Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Before I had my RNY gastric bypass on 6/18/09, I used to think having the surgery was "the easy way out". I thought the surgery did it all for you before I began the process. I knew people who had the surgery and felt full after a few bites and didn't have to exercise and lost over 100lbs in six months, while I struggled with eating less and exercising more. It seemed so unfair!!!
For years I tried to lose weight and change my lifestyle by eating less and exercising, but each time I failed and gained the weight back and more. I would do great, but the eating less would catch up to me, I was HUNGRY ALL THE TIME!!! I'm not an emotional eater, I was somebody that needed more food to feel full. One cup of rice or pasta wasn't enough, I had to have at least 2, 4 oz of protein, please at least 6 oz!!!
Last year I realized I was turning 50 and I couldn't keep yo yoing, plus my weight was getting higher not lower. I had to do something and so decided Bariatric Surgery was the way to go. At first I felt guilty for taking the easy way out, but now I know many of us struggle to lose the weight as well. Sure there are many after surgery that seem to have the fat melt off, but many of us still have to exercise and we still have to be careful what we eat to keep losing.
It isn't an easy journey nor one to take lightly. My greatest joy is that I am only hungry when I am truly hungry!!!!!! Praise God!!!!! I still struggle with exercise, I know i have to do it, but it isn't something I enjoy. I know now Bariatric Surgery isn't the easy way out, it is just a powerful tool for us to use daily. And you can't take the tool for granted, because I have seen a few people now through this process who had the surgery and gained all the weight back!!!
It hasn't been a year, but I am now in my 7th month post op, which I have been told is when it becomes harder to lose the weight. I just have to be diligent about my exercise, which for a few weeks has been on the back burner due to my gallbladder surgery, even walking was difficult.
Just thought I would post my musings about the surgery for those who are thinking about it, have had it or for those who think it is " the easy way out"!