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Welcome to my gastric band diary!

We're documenting Lisa's journey through her gastric band surgery. For the first time in Healthier Weight history we'll be recording her surgical procedure live, including her thoughts prior to the operation and immediately after once back on her feet. 

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

"I've had numerous failed attempts at losing weight over the years. I've tried Slimming World and Weight Watchers, I've been dieting for a very long time and at first I would lose weight quite easily. But then I just couldn't keep it off and then you know, you get into that cycle. So after all these years, the weight crept on and on and I started to think "maybe surgery is an option I should look into". I looked into the gastric balloon but with it only lasting six months I thought it's not really going to be for me. So I've had the gastric band and I'd like to share my journey with you all."

General weight loss news

  • meet-Lisa-Pre-op-interview.jpg Pre-Op interviewWe sit down with Lisa and talk about how she's feeling about her upcoming gastric band surgery. 27 February 2017 5:03pm
  • Lisa's gastric band surgery The day of my surgeryThe day arrives for Lisa's gastric band surgery and for the first time, we follow her into theatre to record the procedure being performed. 12 April 2017 12:15pm
  • Lisa's weight loss journey - Week 2 - Recovering from her surgery Week 2Week 2 post-op and Lisa recounts her experience with the liquid only part of the post-op diet and her recovery from surgery. 21 April 2017 12:05pm
  • Lisa's weight loss journey - Week 3 with the gastric band Week 3A positive start to her gastric band journey, Lisa recounts her 3rd week post-op and the ups and downs she's experienced. 28 April 2017 2:16pm
  • Lisa week 4 weight loss journey with the gastric band 2017 Week 4Lisa is doing really well this week as she drops a dress size. Moving on to solid foods presents difficulties and temptations. 05 May 2017 9:20am
  • Lisa week 9 weight loss journey with the gastric band Overview of MayLisa is really looking fantastic and finding a new lease of life. The right level of restriction is still eluding Lisa but it's still early days. 26 May 2017 9:08am
  • Lisa week 10 gastric band journey 2017 Week 10Lisa feels like a broken record after another successful week. She is booked in for a fill soon as her appetite is growing. 09 June 2017 11:50am
  • Lisa week 11 losing weight with the gastric band Week 11The warmer weather brings with it a change in the foods Lisa is choosing. After a bit of a panic last week, the feeling of fullness after smaller portions returns. 16 June 2017 9:48am
  • Week12-Warmerweather.jpg Week 12As the warmer weather continues, Lisa finds that the hot weather can come with some challenges. 23 June 2017 9:48am
  • Week13.jpg Week 13Lisa has just had her second adjustment and finds that she's feeling restriction much more than the first time around 30 June 2017 9:48am
  • Week-14.jpg Week 14A week after her second fill, Lisa is finding herself having to adapt to new eating techniques.. 07 July 2017 9:49am
  • week15.jpg Week 15This week Lisa deals with the return of her appetite, having to use her willpower more than expected! 14 July 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-16-weight-loss-journey-withe-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 16Lisa's stuggles with food is leaving her feeling low. Her third fill can't come soon enough! 21 July 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-17-weight-loss-journey-with-the-gastric-band-2017.jpg Week 17Still stuck in the 15-stone club, Lisa battles to cut down on unhealthy snacking and makes some healthy swaps 28 July 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-18-losing-weight-with-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 18It's holiday time! Lisa talks weight loss, flying with a gastric band and bikini confidence. 04 August 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-19-losing-weight-with-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 19Lisa recaps on her holiday and talks about her food choices and weight loss. 11 August 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-20-weight-loss-journey-with-gastric-band.jpg Week 20After an indulgent week, Lisa still comes out on top with a loss. Time to move down to the next dress size! 18 August 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-21-losing-weight-with-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 21Lisa's appetite remains and will power is needed. Will she be able to resist temptation? 25 August 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-22-weight-loss-journey-with-gastric-band.jpg Week 22Things are looking up for Lisa as she gets her cravings under control. 01 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-23-weight-loss-journey-withe-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 23It's a good week for Lisa as she gets closer and closer to her 15 stone goal. Go for it Lisa! 08 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-24-weight-loss-journey-withe-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 24Lisa has had a positive week and her goal to reach the 15 stone mark is now almost a reality 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • lisa-blog-week-25.jpg Week 25It's another great week for Lisa as she has a weight loss and speaks to Van, the dietitian. 