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Monday, August 07, 2017

Well, I went to the informative meeting/class regarding the medically supervised weight loss program. Most of the people there are completing the program as a requirement of their insurance company before bariatric surgery. I was surprised to see over 50 people in the room. I was also surprised to see some very young girls (maybe 14-15) with their parents.

The program sounded great. First you meet with the team of weight loss people - a dietician, an exercise person, a counselor and they help tailor a plan for you. Cost of the meeting $150. Then you meet with a physician for a physical - $144. You have an EKG - $65. You get lab work done - $100+. Once approved to begin the program, You are placed on a 800-1000 calorie a day diet. Of course they recommend you buy their prepackaged food - cost - about $15 per day. The program is a 16 week program. You attend weekly classes and weigh in weekly. cost of weekly classes $25. Every other week you have labs done to make sure your diet is not lacking anything - additional lab fees. Every other week you see the PA who checks for health issues - $50 . So the program costs roughly $1200 plus the cost of lab fees. My insurance will pay 0, including labs.

I pondered the idea all weekend. It is a lot of money. I would have to put it on a credit card as I go and pay it off over time. Yep, I am worth the investment. However, I am a little apprehensive of an 800-1000 calorie diet. That sounds too low to me.

I thought about weight watchers. I thought about spark people. I know what I need to do. I need to change my lifestyle.

So today is day 1 (once again). For some silly reason I have this image in my mind


I got on the scale this morning. It said 220.0 I tried to take a picture of the scale - but the numbers don't show up on the photo. I am owning every one of those 220.0 pounds.

I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. 100 pounds to lose. I know it can be done. Some of you are proof! I know I can do it. I just need to take it one day, one pound at a time and not look at that BIG number. And then I saw this:


So here we are again. What have I done so far for my health today? I got a good night's rest last night. I took a shower this morning and weighed myself. I ate breakfast. I parked far from the door and took the stairs. I packed a healthy lunch. I blogged on SP and am tracking my food and water. Hopefully I will be able to say I got in 30 minutes of exercise to day and had a healthy dinner and snack ... but that is yet to be!

Trying to gather up some steam. Here we go!
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  • L*I*T*A*
    emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1416 days ago
  • ERIN_POSCH
    wishing you much success on your journey no matter what path you choose to take to get there. (((HUGS)))
    1416 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    I had to start at day one quite some time ago. I was 22 lbs down the last time I had the mental health to weigh. I don't know where I am right now. Some days I do really well and other days I know I'm undoing all the good I did on the good days. I know where the problem lies.... It's a really big *excuse!* There is a great lot of family drama going on and I am maintaining my good and even mood (bipolar aside.) Then there are a great deal of medical issues going on with me and it seems as soon as I think I have one conquered, another crops up. Still I am maintaining my good and even mood! The only thing that seems to suffer is my healthy lifestyle! I get to the point where I have to balance my mood and that becomes more important than eating right which means that since I cannot at this point in time exercise, I really have to watch the calories! So my advice to you is one baby step at a time and don't give up on yourself! I'm glad you went to those meetings and made what was a good decision for you. My insurance company covers absolutely nothing on weight loss other than telephonic counseling with which I can learn not a thing more than I have learned and continue to learn here on SP. I wish you much success in your healthy lifestyle!
    1416 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    good luck to you. You need to definitely do what will work for YOU.
    1417 days ago
  • LSIG14
    I am glad you went to the orientation meeting to gather ideas - and also glad that you decided against their program. It sounds like drastic measures for someone whose obesity is causing medical issues that need immediate intervention. You are able to lose the weight but just need to make up your mind (and have some support and accountability along the way!) Try Weight Watchers or TOPS and definitely hang onto Spark People for sensible advice and encouragement. (Even though I am on a temporary break from Sparking, I will take messages!) Know that we all are here rooting for you. Sending hugs!!

    1417 days ago
  • I_CHOOSE
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    Just trying to understand...your health plan does not have a dietitian on staff or any kind of weight-loss program? Or is it that you have health insurance that covers limited types of medical things but not an actual health plan, such as an HMO?

    I don't blame you for not wanting to shell out the emoticon and I understand your concern over the excessively low calorie regimen. You know it works, because you see your co-worker's success, but you are not looking at the end-game of surgery. Rather, you need a permanent lifestyle change and what they are offering is not sustainable in the long-term.

    I think you have made a wise, if not easy, choice. Just commit to yourself that you will stay with it until journey's end and still stay on the path even then. emoticon
    1417 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/7/2017 1:29:14 PM
  • MARIHELEN
    Good luck - Good on ya - you got this!
    1417 days ago
  • no profile photo BONDMANUS2002
    Good luck. Cut sugar
    1417 days ago
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