I started this weight loss journey in March 2004, when my weight topped out at 353 lbs. I went to the doctor and saw that number on the scale I thought I would die... hell, I knew I was going to die if I didn't do something about it. I quickly lost about 40 pounds and hovered around 315 for years.
Finally, when I moved to Orlando post Katrina for grad school temporarily, I got below 300 and into the 280's. It was tough, I worked out every single day while staying in Florida. I did fought the same battle of the 280's while in Austin. I was fed up when I realized I was turning 30 and the damn weight hadn't come off. So I decided to get the band. Now, I'm 5 months out and I've lost 44 pounds.
However... I am so very proud to say that I have now lost over 100 pounds now since I started this journey. I didn't realize I was coming up so quickly on this benchmark! I am completely WOWED. I DID IT. The band helped, but I DID IT! And damnit, I'm going to keep on doing it until I'm down to 145.
HELL, I can't believe I'm telling all my friends that number (353), but I've gotten to the point where I just have to be honest with myself and the world... Obesity is an obvious and debilitating ailment and losing weight on your own or with help from a medical device is just plain tough! Even with the band, I've had stalls that made me crazy.