On October 18, 2010 I had bariatric surgery via the Roux en Y bypass surgery. The day before my surgery, my husband took a photo for me to keep as a reminder of where I started. Next to it is my picture today.
Some people think that having surgery is choosing the easy way out. I strongly disagree. Surgery is painful. Prior to surgery I was put on a liquid-only diet for several weeks. Then, after surgery kept up the liquid-only diet for several more weeks. I finally advanced to soft foods like applesauce, yogurt, pudding, etc. It was almost six weeks before I could actually chew something and feel like I was really eating again.
Quite often, people choose to have this surgery and do well for a time. Then they start to put their weight back on. Sometimes they don’t ever lose what they should lose following surgery because of one key factor: they weren’t ready to make a life-changing difference in the first place. And that, my friends, is a monumental problem.
I thought about having surgery long before I decided to take this big step. I wanted to be done – once and for all – with a weight problem that had plagued me for 30+ years. I wanted to be healthy; truly healthy. I wanted to be active: to play and run with my grandkids, to go hiking with my love, to enjoy our time together traveling, motorcycling, and doing all the fun things we’ve talked about for so long but couldn’t do because I wasn’t physically fit. I was finally able to take this big step, and I was committed to it. Totally.
Ten months later, people keep telling me how great I look. While I enjoy hearing that, I want to make one thing perfectly clear: I didn’t do this to get recognition for looking good. While that is certainly a nice thing, I can’t tell you how much happier it makes me to FEEL GOOD. Very, very good. I feel healthy, vibrant, active, I can walk miles without getting tired, climb stairs without getting winded, and today rode 130 miles with my arms around my hubby on the back of our motorcycle. We had a blast!
In order for this to happen, not only did I have the surgery but I had to commit to giving up food that had become (literally) a part of me. I don’t eat sweets. I don’t eat cake, pie, cookies or candy. I eat small meals 5-6 times each day. I drink a lot of water. I consume about 80 grams of protein every single day. I work out with weights at the gym regularly (I shoot for 3 times a week) and try to get in at least 2.5 to 3 miles walking at least 6 days per week. I’m not perfect, and sometimes my schedule gets in the way, but on average, this is my workout schedule.
If you have already had surgery to help you lose weight… and if it’s not working the way you think it should, look at the words in blue, above. Those are critical things for being successful. If you aren’t committed to those basic items, you will fail. YOU WILL FAIL.
You will fail your surgeon, your family, the people who love you… but most of all, you will fail yourself.
If you really want to lose weight and have considered weight loss surgery, make sure you are ready to totally change your life.
Please believe me when I tell you that doing the steps mentioned above WILL totally change your life… for the better.
I FEEL GREAT. I like what I see in the mirror.
It doesn’t get much better than that.