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Tracey's Gastric Band Diary
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Hi I'm Tracey!

Tracey has agreed to help us explain to new enquirers exactly what is involved when having gastric band surgery and this blog will be updated weekly with her thoughts and some photos of her progress. 

This is a warts and all account of the procedure which we will post as written so others can understand what's involved and what can be gained from this powerful weight loss procedure.

We hope you enjoy reading it.

General weight loss news

  • Tracey - Behind the scenes Behind the scenesWe take a look behind the scenes of Tracey's professional photoshoot with Healthier Weight. This is still early on in Tracey's journey but the results are very noticeable.
  • Tracey - Pre-op Pre-Op interviewHave you ever wondered what someone goes through when they opt to have gastric band surgery? Their feelings, experience, queries and results?
  • Tracey week 1 Week 1From pre-op headaches to nerves on the day of the operation, read Tracey's diary of events leading up to and after her gastric band operation
  • Week 2 Week 23 days post gastric band surgery, Tracey talks about the struggles of recovery and adapting to the reality of her decision of having gastric band surgery.
  • Week-3.jpg Week 3Tracey's up and about, preparing for puree week and taking things one step at a time. It's a marathon not a sprint!
  • Week-4.jpg Week 4Nearly through the post-operative puree stage, Tracey's week has good days and bad. Wine involved with both we hope.
  • Week-5.jpg Week 5Realisation sets in and the hard work begins. Success comes in small steps for Tracey as she adapts to the new lifestyle.
  • Week-6.jpg Week 6It's first fill day - a worrying prospect for many needle-phobics. As the portions get smaller, Tracey tots up her losses so far.
  • Tracey-blog-Week-7.jpg Week 7Tracey does her best train impression this week as her mantra becomes "Chew chew chew" and the non-scale victories keep on coming.
  • Tracey-blog-Week-8.jpg Week 8Moving from liquids to food after adjustment yields mixed emotions as Tracey looks forward to a bit of pampering at a Healthier Weight photo shoot next week.
  • Tracey-blog-Week-9.jpg Week 9Some new clothes in new sizes shows there's light at the end of the tunnel for Tracey this week. The second band adjustment brings some nerves.
  • Tracey-blog-Week-10.jpg Week 10Strange feelings today, my stomach hasn't stopped gurgling and rumbling but I'm not hungry and I'm drinking plenty. My head is telling me I'm hungry one minute, and not the next...
  • Tracey-blog-Week-11.jpg Week 11Omg yesterday was such a long day. I forgot to have breakfast, had sushi driving, then half sandwich and finally toast. Carb overload, hopefully today will be better...
  • Tracey-blog-Week-12.jpg Week 12Off to Spain on Wednesday and was really hoping to be smaller than I am. God I hate high expectations, I always set myself up for failure...
  • Tracey-blog-Week-13.jpg Week 13First stuck episode today. Luckily felt the symptoms and made it to toilets. Not sure the hotel staff would have appreciated...
  • Tracey-blog-Week-14.jpg Week 14Third fill yesterday went home and can't eat so had cup a two soups, a coffee and weetabix breakfast drink. Then decided...
  • Tracey-blog-Week-15.jpg Week 15It's not been easy but Tracey is coming out the other end now and starting to see a difference
  • Tracey-blog-Week-16.jpg Week 16It's not been the easiest week for Tracey with a few ups and downs, but she still manages to come out with a loss!
  • Tracey-blog-Week-17.jpg Week 17This week Tracey gets to grips with how heat and stress can affect the tightness of the band...
  • Tracey-blog-Week-18.jpg Week 18Tracey battles the cravings this week. Will she give in to temptation?
  • Tracey-blog-Week-19.jpg Week 19After her fill last week and a 3lbs loss, Tracey works hard to keep up the good work.
  • Tracey-blog-Week-20.jpg Week 20It's been a busy week as Tracey gets ready for her girly weekend away...
  • Tracey-blog-Week-21.jpg Week 21Tracey goes away on her girly weekend. But will she be able to resist them temptations?
  • Tracey-blog-Week-22.jpg Week 22After a roller coaster of a week, Tracey ends with a very pleasant surprise!
  • Tracey-blog-Week-23.jpg Week 23A small surprising loss for Tracey this week after an indulgent few days...
  • Tracey-blog-Week-24.jpg Week 24It's a bit of a hectic week for Tracey as her son is unwell, will she manage to keep up her hard work?
  • Tracey week 25.jpg Week 25It's Tracey's birthday this week which means a trip away and the temptation of lots of treats
  • week 26.jpg Week 26It's another stressful week for Tracey, but in terms of her weight loss everything is looking positive!
  • week 27.jpg Week 27A stressful week causes Tracey to have a lack of appetite.
  • week 28.jpg Week 28Tracey's doing well with her eating with small portions and no snacking in between means. It all pays off when she fits into a size 14 pair of jeans!
  • week 29.jpg Week 29Tracey finds it hard to be positive and contemplates joining a gym.
  • week 30.jpg Week 30Tracey is starting to notice the changes in her body and gets into good exercise habits
  • week 31.jpg Week 31Tracey enjoys a relaxing weekend away and reflects on the start of her journey.
  • Week 32.jpg Week 32Although the cravings for carbs are strong, Tracey manages to resist and keep up her good eating habits
  • week 33.jpg Week 33Although the hunger is returning, Tracey is still noticing changes and non-scale victories.
  • week 34.jpg Week 34A tough week with a poorly son, Tracey finds herself sitting in and snacking...
  • week 35.jpg Week 35Tracey has her next band adjustment and sets new goals. 2lbs more and she'll be the next stone down!
  • Tracey week 36.jpg Week 36Although old habits made an appearance, Tracey battles them and stays strong
  • Tracey week 37.jpg Week 37Tracey has reached restriction and enjoying her meals in small portions. Will the extra glasses of wine effect Tracey's weight loss goals?
  • Tracey week 38.jpg Week 38I've been rushing around to get everything and everyone ready for this week after having couple days away. I'm finding my band...



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