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I have a new sleeve

Sunday, February 16, 2020

I had VSG, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy on 1/21/2020. That's where a surgeon cut 80% of my stomach away, leaving me a small sleeve as a stomach.

IRL, "in real life," there seems to be a cliche that this is cheating, the easy way out, that it cheapens weight loss efforts. If you want to begin to learn something about WLS, go to one of the informational sessions held by bariatric clinics.

For me, it was an 8 month journey from that original info session til I had the surgery. I had to go through medical tests, psych eval, dietician appointments, and my own mental battle to decide if I wanted this.

I had to face the stark reality that I couldn't lose the weight I needed on my own. I feel a little ashamed saying this, especially to a bunch of Sparkpeople, but there it is. I could not lose the weight on my own. There is a great book I read, called "How Weight Loss Surgery Really Works," by Dr. Matthew Weiner, a bariatric surgeon. He's on YouTube also. His book is worth reading even if you aren't looking to have surgery. He explains how our efforts to lose weight end in an endless cycle of losing, gaining, losing, gaining,... It is very enlightening.

Once again, I finally admitted that I can't lose 200 pounds on my own. I've been on SparkPeople since 2009, and have nothing to show for it. It's such a supportive site; why couldn't I succeed on it? Was I just a weak-willed overeater, lazy and slothful? I sure identified myself that way, me, a retiree from a successful career - I sure wasn't lazy there.

I thought maybe I was too old, why bother, life is nearing the end anyway. I'm 65; the vast majority of people I've run into at the clinic are way younger than me. I figured the surgeon would tell me I'm too old, but he didn't.

I had the surgery on 1/21/2020. I'm back on SP, tracking my 500-800 calories daily, and succeeding at losing. The calories will increase as my new sleeve heals and I can eat larger portions. I have to take certain vitamins and supplements for the rest of my life.

The surgery virtually guarantees weight loss in the first few months, but life evolves you back into a "normal person" who has to have healthy eating and activity to continue losing and stay healthy. It's not the easy way out; it's a way to deal with hormones working against a person, a way to equal the playing field.

Well, gotta go track breakfast, get my activity in, and do my Premium Coaching. That's life in the Spark lane.
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  • BOOKSCATSTEA
    Weight loss surgery has made a HUGE transformation in my life. I tried to lose weight on my own (by eating less, eating healthier food, becoming more active, working out, etc.,) for well over 20 years, before I finally admitted that my health was continuing to get worse every year, which made me realize that I needed to make a drastic change to save my life. I'm the caretaker for my adult daughter, a disabled vet, and she was the main reason that I finally decided to have surgery. I'm thankful to say that now my health has COMPLETELY turned around -- all of my co-morbidities have disappeared, and of course I've changed many of my habits to keep my health going the right direction. Weight loss surgery is DEFINITELY not the easy way out! But for me at least, it was the way out of the obesity trap that I was in, and it was a wonderful tool to help me change my life and get back in control of my health!
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  • CROQUETCOURT
    Keep on Sparking!
    251 days ago
  • WILSOD1
    I'm glad you found a way to lose weight. Everyone is different and the calories in, calories out method doesn't work for everyone. Keep on doing you!
    251 days ago
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