I've been following this comm for a while, thought I might introduce myself. I'm Australian, female, 27, former binge eater, lactose intolerant (sigh) and was obese for at least 2 years before getting the lap band, but I've struggled with my weight my entire life.
I also have IBS, a condition which has improved dramatically with the lap band.
I had my surgery on 20 April 2011, so yesterday I hit the 3 month mark.
Pre-surgery I was: 117.5 kg / 259 lb.
Pre-op I was: 110 kg / 242 lb.
My current weight is: 101 kg / 222 lb.
My goal weight is: 65 kg / 143 lb.
I have just broken through my first plateau, which struck around the ten week mark. I'm 8 kg / 17 lb away from my halfway point. I'm really looking forward to getting under 100 kg / 220 lb.
I've already had two band fills, I have my third one on Monday. The second fill, the doctor pulled all the fluid out of the band with the syringe, then pushed it all back in with another half a ml. It was uncomfortable, but he explained he was checking for leaks etc.
Post-op care where I am includes regular sessions with a dietician. I went to my second group session last night. It was a good reminder for me, because I am eating too much, too quickly and having too many blockages. I deliberately slowed down and chewed more thoroughly today and got through half of what I normally eat and I was full. It also appears I am eating too many carbohydrates and not enough protein and calcium.
Has anyone else noticed the weight comes off awkwardly? I've lost a bunch around my face, neck, breasts (boo, not happy), upper abdomen and legs. However, I have a yucky gut (which was pretty much an 'apron' when I was at my heaviest) that, while slowly shrinking, is hugely out of proportion to the rest of my body. For example, my legs will fit into size 18 jeans quite happily, but my gut requires size 20 jeans, or size 18 pants with an elasticated waist. This was never the case before.
Best wishes to all my fellow banders!