I thought I might look back over the past 19 months and work out how long it took me to shed each of the six stone (each stone = 14lbs for those of you who don't work in such archaic forms of weights and measures) that I've lost so far, for no other reason than I thought it might be interesting (for me, not necessarily for anyone else - although I suppose it may give other bandsters an idea of how long it can take for the weight to disappear if, like me, you don't 'diet' as such and don't really take on any extra activities/exercise.)
1st stone: 18st 10lbs-17st 10lbs (262lbs-248lbs)
When I started this blog on January 7th 2010 I weighed 18st 10lbs; by 29th January I was down to 17st 10lbs, so that's 3 weeks and 1 day for the first stone.
2nd stone: 17st 10lbs-16st 10lbs (248lbs-234lbs)
29th January - 24 April 2010 = 12 weeks and 1 day
3rd stone: 16st 10lbs-15st 10lbs (234lbs-220lbs)
24 April - 9 August 2010 = 15 weeks and 2 days
4th stone: 15st 10lbs-14st 10lbs (220lbs-206lbs)
9 August 2010 - 25 November 2010 = 15 weeks and 3 days
5th stone: 14st10lbs-13st 10lbs (206lbs-192lbs)
25 November 2010 - 20 March 2011 = 16 weeks and 3 days
6th stone: 13st 10lbs-12st 10lbs (192lbs-178lbs)
20 March - 22 August 2011 = 22 weeks and 1 day
As you can see, apart from the first stone which came off within three weeks of being banded, my weight loss has been pretty slow and it has slowed even more the closer I get to 'goal' (whatever that may be!) But, losing 14lbs in 12-15 weeks (as with the second, third and fourth stones) is fairly close to 1lb a week, which I think is the recommended amount for a healthy weightloss regime. When you take into account that for the first few months of being banded I hadn't hit my 'green spot' and was still going for fills, then I think the amount/speed of weightloss is quite commendable.
I hit what I think is (was) my green spot with a fill on 28 July last year - that's 13 months without a fill. However, I've been having a few issues lately with how much (actually, how little) I can eat so I've just booked an appointment with my surgeon for 28 September (the day before I fly to Chicago, conveniently enough!) and I plan on asking for a little un-fill. I've been struggling with 'proper' food for quite a while now; I know the band is here to stop us eating too much but I'm getting fed up with the fact that I can literally eat just one or two mouthfuls of what I consider to be real food (veggies, meat, pasta, almost anything you can think of) before getting uncomfortable and/or stuck. I don't want my son to think I have some sort of issue with food; I want to be able to sit down with him and hubby and eat a (small) meal and, right now, I can't do that. I can eat crisps, crackers and chocolate in larger (although not large) quantities, but I'm sure as heck not sitting down in front of my little boy with a plate piled with that sort of thing while telling him he should be eating the vegetables and meat or pasta or whatever other yummy things hubby has cooked. That's just not right. So, an un-fill it is. And if I start gaining, then I'll have to think about a fill again. I just wonder if an un-fill for a few weeks might help settle things down in the band department and then I can move on. Perhaps after Christmas...