Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Who are we anyway?

I feel that since my lap band surgery, I am different when it comes to my approach to weight loss from those who are not banded. Once I passed through bandster hell and my band began to do its job, I separated from the normal everyday dieter. No longer is it necessary to eat "diet foods", count calories, portions, and there are no forbidden foods. As long as I am properly restricted, my band will not allow me to eat huge portions without consequences. As long as I get in the protein recommended by my diet, I don't worry about the rest. Normally by the time I finish eating my protein, I have very little room left for anything else.

It is difficult for other people in my life to understand when I refuse to eat "diet" food but allow myself cake at a birthday party. To them being on a diet means eating salads, 100 calorie snack packs and never eating normal meals. I can have what everyone else is eating, just less. I have a few blogs that I read that are wonderful success stories about losing weight on their own. I applaud them for doing whatever it is that works. For me dieting, counting calories, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, exercising until I faint just did not work. I am quite content with my progress.

If we knew  all the answers, never made mistakes and had our head issues conquered, we wouldn't have needed the band.

Have a blessed Tuesday everyone!


  1. This post is great. It's still a foreign concept for me to "indulge" once in awhile since I'm so used to dieting. That is what I love about having the band. It's nice to be "normal" and eat things in moderation :)

    I agree with you 100% Dee. There is no need to invite negativity into one of the few (only?) outlets we have to express ourselves and our struggles.

  2. Your blog, you decide who gets to play with you. Good for you for seeing the need to remove the bad seed. Nobody needs put up with bad seeds.

  3. Great post! Even though I am only a little over 3 weeks post-op I'm learning so much from bandsters like you. It's nice to know that I'll still be able to live a normal life and not have to worry about being on a "diet".

  4. We don't need no stinkin' negativity!! You need to do what is best for you and by thwe way, you are lookin' great in your photos!


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