As my Lapband journey continues, I have to say I am astounded at the level of my weight loss.
On the 24th October 2013 I went in for a fill and check up. When I jumped on the scales my weight had dropped to 104.7kg. That is exactly 14kg lower than when they weighed me on the day of my operation, and 15kg lower than when I made the decision to get a lapband.
Now here is the interesting part. It appears that the rapidness of my weight loss is not normal. Most people who have gastric banding lose weight at a much slower rate. So why is this a problem? Well, at the moment it really isn’t a problem. However it does make my doctors concerned that maybe I am not being totally honest with them. I was drilled a bit at my last check up, with a particular focus on whether I had been vomiting.
You see, what happens to some patients is they can’t hold any food down, and spend quite a bit of the first stage post lap-banding vomiting up everything they eat. While this is disturbing for many of them, because they get really rapid weight loss, they don’t tell the doctors. They sort of get hooked on the weight loss.
Personally, I find vomiting gross. I am not someone who has vomited frequently in their life. I can count on one hand the number of times I have vomited in my adult life. And I can tell you now, had I been vomiting, I would have been on their door step every day until we got it sorted.
So why do I think I have lost weight so quickly?
1. The size of my meals is probably smaller than what they recommend – but I am struggling to eat more food. I have tried putting more food on my plate, but I just don’t feel like eating it and end up throwing it in the bin.
2. I have been walking an average of 15,000 steps a day – to kick start my fitness regime, I decided to join the 10,000 step challenge at my work. I have been walking to and from the station when I go to work, and have included a lunch time walk on most days. As a result, I have been averaging 15,000 steps a day. This is the equivalent of walking 15km a day, or about 1 1/2 hours a day of walking.
Do I expect to keep losing weight at this level? No. I think it is more realistic to expect to lose 1/2 to 1kg a week moving forward. Plus, it is probably better for my health if the weight loss slows.
So after discussing all of this with my doctor, we made the decision not to add any more fluid to my band at this stage and to schedule my next appointment for 1 month down the track.