It's actually a valid question. One I have asked myself over and over for approximately a year.
Here's the deal: I have thought about WLS for some time but kind of thought it was cheating. (I know! What the heck was I thinking!!! I will comment on that crazy notion in another post.) My cousin had Lap Band surgery about a year ago and has done an amazing job in her weight loss journey. Seeing her success, knowing she has many of the same food issues that I have, being that she too has been a yo-yo dieter for 20+ years--well it's inspiring. She has been a wealth of information too.
I told myself 6 months ago that if I was going to really consider doing WLS, I would have to try and "walk the walk" of a bandster PLUS deal with my food issues BEFORE I could really consider having this surgery. (I know that chewing like a crazy person, trying to eat mindfully, taking small bites, eating more protein, journaling, etc. is NOT the same without a band but..that is what I have been doing.) I lurk on your blogs, I read EVERYTHING I can find on the topic, and I have made some serious changes --particularly dealing with emotional eating.
My answer is yes. Yes, I am getting banded, yes, I am taking charge of my life, and yes, I will live a thinner, healthier life.