Congratulations you've arrived at the Maintaining phase of Banded Living™. If you're like some of us, you may have thought that maintaining a healthy weight was beyond your reach. But, you've arrived; you've reached your goals. Woohoo!
This is the final phase of Banded Living™ - living life to the fullest free from the burdens of obesity for the rest of your life. By this point you've mastered your tool and are maintaining your success. You still have setbacks, but you have this tool and you know how to use it to get back on track! You still check in with your surgical practice periodically. You're learning to trust that this time your weight loss is for good, and you are experiencing the health and quality of life benefits of long-term weight loss. You are probably still working on your body image, and learning new things your body can do. You're relying on others in the Banded Living™ community to help you stay on course, and you're probably involved in paying it forward.
Please take time to celebrate and enjoy. Share your success with us by submitting your story with your favorite before and after pictures to:
Long Term Weight Loss Surgery Success and The Trigger Foods Of Summer By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog A trigger food is a specific food that sets off a course of overeating where control is lost. The most common trigger foods are calorie-dense, highly palatable foods that are often combinations of sugar and fat (e.g. ice cream, cookies) or fat and salt (e.g. nuts, potato chips, French fries). . . . keep reading
What do I eat for long term success after Lap Band surgery? By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog We spent x years before weight loss surgery going through life, often from one drive through to another or from the pizza place to the Mexican restaurant to the Chinese restaurant. Some of us actually cooked - what did we make? . . . keep reading
Long Term Lap Band Success - The Tools of The Trade That Work For Me I had weight loss surgery on May 28, 2004. That is 12 ½ years ago. I had Lap Band Surgery so I was required to learn from Day 1 what I needed to do in order to get the weight off, improve my health and stay that way long term. There are some things that I do most of the time (not all the time for I too am a human being and not perfect) that serve my health, my weight loss and help me use my weight loss surgery "tool" to the best advantage that I can. . . . keep reading
Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery - The Holidays Come Earlier Every Year By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog Is it just me or do the Holidays actually come earlier every year? By that I mean Labor Day is barely gone, the weather is still summer hot, and in most Big Box stores Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are already in full swing? I don't know about you, but I have a hard enough time resisting the Halloween candy when I buy it on the 30th of October to put out the very next evening, and that includes the candy I buy that I don't particularly like- which is the ONLY candy I buy. Sugar is sugar after all, "deep sigh", and I am an addict. . . . keep reading
Calories - To Count Or Not To Count - Long Term Lap Band Success By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog Which of these have you heard? -- Eat between 800-1200 calories per day. Get 60-80 grams of protein per day. Use a small plate. Eat protein first, then veggies, then if you have room eat your carbs. Fifty percent of your calories should be protein. Seventy percent of your calories should be protein. You need grains. You don't need grains. Avoid anything white like bread, rice and potatoes. Eat until you're satisfied. Eat 3 meals per day. Eat 5 meals per day. Eat 1 cup of food. Eat ½ cup of food.... . . . keep reading
Taking Care of Me First - Long Term Success After Lap Band Surgery By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog I had a revelation yesterday while I was at the orthopedic doctor's office. I meal plan, I weigh and measure most of my food, I get in at least 200 minutes of fit living each week, I see my bariatric surgeon on a regular basis, I take my vitamins and supplements, I drink my water. Yes, I am a rule follower for sure. That's how I lost, and am maintaining the loss of, 270 pounds since my surgery in 2004. Good on me, right? . . . keep reading
Long Term Success After Weight Loss Surgery And Head Spins In the Water By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog Last week our Santa Ana winds started blowing, and blowing, and blowing. My nose starting running, my head got stuffed up, and as the heat wore on - so did my symptoms. Friday I got my 30 minutes swim done and then off for a 2+ hour round trip drive to see my brother in LA. It was day two of three days of making this drive. . . . keep reading
Long Term Lap Band Success - Beating Stress With My Own Advice By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog It's been a long two weeks. Lots of crazy things going on in my life, just like in yours. My stress level has been through the roof, and I found myself grabbing for a cookie, some chips, or whatever presented itself to me. My heartburn increased, my stress level kept climbing, and my sleep patterns were awful. The only things in place were my prepared meals and my fitness. . . . keep reading
Mindfully Eating My Way To Long Term Lap Band Success By: Sandi Henderson From SandisBandedLiving Blog I remember, back in March of 2004 listening to my doc's informational seminar and hearing him say that after surgery "You will learn to enjoy dining." Now I had no trouble eating then, as a matter of fact eating was my problem. Just what could this man mean buy those words - learning to enjoy dining? . . . keep reading