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Bariatric surgery, NO, NO, NOT FOR ME !!!

Saturday, August 04, 2012

I am at a bit of an impasse right now.
Couple pounds on, couple pounds off, on, off .....
I could be working harder, I know that.
I have not abandoned a healthy lifestyle, just could be a bit healthier.
I exercise frequently and quite intensely.
Life this summer has been extremely busy with my college age children home and filling the refrigerator and pantry with all kinds of temptations. In addition to an abnormal amount of out of town guests and also an inlaw passing away I have been quite distracted.

Now here is the reason for my blog.
My brother-in-law, a doctor (pediatrician) recommended to me that I get bariatric surgery. I was insulted and angry. My BMI is 30 and I only need to lose 30 more pounds to achieve "normal weight". My sugar levels and all other concerns are kept under control with a minimum of medications. I can do this. I am pretty confident that most if not all, my diabetes symptoms will disappear.

Why would a loved one recommend elective surgery? And why does it bother me so much that he suggested it?

I am very thankful for Sparkpeople.com. I am not sure I could have done it alone. I have a place to come to every time I need support and guidance. I need to record my food (not daily, but frequently) and track my fitness to keep me on the straight and narrow. I enjoy reading everyone's blogs. The recipes I use are indispensable!

So, bariatric surgery is not for me! Thank you Sparkpeople for showing me there are options and I CAN DO IT!
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    30 lbs over "healthy'? 30 BMI? What in the world is that man smoking?! No honest doctor would even consider doing the surgery on you! You're doing just fine, sweetie, put the idiot out of your mind.
    2084 days ago
    no no no no no!! I've know several people who have had this surgery. MANY have gained the weight back (weakening their already fragile stomaches) none can ever eat a decent meal, One just got out of the hospital after six weeks of surgeries and of complications and almost dying, and one is dead.

    Why someone (anyone) would recommend this very dangerous procedure is beyond me. So glad you chose to learn the right way!!!

    I would be willing to bet most of our diet issues are the "poisons" put into our food which is why we have to choose wisely of whats left of it and the rest is just habits and consistency.

    It's hard, but WE WILL DO THIS!!!!

    2084 days ago
    I'm sorry, I'm highly offended that a MAN would be giving a WOMAN weight loss advice! The fact that he's a dr. and that this is no where close to his area of expertise makes it worse!

    I hope I don't have to meet him.
    2085 days ago
    Wow, how rude of him!

    You are doing GREAT! Keep up the good work!

    P.S. As far as I understand, At 30 lbs over "normal bmi", you wouldn't even *qualify* for the surgery...you are too skinny! :)
    2085 days ago
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