Tomorrow is my 3 year lapband anniversary

It all began three years ago

On December 14th, 2009 I took the plunge and had lapband surgery. I went from 287 pounds to now 169. It has been a great adventure for me and a very successful one. I never looked back after I had my surgery.

The weight loss has helped me tremendously. I would have to say if I had to do it all over again, I would do it in a heart beat.

It wasn't always easy and still at times isn't when I look at food and think how addicted I was to this horrible thing that made me almost 300lbs. If you are considering weight loss surgery, just know that you need to research surgeons and make sure they give you full instructions on everything.

So many are misguided when going in to weight loss surgery and come out with no education. I am healthy and happy and have had my ups and downs but have been able to maintain my weight for three years. It was a good choice I made but not one take lightly. I got my life and health back and it was one decision I can surely live with for the rest of my life.

All in all my life has been normal throughout this adventure but I have become more positive with my self esteem and do not worry about my image any longer. I love the new healthy me and will forever be indebted to my surgeon who helped me get my life back to the fullest it can be.

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maramerce 3 years ago from United States

I lost 85lbs in the last seven years and have kept it off through diet and exercise. The struggle for me was always more than just the weight. I was emotionally and verbally abused most of my life so I grew up feeling worthless and devalued. I still tend to feel like I am in everyone else's way. It's hard for me to feel accepted or wanted. I need a lot of verbal affirmation or I just assume I am being a pain to others. I don't ever feel like my company is desired so even though I get compliments from men and look nice I still feel like nobody truly wants to spend time with me. It's hard to overcome a lifetime of being neglected and invisible, but I'm trying. I at least have some very loving friends who go out of their way to make me feel important and special. You have to start from the inside out when you want to lose weight. That much I have learned in this process. The weight is the last thing and only comes off when you've figured out how to feel about everything else.

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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

I think you are an awesome person, like my friend Debra who had this surgery she went from over 300 pounds to 124 and now her children buy her clothes and she could be a model.

I admire you for taking control of your life.

-- Shyron

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Author Cheryl 4 years ago Author

Thank you it has been a very good lesson to me and how to control food intake.

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Justsilvie 4 years ago

Congratulations Cheryl! Maintaing a weight loss is a major acomplishment you are a very strong person. Wish you many happy, healthy lighter years to celebrate.

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