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!