I got an interesting call from G, the nurse in my surgeon's office, today. She said that the local Palm Beach newspaper wanted to interview a band patient about the experience, and she asked me if I would do it. Um, heck yeah! I would love to share my story. So I'll be doing an interview about my favorite topic and I think that's pretty darn cool. I'm excited! I will share it with all of you if/when it comes out.
Also, this morning I had a new follower, Shanilie, ask: "How do you find the lapband?"
I just look into my stomach, and there it is. Bah dum bum.
I crack me up.
Anyway. Plain and simple, I love my band. I am pretty sure I could not have possibly been this successful without it. Dieting was always miserable before. Now, I don't diet. That is NOT to say that I don't eat healthy...I do.
For example, I made tacos for dinner tonight. Extra lean ground turkey, onions, and spices cooked together, about 1/3 cup over a bed of romaine lettuce with a 100 calorie packet of guacamole, a dab of light sour cream, a tablespoon of shredded cheese, and lots of fresh salsa. Low in calories and carbs and DELICIOUS. Seriously, it was so good that I am looking forward to the leftovers tomorrow. Is it "diet food"? Before band, I would have missed the taco shells, the full-fat sour cream, and loads of cheese. I probably would have eaten 4 tacos and still have been hungry an hour or two later. I was totally satisfied by my small and healthy dinner.
Another example...lunch today. I went to lunch with a couple of co-workers. We went to our local Jamaican joint, and we all ordered the same thing - jerk chicken. They both finished every morsel and practically licked the plates. I ate about half my chicken, part of the small side salad, and about 3 bites of rice and beans. The rest of my meal is in the fridge at work for lunch tomorrow. I enjoyed it tremendously, and the whole thing was around the same number of calories as a Lean Cuisine.
I watch what I eat. I listen to my body. I make good choices. I exercise. It's no different than any other diet...calories in versus calories out...but the difference is that I have this gorgeous, fabulous tool that makes it so I am not walking around hungry all the time.
And I've lost 56 pounds in 7 months and feel better than I have in many years.
So, a bit long winded, but I LOVE my band.