Procedure of choice Gastric band
Starting weight 16st 10lb
Current weight 12st 1lb
Total weight loss 4st 9lb*
If I say having a gastric band has brought about a remarkable change in me it would be an understatement. If I said it was relatively easy it would not be misleading. And yet it took me 7 years to take the plunge.
I did a lot of research before going ahead with weight loss surgery. Even though my father had diabetes and I noticed my blood sugars starting to elevate I waited. I had a friend with two children who went ahead with a band and I watched her be successful.
I checked out various websites and was particularly attracted to all the positive stories at Healthier Weight. I was further impressed at consultation because I was given comprehensive information; the pros and the cons but I didn’t feel pressurised at all into making a decision. I was given access to the Healthier Weight private forum where I found an enormous amount of sound advice from fellow bandsters. I could tell there was a lot of support from these folks as well as from the company. It’s a caring environment, I feel part of a family.
I had a band implanted on 15th April 2012 when I was 54 and ten months on I’ve lost 4st 9 lbs* – just 4 lbs to go to my ideal weight. My activity level has sky-rocketed and I am so much more confident. I used to be embarrassed for my husband when he was out with me. Now I don’t want to hide. I want to be a role model for my daughters and show them positive change is possible at any age. I feel good about me. My band has given me new friends and a new life and I intend to live every moment of it!