thank you all
I value all of your opinions and thank you all for responding. I am actually 120 pounds over the designated weight for my build and stature. The thing is when I look in a mirror I can't believe that's me, I mean I think of myself as shapely, not what I see, and it bothers me. I have tried dieting, and less food intake, but both seem to make me think more about eating and so then I want to eat more often. The purpose of the lap band is to make me feel full with little food so that's why I think it will work. I already eat till I am full then stop so I think this will be a good thing for me. I have had thyroid tests and several other blood panels ran but everything comes back clear. I just hold the calories more than most people, or so the doctor told me. When I think of the new freedom I will have I can't wait. Be able to shop for sexy clothes, cause everything for plus size looks like it is for grandmas and I like to dress young. Be able to mount my horse without me and her simultaneously grunting would be great!! :) I already do alot of excercise mainly in the form of dancing , usually 2 nights a week. Of course horse riding too. All of my family is against it, most of my friends, even my boyfriend is against it. But none of them live in my body. I would love to be at 160 pounds in two years, if I meet that goal sooner then great.I don't want to be overly skinny or even as thin as my doctor says my goal weight should be, I just want to be able to do the thing I love to the best of my ability, which is ride!