Well Dear diary..hahaha. I have always been a big
lad one of my earlist memories is of walking down the street with
my grandfather and the comment being made the I certainly wasn't
'undernourished'. As five year old I didnt really understand this
but you get the idea.
I did lose quite a bit of the 'puppy fat' going
into high school I was a big boy but not fat in the conventional
sense as i was quite active playing basketball and I had a great
love of Rugby League which kept me fit. It wasnt until I left school
and joined the work force that I really started to pile the weight
on. I guess it was the access to money and sitting in an office
all day, not much exercise and honestly I guess some emotional baggage
as well. You know it felt good to eat.. whenever I got depressed
an ice cream or a packet of chips always solved the problem.
Lets skip forward to 2001 I'm going to ignore all
the stuff in between the constant diets, attempts at going to the
gym, the 10kg losses and the 15 kg gains, the stares on the bus,
the sniggers on the train..the constant reminders of my size instead
of Hi Michael..but hey there big fella.. all the frustrations and
yep.predjudice's which I am sure you all know to well. Lets get
My life needed to change I wasnt happy, I was unhealthy.
One day about June 2001 I plucked up the courage to ask my doctor
about WLS..oh forgot to mention I had been through the duramine,
xenical stages as well. Anyway we spoke about BDP and other surgeries
which scared the hell out of me. After a while we came to the Lap
Band..hmm interesting. I then got a referall to Dr Les Nathenson
at the Wesley in Brissie and I was on my way. I found Ozband about
this time (July 2001) and as some of the members can atest to i
drove everyone crazy with questions and my fears. I finally had
an a date for my OP 14/9/2001.
Since my operation I have never felt better I ahve
had a few set backs such as an infected port wound and recently
have had to have some tissue removed from around the port area that
had become infected due to the blood supply being cut off. Even
with all this having the band has changed my life I have now lost
nearly 40kg which in itself I find astounding and am on way to my
goal of 95Kg (I have not even been close that weight since I was
15 years old) I am over half way there :)
I am doing things I havnt done in years, I ride
my bike 15-20 km's per day (to and from work) go to gym at least
an hour a day..and the simple things like not having to struggle
out of a chair, walking the dog..not being embarrassed to go out
to a club, laughing at myself rather than cringing.
For those of you researching or just starting your
journey the band does work if you really want it to. The trick is
(for me anyway) live the way you want to live, be the person you
want to be and have fun doing it. I am that 95kg fit, lean guy..
you are what you believe you are... get it..well go for it!!
see you on the other side of 100..