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A Poll for Those Who are Considering WLS

View Poll Results: Why are you considering WLS?
It's the easy way to lose weight 30 5.95%
It's a last resort for me - I MUST make this work 236 46.83%
My doctor suggested that I look into it 87 17.26%
People I know have lost lots of weight after WLS 101 20.04%
I'm willing to do ANYTHING to get this weight off and keep it off 240 47.62%
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:24 PM   #61
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I am at the end of my process and am going in for surgery on Dec 2nd 2010. I have tried for years to lose weight "the old fashioned way", and sometimes I even succeeded. Through calorie restriction and exercise I lost 100 lbs in about 9 months, I think I held at about 180 (I'm 5'9) for all of 2 months before I started to slowly creep back into my "old ways" and began gaining the weight back and then some. I gained and lost many times through out the years through various different methods. WW, Atkins, calorie restriction, diet pills, you name it.

I have a few family members who have had the RNY and so I decided to look into it for myself. My doctor was very supportive of the idea when I asked her about it and from there I went to the information session and started the process. After going to the session and entering the program I learned about the different types of surgery and chose what I feel is best for me.

I chose WLS both as a last resort and because I will do anything to get this weight off and keep it off. I have been struggling very hard since having my twin girls and I have accepted that I need help. I have been overweight my entire life and I have decided that I would like the help of the "tool" to help me make the lifestyle change that I have been trying to make for years.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:28 PM   #62
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Brandnewme it's so good to see you!! I used to post on the 300+ forum and have been away for forever. xxoo
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:09 AM   #63
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BRAND new member here. I just went to a free intro to bariatric surgery class at a local hospital on Tuesday night, after waffling on the idea of surgery for a long time. I know two people who have done it and had great success.

I haven't told anyone that I even went to this class let alone told them I've decided to have surgery. I haven't told my husband or my mom even. My husband in the past has been dead set against the idea, and I'm afraid of what he'll say. We're both in the mid 300-lbs range, but he keeps saying all we have to do is buckle down. We have an almost-4-year-old daughter. I need to be able to do things with her, I want to run and play with her. And even after semi-successful attempts at losing weight, I can't actually picture myself healthy. This is my last resort.

I have an appointment with a bariatric nurse to get the ball rolling on the 25th of this month. I've called my insurance and they require 6 months supervised weightloss before they'll approve surgery. I need that time to build up some cash reserve and some PTO for work anyway. And to work up the courage to tell people who I'll need to have support me. Wish me luck.
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:03 PM   #64
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hi sweetie! wow. a HUGE step!!!! how do you feel about it? scared? brave? gotta tell you, though, that you owe it to yourself to investigate this as an option. EVEN IF YOU END UP DECIDING THAT IT'S NOT FOR YOU, you'll never know unless you look at it carefully and think about it.

hang out with us - ask LOTS of questions. write them down. talk about them with the doc and the nurse.
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:45 PM   #65
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Oh, Jiffy dear. I feel very nervous, but I'm determined. I'm determined to at least get the ball rolling. I mean, who knows, what if the 6 months of doctor supervised weight loss turns out to be the catalyst I needed to lose it myself? That would be great! But I owe it to myself to at least take the first steps down the path, right? Not only am I getting any younger, but neither is my daughter. I want to be able to play sports with her, I want her to be young enough when I lose this weight that she only has a vague memory of how big and unhealthy her mom was. And I'm running out of time for that!
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