cute in those 'after' pictures! I mean, I knew you were pretty anyway, but seeing all those photos together - wowza! you look amazing. congrats, and well done on doing so well

  3. You are stunning! I am still jealous at how gorgeous your skin and arms look when you were bigger! Mine are sooooo flabby and my skin always sucked from eating so much shit! And check out those ankles in those heels! Woohoo!

  4. Congrats!

    Isn't it funny how writing things down quantifies our achievements.

    I think you have had an amazing two the life you love.

  5. You realy do look amazing!

    I do understand how it feels to forget. At 18 months out, I forget sometimes, too, all those things, but just whipping out a few pics often reminds me of how far I've come.

    Congrats on a job well-done!

  6. Great list of things we forget. Congratulations on your success.

  7. Love the post! And you look fantastic! Enjoy your success every minute of every day!

  8. YOU FORGET ... what an amazing transformation you've made and what an incredible inspiration you are!

    Well done Tully, you look completely fabulous and have so much to be proud of!

  9. What a great post. Thankyou for reminding me how far I have come. And I'm so glad you've reminded yourself also. You look fabulous.

  10. Congrats on your progress- I just made a comment and disappeared, so I wonder if this will too.
    Keep posting!

  11. Happy bandiversary! You have done an awesome job. Such an inspiration xox


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