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Weight Loss Surgery - The "Easy" Way Out...

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

I am not a violent person, however, if one more person implies that I am "taking the easy way" by getting weight loss surgery, I am going to punch them in the face. If one more skinny person says... "Oh, I wish I could have weight loss surgery" I am going to deck them.

I really wish people were better educated about WLS. I wish people would see that this is, in no way, the "easy" way out. It is far from it. If anything, I think it is the most difficult way to go about weight loss. I think they have it easy. They can just work out, eat healthy and the pounds melt away. With me, I eat healthy, work out, and the pounds keep coming on.

I guess people have the misconception that I will still get to sit on the couch all day and lose 100 pounds and never have to do anything, and be able to eat whatever I want...

I guess they won't see me in the hospital, with a drain in my stomach, a tube in my nose, and a catheter... well you know... They won't see the fact I have to give myself injections for a week, they won't see the pain that I am in from having myself, in an almost literal sense, gutted. They won't be around at meal times to see me eating 1/4 cup of pureed chicken...

Yeah... easy way out my a$$

Ohh, and one more thing while I am at it... Yes, I have lost 11 pounds in a week on my preop diet. Which I know is water weight, however, if one more person says... "why can't you just do that diet for 6 months, and you won't need surgery" I am going to tell them to shut the front door!

I actually haven't been that open about my surgery with many people, but what is happening is people are listening to my coverstations and butting it... because you know, they know it all

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SADIELILLY 8/16/2014 5:20PM

  I was guilty of thinking it would be the easy way.
that is until I began the process,I have never worked so hard in my life! My surgery date is set for 8/21 and it is Work!! It will be worth though I believe.

I really believe there are a lot of misinformed people out there. It is not just a quick fix,it is a tool to help.

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LADYBUG76135 7/15/2012 12:37PM

  I just had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy 6 weeks ago. This is most definitely NOT the easy way out. Just another tool... in my case, it seems to be an effective one for portion control (a huge issue for me).

I hope you're doing well.

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RADAZZLE 5/12/2012 11:54PM

    I had my Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery in 2004. Although I'd originally lost 134.5 lbs, I sabotaged myself and not only didn't get to goal, I regained a little over half my lost weight. I am now back on track and down 14 lbs (which is below the half-way lost).

WLS is not the easy way out, but it is a tool that can help ease the process by speeding up weight loss at least initially and helping moderate your eating. But, as you can see from my experience, it doesn't do it for you. If you choose to not watch what you eat and not exercise, it can actually be totally defeated. BTW - not everyone has severe reactions to foods (dumping). It is important that you understand not only what you have to do before the surgery and right after, but you need to understand that you must change your attitude about food and, hopefully, exercise. You need to make your health a priority, and with that, your happiness should be a big goal.

Whatever you do, I wish you luck! Feel free to contact me! ♥ emoticon

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VIANA1 4/30/2012 4:46AM

    I've decided that wls is the right choice for me and now I'm doing more research about it. Is it bad that in my mind it is the "easy way out"? I don't think it will be easy like walk in the park easy but much easier than facing my demons with a stomach big enough to take them all in.

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TRACYDUKA 4/3/2012 10:17PM

    I've had several friends who've had bariatric surgery. And they can't have sugar at all, one friend literally passes out if she eats/drinks anything with sugar. They have issues with hair loss, and with excess skin because the weight came off too fast. NONE of them would change things. But it is FAR from easy. A few have had complications that threatened their life. And that's expected because as with ANY surgery, you never know how your body is going to react to it. It's not an easy fix. And anyone that thinks it is such, really has never looked into it.

Your journey to weightloss is your own. And if this is the direction your going, I wish you all health and happiness. I'll say a prayer for you that God guides your surgeon's hands and that you heal well and quickly.

Take care and be blessed.

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A Pound a Day...

Monday, April 02, 2012

I have lost 10 pounds since Tuesday 3/27. Actually, that is about 1.4 pounds per day... but I keep checking my weight every day and I see it going down. The doctor was right. I will drop weight quickly. I know at this time, it is water weight, which, ironically, is what I want right now.

