sorry to read about your experience, orchard. and unfortunately, 20 years ago, there was so little information about post-op life, that many many people have found yourself in the same situation.
surgery alone will not take care of the weight LONG TERM. but surgery combined with watching what you eat and doing your exercise WILL help you lose the weight AND keep it off.
that's why you keep hearing that this isn't magic. it takes work, time, and attention. BUT, if you look around here, like at MAINTAINER'S, you'll see that after awhile, there's no difference. we have to do the same things that everyone else does. as dawnajoy around here says, surgery levels the playing field for us, so the rules finally work.
unless you're ready, willing, and able to make the necessary changes, and change for life, you'll lose a lot at first, but then regain it.
and that's one of the big reasons that insurance companies want 6 months of supervised weight loss programs. they want to see that you can stick with something, and make some long term changes. a hurdle, of course, but ask yourself, what's 6 months compared with the rest of your life?
it's a big decision, and there are no easy answers. so do your research. ask lots of questions...
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
start: 506 [Sept 2001]
weight at gastric bypass [Jan 29, 2002]: 409
current weight: 225
weight for plastic surgery: 200
final goal: 180
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