WinkPLEASE READ THIS… ** Why weight loss surgery fails, and why I didn’t!** Weight loss surgery is only a tool. And I am determined to make my tool work for me for the rest of my life. I believe that weight loss surgery failure is due to a lack of education for both the surgeon and the patient on how to properly use this tool post operatively** in the long term** as part of a larger lifetime obesity management program that addresses the physical, mental, and spiritual issues surrounding this disease. I’ll discuss in detail the tools that I use to address each of these issues in a series of future shareposts, but for now I’ll give you an overview.
The nutritionist at my surgeon’s office was key in setting up a post-surgical meal plan and exercise plan with me, outlining the dietary guidelines I needed to follow, and even talking about specific brands of protein drinks. I would email her three days worth of meals per week and she’d analyze them to ensure I understood how to eat healthfully. I also could email her with any questions I had - and after a lifetime of eating poorly, I had plenty of questions on how to eat right!
Eventually, we setup a meal plan for me to follow long-term and I would plan my food everyday using FitDay.com - a free online tool for tracking/planning your meals, carbs, protein, fats and more. I worked with this nutritionist for six months. She even setup an exercise plan for me, and to be clear, exercise is key to keeping off weight long term. The only way for me to keep my weight down is to eat high protein, low carb, low cal, drink plenty of water, and exercise. It is not easy but the pay-off is great!
It also is key to understand that the surgery addresses the physical aspects of the disease of compulsive overeating. However, there are the emotional aspects of the illness that we need to deal with, too. This is something that our surgeon cannot help with. To address my emotional issues with food, I attend Overeaters Anonymous and it is excellent. Let’s face it, I did not reach morbid obesity simply because I have a slow metabolism. Unless I am willing to address the emotional issues that led me to eat my weight in food every week, eating food in response to everything, then I will find ways to eat through my surgery eventually. You can read my sharepost on my experience with Overeaters Anonymous. So, folks, it a multidisciplinary approach that will bring you a lifetime of success:
- A safe surgery with a specially trained bariatric surgeon
- A program of healthy eating per the pouch rules
- A program developed by a nutritionist who understands obesity and the special needs of weight-loss surgery patients
- Mild to moderate exercise (a daily half hour walk is something everyone can do)
- Addressing the emotional issues for your food addiction in a supportive environment
As time goes on, I learn more and I fine tune my program. My promise to you is that I will continue to share my personal experience through shareposts so as to bring strength and hope to weight loss surgery patients and candidates considering surgical intervention for obesity. I hope that I will help to create a supportive environment within this community site and develop your skills to make better choices that will maintain your weight loss following bariatric surgery (aka obesity surgery) for the rest of your life. My hope for you is that you live a life you love, and love the life you live.
You can read about other tools I use, such as FitDay.com, and recipes I’ve created like OMG! Almond Joy Protein Bars, so as to maintain a lifetime of obesity disease management following my weight-loss surgery in 2003. My wish is to help you on your own journey of lifetime obesity disease management with shareposts along the way to help you navigate that journey successfully.
I grew from fit to fat and became a processed food junkie and couch potato with diabetes, celiac disease, depression, acid reflux, asthma, and hypertension. I was in my 30s, morbidly obese and on ~10 prescription medications. Since 2003 I’ve maintained massive weight loss from gastric bypass surgery and remain free from 9 of the 10 prescriptions. Then in 2013 I underwent body contouring and facial plastic surgeries to remove the last traces of my former obesity. Nowadays I am committed to supporting the online patient community with outstanding resources and by sharing my long-term success in defeating obesity and obesity-related illnesses. Today, I’m a size small (down from a size 24W) and living larger than ever!