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Tracey's Gastric Band Journey - Week 50

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A huge congratulations as Tracey as she hits the 5 stone mark and has gone from a size 22 to 12 in a year.

Day 307-313 post op

Tracey reflects on the past year after having gastric band surgery, and what a year it's been!

OMG I can't believe it's been a whole year since I started my journey! I really thought the pre-op diet was hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life - although the thought of being a skinny minnie kept me going. There was absolutely no way in my wildest dreams could I have imagined I would be here right now!

I gave myself targets when I started out and one was that I really wanted, or thought I needed, to be 8 stone lighter - one I thought I could attain as in lose a stone if I tried really hard and my ideal weight loss of 6 stone. My clothes hang on me much better and I can get in a size 12 jeggings now which is, and will be, a total and amazing shock for quite a while to come.

I’ve got major concerns over loose skin on my legs as suffering with lipodemia has made my legs look awful, but in 3 weeks I'm going to have liposuction and a thigh lift to at least make my legs presentable and match my new slim figure.

I’m hoping to lose another 7lb over next few months, although I’m aware that once I have my band defill for the surgery I have 4 weeks of no help and will be down to just my willpower so I’ve given myself until August to lose the final 7lbs. My starting weight which I was totally embarrassed about and wouldn’t tell anyone, was 18st 9lbs. That was this time last year. 12 months on its 12st 13lbs so I’ve lost 5st 10lbs since I started this journey which is more than my twins weigh together! I’m still at a loss how I managed to carry that much excess weight around! I’ve gone from a 20/22 clothing to a 12/14. My confidence matches my new appearance and I’m no longer worried about going into the soft play area with my children or running/skipping down the street with them it’s a whole new me.

Over the next 12 months I aim to achieve and maintain a weight of 13st 6lbs, join the gym (when my scars have healed) and even considering going camping which I would never have done before my band as I’d struggle to get up off the floor.

It has been an emotional, long, draining and TOTALLY AMAZING journey so far so glad I did this. The most important thing I’ve learned is I can smile - it comes naturally to me now.

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