Sunday, July 20, 2014
I'm planning on getting the sleeve done later this year and am "jumping through the hoops" so to speak, at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
This past Thursday I met with the nutritionist and Physician's Assistant for interviews. I was amazed at how digging the questions were that they asked me: "do I eat dessert" what's a typical day like for me", when do I eat, what do I eat, how much, do I exercise now, do I take vitamins, etc.
I would not consider having the surgery if I didn't have so many weight related health problems such as diabetes, back pain, leg pain, knee and ankle pain, breaking chairs, hating the way I look right now, having to wear size 6x, not finding enough clothing for my size, crying when a 32w bathing suit was too tight! Mainly I plan to have the surgery because weight loss has not happened. I'm not sure what the key is: move more, eat less...how much less?
The nutritionist told me to start eating and exercising work up to 30 minutes a day now and then work up to 60 minutes of walking a day after surgery. I am to start eating like I already had the surgery now. I do fine during the day, but at night at home I eat sweets, which I did not mention during the interview because I thought I didn't eat that much. Well, I do.
I now have a plan to get this weight thing going in the right direction. I hurt my foot two days ago at work, so am hobbling around and not able to walk for exercise. Plus even when I felt better I wasn't able to walk for more than a couple of minutes at a time.
I can always back out of surgery even the day of if I want to, but I wanted to get the information in order to make an educated decision, which I encourage you to do too. It takes a long time to be approved for surgery. So even if you start now, it may be 6 months or more for you to be approved. Most insurances have a 6 month wait period.
Hope this helps those of you considering weight loss surgery.