Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I get put in a position every time I say that my personal journey was without weight loss surgery. People assume that means I am against it all together and look down upon those who had it. In fact, I am simply trying to encourage people like myself that tried for the surgery and chose not to have it because of fear or medical or insurance reasons. People that cannot have or are afraid of the surgery need hope too.
I tried 4 times for the surgery and was finally approved. When I went to the support meetings beforehand, those talked me out of it. Everyone there was still complaining of having emotional eating issues. Many were hungry after they just ate. They still had cravings, hated exercise and were put on a VERY restrictive diet. So is it an easy fix? No. Can they gain their weight back if they aren't as diligent as any other person trying to manage a full on life style change? Yes. But they do it with the extra pain of surgery and never being able to go back. They get sick physically if they eat too much and have tummy issues from eating too much sugar for the rest of their lives. So hats off to anyone who was so desperate to save their life and their health that they would risk so much.
Very very inspirational examples of the journey and weight loss heros of mine are Hoosiergirlindy (with surgery), Kitt52, and Crazymama46 (without surgery) are all here on SparkPeople for you to check out.
If you decide you are interested in the surgery, take the time before it seriously. Try to get in the best shape of your life to have the healthiest results while they are approving things. You may find, like I did, that the meetings are an eye opener and you start losing on your own. Or you just may get healthy enough to have a successful surgery.
What counts is that we give hope to others, and that is what I'm tring to do, not put down anyone's choice. For example my blogs that do not mention that I have not had weight loss surgery sometimes get comments like "Too bad this can't be done without weight loss surgery" or people assume I've had the surgery because of the amount I've lost. I want to clearly cheer on the people who cannot have or are afraid of the surgery and give them confidence, so I say that I did it without weight loss surgery. When I do that, I alienate the people who have had the surgery by making them feel as if I am against the surgery. Truly, I am just talking about my personal journey and not judging anyone. I applaud getting healthy and changing your life style. It just frustrates me to try to motivate and help when any way I speak of my journey is wrong according to someone.
I'm blogging so often and being so open with my life to help others. Whether it's my sunny days, advice days, depression days, imperfect days, or epifany days, I will be here sharing and honestly caring about my readers.