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Transforming with Lap Band Surgery

Congratulations and Welcome to the Transforming phase of Banded Living™.  This is your weight loss phase, the incredible shrinking you!  This is your community as you are learning how to use the tool to reach your goals.  Expect ups and downs.  This is not like every diet you've been on.

Your lap band will help with portion size, hunger, and satiety when you learn how to use it and master the rules of the band.  There is so much to learn and un-learn during this phase.  Resist going for speed.  Build your support network.  Stay close to your surgical practice.  Here you'll find others who are all working to achieve their goals for long-term health, weight loss, and quality of life. 
--Lap Band Fills
One of the greatest features of the lap band is that it is adjustable.  The size of the opening between the upper and lower portions of your stomach can be made smaller or larger by adding fluid (a fill) or by having fluid removed (an un-fill) from the band. (Read More)

--Exercise
Exercise is a word some of us love and some of us hate, but all of us know that some form of exercise is good for us. For those of us who have had lap band surgery exercise is important for many reasons ... (Read More)

--Inspiration!
We all need inspirations 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 amongst our Banded Living community. ... (Read More)

--Food & Recipes
We believe strongly that we should be able to enjoy a wide variety of tasty foods with our lap band. We should enjoy dining! This is an area for the Banded Living community to share recipes and food ideas for eating in, eating out, and taking to work with you that you have created or discovered on your journey. We are looking forward to receiving great recipes including ethnic cuisine of all types ... (Read More)

--Tips!
Whether you have just begun your Banded Living journey or you are several years into your journey, it's always helpful to learn from others. This section of our community is devoted to tips. Here you can pick up ideas on how to use your tool and how to make the journey easier and more fun! You can consider these tips part of your lap band "toolkit." ... (Read More)



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Lap Banded Living - Living Life Along the Journey! What can you do now with ease that you couldn't before?
06/14/17 05:24 PM by Sandi
Lap Banded Living - Living Life Along the Journey! FREE Telephone support Group Call Saturday, June 3rd at 8am Pacific Time
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“Re-Booting”: Regain and Plateaus Is this an er visit or can it wait till tomorrow
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“Re-Booting”: Regain and Plateaus How do you speak to yourself?
05/15/17 05:49 PM by Sandi
Lap Banded Living - Living Life Along the Journey! Is Weight Loss Surgery The Easy Way Out?
05/15/17 02:03 PM by Sandi
Inspiration: Scale and Non-Scale Victories (NSV’s) Share your Non Scale Victories
05/10/17 10:09 PM by Sandi
Lap Banded Living - Living Life Along the Journey! Spend a weekend working on YOU!
05/03/17 06:10 PM by Sandi
Exercise What is your fitness routine?
04/26/17 06:45 PM by Sandi
Lap Band Friendly Food & Recipes Do you plan your meals?
04/26/17 06:43 PM by Sandi



Why I Attend Weight Loss Surgery Events - How It Helps My Journey
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
Every year there are 3 significant weight loss surgery "events" where several hundred people come together in one venue for education, inspiration, motivation, and some good, down to earth fun, meeting old friends, and making new ones. . . . keep reading
How Does My Lap Band Work - No Really!
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
During my recent trip to Austin as a member of the Apollo Lap Band Patient Advisory Board I was fortunate to have the opportunity to listen to Dr. John Dixon speak via video conference on the subject of Satiety vs. Restriction. He is an amazing man with a tremendous amount of experience, and looking around the room as he spoke I saw that all present were totally enthralled, and even excited, by his presentation. . . . keep reading
Being Invisible And Obese
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
This blog is going to be a bit of a rant. Last week in the gym I came across the most awful example of how "invisible" we are as obese people. . . . keep reading
Long Term Lap Band Success - Discovering My Realities Day By Day
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
Yesterday I had a visit with my bariatric doctor. Everything is fine, my weight is steadily decreasing, he is happy with my progress. We chatted about life, weight loss surgery, following the rules, fine tuning the rules for about 20 minutes, and I went on with my day. Sounds like a simple easy visit right? . . . keep reading
Moving Off The Couch To Keep The Scale Moving - Long Term Lap Band Success
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I have said it before and I can't help but keep repeating myself - Moving my body at least 5 days a week has been one of the major contributors to my long term success. My mantra for many years was I hate working out, I hate sweating, I hate hurting. Somewhere along this journey I have been on since 2004 that mantra changed to BRING IT BABY! . . . keep reading
Random Thoughts Of A Lap Band Patient Seeking Success
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I woke up this morning (it's Friday morning), jumped on the scale and was pleased with what I saw. I put on my sweats and headed downstairs for my tea and coffee, then I took off to the gym where I hit the pool for 30 minutes of swimming laps. My arms were still sore from my 60 minutes of weight training on Wednesday, but true to form I live in the land of no excuses when it comes to my personal fitness so I did it anyway. . . . keep reading
Long Term Lap Band Success - Next Installment of As The Stomach Turns- Random Thoughts of a Newbie x 2
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
So by now I am a few weeks into my new Lap Band and Plication Surgery and have noted several interesting tidbits: . . . keep reading
Lap Band Success - Planning For A Trip To Disneyland
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
It has been a long time since anyone has been to Disneyland. My husband and I finally bit the bullet and the trip is planned for two nights and three days this week. Once I secured our rooms and purchased our park hopper tickets I started thinking about restaurants, food, food choices for the kids and food choices for my lap band, meals with the characters, and my head started spinning for two reasons. . . . keep reading
Long Term Lap Band Success - Ten Years And I'm Doing It All Over Again
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
I will be on a flight To Orlando as you folks read this on Thursday, September 25, 2014. WLS Success Matters is exhibiting at this year's OAC (Obesity Action Coalition) Your Weight Matters Convention. We are excited. If you are in the area please stop by booth 213, and say Hi to us. . . . keep reading
Lap Band surgery -- My First Thanksgiving
By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog
Wow, this is the first big holiday dinner at my house since being banded. I have 15 coming for dinner and am making all of my traditional dishes. I refuse to "lighten" the holidays for everyone around me…not fair……I will eat using a small dessert plate and allow myself a taste of everything and see how that goes…ok, I'll skip the salad, have a slice of turkey thigh (no skin), a tablespoon of cranberry sauce, a tablespoon of chestnut stuffing, a tablespoon of pecan/sweet potato casserole, a tablespoon of green beans and a tablespoon of ambrosia. . . . keep reading
Long Term Lap Band Success - Reflecting On The Differences
By: Sandi Henderson from SandisBandedLiving Blog
As May 28, 2013 approaches, the 9th anniversary of my lap band surgery, I find myself becoming reflective. I am looking back on how my life has changed and would like to share some of this today, hoping you find it as interesting as I do. . . . keep reading
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