I am very interested to see how much weight I will drop until it is time. I have been following my diet very carefully, and have not cheated at all. Although, I did have an extra 0.7oz of meat twice. I don't think that will hurt though.

I am not going to lie. I have been hungry... in fact, I am hungry as we speak, but I am trying to hold out for a while until I have my snack. I have a long night ahead of me, and I want to space my food out as much as possible. I won't have a snack (a small apple) for at least another hour or so.

I think the hardest thing post-op is going to be drinking water. I suck at drinking water. I don't like the feeling of drinking all of that liquid. It makes me feel sloshy and bloated. I know it is something that I am going to have to work on.

I am not looking forward to Easter dinner with my family. I already told my grandmother I will be eating 3oz of ham, and had her get me some steamed veggies with no sauce. She got me a package of Birds Eye Broccoli. I know she is going to make a big deal about me not being able to eat everything else. I guess it breaks her heart I can't eat scalloped potatoes (that I hate any way).

I can't really think of anything else right now...

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STEPHHAYES227 4/4/2012 2:34PM

    The holidays are hard. I did my pre op diet which was liquid only during the Christmas holidays, but you will get through it and feel so much better. The water thing was much easier for me after surgery because it is really small sips so I never felt bloated from it.
Keep up the good work emoticon

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SUPER-MOM_ 4/2/2012 10:07PM

  Keep it up! You can do it!

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 4/2/2012 10:04PM

  emoticon You go, girl! emoticon

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Not a bad Sunday...

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Today actually was pretty decent. I didn't really do all that much. There was a load of laundry that needed washed, so I did that. For dinner I made steak. I put mine on a salad (as prescribed by my Liver Shrink diet) and made my boyfriend a small salad and chicken flavored rice.

I made my work lunch for the next few days. Monday I am having a salad with sweet and spicy tuna. Tuesday I am having talapia with a salad.

I went through my fridge and cupboards last night and got rid of all the food that I can't have and my boyfriend won't eat. I thought that was the best thing to do.

Less than 10 days until surgery... wow


My New Lunchbox - photo blog

Saturday, March 31, 2012

I ordered a Laptop Lunch kit and it came today! I have wanted one FOREVER, but have always been too "cost effective" (ok... cheap) to buy one. With my upcoming surgery, and smaller portions being a must, I thought this would be a great way to help me with portions, and look pretty darn cute doing it!!

I ordered an extra set of containers to go with it, so I could try different configurations.

These small containers are going to be great to help keep portions in check

an insulated sleeve, along with an ice pack, will let me keep my lunch at my desk, instead of being forced to use the gross fridge in the breakroom

a large variety of containers and sizes will ensure that I will be able to take a wide variety of foods with me.

A wonderful investment!

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PATTYR81 4/2/2012 11:43AM

    Your post made me smile today!

I am so glad you decided to get the lunch box for yourself!!!

You deserve to treat yourself well and will get joy every time you use it!

Happy Day!

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KMIRANDA2000 4/1/2012 12:36AM

    Hey...that's cool!

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HEALTHY513 3/31/2012 3:07PM

  Great idea, thanks!

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Getting Somewhere

Saturday, March 31, 2012

I got on the scales today and I have lost 6 pounds since Tuesday. Seeing that, makes me realize that this is really worth it. After struggling for months and months and only gaining weight, I am finally starting to see those numbers come down.

Now, the diet that I am currently on is not sustainable long term. It isn't supposed to be. It is a doctor supervised, pre-operative diet designed to shrink my liver. For the 2 weeks that I have to be on it though, I am expecting some good results.

My official weigh day will not be until Tuesday, so we will see what the results are then.

I finished the 3rd book in The Hunger Games series, and I was really disappointed. I won't say why in case someone reads this and is still reading, hasn't read or wants to read the books. I just didn't like the ending.

I don't have any plans for the weekend. My boyfriend will be out and won't be home until Sunday,

I think that is all for now


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