Hi, Georgie and to Spark and to this Team! I'm so glad you decided to join us. I will second what Janet said - no one will point fingers or make judgements about you. I used to work with three gals who had gastric bypass surgery and I know it's not an easy way out - it still takes work and you still have to eat properly or the weight will come back. That's why I applaud your choice to use Spark. This is all about lifestyle changes and re-educating yourself. I have been yo-yoing most of my adult life and I have been on Spark before too. I came back in May with a new determination and a new attitude and now I'm doing well. I lose slowly - always have and the medication I have to take for another 4 years helps make it slow going - but that's okay. This is one area where the old cliche 'slow and steady wins the race" really applies
Don't be scared even though temptation is always lurking around trying to mess up our plans You will have your Spark Friends and you Spark Tools right there to you on and I know AND you will also be there to for the rest of us too and together
Here is my best advice for everyone: 1) use your nutrition tracker faithfully, every single day, because it will keep you honest and accountable for your choices; 2) find a few exercises/activities you actually LIKE doing and then do them 3-4X a week - if you like doing them, you have a better chance of sticking with them; 3) stay active with your teams because they will keep you motivated and give you support and encouragement, and; 4) try to have fun with this because if you enjoy the journey you will reach your destination!
Looking forward to sharing info and experiences with you as we move toward our goals
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." Psalm 139:14
Welcome--you will find no one pointing a finger at you for your weightloss choice. It was a very brave thing to do, I think. SparkPeople has helpful nutrition, exercise, healthy lifestyle assistance. The SparkTeams and friends you will make here will encourage and support you.
Hoosier Hugs from Janet
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I have 4 sisters-in-law who had the bypass done. They seemed to do well, but now after about 3 years, one has gained a lot of weight back, 2 seem to be OK, and one has problems with digestion. So, I guess in our family, it was a 50/50 sccess rate with all things considered.
I have been Sparking off and on since 2008. I started again this year after being away for about a year. This time around I am more active on the site. I take the time for "me." I have discovered that if I log in every day, and make Spark friends, I am more "consistent."
This is a great place for support and good healthy info.
Congratualtions on choosing to be here.
Edited by: BARB4HEALTH at: 9/10/2012 (07:12)
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hi my name is georgie/f, 50yr old, I had gastric bypass 2010 after battling obesisty since childhood, to the point I weighed 355# and could hardly walk, back problems, bad knees,, you name it, I probably have it. Before & even after I hard the surgery I often heard how I took the easy route to loose the weight, OMG !!!, don't ever believe them. I was in such misery. Now I weigh 184 and I've noticed that I can eat some food without it bothering me and it scares the HE-- out of me thinking I'll gain my weight back. I have problems with consistancy, I am hoping with this community and help I can continue on with with my goal of weighing 165 and eat right. I would very much like to hear from others and buddies...
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