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Saturday, April 6, 2013

2 Year Bandiversary....

Time flies when you are having fun...

Here is my 1 year anniversary post ~ Around that time I weighed 159ish.... Now I'm at 163.4.
Four ish pound gain over a year and the scale is moving down now.  
Can't hate on that.  I blame stress, not having my head on right and sugar.

Kicking the white devil - aka sugar - has been the best thing for me - I just don't eat that way anymore.  What a great thing to say.

So two years out...what can I say.  I'm not at the weight I had hoped to be.  But weight is just a #.  I am free from the guilt-shame-self hatred cycle.  Do I fall off the wagon - sure but I've been able to get back on every time without too much damage.

I'm so thankful for having the lap band.  Again it is just a tool and along with it comes the major major major MAJOR -mental work. 
Its been a journey that I am still working on but am now in a good place.

What does it take?  Lots of exercise and commitment to making good choices.   Having accountability partners is a huge help - I have 3 of them - they are all just a text away - I know that there is someone out there who I can reach out to when I am weak or to share my joys and accomplishments at any moment.  Although my regular friends (non banded) are thrilled for me - they don't quite get the joy and excitement of turning down chocolate or being psyched that the scale moved an inch!


What would I say to my pre-op self?  
Buckle up - life is about to change.  You are taking a huge step that will forever change everything.  How people treat you, your ability to earn money, and your happiness.

Know that the journey is never done - it will always be a struggle - some times easier than others.

Just because you loose 80 pounds you will not look like Eva Mendes ~ you will look like you only smaller - still thigh heavy with saggy boobs and cellulite.  And thats ok - thats why there are spanx.

Know that you are worth every effort.  Stop apologising to people for who you were - grab life by the balls and march on. 

Today on my 2 year bandiversary, I'm heading off to Rincon PR for vacation with some friends ~ nothing to hold me back from paddle boarding, surf lessons, wearing cute sundresses and definitely not giving a shit about the airplane seat or the dreaded seat belt.  Boom! Its worth every minute of sweat and sacrifice.

 April 5 2011 day before surgery

April 3 2013



I'll have to find or take a recent full body shot for real comparison.

14 comments:

  1. Happy Bandiversary! So much to celebrate and so much to be proud of! Walk tall, friend. Smile lots...there are so many reasons to do so! Congratulations!

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  2. Happy Bandiversary! You look great and should be so proud of yourself!

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  3. Happy bandiversary! Four pounds in a year? Both you and I know that means nothing. I gained 3 pounds in two weeks while following strict phase 1 of my diet! You are awesome:)

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  4. Vanessa- Happy, Happy Bandaversary. I could not be happy for all you have accomplished and found within yourself. I love you.

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  5. Happy Bandiversary!! You are doing great!

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  6. I know I say this every time you post an old photo, but I can't even believe that's you! What an amazing transition.
    You're doing great!
    What an inspiration you are.

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  7. Happy bandiversary beautiful girly!!! So proud of you :)

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  8. Very proud of you! You look great!

    Sarah
    www.thinfluenced.com

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  9. Yeah Vanessa!! You are awesome.

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  10. Happy Bandiversary...Love what you wrote!

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  11. Happy Bandiversary! You look great!

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  12. You are awesome!! Have Bandiversary!

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  13. You look wonderful and you are an inspiration - accountability partners is such a great idea - I need some of those! x

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  14. Yay! You're a great inspiration! I hope to be where you are in a year's time!

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