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We all need inspiration to propel us along our journeys.

This area of the Banded Living™ community is the place to find success stories, scale victories (SV's) and non-scale victories (NSV's).

Our goal is that you will find the inspiration you need, just when you need it, here.

Please share your inspirational stories, along with any pictures you choose to share, with all of us by submitting them to:  inspiration@bandedliving.com



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A Positive Attitude Is What Has Brought Me This Far in My Successful Lap Band Journey
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I was thinking about what I was going to share with you all today and my head went to the place of "I can't come up with anything new". While that may be true, when I look at what I have done to lose my weight, regain my health and life, and be an active 68 years young - it's about the "rules" for sure - food, fitness, hydration, vitamins, etc.; it doesn't begin to touch on how I get through my days. . . . keep reading
Going That Extra Mile for Long Term Success After Weight Loss Surgery
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
"At 211 degrees water is hot. At 212 degrees it boils. And with boiling water comes steam, and with steam you can power a train." Sam Parker Putting forth that extra effort, being persistent in the continual application of "steam" (extra effort) to whatever we undertake will get us extraordinary results. Extraordinary results begin with one small change. . . . keep reading
Emotional Eating Doesn't Serve My Long Term Success After Weight Loss Surgery
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I am human, and the nature of human beings is that we are not perfect. I am not perfect. Every now and again over the past 13 years I seem to let it slip my mind that I am a weight loss surgery patient. It's usually during times of stress, be they family, financial, medical or whatever. I then find myself eating cookies, chips, froyo, ice cream and other assorted processed junk foods. . . . keep reading
What I Have Learned After 13 Years As a Weight Loss Surgery Patient
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
May 28, 2004. That was the day I was reborn. I was given a second chance to salvage my adult life, my health, my relationship with myself and others, and to find my WHY. Many begin their journey knowing their WHY - they want to get rid of meds, cure obesity related diseases, fit into single digit size clothes, play on the floor with their kids or grandkids. I wanted all of this, and at the time of my surgery never knew I wanted more. I never knew I could have more. . . . keep reading
Thirteen Years After Lap Band Surgery And Still Living My Best Life
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I am in Portland OR Making A Difference With The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation Of America, and then I will be taking a few days to hike and explore the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, and whatever else calls to us in that beautiful area. Since on 5/28/17 I will be 13 years post op I thought this was a great article to share with you. . . . keep reading
Weight Loss Surgery -- Is It The Easy Way Out?
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
More and more seriously overweight people are turning to weight loss surgery to assist them in taking off and keeping off the excess pounds that are causing or exacerbating other medical conditions and interfering with their quality of life. Many people worry that they will be criticized for taking the easy way out. . . . keep reading
It's The Non-Scale Victories That Keep Me Motivated After WLS Surgery
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I am often asked how I keep doing it after almost 13 years… how do I stay motivated, inspired, and on point? First of all I have to admit I am NOT perfect. I have never been, nor do I ever expect to be PERFECT….. To me perfect means flawless, without fault, quintessential, best, ultimate. I am the best me that I can be each day; however that is not flawless by any means. . . . keep reading
How I Put My Support Systems In Place For Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I had weight loss surgery on May 28, 2004. That is almost 13 years ago. I went into surgery terrified, afraid I would fail at this last-ditch effort to shed some of the 424 pounds I was carrying around that were killing me slowly. I woke up after surgery in pain and still terrified wondering what I had done to myself. . . . keep reading
Success - How Do I measure thee? Let me count the ways
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
Success after any weight loss surgery begins as a number on the scale for sure; and it is important to weigh ourselves regularly so we stay in touch with the number we declare as our goal and maintain our weight in a reasonable range. The scale does have a place in our lives. Rest assured it is NOT the only way to measure our success. . . . keep reading
Detoxing From the holidays - It's all about the attitude
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
Welcome to 2017. It's going to be a great year. How do I know that you ask? Simple, I will make it so. I can choose to make my time on earth a chore, difficult, tedious, sad, troubled, or why not GREAT instead. Attitude is everything. . . . keep reading
Complacency Is A Buzz Kill For Long Term Success After Weight Loss Surgery
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
Here I sit. It's December 28th, 2016 and time to look back on my year and see what I have achieved towards my personal goals related to weight loss surgery and what I choose to set as goals for 2017. You may think - wow, she's over 12 years out since surgery. Why does she need to review weight loss surgery goals? . . . keep reading
Long Term Lap Band Success - Finally REALLY Comfortable In My Own Skin
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I just returned from a week at a warm beach in Playa del Carmen Mexico. Several things were different from any other vacation I have taken in the past few years. . . . keep reading
On Being Thankful - Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
OK, so it's a week after Thanksgiving. That doesn't mean I can't be grateful, thankful, appreciative - of all the benefits that have come to me as a result of having Weight Loss Surgery in 2004. Here are a few of them, and believe me, each one comes from heart and soul: . . . keep reading
Long Term Lap Band Success - Never Stop The Celebration Of YOU!
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
Time marches on. You have lost 100 pounds, or more, or less - at any rate you have lost a significant amount of weight and now you are living life as you choose, free from the burdens of obesity. You are no longer sidelined because you can't _________ (fill in the blank - fit on a roller coaster, in an airline seat, hike for a few miles, ride a bicycle, play tennis, scuba dive, tie your shoelaces…….). . . . keep reading
Obesity Health 2016
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
This past weekend was the 2016 Obesity Help conference in Garden Grove CA. Friday began with my not being able to drive down there from home, with all of the horrible traffic on the 405. My rotator cuff is still giving me grief and holding the steering wheel for 2 ½ hours would only make it worse. I absolutely detest not being able to do it myself. . . . keep reading
Come With Us To The Beach - Long Term Success After Lap Band, or Any Weight Loss Surgery
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I wondered what I was going to share with you, all of this week. Food, portions, supplements, exercise, water, personal accountability. It all matters, that's for sure. My opinion is that it all begins with personal accountability which has so many pieces to it. It is being accountable that has us being mindful of our food choices, our portion sizes, our water, exercise and supplements; however - personal accountability has a deeper meaning and impact in my life. . . . keep reading
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