Why Should I Exercise After Weight Loss Surgery?

Author: J. Taylor

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 mightI 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!

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