My new LIFE
Well... I am going to do it!! Dr Schwartz is my surgeon. I've met with him and the psychologist and am waiting for one of my Doctors to confirm I have been stable on my meds for at least 6 months and then I'll schedule my surgery.
I was looking through some web sites and it occurred to me I could get started on this journey right away. I don't have to wait for my 2 week preop time. I will start drinking protein shakes pretty soon.
It is recommended to not treat this time like my last hoorah with food, which I have been leaning towards, but instead I could be spending the time getting ready for the gastric banding surgery. I am sure this would make things a little easier once the choice to over indulge has been taken away.
By starting early when I am getting to the point where I usually would be giving up it will be time for the banding and that will help stave off that "I am going to eat everything I see" stage. That is what always ends it for me.
I have always felt if I could go to a "fat farm" for 2 months with no way to cheat and having a day full of exercise planned for me that I can't easily "run" from, I would lose weight and form new habits. I desperately need structure. Lap Band will now BE that structure. The "I have no choice" factor.
The more I think about it the more excited I get. I think about next spring going hiking and camping with my fiancee, buying clothes at "normal people's" stores and actually having a life!!!
Also, the more I think about it the more nervous I become. How hard is it going to be when I CAN NOT eat that whole pizza, entire bag of chips or huge chunk of cake?! But then, I find myself thinking of things I could do to help that.
Making sure I have alot of mini meals to choose from and stocking up on yogurt, fruit and veggies, go for a walk with the dog. And you know what??....I get excited again!!