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WLS support

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

It is very important to have plenty of support during the WLS journey. I really don't think success is likely without it. I don't mean this as an insult to anyone. I mean that WLS is basically just making the stomach smaller. And really, how many people over eat from physical hunger? No one I know.

What kind of support is needed? At least these:

- Educational
- Physical
- Emotional

EDUCATIONAL

You need books or resources to learn what to expect. You need to be able to ask questions when you need answers. And it helps to be able to talk to some who has been through it all. And the more sources of information, the better. Subscribe to online blogs, and join SP teams here.

PHYSICAL

You will probably need help getting to and from the hospital, maybe to your first follow up. You may need help around the house at first as well, and maybe someone to pick up prescriptions or groceries early on.

EMOTIONAL

This is probably the most important, and covers a wide range of emotional needs.

You'll need friends, family and coworkers who are understanding of all you are going through, and will help you with encouragement, and by not bringing in junk food or triggers.

If you are an emotional eater like me, you will have to find ways of dealing with emotions without resorting to food or anything worse. It might be a good idea to get professional help before starting. You'll have lots of hopes and fears.

Your WLS program may also have a good support system. Many offer nutritional support and group meetings to talk with other patients and WLS veterans.

And don't forget online blogs and forums. SP teams are wonderful! You can get a ton of info, and lots of emotional support from people who have been through it all.

I've been blogging about my own journey for two reasons. I like to help people, and I need to remind myself daily that this journey isn't over. I need to pay attention and not fall back into my old habits. I need your support, too.

Together was can do this!!!

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WLS is not for everyone, that's for sure.

I have lost 60 pounds since starting this journey. That includes weight I had to lose before, just to get the date. I have struggled a long time, and was convinced I couldn't do it without this by so many previous failures. I won't know for sure if this was a success until I manage to lose more, and keep it off for a while. But at least I am losing, and I feel good about myself!

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  • SEAGLASS1215
    These blogs have been so informative and gave a realistic picture of what WLS is like. I have always thought WLS was a quick fix for people who couldn't be bothered losing weight on their own...now I realize how very wrong I was. While I still do not want to have the surgery even though my doctor suggested it, all of this information has helped me get my mojo back and pushed me into actually working on my own weight loss instead of just moaning and groaning about it. I rejoined Weight Watchers and have lost 6 lbs in 2 weeks. I need to be 100% certain that I cannot do this on my own before I consider the surgery and since I'm actually following the rules of WW, I am seeing results this time.

    Thank you so much for sharing your story!
    890 days ago
  • WHITE-GREEN
    I am enjoying your blogs and I hope you'll continue!
    890 days ago
  • GWEN7145
    Congrats on your weight loss!!

    Your blogs are certainly helpful. Because of you I am considering blogging as well to help others.
    890 days ago
  • MISSUSRIVERRAT
    Quite a commitment and undertaking, that's for sure. A lot goes into it before, during, and forever after surgery. I would have to think that no one goes through this unless they are very serious.

    I think, because I have not walked in your shoes, I cannot fully grasp the whole thing. I can ask questions, think about the situation, try to relate, try to understand. I can accept that this is right for you and as your friend, support you in your endeavor. But, can I fully understand why someone would have this surgery ? No. Not because it is wrong for them. Not for any reason other than because I have never walked your path with your shoes on for as long as you have. There are, perhaps, things about me and why I do things that only a few others would fully understand.

    I think you are helping people who might need/want this kind of surgery. I also think you are helping others who don't need/want the surgery to understand this type of situation. I guess it makes me realize that we just scratch the surface of what makes us individuals in our every day interaction with people.

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    Comment edited on: 2/9/2016 8:02:23 AM
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