People helping people -- The importance of a good support group on the Gastric Bypass journey
Thursday, December 05, 2013
I had support group last night. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at the hospital.
I have always found support group to be helpful. I mean, mostly (if I may speak candidly) it is a bunch of former obese people and a bunch of wanna be former obese people sitting around talking about how great it is not to be obese anymore. We share stories and accomplishments and struggles... we help each other, we listen to each other, we encourage each other, and we recognize one another.
Last night, there was a member of my group that has been struggling. She isn't losing as much weight as she "should" be and she is having a lot of issues with emotional eating.
I explained to her, that for however many years of her life, she has used food to cope with the issue. She had surgery six months ago, and there is no way she can undo a lifetime of learned behavior in six months. It takes time, and even I struggle with it because when things go down, I still look for a bag of chips! I wanted her to know she is not alone in this struggle. We exchanged phone#s and Facebooks. I told her anytime she is struggling to get in touch with me and I will help her in any way that I can. Even if it is just listening.
I also gave her some advice on her workouts. Apparently, in my group I am the exercise guru? I am cool with that... :)
I can not stress the importance of a good support group if you are going through or have gone through Weight Loss Surgery. To me, it is critical to be able to converse with people who know what you are going through. A good support system in general is important, but a support group offers things that your BFF can't (unless of course, they have gone thru WLS too)
This is the photo I shared on my friend's facebook this morning. I hope it inspires her