SP Premium
100,000-149,999 SparkPoints 107,721

Finally Made the Decision

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My medical doctor and I have had an on going battle for the past two years. She has been trying to convince me to have weight loss surgery and I flat out refused. My logic was if I didn't need surgery to gain the weight then I don't want to use surgery to lose the weight. I never thought that having the surgery was an easy way out. I know that it means drastic changes in your lifestyle and I wasn't sure I could commit to it.
As the years passed my health problems have gotten worse. My back pain is getting worse, I have 2 herniated disks, 2 enlarged disks, and my lumbar spine is twisted to the left. Some days it is all I can do to walk from my bed to the bathroom. Four months ago my doctor looked me in the eye and asked why are you living with this pain if you don't have to. A light bulb went off! That was the day I decided to have the surgery.
I knew where I wanted to have the surgery and I went to a seminar held at the hospital and learned that there were four types of weight loss surgeries. I chose to have the Vertical Gastric Sleeve. I am scheduled to have it on Monday, July 25th. I have been shopping for my recovery, purchasing all the liquids I will be able to eat after the surgery. Let me tell you it is not much. If you thought this was easy trust me you are dead wrong. There are some foods that I will never be able to eat again if I want to be successful at this.
I am grateful to SP for all its support and for the groups for those that have had weight loss surgery. I feel that I am ready for this and can commit to what it will take to lose the weight. No one likes to be cut open, but I will darned if I go through all this and not keep the weight off.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
  • no profile photo CD13499350
    Good luck!
    3075 days ago
    More power to you. Keep us posted!!
    3306 days ago
    I pray your surgery goes well, and your recovery is successful! Good luck to you! emoticon
    3665 days ago
    Do keep us informed as your date draws nearer, and afterwards. We wish you well with the surgery. Each step we take in life offers us a new beginning... emoticon to your new beginning...We are here for you as you continue on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. emoticon
    3665 days ago
    I've thought about it, but I'm chicken. I hope all goes well and I'm here to offer support in any way I can, take care. emoticon
    3666 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5983865
    It's not the easy way out. I have a close friend of mine who did it and lost 80 pounds- I had lost 100 without it. What I see is that we both made a choice mentally or medically and then we did almost the exact same thing. Reduced calories, upped protein. You can do this. Follow what the Dr's say. I'm proud of you for realizing that any work you do can be undone, so take care. emoticon
    3666 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9733195
    Well wishes being sent your way. Take care!
    3666 days ago
  • JESSICA2140
    Best wishes!!
    3666 days ago
    I wish you the best with your surgery!
    3666 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.