Hi there everyone!
I haven't posted on here regularly for a while but I just wanted to stop by and say hello. I thought I'd put an encouraging post out there for any newbies who are thinking of surgery.
I'm 3.5 years out of laproscopic surgery RNY. I thought I'd tell you about how my life has changed with my surgery.
Four years ago, I was very unhappy in my own skin. Although I was happily married and had a great job, I found that I was in essence, becoming more and more like a hermit, preferring to avoid social situations, staying on my computer and doing things at home. I rarely went out with friends. It was just easier in some ways to turn down invitations and park my butt in front of the television with a snack than to risk going out and having to deal with judgmental people. I was having a hard time being mobile in terms of getting winded very easily. I'd avoid going up a flight of stairs. I moved my body only when it was required. My health was starting to decline, had alot of joint, knee and hip pain, back pain.
Flash forward - 3.5 years later. I've lost 130 lbs. I've played with a few pound with regain but I'm getting over myself for that. I've had a bad last year dealing with emotional eating and the issues that crop again after a while, but finally feel like I'm in control and focused again about my eating.
I lead a very active life. On Monday, I have a group of four friends that I walk with every Monday night. On Tuesdays, I play floor hockey with my new best friend Lisa. On Thursdays, Lisa, I and her sister often go to a bar to hear Celtic Music. on Friday nights, Lisa and I coach Special Olympics athletes in swimming (yes, me a swim coach!). In October, I walked the Detroit Marathon and got my first medal and thirst for marathons. I walk like crazy. I literally will walk from one end of the city to go to a store or to shop. People think I walk an insane amount now but I love every minute of it.
The point is, I'm active and I'm very social. My hubby jokes that he hardly sees me anymore. I have friends again and feel so much more well adjusted and happier than I've ever been. I'm no spring chicken at 39 years old but I can honestly say that I'm the most active I've ever been and 40 is just around the corner.
There are bumps in the road, certainly. I've had some medical issues: short term anemia, hypoglycemia, osteopenia....I've spent the last year battling my eating demons again (counselling helped for sure) and I've had to work on my relationship with hubby as our lives no longer revolve around food. I've had some self image problems too and am working on that.
My point is that there are going to be good and bad moments along your journey. I wish all the newbies all the luck with making the choice for themselves. I hope that you all have the joy brought to your lives that I have! Good luck to you all