Weigh-Ins are on MONDAYS - Updated July 3, 2017

Surgery Date: October 20, 2009:

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Guess What? It's Finally Happened.

I'm starting to forget.

Yep, I'm starting to forget that I have a Lap Band. 

I remember when I used to hear bandsters say that they "forget" that they have a band.  I would immediately think to myself: "Are you CRAZY?!  How can you forget that you have a band?"

I remember discussing this idea of forgetting with Banded Wendy in San Francisco this past Spring.  We both couldn't believe that anyone would ever forget that they have a band.

Well, it's finally happening to me.

Could this be because all the healthy habits that go along with my band lifestyle are now just second nature and I don't have to think about it as much?

I do get all kinds of reminders daily that there really is a band inside of me:
  • When I swallow my first sips of water in the morning.
  • When I walk outside on a really cold day.  Bam! Hello restriction!
  • When I eat too fast or don't chew well enough.
After two years, the band almost feels like a body part that I've always had.

However, I can promise you that I will never forget what it felt like to be fat, sick, and tired for almost 20 years:
“It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.”
~Henry David Thoreau


  1. I cannot believe the transformation!!! I see your beautiful face under all of that, and it is the only reminder to me that it is really you.

    You have done amazing things, and living the life as well, not just putting words to it!

    Love you

  2. Thank you for all your posts. I don't comment often but I read every word you post and I always learn a lot. I'm scheduled to get the band in 2 weeks and I'm scared. But I am thinking of your experience as one of my inspirations--success is possible and I'm shooting for it!

  3. Haha, I can't waiiit for that day. I'm still dreading the "how have you lost all of your weight?!" questions.*shudder*

  4. That is awesome... you are such an inspiration!

  5. Love this and love your success. You inspire us.

  6. i hope to forget about my band someday due to the same reasons! lol

  7. Crazy that you would forget... I would forget when I didn't have much restriction and be reminded when I ate too fast, etc. Now that I am tighter and more in a green spot, I definitely am reminded every day! lol.

  8. You are a fricken rock star!! Thank you for always sharing your success - it makes it feel that I can do it too!!!! You have made and amazing transformation.

  9. So inspiring. Thank you so much for continueing to share your journey with us. I know my comments must seem like they are on repeat sometimes, but seriously - you are such an inspiration. I cannot wait until the day I don't think about my band constantly!

  10. I can only dream of a day when my lifestyle is good enough that I could MAYBE forget about the band.

    Thanks for yet another post that I can aspire to achieve :o)

  11. That is really interesting. I hope I can get there! :)

  12. I can't imagine it now as I am such a newbie, it seems like all I think about. It will be cool someday to be there though. You truly are an inspiration and have done such a great job!

  13. MY band won't let me forget it's there yet!
    Interesting that you have more restriction on really cold days...I've been super tight this week and haven't been able to figure out why. Now I'm wondering if it's this darn Chicago cold snap we're having.
    I love that before picture and am so glad you posted it, so we can all be reminded of how far you've come!