You are too kind! I'm sure some of blogs are deadly boring, but I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate the support I receive here. It's like a miracle.
I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with WLS. I literally wrote a book about life after WLS (I write about surgery, I haven't had it) and I was shocked when I did the research on adjustable gastric bands. Something like 95% of all patients weigh more ten years after surgery than they do on the day of surgery. They never seem to tell anyone that!!! 1848 days ago
HI -- I like adding "friends" who have started at around the same weight as me, and are headed to about the same place... you fit the bill! I started Weight Watchers in 1/2009 at my highest weight of 246 -- I've taken off about 50 lbs (Slooowwly) since then. I'm doing this the long-term way, super slowly, and I already can tell this is the way to go for me. Even when I'm "off program" (for months in some cases) my weight has only risen about 8 lbs from my lowest weight, so I can tell I've learned some good habits.
I saw your comment about HATING exercise, and I'm in this boat. However, I do have some things I love, such as yoga (start with a class -- it's the way to go), and I've recently starting doing cardio (step class or Zumba) regularly at my gym. It's half fun, half torture, but what keeps me going is I get to log Weight Watchers Activity Points, and that means I can eat more! Yep, that's what it takes for me!
I wish you luck on your journey, and maybe we can help each other out! 1849 days ago