Lap Dance

This blog documents my experience with the adjustable gastric band. The surgery took place in July, and thus the pre-op and post-op information can be found in the July archive.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Prologue

My name is Sarah Kennedy, and I'm a 25-year old lawyer from the west suburbs of Chicago. I've been married to a wonderful man for a year and a half, and I don't think marriage gets much better than this. I have always had poor eating habits, but I was a three-sport athlete in high school. When I stopped playing sports in college, I didn't cut my portions or add exercise, and the pounds started to sneak on.

One day, my then-fiance proposed to me, and it was time for a bride diet. I weighed 186 pounds. By walking and then jogging, and by counting points via Weight Watchers, I got down to 152 pounds before gradually gaining it all back. Once we got married and I started my job, I packed on even more weight.

I began wondering if I was ever going to be able to take permanent control. My family members are all obese, and suffer from an array of obesity-related health problems. I also feel really out of place at my law firm because of my weight - all the other associates seem to be thin and well-dressed, and I felt dumpy and conspicuous.

I've been contemplating getting lap-band surgery for several months now, since I discovered its low levels of complications and the fact that it is reversable. I'll be using this blog to document my experiences with this process. It's helpful to me to journal what I eat and how I work out, and I'd also like to continue trying to figure out why I overeat. As I investigated the band, I wished there were more information on how people actually live with the band. There is a Yahoo! health group called DFW BAndsters that is terrific, but because it's a message board, you read about only what other people want to talk about.

So my blog will detail my efforts to lose weight and keep it off with the band, and it will also include my struggles and successes and how it changes my life. I hope this is helpful to you, and if it's not, feel free to not read it. I welcome comments and will happily respond to e-mail.