Warning!! Warning!! This post may be upsetting to some & I want to apologize up front if it does. This post is about those who have never acknowledged that it is their actions or lack there of that cause their weight loss problems to continue even after being banded. This is not a post against those (the majority) who do follow the rules, only to occasionally stray, as we all do from time to time. So if you get upset easily, you may not want to read this particular post as I am going to voice my opinion of why some bandsters haven't lost weight.
I was just sitting here this morning & thinking about my upcoming Surgery. While thinking (& yes, it did hurt to think! :)), I realized that my Surgery date is only 36 days away! I am both excited & terrified. On the one hand, I know that it is the best thing I could do for myself. On the other hand, by doing this Surgery, I will forever be changing my life, & my way of eating. That is, if I truly want to change my outward appearance. I could of course, be like some & say that the band didn't work for them & give up. I have read a few blogs where the person did not change the way they ate or drank & continued to wonder why they were not losing weight! I mean seriously still eating the same as before!
Well, if you don't cut your calories down drastically, or limit drinking the high calorie beers, wines & sodas, then, you won't lose weight! This is something that we as a group, (especially me) has to deal with. We have to make the sacrifices early on, in order to lose weight. After we have lost the weight, or at least have been at this a while & have figured out the ins & outs of our new tool & how we (individually) lose with it. Then we can add back in some of our favorite things, in modest quantities of course, that would normally be considered no no's in the beginning.
But if we think that the band is an easy way to lose the weight & the band will do it all for us & we don't have to change our life in any way, then we are just kidding ourselves, & we will not lose weight. The band is just our new tool, & we have to work hard to make it work for us. This is what I too, have to come to terms with. I must lower my food intake drastically in order to achieve my weight loss goal. It just irks me when I read certain blogs & they were crying foul about not losing the weight, when they hadn't changed their eating/drinking habits!!! Which is why I stopped following them. It made me too upset that they blamed the band for not working, when in all honesty, they didn't follow the rules of the new tool!! Ok, I will get off my soap box now.
Has anyone else had these similar thoughts? Or am I the only one to get upset about it? This is why I am really going to try to stay away from the foods that I know I can't have. My biggest vise will be sweets & my Caffeine Free Diet Coke! I will have to go from drinking Diet Coke to Water!!! But from reading everyone's blogs, it appears that for most of you, once you have been on the diet for awhile, you really don't miss or like the old soda anymore! I am hoping that my tastes will change for the better & I will lose the cravings for the bad things.
( P.S.) I hope I haven't lost any followers because of my tirade today!