Life after GBS

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

May 15 2002, was my birthday or my big day, the day I had my surgery, the day that my new life as the smaller healthier me would emerge. I would like to say that I wouldn't go back and change anything. I didn't have any complications at all, I had to learn a new way of living ( new lifestyle ) and I was pretty successful with it. My weight before surgery was 380 pounds and I had a loss 220 pounds. Now over the years I have slipped and allowed some myself to revisit some bad habits. My lowest weight after surgery was 160 pounds and somehow I climbed back up 225 pounds. As I reflect back on the orientation before surgery one statement that rings out is " This Is A Tool" it is not a cure and if you are not careful and maintain your healthy eating habits and your fitness habits the weight will come back.
I am living proof that the surgery is a tool! However if you don't continue to do your part the tool will not work as it was meant to work.
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    I am going to get gastric bypass surgery and I am scared of doing so. I weigh 355 lbs. The last time I lost significant weight and kept it off for a while was 2005, where I went down from 370 to 215 lbs. The lowest I have ever been as an adult was 170 lbs., back in 1994. I can feel the disappointment in your blog but looking at what you have achieved, please know that you are an inspiration to me. You have much to be proud of and 225 lbs. is awesome when you look at it in perspective: you have kept off 155 lbs. Anyways, thank you for your support. emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 6/11/2013 10:50:21 AM
  • MALAMI518
    The good news is that you stopped at 225 and didn't keep climbing to your starting weight. Even better news is that you've found another tool to help you on your journey. Welcome!

    1740 days ago
    Our bodies are astonishingly resilient. They can bounce back after nearly anything. Unfortunately, sometimes they try to bounce back from "good" things, like weight loss! But if you make healthy changes to your life you'll find it easier to lose weight and maintain the loss.

    1740 days ago
    That happened to my nieces' mother as well. She had the surgery, then gained the weight back!

    But, this is not the end! You can do this! You lost weight before & you can do it again! So, keep pushing and you'll see your progress.
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    1740 days ago
    Thank you for making me feel welcome, it is always good to get encouraging messages when you are on a weight loss journey.
    1740 days ago
  • EOWYN2424
    YOu can do this!
    1740 days ago
  • KONRAD695
    Hello Lahnya,

    Welcome to Spark. I think you've come to a good site for what you're looking into. Spark is all about a long term positive life change. You may only average a half pound a week, but it is meant for life. I think if you look around you'll find there are many others just like you. I sure there's a team for GBS also. Best of luck to you, and enjoy the journey. emoticon
    1740 days ago
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