Gilly's not telling how much weight she's lost anymore. I don't tell either. Well, I tell BOOBs how much... 125lbs... and other than that I only tell a select few. My reason is mostly vanity. I don't want anyone to do the math. I am embarrassed by how much weight I've lost. When people ask me that question, my standard response is "a pound or two", with a wink. Maybe it's me, butI think it's actually rude for people not in your intimate closest circle to ask such a personal question. My husband told his dad how much weight I've lost, and I actually felt really betrayed. He was just being a dumb guy, and it didn't cross his male brain that there are only a few people in my real life who know details about my weight and loss.
When someone asks me about my band... that's another story. If someone I don't know asks me how I've lost weight, I usually say high protein and portion control. It's awkward for me to be asked such a personal question. But, if I know the person? Watch out! I love to talk about my band... especially that it's an amazing TOOL but that I still have to do MY part. I've never felt like anyone has thought I was cheating by using my band. I have my sales pitch ready before they even have a chance to think about it. And the band makes so much sense, I've yet to come accross anyone to counter the arguments for it. There really aren't too many negatives about it, and what it does... well, I hope just seeing me and how much healthier I am is enough to make anyone a believer.
I feel an intense need to be a strong advocate for bariatric surgery. And since our blog group has been such a successful group... I hope to the extent that everyone is comfortable, that we all do our part to promote such a powerful tool against obesity. I get that it's extremely personal. But, I also get what it's like to be a morbidly obese woman without hope. And the truth of the matter is, there IS a way out. It's still hard work, but there is help. Real help! Life is better banded. LIFE IS BETTER BANDED!