i had the gastric band fitted in november 2007. this was not an easy option. However, it has been the best decision i have ever had.
i first tried every diet, pill, exercise, slimming clubs and changes in lifestyle but nothing shifted my excess weight. i cannot say having the band was the easy route to losing weight as there are other things i needed to understand. such as this was going to be permanent and my life style would have to change completely. no more big family feasts, take aways and party buffets. i had to learn to eat very carefully such as chew forever and eat very little.
my journey has not been easy as it is hard to change 40 plus years of eating habits. but it has been definately worth it. i look and feel younger. my family are proud of my achievement and i no longer feel i am embarrassing them with how i look. i lost 10 stone in 2 years and i have been trying to maintain my weight on the third year.
my only adice i would give to anyone having this procedure is to make sure you can refrain from chocolate, biscuits and pastries. if these are the foods that caused your weight gain in the first place than you may want to consider illiminating these bad habits firstly as the band does not stop you eating as much of this as you want. so the weight wont leave. my bad habits were bread, savoury foods, curries, cheese, etc so the band was ideal for me.
my mood changed at the flip of a switch. its so difficult to watch others wining and dining at parties and im sat there with my little saucer. i geuss i was feeling sorry for myself but trust me it is worth it. you will need positive support from family and friends. (not the ones who bring you chocolate because they feel sorry for you). or the ones who say you took the easy road to losing weight because they do not have a clue what they are on about.