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Old 09-03-2014, 01:13 PM   #1
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Default Another person who didn't think she'd be here!

Just wanted to thank Kaylestar for starting this thread as i never thought i would be here either. I have been undecided about WLS for a long time. Almost 3 years ago i went in for a consult as i done with all the yo yo dieting and continual weight gain after ever diet i tried. I had my consult, the doctor stated i was a very good canidate for surgery. Then my insurance denied me b/c i had to have a consecutive 3 full years of a BMI over 40. And the year prior i did a crazy No Carb, No sugar diet in which i was able to lose 50 pounds in 3 months (was not very healthy), which i was able to get my BMI down to 38. Then i promptly gained back all 50 PLUS another 30 in the span of about 6 months. So since i had a BMI under 40 the year prior, my 3 years started over. i convinced myself well it was not meant to be and i will do it on my own like a few people have told me i can since i am young (age 35 now) and i can do it with out surgery. So i started counceling which has been great and we are working on my many of my food issues and have been for almost 2 years now. I go a month or 2 thinking yes i can do this on my own and then something happens that reminds me i am very overweight, like i get on a plane and realize i BARELY can squeeze into one seat and have to move the armrest and take part of my husbands seat (thank goodness he is super skinny)! That almost ruied my whole vacation i was so sad and defeated. i have also been working with my PCP to get on Qusima, but it is very difficult to get it covered by insurance and it is VERY expensive, so that has been a 3 month (so far) process already. i feel like i was ready 3 years ago at that consult, but then i have a PCP that i really like and do trust her opinion tell me that WLS is just not the best option for me, then i think well i should be able to do this on my own. My family is supportive and my ortho doc (back issues) and my OBGYN are supportive of WLS for me as it will help with many other issues i have been having. Just dont know what to do. What if i have the surgery and gain it all back just like i have done over and over again with every crazy diet i have tried i know this is just a tool. i do feel that the counseling has definately helped move me in the right direction with food choices and makes me more aware of what and why i am eating things. Just scared like all of you have been at some point if this is the right decision or not.
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Old 09-03-2014, 03:57 PM   #2
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Hi Mercedes - with magic moderator powers, I made your post its own thread so that it'll get more attention. I have a few thoughts to share with you, but for right now, I have a deadline.
Start your day with a smile, and get it over with.
Keeping it off is a hundred decisions a day that help you maintain what you achieved. And that's the hard part. - L Sanders

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Old 09-07-2014, 09:48 AM   #3
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OMG......I would die if I had to wait another 3 years. Like you......I have yoyo'd and I have tried the Quisma.....didn't do anything for me. In the grand state of IN and KY......you have show medical necessity.....like diabetes, don't have......high blood pressure, don't have......or sleep apnea....never diagnosed. Not sure what pushed me through and I really don't care at this point. I even tried going to a compound pharmacy and injecting myself with HCG hormone......only lost 12 pounds in 3 months. Maybe it was all the crazy diets I have tried or the fact I have knee and back issues but I got approved for the lap band process. I haven't lost a huge amount of weight like some of my friends but boy is it a tool that I am learning about my relationship with food. I had my surgery in February 2014. I have a friend who lost 162 pounds withing 6 months.

I self medicate with food......I come up to a stressful situation and I grab carbs.......doesn't go down very easy and sometimes it comes up but that is my drug of choice. I am still using this tool and I wouldn't change anything in the world.....unless it was a different WLS. I get more going to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting with my oldest son than I get out of the WLS support group here locally. I know addiction is a disease that I will struggle with for the rest of my life....it is learning to handle the "BEAST" but WLS will help with the fight. Well, just my thoughts and experience so far....

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Old 09-07-2014, 07:37 PM   #4
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Hi Mercedes,

Congratulations on starting and continuing your journey. I did counseling and went to all kinds of classes for 8 years before my surgery. Over that period of time, I maintained or lost a modest amount of weight (40 pounds). I am not recommending it, but it is what I needed. I had to be very sure that I had dealt with my eating issues before my surgery. While I have had physical complications from my surgery, the eating part of it has been no big deal.

I think it is really important to own your process. You are the only one that lives in your body. No one can do that for you.
Healthy nutrition, exercise and stress reduction are my #1 priorities

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