I am sorry to hear the weight is creepign back on. The problem is, if you don't make this a lifestyle change you will go back to old eating habits and the weight will go back on period. That is the sad part of this whole journey. We can no longer eat like we used to and no exercise or as you know you will be right back where you were at.
The good news, you are in control and you can get it back. Do what was working for you and find the inner motivation and strength to get up and workout and have a healthier diet. You know how it felt when you lost the weight, so use that as a motivator to do it again.
We all have setbacks, it's how we handle them that counts. Good luck and may the odds be forever in your favor!
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My best friend had WSL and lost over 80 lbs. A couple years later and some of the weight has been regained. I lost 95 lbs without WSL and have gained 15 of it back. Bad habits crept back in after a shoulder surgery and my husband being diagnosed with cancer. He's all clear now and I'm working to get back on track.
It's is a job to change old habits that deal with emotional eating. What I've found that helps is to have some accountability partners, to track my food on spark people and to get up each day and try my best.
I've also found that beating myself up about it doesn't do a bit of good - it's actually detrimental. Try keeping a gratitude journal everyday. Write down one or many things that you did well each day. Congratulate yourself on the successes and watch them add up. Join a team challenge group and get to know some other sparkers who can help you when the going gets difficult. You can do this.
Weight Loss Surgery provides the head start. Unfortunately those who have this still need to do the hard yards. Sometimes it helps to have some form of therapy to help you through this process so that you DON'T completely fall back on old habits.
What has happened has happened, and you could actually turn it around and look on it in a positive light. It has shown you that you still need to do the work.
Whatever advice you were given by professionals when you had your surgery, to help you get there and maintain, I would apply that again now. It MAY be that your requirements are a little different, so if they are, remember to take them into account.
I am sure that you will get to where you want to go - just look on this as a learning curve, or a hiccup in your life's journey!
Take care, Kris
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As a former healthcare provider, I have been against WLS for years. Our bariatric surgeon even had me talk to their pre-surgery group before surgery. It doesn't solve the problem. That said, let's bring things back to the present.
Ok, so you gained SOME of your weight back. *shrugs*. You didn't gain all of it and that can happen with or without surgery. You know what to do. Don't try to do it all at once. Set a goal for THIS WEEK, or maybe just for today. Set micro goals. Sometimes, it is not getting through the month or week or even day, but sometimes you have to get yourself through this minute. Take it easy on yourself.You deserve to be treated well, so do it. TREAT yourself properly. Feed your body what it needs.
I'm in the same boat (except I don't know what WLS means) but I lost weight a few years ago and felt fantastic. Now, four years later, I'm back up half of that weight and starting over. I know it's a slow process but I WILL ACHIEVE MY GOALS! I know you can too! One day at a time, right?!
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Thank You so much for the words of encouragement. I plan to take your advise and for the next week I will set a goal to eat veggies 3 times a day. I will also take every oppurtunity to get exercise back into my schedule even if it has to be a exercise video. I can do it and I will!
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Welcome to Spark People ! You can't beat yourself up because you regained some of the weight. WLS has helped many people regain their health. Unfortunately, many people who've had the surgery have regained too. I've said this in past, people think losing weight is hard. No, keeping it off is much harder. Now, a person has to find the right balance of nutrition and exercise to keep the weight off. And that's not an easy thing.
You can't change the past, but you CAN influence and change the future. Start with some simple changes first. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.
Set some simple goals first. Example, if you haven't been eating your veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you haven't been exercising, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. If you're not drinking your water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.
And that's how good health starts. Don't look at weight loss or good health with an "all or nothing" mentality. If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Every little bit really does make a difference.
Start slowly. Set some simple goals. Be patient with yourself and your body.
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I am so ashamed of myself I had WLS about 2 years ago the realize band and did great losing from a size 16/18 down to a size 6/8 and looke incredible! Well I can't believe I'm saying this I have basically threw it all away I am back up to a 10/12 and 180 lbs. I did so good at first following all the rules on no starchy foods whatsoever and no sweets, soda, ect... Then I started eating a little bit of the starchy foods and sweets and not exercising until eventually it was habit again. So I guess I am crying out for advise and support please if you can help me I would be so appreciative. Thanks and May God Bless You!
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