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Weight Loss Surgery Thoughts/Advice

Thursday, May 15, 2008

I am a weight loss surgery failure, er, no, success...?

Here's the thing: I had a gastroplasty in the early 1990's and lost boatloads of weight dropping to the upper 200's...down from my all-time high of 450.

But I blew it. I wasn't ready to make the lifestyle changes necessary to REALLY lose the weight and MAINTAIN the loss.

I began sabotaging myself right up to the mid-300's.

In 2006, around my 50th birthday, the planets began to align in such a way...good psychotherapy, being sick and tired of being sick and tired, and I began to lose weight the old-fashioned way: watching my input (what I ate), and revving up my output (exercising on the treadmill 7 days a week with few breaks).

In the past year and a half I've approached almost 100 pounds weight loss.

This is fairly common with weight loss surgery.

The big difference is that I now know with every fiber of my being what I need to do to hold onto my new lifestyle. I sincerely doubt another weight loss surgery would have had anywhere NEAR the same impact on me as the step-by-step experience of the past 18 months.


There's no KNIFE, no ANESTHESIA, no RISK! Just good, clean, healthy living!

After weight loss surgery one has about 18 months to build the same type of lifestyle, or risk falling back into old habits as the changes imposed by the surgery are often NOT permanent, lasting changes. Sabotaging weight loss surgery happens...and I fear it happens much more than most people are aware.

Yes, there are unquestionable weight loss surgery successes...some members of this Team come to mind! And I am SO pleased for them that surgery proved to be worthwhile!

But for someone considering weight loss surgery, if there is any way you can consider it, I would HIGHLY suggest you give everything you've got to try the old-fashioned way: healthy eating and exercise...of course along with all the knowledge, wisdom and support that SparkPeople has to offer!

If, despite your best effort, you don't get results, then explore, investigate, research, be very, very careful before you take the plunge! I've heard of far too many tragedies resulting from weight loss surgery! We all want you to be safe, above all else!


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ZELLAZM 5/17/2008 10:01AM

    Good insights, as usual, Don. I hope lots of people hear what you're saying! Blessings today, Michelle

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What's The Frequency, Kenneth?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

So, if I'm not losing, I'm gaining...or if I'm not gaining, I'm losing...right? Flip sides of the same coin.

What if I'm not doing EITHER?!?! Throughout my life everything centered on this pattern, losing / gaining, gaining / losing...on and on...

Now I'm finding a new axis about which my world revolves...

Finding my Voice

Seeing my Voice

Speaking my Voice

BEING my Voice

Being ALIVE in the world! That is the challenge before me.


Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I've been re-thinking my goal lately, as I have been plateau-ing over the past 3-4 weeks. I've made such tremendous improvements over the past couple of years. Dropped from my largest pants size of SIXTY down to a much more normal 42...I can now walk into most any clothing store and buy myself clothes that FIT...WOO HOO!

But...it seems this has taken a bit of the steam out of my efforts in that although I've kept up the workouts...and ramped them up some...my appetite hasn't decreased and as I weigh less, I need fewer calories to either maintain or lose weight.

Which has me wondering...am I at the point of diminishing returns? Will I be pushing myself beyond the boundaries of contentment by ramping up my workouts even more? Limiting my food intake even more?

I'm really not sure...?

All I know is that at this point I am very satisfied with my lifestyle and if I only maintain I have a feeling I may not have too much of a problem with this. I guess it's a process...I'll find out over time if I get the itch to push myself further down the scale.

Originally I picked 190 as my goal weight, however it wasn't really burned into my brain as something I HAD to accomplish. Coach Dean's story ( www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
) helped me to prepare for a goal weight quite likely OVER 200, which sort of troubles me, but it IS just a number (200) and so much depends on what feels right to me. What feels sustainable... It's a journey...and I guess I'll find out in good time!


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ANDALEX 5/15/2008 2:54AM

    one thing to remember is that you have plenty of time! this isn't a race. what if you decided to maintain for a few weeks (or months) and then reevaluate? if you still wanted to lose more, you could get back on that horse and keep moving. or, maybe this is just where you need to be.

i guess my point is that you don't need to make this decision today, or even tomorrow. you could maintain for a year and then get re-sparked. it's up to you!

either way, you've made amazing progress. you are truly an inspiration. thank you!

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DANDELION_WINGS 5/14/2008 3:51PM

    Don, you share some of the best article links in your blog and in your posts---thank you so much for that. Perfect timing for me to read that as well since this plateau that i've had for months may just be my particular 'set point' but i know that i still have a ways to go---the article makes me want to enjoy the journey more.

have a fantastic week! =)

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DDOORN 5/14/2008 12:55PM

    Workout Details:

I have been bumping things up right along...a few weeks ago, I revved up my strength-building so that instead of 2 sets of 12 repetitions on 9 upper body exercises I started doing 3 sets and last week bumped up my set to 15 instead of 12. As opposed to past workouts, now I can really feel the cardio boost and have worked up a good sweat by the time I finish. Still doing strength building 3 times weekly.

