Whilst in Phoenix meeting with Allergan, the most wonderful thing happened. There is a gentleman, we shall call him Fern (basically because his name rhymes with Fern and it sounds funny), who is key, if not paramount, to the invention and marketing of the Lapband. He is passionate about it. He is really fantastic to listen to. Some of us on the council requested that we could be provided or discuss some of the studies behind the lapband. For a girl who does not like math or stats, I do love a study and numbers put into terms for my little old brain.
And he provided just that. Hopefully, we will be getting access to some of those easy to read charts and slides so we can share with you.
But until then...back to the best moment ever.
Vern was talking about when Allergan sells the lap-band, that whatever new company buys it (we were calling it NewCo just for fun), that it will be a chance for NewCo and lap-band to start fresh.
And one of the things that will change....?
You know...rules like no drinking with straws. No fizzy drinks. No drinking 30 minutes before or after...and on and on.
You know...the rules that make every doctor's office different. The rules that some successful bandsters live by and preach as the gospel.
Well, Fern said that a couple of guys (including him) and a couple of doctors kinda made up those rules when they created the lap-band.
And seriously, I thought a few of the bandsters in the room were going to pass out. LapbandGal held strong though. She didn't panic. But some did.
They had shaped the last 3 plus years of their losing and success around the rules. If there were no rules then what was left?
I was smiling and nodding, bc you know "the rules" have also been a loose structure for me. And I consider myself pretty successful.
What it really comes down to is. You have to find the rules that work for YOU. You should listen to your doctor's rules. If you question them, then ask him about it. But for each of us, we are all very different. Some people need structure in my life. I mean, following the rules is CLEARLY working for LapbandGal. She has maintained below goal for a very long time! But it's okay if you aren't perfect.
I think so many of us have the all or nothing mentality. And for some of you, you may start off this journey with an impending sense of doom that "this might not work either" (which is a whole other post entirely)....so as soon as you slip up, you might give up.
Don't give up. Find your stride. Note what your RULES are. If you can't find your stride, look at what works for the "losers" in the community.
Happy Monday friends. I am going to go finish my water now...with a straw. And then I might eat some blackberries, and drink some water before my 30 minutes is up!