Tears of sadness, turned to tears of happiness. Laughter behind our backs, turned to laughing with each other and enjoying life. Pains and aches from overtaxed bodies turned to healthy bodies able to exercise and run and play. The emotional roller coaster from living the morbidly obese life. You know the life, or lack of, where you’re either invisible or looked upon with disgust merely due to your size. It ALL changes after this surgery and it has all been for the better for the two of us. Dan & I both had laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, same day in 2003, and lost a combined 300 lbs. After that surgery, our life began changing drastically, for the better, from the very first day. We did however discover there is a huge void when it comes to support and/or information. What most need is a little straight shooting and a lot of understanding and caring and just knowing others share in their journey. That’s what we’re here for. Sharing, caring, supporting and even fussing at times when we see people pushing the envelope too much. We can’t help ourselves but feel compelled to talk with anyone and everyone that will listen regarding the miraculous changes in our lives due to having a great surgeon and a great procedure available to us. We’re here to constantly learn and grow and maximize this great tool. Come share in our journey and maybe it will in some small way help with your own journey as well. Feel free to e-mail us or join us for online chats too. The support family we have is worldwide and all are welcome to join in. We look forward to getting to know you too!
The two pictures you see here span over 10 years. The one in the pants was taken 8 months after our weight loss surgery and now, the more recent you can see an even after-after to see how these years have gone after weight loss surgery. Have there been any bumps in the road? Sure there have! It’s life and we’re all human and there are things out of everyone’s control (medications for example) that can throw a wrench in your success temporarily. But does it stop you or take away the great tool you have in place? No way! It just means you have to make some adjustments or if it’s medications, maybe it’s sitting down and talking with your doctor to find an alternative. I’ll talk more on this. Just know the real key is that this tool, surgery WORKS, and you can indeed have long term success if you use that tool to it’s fullest. If you get frustrated, stop and seek out someone, me or someone else and get help finding answers and solutions that work for you. This doesn’t have to be complicated or frustrating but what it should be is a path to long term weight loss success maintenance. The choice is all yours.
Recipe Share Hi Everyone: Well, as promised, we have a new way to make your weekly meal planning not only easier but to keep variety in your planning too. Each week each member joining in will contribute one recipe. That’s simple enough, right? It needs to be a high protein recipe that is flavorful, quick […]
You know we talk to thousands and thousands of WLS patients and read even more thousands of emails. We hear the stresses and the life stories that get in the way each and every day. The things that “keep” people from making good choices . . . at least that’s their words to us. They tell us, very sincerely, about how they don’t have “time” to eat the right things or how they don’t have “time” to take their vitamins or how they don’t have “time” to plan a meal or how they don’t have “time” to exercise and the list goes on and on. Now they do have time to email or watch tv at night or any number of other things but they don’t have “time” for their health. Huh? Let’s talk about this and really put it into perspective a little better. You know, it is choices . . read that again CHOICES. YOUR CHOICES.
So many are used to years and years of dieting and dieting mentality that it’s hard to break those old routines and the old one way of thinking and looking at food and the way we approach it and control it. You can imagine people’s shock and surprise then as we were constantly asked how many calories a day they should stick to and we constantly told them, we don’t count calories, ever. You read that right. We don’t count calories at all. Now I’m sure that one has you scratching your head and wondering, right? Why, if we’ve had weight loss surgery (WLS) and we’re at goal are we not ever going to count calories and how did we get to goal without counting them? Why would we not count them? I mean everything “diet” screams about how we must count them now doesn’t it? But remember, we’re NEVER dieting again!
When we had our surgery, our amazing surgeon really made this one hit home with us a long time ago and I’ll share that with you as well. It was so simple that it clicked with us right away and he was so right and we’ve followed his philosophy every single day with great success. Even more than that, we’ve heard this same shared philosophy from many other surgeons along the way too. So what is it? We’ll share that with you.