Lisa's Diary reveals the emotions and day-to-day experiences of a real patient in Fort HealthCare's Bariatric Program.


Me again!

Since my uniforms are all falling off these days, I went shopping for some new work clothes.  It was nice to have such a nice selection in smaller sizes.  The larger sizes I used to need cost more and came in a lesser variety.  Recently I got my haircut shorter and people at work hardly recognize me! Down over 55 lbs., I feel so much BETTER. I realized that I haven’t held this weight since 1995 when I was in my 30s.  I can only imagine how much better I will feel when I drop another 30-50 lbs.  

Without LAP-BAND®, I would not have lost this much weight. Like you, I tried for so many (MANY!) years. All of those wonderful support programs that mean well and work for many people – just not for me.  I get asked many times if I regret getting the surgery – not a chance! This has been an invaluable tool on my weight-loss journey.  

Keep it up,


Hey everybody!

After being in the single-digits for the past week, this nice weather really motivates me to work out!  I needed this.  My exercise routines were becoming stagnant, so I updated my iPod and working out is SO MUCH BETTER!  After my band adjustment (two weeks ago), I have lost 6.5-7.5 pounds…YES, every half pound counts. 

I am still making adjustments to my meal plans and am only able to consume under a cup of food, so I’ve become really picky about what I eat.  Following meals, I don’t feel hungry for about 5 hours.  It’s not that I don’t want the food (in my head I REALLY do) but I am full and I’m learning to follow those hunger cues.  My biggest problem with dieting was that I constantly felt hungry and wanted more. In addition, before LAP-BAND®  I could also take in way more than I should have. 

To help myself with this last adjustment, I bought smaller plates, like coffee cup saucers. 

Before my surgery, I never used these, but now these are the best size for my smaller portions.  The picture is of my lunch – a half can of vegetable soup, 3 crackers, half of a coconut-flavored yogurt with a quarter of a banana.  Surprisingly, I finished most of it but I felt so full!  Yesterday I went out for lunch and my meal consisted of 1 Crunchy Taco Supreme at Taco Bell. I felt stuffed afterward.  Often, I’ll sit back and think about a meal prior to my band and I would be embarrassed to tell you!  Now, I’m saving money…and calories!

“Losing”ly yours,