I attended the orientation class for Bariatric Surgery. It was informative and as I looked around the room at the 50 or 60 others who were there, I saw several people larger than I, many of comparable size, and some who appeared smaller.
As I listened to the surgery options, I learned that the program no longer offers the Lapband procedure, which was the least invasive. The practice was discontinued because the success rate was only 30%. I then listened to the possible side effects and complications......scary stuff!
The cardiologist, Dr. Glass, who conducted my stress tests and read my other test results told me that my heart is strong, and my arteries are clear. He added that I would be expected to lose 10% of my current weight as a demonstration of commitment before I would be accepted into the program. And, if I really want to lose weight, I should give up pizza, pasta, potatoes, and bread.
This got me to thinking....I've accomplished many things in my life and overcome obstacles that seemed in-surmountable at the time. I should be able to lose weight if I make my mind up to do it.
But give up pizza??? Could I do it? Ha! I can do anything I set my mind to do! And then there's chocolate--Lindt, Godiva, Ghiradeli, Hershey Kisses, Peanut Butter Cups........I could go on and on. I decided that my desire to be healthy is stronger than my constant craving for all of the above, and in January of this year, I set my course to see if I could lose weight without surgery!
How am I doing? So far I have lost 38 pounds!
I promised myself that if I could lose 30 pounds, I would allow myself pizza. When I reached my goal, I treated myself to a thin-crust pizza---not my favorite, pepperoni and bacon--a green pepper and onion pizza, my concession to better health. I ate half of that pizza and froze the other half, which is waiting for me when I have dropped 30 more pounds!
(Stay tuned for more of my journey to better health.)