Here's what my belly looked like the day after surgery and now today:
Sometimes I have to remind myself of all that I went through to get to where I am today at a healthy weight, a "normal" BMI, normal blood pressure, etc.
Sure, there has been a lot of calorie counting and exercise, but I am talking about the surgery itself and the week post-op.
There are a few newly banded bloggers out there who recently shared their surgery day stories and it helps me to remember the pain and unpleasant days after surgery.
Surgery is a big deal...wait, let me say that again, surgery is a big friggin' deal. Especially a surgery that is elective and I CHOSE it.
A HUGE and drastic step in my opinion. On that day....there was general anesthesia, there were scalpels, there was blood. I'm sure they used big scary tools like these:
I may sound a litte dramatic, but this isn't something that I could just decide to do and then not see it through to it's most optimum outcome. This isn't Bridalplasty. Now that's a hot mess. :)
I also still get a little "wierded out" by the thought that there's a foreign object/device inside of me. People sometimes say, "well lots of people have foreign objects in them...you know...hip replacements, knee replacements..." I don't agree. Choosing the band is a different scenario all together.
So the next time I am tempted by a cookie, chips, chocolate, pizza, or whatever food the day brings, I need to remember the choice I made back in 2009 for improved health.
They say hindsight is 20/20. Well, I can tell you that getting the band was one of the best (and biggest) decisions I have made for my health....period.