Message from a Fellow Bariatric Patient:
“Believe it or not, I didn’t have weight loss surgery to lose weight. I am a REALLY good dieter, having dropped 100 pounds 4 or 5 times in my life. Every time, I immediately regained it. My weight fluctuations resulted in morbidly high blood pressure and blood sugars. My doctor was deeply worried.
But I didn’t want bariatric surgery. I was a happy, self-confident person with a successful career. I knew that surgery would not change my life. Besides, I liked food; it was both my fun and my friend.
Ultimately, I was exhausted from all the ups and downs. I decided to have surgery to give me an additional tool to help me lose weight and maintain my weight loss for good (as I’ve done for the past six years).
It’s been an amazing and unexpected journey. These are the two most important things that I have learned about myself along the way:
- I am weak. Not physically, but…. when it comes to food; in fact, I’m an addict. For me, all things in moderation does not work. I’ve had to give up certain foods. That is just what works for me.
- Most importantly, I’m also strong….I’ve become a consistent exerciser who is always setting new goals. I can do much more than I ever imagined.
To be successful, I focus on 3 things:
- Maintaining my weight takes constant attention. Every day I track all my food and liquids.
- I need to get lots of protein to stay full, be healthy, and build muscle. So, I still do three Unjury protein shakes a day.
- Hydration is so important to my energy levels and how I feel overall. I always have decaf, non-sugared beverages in my hand.
Much to my surprise, my life has been transformed. Being a “normal” weight has removed the fear of things I didn’t even know that I was afraid of. I don’t need a seat belt extender on planes, can go into a restaurant and fit into a booth, and can walk between the desks in my classroom. The mental liberation has been shocking and amazing.
Who knew the small things could make such a difference?"
Yours in Health,
~ A Bariatric Buddy
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