Monday, January 03, 2011
Yes, its true, and its a GOOD thing.
2010 was a tough year. For the first time in my 50 years I started having some pretty serious medical issues - all of which were related to my weight. I've been on Spark for a long time - and every other program known to fatkind. My weight just kinds of hovers around the same spot. I'm exactly the weight I was at this time last year.
BUT - and that's a BIG but! - suddenly in 2010 things started to happen. My blood pressure suddenly went up to 200/100 in a period of a few months. I was put on medication for that, and finally got that all adjusted, and I started becoming so tired that I was constantly exhausted, and a few times contemplating using a go-cart at Costco. Back to the doc to find out that I now have asthma and enlarged heart.
My doctor asked if I'd be willing to talk to a bariatric surgeon, and I just started crying. I've tried, but... here I am.
Yesterday I started the pre-surgical weight-loss plan. My surgeon expects that my surgery will take place before the end of the month - it will be scheduled as soon as the final approval comes back from the insurance company which could be as soon as this week.
Am I a shining example of what Spark can do for people? No. Am I thrilled to have a permanent surgical alteration of my body? No. Do I want to ride around in a go-cart at 50 because I'm too overweight to walk, and be dead in a few years? Most unequivocally NO.
I'll still be coming to Spark - after all - it has the best nutrition-tracking ability of anywhere on the Web, and great people. But there will be LESS of ME this year! :)
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I love my homies at Liberal Atheists Hippies, and I'm looking forward to getting to know some new homies at Gastric Bypass Sparklers!
Happy Gnu Ear and SPARK ON!