Cardio has been fairly flat until recently. Had been doing 35 mins. weekday mornings, 70 mins. weekend mornings. This past weekend I used our Team Goal to motivate me to bump up the time to 80 mins. on Sunday and 40 mins. yesterday...today I couldn't get myself moving quickly enough this morning so back to 35 mins. but will be attempting to add that extra 5 mins. when I can. I am not jogging as often tho, as a few weeks back I bumped up my baseline speed to 4.2 mph instead of 4.0 and since I've found it more difficult to jog with increased speed (5.0 mph) on the faster songs. That 4.2 really pushes me!

So...dunno if these challenges are going to do for me or if I need to introduce something else...but I gotta say, I don't see myself squeezing in much more time working out! This is why I'd been hoping to pick up the pace on my treadmill to get more bang for the buck when I am on it.

We'll see how it goes!


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TASHA8183 5/14/2008 12:49PM

    Don, I think it all depends on how you feel and what feels like healthy to you. If you're going to be uncomfortable with killing yourself with exercise and not eating to satisfaction then it's not worth it. Remember this isn't a dieting fad its a lifestyle. You have to do stuff that you will be comfortable with doing for the rest of your healthy life. =)

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Donating My Body To Science! :-)

Thursday, May 08, 2008

A little while back another Sparkie mentioned that Brown University's National Weight Control Registry was looking for volunteers who have lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off for a significant period of time.


Well, I signed up and this week I found out that they accepted me into their ongoing study! Woo Hoo!

They are looking for recruits on an ongoing basis folks, so if any of you *Big Losers* are interested...? There's a link on their web site (above url).

I'll buck their trend as they say the majority of successful losers who volunteer have taken a low-fat approach and very few are low-carbers like myself.

Still, I think it's a VERY worthy project and am tickled to be a part of it!

Here are some links to articles in which the NWCR and Dr. Rena Wing have been featured:




C'mon and join me, if you'd like!


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FISHINGLADY66 5/13/2008 8:11AM

    emoticon Good for you. You are inspired.

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DDOORN 5/10/2008 11:17PM

    I made sure to blow SparkPeople's horn a-plenty in my write up for them! :-)


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ANDALEX 5/10/2008 8:29PM

    cool! that's an awesome way to spread the spark! plus, what a great motivation to keep the weight off, lifelong!

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PRINCESSTTM 5/10/2008 3:54PM

    this is good... but my posting on the team thread expressing the scare you put me through LOL.... terri

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Workouts Getting So TOUGH Lately!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I have had the hardest time lately sticking with my streaks! I started my latest streak on 4/12, but broke it this past Saturday on 4/26. Better than my last streak, but I remember going MONTHS without missing a single day.

PLUS my workouts have been much harder lately, despite my not changing anything...same time, same intensity / speed...just MUCH more effort required to complete it. My momentum has been really flagging.

I think I know the culprits, however this has been a problem all along...just think it is catching up with me:

Culprit #1: Not getting EIGHT hours of sleep each night.

Culprit #2: My private practice has been increasing, less "down" time for myself. My work week totals around 55-60 hours these days.

I know I HAVE to get focused on rabidly guarding my sleep and getting more of it! This past Sunday I slept in for 10 hours and felt SOOOOO much better!

I'll wager there are many out there who struggle with this also...what do folks do to insure enough sleep for yourselves?


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PRINCESSTTM 5/1/2008 2:08PM

    greetings, I struggle with sleep issues also.... AND I know if I don't get the right kind and/or amount, I will have serious issues.... AND then I was flying/traveling.... had plane issues... had to sleep in the airport... and kept hearing voices about NO SMOKING IN AIRPORTS, THE TERRORIST ALERT WAS PURPLE OR PINK... and I don't even remember the rest of the voices... BUT I have arrived finally and sleep is a priority.... hope you are able to sleep.... blessings... terri

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ZELLAZM 5/1/2008 5:33AM

    Don, it's been a struggle for me, too. I often try to do "just one more thing" before bed, before the day is over - and the result is that I'm reenergized and end up doing another "thing" and then another, and another. When I do get to bed, I have no trouble getting to sleep.

We're doing a get-enough-sleep challenge on one of my teams (Stir Up Your Fitness) and my custom goal is to turn off the TV and computer one hour before bedtime and to get to bed by 11. So far, I've failed miserably! LOL I also have an article on my blog that talks about sleep as Sabbath - might interest you.

Anyway, have a great start on the new month!

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ANDALEX 4/30/2008 1:50PM

    i've learned that a well-timed day off can do more good than a dozen workouts. once you get overtired, you set yourself up for fatigue and injury. it may be better to just let yourself have a day off here and there!

thanks for the comment on my blog :) i'm definitely getting started again. i've missed being more involved with sparkpeeps! i don't think i'm going to pick up any challenges for may, but i may be ready to do so in june so you can look for me on the boards then. thanks for all the support!

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TASHA8183 4/30/2008 11:08AM

    Don, I think that we all need a break once in a while. So I wouldn't be too hard on yourself for letting your body rest.

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DANDELION_WINGS 4/30/2008 10:52AM

    i'm really bad about getting a full night's worth of sleep. i cherish the time after my kids go to bed. i wish i could offer you some advice, but this is a huge weak point for me too.

i hope that it evens out for you though! and when you get it figured out---please share!

your progress has been amazing and i love reading what you share!

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