Alison Garcia – Lapband 2009
I was banded December 31, 2009. I lost 135 pounds in 18 months and kept it off of a little over 2 years. Life was good!
Then I started getting careless: Eating larger portions, dabbling in bread, rice, alcohol, and soda. I was drinking while eating and allowing more and more junk and fast food back into my life. I stopped going to the gym. I felt bulletproof: I had lost the weight, I would never gain it back, right? WRONG.
By December 2013 I was once again shopping in the Plus Sizes and comforting myself by saying it was okay because at least I wasn’t 289 pounds again. I stepped on the scale one January 2014 morning and was horrified to discover that I weighed 224 pounds. I nearly passed out.
I figured my surgery had failed, lots of bands failed. Oh well, maybe I should think about a revision. I struggled along through 2014 and the first half of 2015 half-heartedly trying to lose the weight. I would go for fills with a renewed determination to succeed, but within a few days I would return to my ways of eating and lose all hope. Again.
One night in Spring 2015, I was scrolling through Facebook and a wonder appeared on my screen: a Piece of Toast in the shape of a Skull – ‘Bariatric NO’s, Not What You Want To Hear’. I was immediately drawn in by it. I read the article and then re read it again. Tears filled my eyes as I realized that the article was right: I was wasting the opportunity that I was given. I found myself in every paragraph… all the no’s were things I did.
I read about their plan and even joined their Bariatric Eating Support Group on Facebook. I was immediately in it to win it. I saw my doctor for a long overdue adjustment and had a talk with myself in the office parking lot. I resolved to REALLY do it this time – no more junk, no more soda, no more bread. No more messing around – I WOULD be successful. I ordered the Inspire protein drinks that were at the core of the plan. This was it for me. I did it once and I would do it again but this time I was not alone! I was getting on the train, I had my ticket.
Every day from June 2nd onward, I checked into the daily accountability thread in the Bariatric Eating Support Group on Facebook like it was my job. I liked the idea of testing my ‘pouch resistance’ so I completed the 48 Hour Pouch Reset and cheered when I could only eat a few ounces of chicken. I breathed a sigh of relief that my banded pouch was intact! No more excuses.
I started the Back on Track plan the next morning. Having to only choose one meal a day empowered me to make it the VERY BEST choice it could be. I invested in a fitness tracker, a George Foreman grill, and I started cooking! The BariatricEating website recipes changed my mindset on the definition of a healthy meal. After losing 23 pounds in my first month, I transitioned to the BE Easy Plan, which I still follow to this day.
As summer and fall came and gone, I was really excited by my progress. I screamed in excitement as my scale showed 199.6 on July 8, 2015.
I cried when I bought my first pair of size 10 jeans.
Size 8 came shortly after: Even at my previous lowest weight, I had NEVER been in single digit sizes
Size 6 had me breathless
Size 4 had me sobbing in a dressing room
Size 2 was unthinkable
Size 0 ABSOLUTELY BLEW MY EVER LOVING MIND
On Thanksgiving morning, which was also my birthday, I stepped on the scale, and watched the numbers flash and stop at 149. I cried as I realized that I got the best birthday present ever: I took back my health, AGAIN. I then went on to lose another 15 pounds in the next 30 days. I celebrated my six year ‘bandiversary’ by dancing the night away in my size 2 Little Black Dress at a New Years Eve party. I don’t believe my feet even touched the floor.
As I write this, I still can’t believe I am wearing tiny little pants I gave up on being able to wear, but more important is that I feel amazing. I have my health and happiness. In the past year, I have also married my love of five years, and been maintaining below goal weight status since Springtime. Since starting Back On Track in June 2015, I have shed 113 lbs, it’s a beautiful thing! I know that sweet little toast skull pulled me out of my personal depths, and helped me realize that I WAS strong, and that I COULD be successful. As long as I have a banded pouch I can control my weight – so can you. We can help you.
If you are struggling with regain, if you feel hopeless to resolve it on your own. If you never made it to goal weight… you must try the BE plans. I will link them in the comments. Life can be even sweeter for you too. THE SECOND TIME IS EVEN BETTER!
The 48 Pouch Reset, Back on Track and BE Easy are super effective plans. They can change your life for the better, I know they have changed mine.
Talk to me, ask me anything you would like to know! I pay it forward as an Admin with the BariatricEating Support Group on Facebook. Our entire team is there to help you realize YOUR dreams. See you there… click for the plans.
Update: Almost two years later, I am still in maintenance, at my new goal weight. I spent my seven year Bandiversary dancing the night away again, with my handsome new husband, in a beautifully sparkly dress. Who would have ever guessed this would be my life. Not me!!