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4/26/13 10:40 A

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Diane - don't be so hard on yourself...this is a journey we are all on....we can do this together!

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4/25/13 8:37 P

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Hi everyone,

I had gastric bypass surgery in 2004. Initially it was great. I had no huger at all for a little over a year. I was able to lose 160 lbs and I kept it off for 4 years. Gradually I started eating more and grazing more and the weight started to come back on. I felt bad so I ate more. I stopped following all the weight loss surgery rules and I ate 97 lbs back on. Like it has already been mentioned, the WLS is just a tool and as long as I was following the rules I was ok. The problem is that I'm a compulsive overeater and I slid back into my old habits. Would I recommend WLS? Well, it's for someone who can commit to the change in lifestyle for the rest of their life. If I knew then what I do now I wouldn't have had the surgery. I rerouted my guts looking for the magic pill and here I am trying to lose weight again. I have to lose weight the old fashioned way and I could have done that without having the surgery.

Since the weight started to come back on I've been lurking around SP always afraid to post. I committed this time to do it a different way. I'm tracking my food and keeping a positive attitude. I'm still finding excuses not to exercise and I know that's exactly what it is. Indygirl has proven to me that no matter what shape you're in you can still move and I have to decide that I'm worth it.

I'm hoping to be an active part of this team because I need all the support I can get!

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3/23/13 8:09 P

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TEXASLYNN thanks for the link to the article. I enjoyed it very much.

Patty, thank you for your post also. Much appreciated and there is much others can learn from you. emoticon

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3/23/13 7:58 A

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I really enjoyed your message and all the good points you raise. I could never have bariatric surgery. I am a nurse and just couldn't commit to changing my life so drastically. I am losing weight very slowly, but losing. I haven't had the fast 100 pound loss like some with surgery, but I know I will get there SLOWLY.

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3/22/13 10:54 P

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I agree with the article. It is not a fix. It is just a tool. You still have to do all the hard work with or without it. It has been interesting to me going to all the classes, appointments and support group meeting. I'm still getting my ducks lined up just in case.

That being said. I do not believe it is a path I can choose and live with. I looked around at the support group meeting and I could pick out the ones who are going through the process with me. They are the ones with glazed eyes who are not really taking in how life changing this will be for them. That one scared me to my core! Looking at and listening to the people who have already taken this path. Most of them with one that was not reversible!

In the Nutrition class again, they all had glazed eyes and just really didn't "get it". I was the only one looking at the nutritionist with horror in my eyes as she was explaining everything. How to eat one bite and chew for 5 minutes, when to sip water, when to stop sipping water, when to start eating, when to end eating. Only eat a 1/4 of a cup to start with and by the end of healing only eat a 1/2 cup for a meal. It just reinforced my hesitancy in getting the surgery in the first place.

I could see in their eyes that they just wanted the weight to magically go away and not have to work at it. One person actually brought a bag of chips to the meeting and was eating it! I was amazed! They just don't "get it". It is a totally and irrevocably change in life style as well as eating style! Nothing was going to be the same afterwards.

So far I've lost down to 205 just by changing my diet and the foods I eat. Becoming mostly vegan has been the best choice I've made for me in a long time. I'm never hungry and I'm still losing weight. I get 3 meals 1-2 snacks and a dessert! It all tastes fantastic and I've been able to reintroduce citrus into my diet. I've been having so much fun with mixing and matching veggies/legumes/spices. Finding new combinations and flavors. Not to mention that my stomach doesn't hurt anymore. I never realized it hurt to begin with! Only after i changed my diet and it stopped hurting did I realize it hurt before. lol The energy I have now is fantastic and I no longer crave bread type carbs or sugar! Brendan said it would happen, I didn't believe it would happen but it did! I just realized it this week. I no longer crave the Chocolate chip pancakes with syrup etc!

So as I said I'm getting all my ducks lined up as if I am getting it but I highly doubt I will. If I don't do that I'm sure I'll want to get it. lol Murphy's law and I get along very well!

Thank you so much for that article. I really enjoyed reading it. My insurance demands that you are followed by a Dr on a diet for 6 months first, have a nutrition class with a registered nutritionalist, attend a support group ran by a psychologist, and have a class with the Surgeon on the type of surgery you are intending to have. So they really have you informed and ready for the surgery and aftercare.

So I'm having my Nephrologist follow me for the next 6 months and I'm going to talk to his dietitian to see what else she recommends. I've gone to the support group meeting, the nutrition class and I've got to reschedule the Dr talk since I um "forgot" about it. lol

I'm sorry this is long but this has been my journey so far. Thank you so much for talking with me about this. I really appreciate the input from someone who has been there. Again I do not in any way shape or form think it is a quick or easy fix. It is the hardest thing I've seen yet! I really admire you for being able to do it! It takes an extraordinary commitment to be willing to do it!

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My son is morbidly obese. 6' 2" and 450 lbs. He has considered one of the surgeries but with no insurance that will cover anything has not been able to do so. I am so glad after reading the article that he couldn't do it. Will send him the link to the article. I just wish i could convince him to commit to a more healthy way of living.

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3/22/13 1:02 P

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I would never have this surgery.

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3/21/13 8:46 P

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Have a friend who had the bands.. then she had alot of stress in her life.. didn't lose an ounce. Not the way to go for me.

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3/21/13 5:18 P

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Interesting article. Reinforces the need for striving to live a healthier lifestyle with weight loss as one of the by-products, not expecting the weight loss to fix issues that may be in the way.

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3/21/13 4:55 P

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I read it and it was great. Although medicare will not pay for this surgery I don't think I would have it anyway. I worked for a man who had had three bypasses and he was already back up to 300 pounds and still going. He said he had to follow a strict liquid diet for a year and then he was on his own so he just went back to eating the way he always did. I think by changing your habits and maybe taking a litle longer you come to terms with your problems and solve them.

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Only as far as I seek can I go,
Only as deep as I look can I see,
Only as much as I dream can I be”

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3/21/13 2:28 P

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Good article!

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3/21/13 1:59 P

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Snow, this is especially for you.

Although I had the surgery, this is an incredible article for anyone with doubts and it also presents such an amazing definition of the journey afterwards.

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