Saturday, November 8, 2008

gastic bypass thoughts

I started this post the other night. I went to watch a television program and fell asleep until 3 AM. So here goes again...

Gastric Bypass....

I have been thinking about this subject for weeks. I am a candidate but I have no desire. My neighbor came over to do some plumbing things around here and he has lost 100 ponds since his surgery this summer. He was trying to encourage me to do it but everything he said turned me off. He went on to say he has to have these protein shakes 3 times a day and he does not take his vitamins he can tell . He can only eat an ounce of food at a time. He went on to say, I can not have soda, red meat.... etc. Well what about that do I want to do forever. If I had that much self control for all that, I have the self control to do it on my own and am determined to do so.

I am not against gastric bypass for anyone else that feels led to do it . It is a life-saver to some but at this time I do not feel led to have it done. I know five people that have had it done. Four of which have not had many problems and do not regret it. I know one who wished she could redo life and not have it done. She has had nothing but problems since day one. One day when I am down and discouraged I may opt to have it done but at this time it is not an option. In the meantime, Weight Watchers is still my choice for guidance and encouragement.

Thoughts anyone....

By the way, I have been down about the weight I have gained back in the last few months. The other night at the Y , a guy came up and told me he could tell I had lost weight. I chuckled, thinking, ok not a good line to flirt with at this time. Then as I talked to him , he told me to remember to not think about the gain. Get my mind back in gear and realize my loss for the year. I am 15 pounds lighter than I was at this time last year. How true! Now it is my prayer to actually be able to say that again next year.


a corgi said...

Becky, that's great on the 15 pounds gone from last year; more than a pound a month!!

I have heard people have had great success with the lap-band surgery; its not as invasive as the gastric bypass. However,I know one of the disadvantages of that is you need to chew and chew and chew and continue to chew food really well or it will get stuck; I'm not sure I would have the patience for that.

at my heaviest I was about 50 pounds over my ideal weight; I never had to make a decision about surgery for weight loss so its hard to know what I would decide if given the circumstances; I think health would pay a key; if I had a lot of health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, stress on my joints because of my weight, I might consider it.

I had great success on a modified fast type program; 4 protein shakes a day and a dinner of 5-ounces of protein, a salad, 1 cup of veggies and 1/2 cup of rice or small potato.


Meg said...

15 lbs really isn't anything to just push aside.
Gastic bypass...I also gave it some thought, but my problem is not in my tummy, it's in my head and/or heart. I think we have to fix what's going on in our lives...there's a reason for the addiction, and there is freedom as well.