So the plans for a secretive lap band came crashing down today. I was invited to a dinner party (I am a regular on the circuit) and couldn't really come up with anything impromptu and said (well, I was put on a spot) "I've given up eating - well not really.. I'm on these shake things... Well.. OK I'm having a lap band but try not to tell anyone".
All class, really.
Do I tell my friends that I'm busy and not available? But I love their company and I'm not going to sit at home drinking my shakes in a corner. And as it turned out, they were cooking steamed greens to go with the main.. I told the other guests I was exploring vegetarianism and all went well.
I think the secret thing is a bit of a pride issue for me. Particularly with my family, I became sick of "kind advice" and questions like "how's your diet going?". It pips me that, despite some extraordinary achievements in my life, there are still people who judge me for my size. And that is largely family members.
We'll just keep it to the inner circle of friends for now.
I've told my trainer. He's all for it. Says he'll get me running 10k in no time. Ha! I HATE running!!!!