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First Year Anniversary with SparkPeople

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Some thoughts I wanted to share with others, especially those considering bariatric surgery, as I cross into my second year with SparkPeople:

I had a gastroplasty (stomach stapling) back in the earlier days of bariatric surgery (1992) and lost a lot of weight but gained it all back and THEN some.

Since joining the Sparks one year ago I've lost 69 pounds...had already lost around 27 pounds during the six months before hand...so I'm nearing 100 pounds lost in the past year and a half without benefit of any surgery.

What I've learned from all of this is that bariatric surgery affords one rapid weight loss within a limited period of time (a year? perhaps a big more?) to make permanent lifestyle changes...if those changes aren't made there are many risks of re-gaining the weight lost. For me, as I look back over the success I've enjoyed over the past year and a half WITHOUT the risks associated with going under the knife, I've realized that it truly CAN be possible to lose this weight without the risks of surgery! AND during roughly the same period of time, if one counts the AFTER-surgery adjustments necessary to insure the success of bariatric surgery.

I know early on in my efforts I never would have dreamed that this was possible, but through the inspiration, support and motivation I've picked up through SparkPeople this has truly been a wonderful journey and not as difficult as I once thought it would be. I used to look at my weight as if it was an insurmountable MOUNTAIN bigger than EVEREST!

But I'm here to tell you: It isn't!

Just some thoughts to consider as you move forward in your journey to recovering your health and wellness.

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    What a wonderful year for you. Congratulations! I am inspired by your stick-to-it-ness. Happy One Year Spark People Anniversary! I hope on my one year anniversary with Spark People that I can be as motivated as you are to health and wellness.

    Loretta emoticon
    3491 days ago
    hi, I stayed with a friend who had gastric bypass surgery in March... and I was noticing that as she began eating, she continued to select foods that seemed to be 'comfort foods' vs foods that were highly compact with nutrition... and I must admit I wondered was it worth it.... I do wonder if she will change her lifestyles.... I am concerned that she has not undergone the changes of habit that are needed to be healthier...

    My road to health is not because of over-eating but under-exercising.. and I don't think there is a surgery for that...BUT if there was ........
    3493 days ago
    Congratulations! We should all take a page out of your book. You inspire us, with your knowledge. I am amazed at whatever we want to find out you usually have the answer or know where we should look for the answer. Thank you, continued success with your weight loss. emoticon
    3495 days ago
    Sure enjoyed reading your blog, you made some very good points. I think you deserve a BIG ATTA BOY. Skeeter emoticon
    3496 days ago
    emoticon Happy Spark Anniversary!!! I am going thru a "rough patch" with my weight loss but you are re-inspiring me. Thank you for being there emoticon
    3496 days ago
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