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Laura's Gastric Band Diary

Welcome to my gastric band diary!

We're following Laura on her gastric band journey to become a slimmer, more confident mother and business owner.

We've always been up front and honest when we meet our prospective patients and this in depth account from Laura will help others to make an informed decision. We thank Laura for letting us tell her story.

"I'm a mum of 4 and had endometriosis which resulted in having a hysterectomy at 31! I'm now in surgical menopause and my weight has piled on and it's so hard to shift. I've started a makeup and skin care business which requires a lot of videos and selfies and reaching out to a lot of people on social media, yet I feel awful and hugely edit mine. I want to get the old me back and be confident. I'm only 35 and want to feel comfortable in my body again."

General weight loss news

  • laura-week-1-avatar.jpg Week 1The day of the surgery. I was up at 2am to make the journey in for the 7am arrival. Feeling nervous yet excited. Just drinking water till 5am. Went up to the ward at 7am and was shown to my room.
  • Header Image - WebReady - Week 2.jpg Week 2Today I'm still in a lot of discomfort and struggling to get my 3 'meals in it's such a got week but I'm happy I've made it through another week of fluids only!
  • Header Image - WebReady - Week 3.jpg Week 3Starting the week with a 7lb loss, It's now time for Laura to move from liquids to purees.
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 4Shopping for the pureed stage and learning to eat slowly to avoid those dreaded stuck episodes!
  • Header Image - WebReady - Week 5.jpg Week 5It's time for Laura to move back to normal foods from her post-op diet..
  • Header Image - WebReady - Week 6.jpg Week 6As her first fill approaches, Laura learns that having set meal times and preparing food in advance is better than quick snacking on the go.
  • Header Image - WebReady - Week 7.jpg Week 7This week Laura documents the experience of her first fill..
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 8It's a difficult week for Laura as she loses someone very close to her.
  • Header Image.jpg Week 9Laura is still struggling after lasts week's emotional event sets her back.
  • Header image.jpg Week 10Laura learns more about emotional eating and how to control it.
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 11The past couple of weeks have taken a toll on Laura's eating.
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 12The back to school season approaches for Laura and her children, so shopping trips are an essential! How will she resist the temptation of on the go snacking?
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 13It's adjustment time for Laura. Read about this weeks challenges and successes..
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 14Laura is noticing that her appetite has shrunk and her portions are getting smaller.
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 15Another training even means more food dilemmas. Keeping busy helps Laura to stay distracted from the cravings, however, so it could end up a successful week!
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 16Laura plans ahead to help deal with a family meal at a restaurant and buys herself a new tool to help her eat smaller portions, more slowly.
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 17Laura invests in a new tool to help her eat slowly and avoid stuck episodes
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 18This week started off in a mad rush to get things ready to go to America. I didn't really concentrate on what meals I was eating, and as I was quite stressed I didn't eat a lot...
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 19Laura is hit with jet lag which is throwing her meal times off
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 20After a hectic week, Laura isn't surprised by a small gain.
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 21A number of birthdays mean an indulgent week for Laura resulting in an expected gain.
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 22This week Laura learns how stress can affect her band differently
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 23Laura puts her aftercare package to use and makes a positive turning point in her journey
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 24Some useful food ideas from nurse Maxine
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 25Laura gets her steps in on her trip to London and the snacking makes a return!
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 26Laura hits the 6 month mark and gets more helpful advice from our nursing team
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 27Laura is getting comfortable with the foods she can and can't tolerate
  • 28Blog avatar template.jpg Week 28This week is looking positive for Laura as she gets her eating back under control after a week off
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 29So as predicted I did gain a couple of extra pounds but it wasn't anything disastrous so I'm pretty happy with that. My fridge and snack tub is full of high protein so I'm prepared to get this weight loss on...
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 30So I'm not really sure on what's happened with my weight as I've lost what I put on over Christmas plus an extra 2lb but the actual amount I'm unsure of, where I had been maintaining up and down a pound...
  • Blog avatar template.jpg Week 31This week was a rather quiet week. Not loving the cold dark weather and longing for some warmth and sunshine! I find myself getting ready for bed early and that's a danger zone for old snacking habits....


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