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We all need weight loss support.  My entire adult life was a constant struggle of yo-yo dieting. Eat this, Don’t eat that, Exercise like this, No – Don’t do that, Do this.  You know the drill.

I was getting my weight loss support from the thin and fit gurus who shared their great pearls of wisdom to my poor overweight soul.

I think most of them want to help but they don’t understand what is different about us. Heck, we don’t either. If we were wired like they are, would we need to lose so much weight? Then, of course, gain it back, after all the hard work. We probably know more about losing weight than the gurus, especially those people who never had the weight to lose. I would have loved to have received weight loss support from someone who had lost a lot of weight. I would have felt more comfortable knowing that they understood my situation.

Although I had been overweight my entire life, I had always been healthy but then serious issues crept in. To keep this simple I’ll cover the whole illness situation in another post. However, it ended up that I had: Pulmonary Hypertension, Type II Diabetes, Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea, High Blood Pressure, a Fatty Liver and three Herniated Discs in my back. Lovely, isn’t it? I was a complete and total mess.

Can you guess what would help all of these issues? You guessed it, losing weight. Losing weight might not cure all of it, but, what it couldn’t cure, it could help.

So, my doctor brought up weight loss surgery (that sounds like a line from a TV commercial). That was the one thing I never thought applied to me. Wasn’t that what people looking for an easy way out chose? But, by this point, I really did not have many options.

My choices were to have surgery or die a slow death. So, I jumped through all the hoops to have the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy which was in April of 2015. I have lost a total of 226 pounds and 59 of those pounds were pre-op, like a good girl.

Needless to say, my views about weight loss surgery have changed. I think it is a great option for people who have a lot of weight to lose and have tried over and over with no lasting success. It’s definitely not the easy way out. What I have discovered is; if you truly know how to lose weight, the surgery can help you finally do it.

I had hope within the first month that I never had on any diet. People call weight loss surgery a “tool” to help you lose weight. It really is.  Knowing how to use the correct tool, you can do anything.

I have started this blog to be a place for weight loss support and for you to know there is hope.

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You Can See Some Before and After Photos Here

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Kimberly L Gregg

    69lbs pre op..sooo prior to surgery u have to lose weight? pls explain? Thanks!

    1. Beth Bianca

      Hi Kimberly,
      The research I mentioned in my blog post states that people who lose weight before their surgery lost more weight after their surgery, plus it helped to lower complications from the surgery. Plus, it helps to start changing your habits sooner which makes it easier to stick with a plan after surgery. Of course, this is something that should be discussed with your surgery team. It was a big help for me to do it this way even though it wasn’t required by my surgeon. They recommended losing weight but it was not a requirement for having the surgery.

      I hope that this helps to answer your question. Good luck with your journey!!
      Beth

  2. Melissa Broadnax

    I am 1 year and 2 months post op I have lost a total of 145 pounds my doctor says I have another year of weight loss but I am feeling all of a sudden that I am going backwards. I only weigh myself once a month and I always use the same scale, well I stepped on it the other day after an extremely stressful month and it said that I gained three pounds. I am freaking out. My husband says I am being to hard on myself but I am so afraid. Does the scale normally go up and down like that?

    1. Beth Bianca

      Hi Melissa, Congratulations on your success!! The scale is not always the most reliable indicator of weight loss. At this point just be sure to follow your bariatric plan. I would encourage you to stay focused on your success. What we focus on appears in our lives. You have done a great job of losing 145 pounds, so you know how it’s done. Just stick with your plan. It is easy to be hard on ourselves but remember we are human. We have to learn from our experiences, adjust course and move forward. Today is a new day. Believe in yourself, you can do this!!

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