Your Thoughts Please
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I really would like to know your thoughts on Weight Loss Surgery?
I really may be opening myself up here to some very discouraging comments, but I am sure there are a lot of you out there who have thought about it or who have had it done.
People assume weight loss surgery is an easy way out. It is a huge personal decision that should not be taken lightly. Weight loss surgery is for people who are morbidly obese. I hate to admit it but, I am morbidly obese. My BMI is 49. I weigh over 300lbs. It is a serious surgery, where you forever change the anatomy of your body. You will NEVER be able to eat the same again. No more fatty foods or you will dump, no more sugar or you will dump. There are huge risks with have a major surgery. For most, including me, the risk is greater to not doing anything at all. My health is my primary concern at this point. I am not getting any younger and my health seems to getting worse.
I have struggled with my weight since I was 12 years old. I have not weighed under 200 lbs since I was 16 and I starved myself and took dangerous diet pills to get to 190. I have tried over 25 different diet attempts. Weight Watchers 3 times, Jenny Craig, phen-phen, topamax, hours at the gym, running, walking, swimming, weights, starvation, lindora, metabolife, hydroxycut, anti-depressants, anti-convulsants, no carbs diets, no fat diets, lifestyle changes, sugar busters, the list goes on and on. I really gave it my all, every time. I would lose 20-30 lbs and then regain it. I even lost 80 lbs 2 separate times. But I was taking a pill that made me so stupid and caused all kinds of side effects. Within days of quitting the pills-I started to gain. Lose 10, gain 20 theory. I, by no means, am looking for any easy way out here. I do eat healthy 6 out 7 days a week. One of my biggest problems is I eat large amounts of food. My appetite has always been my down fall.
I haven't been on spark too much lately. Part of me did not know how to tell you all I was seriously considering this surgery. This is something I never told anyone except my mother....I have been thinking about this for 3 years now. People who struggle with their weight usually struggle forever. This is a constant battle and you can't let your guard down at all. I am ready to add a tool to my life that will help me win this battle.
P.S. I have been researching this for the past 8 months. I feel the best patient is a well educated patient. I have met with three specialists, my primary doctor several times to address my obesity related conditions and discuss being a candidate for the surgery, I've read books on weight loss surgery written by both doctors and patients, joined a couple different websites that offer support and info on surgery. I do research almost everyday on the internet to educate myself further. I have made up my mind. But I am looking for input from you, my sparkfriends.