Do you have an overwhelming amount of weight to lose? Have you tried to control your diet but continue to fail? Have you considered surgery as a “magic pill” to make the fat disappear? Two years ago, my answer to all of those questions was a resounding “YES”. Since that time, I have had a gastric sleeve surgery to help me lose a significant amount of weight.
So, do you want to pick my brain with questions? I thought you might. I encourage you to make comments and questions on my blogs. I’ll do my best to answer them. I want to hear from everyone – those who are curious about surgery, those who are actually considering it, those who have already had surgery, and those who are skeptics. Please keep discussions on a friendly level. It is fine to disagree, but it is not okay to be rude. I will show you the same courtesy.
Today, I want to talk about exercise. Yes, I said the dreaded word. And you know what? I’m still alive. I wasn’t struck by lightning or anything!
Let me start by saying this: if you think surgery is a magic pill, and that you do not need to put forth any other effort, other than going “under the knife”, I would tell you that you shouldn’t be surprised if you end up being obese again a few years after the surgery.
As for me, I used the surgery as a spring-board to living a healthier life. A few months before I even HAD my surgery I began exercising, mostly so I could come through it well and heal faster. Afterward, I exercised like a mad woman, spending 2 to 3 hours a day in intense exercise. Now, I’m not advocating that kind of intensity for others. I knew that I would not be able to keep up that kind of time and intensity long-term. I just wanted to make sure I took full advantage of what I call “the honeymoon phase.” That’s the first several months after surgery, when your body is dropping weight like crazy. I wanted to drop as much weight as possible during that time, so I set a short-term goal to become an exercising maniac. And you know what? I did it. I NAILED that goal! I kept telling myself, “you can do anything for a short amount of time. You can do it, you can do it. Don’t stop now, victory is within your grasp!”
So you say, “congratulations, Julie. But that was a year ago. What’s happened since then? Are you still exercising? Have you lost more weight?”
In answer to you I say, comment on my blog and find out!