Life moves on. After the birth of my daughter at 39, I stopped adventuring to raise her, attend college & care for my aging mother, & when I gave up doing all of those wonderful outdoor activities, I began to gain weight.
My body had grown accustomed to a rigorous lifestyle & little food. I no longer spent my summers camping & climbing in Yosemite or the Tetons & winters skiing the Rockies. Instead I spent them caring for my family, cooking, writing, doing research projects, & studying.
Along with greatly reduced levels of physical activity & significant post-birth weight gain, I gradually began to feel old & dumpy. My blood pressure went up, & my hips ached from carrying the extra weight. Menopause slowed my sluggish metabolism even further & dieting had no effect at all. Even strenuous exercise offered little respite from the relentless weight gain.
By the end of 2009, after a lifetime in a lithe, strong, capable body, I was now 210 lbs. I became terribly depressed. Just looking in a mirror was painful. I had to do something. When I read about the Lap Band System, I knew immediately that it was exactly what I needed, so I had myself banded at Hospital Angeles in January of 2010.
Three years & 70 lbs later, I now regularly dance, lift weights, hike & best of all, rock climb again! For all of these I’m grateful beyond words to Dr. Kuri & his team of experts & to the developers of the Lap Band System.
My years of youthful freedom are of course, unreturning, but being banded has given me a second chance to relive the very best of them. I say to anyone who is considering being banded: do it! It’s truly the best thing you will ever do for yourself!
* Results may vary.