Saturday, May 10, 2014

Wrestling Weight, Round Two

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.)



Vodka Logic said...

Awesome. I know people who have had the surgery and when I heard they had to lose weight to get it, I wondered why they didn't just stick with the diet.. Good for you for winning on your own. Inspirational.
Welcome back

Eva Gallant said...

Vodka: Thanks. It will take me longer to lose the weight, but I'm really leary of the surgery! If I find I can't do it, surgery is still there as an option.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Brillian Eva!!! Potato and pasta are rather high on my own diet I must admit... you are inspiring me!! YAM xx

Stephen Hayes said...

I have no doubt that you can lose all the weight you need to. I just hope you're more successful than I was at keeping it off. I know several people who have had the surgery and after substantial weight loss the pounds crept back on, so I think you're doing the right thing by doing it yourself. The one thing I haven't tried is hypnosis. I've heard good things about it. Good luck.

Eva Gallant said...

Yamini: I'm amazed that it's working so well.

Stephen: Thanks. I tried hypnosis years ago, and it worked. but then about 5 years later, I started eating again!

Paula Jones said...

That's great! You can do it!

Joanne Noragon said...

Good for you. Good job. Fantastic. Another thing to think about: this food didn't exist a hundred years ago; the average WWI soldier weighed 2/3 of a typical teenager today, and was healthier. Refined flour, sugar--bad, bad, bad. Go for it on your own; you can do it!

River said...

38 pounds since January! I'm very impressed. Two years ago I decided I should lose 20 pounds, but I didn't really try, so of course I still have that 20 pounds plus a couple more. And right now, as I type, I'm eating ice cream! I really must make the effort, a 38 pound loss would see me right back at my preferred weight.
I'm so pleased for you, if this keeps up you may not need the surgery!

Jennifer Richardson said...

I am 100% behind you Jane and look forward to seeing you when we get together again, a few pounds lighter! Good for you!

BLissed-Out Grandma said...

Good for you! We are cutting down on pizza and other things made with flour, too. We seem to feel better when we don't eat that stuff, even before we consider the lost pounds.

Eva Gallant said...

Paula: Thanks...I can use the encouragement!

Joanne: I'm sure going to give it one heck of a try!

River: I'd really prefer to not have I'm working hard at it.

Jennifer: Thanks! Jeannine is back from Florida, so hopefully we can get together soon!

Blissed: The lost pounds are definitely making me feel better!

Queenie Jeannie said...

So proud of you!!! KEEP GOING! You've so got this!