Dieting by Semi-Magic Knife

It was an interesting day culminating (OMG! great word, eh?) in a powerful look into weight loss surgery options. I had a sleeve gastrectomy  just over two years ago and have had success. That means I’ve lost weight. But, I still need lots of life-style changes!!!! There is no magic bullet but there may be a semi-magic knife! Surgery does not make it all better and should only be a last resort. If you are not willing to make changes in how you live even surgery may not work.

I went to a bi-weekly support meeting for people who have had, or are thinking of, bariatric (weight-loss) surgery. Most of the people at the group I attended had the  Roux en Y Gastric Bypass surgery and had loss huge amounts of weight but… They started with some of the most horrendous health issues I’ve ever heard of and I’ve had a ton myself. I would say that the amazing people I met last night were honest, enthusiastic, open and helpful. It wasn’t about how they looked, it was about saving their lives. Looks were secondary to going off meds and avoiding things like amputation, strokes and heart attacks. But none of this comes without a price.  It’s not really a price but an investment. Would you be willing to invest the rest of your life?

Is it dieting? No, it’s life. Gastric Bypass really limits your food and has side effects that include the need to consume lots of water, protein and vitamins. Most of your digestive tract is literally bypassed so you need to get your nutrition in time-tested ways. This group addressed those needs with personal experience and huge amounts of humour. I learned about “dumping“. What the ….? It’s usually caused by sugar entering the system and then the system (your body) dumping to break it down. Look it up – eeewww! There are wonderful good side effects. You save a fortune on groceries! It doesn’t take much to get you drunk. You do lose huge amounts of weight. Hmmm, you will have to buy new, smaller clothes, though.

These procedures are not quick fixes. A lap band is a semi-quick fix and so are stylish diets and exercise programs. But it is the combination of commitment, willingness to change your life and introspection that will get anyone the to the point where you can make INFORMED decisions about how you will live the rest of your life. Sometimes it takes science to help. Help is allowed! I found out I cannot do it all by myself. I’ve been trying for over 45 years and I’m only 57 (Tee hee hee! Now you have to do math!). So, to all of you reading this, thank you!   ;D Diane

~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on February 29, 2012.

2 Responses to “Dieting by Semi-Magic Knife”

  1. […] made multiple mentions of bariatric surgery today. I also came across a blog written by someone who has had the surgery. It’s a frank piece on the benefits of surgery, along with the downsides. It does its best to […]

  2. Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself. Swami Sivananda

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