If anybody tells you that getting sleeved is easy…they lied. Before I get started, I’d like to say I do not regret my decision. I am thankful every day for this tool, however, it is like having a second full-time job. All day long I think about eating and drinking. I eat and drink. I stress about eating and drinking. I actually ate at 1:30 am when I woke up because I didn’t eat enough during the day because I fell asleep reading. I set alarms to eat and drink… I think you get the picture.
If you have ever dieted in the past, you have probably tried Weight Watchers. Many people struggle with WW because you have to weigh and measure and count and calculate. Having gastric surgery is like doing WW on steroids. You do not have the choice to stick to the program. You stick to it or you get sick. You drink your water when you eat and you throw up. You don’t drink enough and your weight loss stall and you get terrible cramping. You decide not to weigh and eat a little too much and you throw up. You decide not to weigh and eat a little less than you should and you have complications from not consuming enough protein. This is not to scare you or make you feel sorry for those who choose WLS but to give you a reality check. During this week I have been asked a lot about my surgery as everyone says I am looking so different. Quite a few people have said “If I had surgery, I would be getting skinny too.” Are you kidding me? I know for some the weight just seems to melt off but for me, I have had to work very hard each and every day to make it happen. I am still 40 pounds from my goal of 175 (yes, I have moved it lower). At 5 months out, I am down 75 pounds. My weight loss has been the result of countless hours at the gym and many hours of planning and prep in the kitchen. WLS is not an easy fix. It is a lifetime commitment to eating healthy and working out at least 5 days a week. WLS is not for those that can do it on their own but are too lazy. It is for those that for physical or mental reasons can not get the weight off and need medical intervention. It is to help with major health concerns. If you can’t commit to doing it right, you should not do it. I have talked with some people that wonder why they have lost so much weight but they don’t feel or look good and it is because they are not healthy. This is not a race or a game, it is a serious commitment to getting healthy.
Some things I would have liked to know before surgery:
- 8-10 glasses of water a day is not enough. You really need to drink enough oz. to reach at least half of your weight
- Don’t shop….no really don’t shop as you lose except for the bare minimum because you change sizes constantly
- Your feet will most likely shrink
- Get a digital scale right away
- Start saving for shopping for protein powder and snacks. They are expensive for the best for your body.
- You have to schedule eating because it is not enjoyable, it is a chore
- Most people that have not had WLS do not understand what you will go through
Some of the many positive things after WLS:
- Getting stronger makes you feel badass
- The gym is a better place when your body doesn’t feel like it will explode with every workout
- Getting healthy
- Doing things you never thought you would do EVER or AGAIN
- There is no fear about fitting into a seat at a restaurant, on a plane, in the classroom
What I am currently struggling with today:
- getting enough water
- getting enough protein
- scheduling meals around spontaneous activity
- motivation to cook ( I could really drink nasty shakes all day)
- the parts of my body that are not changing as quickly as I would like
- sagging skin/stretch marks
5 month update: Weight 214 (-75), Inches -32 total, Size: pants 14/16 top L/XL (from 20 & XXL-2X)