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My name is Mindy and I am a wife and mother of 2 boys, Ages 20 and 12. I recently started on the path of becoming a nurse something i have wanted to do since i was 11 !

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

One Year Ago

One Year ago tomorrow I had my revision from lap band to sleeve surgery . Its been a long , rough, good year. Lots of things have changed in that year.
 A year ago I was in constant pain . My body ached daily , my joints ached daily, chronic fatigue  and I was unable to eat solid foods for close to a year . Throwing up was part of my daily life and I was 100 pounds over weight . Mentally I was probably as miserable as I have ever been in my life .
My doctor took a chance on me and agreed to do my revision surgery . After spending  a week in the hospital due to swelling I was out and on my own . What has changed ?

I now have a full time job, working 12 hour shifts in a hospital . On my feet walking 12-15 miles a SHIFT . My body does not ache near as bad as it did a year ago and my joints have normal " old age" aches and pains ! I am in school to hopefully get a nursing degree some time in the near future.

Now to the surgery / change itself. I will be the first to admit I am a bit disappointed in how my weight loss has gone since my revision . I am 40 lbs down in a year. I am down from a size 24 to a 14-16. The weight loss has just not come off like I had wanted. Its a known issue with revision patients that we can loose slower than others. The reason is not well known , but some suspect its due to the lap band screwing up our metabolisms so badly . I still have some health issues I am dealing with that can affect my weight. The major one is my chronic migraines, I get 15-18 migraines a month . I am currently waiting for botox approval to try to get them under control . I am hoping once that happens I will be able to work out more. Until then I am working out when I feel like it , which ends up being about twice a week  . I also may have a thyroid issue, which I cant get that checked out until January .

Over all physcally I feel 100% better than I did this time last year. I felt better the day after surgery than i did the day before surgery , pain from surgery and all !
Was it all worth it , to have the revision ? YES ! I would do it again .

Weight issues may always be a struggle for me . At some point I want to loose another 40 lbs, IF i lost another 20 i would be happy. I will get there some way some how . I am not gaining though !
Its all a work in progress. I believe if i can get my migraines under control enough for me to work out on a regular basis which I really want to do I could be down to where i want to be in less than 6 months . So we shall see!

Its been a good year over all !

Pre Lap band Weight 250

Pre Revision a year ago 225

One year 40 lbs gone (not much progress but some)


  1. Wow, it's been a YEAR already?? Way to go, hon! I'm sorry for all the issues you had, and I pray continued success for you. Out of those of us who used to all chat, I feel like one of the only ones left with a band. o.O

  2. It has been a year already , its been a long road. I sometimes feel like this weight journey may never end, and at some point I a m just going to have to be "happy " with where i am ? I dunno . There are a few I know who still have the band from the "old gang " It sometimes feels like it will never come out , but if you want that it can happen
    Your awesome Beth ! your support has been so amazing

  3. 40 LBS IN 1 YEAR IS AWESOME!!! I can't even lose 10 in the same amount of time and I run and diet like crazy LOL

    Congrats ol friend!


  4. Going through older posts and just saw this. You amaze me, Mindy. You've been through it all, and you're still fighting. It seems as if fewer and fewer of us from the "old gang" are keeping their bands. There was a small bunch of us who had banded together (no pun intended) on FB, and out of those 15 or so, more than half have lost their bands. :( Glad to know you're still doing well.