FWIW, I'll share my experience with weight loss surgery: I had a stomach stapling back in the late 1980's and lost a lot of weight...but gained it mostly all back. I wasn't ready to make the lifestyle change one needs to make to maintain a healthy and well self.
With the help of SparkPeople I've done it this time the old-fashioned way...by making healthy changes in my food choices and bumping up my physical activity.
Weight loss surgery only buys you so many weeks/months to make these changes. If you don't you will find yourself re-gaining the weight.
So the point I often make is to start making the changes and skip the surgery part...avoid all the risks and pitfalls of surgery if it's at all possible. You can accomplish some wonderful things with the support, knowledge and tools offered by SparkPeople!
Keep coming back to the message boards to get the most out of your SparkPeople experience! :-)
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Hi! My name is Jennifer Kasiah and I am student at BCC. I have been battling with my weight since I was about 11 yrs old. I have tried everything out there to lose weight except for surgery... surgery is my last resort. I am a newlywed also and the only support I have is thru this website. I am tired of being overweight. It is really affecting my health. I am only 34 yrs old and I have hypertension and depression. I hope I can find people on here that I can connect with and maybe meet to help me with my diet struggle. Please email me thru SparkPeople and I will email you back. Good luck to everyone!!!
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