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-26-weight-loss-journey-with-gastric-band.jpg Week 26A busy week means no loss this week for Lisa, however, the non-scale victories are keep her feeling positive. 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-27-weight-loss-journey-withe-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 27Lisa sets herself a Christmas goal and has more energy to plan with the children 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-28-weight-loss-journey-with-gastric-band.jpg Week 28Lisa finally manages to get into a size sixteen and treats herself to a shopping trip to celebrate! 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-29-weight-loss-journey-with-gastric-band.jpg Week 29Lisa gets into the fourteen stone club. Has she reached restriction? 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-30-weight-loss-journey-with-gastric-band.jpg Week 30Lisa takes the next step towards her size 14 goal 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-31-weight-loss-journey-with-gastric-band.jpg Week 31Another great week for Lisa as she gets closer to her size 14 goal 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-32-weight-loss-journey-with-gastric-band.jpg Week 32It's an up and down week for Lisa, but a maintain is better than a gain! 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-33-weight-loss-journey-with-gastric-band.jpg Week 33Lisa is so close to reaching her weight loss goals, how does she find getting into a size 14 feels now? From a size 22 to 14 is a huge achievement so far. 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-34-weight-loss-journey-withe-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 34Lisa expands her diet and the Christmas nerves approach 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-35-weight-loss-journey-withe-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 35The time has come for Lisa to rock her size 14 Christmas party dress! 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-36-losing-weight-with-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 36It's time for Lisa to rock her size 14 Christmas party dress! 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-37-weight-loss-journey-with-gastric-band.jpg Week 37The Christmas Flu results in a maintain this week. Will a New Years adjustment help Lisa get back on track? 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-38-weight-loss-journey-with-the-gastric-band-2017.jpg Lisa's gastric band diary - Week 38Lisa's gastric band diary - Week 38 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • Lisa-week-39&40-weight-loss-journey-with-gastric-band.jpg Week 39 & 40The last couple of weeks have been tough for Lisa. Christmas has left Lisa feeling sluggish and disappointed with herself. Onwards and upwards! 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • 2_Lisa-week-41-losing-weight-with-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 41Lisa is back on track and puts plans in place to help her achieve her size 12 goal. 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • 2_Lisa-week-42-losing-weight-with-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 42A small loss is a victory for Lisa as she finds the weight loss slowing down. 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • 2_Lisa-week-43-losing-weight-with-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 43Going shopping for holiday clothes has caused Lisa to reflect on where she was a year ago. 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • 2_Lisa-week-44-losing-weight-with-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 44Feeling under the weather means Lisa has let her diet and exercise routine slip 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • 2_Lisa-week-45-losing-weight-with-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 45Things pick up for Lisa with a 3lb loss to start the week! 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • 2_Lisa-week-46-losing-weight-with-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 46Lisa experiences a band that's 'too tight' 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • 2_Lisa-week-47-losing-weight-with-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 47Lisa talks about her de-fill and taking things slowly from this point onwards 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • 2_Lisa-week-48-losing-weight-with-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 48Lisa has another maintain week and plans how to break her plateau 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • 2_Lisa-week-49-losing-weight-with-the-gastric-band.jpg Week 49Lisa books her first fill since her emergency de-fill a couple of weeks ago. 15 September 2017 9:48am
  • Image - Blog - Week 50.jpg Week 50Lisa records her final vlog as she hits the 12 month mark 15 September 2017 9:48am


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