A year on....

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I know it's a bit late but things are still silly around here.

So it has now been just over 12 months since I was banded. I still believe it's the best thing I have ever done.

Some major changes for me over the past year....
1. I have gone from a size 22 to a size 16.

2. I no longer obsess about food. When doing Weight Watchers or any of the other numerous diets I have done, I would think about food ALL DAY. What have I eaten, what can I have next, when can I eat next, do I have enough points/calories for this? And on, and on, and on!

3. I no longer have cysts on my ovaries. I have suffered from PCOS for many years and would only have a cycle a couple of times a year. My cycles are now 33 days and I'm ovulating. I had an ultrasound done late last year and I no longer have cysts! Such an achievement!

4. I feel free. I thought that being banded and not being able to eat certain things (like my beloved hot chips) would be daunting, and I would feel resentful. It has been totally the opposite for me. I have come to realise that I don't need those foods.

5. I am much fitter. I have started running again and I feel great!

6. I am no longer housebound. So many times in the past I have not gone to special occassions because of my weight. I have missed weddings, family gatherings, nights out with friends etc. This could be for a number of reasons. Nothing fitted me in my waredrobe, I felt fat and frumpy, and to be honest I didn't really like myself. I am no longer missing out on these events. This use to always drive my husband crazy. We would be going out for dinner and if I could find nothing to wear, he would have to go on his own.

7. I am starting to love myself. My body is far from perfect and I still have a long way to go to reach goal, but I am feeling good about myself. I will probably always have some saddlebag and batwings, but hey, at least they are not size 22!

So there we have it. I am changing so much as a person. I am setting myself goals and best of all I know that I can achieve them.

Last year I wanted to run a half marathon. I am going to do it this year. I have picked a half marathon at the end of July and I'm going to give it a good go.


Anonymous said...

That's fantastic. It's amazing how being banded can change your perspective on food isn't it? And a half marathon? WOWSER! That's amazing- good luck!

Em :)

Gen said...

That is just awesome. Congrats on a year of successes. I feel the same about every thing on your list! Love the point about no more obsessing - Never again will I count WW points!!!!

You can totally do a half marathon. I did one at about 200 lbs and ran the whole thing - that was 6 or 7 years ago...It is a really wonderful goal!!! (But I suggest walk breaks! Forget the running the whole thing part!)

Nola said...

That is just bloody fantastic to read!! Well done...you should be so proud of yourself!! Stop and look back and soak in how far you have come and what you have achieved!!!

Sandy Lee said...

What a lovely post. Putting things in perspective and getting on with life to the fullest. Congratulations!

Shaggs said...

Way to go girlie! I am so "ditto ditto ditto ditto" about this post right down to being a size 16 after a 22. My favourite all time thing about the band is not obsessing about food all day like you mentioned. Being a slave and a prisoner to the next mouthful is an awful way to live. We may not be perfect but man we're so much better off than this time last year! Good luck with the run! Great to hear from you again!

skinny latte said...

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, and well done on all your achievements...it sounds like you've really changed your life for the better. And I fully support a half marathon!! I did one last year and it was one of the best things I've ever done! Go for it! xx