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!

4 comments:

  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.

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  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.

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  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".

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  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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